We’re camped at D.H. Day rustic campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, northern Michigan. It’s a beautiful location with dense pine forest, groomed hiking and biking trails, and a five-minute walk to endless dog-friendly beaches and clear, cold Lake Michigan. No electricity, running water, or bathhouses, but that’s just fine with me. And, the cherry on top of this campground sundae is only a 15-minute bicycle ride to the Cherry Republic’s first and new Cherry Public House.
This area of Michigan claims to be the cherry capital of the world and the Cherry Republic takes that claim seriously. In the movie Forest Gump you remember how Bubba methodically recites a-thousand-and-one ways to fix shrimp? Well Cherry Republic is a lot like Bubba, only it’s cherries. Cherry pie, cherry juice, dried cherries, chocolate covered cherries, cherry & nuts, cherry jam, cherry salsa (three kinds), cherry scones, cherry gravy, cherry wine, cherry stout, cherry IPA, cherry lambic, cherry BBQ sauce, and much more. Big Time media like The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, and Rachel Ray have reported on the Cherry Republic so it’s not undiscovered. It is, however, a fun visit with delicious foods and drink while virtually a stone’s throw from a spectacular national park.
Since we were here in the offseason, the pace was relaxed and the service friendly and prompt.
Check it out!
Cherry Republic | Glen Arbor
5109 6026 A, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636