A Black Friday shopping tradition, Glen Arbor’s “Pajama Party,” kicks off in the pre-dawn darkness on November 29th. So don your bathrobe and fizzy slippers and take advantage of the fun, refreshments and deep discounts at participating Main Street boutiques and small stores.
To kickoff the holiday shopping season – and to celebrate 30 great years of skiing at the only Nordic resort located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes – The Homestead has come up with a special 72-hour Black Friday deal: Book a Winter Couples Retreat package between Friday, November 29th and Sunday, December 1st and receive two complimentary lift tickets to use during your stay!
Our Winter Couples Retreat package was created with you and your special someone special in mind. You and your guest will enjoy: 2 Nights of luxurious accommodations for 2, a Mountaineer Breakfast at CQ’s Cabin each morning, dinner for two at Nonna’s, and a 60-minute Duet Massage at Spa Amira.
For reservations and pricing information, please call 231.334.5100.
Knowing that a perfect day beings with the perfect coffee, decision makers at The Homestead deliberated long and hard when trying to decide on the perfect brand of java to serve and sell to their valued guests. Now’s there’s no question they picked a winner in Grand Rapids-based Madcap Coffee.
The online lifestyle Magazine, Thrillist, recently assembled a group of “super serious coffee nerds” to select the best coffee roasters in America. Care to guess the name of the roaster that cracked the top three?
It’s a big-city coffee with a small-town commitment to quality, sustainability, and fair trade. Since Madcap Coffee first appeared on the shelves of Cavanaugh’s country store and deli, sales and visitor comments have confirmed that The Homestead picked a winner when partnering with this unique Grand Rapids-based coffee shop and “roaster.”
A Supreme Bean
“The history of American coffee’s broken down to into three distinct waves,” says Thrillist columnist Dan Gentile in his roundup of America’s top coffee roasters. “Folgers in your cup, Starbucks on your block, and a new crop of artisan roasters building brands based on sustainability, quality, and really, really cute packaging.”
Thrillist‘s panel of judges was made up of the nation’s most notable coffee writers and shop owners who picked 11 of their favorites. And it was Oktoberfest – Madcap’s “supreme seasonal bean” with a bright, creamy taste and hints of chocolate and spice – that came in at #3.
Judge and coffee blogger Brian Jones of Dear Coffee I Love You explained: “Madcap may not come from a large metropolitan area, but they push forward with unique varietal series and Sunday tasting experiences. They’ve also got a stellar brand, one of my favorites, by renowned designers Chuck Anderson and Seth Herman.”
Public transportation is inexpensive and environmentally friendly. With this special holiday offer from The Homestead, you can now add fun and stylish, too. Starting after Thanksgiving, the resort will be offering a special dinner deal – 3 courses and a complimentary ride for $30 in celebration of our 30 years of skiing. Enjoy an appetizer or pasta, entree and dessert, along with a return ticket on the BATA bus from Nonna’s – the resort’s signature Italian restaurant – to Traverse City or any other stop in the tri-county area.
Available Wednesday through Saturday (last bus leaves The Homestead at 8:30).
Check out the details, make a date, and let BATA be your designated driver for an evening of fine wine and the North’s finest Italian cuisine.
For reservations, call 231.334.5150.
Thanks to the culinary mastery of Chef John Piombo, you likely already know – or at least you’ve probably heard – about Nonna’s. Over the past few years, Chef John’s culinary skills have helped to transform The Homestead‘s flagship restaurant into a talked-about “new” discovery in local food circles.
Going the Extra Mile
Thanks to word-of-mouth, Nonna’s is fast becoming a “destination restaurant” – a place that not only offers incredible food, but also welcomes a change of scenery if you’re willing to go the extra miles to get here. This November, that 30-mile trip from Traverse City just got a little easier and a lot more fun thanks to a new promotional deal from The Homestead.
For less than the price of a gallon of gas – just $3 – you can now get a round-trip BATA bus ticket to the restaurant from almost anywhere in the area. Kim Schwaiger recently gave the experience high marks in her online blog NorthernSwag. You can read about her experience here.
Ticket to Dine Special
“Not every restaurant is worth putting in a little extra effort to visit (although riding a bus while singing along to your favorite tunes with a super fun driver on the way home isn’t much effort if you ask me),” noted Schwaiger. “But Nonna’s is worth every effort and then some.”
Having BATA as your designated driver for the evening means you get a safe, comfortable and surprisingly fast commute plus two hours to dine and relax after you arrive. Couples, dinner groups – anyone can take advantage of this offer starting December 1st.
