Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor MI

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor, MI by Mark Hicks

The Sleeping Bear Dunes is a huge National Park in the North West side of Michigan. If you use your hand as a map of Michigan the dunes would be on the outer edge of your pinky finger. The panorama above is from the top of the Dune Climb area, a popular attraction, the climb tests you physically. Once at the top you can continue on for the 3.5 mile hike to Lake Michigan or enjoy the view and head back down. Down is the easy part, it isn’t uncommon to see children and adults rolling back down rather than walking. At the base of the Dune Climb is a restroom, picnic area, parking, and a gift shop.

Sleeping Bear Dunes
6748 S Dune Hwy
Glen Arbor, MI 49630

Sunrise Landing Motel, Northport MI

Sunrise Landing Motel in Northport, MI by Mark Hicks

On a recent trip to Northport Michigan, my family stayed at the Sunrise Landing Motel for the second time. The motel is hidden from the road, and if not for their sign, you’d never know it was there. My favorite highlights of the Sunrise Landing Motel are the super friendly staff, the tons of trinkets decorating the motel, and the variety of room options. The first time, we stayed in the 2 story unit 101, which comfortably held 5 of us. This time, 3 of us stayed in unit 111, which is closest to the lake, has a double bowl vanity and a 2-person whirlpool tub-shower. Their rates are reasonable, their yard is huge, there is a path down to the water, and they are close to 2 small towns, so there is plenty to enjoy.

Sunrise Landing Motel
6530 N. West Bay Shore Dr.
Northport, MI 49670

The Lunch Cafe, Berkley MI

TLC “The Lunch Cafe” in Berkley, MI by Mark Hicks

If sandwiches, wraps, salads, vegetarian and gluten free are your thing, you need to visit TLC, The Lunch Cafe, in Berkley Michigan. Most if not everything is made from scratch daily, and only the freshest ingredients are used. The walls are covered in eye candy, so while you eat there are plenty to see and talk about. With that said, next time you are in Berkley, stop in and tell them I sent you.

The Lunch Cafe
3116 12 Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072