We left Frankfort for Charlevoix this morning. Along the way, we rode to the Pt. Betsie Lighthouse and through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Pt. Betsie Lighthouse was hidden about 3/4 of a mile west of the main road just a few miles North of Frankfort.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes took all of us by surprise.
We took the scenic route through the park. It was $10 for Jeff in the car and $5 each for for the motorcycles. The speed limit was 25 miles per hour and there were several scenic stops along the way.
The surprise was how much that area of Lake Michigan looks like the Caribbean. There was a steep 450 foot bluff that descended all of the way down to the lake.
We left the dunes and rode into the town of Glen Arbor to visit Cherry Republic. Cherry Republic is a winery, gift shop, and cafe. As the name implies, everything has cherries in it. The bread, the soda, the wine, the chicken salad, the BBQ sauce, everything.
We had lunch in the cafe (with real cherry cola) and bought some snacks in the gift shop.
We visited the wine tasting room to try cherry wine. Brian and I tried the Cherry Starboard Dessert Wine, and Jeff tried the Cherry Red. We all then tried the Hard Cherry Cider and finished with their Sparkling Cherry Juice.
After riding out of Glen Arbor, we rode through the Leelanau Peninsula, through Traverse City, and arrived in Charlevoix. The roads along the way were fun and a little bit challenging from time to time before we got back onto Rt. 31.
We got rooms at the Edgewater Inn, had Whitefish Sandwiches at Villager Pub, and walked out to the breakwater light before heading back to the hotel.
Google Earth GPS Track – Frankfort to Charlevoix
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Frankfort to Charlevoix
Michigan on Two Wheels
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