Sunny Old Bob's Guidebook to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

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Sunny Old Bob's Guidebook to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

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A local gem! Get all your urgent needs or plan a water adventure. End your evening with some ice cream sitting around their fire pit.
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Riverside Canoe Trips
5042 North Scenic Highway
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A local gem! Get all your urgent needs or plan a water adventure. End your evening with some ice cream sitting around their fire pit.
A must do! Climb the dunes and run down them. It's best to visit early in the morning before the heat of the day. Walk back toward Lake Michigan to catch a glimpse of the two cubs (North and South Manitou).
Sleeping Bear Dunes Entrance
A must do! Climb the dunes and run down them. It's best to visit early in the morning before the heat of the day. Walk back toward Lake Michigan to catch a glimpse of the two cubs (North and South Manitou).
Paddle board or take your own/rented boat up river to Platte lake and enjoy a day on the sand bar with other locals.
Platte Lake
Paddle board or take your own/rented boat up river to Platte lake and enjoy a day on the sand bar with other locals.
Join the tubing seen with a float down to where Platte river meets Lake Michigan
Platte River Point
Join the tubing seen with a float down to where Platte river meets Lake Michigan
A great hike to an overview of the iconic Empire Bluff view.
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Empire Bluff Trailhead
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A great hike to an overview of the iconic Empire Bluff view.
Visit during the spring and summer to feed the goats and alpaca. It's a quick stop but fun for the kids.
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Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm and Boutique
4907 River Rd
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Visit during the spring and summer to feed the goats and alpaca. It's a quick stop but fun for the kids.
Perfect for a quick hike, fishing off the lake dock, or cross country skiing. The lake used to host a summer camp and is still a nice place to kayak and swim.
Platte Plains Trail
Perfect for a quick hike, fishing off the lake dock, or cross country skiing. The lake used to host a summer camp and is still a nice place to kayak and swim.
Gwen Frostic was a writer and illustrator who fell in love with Northern Michigan. You can see the original printing presses and pick up some of her iconic stationary while visiting this handmade stone and live roof building.
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Gwen Frostic Prints
5140 River Rd
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Gwen Frostic was a writer and illustrator who fell in love with Northern Michigan. You can see the original printing presses and pick up some of her iconic stationary while visiting this handmade stone and live roof building.
The library runs a summer read-a-thon with prizes from the local businesses. One rainy days, head to the library and have the kids read their way to free root beer, ice cream, and a surprise toy. The view of Bestie Lake makes this one of the most beautiful libraries in Michigan.
Benzie Shores District Library
630 Main St
The library runs a summer read-a-thon with prizes from the local businesses. One rainy days, head to the library and have the kids read their way to free root beer, ice cream, and a surprise toy. The view of Bestie Lake makes this one of the most beautiful libraries in Michigan.
Interlochen is world renowned as a Arts Boarding School with an open air concert venue. Before your visit in the summer, check out what artists may be in town.
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Michigan 137
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Interlochen is world renowned as a Arts Boarding School with an open air concert venue. Before your visit in the summer, check out what artists may be in town.
Empire Beach has a swimming beach on Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake as well as two playgrounds. It's one of the few surf spots on Lake Michigan.
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Empire Beach
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Empire Beach has a swimming beach on Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake as well as two playgrounds. It's one of the few surf spots on Lake Michigan.
Cherry Bowl is a traditional drive-in complete with double feature and concessions stand. Features change weekly.
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Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre
9812 Honor Highway
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Cherry Bowl is a traditional drive-in complete with double feature and concessions stand. Features change weekly.
A scenic drive with several stop and hike locations. You'll be able to learn about the unique ecosystems of the National Lakeshore as well as the history of the Glen Lake area.
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance
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A scenic drive with several stop and hike locations. You'll be able to learn about the unique ecosystems of the National Lakeshore as well as the history of the Glen Lake area.
PERFECT for a rainy day! Visit the team and many animal friend at this hands on science museum. They open their VR lab on Saturdays.
COGNiTiON Science and Discovery Center
232 North Michigan Avenue
PERFECT for a rainy day! Visit the team and many animal friend at this hands on science museum. They open their VR lab on Saturdays.
You can drop tubes in here for a 30 minute trip to Lake Michigan.
El Dorado Boat Launch
6430 Lake Michigan Road
You can drop tubes in here for a 30 minute trip to Lake Michigan.
Premiere downhill skiing, fat tire biking, and scenic cross country trails in the winter. Alpine slide, laser tag, and outdoor pool in the summer.
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Crystal Mountain (Michigan)
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Premiere downhill skiing, fat tire biking, and scenic cross country trails in the winter. Alpine slide, laser tag, and outdoor pool in the summer.
Food scene
A cute historic town with quaint restaurants and shops. Eat at The Cove overlooking the falls or enjoy pretzel bread sandwiches from the take out only Village Cheese Shanty.
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Fishtown
203 W River St
