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  1. TIN CAN TOURISTS “SHADOW OF THE BEAR RALLY”

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     Original “Tiny Homes” On Tour in Empire, Michigan

     AT INDIGO BLUFFS RESORT  – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

     The Tin Can Tourists Open House is open to the public on Saturday September 16th, from 12 noon to 3pm. 

    The open house is FREE. 

    Indigo Bluffs Resort is located 3 miles east of Empire on M-72 

     The Empire gathering represents a return to the club’s Northern Michigan roots. Founded in 1919 in Florida, winter gatherings were held there while summer gatherings were regularly held in Michigan in Traverse City (where the Civic Center is now), and occasionally Manistee (Orchard Beach State Park.)

    Approximately 40 vintage trailers and coaches ranging in age from the 1930’s to the 1980’s can be toured during this one-day event. It’s well worth the drive to see these “original tiny homes” and meet the people who have lovingly restored them to their former glory. But be forewarned, you may leave this event with a firm urge to downsize to your own stylish vintage camper!

  2. 4th of July

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    Celebrate Independence

    Independence Day gets celebrated usually beginning the day before the 4th with some free, local live music, followed by things to do for everyone. On the “Old School House” lawn – bring your chairs/blankets. From 7 – 8pm, on July 3rd, the Northport Band plays live. FREE to attend, Donations to the Band welcomed. 

    On the 4th:

    The Flag raising ceremony takes place at 10am in Old Settlers Park (located on the corner of Dunns Farm Road and Burdickville Road – CR 616). Organized by Glen Lake Women’s Club, the ceremony begins at 10 am with Invocation by Pastor Logsten of Empire United Methodist followed by Boy Scout Troop 105 presenting the Flag Raising paired with patriotic songs performed by Summer Singers. Key Note: Laurel Jeris / Glen Lake Woman’s Club: Daughters of Liberty – Roles of Women during the American Revolutionary War. Cookies and lemonade for everyone and Children to receive US Flags! 

    Head on down to Glen Arbor and shop/dine – most places are open for at least half the day for visitors. Grab a spot and enjoy the big Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm. Parade leaves from Glen Haven then makes it’s way through to the North/East end of town.

    If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    To Participate in the Parade…

    Want a front row seat at the parade? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible.

    Volunteers can pick up a parade t-shirt at Art’s Tavern the week prior to the 4th. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Want to participate in the parade? Everyone is welcome! Bikers (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon.

    Adventure and beauty awaits

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

    Visit the National Park ~ Discover a new hike, trail, scenic drive or outlook or ride.

    Visit our Events page to see what other businesses and community organizations are up to.

    Events in the Glen Lake area

    Things to do in Glen Arbor | List + Links…


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    Make sure and snap a pic of your #4thofJuly images and share them with us on Instagram!

    Mention @visitglenarbor in your image captions, and also tag these now trending:  

    #findyourpark #getoutside #sleepingbeardunes #GlenArbor #4thofJuly #summer #vacation #GlenLake #takeahike

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  3. Best beaches in the world

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    In the press…

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been catching PR across the nation for years now, although we still want to protect and keep this secluded gem in the Leelanau Peninsula a secret. Despite our feelings, we’re glad to share it with the world, especially because visitors to our area help make our small businesses thrive!

    Sleeping Bear Point was included in the dune walkers category in National Geographic’s list of picks for “21 Best Beaches in the World.”

    About the trail & beach

    See the official park map

    The Sleeping Bear Point Trail is a 2.8 mile loop through the sand dunes with great views of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. There is a 0.5 mile spur hike from the trailhead to the Lake Michigan beach. It is less strenuous than the hike from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan.


    Quick Links

    Discover other Trails & Scenic Outlooks 

    Seasonal Activities 

    Things to Do around Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes 

  4. Pumpkin Fest 2016

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    Join us for the Inaugural pet family friendly Pumpkin Fest on October 22nd from 1-6pm!

    This celebration of fall will take place downtown Glen Arbor all afternoon, giving participants time to carve their artistic creations, enjoy family friendly activities and contests, followed by a Pumpkin lighting at dusk and a community Dinner.

    From 1-6pm Pumpkins will be provided to carve your masterpieces ~ Free and Open to Children of all ages 🙂 Pumpkins will be placed along M22 and there will be a Grand Lighting at 6:30.

    The fun begins with a Costume Parade for Kids and Pets at 1:30pm. From 2 to 5 There will be live music performed by Jack Pine. There will be lots of  fun, family-friendly activities such as face painting by The Painted Lady from 2-4pm, games & prizes at 2, and again at 4, with a pie eating contest at 3pm. The pumpkins will be lit just before sunset at 6:30pm for the event grand finale. Need refreshments?  There will be a  Beer Garden outside  Art’s Tavern.

    While you’re in town, make sure to shop at our small businesses and eat at the local establishments. Also happening the same day at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor is their annual Harvest Fest, right on site. With food and wine tastings, face painting and a brat cookout, there’s plenty of reasons to be in Glen Arbor October 22nd!

    Pumpkin Carving is FREE to participate ~ Open to kids of all ages. Donations Accepted. The Community Dinner is $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids 12 and Under.

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    #fall #event #familyfriendly #pumpkinfest #glenarbor #pureleelanau #shopsmall #eatlocal #thingstodo #harvest #Oktoberfest #livemusic

    Interested in Volunteering or being a Sponsor?

    Please email Linette right away [email protected]

    Event Sponsors

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor B&B

    Cottage Books 

    Northwoods Hardware

  5. Trick or Treating in Glen Arbor

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    Join us on Sunday October 30th 2016, just before Halloween, from 12-4pm for a fun afternoon of trick or treating in downtown Glen Arbor! Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring the whole family for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy!

    Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop off-season sales, get some locally sourced holiday gifts and dine at a variety of eateries.

    Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, take a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take a relaxing scenic drive.

    Event photos provided by Bob Ashmun © Ashmun Portrait Art ~ Thank you. Please contact for permission to use.