The Homestead has one of the largest selections of wine anywhere in the region. But you don’t need to be a sommelier to negotiate the lengthy list of choices. Just pick two entree items from the “Ticket to Dine” menu and Chef John will personally suggest the perfect wine for your meal. It’s that simple.
For more information, and to make your reservation, contact Nonna’s at 231.334.5150.
Nonna’s is open from 5pm to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday.
What’s blue and green, rides on four wheels, and has plenty of room to fit you and all your friends? If you guessed a BATA bus, you’d be right!
If you live or work in Traverse City and the surrounding area, or even if you’re just visiting, the Bay Area Transit Authority(BATA) offers reliable, efficient, and budget-friendly options to get you where you want to go.
A few lovely folks from Northern Swag recently made the trip along the Village Loop between Traverse City and Glen Arbor for a fun evening at Nonna’s – but this wasn’t your everyday excursion. Dive into their unique experience and see how you too can enjoy a night of fine dining with friends at The Homestead, and the best part? You can leave your car keys at home!
“It’s not every restaurant that is worth putting in a little extra effort to visit (although riding a bus while singing along to our favorite tunes with a super fun driver on the way home isn’t much effort if you ask me). But Nonna’s is worth every effort and then some.” -Kim Schwaiger, Northern Swag
Remember back in the ’80s when mullets and one-piece ski suits were cool? When The Homestead opened its ski area in 1983, skinny skis and neon colors were all the rage. Take a look back, have some fun doing it and get a chance to win something cool every month during The Homestead’s Facebook photo contest.
Do you remember skiing at The Homestead back when Ronald Reagan was president? Then the resort has a pretty fun contest for you. The rules are simple and there’s no purchase necessary. Just head on over to The Homestead’s Facebook page and post a favorite old ski photo taken at the resort over the last 30 years.
From December through March, we’ll randomly pick a winner from the selection of submitted photos that month. As part of our 30th Anniversary Sweepstakes, monthly winners will receive a special gift, which may include anything from free lift ticket and rental equipment vouchers to gift certificates for dinner, lunch or breakfast at any one of the four restaurants located in The Village at The Homestead.
After the winner is announced on Facebook at the end of every month, a new round of submissions will begin. It’s that easy. So dig out those old scrapbooks and start posting your favorite old ski photos today!
It all started 30 years ago with a handful of runs and a couple chairlifts. Now, skiing and snowboarding is the number one activity for winter visitors and guests at The Homestead.
From the creation of the “ski by the pound lift ticket” to the introduction of the $5 ski club, check out these major milestones showing how the Alpine experience has changed at The Homestead over the last three decades.
1983 — The Homestead’s ski area opened with two three-person chair lifts, one two-person chairlift and a rope (pony) tow and state-of-the-art snow-making equipment. Lifts were carefully installed below the tree line and closer to the ground than lifts at other ski areas for the purpose of providing a secure, safe feeling for new skiers and children learning to ski.
1984 — “Ski by the pound,” a creative pricing strategy for lift ticket sales, was tried in an effort to introduce a lifetime skill to couples and young families at an affordable price.
1985 — The Homestead became the first resort in the Midwest to limit ticket sales to prevent overcrowding.
1989 — The Homestead launched its $5 ski club program, a unique season pass for locals who paid just $5 for a pass and an additional $5 every time they came to ski.
1993— The Homestead added three downhill race courses and broke ground on development of chalet-style homes and rental properties for vacationing families and couples.
1996 — A Par 3, 9-hole golf course was added, built in part on the downhill ski slopes.
2000 — The Magic Carpet© and was installed, along with a new the “Lifetime Skills Learning Center: Ski School” and Gnomes lift-ticket and rental building.
2002 — Glade Run and terrain park were added.
2008 — Expanded multi-seasonal use of the ski area by adding wedding ceremony and reception patios overlooking Glen Lake valley and Sleeping Bear Bay.
2012 — The Homestead’s Snowsports School was remodeled
Got a favorite memory of skiing at The Homestead? Tell us about it. Or, better yet, share a picture. Take a minute to head on over to The Homestead’s Facebook page to share your thoughts and see what other past guests are saying.
The cutoff for the best savings on The Homestead ONE Pass is October 31st. This unique season-long pass — now just $75 to $169 — allows the holder to do more than just ski.
