Destination guide

A tiny fishing town in the shadows of giants

Perched on the scenic Leelanau Peninsula between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, the picturesque village of Leland is the quintessential fishing town of days past. Just 25 minutes north of bustling Traverse City, you couldn't get much further from big city life. Leland's historic Fishtown will transport you back in time to the 1900s, with quaint shacks and working fishermen that haven't missed a beat in the past century. This history exists alongside charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. A Leland vacation rental also puts you right near the fascinating landscapes and outdoor activities of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Things to do

Take a step back in time to the early 1900s

A Leland vacation rental will transport you to the past with a visit to Fishtown, the village's historic section that still maintains active shanties, docks, smokehouses, and charter boats (plus a modern boardwalk with shops and eateries). The Leelanau Historical Society and Museum in town offers exhibits on the culture and history of the area since the time it was first settled. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore houses 2 historical areas -- Glen Haven, a restored port village, and the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, a pair of typical 19th-century farms. On South Manitou Island, you'll find a lighthouse dating from 1858.

Activities

Camping on dunes and diving for shipwrecks

There's no end to the outdoor activities on tap in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. One of the most popular camping destinations in the state, the park also offers over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking, or skiing and snowshoeing in the winter (there are even guided snowshoe tours available). The Lake Michigan beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, and boating. Fishing charters leave regularly from Leland. For more hiking, ferry over to North and South Manitou Islands. There are countless shipwrecks dotting the shores around the islands, and some are prime sites for a unique diving experience.

Weather

Snowy winters: when Sleeping Bears become polar bears

Leland vacation rentals are in high demand during the warmest summer months of June to September, when high temps hover pleasantly in the 70s, tipping just into the 80s in July. The rest of the year, prepare to get intimate with your coziest sweater. Temps can be below freezing from November to April, often not even breaking the freezing mark between December and February. Expect plenty of snow, many feet of it, during those coldest months. The blankets of white stuff turn the dunes into a whole new world, perfect for skiing and snowshoeing.

Natural features

From mountains of sand to mountains of fish

Fishtown lives up to its name. The waters of Lake Michigan are chock full of all the salmon and trout you could ever want. The lake's vast waters are dotted with islands just off the shore, most notably the cedar-covered North and South Manitou Islands, where beavers, coyotes, deer and chipmunks roam free. On the mainland, miles of sandy beaches trace the shoreline. The fascinating mountains of the Sleeping Bear Dunes are home to unique flora and fauna, while the National Seashore is dotted with verdant forests and glittering lakes. Bald eagles have been spotted in the area, so bring your binoculars.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Leland

The nearest airport is in Traverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital), located 22.2 mi (35.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Leland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 382 vacation rentals near Leland. From 202 Houses to 115 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Leland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Leland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Leland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Historic Fishtown: 841 vacation rentals
  • Manitou Island Transit: 839 vacation rentals
  • Van's Beach: 843 vacation rentals
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes: 1,467 vacation rentals
  • Clinch Park Beach: 1,253 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Leland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Leland?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 202 Houses in Leland. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Leland include:

  • Cottages: 115 rentals available
  • Cabins: 115 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 115 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Leland?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Leland. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.