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  1. Top list of things to do while visiting the Glen Arbor area

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    Summertime! We’re so fortunate to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Summertime is prime tourism season and when you visit, you want to make it count. We’ve compiled a list of our top favs, “Things to Do” while visiting Glen Arbor by category…

    Anyone’s favorite “must do” while you’re here

    Considered a “must do,” the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive offers world-class vistas and a perspective of the variety of vegetation and history of this treasured landscape. 

    A true gem of the area, enjoy a section of the non-motorized Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Open year round and well maintained, this allows you to travel the variety of landscape and lakeshore while walking, running, biking or rolling! Visit for more info. (Did you know? Sections are also maintained in the winter to xc-ski or snowshoe!) 

    One of the most visited parts of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, experience the The Dune Climb.  A steep, sandy climb…take a break then speed back down with delight! A favorite for all ages. Restrooms and vending machines available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day. (NOTE: Bring water & sunscreen! It gets especially hot on the sand in the elevation. Know that the “Dune Trail to Lake Michigan” is a 3.5 mileRound trip is 3.5 miles and may take 2-4 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition.) 

    You may have seen the “Cannery” in famous images of the area, visit Glen Haven, just SW of Glen Arbor, see the historic Boathouse Museum (in the Cannery), General Store and Blacksmith Shop. Restroom facilities available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Like History? The Empire Museum Complex in Empire, features  multiple buildings including a Sail & Rail display, a barn with horse-drawn equipment, a fire house, a blacksmith shop, an old saloon and more. Contact them for current hours to visit, learn and explore.

    Get a taste of the local region, shop a variety of vendors at the Glen Arbor Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays from 9am-1pm, June – early Sept. > See the Event Calendar

    Great for Kids and Families: 

    Take a Kayak Trip ~ Fun for kids of all ages, the Crystal river is shallow and beautiful. You can select a Kayak Trip based on time, so you can choose the appropriate amount of time on the water for your group. Listing of businesses offering Recreation. 

    Charter Fishing ~ Get out on the big water and enjoy the sun, waves and bring in a big catch! Sure to make memories. See list of Charters & other Boating opportunities: Beaches & Boating

    Glen Arbor Township Park ~ walkable distance from most any point in Glen Arbor, make a pit stop to the newly renovated Township Park, located next to Northwoods Hardware, corner of M-22 and State Street. It’s equipped with a public restroom picnic seating under a pergola, water bottle refill station, the coolest playground, green spaces, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, sidewalks throughout, a pavilion, and public parking. 

    A shorter hike good for most all ages and abilities, with a rewarding view, do the Pyramid Point trail, part of the National Lakeshore. >>List of  trails.

    Bike ~ Glen Arbor is central to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (a non-motorized, maintained, paved or grated trail) offering a safe and scenic experience of the Lakeshore. Open to walk, run or bike in the Summer, maintained sections are also perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter. Need to rent equipment? See our list of businesses offering Recreation. Find out more about the SLHT via our list of  trails.

    Glen Arbor Arts Center hosts events year round like art classes for children and adults; Also known for their Summer-long, family friendly “Manitou Music Festival” events, their annual free “Dune Climb” concert in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

    > View our full post on “Things to Do/Kids & Families”

    For the adventure seeker: 

    Paddle-board ~ on the Glen Lakes for sights of the Dunes over aqua colored, Caribbean-like waters.

    Mountain Bike a newer and developing trail in Palmer Woods Forest Reserve, part of Leelanau Conservancy. >> Palmer Woods

    Cyclists like to train and ride M22 and other county roads, known for their hills and winding scenery. 

    Kayak Lake Michigan ~ Enjoy a different vantage point of the shoreline…from the water! This activity is recommended with a guided tour or experienced boaters. Guided tours provided by All About Water

    Swim ~ suit up and take your pick of stunningly beautiful and secluded inland lakes or Lake Michigan. Get in a refreshing dive and some exercise! 

    See the iconic view from the “Empire Bluff” trail in the National Lakeshore. Round trip is 1.5 miles with hilly landscape, Beech and Maple forest, fields and Dunes. The trail leads to a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. For your safety and to protect the environment: please do not descend the bluff. Trails & Scenic Views

    Shopping & Dining:

    We have some of the best Art Galleries with a compilation of well known Midwest & International Artists, make sure to experience each and surely find a treasure. Some Galleries and the Glen Arbor Art Center host Artist Receptions and Gallery Openings throughout the season. While out for the evening, stop and enjoy an opening. > List of Art Galleries

    Tasting Rooms: Part of the newly formed Glen Arbor Village Wine Trail, enjoy sips of wine and cider at each of these locations, featuring indoor and outdoor, family friendly spaces: •Glen Arbor WinesCherry RepublicM22 Glen Arbor

    Glen Arbor Art Fair ~ Hosted by the Glen Lake Women’s Club, annually at the Town Hall, happens mid-July on a Wednesday. For more info and to see more upcoming events, view our Event Calendar.

