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Have Some Summer Fun in Leelanau County!

Posted by andi@cherryrepublic.com on 21st Jun 2019

Tackle the Sleeping Bear Dunes ‘Dune Climb’ What’s better than climbing up a golden sand dune? Running back down, of course! Serious hikers can choose to make the 3+ hour trek to Lake Michigan. Just be sure to bring water and sandals … that sand gets hot!   Kayak, canoe or tube the Crystal River A leisurely float or paddle down the lovely Crystal River in Glen Arbor is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Let your fingers skim the cool, clear water between lily pads, watch for Great Blue ...

2019 Mother of the Year Contest

Posted by andi@cherryrepublic.com on 30th Apr 2019

Cherry Republic is partnering with Leelanau Vacation Rentals to recognize those amazing women we call Mom! Tell us why your Mom deserves to be crowned Mother of the Year, and we’ll make sure she’s treated like a queen! Sing your Mom’s praises in 100 words or less. Submit here or email contests@cherryrepublic.com. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 12. Visit https://leelanau.escapia.com/Unit/Details/141178 for available dates; must be redeemed before May 12, 2020. ...

Traveling Test Kitchen

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 18th Apr 2019

February 28 - We're Hitting The Road! March and early April can be a bit quiet in the Republic, so we decided it would be the perfect time for a road trip! Starting next weekend, March 9-10, we'll be packing up our Traveling Test Kitchen and hitting the road. Our goal? Visit Citizens throughout the state and have them give us feedback on some new products we're thinking of rolling out this summer. We hope to see you along the way! March 8 - First Stop: Traverse City! Our Traveling T ...

Celebrating Our Love of Mother Earth

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 18th Apr 2019

If Christmas is our favorite holiday at Cherry Republic, Earth Day is a close second. Because as much as we love brightening peoples' spirits with ruby red morsels of joy, we also love caring for our planet. In fact one of our Core Values is "LIFE: We value and appreciate Northern Michigan and cherries." That's why we've given more than $2 million to mostly environmental and farmland nonprofits since our inception in 1989. Some of our favorite organizations have included the Leelanau Conserva ...

Introducing Citizens of the Republic

Posted by sarahm@cherryrepublic.com on 27th Mar 2019

  Have you heard of the famous ‘Humans of New York’ blog created by Brandon Stanton? He interviewed and photographed individuals in New York City, including quotes and short stories from their lives alongside candid portraits. Stanton’s blog inspired us and got us thinking about how Cherry Republic could learn more about our Citizens. Well, one of our core values at Cherry Republic is Liberty, or wholeheartedness and passion, which means we work from the heart to touch hearts. Anot ...

Glen Arbor Campus Expansion

Posted by andrewm on 23rd Aug 2017

At Cherry Republic, we have what you would call a good problem. We’ve been so blessed with visitors flocking to our Glen Arbor campus that we are, quite literally, bursting at the seams. We simply cannot squeeze any more customers into our store, winery, and cafe. And like many of our fellow Glen Arbor retailers and restaurateurs, we are fortunate to have the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore bringing so many new people to our little lakeside town.   We also realize that with all of ...

A Toast to Resilience: Glen Arbor and the Storm of 2015

Posted by Mary W on 4th Aug 2017

August 2, 2017, marked the second anniversary of the Glen Arbor Storm of 2015. In a way, it's hard to believe it's been two years. Yet when I consider how far we've come since that fateful day, my heart is full of pride for our community. I think it's important to look back, though, and revisit the raw emotions of that time.  The Storm The Storm of 2015 was a sudden and devastating event that rocked our idyllic village to its core that steamy summer afternoon. Crushing winds reached 100 mph ...

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor Letters

Posted by bob on 7th Dec 2016

Re-Arbor Glen Arbor funds have helped clean up much of the damage from the August 2nd 2015 storm. Now comes the fun part: helping those homeowners hardest hit by replanting trees in their yards. Here are some of the requests we’ve received in the past few weeks: “Our property was the hardest hit on Fisher Road. We lost 50 to 75 mature trees. We paid the price to get the driveway open and remove some of the downed trees. We will slowly clear and clean up as time goes by. It was so sad to d ...