The ONE Pass lets you purchase a basic pass to ski or snowboard, with or without equipment, for the season. But that’s just where the fun starts. This unique, customizable pass allows the holder to add a fitness membership and any number of lessons, salon, and spa visits at incredible savings.
There are just a couple weeks left to take advantage of pre-season prices for the ONE Pass, the most flexible way to enjoy the cold-weather months at the only four-season resort located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The ONE Pass is the most versatile option for anyone who loves wintertime activities in northern Michigan — even if snow sports are not your style. The basic ONE Pass offers a season on the slopes with rental equipment and lessons included as part of the deal, if you choose.
But where the ONE Pass really shines is in the discounted access provided for all the other amenities at The Homestead. After all, a day at the resort is about more than skiing.
A Ski Pass and More
After a day on the slopes, unwind with a Swedish massage at Spa Amira.
With ONE you can start your vacation off in the morning with a Yoga class at New Leaf Health & Fitness, followed by a haircut, manicure and pedicure at Lillyjade salon or an Essential Facial and a Swedish Massage at Spa Amira.
After an exhilarating day on the slopes you may be ready for a delicious three-course dinner at Nonna’s, prepared by our Executive Chef John Piombo. The Homestead has four restaurants to choose from, and the ONE Pass offers discount access to all of them. This includes Beppi’s, The Homestead’s original Italian-American Sports Bar; gourmet deli lunch at Cavanaugh’s Deli & General Store to eat in or take back to your room; and CQ’s Cabin, which offers a hearty, hot lunch entrée and beverage that is close to the slopes.
The combinations are endless, and so are the options for anyone who takes advantage of the special ONE Pass discounts before prices go up on November 1st, and again on December 1st.
Click here to check out the ONE Pass order form. Or to get some help navigating through all there is to choose from, call 231.334.5000 to speak to one of The Homestead’s helpful staff who can help guide you through the process.
How would you like to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? Let Nonna’s Chef John Piombo do all the work with a Thanksgiving Meal-To-Go.
This special holiday meal with all the trimmings (including dessert) will feed eight to ten people, comes fully prepared and is ready to be warmed when you are. And you want to know the best part? Check out the price.
Agreeing to host Thanksgiving dinner is the easy part. Conjuring up a menu is fun. But now with the holiday less than a month away you’re looking at countless hours stressing out in the kitchen while you’re guests are sipping cocktails and having a good time.
Here’s a good idea to help you save your sanity. Just purchase, take home and serve an incredible five-star turkey dinner prepared by one of northern Michigan’s best-known chefs.
Chef John Piombo is taking orders now until November 22nd. The cost is just $140 for a Thanksgiving Day meal with all the fixings — from soup to stuffing, cranberry chutney to your choice of chocolate pecan, pumpkin or apple crumble pie. Just warm and serve.
Check out the full menu here, which includes suggested wine parings. Meal pick up is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27th at Cavanaugh’s before 6 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation, call 231.334.5159.
Hard to imagine there’s another Michigan winter right around the corner. But The Homestead is already preparing for a season-long celebration marking three decades of Nordic fun.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the special winter festivals and activities in the works, plus information on advance season passes going on sale soon.
Stunning views of Lake Michigan; and unwavering dedication to exceptional service; limited lift ticket sales so the slopes aren’t crowded; and the best lift ticket, rental, lesson and ski packages in Northern Michigan – guaranteed.
These are only a few of the reasons why The Homestead has grown to become one of the most popular ski and snowboarding resorts in all of northwest Lower Michigan.
The Homestead’s beauty and style has drawn couples looking for a romantic weekend, as well as, families with young children seeking the family-friendly ambiance of a traditional Northern Michigan retreat.
Special Birthday, Special Season Pass Deal
This winter, the resort is marking it 30th season with a long list of festivals and activities including special deals on passes and ticket sales. For starters, all-inclusive ONE season pass is available at a special discounted rate of $75 to $169 until October 31st. The best ski and snowboarding deal in all of Northern Michigan, ONE not only provides lift access and equipment rentals for the entire season, it allows for savings and discounts on a long list of other resort activities including salon and spa services, fitness club classes and memberships, and kid’s programs happening at the resort this winter.
Save the Date
What would be a birthday without a big party? To celebrate 30 great years of skiing and snowboarding, The Homestead’s 30th will be ringing in the peak of winter season with a resort-wide New Year’s Eve celebration – and you’re invited.
