Leelanau News and Events

Leelanau Peninsula Nabs Two Spots on “Travel + Leisure” List

By Ross Boissoneau | July 26, 2022

Two communities in the county received plaudits from Travel + Leisure's online magazine. Empire and Leland were among the towns cited in the article “13 Best Small Towns in Michigan for a Charming Midwest Getaway.”

Among the attractions cited were Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive,  as well as Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak. In Leland, the writer noted the “life-changing sandwiches at Village Cheese Shanty, souvenirs from Leland Gal, and wine from Verterra Winery.”

Travel + Leisure is lauded as "The World's Most Influential Travel Brand."

Verterra owner Paul Hamelin says he anticipates the accolades will further drive interest in the county, as did the now legendary “Good Morning America” nod, and as wineries along the Traverse Wine Coast continue to win accolades. “They all give a short-term and medium-term boost” to business, he says. “People want to see what it’s all about.”

Pictured: Surf lessons at Empire Beach this week, via Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak social media; Leland gal on Main Street in Leland.


Food Sovereignty Program Sees Third Harvest For Grand Traverse Band

The summer harvest is upon us, and out on a farm in Peshawbestown, good things are growing. ...

Read More >>

Personalities Of The Peninsula: Boatbuilder & Man About Town David Dean

You might have met David Dean out and about in Leelanau County, but there’s so much more ...

Read More >>

Free Junior Ranger Program Inspires A New Generation of Anglers

Fishing for fun and knowledge? Why not? At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Junior Ranger Angler ...

Read More >>