Centrally located in the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula is the small town of Cedar which has a rich history of timber production from the cedar trees that the town is named after. Cedar was home to the Sullivan Lumber Company which made shingles and the Dewey Stave Company which manufactured barrel staves and hoops for the wooden barrels that were used to ship local apples throughout the country. The old Cedar train depot still stands.
Today, Cedar is home to a thriving community of farmers and business people. Every July, the town celebrates it’s Polish heritage with the 4-day Cedar Polka Fest. Big names from the world of Polka come to town for the festival which includes a parade, softball tournament, a polka mass and polka under the giant tent.
The Cedar River is a popular destination to kayak or canoe through the 380 acre Leelanau Conservancy Cedar River Preserve, a wetland area that is home to an abundance of fish, wildlife and plants. The Cedar Rod and Gun Club is where sportsmen meet to target shoot and participate in skeet and trap leagues and take fly fishing classes. Hunter Safety classes are offered at the Club the weekend before Labor Day every year.
The historic Cedar Rustic Inn offers American regional cuisine and a full bar with patio seating available. The Cedar Tavern is home of a great burger and features live music once a week and Karaoke on Friday nights.