There are three auto-repair facilities that I highly recomment, all very near to each other---near the intersction of Cass Road and South Airport Road. They're all within walking distance of each other (and McDonalds, and three auto-parts stores). Between the three of them, you can get your car back on the road again.
1. For simple maintenance, Randy's Old Towne service, in the same building with the Holiday Station, Cass and Airport. 231-947-0349.
2. For brakes, mufflers, basic mechanical work, Cliff's Major Muffler. Watch for their sign on the left, as you drive about a block south on Cass Road from Airport Road. The shop is back on a side street, just past Rent-a-Center. 946-4262.
3. For major auto repairs, Auto Tech is the best in town. A block further down Cass, on the right---also back off the road, watch carefully for their sign. Auto Tech is a full-service shop, very honest and reliable, and they'll do their best to get you in in an emergency. Christian-operated, and very trustworthy. 24-hour emergency service, and mobile service if they can do the job on site without towing. 946-6008.
Leland Historic District [Fishtown]
What a clever village Leland seems to be....about 40 years ago, my husband and I had been to Leland, but I don't remember it. I wanted to return on this trip to see if the new visit would "jog" my memory.
Even though I still don't recall that first visit, this new visit is fresh on my mind. Leland certainly is picturesque. Its located on a sliver of land located between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau on the Leelanau Peninsula.. This is a great village for WALKING. The shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums are located within a short distance of each other. I noted that "there is easy access to public beaches, boat launches on each lake, and a river connecting the two."
The best part of Leland, I think, is the Leland Historical district that is known as Fishtown.
Here, there are rustic shanties reminiscent of life and commercial fishing 100 years ago. However, today there are shops and galleries that fill these shanties. Charter fishing trips and a public ferry [to the Manitou islands] exist rather than individual commercial fishing [except for the remaining one called "Carlson's of Fishtown"] There is also a full service marina here where people are able to moor boats on Lake Michigan.
Warning: parking is tight in and around the Historical district. We were there before the actual "season begins", and we found it quite difficult to find a place to park.
1. This shanty is home to "DAM CANDY STORE", which is a clever title since this candy store is located right in front of the river's dam!
2. This photo is of that River Dam.
3. This picture shows the popular and famous CARLSON'S OF FISHTOWN. Fishtown is located at the mouth of the Leland River. Here you find the region's last full-time commercial fishing operation, Carlson's of Fishtown. This store sells fresh and smoked fish and even a smoked fish sausage. We went inside and perused the place. Unfortunately, we had no way to take back any fish.
I'm sure glad that I could not remember that first visit to Leland all those years ago because that lead me to returning this vacation.
Home of the Cherry Festival
" See the countryside of Northern Michigan"
Nestled at the base of Grand Traverse Bay you will find Traverse CIty beckoning you to the wonderful waters of the Great Lakes. Although it is a growing town, you don't have to travel far to explore the countryside around Traverse City. The barn pictured here is just a few minutes from the major shopping area on the west side of Traverse City as US 31 makes its way up from the south.
Traverse City is home to many things, but most notable is the National Cherry Festival held the first week of July every year. There are too many events to list, but probably the most popular would be the air show typically put-on by the USAF Blue Angels Go to http://www.cherryfestival.org/ for more info.