“Grocerant” At Cavanaugh’s Offers Artisan Eats For People On The Go

Since there wasn’t really a word for a place that’s part restaurant part grocery store, The Homestead decided to create one. The remodel of Cavanaugh’s “grocerant” is almost complete. From the NEW made-to-order pizza bar to the addition of some all new, gourmet grab-and-go food and beverage items—Even draft beer!—here’s a rundown of new offerings already available and news on what’s coming soon.

 Cavanaughs new interior



Designed With Your Needs In Mind
 Does this sound familiar? You’re on vacation with the family. It’s breakfast time. You’re looking to start the day with a warm pastry and hot cappuccino; the kids want a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.

Or how about this? You come up with a plan over coffee to spend the day at the beach or sightseeing at the Sleeping Bear Dunes. But you don’t have the time—or the supplies in the fridge—to pack a decent picnic lunch.

 Wine, spirits, craft beer by the bottle (and NOW on draft). Gourmet sandwiches, salads and food that’s ready to eat and ready to heat. Sodas, mixers and artesian cheese perfect for that impromptu cocktail party.


The Wreck Of The Francisco Morazan

Of the 50 known shipwrecks discovered at the bottom of the Manitou Passage, none is more visible than the Francisco Morazan. Located just 300 yards of the southern coast of South Manitou Island, the wreck of the Liberian cargo ship can actually be seen from the beach at The Homestead. For anyone who’s ever wondered about this unique piece of maritime history, we offer this brief history.

   Francisco Morazan


[source: allaboutwaterusa.com]

A bustling bottleneck of Great Lakes commerce throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Manitou Passage also had a reputation among maritime sailors as a graveyard of sunken ships. Before the age of satellite guidance systems and high-tech weather radar, ship captains surprised by raging storms often sought shelter in the lee of the islands where countless vessels both known and unknown ended up crashed upon the rocks.

 Today, the shallow water of the passage provides a unique opportunity for divers. (For a list and map of the best known shipwreck dives, check out the website of the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve.) Some of these wrecks are located in water so shallow—five to 12 feet—that a mask, fins and snorkel is all you would really need to get a good look. But what makes the Francisco Morazan so unique is that it’s the only one in the preserve that the curious can see without even getting their feet wet.


Bound For Rotterdam

 Departing Chicago on November 27, 1960, the caption of the Francisco Morazan (accompanied by his pregnant wife) and the 12-man crew of the 234-foot, Liberian freighter raced north on their way to St. Lawrence Seaway and, eventually, Rotterdam before the Great Lakes canal system closed to traffic on December 3rd. 

 According to historians at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Captain Eduardo Trivizas was 24-years-old, had five years of sailing experience and was a graduate of the Greek Navy School. The Francisco Morazan was his first command.   

 Loaded with over 1,000 tons of general cargo—everything from scrap metal and aluminum to canned chicken and toys—the ship motored north and began encountering high winds and rough waves that same evening. By the next day, the weather only worsened, eventually …

Beach Club Remodel Finally Complete

The ancient engineers who built The Great Pyramid of Giza had moving massive stones and deadly work conditions to deal with. Beach Club construction teams had, building permit delays and piping plovers. We can joke about it now, but only because guests and residents now all agree—The Homestead’s stunning Beach Club remodel effort proved well worth the wait.


Beach Club boardwalk at night


Difficult timelines and impossible constraints are part of any ambitious construction effort.  But no one could have anticipated some of the small hurdles construction crews were going to face when The Homestead offered guests and resident a sneak peek at Beach Club …

Glen Arbor Restaurant Week at Café Manitou

 Café Manitou Welcomes Public During “Glen Lake Restaurant Week”

Glen Lake Restaurant Week is right around the corner, and The Homestead is marking the occasion by opening Café Manitou to the general public. Here’s a sneak peek at the special menu Chef John Piombo has planned along with important information on modified hours of operation.  


Cafe dining room view


[source: thehomesteadresort.com]


Arguably the most beautiful lakefront restaurant anywhere in Northern Michigan—and the only one offering the spectacular views of the Manitou Islands AND the Sleeping Bear Dunes—Café Manitou is also reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of residents and guests of The Homestead.

 But later this month, the Café will open its kitchen to serve local food lovers looking for a unique and mouthwatering dining experience.

 Glen Lake Restaurant 2018 begins April 27th, and The Homestead has a special $30 menu planned for Leelanau County diners who want to sample the views of Lake Michigan and the spectacular food Café Manitou is known for.

 To accommodate a waterfront wedding planned at The Homestead the weekend of May 5th, Café Manitou will only be open for seven days (April 27th until May 4th) for Restaurant Week patrons[B1] .

 Diners will enjoy a choice of three appetizers, three entrée items and a desert choice—all for $30 dollars. Here’s a look at the special menu Chef John Piombo has planned:


Cafe Manitou logo

Restaurant Week 2018


Kimchee Calamari  

Lightly Fried Rings and Tentacles / Green Onions / Peppers

(gf) (v) Burrata  

Heirloom Tomato / Balsamic Caviar / Crispy Basil Leaf / Ligurian Olive Oil

Smoked Whitefish Chowder  

Corn / Potato / Dill / Cream


Chefs Across the Great Lakes dinner of 2018

Leland, Michigan - April 5, 2018 - Leland’s venerable Riverside Inn will host the first Chefs
Across the Great Lakes dinner of 2018, collaborating with Ontario’s Killarney Mountain
Lodge, on Thursday, May 17th.  The origins of the “new” Riverside Inn date back to 1925 and
present ownership dates to 1997.  Riverside’s Chef Pete Siagkris and Killarney’s Chef Kay
Bonsu have worked jointly to create a unique 5-course dining experience and wine pairings
from Leelanau’s Good Harbor Winery.

The Great …