    Glen Arbor has a wide variety of shopping destinations all worth knowing and visiting! From Murdicks Fudge at the Totem Shop; Find jeans and swimsuits, buy bicycles and paddleboards; suit up in lifestyle clothing, resort wear or find a new “up north,” “Mitten-themed” apparel from Momentum or Bay Wear; Glen Arbor is also home to the famous Cherry Republic & Arts Tavern; decorate your up north home or cottage; shop Cottonseed and Becky Thatcher Jewelry, and more! >> View all Specialty Shops

  2. Celebrate Summer at Cherry Republic

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    Celebrate Summer June 21st at Cherry Republic!

    Join us as we mark the official start of summer with the second-annual product release of our Sunset Blush 100% Montmorency Cherry Wine this Friday, June 21!

    It’s Sunset Somewhere will be celebrated at all six of our Michigan retail stores.

    Free tastings of Sunset Blush Wine — along with complimentary drink specials, appetizers, and summer giveaways — will highlight this FREE event. Hope to see you there!

  3. Sips, Chips & Dips

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    Sips, Chips & Dips
    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
    Saturday, March 23, 2019
    12 PM to 5 PM
    $10 per person

    Join the casual fun on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 12 PM to 5 PM as participating wineries pair everyday snacks with Leelanau wine. This is a fantastic way to try lots of your favorite munchies and see how great they taste when complemented by wine. Tickets are $10 per person and include a snack-and-wine pairing at each participating winery, along with a fun souvenir wine glass.

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  4. Taste the Passion

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    Taste the Passion
    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
    Saturday & Sunday, February 9 & 10, 2019
    $40 per person

    Join Taste the Passion – the SWEETEST event of the year! Winter Wonderland is here, and there’s “snow” much fun to be had along the trail! Gather your friends and embark on an adventure of snow-covered vineyards and sweet and savory bites paired with amazing wine, a Snow Fun Photo Contest, pop-up shopping and the chance to create your own wintery bliss. This fun-filled winter celebration along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail takes place Saturday, February 9, from 11 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, February 10, from 12 PM to 5 PM. Tickets are $40 per person for both days and include a souvenir wine glass and delish wine and food pairings at each of the 24 participating wineries. Whether you’re hand-in-hand with your valentine or traversing the trail with your gal pals, it’s sure to be an unforgettable blast! Ages 21+, no refunds.

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  5. Sips & Soups

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    Sips & Soups
    Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    12 to 5 pm
    $20 per person

    Experience the magic of the wine trail covered in a glistening blanket of snow, while sipping savory soups and hearty chilis paired with delicious Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Chardonnays and more! Tickets to this SOUPer event are $20 and include a souvenir wine glass and soup and wine pairings at 20 wineries. In addition, $5 for each ticket sold is being donated to local food banks coordinated by Leelanau Christian Neighbors. Ages 21+, no refunds.

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  6. Leelanau Peninsula Named in the Top 3 Best Wine Regions

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    October 1, 2018 (Leelanau Peninsula, MI)

    Leelanau Peninsula Named Top Wine Region Consumers Name Leelanau Peninsula in the Top Three Best Wine Regions in the Country by USA Today and Favorite Overall Wine Trail in Michigan by Michigan by the Bottle.

    The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail has been named in the top three best wine regions in the country in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest promoted by USA Today. In addition, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail was just named Best Overall Wine Region in Michigan by Michigan by the Bottle Readers’ Choice Awards.

    “We are thrilled that Leelanau Peninsula has been recognized by both the USA Today and Michigan by the Bottle,” states Lorri Schreiber, Executive Director of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. “It’s such an honor to be included on these exclusive lists.”

    In addition to best wine trail, Leelanau Peninsula achieved several other awards by the Michigan by the Bottle Readers’ Choice Awards including Toast the Season, taking place in November, as the best wine event and Blustone Vineyards as the best winery.

    “We’re excited to hear that guest are enjoying our wineries and events and are working hard to continually enhance their experiences while hanging out with us along the trail,” shares Schreiber.

    Did you know? 

    The Leelanau Peninsula is the second oldest American Viticultural Area in the state of Michigan. The area is now home to 25 wineries with 680 acres of wine grapes–a quarter of the state’s total. The cool climate produces wines that are often crisp, clean and balanced, as well as ice wine. The trail is divided into three mini-trails for easy touring: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Peninsula Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. Wineries are located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.

    For more information, please contact: Lorri Schreiber Executive Director, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (231) 944-5220 [email protected]

    Photo credit: Nick Wisda © All Rights Reserved. ® Shot at Rove Estate, Vineyard & Tasting Room