Carlie's Guidebook

Carlie
Carlie's Guidebook

Food scene

A locally owned and operated cozy pub in the heart of Glen Arbor that features American bar food & beer along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Known for their burgers, tater tots, and great service. Make sure to try one of the local beers from Short's Brewing Company. It is cash only - ATM located at the shop next door.
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Art's Tavern
6487 West Western Avenue
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A locally owned and operated cozy pub in the heart of Glen Arbor that features American bar food & beer along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Known for their burgers, tater tots, and great service. Make sure to try one of the local beers from Short's Brewing Company. It is cash only - ATM located at the shop next door.

Wineries

Located ten minutes east on M22, Good Harbor is one of the closest wineries. They offer wine tastings for $6 (five wines). This also includes a souvenir glass which can be brought back for three free tastings. Keep in mind, most wineries in this area close around 5pm. Hours May & November, Monday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5 June-October, Monday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5 December-April, Fridays and Saturdays 12-5 Call (231) 256-7165 to inquire about hours around winter holidays
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Good Harbor Vineyards
34 South Manitou Trail
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Located ten minutes east on M22, Good Harbor is one of the closest wineries. They offer wine tastings for $6 (five wines). This also includes a souvenir glass which can be brought back for three free tastings. Keep in mind, most wineries in this area close around 5pm. Hours May & November, Monday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5 June-October, Monday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5 December-April, Fridays and Saturdays 12-5 Call (231) 256-7165 to inquire about hours around winter holidays

Hiking

A moderately steep 0.6 mile hike to a beautiful overlook of Lake Michigan. To Know: Bring your four legged friend! Leashed dogs are allowed. 10-15 minute drive from the cottages Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking. There is a vault toilet at the parking lot. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed. More info at the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes page and NPS.gov
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Pyramid Point Trail
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A moderately steep 0.6 mile hike to a beautiful overlook of Lake Michigan. To Know: Bring your four legged friend! Leashed dogs are allowed. 10-15 minute drive from the cottages Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking. There is a vault toilet at the parking lot. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed. More info at the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes page and NPS.gov
Alligator Hill is a great option for those looking to escape the sand and hike through a beech-maple forest. This hike offers a total of 8 miles of trail divided into 3-4.5 mile loops. We recommend checking out Big Glen Lookout. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
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Alligator Hill Trail
Stocking Road
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Alligator Hill is a great option for those looking to escape the sand and hike through a beech-maple forest. This hike offers a total of 8 miles of trail divided into 3-4.5 mile loops. We recommend checking out Big Glen Lookout. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
Empire Bluff Trail - Located 30 minutes from the cottages, this is a 1.5 miles round trip hike with overlooking views of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
Empire Bluff
Empire Bluff Trail - Located 30 minutes from the cottages, this is a 1.5 miles round trip hike with overlooking views of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
Dune Climb - Starts with a 100 yard climb up the sand dunes with a view overlooking Big and Little Glen Lake. Don't be fooled, it is still 1.75 miles to get to Lake Michigan from here. Bring extra water. The total trail is 3.6 miles out and back and rated as difficult. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
Dune Climb
Dune Climb - Starts with a 100 yard climb up the sand dunes with a view overlooking Big and Little Glen Lake. Don't be fooled, it is still 1.75 miles to get to Lake Michigan from here. Bring extra water. The total trail is 3.6 miles out and back and rated as difficult. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed. 

Biking

Bike the Heritage Trail The trail starts just in front of the cabins, turn right and you are on your way! Bike through the beautiful town of Glen Arbor (11 miles one way), continue on to Glen Haven Beach (13 miles one way). From here you can continue on all the way to Empire (22 miles one way) or turn back around. On your way back stop by Art's for lunch! To know: Most of the trail is asphalt, but a 3-mile section which goes through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District is crushed gravel. Bike rentals are available at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor For more info visit the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes page
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
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Bike the Heritage Trail The trail starts just in front of the cabins, turn right and you are on your way! Bike through the beautiful town of Glen Arbor (11 miles one way), continue on to Glen Haven Beach (13 miles one way). From here you can continue on all the way to Empire (22 miles one way) or turn back around. On your way back stop by Art's for lunch! To know: Most of the trail is asphalt, but a 3-mile section which goes through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District is crushed gravel. Bike rentals are available at The Cyclery in Glen Arbor For more info visit the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes page
Experienced mountain bikers can this flowy one-way single track located just 5 miles from the cottages. There are optional "More Difficult" sections with large drop offs. Each loop is approximately 3 miles, we recommend checking out the East Ridge Trail.
Palmer Woods Forest Reserve
4715-5999 S Wheeler Rd
Experienced mountain bikers can this flowy one-way single track located just 5 miles from the cottages. There are optional "More Difficult" sections with large drop offs. Each loop is approximately 3 miles, we recommend checking out the East Ridge Trail.

Outdoors

Watch the sunset at Good Harbor Beach Build a fire and watch the sunset while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan. ​ Directions - Turn left out of the cottages and make the first left onto Bohemian Road, the beach is a mile down the road where the road ends. To know Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking. Cell service is spotty on the beach When you walk out to the beach dogs are allowed to the left, but not the right. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.
Good Harbor Drive
Watch the sunset at Good Harbor Beach Build a fire and watch the sunset while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan. ​ Directions - Turn left out of the cottages and make the first left onto Bohemian Road, the beach is a mile down the road where the road ends. To know Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking. Cell service is spotty on the beach When you walk out to the beach dogs are allowed to the left, but not the right. All the outdoor activities located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes require a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass required for parking or entrance. The 7 day pass is $25 and can only be purchased in person at one of the visitor centers or Dune Climb Entrance (both limited hours and open seasonally). The more convenient method is to purchase an annual pass for $45 online at pay.gov - we recommend purchasing at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for the pass to be mailed.

