Day Tripper: Glen Arbor

07 July, 2014

I have pretty much lived in northern Michigan my entire life. I spent my summers at the family cottage on the lake and lazy afternoons on the shores of Lake Michigan when family came to visit. Local sight-seeing adventures were done on school trips and rarely with family.

Mario Batali has a vacation home and spends his summers here.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes were voted the Most Beautiful Place in America in 2011.

Michael Moore brought back the State Theatre and hosts a film festival in Traverse City.

And we have one of the best performing arts school right in our backyard.

But when you live here, it's home. You accept it for what it is, where it is and how it shaped you to be the person you are for having lived there.

One of the things I've been trying to do more of is to look at the world around me with fresh eyes. To see where I live as if I'm visiting it for the first time.

Last week, a couple friends of mine and I loaded their kids in the car and headed north, to Glen Arbor. It's about a 45 minute drive from home base and much to the dismay of one of my friends, not somewhere I have spent any time. We visited one of my favorite local shops, Cherry Republic, for all things cherry related, had lunch at Boonedocks and then headed off to the dunes.

The ladies are ready to do some exploring after a fantastic lunch at Boonedocks. 

First stop...Cherry Republic! Their Green Cherry Salsa is ridiculous. 

The rest of the day was spent in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore. It is easy to see why it was voted America's Most Beautiful Place in 2011. 

Our next trip will include trekking down to the water. We may need to pitch a tent a spend the night at waters edge before crawling back up the dune. 

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