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The Homestead

Glen Arbor , MI
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LOCATION

1 Wood Ridge Rd.
Glen Arbor, MI US 49636 (map)

PHONE

231-238-3638

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ABOUT US

Most Beautiful Place In America
Leelanau County is a premier travel destination for those seeking unmatched natural beauty in a tranquil setting. It is a peninsula blessed with... Read more
Most Beautiful Place In America
Leelanau County is a premier travel destination for those seeking unmatched natural beauty in a tranquil setting. It is a peninsula blessed with sandy beaches, massive dunes, timbered ridges and pastoral farms surrounded by Lake Michigan’s clear waters.

These unique natural resources and breathtaking views led to the creation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park that now surrounds The Homestead.

Recently, these unique resources were recognized again as the viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America chose Sleeping Bear Dunes over nine other carefully selected areas as the Most Beautiful Place in America.

In addition to its natural beauty, Leelanau has a long history of agriculture. For generations, its cherry orchards have produced the nation’s largest crops of sweet and tart cherries. Today the orchards have been joined by wineries that grow many varieties of grapes. Together they make Leelanau County the largest producer of wines in the state and an emerging viticulture area for the nation.

But the character of the county hasn’t changed. It is much as it was when the Ojibway named it Leelanau, meaning “Land of Delight.” Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2008
When was your venue last renovated?
2008
Describe your venue:
Country / Golf Club, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Garden / Romantic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
180
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
225
Number of suites
14
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1053
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2008
When was your venue last renovated?
2008
Describe your venue:
Country / Golf Club, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Garden / Romantic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
225
Number of suites
14
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1053
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
90
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband Brian & I were married at The Homestead in September 2014. From Day 1 the service we experienced was superior. Our Event Coordinator, Elizabeth walked us through each step of the wedding planning process and kept in constant communication with us the entire time. The resort was gorgeous, well-maintained and everyone from housekeeping to the management staff were friendly and helpful. Each and every person that assisted us on our Wedding Day at The Homestead provided us with a lifetime of memories. We not only built memories, but friendships with the staff there. We cannot wait for many more trips and a limetime of memories!
My husband Brian & I were married at The Homestead in September 2014. From Day 1 the service we experienced was superior. Read more...
My husband Brian & I were married at The Homestead in September 2014. From Day 1 the service we experienced was superior. Our Event Coordinator, Elizabeth walked us through each step of the wedding planning process and kept in constant communication with us the entire time. The resort was gorgeous, well-maintained and everyone from housekeeping to the management staff were friendly and helpful. Each and every person that assisted us on our Wedding Day at The Homestead provided us with a lifetime of memories. We not only built memories, but friendships with the staff there. We cannot wait for many more trips and a limetime of memories! Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth and Emily were absolutely awesome, they took care of everything. The Homestead is such a beautiful place....we couldn't have asked for a better venue. Everything is on premise and our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach.

The bar manager at Beppi's was great during out rehersal party. Actually after the wedding my sister left her shoes outside and her son, which works at Nona's restaurant on premise, brought the shoes to our room.

Everything was perfect and we had such a great time. I would recommend this venue to anyone. #Awesomeness
Elizabeth and Emily were absolutely awesome, they took care of everything. The Homestead is such a beautiful place....we Read more...
Elizabeth and Emily were absolutely awesome, they took care of everything. The Homestead is such a beautiful place....we couldn't have asked for a better venue. Everything is on premise and our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach.

The bar manager at Beppi's was great during out rehersal party. Actually after the wedding my sister left her shoes outside and her son, which works at Nona's restaurant on premise, brought the shoes to our room.

Everything was perfect and we had such a great time. I would recommend this venue to anyone. #Awesomeness Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
The Homestead is hands down the best venue in Michigan. Everything from the venue to food to staff to lodging was absolutely perfect. Having everyone so close to each other was a huge plus. No one had to drive to get anywhere and we were all able to hang out all day. Our coordinators kept everything running smoothly all day without any hiccups. You must check out The Homestead for your wedding!
The Homestead is hands down the best venue in Michigan. Everything from the venue to food to staff to lodging was Read more...
The Homestead is hands down the best venue in Michigan. Everything from the venue to food to staff to lodging was absolutely perfect. Having everyone so close to each other was a huge plus. No one had to drive to get anywhere and we were all able to hang out all day. Our coordinators kept everything running smoothly all day without any hiccups. You must check out The Homestead for your wedding! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
You cannot beat the setting and scenery at The Homestead. I looked all over Michigan trying to find the perfect venue for our wedding and there is no comparison to The Homestead.

