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Leelanau on Location: Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay is a charming village located on the western shore of Leelanau County. Surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and farms, Suttons Bay’s unique charm reflects these surroundings. In 1854 Harry C. Sutton settled in the area with a crew of woodsmen and soon began supplying fuel to the passing wood-burning steamboats. In January of 1866 […]

Leelanau on Location: Northport

“Pleasantly situated on a safe and capacious harbor of the bay,” Northport is located near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The surrounding area is filled with cherry and apple orchards, as well as many terrific vineyards. Northport was one of the earliest settlements in Leelanau County. In 1849 Reverend George N. Smith, a minister […]

Leelanau on Location: Leland

Leland is on the western shore of the Leelanau Peninsula, between Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan. The Carp River (known to locals as the Leland River) connects Lake Leelanau to Lake Michigan and runs through the village. Leland is well known for its 140 year old historic fishing village, Fishtown. Fishtown is popular, in part, […]

Leelanau on Location: Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor is located on a small strip of land between Glen Lake and Lake Michigan, which is located in the middle of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Glen Lake’s natural beauty attracts visitors throughout the summer. Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire state, local legend says that Glen Lake […]

Leelanau on Location: Empire

Empire is the southernmost town in Leelanau County and is approximately 25 miles due west of Traverse City. Empire is located in the center of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the shore of Lake Michigan. It is well know for its breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, the dunes, and the Manitou Islands. Two […]

Leelanau on Location: Greilickville

Greilickville today is hard to distinguish from Traverse City. Located just north of Traverse City on the western shore of the Grand Traverse Bay, Greilickville is the fist stop in Leelanau County, and yet it looks like it is still part of Travers City. The only notice that one has passed into Greilickville is a […]


Fishtown is a historic fishing village 100 years old. Fishtown was first settled by Native Americans. When white settlers realized what a good fishing port it was, Fishtown developed into a fishing community and settlment. Fishing reached its peak in the 1930s and quickly declined due to overfishing. Although Fishtown is not home to a […]

Shimek awaits WNBA draft

Updated at 3:23 PM Shimek traded to Houston In what is becoming a crazy day for Liz Shimek, the Phoenix Mercury have traded Shimek (18th pick) and Mistie Williams (21st pick) to Houston for the (15th pick) Ann Strother. ==================== Updated at 2:30 PM Phoenix drafts Shimek in 2nd round The Phoenix Mercury drafted Glen […]

Hello world!

This is where Leelanau.com starts anew. For the past 10 years, we’ve brought you news, feature stories, information and photos from Leelanau County and northern Michigan. We’d like to do it for (at least) another 10 years, and we’d like your help. When we started this, the internet was understood by few. Today, all kinds […]

News Archive

This is the news archive. We will probably be changing how this works as we get more comfortable with the new format. Leelanau News for the Week of March 23 – March 29, 2006 Much more news from the Leelanau News Archive for 2000-Mar/2006. Wow … 6 years of online news!

"State of Our Counties" forum

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area will host a “State of Our Counties” forum at 4:30 p.m. March 22 at the Traverse Area District Library in Traverse City. Administrators from Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim and Benzie counties will discuss services provided by local governments and […]