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Neighborhoods can have diverse and unique characteristics and can appeal to some rather than other such as architecture, demographics or density. A neighborhood is a geographically localised community within a larger city, town or region. Neighborhoods are often social communities but can be bound by natural or man-made boundaries. Below is some brief information and history about this community.



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Community: Elk Rapids Village

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Elk Rapids Village

Elk Rapids

Embraced by East Grand Traverse Bay to the west, Elk Lake to the east and Bass Lake to the north, the community of Elk Rapids is one of the most charming of all the harbor towns in Northwest Lower Michigan. Comprised of one square mile, everything is within walking distance: public beaches, unique dining, quaint shops and a modern marina for boaters navigating the waters of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Elk Rapids boasts 99 nights of planned events from May through October. Signature events include Evening on River Street, Sunday Sunset Concert Series, Art Beat Arts and Crafts, Art Fairs, and Harbor Days. If you’re into food, you will love the variety Elk Rapids has to offer, from fine dining to picnic paraphernalia! When the mood to shop strikes, you’ll find a town full of boutiques, art galleries, antiques, and unusual items. Elk Rapids merchants will make sure you get your fix.


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Community: Lake Leelanau Village

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Lake Leelanau Village

Lake Leelanau Village

The village of Lake Leelanau includes its hearty year-round residents; however, as summer comes to the Leelanau Peninsula, vacationers flock to the area to enjoy its scenic beauty, boating, fishing, friendly restaurants, quaint shops and quiet charm along the narrows. In the surrounding area, sightseers can make short trips to Leland, Suttons Bay, Glen Arbor, Northport and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This areas' soils support several orchards and wineries nearby available for agri-tourism.


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Community: Leland Village

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Leland Village

Leland Village

Leland Michigan blends modern amenities with a heritage dating back to 1853, featuring historical Fishtown which has now been preserved for the ages. Leland celebrates excellent lodging, fine restaurants and a wide variety of shops & galleries. Recreational opportunities, including charter fishing trips and excursions to the Manitou Islands are available in the fine Leland Harbor. Leland, home of the annual Leland Wine and Food Festival, is also close to many wineries & tasting rooms. Leland is the departure point for ferry service to both North and South Manitou Islands. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is nearby and Traverse City is about 25 miles to the southeast. As early as 1880, commercial fishermen sailed out of the harbor to catch trout and whitefish, building wooden shacks where they processed their catch and serviced their fleet. Up to eight powered tugs once sailed out of "Fishtown," as the buildings came to be known. Today, the historic fishing settlement and two fish tugs, Joy and Janice Sue, are owned by a non-profit organization, Fishtown Preservation Society. Fishtown is home to a working fishery and a thriving charter fishing business. The riverfront is lined by a boardwalk and quaint shacks that have been converted into tourist shops.


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Community: Northport Village

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Northport Village

Northport Village

At the northern tip of Leelanau County, Northport was the gateway to Grand Traverse Bay and one of the earliest settlements in the county. Today, the village of Northport boasts a fine harbor and park, full service grocery, many other stores including antique shops and art galleries.

The hills around Northport are filled with cherry and apple orchards. The Cherry industry that is so prevalent in Northport and Leelanau County today had just begun in 1853. Leelanau State Park at the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula is home to the historic and well restored Grand Traverse Lighthouse. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse, nine miles north of town, is a historic building built in 1852. It is now a tourist attraction that sits within Leelanau State Park. Events such as the Haunted Lighthouse are held annually. Other parks include Peterson Park and the Leelanau Conservancy's Kehl Lake Preserve.

Northport has gained fame for being an area where the rich and famous can live quietly and anonymously. Chef Mario Batali lives north of town at Cathead point, and comedian and actor Tim Allen routinely spent summers in Northport. Speedskater and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Kuck regularly vacations with his family at their summer home just outside of Northport.


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Community: Omena Village

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Omena Village

Omena Village

Omena is a small community in Leelanau County located between Suttons Bay and Northport. Omena began in 1852 when Reverend Peter Daugherty brought a band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians from Old Mission and settled in what is now Omena. It is said that the name "omena" was an Ojibwe expression that meant "is that so?" or "is that really true." Local tradition says that Rev. Daugherty responded to most statements made by his flock with "omena." Another meaning of Omena is "apple" from the Finnish word, although it is not known if many Finns arrived in the area. Today Omena is perfectly situated on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay and backed by stunning rolling hills filled with orchards, vineyards, farms, and forests. Many of Leelanau Counties orchards are found near Omena, as are many vineyards. One of The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association wineries is located in Omena, and many others are just minutes away near Suttons Bay. The Tamarack Gallery must be visited. According to Traverse Magazine, it has one of the best collections of sculpture to be found anywhere in Northern Michigan. The Omena Traverse Yacht Club forms a center of seasonal social life in Omena. Occasional social gatherings and sailing races take place at the club during the summer.


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Community: Stony Point

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Suttons Bay Village

Stony Point

Stony Point is located in Suttons Bay on the east side of the bay. Suttons Bay is the gateway to Leelanau County and lies midway up the eastern shore of Leelanau Peninsula. The town is fifteen miles north of Traverse City, along scenic M-22. Surrounded by rolling cherry orchards you will find yourself in the heart of Michigan cherry country. Stony point gets its name from its rocky shore and beach sand is minimal. However the point offers spectacular views of West Traverse Bay and Suttons Bay.


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Community: Suttons Bay Village

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Suttons Bay Village

Suttons Bay Village

Suttons Bay is the gateway to Leelanau County and lies midway up the eastern shore of Leelanau Peninsula. The town is fifteen miles north of Traverse City, along scenic M-22. This year round coastal village has a quality all its’ own. The specialty shops, galleries, unique dining experiences, B&B’s and historic inns make this place a truly walkable village. Marina Park is an ideal spot for a family day at the beach. The Suttons Bay marina has 171 boat slips including day slips. With hiking trails at Bahle Park, Hermann Park and the TART trail on the edge of town, you can bike, hike or run to your hearts content. Surrounded by rolling vineyards you will find yourself in the heart of Michigan wine country.

The tall ship schooner, Inland Seas, is docked on the south side of the marina. Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through shipboard and on-shore programs. The knowledge gained through these experiences will provide the leadership, understanding and commitment needed for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes.

The town is home to the county's only movie theater called The Bay. Its fare consists of major hollywood movies, unique art house films, and occasionally the theater hosts plays and concerts. In the summer it hosts the Leelanau Wine and Art Festivals.


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