After seeing how fantastic her trip up north was via Insta stories, we reached out to Hungry in Detroit, influencer and social media consultant for Detroit restaurants and beyond to ask her to break down her trip for us. She gives you a play by play of the perfect 48 hours in Leland below!
Yo j’adore Detroit peeps!
My boyfriend and I had such a great time in Leland last week, we’re stoked to be sharing it with you! If you’re thinking about heading up north anytime this summer, go the extra few miles past Traverse City into the Leelanau Peninsula for a truly special experience in an absolutely gorgeous town! We picked Leland because we had heard great things and knew it was a little more off the beaten path than places we had visited before. Our trip was packed with great food, drink, sunsets and stunning views. So here’s Hungry in Detroit’s guide to the perfect 48 hour getaway in Leland <3
Arrive at Riverside Inn at 6 pm. Grab a cocktail and a charcuterie board. The board is packed full of great meats and cheeses, mostly locally produced. I’ve dreamt about the truffle raclette ever since eating it!
Check into your room. They have four rooms that range from $150-200 a night. I picked Riverside Inn because I think it’s the most adorable, quintessential bed and breakfast in the area. It also happens to be located right in downtown Leland about a 3 minute walk to town and Lake Michigan.
Enjoy another cocktail on the dock by the river behind the inn before heading down to Van's Beach to watch the sunset. OK THIS SUNSET WAS EPIC and for a good reason because the locals told us Van’s was voted best sunset in America by some travel magazine (although we couldn’t find any evidence of that with a quick Google search). I didn’t look for or see any signs that said no alcohol so enjoy a brew or two : )
Get some great photos with the sunset as your backdrop.
Go back to the inn and crush some sleep for tomorrow’s full day of exploring.
- Mosey around town and check out all the great nick-nack stores. Buy something or nothing. Doesn’t matter, still fun.
- Go to the tasting room at Grand Traverse Distillery and sample several spirits. $1 each. A great way to get feeling good before noon. Buy a bottle of whiskey from Grand Traverse (always good to keep a bottle of good booze around, I mean you are on vacation). They also have some dope bourbon-barrel aged maple syrup. You’re probably going to need to buy two bottles of that.
Get hungry again.
Walk 100 ft down to “Fishtown” to Village Cheese Shanty and get a bagged lunch. It’s under ten bucks and contains so much deliciousness. BE SURE YOU GET THE PRETZEL BREAD! (this is very important hence the caps). The owner comes in every night to bake and slice the meats and cheeses so they are super fresh everyday!
Eat the best damn sandwich you’ve had in years seated at a picnic table on the dock.
Walk ten feet to The Dam Candy Store, a super cute, colorful candy shop that will almost kill you with nostalgia.
- Meet Paul the owner and tour the grounds, while drinking more wine. The tour is $60 for two hours and well worth it. Learn some history regarding the wine, the family vineyard, the Leelanau area and how his varietals of grapes differ than most that are grown in Michigan. There aren’t many vineyards in Michigan that have the proper environment to grow these old world varietals that Verterra is growing, which makes the wine so good. The vineyard was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. If I ever get engaged, I just may want to have my wedding there. It’s gotta be one of the best kept secrets of the area and the view is amazing! You can see Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan from the top of the property.
Cruise back to town and do some serious wine tasting at the Verterra tap room before dinner.
Go back up to the room to chill out/sober up before dinner at the Riverside Inn. Make sure you sit outside on the back deck. What you’re ordering: Octopus Carpaccio, Diver Scallops, and the locally caught Carlson’s Whitefish. The service, the food, the view was all great.
Change into some more comfortable clothes and head next door to the Bluebird Restaurant and Tavern for some late night beverages with the locals. Make friends with them! Crush some cold brews and whiskey shots. Watch someone ride a bicycle into the back of a parked car. Laugh for several minutes. Make your way back to the room because at this point you’re really “tired.”
Wake up later than you had planned at the Riverside Inn. This is what happens when you have just the right amount of fun. Pack up all your clothes and run out the door because it’s time for brunch!
Drive about fifteen minutes north to Northport to chowdown at The Tribune Ice Cream and Eatery. What you’re having? Biscuits and Gravy, Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benny all made from scratch. I know what you’re thinking, “But I can get these dishes anywhere.” WRONG. The love and care that goes into each meal is obvious and makes it SOOO GOOD.
Box up your leftovers because you split three meals among two people.
Head home via M-22 through the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay.
We're only four or so hours away from some of the most gorgeous views in the country. Travel often. Explore your state. These trips don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Remember that you are your experiences and every experience changes you. In my case, this trip to Leland changed me for the better and I can’t wait to go back. Food, booze, hospitality & views 100!
Keep calm and travel often,
Shanley Pearl, Hungry in Detroit