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Notes From A South Manitou Island Lighthouse Keeper

Posted by Mary W on 26th Jul 2019

Nature's Way From The South Manitou Island LighthouseBy Jonathan SchechterThe landscape that is now Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is rightfully described as a masterpiece of ice, wind and water. It came into existence some 13,000 years ago as the last great glacier retreated leaving behind a raw landscape that gave birth to our Great Lakes and the rugged moraines along the western shore of northwest Lower Michigan. And then as winds howled, and waves crashed against the shores for hundr ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sutherland's Leaf Day Adventure

Posted by bob on 20th Oct 2016

Due to the thunderstorm, we started out on our third annual Leaf Day hike a little later than usual. The boys wanted to hike the dunes, so my goal was to hit the most remote and difficult-to-get-to spots on this special day off from work and school. Steph dropped me off with the boys at the southernmost point on the Sleeping Bear Dunes - The Scenic Drive overlook. Unfortunately, she could not join us as she had work to do in Grand Rapids, so she gave the boys and me some big hugs to carry ...

2016 Glen Arbor Area Winter

Posted by bob on 28th Jan 2016

Above is a favorite angle of the Crystal River at the Dunns Farm Rd culvert. Here is a second view of the Dunns Farm culvert looking straight up the Crystal River.  If you have never paddled the Crystal in the winter, this mild winter would be a great year to do it. Can you see the duck in flight at the far side of the Crystal.  If the river freezes over, the ducks all head to Lake Michigan. The plows were out in mass.  We had a two hour school delay, which is almost as ...

Cherry Republic's Leaf Day

Posted by bob on 7th Oct 2015

What should citizens do on Leaf Day? Dress up? Give gifts? Hide Baskets? Make a big dinner? Those are all too much work. How about do nothing. How about a purposeless day? A day to just reflect on the beauty of nature? Leaf Day was created by Cherry Republic to celebrate the amazing colors of fall, and to take a day to reflect or enjoy the outdoors in the last of our good weather.  We are all so busy all summer and into fall that we don’t often find time to just enjoy the outdoors.  Leaf Day w ...

The Great Bay to Bay Trail-Breaking

Posted by bob on 25th Sep 2014

Just one of many amazing Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore views that we will enjoy during the hike. A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to Good Harbor Bay at the north end. While the project is not fully funded yet, we're hoping that the park will start building the trail a year from now and complete it by the summer of 2016. Naturally, ...

Escape the Fourth of July Crowds in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 2nd Jul 2014

Local Fourth of July fireworks display over Glen Lake, 2013. The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest weekends all summer in northern Michigan. Visitors from around the country flood the soft beaches, crystal blue waters, and energized towns to enjoy true American freedom. All those people can be a great amount of fun -- what's a parade without a big happy crowd. Sometimes though, we need a little peace and quiet. If you are looking to escape the crowds this Fourth of July week ...

Riding the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Posted by bob on 11th Jun 2014

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has long been renowned for its beauty. Spectacular views of the dunes, rolling hills, inland lakes, and of course Lake Michigan are everywhere. Until recently, soaking in this gorgeous landscape was most easily accomplished by car. A short drive to one of the scenic overlooks or along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive would have you face to face with the majesty of northern Michigan. Sure, you could bike or hike along the roads, but few people with young ...

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Posted by bob on 22nd May 2014

Just one of the many breathtaking vistas to be found on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive No list of northern Michigan scenery is complete without a mention of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Situated between Glen Arbor and Empire it offers spectacular views, firstly through forest and across Glen Lake, and then over the dunes and out across Lake Michigan. A little over seven miles long, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive snakes its way through the steeply rolling hills of the Lake Michigan shoreline. ...

Surfing in Northern Michigan

Posted by bob on 19th Apr 2014

Surfers heading to the beach at Sleeping Bear Point. Photo: Beth Price. It may be about a thousand miles to the nearest ocean, but you can surf in northern Michigan. While the waves are usually small, the right conditions can produce surprisingly large and high-quality surf. Sadly, those conditions aren't that common until the fall. But after mid-October, the winds whipping off Lake Michigan really start to pick up. For the adventurous few who surf the Great Lakes, these gales create a uniqu ...

Lost & Found in Glen Arbor

Posted by LauraAnn on 7th Sep 2012

A look at a sampling of what was left behind in Glen Arbor after the summer of 2012: We understand leaving behind a copy of Coup D'Etat in your Leelanau Vacation Rentals cottage or condo....but a Shampooch and Tooth Fairy 2 DVD?  For shame! This handsome and well-loved leather fanny pack misses its owner.  There was even the perfect skipping rock inside, along with earplugs, lens cleaner and a lighter.  Portable party in a pouch! Annika or your parents - please email us your ...

Forest Warriors

Posted by LauraAnn on 31st May 2012

Continued from the 5/31 Orchard Report email newsletter ....I have to pull the leaves out from between his toes. The sky starts thundering and lightly raining. Before one of the boys asks to leave, I say “The animals can’t hear us in the rain, we’re sure to catch them.” The whole world is a feast to our eyes-- dusky plush and green; to our noses-- earthy pine and fog; to our bare feet-- moss, sand and bearberry. The rain stops and we sneak up a hill hoping to catch a rabbit sleeping on the ot ...

A Golden Opportunity

Posted by LauraAnn on 24th May 2012

This post was written by Alex Lowry.  She and her family were Cherry Republic's millionth gift box recipients.  Inside this box they found our Golden Ticket, which automatically earned them a trip to Glen Arbor and a peek into the inner workings of Cherry Republic.  Here are her reflections on their trip: I need to start with a confession. Last year I, a lifetime Cherry Republic faithful fan, unsubscribed from the Orchard Report. I know it sounds blasphemous, but after several years of unsucc ...