    #halloween #trickortreat #glenarbor #fall #familyfriendly #thingstodo

  6. Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Run

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    Yes, this is the 10th Birthday for the Glen Arbor Women’s Club “Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run.”
    Join us for the celebration on Tuesday, July 26th, at 9:00 a.m. in front of Cherry Republic on Lake St. in Glen Arbor, Michigan.  This is a favorite event for both local residents and visitors.  The 5K is open to everyone.  You can run or walk so our young runners and our seniors can both take part.  We’ve made it a family affair with our 1/2 Mile Kids’ Run for the little ones.  The children get to run with the Bear and take home a ribbon along with coupons for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Ice Cream and a game of miniature golf provided by Dale’s Putt-Putt.  So bring the whole family and enjoy a great morning!
    The main focus of this event is to earn money for scholarships for our great high school seniors.  This year we gave out six scholarships each for $2000.00.  They were awarded to Rowan James Brady, Anne Marie Dunklow, Chris Lodge, Garrett Schaub, Seneca Stairs and Jolene Therrien.  Congratulations Seniors!  The Glen Arbor Women’s Club is extremely proud to have given out over $100,000.00 in scholarship money during these 10 years.
    Be sure to arrive early and join us at 8:40 a.m. for a warm-up for our runners and walkers by Lorie Lenhard, from Lorie’s Pilates located in the Village Sampler.  Local entertainer Pat Niemesto from the group New Third Coast and Cherry Republic’s own Lexi Galla will start the run with the National Anthem.  Our Mascot, Running Bear, will be on hand to cheer on all the runners and charm the children.  He loves his photo shots!
    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    our winner in 2015, Zach Ripley crossing the finish line

    The 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Kids’ Run will follow at 9:05 a.m.  The run will leave from the corner of Lake and State Streets.  After the run,  join the “Celebration!”  The 1st and 2nd place winners of 10 age categories as well as the male and female over-all best winners will be announced.  They will all receive metals and prizes from Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery.  We will have lots of great food and a raffle drawing for over fifty prizes for everyone entered in the 5K.  You must be present to win.
    Come out and wish Running Bear a Happy 10th Birthday!  The cost is $15 for the 5K Run/Walk ($18, the day of the run) and $5 for the Kids’ Run.
    You can register online at www.runningbearrun.com, register early on Monday, July 25th at the Glen Arbor Town Hall from 10 – 4, or Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. before the start of the Run.   Early registered runners can also pick up their bibs at the Town Hall on Monday.  T-shirts will be available for purchase there as well.
    Be sure to come out and join the fun!  We know you can run faster than the BEAR!!
  7. Escape to Glen Lake | Art poster Series

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    We’re running a series of posters, developed by our 2016 Chamber Marketing Committee.

    Thank you (Angela Brown of LVR, Brook of La Becasse, Jamie Jewell of the Homestead, Bob Ashmun of Ashmun Portrait Art, and Jeff Gietzen of Northwoods Hardware) for our many brainstorm sessions held at LVR around the conference table over Angela’s cookies. The group collectively dreamt up this concept as a way to promote the places to see and many things to do that uniquely represent our greater Glen Lake area that includes Glen Arbor, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Burdickville, The Narrows, and even stretching to Maple City. After the concept was completed, the poster design/layout was done by Raquel of Rockwell Art & Design. The campaign is also being used as a part of print ads and online promotion, in the GL Chamber’s advertising efforts.

    Photographic images are still being collected, taken or submitted for future poster designs in the series. Feel free to email us your high resolution images and you may get your photo selected to be a part of this poster series! Each photo will be “stylized” using a graphic design technique, to give the image a “painted” retro feel.

    Below is one of the first released in the new poster series, titled “Independence Day” to represent the 4th of July celebrations, highlighting the parade in Glen Arbor. This photo was provided by a local, Don Miller.

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    The series is designed to capture the many things about the Glen Lake area that make it special for residents and visitors alike. The things that make us literally “Escape” when we take in the natural beauty around Glen Lake. The posters will capture the essence of both “Points of Interest” that you must go to or see when you’re here and also the many “Things to Do” that highlight the variety of recreation. The top priorities on our list include •Hiking/Trails •Fall Colors/Wine Tour/Scenic Drives •Pierce Stocking •Heritage Trail •4th of July •Winter Recreation and •Summer Time. And there’s more on the list too.

    The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the first two 18×24″ Art Posters have been printed and are available. They are also available through Jeff Gietzen at Northwoods Hardware for pick up and distribution. The posters can be displayed inside and out – we’ll have exterior building acrylic holders to show off the image on the outside of your shop or home, so you may change out the poster with the next one, year round. They may also be displayed in your own frame/holder on an interior wall or window, as an art piece to proudly represent the area. Rolled up posters in sleeves will also be sold in retail. The retail price will be $15.

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    Posters for sale at…

    Northwoods Home & Gift

    The Cottage Book Shop

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    Contact Us

    Contact Jeff or Raquel if you’d like to display these art pieces on the interior or exterior of your business and/or sell the poster at a location. Extras will be kept at Northwoods Hardware. We will wholesale them to any interested member or party!

    Raquel | [email protected]  Jeff | [email protected]


    Photo Request

    Images desired:
    1. The ultimate Fall Color/Recreation image either touring colors along M-22 or another Iconic scenic drive
    2. The Heritage Trail/Biking in our area. Faces not the focus, but someone or a group/family using the trail. 
    3. Snowshoeing or Cross Country skiing. Must include something in the image that identify’s it as our area, and doesn’t look like it could be just anywhere. 

    To submit: 
    1. Your images must be a high resolution (300 dpi) jpg, and be in Portrait (Vertical) Orientation
    2. Email your images and name to credit to Raquel Jackson: [email protected]
    If selected, your name will be included in print on the poster. 

  8. 4th of July around Glen Lake

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    Celebrate Independence

    Independence Day gets celebrated usually beginning the day before the 4th with some free, local live music, followed by things to do for everyone. On the “Old School House” lawn – bring your chairs/blankets. From 7 – 8pm, on July 3rd, the Northport Band plays live. FREE to attend, Donations to the Band welcomed.  View Event

    On the 4th – the Flag raising ceremony at Old Settlers Park at 10am sharp, to the Parade downtown Glen Arbor beginning at 12pm in Glen Haven then making it’s way through to the North/East end of town. If you’re a boater, you can join in on the boat parade 4th of July evening on Glen Lake beginning at 4pm in front of the Yacht Club.

    To Participate in the Parade…

    Want a front row seat at the parade? Volunteer! We always need as many parade volunteers as possible.

    Volunteers can pick up a parade t-shirt at Art’s Tavern the week prior to the 4th. Bring your own broom to help walk with the parade and sweep the candy back towards the crowd, to keep kids off the street and safe.

    Want to participate in the parade? Everyone is welcome! Bikers (kids and families) and Walkers can join in the parade starting at the Christian Science Church. Cars and Floats participating in the parade, please meet at Glen Haven to line up 45 min prior to the parade start time. The parade begins at Noon.

    Adventure and beauty awaits

    There’s tons of things to do, in and around the Glen Arbor area. From Dining and Shopping, to the arts; Beaches & Boating and a variety of outdoor recreation; to specific places to visit that are great for kids & families. Visit our “Things to Do” page to get started on your Pure Leelanau adventure.

    Visit the National Park ~ Discover a new hike, trail, scenic drive or outlook or ride.

    Visit our Events page to see what other businesses and community organizations are up to.

    Events in the Glen Lake area

    Things to do in Glen Arbor | List + Links…

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    Make sure and snap a pic of your #4thofJuly images and share them with us on Instagram!

    Mention @visitglenarbor in your image captions, and also tag these now trending:  

    #findyourpark #getoutside #sleepingbeardunes #GlenArbor #4thofJuly

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  9. Barn Restoration Workshop | June 13-18, 2016

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    Barn Restoration Workshop – June 13-18
    The park will again be hosting our barn restoration workshop June 13-18th at the John Burfiend Barn located on Port Oneida Road, four (4) miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22.   This year marks the 20th year of the partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops.  The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.
     
