Awesome Summer Jobs Alert!
Looking for a cool summer job or know someone looking for work in fast-paced and beautiful environment with flexible hours, great pay and a fun atmosphere? The Homestead’s hospitality team is hiring. From food and beverage service to beach club staff, keep reading to check out the long list of openings and how to apply.
Incredible sunsets over Lake Michigan, views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and knowing you’re helping people make great memories every day—The Homestead’s John Piombo says these aren’t the only perks that come with working at the only four-season resort in the heart of “America’s Most Beautiful Place.”
“People love the work here for a whole bunch of reasons,” he says. “The Homestead offers starting summer wages of $9 to $15 per hour, and generous employee discounts on everything from spa services to golf and fitness club memberships. But the thing I hear most is that we’ve created a real team-oriented environment, which makes it a fun place to work even in the hectic summer months.”
Warmer temperatures and melting winter snow mean spring is almost here. So dust the cobwebs off your golf clubs, check those chest waders for holes and lace up those hiking shoes. The resort’s resident outdoor-junky—Accommodations Senior Manager, Logan Sanders—offers his “top five” favorite ways to ring in the spring at The Homestead.
A Guided Hunt For Morels
[source: Leelanau Adventures/Facebook]
While there are many wild edibles growing in the woods within the boundaries of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, morels definitely get the nod when it comes to the most coveted wild delicacy in the woods. (From leeks to dandelion, click here for the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau’s shortlist of other “forager favorites” for Lakeshore locals.)
Exactly when morels begin to pop, as they say, depends on a witch’s brew of weather conditions—namely ever-warming days and gentle rain. While serious morel hunters are sometimes scouring the woods for the elusive mushroom by the end of April, morel mania typical comes to a head in Northwest Lower Michigan around mid-May.
Great morel hunting depends on great habitat and a soil conditions. Orchards, sandy soil, swamp, rolling hardwood hills. Ash, maple, elm poplar and apple trees—commonly referred to as “host trees.” The Lakeshore has it all. But still the question: Where to go?
If you’re an experienced morel hunter, you can tool around the Lakeshore and identify a promising location from the driver’s seat of your car. But if you don’t have those kinds of mad-morel-hunting skills, why not hire a guide? Until recently, finding a local guide willing to show you his best morel hunting spots was something of a fantasy. But Glen Arbor’s Eric LaPaugh is willing to share.
An experienced outdoor guide, LaPaugh now guides hiking and camping trips inside the Lakeshore. He also guides morel hunters in the spring. To get in touch with Leelanau Adventures and get your springtime morel-hunting trip on the books, click here to check out Facebook page.
Learn To Fly Fish
If this is the year you’re determined to scratch “learn to fly fish” off your springtime bucket list, The Homestead is the place to start. And the time is now. Trout season opens on April 26th on a Michigan stream near you, which also means steelhead will be staging at the mouth of the Crystal River (right next to Café Manitou) soon.
If you’re new to fly fishing or simply looking for a preseason tune-up, The Homestead’s master fly fishing instructor, Dave Leonhard, begins hosting one- and two-day fly fishing clinics begin mid April at the resort this year.
From knot-tying to basic entomology, casting to choosing the best gear—the basic fly fishing know-how that might take you years to acquire on your own—Leonhard and his team instructors at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School can teach you everything you need to know to step into the water with confidence on opening day.
Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School at The Homestead combines Northwoods beauty and classic accommodations with the best fly fishing instruction in America.
All clinics utilize hands-on instruction on private trout ponds as well as classroom instruction on the resort’s property, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River a short drive away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. Sign up now to enjoy special rates if you book an overnight stay at The Homestead.
For more information contact Dave Leonhard, Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School Director, at 231.933.9300.
Take On A Challenge
The Sleeping Bear Dunes had roughly two million visitors last year, but only a handful can lay claim to hiking every mainland trail in the park—that’s 13 trails and almost one hundred miles.
It’s called the Trail Trekker Challenge. Two Glen Lake area high school students, Bonnie Ricord and Lena Cruz, created the TTC to help motivate people to see some of the amazing places within the National Lakeshore beyond the Dune Climb—and get some great exercise in the process.
If you manage to hike all 13, mainland, hiking trails in a single year, you can add your name to very short and elite list. Click here to see it. Only 43 people completed the challenge in 2017.
