Entries by lci

A Note from a Past Innkeeper

Yesterday we had a visit from the grandson of one of Sleeping Bear Inn’s former innkeepers. Roger and Dee shared with us a few documents and photos from Cora and Melphie Barber. Roger gifted us this precious postcard his grandmother Cora sent to Rapid City Michigan on June 15, 1910 while she was the Innkeeper […]

First Wedding at Sleeping Bear Inn?

Please meet Christina and Aaron who are getting married on the front porch of Sleeping Bear Inn this October and we believe this could very well be the first wedding to take place INSIDE the Inn ever! We know there have been weddings outside the Inn and vows have been renewed, however this could be […]


It may not have been the most optimal time of year to plant new trees and the trees we found were not quite as tall as we had hoped however we could not be more thrilled with the opportunity to start replacing trees in Glen Haven. The Park settled on Black Cherry as the replacement […]

Group Reservations for 2024 at Sleeping Bear Inn

mLive’s Emily Bingham stopped by to talk with Maggie about taking group reservations for 2024: A little more than a year after restoration work began at Sleeping Bear Inn, the long-shuttered historic lodge within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is now taking group reservations for 2024. The 150-year-old inn, which sits along Lake Michigan in […]

Memorial Day Greetings

Jeff from Northwoods Hardware in Glen Arbor dropped off 30 low-grow sumac plants and 3 rose plants a few days ago and thanks to several volunteers, we were able to plant them all by the Memorial Holiday weekend. Phyllis and I started removing the grass and the next day, Steve, Peg, Dave and John continued […]

These Guys Make Us Look Good

I first met Tony, (smiling on the left) years ago when I worked for Genesee County Habitat for Humanity. Tony finished the walls for dozens of Habitat homes and he re-surfaced from semi-retirement to help us work on the Sleeping Bear Inn. How exciting these past two weeks have been as we have seen subcontractors […]

Our opening date is still a moving target…

The opening date for the Inn remains elusive. However, if you are someone who likes to plan ahead, by the end of May you will be able to book rooms for 2024 on our website. Floorplans of the 8 rooms will be accompanied by photos of the view from your room and details of amenities […]

Electricians, Plumbers, Excavators, Oh My!

Happy Spring from Glen Haven! The season has brought back all of our subcontractors to the Inn and the progress is exciting. The porch floor is refinished and fabulous (check out the photo on Facebook, the link is at the bottom of the page). The 3 chimneys have been relined and wood burning inserts have […]

So Close to Complete!

The 1928 enclosed porch renovation is very close to completion and today as you are receiving this, the floor is undergoing refinishing. Everything on the porch has been restored down to the original brass window hardware that were covered with layers of paint and now shine again. 340 panes of glass were removed from caked […]

I’ll Be Back

Thank you to a generous donor who was too late to fund a replacement tree, but stepped up to fund the replication of this historic sign. Legendary Leelanau County sign painter Dennis Gerathy has been commissioned to build and paint a copy of this historic sign that hung outside of the Inn for decades. The […]