    The workshop will address repairing “Barn Floors and Hewn Building Sills and Floor Joists”.  The John Burfiend Barn was the site of the first park and Michigan Barn Preservation Network workshop in 1997.  The course will include 1) basics about structural and load analysis for floors and sills, 2) repair of rough sawn floor boards, floor joist and, 3) repair and installation of hewn sills, 4) exterior siding repair, and 5) tool safety while completing the task presented.  This workshop is again able to provide a unique experience for all participants.
     
    The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques.  The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day.  There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided.  Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend.  Participants can sign up for any number of days.
     
    Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated.  The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework.  Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.
     
    Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop.  Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up. 
     
    Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop.  To sign up by email:  [email protected]

  10. Glen Lake Restaurant Week 2016

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    Glen Lake Restaurant Week offers an array of dining options “From French Fries to French Cuisine.”

    Don’t miss this annual event happening the week before Mothers Day,

    Friday April 29 – Saturday May 7, 2016

    Restaurant week around Glen Arbor is a time to finally discover new local food at a great price, and dine at your usuals too! Throughout the week, show up to each restaurant on the list to experience a unique and mouthwatering time.

    For mouth-watering PHOTOS, updates and offerings – Like + Follow…

    Restaurant Week on Facebook

    Participating establishments will offer their own appetizing 3 course prix-fixe dinner menus for $25. Some establishments will be offering $15 lunch specials as well.


    #foodie #eatlocal #foodporn #GlenArbor

    Participating local Restaurants*

    (Note: not all Menu’s are available yet)

    Art’s Tavern | 6487 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3754

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    Blu | 5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI | Call P: (231) 334-2530 for Reservations

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    LaBecasse | 9001 S Dunns Farm Rd, Maple City, MI | P: (231) 334-3944

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    Little Traverse Inn | 149 E Harbor Hwy, MI 49664 | P: (231) 228-2560

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    Nonna’s at The Homestead | 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI | Call (231) 334.5150 for Reservations

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    Riverfront Pizza & Deli | 6281 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | P: (231) 334-3876

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    The Manor on Glen Lake | 7345 W Glenmere Rd, Empire, MI 49630 | Call P: (231)334-0150 for Reservations

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    Trattoria Funistrada | 4566 W MacFarlane Rd, Maple City, MI 49664 | P: (231)334-3900

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    Western Avenue Grill | 6410 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3362

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    *Please call ahead to see if the restaurant(s) you want to dine at recommends making a reservation.

    2016 Restaurant Week Sponsors:

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast

    Email: [email protected] if you are interested in Sponsoring this event or the Chamber!

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  11. Noteworthy things to CELEBRATE in 2016 around Glen Arbor

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    Glen Arbor, it’s residents and business owners all look forward to Memorial Day weekend, where most of all the seasonal shops are open for the season by this weekend. It’s usually nice weather and is a great kick-off to the summer. There’s been some nice changes in town you can look for when you visit, and some noteworthy things to celebrate in the community! Join us and and #findyourpark at the Sleeping Bear Dunes ~ we might be bias, but it’s our favorite National Park 🙂

    The Heritage Trail is undergoing another completion of a new section being added this season: from Port Oneida Historical District, NE along M-22, ending at Bohemian Rd. in Maple City.

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    • The National Park Service celebrates it’s 100 year Anniversary! Check out Sleeping Bear Dunes Centennial Initiative, and get involved. #findyourpark #sleepingbeardunes

    Glen Craft Marina has been in business for 70 years!!! Wow! When it comes to the Glen Lakes and boating, they know what they’re doing! 

    Northwoods Hardware opened a new sister store this year, Northwoods Home & Gift, offering “Home accessories, Thoughtful gifts and Unexpected surprises.” Visit northwoodshardware.com for more on what’s new around Northwoods. 

    Synchronicity Gallery will celebrate it’s 20th year in business. It will undergo a re-brand this year, gallery openings during the summer, staying open later for after dinner summer shopping, and a few other fun updates! Like and follow them on Facebook year-round for artistic inspiration. 

    • The Good Harbor Grill opens for its 25th season on May 21 ~ Congratulation Ann & Brendan! 

    Leelanau Coffee Roasters celebrates their 20th year of business! 

    Momentum apparel shop has new owners ~ stop in to say Hi and Welcome, and see their get some Glen Arbor and Lake Michigan garb. 

    Century 21 Northland / Northland Vacation Rentals has moved across town into a new space, located at: 6391 W. Western Avenue, Glen Arbor

    The Sylvan Inn and the Gersenson’s other property, The Lakeshore Inn, both underwent renovations and updates this winter/spring, open and ready for the summer season. Visit www.sylvaninn.com for more. 

    Serbin Real Estate will be moving to the west end of town and is renovating the building before moving in. Stop in and say hi to Rob Serbin and his real estate team once they get into the new location, at: 6675 W Western Ave., Glen Arbor. Visit serbinrealestate.com to search their listings and the MLS. 

    Follow the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce on Instagram for more beautiful local images, year round. @visitglenarbor 


    Let us know about other local noteworthy things to celebrate by emailing us[email protected]

    Photo, courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes NPS

  12. Escape to Glen Lake: In the Spring

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    Plan a Spring trip! Escape to Glen Lake for a #springtour in #leelanauExperience #puremichigan #cherryblossoms.

    Things to do in the area...

    Browse our Business Directory for B&B’s, Resorts, Vacation Rentals, Dining, Shopping and more! 

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    Other things to do around Glen Lake in the Spring:

    • Participate in Glen Lake Restaurant Week. Enjoy everything from French Fries to French Cuisine. Restaurant Week happens annually, the week before Mothers Day. This year it happens from April 29 – May 7. MORE about the event | Browse “Dining & Specialty Foods.”

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    • Wine Tastings around the county. You can taste the local wines any time of year, but the annual Spring Sip and Savor event held by the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail happens April 30th to May 1st. View event listing 

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    • Hunt for rocks along the beach. While it might not be warm enough to bust out the swimsuit, you can still say hi to Lake Michigan. After all, it’s right out our back door. Take Totou for a walk too. You can always find a dog-friendly beach to take a hike on near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Just make sure to pick up and discard #2 🙂

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    • Go Shopping. While not all of the seasonal stores are open, most of them will be by May 1. Be the first in to see what’s new this year. Shopping local is always interesting, providing the opportunity to splurge on local artisan made items, gifts, outdoor gear, cherry products, chocolates, and more. Visit our Business Directory for local retailers.

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    • Take a hike. Spring is a wonderful time to hike the woods. The bugs aren’t out yet, the smell and sight of fresh growth is refreshing. Spring is a time of our beloved State flower’s bloom, the Trillium. Seek a forest floor full of these beautiful white blossoms. And Northern Michigan’s ever popular Morel mushroom can be found during the month of May. Learn more about hunting for Morels. | Check out our list of trails to visit.