New Fall Line Up

Posted by bob on 30th Sep 2016

  The first shades of Fall are painting the leaves here in Northern Michigan. Reds, oranges, and yellows travel over the hills and along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Fall certainly is a beautiful setting for hikes, bike rides, and adventures. Cherry BBQ Spice Rub Cherry Republic’s Cherry BBQ Spice Rub is our new go-to flavor to make dinner extra delicious. This medium heat rub is great on chicken, pork, beef, salmon or shrimp. Ghost Pepper Sauce Just in time for Halloween. Add ...

Cherry Republic's New Spritzers

Posted by bob on 11th Aug 2016

Cherries, wine, and bubbles… how can you go wrong? Introducing two new additions to the vast array of cherry deliciousness here at Cherry Republic: Cherry Wine Spritzer and Apricot Cherry Spritzer. We start with our cherry wine, then punch it up with some bubbles–and some apricot for the Apricot Cherry Spritzer–to create these light and refreshing carbonated wine spritzers. We hope you love them, because no one else in the region, let alone in the country, are producing packaged wine spritze ...

2016 Photo Contest

Posted by bob on 15th Jul 2016

2016 Photo Contest How to enter: You can enter your photos by posting them to our Facebook Page, or posting them on Instagram or email social@cherryrepublic.com. Include the hashtag #BeachesAndPie and the category hashtag, #essenceofnorthernmi, #upnorthkids, or #summerintherepublic  to be sure we know you're entering. More details below. Click to view some of our 2016 entrees. [gallery ids="5210,5209,5208,5207,5206,5205,5199,5201,5202,5203,5204,5198,5197,5196,5195,5193,5194,5188,5191,5189 ...

White Linen BBQ

Posted by bob on 7th Jul 2016

Thank you all for a great evening! Here are some of our favorite photos from the evening. We look forward to hosting more dinners and a big thank you goes out to Jessie Zevalkink for all of the lovely photos. [gallery ids="5094,5095,5096,5097,5098,5099,5100,5101,5102,5103,5104,5105,5106,5107,5108,5109,5110,5111,5112,5113,5114,5115,5116,5117,5118,5119,5120,5121,5122,5123,5124,5125,5126,5127,5128,5129,5130,5131,5132,5133,5134,5135,5136,5137,5138,5139,5140,5141,5142,5143,5144,5145,5146,5147,5148,5 ...

Beach Towels

Posted by bob on 7th Jul 2016

Enjoy a day at the beach wrapped in a Cherry Republic beach towel! Our giant, super thick beach towels are great for drying off after a dip in the lake and there super size makes the ideal place to soak up some sun on the beach. The towels are custom made in the USA specifically for us. Two towels to choose from, above is the red crest towel and below is our Life, Liberty, Beaches and Pie bubble towel. Hawthorn and Colebrook showing off how much they love their fluffy beach to ...

Lemonade Stand

Posted by bob on 7th Jul 2016

Lemonade!... Lemonade for sale!... Get your Cherry Lemonade!... It is never too early to practice your entrepreneurial and business skills! If you are under the age of 10, grab your parents and head to the Great Hall to sign up for your hour long selling time. Times are available Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For $10, Cherry Republic will provide… The stand The lemonade The cups A board to create a sign You get to set your prices and keep half the ...

Ice Cream

Posted by bob on 23rd Jun 2016

The trick to good homemade ice cream is lots of time consuming layering of fun ingredients!  This photo catches Matt our ice cream maker adding caramel sauce.  If you look closely, there are chocolate covered waffle chips in the bucket in the foreground that go in next and almonds in the bowl above him.  Hey, I think he’s making Rain Orchard Crunch! We have 15 years of recipes that have slowly been improved with meticulous notes. Introducing our "Frozen" cream makers. That’s Elsa o ...