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A cute historic town with quaint restaurants and shops. Eat at The Cove overlooking the falls or enjoy pretzel bread sandwiches from the take out only Village Cheese Shanty.
A family favorite! Enjoy a great steak in a scenic location
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Boone's Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Road
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A family favorite! Enjoy a great steak in a scenic location
Best burgers in the area. MC's Olive Burger was Sunny Old Bob's favorite.
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Joe's Friendly Tavern
11015 West Front Street
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Best burgers in the area. MC's Olive Burger was Sunny Old Bob's favorite.
Upriver Wood Fired Pizza
10327 Main Street
Michigan is one of the growing number of states with a legal marijuana industry. This location offers hands on service, curbside pick up, and delivery.
Lume Cannabis Co.
9899 Honor Highway
Michigan is one of the growing number of states with a legal marijuana industry. This location offers hands on service, curbside pick up, and delivery.
Michigan produces 1/6th of the world's cherry crops. Stop by this restaurant and pick up their famous cherry pies and jams. The menu harkens back to the days of diners and meat and threes.
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The Cherry Hut
211 North Michigan Avenue
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Michigan produces 1/6th of the world's cherry crops. Stop by this restaurant and pick up their famous cherry pies and jams. The menu harkens back to the days of diners and meat and threes.
Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June of 2013 in the harbor town of Frankfort, Michigan. Tucked between the soaring sand dunes and stormy shores of northern Lake Michigan, Stormcloud specializes in brewing Belgian Inspired ales.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June of 2013 in the harbor town of Frankfort, Michigan. Tucked between the soaring sand dunes and stormy shores of northern Lake Michigan, Stormcloud specializes in brewing Belgian Inspired ales.
St. Ambrose Cellars is rooted in over 30 years of beekeeping and honey harvesting tradition. Kirk and Sharon Jones have been raising hives, extracting honey, and producing honey-based products since the late 1970s in Beulah, MI and Florida.
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St. Ambrose Cellars
841 South Pioneer Road
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St. Ambrose Cellars is rooted in over 30 years of beekeeping and honey harvesting tradition. Kirk and Sharon Jones have been raising hives, extracting honey, and producing honey-based products since the late 1970s in Beulah, MI and Florida.
"What makes Farm Club so special is that it takes an arguably bougie concept—farm-to-table—and makes it accessible, low-key, and familial. No tasting menu, no waiting list, ingredients aren’t revealed from under a smoking cloche. We’re sitting on a picnic table, looking out at some onion stalks, having a few cold beers while kids kick a soccer ball around." - Bon Appetit (https://www.bonappetit.com/story/heads-of-the-table-farm-club)
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Farm Club
10051 South Lake Leelanau Drive
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"What makes Farm Club so special is that it takes an arguably bougie concept—farm-to-table—and makes it accessible, low-key, and familial. No tasting menu, no waiting list, ingredients aren’t revealed from under a smoking cloche. We’re sitting on a picnic table, looking out at some onion stalks, having a few cold beers while kids kick a soccer ball around." - Bon Appetit (https://www.bonappetit.com/story/heads-of-the-table-farm-club)
The smoked trout dip is worth the stop!
Port City Smokehouse
1000 Main St
The smoked trout dip is worth the stop!
Their chocolate comes from small scale farmer association primarily in Ecuador. They travel to Ecuador once a year to meet with farmer partners and often bring customers along on these trips.
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Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
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Their chocolate comes from small scale farmer association primarily in Ecuador. They travel to Ecuador once a year to meet with farmer partners and often bring customers along on these trips.
Neighborhoods
Visit beautiful Frankfort and stroll the Main Street or swim at the beach front while enjoying the lighthouses.
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Frankfort
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Visit beautiful Frankfort and stroll the Main Street or swim at the beach front while enjoying the lighthouses.
A delightful, artsy town with little shops and restaurants
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Glen Arbor
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A delightful, artsy town with little shops and restaurants
Visit Suttons Bay when you need a day away from the beach. There is a hipster coffee shop, several restaurants, and a toy shop that is very hands on.
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Suttons Bay
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Visit Suttons Bay when you need a day away from the beach. There is a hipster coffee shop, several restaurants, and a toy shop that is very hands on.
City/town information
Home to more Millennial Millionaires than anywhere else in the US. Traverse City has a burgeoning Health and Tech scene with young start-up workers finding their happy place with a lower cost of living, proximity to nature, and short commutes.
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Traverse City
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Home to more Millennial Millionaires than anywhere else in the US. Traverse City has a burgeoning Health and Tech scene with young start-up workers finding their happy place with a lower cost of living, proximity to nature, and short commutes.

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Baby powder removes beach sand easily from legs and feet.

It even removes wet sand.
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Bring beach towels.

We do not stock beach towels, but you'll need them to visit any of the area beaches.
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Fishing licenses can be purchased at Riverside Canoe Trips.

You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. Any adult actively assisting a minor who does not have a license must have a fishing license. Please note, a license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles.