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Hiking Beautiful Alligator Hill

The breathtaking Islands Lookout on Alligator Hill affords a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Bay, the Manitou Islands, and South Fox Island.

Alligator Hill is an often overlooked jewel in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Its nine miles of hiking trails loop their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan.

Located smack […]

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Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade

The Cherry Republic crew doling out cherry treats at the Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade

Celebrate our great nation breaking the shackles of British colonialism at the Glen Arbor Fourth of July Parade. A favorite summer event with both the locals and the vacationers, the parade features classic cars, fire trucks, and an assortment of […]

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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Just one of the many breathtaking vistas to be found on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

No list of northern Michigan scenery is complete without a mention of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Situated between Glen Arbor and Empire it offers spectacular views, firstly through forest and across Glen Lake, and then over the dunes and out […]

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Spring Thaw

Spring, at last, is making its presence felt in the Republic. The days are noticeably longer and warmer, the snow has almost completely melted, and ice is gradually yielding to open water. Patches of grass are even turning green!

There doubtless remain a few snowy days ahead, and we can never forget the risk of frost, but the weather has turned. The […]