The town of GLENN really is off the beaten path, because we literally had to get off Highway 31 and on to the A2 to get to it. It is located between Saugatuck and South Haven, close to the Lake Michigan shore.
Glenn is known as the "Pancake Town" because of an incident during a 1937 snowstorm in which travelers who were stranded, took refuge at a restaurant which had little to offer except for pancakes as they just got a large delivery of pancake mix.
It is a cute, but very tiny little town. Hans parked the van so I could walk around to different places of interest to me. First I stopped at the "Glenn Store" which offers pizza, sandwiches, burgers and has a large selection of beer, wine and liquor. Then I walked over to "At Last" which offers art and unique items for the home. Next to that building was the Methodist Church.
I backtracked a bit, and came upon Gerstner Hardware, which was established in 1946. I just had to go inside to check it out. It had wonderful original wooden floors and a wooden counter. The place was full of hardware and garden items, all neatly in their place and well organized.
McIntosh Apple Orchards are located:
6431 107th Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090
Mickey and I wanted to see an apple orchard so we placed this address into Mickey's GPS, and are we glad we did; otherwise, we would not have found it.
On this beautiful last day of our visit to South Haven, and after our 5-mile walk in the Kal-Haven Trail State Park, we were ready for some fresh apple cidar!
We walked into the McIntosh Wine Cellars building and discovered what a classy place this was. We ordered glasses of ice cold cider for $1.00 each, and gulped them down. How refreshing!
We met young people from the St. Louis, Missouri area [policemen] and others from southern Illinois. It was fun talking to them and comparing places we had lived and had traveled.
Then, we proceeded to try several different kinds of wine.
The background about this orchard: The orchard was purchased by Bruce McIntosh in 1997 [76 aces of 26 different varieties of apples]. There are also peaches and pears on the property. This particular orchard has been planted from the 1860's.
You are able to hand pick fruits for your own pies from their farm market. They let you sit on the porch and watch the children run up the rows of the orchard. The Farm Market has fresh grown fruit and locally grown vegetables. They also have jams, preserves, honey, maple syrup, and other local products.
They also provide wine tasting, and you are able to purchase from their premium fruit wines. We were told that their main focus is the "creation of Traditional Olde World Style Hard Syder as well as iced apple appitiff".
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About halfway between Saugatuck and South Haven, Michigan on the Blue Star Highway is the town of Glenn, Michigan. In the days before the Interstate made it up here, all cars traveling along the lake shore in Michigan had to travel on the Blue Star Highway through Glenn. Nowadays only a handful of cars travel this road even though it is in great condition. This 2 lane road is only about 1/2 mile at most from the Interstate and thus is a good route to avoid speeding traffic and to slow down a bit and catch some different sites from your vehicle.
As we were heading back to South Haven after our day in Saugatuck, I noticed this unique sign proclaiming Glenn as the Pancake Town. Interestingly enough just yesterday an article was written by Charlotte Weick from the Penasee Globe (a local Michigan newspaper) which gives the history behind the name. Without taking any of her credit here is a link to Charlotte's article.
Why Is Glenn Named the Pancake Town?
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