The food was excellent. My guests all commented on how much they enjoyed our wedding because the resort is so relaxing and beautiful. There were a couple hiccups with vendors outside of The Homestead but the staff (especially Barb) made sure that I was ok, my guests were happy and things continued to run smoothly.

The set up and tear down of all our decor could not have been easier. I met with Stephanie for about 10 minutes to tell her how I wanted everything set up. She took notes and it looked beautiful on our wedding day!
You cannot beat the setting and scenery at The Homestead. I looked all over Michigan trying to find the perfect venue for Read more...
You cannot beat the setting and scenery at The Homestead. I looked all over Michigan trying to find the perfect venue for our wedding and there is no comparison to The Homestead.

The food was excellent. My guests all commented on how much they enjoyed our wedding because the resort is so relaxing and beautiful. There were a couple hiccups with vendors outside of The Homestead but the staff (especially Barb) made sure that I was ok, my guests were happy and things continued to run smoothly.

The set up and tear down of all our decor could not have been easier. I met with Stephanie for about 10 minutes to tell her how I wanted everything set up. She took notes and it looked beautiful on our wedding day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Michele
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.8/5.0
The Homestead Resort made planning our wedding from out of state effortless and stress free. Their coordinator was professional and organized. She really listened to what we wanted and made sure that our day was exactly what we envisioned. The service from our first visit to our check out day was amazing. We truly felt as though we were the only people on the resort even though it was their busy season. There were other weddings the same day and they made sure that our paths didn't intersect. The only reason I gave a 4/5 rating on service was because some of our guests experienced poor service at the pool/bar area by the beach. It was un-related to our wedding but I felt it was worth the note. My husband and I would both HIGHLY recommend The Homestead for your wedding day. I can't stress enough how amazing they all were.
The Homestead Resort made planning our wedding from out of state effortless and stress free. Their coordinator was Read more...
The Homestead Resort made planning our wedding from out of state effortless and stress free. Their coordinator was professional and organized. She really listened to what we wanted and made sure that our day was exactly what we envisioned. The service from our first visit to our check out day was amazing. We truly felt as though we were the only people on the resort even though it was their busy season. There were other weddings the same day and they made sure that our paths didn't intersect. The only reason I gave a 4/5 rating on service was because some of our guests experienced poor service at the pool/bar area by the beach. It was un-related to our wedding but I felt it was worth the note. My husband and I would both HIGHLY recommend The Homestead for your wedding day. I can't stress enough how amazing they all were. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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laurashlds
Wedding:
9/17/2010
4.6/5.0
Great location!
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Great location! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.5/5.0
From the moment we visited the ceremony site atop Bay Mountain and reception site at Mountain Flowers Lodge, we knew The Homestead was where we wanted to get married and, looking back, we could not be happier with our decision. Though it was a little pricier than we were looking to spend, it was worth every penny. Barb and her team were great to work with, very professional and they know what they're doing! Even with a little mid-afternoon rain, they did everything in their power to get our guests up the mountain to hold our ceremony where we had originally planned. Everyone kept commenting all weekend that I was the least stressed bride they had ever seen, and I owe a lot of that to Barb and her team. They kept me organized the month or so prior and we were able to meet 3 days before the wedding to go over final details and drop off all the decorations and I didn't have to think about a thing after that...was able to just enjoy the days leading up to the wedding with family and friends. All of our guests loved the resort and Glen Arbor and are already talking about when they can go back next. They also all commented that the food was some of the best they had ever had at a wedding!

If I had to change anything about our experience, it'd be to get earlier check-in times for our guests and to have the on-site restaurants/bars open more and later.

I would definitely recommend The Homestead to any bride-to-be!
From the moment we visited the ceremony site atop Bay Mountain and reception site at Mountain Flowers Lodge, we knew The Read more...
From the moment we visited the ceremony site atop Bay Mountain and reception site at Mountain Flowers Lodge, we knew The Homestead was where we wanted to get married and, looking back, we could not be happier with our decision. Though it was a little pricier than we were looking to spend, it was worth every penny. Barb and her team were great to work with, very professional and they know what they're doing! Even with a little mid-afternoon rain, they did everything in their power to get our guests up the mountain to hold our ceremony where we had originally planned. Everyone kept commenting all weekend that I was the least stressed bride they had ever seen, and I owe a lot of that to Barb and her team. They kept me organized the month or so prior and we were able to meet 3 days before the wedding to go over final details and drop off all the decorations and I didn't have to think about a thing after that...was able to just enjoy the days leading up to the wedding with family and friends. All of our guests loved the resort and Glen Arbor and are already talking about when they can go back next. They also all commented that the food was some of the best they had ever had at a wedding!

