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Sunny Day in Glen Arbor

It is raining today, but some times you never know if you will get a break from the fabulous weather and you just need to do a run to town.   Some times a sunny day is a good errand day–especially if you get a straight up, Northern Michigan, low humidity, light breeze, amazing day!

Glen Arbor, Michigan is a gem.  The gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes (AKA Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in the US of A), Glen Arbor is the stuff your errand dreams are made of.

Here are your coordinates!

No trip “to town” would be complete without some encounter with fudge.

The Totem Shop carries the famous Doug Murdick variety and also every sort of water toy, T shirt, wooden rubberband gun, and Minnetonka moccasin imaginable.  For $42 I scored some gray suede Minnetonkas with no beading AND pebbled rubber driving soles!  Dealski.

Lest you be low on fudge….

Around the corner is the corporate giant of Glen Arbor, Cherry Republic!  Notice the details–the humorous signs, the use of cherry wood, the products.  What a treasure!   I personally can’t get enough of their cherry teas and the salsas are the perfect spicy/sweet balance.

Don’t forget to do a pit spitting contest!

You can grab a bite at Cherry Republic or if you are in need of a cold one, head back to M-22 and settle in at Art’s.  The burgers are amazing and the whitefish burger is the key for you pescetarians.  Be sure to consider the soups of the day and maybe one of the gourmet grilled cheese.

The porch is breezy and shaded. Check it out weather permitting!

Another shopping gem is Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co.  This friendly couple travels the world to bring a constantly expanding array of teas and spices to fans up north and across the country.  Not only are the products delicious, but the packaging is beautiful.  Recently, they have added some jewelry from their travels that is housed mostly in their back “shed” which used to house the entire enterprise.  It is fun to see the business expanding and doing well.  Maybe they will be the next Glen Arbor “corporate giant.”

You can’t miss them now! Right on the west side of M-22.

Even if you aren’t a soft serve or hot dog lover, notice the Pine Cone, just north of Great Lakes Tea & Spice.  There super tall pine trees growing straight through the roof!  Classic, quirky Glen Arbor.

There is so much I haven’t mentioned:  Becky Thatcher Jewelry, Bay Lavender Trading Co., Northwoods Hardware is great for every kitchen gizmo, Ruth Conklin Art Gallery.  Just go in and poke around.  Your favorites list may be different from mine!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Laura Mowery #

    Mel, your vivid descriptions make me feel as if I were there. Plus, you are making me hungry. Time for lunch. Enjoy the day and sed some rain our way!

    July 29, 2012
    • Laura,
      Enjoy your day as well! Thanks for reading and commenting… Hope lunch was delicious!

      July 29, 2012
  2. Jean Welker #

    I’ve been there!

    July 29, 2012

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