Take advantage of a special accommodations package available right now for New Year’s Eve party guests. This two-night package includes breakfast each morning, a three-course dinner at Nonna’s the night of the party (dinner includes a lobster & filet entree with champagne toast at midnight, and tickets to the after-dinner party featuring a cash bar, dancing and music by The Corvairs. Package pricing from $94 per person, per night. If you want to add lift tickets for each day of your stay to your New Year’s Eve package, rates start at $119 per person, per night.
More to Come
For the most up-to-the-minute reports on all resort happenings and 30th Anniversary events and party dates currently in the works, you can head over to The Homestead’s Facebook page and click the “like” button. Or simply keep an eye on The Homestead’s activities pages and future issues of The Homestead’s monthly eNewsletter for all the latest winter weekend ski parties, live entertainment at Beppi’s, and all the great 30th Anniversary deals and specials coming your way.
Did the hot weather leave your looks in need of a refresh? No worries, says Family Circle magazine. Beauty aid is on the way.
Check out these online tips for getting rid of wrinkles and dark spots, hydrating sun-dried hair and more, along with information on two special fall salon and spa packages now available at The Homestead for a limited time.
Did you know that adding a pea-sized amount of pure honey to you over-the-counter moisturizer is one of the best remedies for dry skin? Care to guess the best treatment for hair damaged by a summer’s worth of sun and chlorine?
“Event he most diligent SPF-wearer among us have some unprotected summer sun moments,” write Illana Blitzer for the online version of Family Circle magazine. “And come fall we pay the price with redness, brown spots, fine lines, and moisture loss.”
Click here to check out a long list of home remedies and over-the-counter products Blitzer recommends for do-it-yourself, post summer beauty treatments.
If professional pampering is more your style, The Homestead has put together two, post-summer salon and spa packages to help you regain your pre-summer glow:
The “Treat Yourself” package offers two nights’ lodging, breakfast each morning, dinner at Nonna’s one evening and your choice of a one-hour massage or 60-minute facial (per guest) at beautiful Spa Amira. Rates start at just $116 per person, per night.
The “Wellness” package allows guests two nights’ lodging, dinner one evening at Nonna’s, plus nail service and makeup consultation at Lillyjade salon. Guests also receive a complimentary makeup bag and a one-hour facial at Spa Amria. Rates start at $140 per person, per night.
For more information and to book your reservation, call 231.334.5100.
On September 29th, three of America’s best-known gardening experts headline a one-of-a-kind conference during the peak of the fall colors in Leelanau County. The conference features lectures, workshops, technical tours of local gardens, vineyards and historical farms, local craft food, and wine.
Learn more about the details on how you can take part in this four-day event benefiting the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan.
One of three featured speakers at the upcoming Botanical Gardens Benefit, Peter Hatch has been the Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977 and is the advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden.
It’s a gardening get-together like nothing you’ve ever seen. For four days – September 29th through October 2nd – Leelanau County will be the sight for the Revolutionary Gardens Benefit Conference.
Between workshops and lectures, this unique opportunity offers a chance to tour some of the area’s oldest and most memorable gardens as you rub elbows with a featured list of internationally-known garden authors and designers Andrea Wulf, Peter Hatch and Warren Byrd.
Registration options include daily rates or all-inclusive Garden VIP access that includes private lunches with the authors. For more details, visit the website for The Botanical Garden at Historic Barns Park.
To celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Manitou Passage Golf Club will be rallying for the cure this October. The Club is currently seeking sponsors interested in a full month of advertising on one of the 18 pink golf flags and tee signs on the course’s putting greens.
Find out how you can kick off the fall golfing season – and help put a little “Fun” in “fundraiser” – with this unique advertising opportunity.
Last month, the Manitou Passage Golf Club announced its Rally for the Cure campaign, a month-long charity drive to raise money for breast cancer research. With roughly two weeks to go, sponsors are still needed to round out the list of area business owners already participating in the important event.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jamie Jewell, says the traffic at the Club this summer was record-breaking in regards to the number of golfers who came to play the Club – the only 18-hole golf course located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
“But with the beautiful fall colors coming and everyone trying to get one last round before the official end of the season, we expect to be even busier in October,” she says. “There’s not a family that hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a foundation doing important work and we couldn’t think of a better time of year to help raise money and awareness about their mission.”
A Great Cause
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a non-profit that launched the global breast cancer movement. Since 1982, the foundation has invested almost $2 billion toward ground-breaking breast cancer research, community health outreach, advocacy, and programs in more than 50 countries. The Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” has grown to become its largest fundraiser, but events like the one being hosted at Manitou Passage Golf Club are also invaluable.
