Historic Sleeping Bear Inn Becoming Bed and Breakfast
You will soon have the chance to once again stay in the historic Sleeping Bear Inn.
One non-profit group is giving new life to one of northern Michigan’s most historic hotels.
Balancing Environment And Rehabilitation, also known as BEAR, is turning the Sleeping Bear Inn into a one-of-a-kind coastal bed and breakfast.
“If you think about it, this hotel, this inn, this place—belongs to all of us and people don’t want to see it just sitting here without anything happening to it,” says BEAR President Maggie Kato.
First built between 1865-1867, Sleeping Bear Inn lodged tourists for a long time, before closing it’s doors in the mid-1970s.
Kato says guests can look forward to a historical experience, with plenty of room to gather, eat and explore.
“There are three rooms down here that will remain very much as they are today, two dining rooms and a parlor,” says Kato. “Then upstairs, there’s seven rooms for people to stay overnight and enjoy all that Sleeping Bear Dunes has to offer.”
The National Parks Service is fully on board too.
Those over at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore believe its important to preserve the inn.
“I think it’s wonderful for the visitors, it’s really going to expand their experience in the Glen Haven area,” says Bob Bertschy, Chief of Maintenance for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “Plus, they’re going to preserve two historic buildings, which is good for the public and also good for the park services.”
Right now, Glen Haven is a quick, day stop for many visitors, but the bed and breakfast will allow people to stay overnight and enjoy more of the historic area.
“I think it’d be a great opportunity for the visitors too, I mean, it’s a beautiful area within our park and to have that bed and breakfast experience in Glen Haven, I think it’d be really neat,” says Bertschy.
Anyone can drop by and tour the inside of the inn before it’s remodeled at their open house ceremony on April 8th.
Sleeping Bear Inn plans to be open to the public in late spring of 2023.