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  • Winter Comes Early to Northern Michigan

    Winter has returned to the Republic a little ahead of schedule this year. No sooner had the spectacularly colored leaves fallen from the trees than they were being covered by snow. Read more...

  • Dating the Dunes

    After our initial clay pot discovery in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the park service brought in a talented group of international scientists to date not only the pottery we found, but the Dunes themselves. Here is the story. Read more...

  • Kick Off the Holidays with Cherry Republic

    Hard though it may be to believe, the holidays are just around the corner! Swing by your closest Cherry Republic on Friday, November 14 from 5-9 p.m. as we kick off the season in style. Read more...

  • Fall Around the Republic

    It's hard for us to pick a favorite time of year up north in the Republic. But if you forced us to, we'd have to say "fall." It's so peaceful. But for us at Cherry Republic, fall is also the calm before a different storm. Take a tour of the beauty of fall up north and get a peek behind the scenes as Cherry Republic gears up for the holidays. Read more...

  • Hiking Beautiful Alligator Hill

    Located smack in the middle of Glen Arbor, 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 beautiful landscapes in northern Michigan. Read more...

  • Hiking the Bay to Bay Trail

    It's an epic hike. From south to north across the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hiking the Bay to Bay Trail will be an amazing experience. The trail's planned route runs from the south of the park all the way to the north and passes through much of its most stunning scenery. What an addition to the park this will make! Read more...

  • The Great Bay to Bay Trail-Breaking

    A new hiking trail is coming to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's called the Bay to Bay Trail, and it will run the length of the park, from Platte Bay at the south end to Good Harbor Bay at the north end. We're trying to raise money to help it happen! Read more...

  • Summer Photo Challenge Round Three

    The final round of our Summer Photo Challenge has wrapped up. As in the Rounds One and Two, we received a ton of great photos. From stunning up north scenery to those simple and delightful family moments, the entries beautifully captured the joy of Life, Liberty, Beaches, and Pie. Read more...

  • Bob's Trip to Iceland

    Iceland was incredible. It's such a beautiful place and Steph and I were thrilled to be able to bring the boys to this remarkable country. Here are some of the photos of a great vacation. Read more...

  • Summer Photo Challenge Round Two

    We received so many submissions for Round Two of our Summer Photo Challenge it took us a little longer to sift through them all. With so many worthy submissions, picking a winner was predictably hard. But here it is, along with some of the other submissions. Read more...