Welcome to Glen Arbor in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.
On the shores of Lake Michigan and the deep blue Glen Lake. It's Pure Michigan at its best.
You'll find things cherry at Cherry Republic,
Bookstores and coffee houses,
Clothing and accessory shops,
Recreation for all ages,
Hiking or biking or paddling a kayak,
Pontoons and jet skis to rent,
And some of the best sugar sand beaches in the world.
We have great events and celebrations throughout the season,
Excellent golf courses,
Many art galleries,
Talented jewelry designers,
Flower and home decorating shops,
Renowned gathering places and wineries not too far away,
Restaurants for fine dining,
Spectacular fall color on our country roads and waterways,
From wherever you come,
Once you've been here, you won't forget Glen Arbor and the Leelanau Peninsula.
“This place is unforgettable.”- Daniela, Vorese, Italy
Catch the flavor of northern Michigan and the Leelanau Peninsula by the late R.W. Apple Jr. of the New York Times, Up North: Michigan’s Flavorful Vacationland [07/30/03] (link will open in new window)
Hike back trails, bike the new, kid-friendly 5-mile hard-surfaced Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb (and five miles more to Empire in 2014) or the 13-mile on-road Glen Lake loop, climb the dunes, or simply sightsee at the extraordinary Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Spend a morning at a unique bird sanctuary with the well known Kay Charter or on one of the birding trails in the county (ask the innkeeper — she has maps).
M-22, which passes the inn and circles the Leelanau Peninsula through the unique villages, farms, orchards and open spaces, is so exceptional that it has been designated a Scenic Heritage Route. Why not travel its length, stopping along the way just to take in the sights. It is stunning any time, and spectacular in the fall. Or cross over to South Manitou Island on the Manitou Island Transit Ferry from Leland’s Fishtown. Here time has stopped and the lighthouse is waiting for you.
Art & Museums
Admire the rich and varied art works at the Michigan Artists’ Gallery in Suttons Bay, the nationally known Gwen Frostic Gallery in Benzonia, or Synchronicity Gallery , Ruth Conklin Gallery and Dickinson Photo Gallery down the street.
Catch a terrific first-run or classic movie at the stunningly renovated, historic State Theatre on Front Street in Traverse City or treat yourselves to the remarkable works previewed each year in late July at the Traverse City Film Festival.
Attend a headliner performance in the great amphitheater, or enjoy the many chamber and student events at the renowned National Music Camp only 30 minutes away at Interlochen.
Then, for an extra treat, travel to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, 40 minutes south of us in Benzie County, to wander the fascinating Michigan Legacy Art Park. The venue offers a unique experience of art, nature and history. Over 35 major works of art by Michigan artists line trails that loop through a serene densely wooded forest. Give it a try.
Wining & Dining
Start your journey with a coffee or latte from Leelanau Coffee Roasters to take on the road or around the block. Then see the Leelanau Peninsula while you assemble your picnic from such stops as the Riverfront Deli (the cherry chicken salad sandwiches are the best) in Glen Arbor, Stone House Bread or Carlson’s smoked fish in Leland, the Leelanau Cheese Company at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, or the special cherry-pecan sausage at Pleva’s Meat Market in Cedar.
Be sure, too, to make a wine tasting stop or two. There are now nearly two dozen wineries in the county.
Did you know that Bon Appetit named Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula one of the the “Top Six Small Foodie Towns” in America? Find out why. In the evening, dine at wonderful restaurants nearby , such as the charming Trattoria Funistrada or LaBecasse around Big Glen Lake in Burdickville, or the exceptional blu in Glen Arbor with James Beard-nominated chef Randy Chamberlain. More casual favorites are the Cedar Rustic Inn (no website, call 231.228.2530) in Cedar, The Manitou Restaurant south of Empire, The Bluebird Bar & Restaurant (a traditional spot) in Leland. Or try rave reviewed Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay.
If you are venturing into Traverse City for the day or evening, we have additional recommendations at some outstanding places. Try the wonderful, not-to-be missed Trattoria Stella Italian restaurant, also with a James Beard-nominated chef (be sure to ask for directions from the innkeeper), wonderful Bistro Fou Fou on Cass, Amical’s French-theme on Front Street or The Cook’s House on Wellington Street. On the more casual side, find Sleder’s Tavern for the best burgers and “country” atmosphere around, or our favorite Blue Tractor Cook Shop or Soul Hole on Union Street, .
Let us make reservations for you when you are booking your room or cottage. We know about discounts at many of our favorites (or yours) in the off-season, and preferred seating in prime season.
Browse through antique stores.
Poke around such speciality shops as Becky Thatcher or Wildflowers or The Totem Shop in Glen Arbor. And you won’t want to miss the Great Lakes Tea & Spice shop a block away on M109, with special blends they ship around the world. Too, discover the small places in Leland and Suttons Bay or make an afternoon checking out every shop on Front Street in Traverse City.
Then, how about browsing among best sellers and old classics at The Cottage Book Shop and buy a new sportswear outfit or two at amazing prices at Momentum, which is right next door.
Finally, play golf at more than a dozen courses such as Mistwood at Lake Ann, The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, the beautifully updated Arnold Palmer course at Manitou Passage Golf Club in Cedar, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, The Homestead in Glen Arbor, or Dunes Golf Club in Empire. Most are within 30 minutes of Glen Arbor and none are more than an hour away.