5989 Lake Street
Glen Arbor, MI
There I was. Open road ahead. My only companion, the brilliant blue sky looking over my shoulder through the sun roof. It was Wednesday, September 7, the second day after Labor Day, and I was relishing every aspect of this road trip to--drumroll please--The Most Beautiful Place in America. This past August, tens of thousands of Good Morning America fans voted to bestow that honor on Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes, and since I was already at the family cottage barely 2 hours from this esteemed locale, I turned my attention to three bookstores in the area. Click this link (GMA video), watch the announcement video closely, and you will get a brief glimpse of the first stop on my scenic tour, The Cottage Book Shop. The scenic drive along the Lake Michigan coast is reason enough for such a road trip, but when a bookstore awaits, well, it just doesn't get any better.
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To assuage my disappointment, I turned my attention to the town of Glen Arbor which is, after all, a splendid destination in its own right. One of the things this particular area of Michigan is most known for is cherries, and since it was lunchtime, I made my way a scant half block down the street to an establishment called Cherry Republic, purveyors of all things cherry, and also mentioned in the GMA video (see above link). After consuming a juicy cherry burger in the restaurant, I paid a brief visit to the Cherry Republic store. For those of you new to this blog, I make it a point to purchase something from each bookstore I write about, and since The Cottage Book Shop was closed, the Cherry Republic store provided a tasty alternative. I purchased chocolate covered dried cherries (milk and dark) and a freshly baked cherry/blueberry pie, which I might add was one of the most delicious pies I have ever tasted short of my mom's.
But the day was a wasting, and I had two more bookstores to visit. So I bid a fond farewell to Glen Arbor and headed north to the village of Leland.