“There’s only a couple weeks until the official start of the fundraiser,” says Jewell. “But we still have sponsor slots available for a handful of the course’s eighteen holes.”
The Price is Right and Tax Deductible
For roughly $20 per day, each sponsor gets a month pf advertising right on the greens in the form of a pink flag and tee sign. As an added incentive, sponsors are eligible for four free rounds of golf in October and, at the end of the month, will reeive the pink flag and pink cup liner as a momento of their contribution.
Manitou Passage will contribute the cost ($600 less the value of the flag and tee sign) to the Rally for the Cure campaign, which also means the money is tax deductible.
“We are also contributing ten percent of all greens fees above our October goal of fifty-thousand dollars,” says Jewell. “That means, at the end of the month, our target donation to Susan G. Komen will be over fourteen-thousand dollars.”
If you know someone or are a business owner interested in putting your mark on the only 18-hole course located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, contact Manitou Passage General Manager, Bob Summers, at 231.228.6000.
If you think the Sleeping Bear Dunes is worthy of “8th Wonder of the World” status, one of the internet’s most popular travel websites would love to hear from you.
But time is winding down. The Lakeshore is currently ranked in the Top 25 out of 334 nominations. That standing could go up (or down) before voting ends on September 30th. Here’s the scoop on how you can click and support the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore today!
The original “Seven Wonders of the World” were considered the most spectacular works of art and architecture of the ancient classical world. They included the hanging gardens of Babylon, the statue of Zeus at Olympia and the great pyramid at Giza (the only original wonder left in existence).
In the modern world, “wonders lists” exist for everything from industry (e.g. the Brooklyn Bridge) to the solar system (e.g. the rings of Saturn). There already is a seven wonders of nature list, but the folks at virtualtourist.com think the lineup falls a bit short.
After more than eight weeks of voting, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has steadily climbed to a Top 25 position. Now, in the final six weeks the polls are open, a final push is needed not only to maintain that position but- even better- to get the Lakeshore to #1.
You have until September 30th, but don’t wait. Just scroll about halfway down the alphabetized ballot to locate Sleeping Bear and click “vote.” Then tell your friends to check out the website and do the same.
Artists have always been drawn to the spectacular scenery and ever-changing landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. This October, the Dennos Museum celebrates “America’s Most Beautiful Place” in a unique fine-art exhibit featuring over 100 original works selected from the pages of a captivating new book.
Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes pairs the work of the region’s most versatile artists with the words of its most acclaimed essayists – Jerry Dennis and Kathleen Stocking. Check out how you can take a peek inside the pages of this captivating new book at the Dennos Museum this fall.
It all started with a call fro entries. Last year, Leelanau Press invited artists to submit entries for inclusion in both a juried exhibition and professionally designed, full-color book highlighting the majestic beauty of the towering dunes, clear waters, forest and historic farmland of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Out of 250 submitted works, 108 were blindly selected by a panel of judges. These original works are the centerpiece of an October book premier reception and Dennos Museum exhibit entitled, “The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.”
Publisher’s Dream Becomes Reality
Leelanau Press co-founder, Barbara Siepker, told the Glen Arbor Sun last year that the combination book/art exhibit has been a long-held dream.
“This area is such a special place for so many people, whether they have lived here for decades or come for a short visit,” she said. “Fortunately artists and writers have found ways to express that resonates with us all and we thought it was important that their work be recognized.”
For the words to express the richness of life in this magical country, Siepker tapped two of the region’s most acclaimed essayists, Jerry Dennis and Kathleen Stocking.
Dennis’ essays on nature and the outdoors have appeared in such publications at The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon and Orion. His books have been translated into five languages and have received numerous awards. Among his titles are The Winward Shore, The Living Great Lakes, its Raining Frogs and Fishes, and Leelanau: A Portrait of Place in Photographs and Text.
The daughter of Leelanau lumberman and ardent naturalist, Pierce Stocking, author Kathleen Stocking’s first book of essays, Letters from the Leelanau, was highly acclaimed when published in 1991. She’s received awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Blue Mountain Center for Writers in New York.
Expect both authors and many of the contributing artists to be on hand for the Dennos Museum reception this October. The exhibit will run from October 13th through January 5th, 2014 with book proceeds going to fund future publications of the Leelanau Press, a non-profit company.
For more information, visit the Dennos Museum’s exhibitions page.