If I had to change anything about our experience, it'd be to get earlier check-in times for our guests and to have the on-site restaurants/bars open more and later.

I would definitely recommend The Homestead to any bride-to-be! Read less
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Leigh Savage
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.4/5.0
The staff was polite and so helpful. Everything was taken care of wonderfully--my family and I had a great experience. It really made our day perfect!
The staff was polite and so helpful. Everything was taken care of wonderfully--my family and I had a great experience. It Read more...
The staff was polite and so helpful. Everything was taken care of wonderfully--my family and I had a great experience. It really made our day perfect! Read less
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Ann
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.2/5.0
The Homestead is a ABSOLUTELY gorgeous place to have your wedding. There are many ceremony and reception sites to host your event. We chose to have our ceremony on top of the mountain and the reception at Camp Firefly. Both were beautiful. My photographer asked us to sneak away form dinner and take some "just us" photos on the beach and everyone loved them!! (The service was so great nobody noticed we were gone!)
The food is delicious. We ended up inviting way more folks than we anticipated would come and they made special accommodations for us. We served a cocktail style reception and extra tables were ordered to please all.
Barb and Lindy are wonderful sports even hosting a super cold and rainy rehearsal in the rain with pleasant dispositions.
If you live in the area, or appreciate the west coast of Michigan this venue is worth a visit.
The Homestead is a ABSOLUTELY gorgeous place to have your wedding. There are many ceremony and reception sites to host Read more...
The Homestead is a ABSOLUTELY gorgeous place to have your wedding. There are many ceremony and reception sites to host your event. We chose to have our ceremony on top of the mountain and the reception at Camp Firefly. Both were beautiful. My photographer asked us to sneak away form dinner and take some "just us" photos on the beach and everyone loved them!! (The service was so great nobody noticed we were gone!)
The food is delicious. We ended up inviting way more folks than we anticipated would come and they made special accommodations for us. We served a cocktail style reception and extra tables were ordered to please all.
Barb and Lindy are wonderful sports even hosting a super cold and rainy rehearsal in the rain with pleasant dispositions.
If you live in the area, or appreciate the west coast of Michigan this venue is worth a visit. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Erkie
Wedding:
5/24/2009
3.2/5.0
They were hard to book initially, but really took care of everything for me on the wedding day. Gorgeous venue and delicious food!
They were hard to book initially, but really took care of everything for me on the wedding day. Gorgeous venue and Read more...
They were hard to book initially, but really took care of everything for me on the wedding day. Gorgeous venue and delicious food! Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
8/10/2014
3.0/5.0
I think the Homestead is used to hosting very large weddings which wasn't the case for us (there were less than 25 people including the bride and groom). The Homestead provided us with a very detailed checklist to use while planning our ceremony and reception and they were good about reminding me to turn things in once the various pre-wedding timelines pasted.. this I appreciated very much because I wasn't paying attention to those dates. The venue itself was beautiful and everyone had a great time.

However, we were told a lot of things would happen that didn't happen until we reminded the staff... we were told that we would have a shuttle from the beach to dinner (we didn't have one and our photographer had to drive us), we requested to have bottled water at the ceremony which was overlooked until we reminded the coordinators, we were told we would hear from the chef a week before the event and we didn't hear from him until the day before (after us reminding the coordinator), they got our wedding date wrong on our menus and I was told the chef would be able to customize a dessert (cheesecake or a pie), which he wasn't... it seemed like the left hand didn't speak to the right hand and we felt like we didn't get the attention on our wedding day because our wedding was so small.
I think the Homestead is used to hosting very large weddings which wasn't the case for us (there were less than 25 people Read more...
I think the Homestead is used to hosting very large weddings which wasn't the case for us (there were less than 25 people including the bride and groom). The Homestead provided us with a very detailed checklist to use while planning our ceremony and reception and they were good about reminding me to turn things in once the various pre-wedding timelines pasted.. this I appreciated very much because I wasn't paying attention to those dates. The venue itself was beautiful and everyone had a great time.

