I first came to the Leelanau Peninsula over a decade ago. My wife, Susi, went to college in Michigan, and she had friends near Traverse City. We rented a house on a little beach for a week. The next year it was two weeks, the next year three, then four. We ended up buying a 1940’s fish camp on Lake Michigan, did some renovation, put in a pizza oven, and fell in love with the place. Now we’re here from late June until Labor Day weekend.
The food scene has really exploded in the region. There are farmers’ markets and hip-looking people farming and butchering. It’s very cool. Even in our town of less than 1,000 people, there’s a great weekly farmers’ market in the summer. The chefs involved in the scene celebrate what’s here; they’re not trying to be anything they’re not. Now people are coming for gastronomic tourism.
Check out some of my favorite spots!