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    • Weather permitting, get outside to a local Park, or inside to the Library. There’s the Leland Township Public Library in Leland, and the Glen Lake Library, in Empire…both about equal distance from Glen Arbor, in either direction. Glen Arbor Township Park, off of M-22 next to Northwoods Hardware, has Tennis Courts, covered picnic tables, Basketball, and a sandy Playground. The Myles Kimmerly Recreation Area has fields for Soccer and Baseball, a Disc Golf Course, 1 Basketball Court, Picnic/Shelters and Grills, Restrooms, Playground, 2 Tennis Courts, a Forested area you can hike. 

  13. What do you do up north all winter?

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    We thought it’d be fun to answer this common questions as a community and post the results here, and in social media, to create some real conversation with locals and visitors alike.IMG_1908

    Hike around our beautiful lakes and take in gorgeous icy views.

    Read a book with a glass of local wine.

    Ski – cross country the heritage trail or out our backyard; Downhill ski at the Homestead

    Snowshoe – the national park is right our our back door

    Wine tours

    Commit to a fitness program or train for an event…How’s that going for you?

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    Go to Glen Lake Winterfest and eat chili until you can’t eat any more.

    Shovel, salt the walk, carry firewood, repeat.

    Take advantage of the off-season dining deals 🙂

    Knitting groups

    Pickleball in the Glen Arbor Town Hall. Yeah, believe it or not, we get pretty competitive.

    Meet friends for drinks

    Join a committee

    Ice fishing

  14. About the Sleeping Bear Dunes

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    Article by Terry Richard | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Dec. 29th 2015


    “Lake Michigan and its bays are renowned for being the most scenic of the Great Lakes, with turquoise-colored waters similar to the Caribbean because of sandy bottoms and varying depth levels of the water. You almost expect to see palm trees, though a visit during winter would dispel that notion…”sky view of sleeping bear dunes

    Out on the west side of the county, most people don’t even know where the bear sleeps, or that it’s a national park. But, wow, Sleeping Bear Dunes can offer a similar outdoor adventure experience as the best parks of the West.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes is a national lakeshore, not a “national park,” but nevertheless is part of that national program administered by the brown-hat rangers of the Department of the Interior.

    When Sleeping Bear Dunes was carved out of the Michigan landscape in 1970, much of the land already had uses that predated park status. It was a lot easier to bestow the title of national lakeshore on it because it gives managers more flexibility to mesh federal, state and private lands into a workable park.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes covers 71,000 acres on the Lake Michigan shore of Michigan’s lower peninsula. As a point of reference, Sleeping Bear Dunes is across the great lake from Green Bay in Wisconsin and sits quiet close to the 45th parallel of latitude, which also runs through Oregon at Salem and Lincoln City.

    The gateway city is Traverse City, with air service from Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis year round and other major cities during the busy summer tourist season.

    Unlike Wisconsin, which gives up most of its sand to the winds, Michigan collects that sand and has miles of gold sand beaches on the east shore of Lake Michigan. The highest dunes are at Sleeping Bear, though they are “perched dunes” because they sit atop a 450-foot high ridge above the lake
    that was left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age.

    Just inland are huge swaths of sand in this part of Michigan, not unlike the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the central Oregon coast. But unlike in Oregon, the dunes of Michigan’s national lakeshore are limited to non-motorized recreation, though you can take a dune buggy tour beyond the boundaries.

    In addition to the dunes, the national lakeshore is known for two islands that helped give the landscape its name. As the native legend goes, long ago a great fire was burning on the Wisconsin side of the lake, causing a mother bear to flee across the water with her two cubs. She made it to the Michigan shore and sat down to await their arrival. Alas, they never made it, instead becoming islands out in the lake where they drowned. The mother bear never gave up her vigil as she cast her gaze westward to North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island.

    Erosion over the years changed the profile of a bear asleep on the shore, but the two islands are still there to explore. Both were inhabited by pioneer settlers long ago, but life was so difficult that everyone either moved to shore or were buried on the islands.

    The National Park Service acquired most of the islands’ acreage as part of the national lakeshore. A seasonal passenger ferry transports day trippers and overnight backpackers to the islands from the mainland port of Leland. The only long-term inhabitants on the islands are national parks staff,
    though in winter they are not occupied.

    Lodging in historic buildings that were preserved on the islands is limited to official visitors, but that doesn’t stop a steady stream of overnight visitors during the busy June to September season. Walk-in campgrounds are less than a half-mile from the ferry landings on both the North and South Manitou Island, or you can hike further for more privacy in other campgrounds, or look for you own campsite on the north island. South Manitou still has one of the best preserved lighthouse of the several hundred that line the shores of the Great Lakes.

    A visit to the islands can provide unimaginable quiet, the darkest night skies in the American Midwest and easy, mostly level, walking to pocket beaches, a lake and sand dunes. The only similar experience in the Pacific Northwest would be to visit one of Washington’s uninhabited San Juan Islands, though there would not be public ferry service to get there.

    The mainland farms and towns around Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazingly tidy, with none of the urban blight in evidence you would expect in the factory zones in the industrial southern part of the state.

    In 2011, viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America” named Sleeping Bear Dunes the “Most Beautiful Place in America.” Visit and it’s easy to understand why. Lake Michigan and its bays are renowned for being the most scenic of the Great Lakes, with turquoise-colored waters similar to the Caribbean because of sandy bottoms and varying depth levels of the water. You almost expect to see palm trees, though a visit during winter would dispel that notion.

    The area has dozens of inland lakes that send crystal clear rivers flowing gently through the landscape. There are even enough rolling hillsides to allow for a few downhill ski areas, though they would only qualify as the bunny hill in the West.

    The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, just north of Traverse City, are Michigan’s wine growing region. Mainly known for cool weather German varietals, Michigan’s wine isn’t widely known, but is very popular locally and gets consumed without having to travel far.

    In addition to the two Lake Michigan islands, the national lakeshore has two auto campgrounds, wilderness designated by Congress, outstanding dune and lake vistas from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and an historic shipping port and U.S Coast Guard station at Glen Haven.

    Adjacent sites include the historic fishing port of Leland, from where the ferry to the islands runs; the prettiest small town park you will ever see at Empire; and the Betsie Point Lighthouse, where Lake Michigan does its imitation of the Pacific Ocean when winds crash waves 10 feet high on shore.

    This year will be a good time to find a new adventure in a U.S. national park. May it be as pleasant as what waits at Sleeping Bear Dunes, which will be celebrating it’s 100th year!

    If you go:

    Sleeping Bear Dunes Air: Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport has regular service on Delta Airlines to Detroit and Minneapolis and on American Airlines to Chicago. Air fare is around $500.

    Lodging: Traverse City, population 15,000 but 10 times larger in the commercial area it serves, is one of the busier vacation destinations on the Great Lakes. It has all types of lodging and related services; Traverse City Tourism, 800-872-8377, traversecity.com.