However, we were told a lot of things would happen that didn't happen until we reminded the staff... we were told that we would have a shuttle from the beach to dinner (we didn't have one and our photographer had to drive us), we requested to have bottled water at the ceremony which was overlooked until we reminded the coordinators, we were told we would hear from the chef a week before the event and we didn't hear from him until the day before (after us reminding the coordinator), they got our wedding date wrong on our menus and I was told the chef would be able to customize a dessert (cheesecake or a pie), which he wasn't... it seemed like the left hand didn't speak to the right hand and we felt like we didn't get the attention on our wedding day because our wedding was so small. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.2/5.0
Very disorganized and difficult to work with. My original coordinator at some point was no longer working at the homestead but no one bothered to tell me in a timely and professional way. I was given a new coordinator after I contacted them with a question and found out about the first coordinators departure. The new coordinator never reached out to go over any of the events we were working on (brunch and rehearsal). When I reached out about menus a few weeks before the events i was told I was supposed to turn in a packet weeks before which I had never received.

The homestead was so difficult to work with the we had to cancel our rehearsal for some very minor details. Huge headache - totally unapologetic staff that could care less about their customers who are spending thousands and bringing guests in who spend thousands. We were literally told by our coordinator "i dont know why its my problem." You are the coordinator! You coordinate! Horrible customer service.

Some of my weddings guests were told the homestead knew nothing about a shuttle the night before the wedding when it had been discussed beforehand. When one guest asked about mini golf they were told to "just google it". Very unhelpful staff.

Rooms are very overpriced and outdated. Couldn't even get a good shower at $500 a night! Wouldn't deliver a bottle of champagne on behalf of my fiance.

Honestly, I'm so happy I didn't have my wedding here and I don't recommend it to anyone.
Very disorganized and difficult to work with. My original coordinator at some point was no longer working at the homestead Read more...
Very disorganized and difficult to work with. My original coordinator at some point was no longer working at the homestead but no one bothered to tell me in a timely and professional way. I was given a new coordinator after I contacted them with a question and found out about the first coordinators departure. The new coordinator never reached out to go over any of the events we were working on (brunch and rehearsal). When I reached out about menus a few weeks before the events i was told I was supposed to turn in a packet weeks before which I had never received.

The homestead was so difficult to work with the we had to cancel our rehearsal for some very minor details. Huge headache - totally unapologetic staff that could care less about their customers who are spending thousands and bringing guests in who spend thousands. We were literally told by our coordinator "i dont know why its my problem." You are the coordinator! You coordinate! Horrible customer service.

Some of my weddings guests were told the homestead knew nothing about a shuttle the night before the wedding when it had been discussed beforehand. When one guest asked about mini golf they were told to "just google it". Very unhelpful staff.

Rooms are very overpriced and outdated. Couldn't even get a good shower at $500 a night! Wouldn't deliver a bottle of champagne on behalf of my fiance.

Honestly, I'm so happy I didn't have my wedding here and I don't recommend it to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.0/5.0
The place is beautiful, but I felt like once we made the commitment to have our wedding there, the service went down hill fast. Our coordinator was slow to respond, and never put forth any extra effort. It felt like we got the bare minimum. They consistently made errors on our banquet forms and totally dropped the ball on the food service that was ordered the day of the wedding for the bridal party. They swapped out the wine we ordered for dinner service with out informing us and when we went for our tasting they skimped us big time only providing us with one entree (your guaranteed two) and for the tapas bar they served us raw carrots and celery. I will say the food the day of the wedding was quite good (at least the filet and chicken, the gnocchi was bad). They did not staff accordingly to host our guests during the weekend. The service at Beppis and Nonna was so slow, often our guests were made to wait up to two hours for their dinner, and the beach bar only had one bartender which is of course where everyone wants to be in the summer time. However some would say that we are lucky that the restaurants were even open as they are notorious for just closing them down with no regard for where their guests will go. Overall it was a beautiful venue, but they service level was below average for what you pay.
The place is beautiful, but I felt like once we made the commitment to have our wedding there, the service went down hill Read more...
The place is beautiful, but I felt like once we made the commitment to have our wedding there, the service went down hill fast. Our coordinator was slow to respond, and never put forth any extra effort. It felt like we got the bare minimum. They consistently made errors on our banquet forms and totally dropped the ball on the food service that was ordered the day of the wedding for the bridal party. They swapped out the wine we ordered for dinner service with out informing us and when we went for our tasting they skimped us big time only providing us with one entree (your guaranteed two) and for the tapas bar they served us raw carrots and celery. I will say the food the day of the wedding was quite good (at least the filet and chicken, the gnocchi was bad). They did not staff accordingly to host our guests during the weekend. The service at Beppis and Nonna was so slow, often our guests were made to wait up to two hours for their dinner, and the beach bar only had one bartender which is of course where everyone wants to be in the summer time. However some would say that we are lucky that the restaurants were even open as they are notorious for just closing them down with no regard for where their guests will go. Overall it was a beautiful venue, but they service level was below average for what you pay. Read less
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