10 Things To Do in Sleeping Bear Dunes Memorial Weekend

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Visit the storied Sleeping Bear Dunes Memorial Day Weekend! After you've taken in all the natural beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, head into nearby Glen Arbor for food, shopping, art and other activites!  Check out our list of top 10 things to do at the Sleeping Bear Dunes—Good Morning America's "Most Beautiful Place in America"—during this Memorial Weekend!

Before you take on the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb Memorial Weekend … spread a picnic at the base!

Energize with a picnic at the base of the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb before you attempt the climb to the top! Pick up tasty food to go at the Bear Paw Pizza and Essentials Market in Glen Arbor, a short drive from the dunes.

Bear Paw Pizza and Essentials Market: 6444 Western Ave, Glen Arbor MI, 231.334.2322

The Homestead Block Party- Help a great cause while enjoying food, fun and games!

On your way to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Memorial Weekend, stop at The Homestead Resort, one of Northern Michigan's finest locations for golf, luxury spa treatments and of course, amazing views of Lake Michigan. On May 26, 2012, The Homestead holds its second annual Block Party from 12 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Come get summer off to the right start with an afternoon of classic games, fun activies like tie-dying, food, wine tasting, and a silent auction, all held in the Village at The Homestead near Sleeping Bear Dunes. And the best part of the Block Party is that all this fun helps out an amazing cause; all proceeds are being donated to the VFW Foundation of Unmet Needs.

For more fun party details: thehomesteadresort.com/events/memorial-day-celebration/

Get a caffeine fix at Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company

Another great idea while enjoying the Sleeping Bear Dunes Memorial Weekend: Visit Northern Michigan's largest coffee roaster, off of M22 in downtown Glen Arbor, just a few minutes from the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Sip delicious coffee, nibble on homemade baked goods and make reservations to take a tour of the roasting plant.

For more information: coffeeguys.com or 231.334.3365

Paddle the Crystal River

 The shallow, slow Crystal River winds  through the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and makes a relaxing way to spend a day over busy Memorial Weekend. Rent canoes or kayaks at:  crystalriveroutfitters.com; theriveratglenarbor.com

Take in some Culture: Glen Arbor Art Galleries

Take a trip into Glen Arbor, the quaint town located just a short drive from the Sleeping Bear Dunes and visit a few local art galleries. We love the Ruth Conklin gallery, which features handmade American art, and the Lake Street Studios, made up of Forest, Center, and North galleries.

Find out more at : ruthconklingallery.com and lakestreetstudiosglenarbor.com

Check out the "Capitol" of Cherry Republic!

Visit the Cherry Republic headquarters in downtown Glen Arbor, a cherry lovers dream with 3 different retail locations, sitting areas, gardens and the great Cherry Pit Spitting Arena! All 175 of the company's signature cherry products are available for sampling and purchase, including the 9 unique wines and 8 cherry sodas in the all-ages-welcome Stomphouse Winery and Tasting Room. Before you go, fuel up with the "Super Cherry Meal" at the Cherry Bakery and Cafe.

Get your passport to the Republic at : cherryrepublic.com/glen-arbor-cherry-republic

Get some local color at Art's Tavern

Art's Tavern has been serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. until "late" since 1934. Located in downtown Glen Arbor on the corner of M22 and Lake Street, Art's offers basic food at its very best as well as a vibrant small town atmosphere.

Check out the menu and learn more about the tavern's history at: artsglenarbor.com/

Stock up on M22 gear in Glen Arbor

Keegan and Matt Myers, the founders of the M22 line of logo wear, says that the highway that winds through Leelanau County "is not just a road, it's a lifestyle." Stop in at the Glen Arbor location to pick up some M22 and Love Michigan gear and take a little bit of the M22 life back with you. Taste M22 wines while you peruse the merchandise!


Cruise up Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

According to the National Park Service's website the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is "certainly a must-do activity" and we couldn't agree more! This drive will prove to you why Northern Michigan is the most beautiful place in America!  

Get directions at:nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/psscenicdrive.htm

Explore Historic Glen Haven

This once-upon-a-time Lake Michigan wharf town is now a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visit the old-timey General Store and buy some old-fashioned candy or a moonpie. Tour the Cannery Boathouse Museum to see the largest public exhibit of Great Lakes small craft in Michigan. Wander down to the beach and rock hunt or relax on the sand.

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