    The dunes: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters at Empire is 25 miles west of Traverse City. The lakeshore goes 25 miles north from there, to the ferry port at Leland, or 15 miles south through the park’s Platte River section. Small towns next to the park’s districts offer a variety of services and lodging. Besides hiking, main park activities are paddling the clear rivers, sun bathing on the beaches and biking the long distance Sleeping Bear Heritage multi-use path; 231-326-5134, nps.gov/slbe.

    The islands: Spending a night or more on North and South Manitou Islands ranks among the great national park experiences in America. Book passage with Manitou Island Transit, 231-256-9061, manitoutransit.com.


    Article by Terry Richard, for the Oregonian/OregonLive | Email Author | Twitter: @trichardpdx

  15. Halloween | Trick or Treating in Glen Arbor

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    Join us on Saturday, October 31st from 12-4pm for a fun afternoon of trick or treating in downtown Glen Arbor! Dress up in your Halloween finest and bring the whole family for treats from all participating businesses. This is a wonderful event, open to the public, and free for all to enjoy!

    Beyond trick or treating, it’s a great time of year to shop end of season sales, shop for holiday gifts from your local galleries and artisans, and dine a a variety of eateries in the area.

    Enjoy plenty of family-friendly recreation from a simple hike in the National Park, a bike ride on the new section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, play at the Glen Arbor community park, or take in the beauty of the Nation’s best scenic fall drive, along M-22.

  16. Historic Antique Apples Event

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    Saturday, September 26 from 12 – 4 p.m

    Orchards, historic apple varieties, and more can be discovered during a special antique apple event at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday, September 26 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
    The event will be held at the Kelderhouse farm located on Port Oneida Road.  The Port Oneida Rural Historic District is located along M-22, 13.1 miles north of Empire or about 3 miles north of Glen Arbor.

    Guided programs will begin on the hour.  

    Walk the orchards with a Park Ranger, visit a “nursery,” learn about grafting with the experts, and enjoy this visual taste of history.
    All public programs offered by the National Lakeshore are free.  Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.  This event is the perfect opportunity to “Find Your Park” in the farms of Port Oneida.
  17. Dune Dash

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    Dune Dash – Saturday, August 15

    Want to help, but don’t want to run/walk at the Dune Dash? No Problem –
    We need volunteers to help at registration and as route marshals. Here is the contact info if you can help out: www.dunedash.com, or contact TART Trails at [email protected] or 231-941-4300.

    Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), Inc. is a proud partner of the 4th annual Dune Dash, a 4-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT), to be held at 9 a.m. this Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb. The course showcases the trail, which opened during summer of 2012 within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    The Dune Dash is organized by the creators of the Zombie Run, with support from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and TART Trails. According to Matt Ross, the founder and coordinator of the event, “If you are not familiar with the SBHT, participating in the Dune Dash is the perfect time to experience and support the trail.”  

    The event is on as scheduled despite last Sunday’s storm which knocked down hundreds of trees and rendered the trail impassable. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes volunteer crews have been working with National Parks Service all week to clear the trail. The run/walk starts and finishes at the Dune Climb and follows the flat paved trail, passing by rolling sand dunes and scenic forest before turning around near Glen Haven. The only stretch of the SBHT that remains closed is between Glen Haven and Glen Arbor which will not affect the event.

    All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, professionally timed results, and refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and age-group winners. Packet pick up and late registration will be held on Friday, August 14th from 5pm-7pm at the Filling Station Microbrewery in Traverse City. There will be no day of registration (In accordance to federal law, day of registration cannot take place within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.) Registration ranges from $15-30 per person based on age and prices go up $5 after Thursday, August 13th.

    Proceeds from the event support the continued development of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The event has raised $7,500 to date for trail support. For more information on the Dune Dash visit www.dunedash.com, or contact TART Trails at [email protected] or 231-941-4300

  18. loving summer, post-storm update + resources

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    Loving summer around Glen Arbor

    “We’re here to stay and we’re all loving summer around Glen Arbor – more than ever”… is the feeling you get around the Glen Lake and surrounding areas in Leelanau that got hit by the storm that occurred on August 2nd. We want to encourage you visit and stay because Summer’s not over – and we are OPEN! Experience the natural beauty and uniqueness of the area…now and year round.

    Getting back to normal after the storm

    Everything is getting back to normal at Sleeping Bear Dunes. People are swarming the Dune Climb, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, walking the beaches, and riding the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (from Empire to Glen Haven and from Glen Arbor north to Port Oneida Road).

     

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    The Township crew was out working to clear debris on Forest Haven road, by the SBHT entrance. DH Day Campground still needs some TLC to open. The Park Service Tree Crew has been working in there for the past week and are nearly finished.

    Yoga on the beach is back and benefiting the Friend of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The farmer’s market that takes place by the Township Hall in Glen Arbor will resume next Tuesday as usual – after having to cancel due to the storm. People are rallying more than ever to support their neighbors, form volunteer groups, give generously and all around – just enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

    Helpful resources

    As of August 11th, there are dumpsters for public use located at the Glen arbor park tennis courts. To be used for any kitchen waste that people were not able to fit in their weekly trash pick ups.

    The Glen Arbor Township has started their Glen Arbor relief efforts. There is a FAQ posted on the website along with a button to donate. Visit Glenarbortownship.com for more info. You can also stay posted with their new page on Facebook.

    Cherry Republic started a fund to get the downed trees cleaned up and plant new ones in the Spring. Your donation will be matched by CR. Click here to learn more and to donate. “Bring the Arbor back to Glen Arbor.”

    Residential homeowners: There is help for help residential owners to clean up their properties… (we’re told not for commercial or rental properties). This disaster cleanup group is hoping to work in sections, going from one area to another until their task is done, for FREE…Anyone interested can check in with Elizabeth, the deputy clerk or other township officials, at the Glen Arbor Township Hall | 6394 W. Western Ave | Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | (231)334-3539

    Leelanau County has put out a bulletin about the possibility of securing some financial help for people who’s structures have been damaged by the storm.  Taking photos and getting damage information to the county emergency preparedness’s department, and will be useful and as I understand it may result in the possibility of securing some federal cleanup funds as well.

     

    Related Stories

    • The lights are on + Plan your Trip

    • The August storm of Northwest Michigan

    • Things to do around the greater Glen Lake area


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  19. The lights are back on!

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    The hard work and sense of community around here shined enough light to get us all through the week following the storm of August 2nd.

    As of 8.7.15 evening – The power was restored in and around Glen Arbor!
    It’s a great weekend and worthy to celebrate and enjoy this “Naturally beautiful” area!
    Send a thank you to all the residents, business owners, tree/power/road crews that have come together and worked so hard all week! Maple City, Cedar and Leland got power back the day before.

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    While there was devastation, inconvenience, and loss this past week from the Storm on Sunday August 2nd – we’re all still counting our blessings to enjoy the beauty, community and solitude that our region brings. We’re staying thankful knowing that this storm is nothing compared to catastrophes that are felt around the globe.

    • Storm Stories + Area updates | Read more >

    Changes and openings are occurring DAILY – so don’t be discouraged to visit and seek recreation and solitude in our Naturally beautiful area!