On The Water

The simplest way to enjoy the Crystal River is to rent kayaks from Crystal River Outfitters and pay for the shuttle to the start of the river. Enjoy the 2-3 hour paddle down the river and end in downtown Glen Arbor where your car is parked. For those with two large vehicles you can park one car in downtown Glen Arbor and drive the second to the launch point along Fisher Road (click map to right). For those with a paddle board, make sure to have a short river fin as the river can be very shallow at points.
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Crystal River
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The simplest way to enjoy the Crystal River is to rent kayaks from Crystal River Outfitters and pay for the shuttle to the start of the river. Enjoy the 2-3 hour paddle down the river and end in downtown Glen Arbor where your car is parked. For those with two large vehicles you can park one car in downtown Glen Arbor and drive the second to the launch point along Fisher Road (click map to right). For those with a paddle board, make sure to have a short river fin as the river can be very shallow at points.
Grab the kayaks and walk them across M22 to Bass Lake for a calm, relaxing paddle. Bring your fishing pole!
Bass Lake Drive
Grab the kayaks and walk them across M22 to Bass Lake for a calm, relaxing paddle. Bring your fishing pole!

Neighborhoods

A historic fish town, located right on Lake Michigan. (15 minute drive) . Visit The Cove for cold beer and fresh fish. Make sure to try the famous "Chubby Mary". Shop at Two Fish, a quaint gift shop and art gallery in the historic “Fish Town”. Fuel up with a coffee or espresso from Blue Boat Coffee (open till noon on weekdays and 2pm on weekends)
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Leland
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A historic fish town, located right on Lake Michigan. (15 minute drive) . Visit The Cove for cold beer and fresh fish. Make sure to try the famous "Chubby Mary". Shop at Two Fish, a quaint gift shop and art gallery in the historic “Fish Town”. Fuel up with a coffee or espresso from Blue Boat Coffee (open till noon on weekdays and 2pm on weekends)
Coastal town on the eastern shore of Leelanau peninsula. (25 minute drive) Visit Hop Lot - local brewery with a huge outdoor patio. Excellent beer and food. Rent bike from Sutton's Bay Bikes and ride the Leelanau Wine Trail
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Suttons Bay
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Coastal town on the eastern shore of Leelanau peninsula. (25 minute drive) Visit Hop Lot - local brewery with a huge outdoor patio. Excellent beer and food. Rent bike from Sutton's Bay Bikes and ride the Leelanau Wine Trail
Turn right out of the cottages and drive along M22 which brings you right into this cute little town. Eat and Drink Art's Tavern - A locally owned and operated cozy pub that features American bar food & beers along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Cash only! Riverfront Pizza and Deli - Located along the Crystal River, this is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. Leelanau Coffee Roasters - Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on the patio! They do have wifi if you need to catch up on work. M22 Glen Arbor - Sample and enjoy 16 local wines at an outside bar. Cherry Republic Winery - Enjoy five complimentary tastings or dip into the reserve menu for just $7 and receive a free tasting glass. Hard cider also available. Grocery Anderson's Market - largest selection of groceries and alcohol in the area. Shopping M22 Glen Arbor - Here you’ll find the full line of M22 and Love Michigan clothing and accessories, plus be able to sample and enjoy 16 local wines. Cottage Book Shop - A unique charming book shop in a historic log cabin. Coastal - Glen Arbor’s newest shopping destination for clothing, footwear, and accessories. Enjoy a casual shopping experience while combing through quality brands. Cherry Republic- Shop over 200+ locally made cherry products and sample to your heart's content. No trip to the Republic is complete with trying your hand (or rather, your mouth) at the Olympic Sized Pit Spitting Arena.
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Glen Arbor
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Turn right out of the cottages and drive along M22 which brings you right into this cute little town. Eat and Drink Art's Tavern - A locally owned and operated cozy pub that features American bar food & beers along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Cash only! Riverfront Pizza and Deli - Located along the Crystal River, this is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. Leelanau Coffee Roasters - Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on the patio! They do have wifi if you need to catch up on work. M22 Glen Arbor - Sample and enjoy 16 local wines at an outside bar. Cherry Republic Winery - Enjoy five complimentary tastings or dip into the reserve menu for just $7 and receive a free tasting glass. Hard cider also available. Grocery Anderson's Market - largest selection of groceries and alcohol in the area. Shopping M22 Glen Arbor - Here you’ll find the full line of M22 and Love Michigan clothing and accessories, plus be able to sample and enjoy 16 local wines. Cottage Book Shop - A unique charming book shop in a historic log cabin. Coastal - Glen Arbor’s newest shopping destination for clothing, footwear, and accessories. Enjoy a casual shopping experience while combing through quality brands. Cherry Republic- Shop over 200+ locally made cherry products and sample to your heart's content. No trip to the Republic is complete with trying your hand (or rather, your mouth) at the Olympic Sized Pit Spitting Arena.