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“Beautiful, Relaxing Family Ski Get Away” 5 of 5 stars
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1 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI 49636   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Glen Arbor
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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“Beautiful, Relaxing Family Ski Get Away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The Homestead is a large, beautiful, hilly property right on Lake Michigan. There are a number of different housing options. We have stayed in the Stoney Brook Lodge, high up on a hill, a few times. The units are like apartments with a living/dining/kitchen area (with cast iron stove), bedroom, bath, and porch overlooking Lake Michigan. Good choice for families.

The ski runs are good for kids and novice adults. No long waits for the lifts. Because it is relatively small, we feel comfortable letting our kids hit the slopes on their own.

There are several dining options from deli style/grocery store (Cavanaugh's) to more upscale adult (Nonna's). Also, Spa Amira offers massages in a beautiful setting high on a hill overlooking the lake.

The adjacent town of Glen Arbor is charming (home to the World Headquarters of The Cherry Republic) and Sleeping Bear Dunes are nearby for sledding and snowshoeing.

Overall, The Homestead is a very low key, relaxing, family friendly resort in a beautiful natural setting on Lake Michigan. Also, excellent value for the rates. We have visited several times with family and friends.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, General Manager at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear Gr0sseP0inter,
We are so pleased that you have enjoyed The Homestead several times in the past and most recently this December. You may be interested to know that we are in the process of upgrading Stony Brook Lodge. It will continue to have all of the conveniences you've enjoyed with a stunning, upgraded decor. Renovations should be completed by May.

Thank you for your patronage...and we hope to see you and your family again in the near future.
Sincerely,
Adriene Kokowicz
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lansing, MI
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This is a lovely resort. We came to ski Christmas week. We like everything about the resort except that they don't take care of their roads. It is a hilly property and I often saw cars trying to get up, or down, the hills. It snows a lot there due to being by Lake Michigan and you need to weigh if the aggravation is worth the price. That is why I titled this Skater's Waltz cause it is easy to slip and slide around.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, Manager at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Marillynlansing_mi,
Thank you for your recent stay and comments. The snowfall this year was unusually high, even for our region. In fact, we may have caught the record by now which was set in 1995! That said, the safety of our guests as they move about the property (whether driving or walking) is of the utmost importance to us. Please know that we are committed to improve our snow removal plans particularly when we experience high accumulation in a short period of time or for several consecutive days. We do hope you were able to enjoy your visit and that we will see you again in the future.

Sincerely,
Steve Lord - Grounds
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We just came back from a two day stay at The Inn. We have stayed on the property before and found little has changed. The staff can be hit or miss. The maids are always friendly and outgoing. The restaurant people can be rude. CQ's example - at 7:59 in the morning someone opens the door and says "can you wait until 8:00?" In a not too friendly voice. Beppi's lists sandwiches online not to be found in the place. The Inn itself needs an update as stated in other posters. Don't think we'll be back.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

I recently wrote a review of our room at The Homestead which was not too favorable! (At the Inn)
I received a call from the manager and she assured me that they are bringing all rooms up to date and replacing the bed linens. If this is the case, then I will give The Homestead an excellent review as it is a beautiful property. I also appreciated the fact that the manager saw fit to call me personally! She was very nice!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, General Manager at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
karyndavidsager,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. It was truly my pleasure. We are in the process of upgrading the units now, as we discussed. We look forward to sharing the changes with you on your next visit.

Best,

Adriene Kokowicz
VP and General Manager
The Homestead
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Orland Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I just spent 4 nights at "The Inn" in "The Homestead". We wanted the fall weather experience and got it. Very quiet time for them and we appreciated that but found many attractions, restaurants, etc.....closed for the season. I knew most of this when I booked because I researched. We were in a first floor suite with kitchen and private bedroom and a terrace. View of Lake Mich. was spectacular from our living room, bedroom and terrace. I'm greatly missing it now. Nature abounds in every corner of the resort and additionally outside the resort and throughout the "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore". Food in the resort was fine and we found some extra dining surprises outside the resort as well. We would give it 5 stars but a few complaints need to be noted....hope they will notice. The sofabed in the living room was very uncomfortable to just lounge on and similarly when we opened it up to nap on while enjoying the fireplace....very uncomfortable. There was only 1 closet in the entire suite and it was more of a small coat closet and didn't fit our clothes and coats. And it was located by the front door so dressing was awkward as the master bedroom and bath were at the back of the suite. The parking lot for this hotel was kind of far from the hotel. Very spooky at night. Our terrace door was difficult to lock, a bit of a security concern as we were on the first floor. Tube t.v.s in both rooms....very surprised as flat screens are so affordable now. Window treatments could use some updating....the blinds were somewhat misshapen. The rooms were clean but not perfectly so. We got a great fall rate but if we had paid top dollar we would have expected near perfection.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, Director of Sales at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Allyson R,

Thank you for your visit, and for your comments. We are in the process of making updates at The Inn, and we look forward to sharing them with you on your next visit. We do hope that you will plan another visit soon.

Best,

Jamie Jewell
VP Sales and Marketing
The Homestead
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This was my second trip to The Homestead and it was a great stay both times. Although the decor is rustic and maybe a little outdated it is very clean and the staff are very friendly and quick to solve any issues. This trip was with a group and it was very easy for me to work with staff to set up reservations and a private dinner. I would highly recommend The Homestead for family reunions, weddings, business meetings or any other type of group getaway.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, Director of Sales at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
nmarti8,

Thank you for staying with us. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. We are always making improvements to our rooms and amenities, and we look forward to sharing them with you and your guests on your next visit.

Best,

Jamie Jewell
VP Sales and Marketing
The Homestead
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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Homestead Resort is truly beautiful and a wonderful place to visit. We were married there 2 weeks ago. The Customer service at The Homestead surpasses that of Disney in my eyes! Family oriented and better yet, pet friendly! Wonderful vacation spot. Highly recommend this place!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheHomesteadMI, General Manager at The Homestead, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Kyla M,

Thank you for choosing us to host your special day. We are thrilled and flattered to help you celebrate. Thank you also for this wonderful review. We always enjoy hearing from guests, but particularly when they have such wonderful things to say.

We look forward to serving you and your family again in the future.

Warmly,

Adriene Kokowicz
VP and General Manager
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Address: 1 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Location: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Glen Arbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Glen Arbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 197
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