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    Our love and support of the greater Glen Arbor area can be shown more than ever by shopping small!

    #glenarborstrong #shopsmall #summer #puremichigan #vacation

    The beautiful waters of Lake Michigan call you to take a hike. These TRAILS have been cleared and are NOW OPEN… Pyramid Point (all sections), Windy Moraine Trail, Bay View Trail, and Shauger Hill Trail. > Follow the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park on Facebook for updates.

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    Planning your Stay :

    If your visiting the area and plan to stay at an Inn, Bed & Breakfast, Motel, Lodge, Resort or Vacation Rental, we recommend you call/contact the company, rental, or place you’re staying at before coming into town – if you haven’t been contacted already. They’ll be able to give you more specific and relevant information as it pertains to your rental, room and visit.

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    Summer’s not over…

    …and the Seasons ahead still provide opportunity for year round getaways, northern Michigan beauty and recreation!

    > Things to do while visiting the area
    > Stay tuned and visit the listing of local events here
    > Follow us on Facebook for regular updates and posts

    Related Posts:

    • loving summer, post-storm update + resources

    • The August storm of Northwest Michigan

  20. Port Oneida Rural and Cultural Fair

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    NOTICE: The historic Port Oneida Fair event is cancelled due to the storm.  Also the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear​ Chicken BBQ. Any tickets that were purchased for the BBQ can be refunded by bringing your tickets to the Olsen Farm/PHSB office at 3164 W. Harbor Hwy in Port Oneida.

    Friday and Saturday,  August 7-8, 2015

    10:00 am – 4:00

    Every August, the Port Oneida Rural Historic District awakens from its peaceful slumber and comes alive with activity true to the period when it was a community of robust settlers.

    Visitors take a  step back in time at the two-day Port Oneida Fair to experience life as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    Take the trolley, hike, bike or drive (if you must!) to the select historic sites where a variety of traditional rural crafts and activities take place.  Over 100 demonstrators will be hard at work.

    Children can try their hand at crosscut sawing and other farm implements. Oxen cut hay in the fields while artists create paintings inspired by the cultural landscape. Take in a display of antique bicycles, cameras and phonographs. Learn about basket weaving, soapmaking, buttermaking, candle dipping, spinning, and fur trapping. Satisfy your curiosity and walk through many of the historic farmhouses and barns that will be open for tours.

    Pack a picnic lunch to eat at under a tree, or purchase food at various sites.  This is an enjoyable and relaxing, yet educational family time.  The event is hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    For more information, call the Park at 326-5135 or get full Fair schedule here.

  21. 2015 Glen Lake BBQ & Brew Summer Celebration

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    Glen Arbor, Michigan’s annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan micro-brews!

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    The 2015 Glen Lake BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration will be the on the third Saturday in June each year. This year it falls on 

    Saturday, June 20th, 2015, from 2 – 8 pm

    Located at the corner of M-22 and Lake Street, in downtown Glen Arbor, MI

    Glen Arbor area’s annual celebration, saluting the beginning of summer. A gathering of Michigan micro-breweries, BBQ food and other great small plates from local food purveyors. In addition to craft beer, lots of great drink options, non-alcoholic beverages, and a Wine table! There will be Live Entertainment throughout the event, a dining tent to eat, socialize & enjoy the music. This is a family-friendly event located just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Lake shops, restaurants, galleries and recreation.

    1 – 4 pm | Live radio broadcast

    The Brew Crew will be broadcasting live ROCK 105 and THE BEAR 98.1 onsite, live music and prize giveaways.

    2:30 – 4:30pm | Kids Activities

    The Painted Lady Face Art, “Poppy” the Balloon Twister, and Dancing Frog Press providing free artwork to color on, plus selling “Leelanau Love” Color on Art books. During this time will be other games, activities and prizes, providing plenty of things to do with the family and kids!

    4:30 – 5:30pm | What will you win at the LIVE AUCTION???

    • Authenticated M-22 Sign • Weber “Summit” S-240 Gas Grill from Northwoods Hardware
    • 30 x 40 Photographic Canvas Print  by Life on the 45th Parallel Photography • Charter Fishing Trip for 6 from the Sportsman Shop • 2 Night Condo stay at The Homestead • Dining Packages from Blu, La Becasse, and Trattoria Funistrada • Golf, Dine + Stay at The Homestead
    • Recreation Package from Crystal River Outfitters • Leelanau Wine Trail Packages
    • Pelz full-day Golf Clinic • Ski Lift Tickets for 4 at Bay Mountain • 2 Nights at The Sylvan Inn & Gift Basket

    4 – 8 pm | Live Music

    The Rick Hick’s Band returns from Muskegon to provide a flavorful mix of Blues and Motown.

    FOOD |Participating local restaurants and purveyors of fine food providing a variety of BBQ, Pizza, and plenty of options from • Art’s Tavern • Firedog Artisan Pizza • Pleva’s meatsGabe’s meats Cherry RepublicJoe’s Friendly Tavern Nate’s Best Kettle Corn

    DRINKS | Craft beer from various Michigan Micro-breweries, selections at a Wine Table, plus N/A choices from Bay Lavender and the Cherry Republic. The Michigan Breweries include Bells BreweryBrewery Terra FirmaFounders Brewing CoRight Brain Brewery New Holland Brewing CoCheyboygan Brewing CoShortsand more!

    ADMISSION | Admission is $15 per person, which includes an all-day wrist band and four tickets to use toward the purchase of beverages. Food Vendors will be collecting cash for small or larger plates ranging from $5 to about $8. Children under 12 are FREE, and a reduced rate for youth ages 13-20.

    Fundraising Proceeds go to:

    • Glen Arbor Community Park and Restroom • Glen Arbor Flowers • Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) – Manitou Music • Walking Map printing • Other local Community events – like 4th of July parade, Christmas Tree lighting & carols, etc.

    Sponsors that make this event possible: 

    Empire Value Advisors

    The Leelanau Enterprise

    Northwoods Hardware Store

    Life on the 45th Photography

    Art’s Tavern

    Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast

    Cherry Republic

    Leelanau Vacation Rentals

    Serbin Real Estate

    The Sportsman Shop/Mariah Charters

    G.J.’s Rentals

    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

    Crystal River Outfitters/M-22 Glen Arbor/The Cyclery

    The Homestead Resort

    Trattoria Funistrada

    Glen Craft Marina

    Huntington Bank

    Synchronicity Art Gallery

    Elements Fine Home Goods

    Laura Tarsa/MLK Enterprises

    The Sylvan Inn

    Glen Lake Salon

    The Martin Company

    McCahill’s Crossing

    Williams Bay

    Blu

    La Becasse

    Bay Lavender Trading Co

    Firedog Artisan Pizza

    Gabe’s Market

    Joe’s Friendly Tavern

    Dancing Frog Press

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    Volunteer or Sponsor this Event

    Calling all Beer Pourers, Gate keepers, and Ticket Sellers!

