I was so excited to visit Historic Fishtown. I had recently discovered it when I was looking into our trip and couldn't believe I didn't know of this place before. It's in northern Michigan, right along Lake Michigan. It was a commercial fishing district and has provided a livelihood for residents for over a century! Fisherman reached Lake Michigan by way of the Leland River. Small fishing shanties and ice/smoke houses lined the river, now gray and weather-beaten.
I was honestly amazed at this little town and the charm it provided. While some of the shanties serve their original purpose, others were converted into cute candy shops and clothing boutiques! We had a blast strolling along the boardwalk, checking out the dam, the little shops and devouring delicious ice-cream. The sunset was the perfect touch to our evening in historic fishtown!
We explored the town after spending a day on South Manitou Island. Leland is a commercial fishing area as well as headquarters for transportation to the Manitou Islands. After we arrived back from the ferry and checked into our Inn (cannot wait to tell you guys the story on this!), we headed back to fishtown to dine at their local restaurant, the Bluebird Inn. Delicious!
There was one little fishing shantie called The Crib and it was so cute. They had so many pretty dresses, jewelry pieces and even some Betsey Johnson socks and tights! I picked up one of those bird cage necklaces and have been wearing it constantly lately.
I had such a fun time in this little town and exploring northern Michigan. It's unbelievably beautiful up there... and who knew all of this was only a few hours from us? I had no idea! I'll be posting on the islands this weekend... and next week I have the story about our experience at the inn we stayed at... and my outfit from a cute festival! Have a great weekend, everyone!