Sunny Old Bob's Guide Book to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

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Sunny Old Bob's Guide Book to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

Sightseeing

At the end of our road. Please support this locally owned business. You'll be able to buy staples and souvenirs. You can rent canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and tubes.
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Riverside Canoe Trips
5042 North Scenic Highway
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At the end of our road. Please support this locally owned business. You'll be able to buy staples and souvenirs. You can rent canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and tubes.
If you are here, you might already have plans to climb the dunes. You'll need a park pass or to buy a day pass upon entry.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes
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If you are here, you might already have plans to climb the dunes. You'll need a park pass or to buy a day pass upon entry.
There is a good dock for fishing and several hiking trails. In the winter, the trails are great for cross-country skiing.
Bass Lake
There is a good dock for fishing and several hiking trails. In the winter, the trails are great for cross-country skiing.
Interlochen attracts a surprisingly high caliber of artists. This year includes Ziggy Marley and Wilco. Check out what concerts are happening while you are visiting. The open-air venue is a treat.
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Michigan 137
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Interlochen attracts a surprisingly high caliber of artists. This year includes Ziggy Marley and Wilco. Check out what concerts are happening while you are visiting. The open-air venue is a treat.
Cherry EVERYTHING. They also serve staples like chicken salad (with cherries) and pot roast & mash potatoes (without). The sour cherries create pies that aren't too sweet. Pick up a pie to understand why the locals look forward to the opening every spring.
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The Cherry Hut
211 North Michigan Avenue
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Cherry EVERYTHING. They also serve staples like chicken salad (with cherries) and pot roast & mash potatoes (without). The sour cherries create pies that aren't too sweet. Pick up a pie to understand why the locals look forward to the opening every spring.
One of our favorite beaches. If you rent from Riverside, you will most likely end your trip here. The Platte River flows swiftly into Lake Michigan giving you two types of beach to enjoy. The sunsets here are gorgeous with nice proximity to parking. In the summer, trout fishing is very popular. The trout start leaping out of the water as soon as the sun sets. We put our littles in life vests because the water is swift and the temptation to float all the way into Lake Michigan is too much!
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Platte River Point
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One of our favorite beaches. If you rent from Riverside, you will most likely end your trip here. The Platte River flows swiftly into Lake Michigan giving you two types of beach to enjoy. The sunsets here are gorgeous with nice proximity to parking. In the summer, trout fishing is very popular. The trout start leaping out of the water as soon as the sun sets. We put our littles in life vests because the water is swift and the temptation to float all the way into Lake Michigan is too much!
This is the trail with the iconic view of the Lakeshore. An easy trail for large groups and young kids.
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Empire Bluff Trailhead
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This is the trail with the iconic view of the Lakeshore. An easy trail for large groups and young kids.
We love an after-dinner drive through Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. There are several places to park and hike. The views are breathtaking. There is also some history and science to be learned along the path.
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance
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We love an after-dinner drive through Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. There are several places to park and hike. The views are breathtaking. There is also some history and science to be learned along the path.
They serve Moomers. If you haven't tried Moomers Ice Cream, you haven't really lived.
The Scoop of Frankfort
321 Main Street
They serve Moomers. If you haven't tried Moomers Ice Cream, you haven't really lived.
For those of you that do - Lume will deliver for a minimum order. Or order online and drive up.
Lume Cannabis Co.
9899 Honor Highway
For those of you that do - Lume will deliver for a minimum order. Or order online and drive up.
We love this beach for the playsets and floating platform. Crystal Lake is one of the largest lakes in Michigan with beautiful water. It can be choppy.
Crystal Beach
We love this beach for the playsets and floating platform. Crystal Lake is one of the largest lakes in Michigan with beautiful water. It can be choppy.
This is where we buy groceries.
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Shop-N-Save
1747 Benzie Highway
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This is where we buy groceries.
Truly a gem. Be ready to pack in because you have to walk over some light dunes to get to the beach. Once you are there, you have a few miles of pristine beach and views. We have found many Petoskey stones on this beach.
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Peterson Beach Sleeping Bear Recreation Area
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Truly a gem. Be ready to pack in because you have to walk over some light dunes to get to the beach. Once you are there, you have a few miles of pristine beach and views. We have found many Petoskey stones on this beach.

Food scene

This may be our favorite restaurant and is well worth the drive. The attention to quality and detail is amazing.
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Farm Club
10051 South Lake Leelanau Drive
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This may be our favorite restaurant and is well worth the drive. The attention to quality and detail is amazing.
Best burgers in the Lakeshore.
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Joe's Friendly Tavern
11015 West Front Street
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Best burgers in the Lakeshore.
This has always been the family go-to for a steak dinner. They have a wonderful back deck for outdoor eating.
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Boone's Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Road
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This has always been the family go-to for a steak dinner. They have a wonderful back deck for outdoor eating.
Handmade chocolates. We love the chocolate popsicles after a hike on the Empire Bluff Trail.
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Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
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Handmade chocolates. We love the chocolate popsicles after a hike on the Empire Bluff Trail.
The picture isn't the real restaurant. The real restaurant has the traditional drive-up/drive-through. It has a great breakfast menu.
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A&W Restaurant
21 Lake St
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The picture isn't the real restaurant. The real restaurant has the traditional drive-up/drive-through. It has a great breakfast menu.
Mead, wine, beer, and cider are made from local ingredients. It's a destination - especially for those that are gluten-free.
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St. Ambrose Cellars
841 South Pioneer Road
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Mead, wine, beer, and cider are made from local ingredients. It's a destination - especially for those that are gluten-free.
Only open in the summers, this food truck makes some of the best pizza we have ever eaten. The dough is to die for with the perfect topping to sauce ratio.
Upriver Wood Fired Pizza
10327 Main Street
Only open in the summers, this food truck makes some of the best pizza we have ever eaten. The dough is to die for with the perfect topping to sauce ratio.
It's a local watering hole with unusually good food.
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Dinghy's Restaurant & Bar
415 Main Street
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It's a local watering hole with unusually good food.

City/town information

This is a historic fishing village. The village cheese shanty has sandwiches on pretzel bread. The Cove Restaurant has a deck that over looks the falls.
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Leland
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This is a historic fishing village. The village cheese shanty has sandwiches on pretzel bread. The Cove Restaurant has a deck that over looks the falls.
Our favorite quick day trip. Lots of restaurants, a small movie theatre, beach, and quaint shops. There is also a grocery store and brewery.
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Frankfurt
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Our favorite quick day trip. Lots of restaurants, a small movie theatre, beach, and quaint shops. There is also a grocery store and brewery.
Home to more millennial millionaires than any other zip code in the US. It's a surprising tech and healthcare hub. There are a few public beaches and a delicious food scene. The downtown area is very walkable with lots of food and shopping options.
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Traverse City
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Home to more millennial millionaires than any other zip code in the US. It's a surprising tech and healthcare hub. There are a few public beaches and a delicious food scene. The downtown area is very walkable with lots of food and shopping options.
The colorful buildings and friendly locals make this a good day trip.
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Suttons Bay
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The colorful buildings and friendly locals make this a good day trip.
Sleepy little town within the Lakeshore. Enjoy ice cream, a chocolatier, small shops, and an awesome beach. We have seen locals surf off this beach.
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Empire
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Sleepy little town within the Lakeshore. Enjoy ice cream, a chocolatier, small shops, and an awesome beach. We have seen locals surf off this beach.