Glen Arbor is a charming little town with its own kind of buzz right between Sleeping Bear Lake and the Glen Lakes. Glen Arbor has its own thriving local businesses that welcome many tourists throughout the year. Visitors, both human and canine, come from all over Michigan to fish, hike, and camp in and around Glen Arbor.
If you are bringing your pup to the town to visit or scout for your next home, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure to keep your pooch entertained! Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a puptastic place to visit if you want a scenic and fun way to get around the town on your own two feet. (Or, in Fido's case, four.) The trail is multi-use and spreads out for 27 miles, so be mindful to share the walkways. The trail is considered wheelchair and stroller accessible, so it is great for the whole family!
The nearest animal hospital is 30 minutes away in Traverse City, so you will need to plan accordingly if you are moving into Glen Arbor with pets that need regular or specialized veterinary care.
Otherwise, Glen Arbor is the pawfect vacation destination for pooches and people who love the great outdoors!
Glen Arbor is a small village, but there is still plenty to keep you and your pup occupied. Art's Tavern is a top-rated local restaurant with a dog-friendly outdoor patio where you can indulge in sandwiches, pizza, and seafood! Sleeping Bear Dunes leads to a dog friendly beach just a few minutes away where you can bring leashed pets as long as you stick to the east end of the beach. There are also areas along the beach where it is safe to swim, but be mindful of posted signs. Bring plenty of doggy waste bags for your pupperific journey!
The village of Honor was established in 1895 as a logging town. It was incorporated in 1914 and has been gaining pawpularity among nature lovers and anglers ever since. The community is right in the middle of a stunning river valley with plenty of trout to be caught in the Platte River. The town lives for the National Coho Festival every August, which pays homage to the Coho Salmon that run up this river every year. Not far from Honor is Esch Road Beach. This beach is a great place to bring your pup to beat the heat along Otter Creek.
Bear Lake is a sleepy little community about an hour from Glen Arbor. It is well worth the drive if you are looking for an RV-friendly place to get away from it all for a weekend or even longer and enjoy nature with your furry little family. Hopkins Park is a local camping park in Bear Lake with 30 different sites for you to choose from. Leashed, supervised pets are always welcome. The park is open from April through October each year. There are modern amenities like bathrooms and showers to help make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Crystal Mountain is a unique place to visit about 50 minutes away from Glen Arbor. It is a village turned resort, with over $100 million spent since 1990 to attract all manner of visitors to the area. The resort welcomes dogs to stay with their humans as long as they wear their leashes when out and about. People are attracted to the resort during the warmer months for hiking and golf. They come back in the winter for skiing and other snow-driven fun! There are animal hospitals about thirty minutes away if you plan on staying at the resort with your pup for a little while.
South Manitou Island is a simply beautiful place to visit just off of the coast of Glen Arbor. You can get there by boat and enjoy a place more than 500 years old. There are campgrounds throughout the island for visitors to make themselves at home. You can bring your pup on this wild adventure as long as you keep him harnessed and with you at all times. There is plenty of wildlife and shipwreck and exploration history throughout the island. There are even some ghost towns to sniff out! Stick to marked paths while making your way along the island dunes to protect the fragile environment.