    Limited spots left…contact us today. Volunteers receive FREE admission. Please email Katie at [email protected] for available time slots/info.

    Sponsorship opportunities via Live Auction donation or event sponsorship, make this community celebration possible, plus support local and non-profit endeavors. Email [email protected] for sponsor packet and opportunities.

  22. Barn Restoration Workshop in Port Oneida

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    At Burfiend Barn in Port Oneida

    | Event Date: June 18 – 20, 2015

    Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

    The park will again be hosting our successful barn restoration workshop June 18-20th at the John Burfiend Barn located on Port Oneida Road, four (4) miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22. This year marks the 19th year of the partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops. The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.

    The workshop will address “Barn Floor, Siding, Post, Ramp, Window and Door Repair and Construction.” The John Burfiend Barn was the site of the first park and Michigan Barn Preservation Network workshop in 1997. The course will include 1) basics about structural and load analysis for post placement and repair, 2) repair of floors and walkways, 3) wood ramp installation, 5) large and pedestrian door repair, construction and installation, 6) wood window repair, 7) exterior siding repair and installation, and 8) tool safety while completing the task presented. This workshop is again able to provide a unique experience for all participants.

    The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques. The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day. There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend. Participants can sign up for any number of days.

    Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework. Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.

    Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop. Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up. Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop. To sign up by email: [email protected]

  23. BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration

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    Glen Arbor, Michigan: It’s that time of year again, the annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan micro-brews! This family-friendly Glen Lake BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration happens the third Saturday in June each year. This year the anticipated event falls on June 20th, 2015, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm.

    The ever-growing celebration of summer features a variety of Michigan microbreweries, fabulous BBQ food and other great small plates from local food purveyors. In addition to craft beer, lots of great drink options are also available including non-alcoholic beverages and a Wine table! From 1-4pm will be great music and prize giveaways by The Brew Crew during their onsite live broadcast of ROCK 105 and THE BEAR 98.1. From 4-8pm The Rick Hick’s Band returns from Muskegon to provide a flavorful mix of Blues and Motown.

    This family-friendly event is located at the corner of M-22 and Lake Street, in downtown Glen Arbor, is just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Lake shops, restaurants, galleries and recreation. From 2:30-4:30pm, Painted Lady Face Art will be doing face painting. During the event, other games/activities will also be available. From 4:30-5:30pm, will be a LIVE auction, with items to bid on like an authenticated M-22 Road Sign, recreation packages, wine tour tickets, and locally made art.

    Admission is $15 per person, which includes an all-day wristband, plus four tickets to use toward the purchase of beverages. Food Vendors will be collecting cash for small or larger plates ranging from $5 to about $8. Children under 12 are FREE, with a reduced rate of admission for ages 13-20.

    Event Web Page: http://www.visitglenarbor.com/event/2015-bbq-and-brew-fest/

    Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/BBQandBrew

    Volunteer opportunities for the event include free admission! Limited time slots are still available. Contact Katie | [email protected]

  24. Calling all Beer Pourers, Gate keepers, Ticket Seller’s…

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    The BBQ & Brew Summer Celebration will run from 2:00pm until 8:00pm. We have about 80 shifts to fill, so invite friends to join us for some of the fun! If anyone is willing to help with set up please us know. Remember, all volunteers get free admission to the event, Saturday June 20th.

    We have a lot of little details we could use help with, so if you first shift folks want to come earlier; we would gladly take the additional hands.

    We would like the first shift volunteers to show up around 1:30,  second shift is from 3:45-6 and the final shift 5:45-8:30. I am asking that the 6-8pm shift to stay a half hour longer to help with the clean-up.

    Thank you all for your willingness to help and I look forward to speaking with you all soon.

    Katie Rabidoux, Innkeeper Glen Arbor B&B

    BBQ & Brew Volunteer Coordinator

    Please contact me by phone at 231-334-6789 or email me at [email protected]

  25. National Park Week

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    National Park Week | April 18th – 26th, 2015

    America’s national parks are filled with iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. During National Park Week, April 18-26, 2015, you can explore them in depth. Take some time to visit and explore areas of our beloved Sleeping Bear Dunes this week!

    National Park Pass Required, but NPS is waiving entrance fees for April 18th & 19th.

    To kick off the week, join Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for a guided exploration of our night sky on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM at Platte River Point. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight!

    During the week, join the “Find Your Park Scavenger Hunt“, which can be downloaded from www.nps.gov/slbe or pick up a copy at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center. Then share your experiences on social media using #findyourpark. Also, check out the National Lakeshore’s Facebook Page and the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Facebook page. Or follow the Rangers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sleepingbearnps for special daily “Find Your Park” posts at 4:00 PM each day.

    On April 25, Junior Rangers (young and young-at-heart) are invited to spend either the morning or afternoon participating in Junior Ranger Day. Children can earn an official Junior Ranger Day badge. Meet Park Rangers at the DH Day Log Cabin to design your own arrowhead, paint on the beach, learn basic knot-typing techniques, and other fun activities from 10:00 – 11:30 AM or 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Please park in Glen Haven and walk the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the log cabin in the DH Day campground.


    You can get a park pass for the week or for the year, at Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District located in downtown Glen Arbor, or at the Visitor’s Center in Empire, MI

  26. Glen Lake Restaurant Week | May 1st-9th 2015

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    Glen Lake Restaurant Week offers an array of dining options “From French Fries to French Cuisine.” Don’t miss this annual event happening the week before Mothers Day.

    | Friday May 1st – Saturday May 9th, 2015

    Restaurant week around Glen Arbor is a time to discover new local food at a great price, while dining at your usuals too! Throughout the week, show up to each restaurant on the list to experience a unique and mouthwatering time.

    Like + Follow Restaurant Week on Facebook for updates, PHOTOS + offerings!

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    Participating establishments will offer their own appetizing 3 course prix-fixe dinner menus for $25. Some establishments will be offering $15 lunch specials as well.

    NEW THIS YEAR:

    Restaurant Week Passports will be available at each participating restaurant. Get one and take it to each place you dine to get stamped during Restaurant Week. The participants with the most stamps who return their Passport at the end of the week will be a part of a drawing to win local gift cards. We will personally contact the winner, as well as make an announcement via Glen Lake Chamber + Restaurant Week social media.


    #foodie #foodporn #GlenArbor #eatlocal


     

    Participating local Restaurants*

    Art’s Tavern | 6487 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3754

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    Bear Paw Pizza | 6444 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI  | P: (231) 334-2327

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    Blu | 5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI | Call P: (231) 334-2530 for Reservations

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    Boonedocks | 5858 Manitou Vw , Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-6444

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    LaBecasse | 9001 S Dunns Farm Rd, Maple City, MI | P: (231) 334-3944

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    Little Traverse Inn | 149 E Harbor Hwy, MI 49664 | P: (231) 228-2560

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    Nonna’s at The Homestead | 1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI | Call (231) 334.5150 for Reservations

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    The Manor on Glen Lake | 7345 W Glenmere Rd, Empire, MI 49630 | Call P: (231)334-0150 for Reservations

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    Trattoria Funistrada | 4566 W MacFarlane Rd, Maple City, MI 49664 | P: (231)334-3900

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    Western Avenue Grill | 6410 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI | P: (231) 334-3362

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    *Please call ahead to see if the restaurant(s) you want to dine at recommends making a reservation.

