Fishtown // Leland, Michigan

Tucked about 25 miles northwest of Traverse City, Michigan, the Fishtown district of Leland, Michigan is a throwback to life 100 years ago. The fish tugs and charter boats still line the docks of this historic neighborhood. While the district is now mainly a tourist attraction, it still serves individuals who want to go fishing. Many of the shanties are now shops, cafes, and restaurants but a few still cater to the fishing industry of Northern Michigan!

I headed here a few weeks ago with my adorable mother and we spent the day eating, shopping, bonding, and photographing this adorable village!

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerEven though Fishtown is mostly for show, there are still fishing charters that leave daily from the docks. Lake Michigan is an abundant oasis of fish and other sea life (if only I liked seafood…)

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerLook at all these adorable shacks lining the docks! These buildings are everything. Also, I want that boat so someone please buy it for me.

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerCurly hair, don’t care! There is just something that I absolutely love about living by the water. I’m totally spoiled but I know wherever I end up, there will definitely be water there. I mean, look at the blue hues!!! How could you not love it?!

Also, see that flash tattoo? I’ve had it for almost 4 weeks. I’m convinced that it isn’t coming off. And yes, I’ve been showering so don’t worry.

Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
This day started out super grey and overcast but by mid-afternoon, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. As they say in Michigan, if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes because it is bound to change!

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Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Fishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerFishtown Leland via Wayfaring With WagnerIf you head to Fishtown, grab some sandwiches from the Village Cheese Shanty and find a spot along the docks to eat them. Order ahead of time to avoid the lines (and to make sure you get a sandwich before they sell out!). If you want to do a bit of shopping, stop by a few of my favorite stores including Haystacks, Tug Stuff, and Leland Gal!

I’ve now been home for almost a month and can’t wait to share more posts and pictures from my time in Michigan! Because let’s be honest, there really is nothing better than summertime in Northern Michigan.

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