Two of the most popular trails in the Lakeshore trail system are within walking distance of the hotels and condominiums at The Homestead. Clearly-marked access to Bay View Trail can be found in The Village, while the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail can be found basically right across the road from the entrance to The Homestead. Other popular trails, such as Empire Bluffs and Pyramid Point are a short drive away. Be sure to ask for a map and a park pass when you check in. And if you’d like to try exploring the trails on a foot (or bike, in the case of Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail) the resort can get you all set up and ready to go.
What do the Gravity Games, Red Bull snowboarding competitions and The Homestead have in common? The answer: Ben Schaub. The terrain park building specialist was given the go-head to give The Homestead’s terrain park a little makeover this winter. Now, it’s scheduled to be the centerpiece of a little party/competition happening at the resort on February 24th. Read on.
Bigger bumps. Bigger jumps. Moguls, boxes and triple-down rails.
For as long as he can remember, Ben Schaub has been dreaming up creative ways to help skateboarders, skiers and snowboarders perform high-flying flips and high-speed tricks. Mountain Dew, Vans, Zumiez, and Red Bull —Schaub has worked for all of them, constructing snow and concrete playgrounds for everyday use as well as professional competitions.
“I lived out West, worked in California’s Squaw Valley and was basically ski and skate bum since I was 18,& …
Making Employee Wellness A Priority
Workplace wellness programs are something usually associated with big corporations. But now smaller businesses across America are catching on to something The Homestead has always known: when employees are healthy and happy they perform better and have a positive attitude that resonates with the rest of team. Thanks to a $5,000 grant last year from Networks Northwest, the resort is taking employee wellness to the next level with a cool new program—Weight Watchers At Work. The Homestead’s Wellness Committee Chair, Dan Hawkins gives us the skinny:
Working in a place where millions of people come to have fun definitely has its perks. But there is definitely a challenge if you’re not careful, warns Dan Hawkins.
“Here at The Homestead, we’re blind busy is summer to a point that sometimes employees begin to forget themselves,” he says. “They put off personal time and time being active and paying attention to the little things like diet and exercise.”
When you’re not good to yourself you begin losing yourself and that, according to Hawkins, is when the performance and enthusiasm for your job can suffer even when your intent is good.
Wellness For All
A recent article in the Grand Rapids Business Journal (click here to read it) highlighted the growing movement in small business circles to put workplace wellness plans into place.
“In many cases, for a small business, having a wellness …
Ever dream of owning a fulltime residence or part-time vacation home with a view of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes? Then read on. The Homestead’s Real Estate Manager, Diane Kemp, says that fall and winter is a great time for Northern Michigan home shopping in the heart of “America’s Most Beautiful Place.” Here, Kemp shares some insights on real estate options at The Homestead, market trends and her best tips for buyers (and sellers).
Here’s a little inside secret for home buyers looking for the perfect Northern Michigan dream home: If you do a Google search for “Northern Michigan homes for sale” or “Lake Michigan waterfront property,” you’re not going to find real estate options at The Homestead or the name “Diane Kemp” at the top of the page. But dig a little deeper and what you’ll find is that Kemp—arguably the busiest real estate agent in Leelanau County—is the point person for home sales at a place for property-buyers looking for competitive prices, awesome variety, and incredible scenery all with a friendly and vibrant resort community built right in.
Whether you’re looking for a summer condominium, ski-season chalet, year-round woodsy retreat with a river of lakefront view, or a little piece land to build a dream vacation home, The Homestead offers the most diverse options in Northern Michigan real estate.For 19 years, Diane Kemp has watched the real estate market continually grow at 350-acre resort where there are roughly 1,000 residential properties. But this year, 2017, is going down in the books as one of her best ever.
“Maybe it has to do with people being distract last year by the presidential election,” she says. “But this year has been strong. We’re up around sixty-percent is sales over last year.”
According to Kemp, there are roughly 1,000 fractional and full-time property owners at The Homestead. In an average year, around 80 owners are looking to sell their home or share in a vacation home, which lead to some incredible value. “Every week, I compile a report that examines the market,” she says, “and a lot of what I’ve been seeing is a wave of interest in properties on the high and low end of market. There’s a lot of interest in properties connected to the water—specifically The Homestead’s water frontage along Lake Michigan that also offers views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes—followed by whole ownership in condominiums, single-family homes, fractional homes and, finally, vacant land where property owners can build.”
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