Quick Hits: Welcome to the Cherry Republic

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.

How fun! Cherry Republic doesn’t take itself seriously.
The taproom at Glen Arbor Cherry Republic offers up to 12 varieties of draught beers, many showcasing the locally grown cherries.
The Poutine consists of crisp French fries bathed in a sauce of cheese curds and cherry brown gravy.

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

(231) 226-3014


Author: RoadTravelFoodie

Writing the story on good food, good drink, and good people as I tour the country in a small RV. With no hard deadlines or flight schedules, I can take my time to explore local restaurants, farmers’ markets, the old-fashioned butcher shop, microbreweries, winemakers, the roadside BBQ, and more. Help me turn RoadTravelFoodie.com into a virtual neighborhood on which to share experiences and explore with others.

2 thoughts

  1. Cherry Republic is my wife’s favorite stop in Glen Arbor, I think we’re stock holders after all the products we’ve bought! 🙂


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