    2015 Restaurant Week Sponsors:

    Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Northern Express

    Thank You ~ to a generous Anonymous sponsor!

     

  27. Results: Winter Fest 2015 | Chili Cook-Off + Fishing Contest

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    A lot of people came out Glen Lake Chamber’s Annual Winter Fest event. There was very nice community support, especially with the extreme winter weather conditions…below zero wind chills, white out driving conditions, drifting, and constant snow fall. (see image gallery below…)

     

    Perch Fishing Contest Results…

    Despite the almost un-fishable winter conditions, 52 people participated in the ice-fishing contest, Raising $520 For Glen Lake. Scholarship fund. By far the worst conditions in the 18 years running the tournament.

    Ken Fosmore took 1st place with a 11 7/8 in Perch;
    Second place was Joseph, an 11 in. fish;
    Third place was Tim Egeler with a 9 7/8 incher;
    and Sam Shimek with 8 3/4 in. fish.

    Chili Cook-Off Results…

    There were 425 Attendees, with generous donations, we had over $5,000.00 in proceeds! Proceeds will given to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake Scholarship Fund.

    All but one Chili lasted, and the crowd gave up by about 2:45 pm.
    Randy Chamberlain, Chef/Owner of Blu in Glen Arbor, with his son Logan took first place, by popular vote, with their Black bean-chorizo Chili topped with homemade frito’s. Their First win in 10 years….very proud!
    The first time we’ve had The Homestead enter, taking 2nd place; Cherry Republic took 3rd, Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor took 4th, and Bear Paw took 5th.

    Image Credit: Char Davis, local artist/owner of Dancing Frog Press took pictures for the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce of the scene around the Glen Lake area.


     

    #winterfest #glenarbor #chilicookoff #iceskating #perchfishingcontest #glenlake #artstavern #boonedocks #thesportsmanshop

  28. Trail Conditions | Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

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    Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

    Trail Conditions | Thursday, 2/05/2015

    The SBHT was groomed Wednesday, 2/04/2015. About 3 inches of new snow fell over the last couple of days and the groomer crew was out on the trail with the roller to build more base.

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    BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

    Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road) to Glen Haven – EXCELLENT – Base of about 6 inches. Classic tracks have been set on the outside of the trail with corduroy between for snowshoers and skate skiers.

    Glen Haven toward the Dune Climb – GOOD – This section of trail has a thinner base (2-4″). Classic tracks were set from Glen Haven to the Dune Climb.

    From Empire to the Pierce Stocking Drive – EXCELLENT. This section of trail has some steep hills and the groomers do not lay classic tracks. The whole trail is corduroy.

    The section of trail between the Dune Climb and Scenic Drive has some driveways and steep hills. It has been groomed with a corduroy finish with no classic tracks.

    >Trail Grooming and Information provided to you by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

  29. FREE Ice Skating all Winter | Glen Arbor

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    Thanks to the efforts of a group of local businesses and committed individuals, we are excited to offer another winter with our outdoor ice-rink, located in Glen Arbor Township Park!

    Ice skating is free and open to the public as long as weather conditions allow. A great family-friendly winter activity, just remember to dress warmly!

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    Ice skate and hockey stick/puck rentals are available all season at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor, located within the Crystal River Outfitters Recreation District on M-22.

    Be sure to come visit the Glen Lake area during Valentine’s Day weekend, as the Chamber hosts their annual Glen Arbor Winter Fest.  Enjoy a weekend of winter festivities including a chili cookoff (on the deck of Boonedocks), perch fishing contest on Big and Little Glen, as well as ice skating any time!

    >Click here for more Winter Fest info.


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    Want to hit the trails?

    We have some of the best conditions this winter for Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.

    The SBHT (from Empire to Glen Arbor – through the National Park) is groomed by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. They also provide up-to-date Trail info. Check out their website to subscribe to email updates, and we will also post updated info here on our blog, and in our Social Media.

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  30. BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

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    Groomed by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes + Trail info provided by.

    The SBHT was groomed today 1/30/2015. About 6-8 inches of new snow fell over the last couple of days and the groomer crew was out on the trail yesterday and this morning with the roller to build more base.

    cross country skiing_heritage trail_glen arbor_dunes_groomed 2015 winter

    BEST SKI CONDITIONS OF THE SEASON!

    Glen Arbor (Forest Haven Road) to Glen Haven – EXCELLENT – Base of about 6 inches. Classic tracks have been set on the outside of the trail with corduroy between for snowshoers and skate skiers.

    Glen Haven toward the Dune Climb – EXCELLENT – This section of trail has a thinner base (2-4″). Classic tracks were set from Glen Haven to just north of the Dune Climb. At the Dune Climb, the base is less, so the trail is just corduroy for a short distance.

    From Empire to the Pierce Stocking Drive – EXCELLENT. This section of trail has some steep hills and the groomers do not lay classic tracks. The whole trail is corduroy.

    The section of trail between the Dune Climb and Scenic Drive has some driveways and steep hills. It has been groomed with a corduroy finish with no classic track.

    Information provided to you by Friends of the Sleeping Bear. Learn More, Become a supporter.

  31. Explore the National Lakeshore…by snowshoes!

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    Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter!

    Join park rangers for a guided snowshoe hike this holiday season and every Saturday throughout the winter.

    The first hike of the season will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The snowshoe hikes will continue to be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through March 7, 2015. Meet at the National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

    If you don’t have your own snowshoes, a pair will be loaned at no charge. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun.

    Reservations are required whether you need to borrow snowshoes or have your own. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants.

    Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5010, for details and to make reservations.

  32. First Day of Spring

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    While it’s the First Day of Spring, and we just got a layer of fresh white powder last night, we’re still full of sunshine, and getting ready for spring around here in Glen Arbor. Anticipating drives on M-22 and the many county roads to see the hillsides turning from white to green, Morel Hunting in the Sleeping Bear National Park, Cherry blossoms blooming in the orchards, and Spring rainstorms rolling in over Lake Michigan…just to name a few…

     

  33. Free Ice Skating all Winter

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    Thanks to the efforts of a group of local businesses and committed individuals, this year we are excited to have a public ice rink located in Glen Arbor Township Park!

    Ice skating is free and open to the public as long as weather conditions allow.  Ice skate and hockey stick/puck rentals are available all season at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor, located within the Crystal River Outfitters Recreation District on M-22.

    Be sure to come visit us during Valentine's Day weekend, as the Chamber hosts their annual Glen Arbor Winterfest.  Enjoy a weekend of winter festivities including a chili cookoff (on the deck of Boonedocks), perch fishing contest on Big and Little Glen, as well as ice skating any time!  Click here for more Winterfest info.

     

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