Shanty Chic

Tread the creaking walkways of Leland’s Fishtown, where historic fishing shacks now house tiny waterfront shops on Lake Michigan’s shore. It’s just one stop on the famed M-22 loop, which traces a confetti of wineries, trails and towns on the Leelanau Peninsula.
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At Leland Gal, a painter takes her work from canvas to fabric, her brightly colored repeating patterns adorning a growing array of products. Take home throw pillows, handbags, dog beds, leggings and more, printed with patterns that include boats, fish, flowers or glinting water.
Neat shelves of jelly beans and gummy candies line the walls of Dam Candy Store, where you can scoop a personalized mix of treats. Don’t miss a house-made waffle cone stuffed with richly fudged Michigan Pot Hole ice cream, from Detroit-area Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream.
Dozens of designs grace Spørck Tileart’s hand-carved ceramic tiles, which the proprietor
crafts in his Leelanau Peninsula studio. Take home one as a vacation memento, or order a set to install at home. Decor finds include lake-hued glass fishnet floats encased in knotted rope.
Village Cheese Shanty builds sandwiches on pita, baguette or pretzel bread. For hyper-local flavor, try the Leelanau, stacked with roast beef, veggies and Leelanau Cheese peppercorn fromage blanc, made on the peninsula. Shop the displays of local products, including cherry jam.
Score a new topper at Diversions Leland, which hawks hundreds of hats and caps from makers like Panama Jack, Parkhurst, Stetson and Michigan’s Stormy Kromer. Also find T-shirts and souvenirs stamped with the Fishtown logo, plus jewelry, toys and gifts.