NY Times says, “…one of the Midwest’s most delightful surprises.” Knockout story!
Best of fall is NOW. Still time for great experiences.
Sip the wines of the Leelanau with “Hunt for the Reds of October” all month
The $20 Vintner’s ticket secures a signature glass, complimentary pours at your choice of 22 wineries, and $5 donation to Red Cross. How fitting!

Too, Crystal River Outfitters running one more weekend. See you for a last kayak paddle.

Glen Arbor’s Pumpkin Festival thi s Saturday, October 19th
Head this way for glorious leaf-peeping, join the comradery at the Festival  , and cozy up at the inn for the evening? Leave with your own carved pumpkin, too.
Sleeping Bear Suite open for that single evening, as well.
One more room for season-ending Wine Trail Package November 8 th -10 th .
King’s Room still available. Something very special. Friday & Saturday catered dinners. Chauffeured tour & ticket for pours. Third night complimentary. Just $185 per person plus your room. Call Katie (231.334.6789) if that room is yours. 
Or, what about the Lighthouse Trail all month?
That’s right. We’re close to three lighthouses with magnificent panoramas along the way:
Make the inn your perfect headquarters for all directions
Can't brag enough about the NY Times article
The headline reads “Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean-Blue Water; Welcome to Michigan.” You know this already, but many more are discovering our incredible corner of the world.  As the season closes, here it is by the numbers:

  • The inn tallied visitors from across thirty-one states in the US, Ontario, Canada, and four European nations. Sure does make interesting conversation at the breakfast table!
  • 1.7 million visitors came to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in 2019
  • The 50 millionth visitor since the Park was established in 1970 walked in the Visitor Center this summer?

And to address increases -- expected to top 2.5 million in the next few years -- a Sleeping Bear Gateways Council  formed to prepare for the impact. Will keep you posted.
We shared earlier the Leelanau Vintners' summer-long "Caption Contest"

Delighted to be lead sponsor for all you Wine Trail aficionados. Prize winner Becky Traver claimed her stay, and wrote,

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We traveled throughout the peninsula (and) are already planning our next trip to Glen Arbor.” 

Congratulations, Becky. 
NOTICE: 2020 Inn and Cottage Reservations Open
Favorites expand and others say goodbye
Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate , several years into an independent cocoa bean cooperative sourcing directly from Ecuador, is partnering with Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville, on another Empire spot. Their chocolates are featured in our Romance Package.  Enough said? Can’t wait!  

And farewell to Dune Dogs.

Will miss the classy carnival wagon down the road. Made such a statement and perfect street food.
Interesting and caring happenings around town
Guest workers from several countries graced us this summer on temporary visas.
A simple exchange between Cherry Republic’s Bob Sutherland and Ruby from the Dominican Republic, working at Anderson’s IGA. Bob had an item at checkout that totally confused Ruby. He whispered “Asparagus.” Nothing. He quietly spelled it out and together they found it on the touch screen. A gesture of understanding repeated many times as the season progressed. Grateful for our differences. 

Governor Whitmer advocates for the Great Lakes in Glen Arbor
The new chief executive knows the challenges and opportunities surrounding our waterways, and came our way to advocate for action. An interesting day as many shared their frustrations on the impacts of climate change, Line 5, rising water levels, community infrastructure, and other concerns.
University of Virginia women’s soccer prepped for the season
Traveling by bus from Charlottesville, the team spent a week in Glen Arbor getting in shape for another championship season. Even scrimmaged at Myles Kimmerly Park. Among our more interesting guests, we hosted their bus driver while the team bunks at the Leelanau School. Been coming here for a number of years. Definitely our pleasure. 
As always, can't end without a recipe
It's Pumpkin Time. Now you can have it for breakfast! Enjoy one of our favorite autumn recipes.


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