Wine Tours at The Homestead

The Homestead hosts a weekly wine tour that includes transportation and tastings at four Leelanau county wineries.  The tours are on Tuesday from 12pm to approximately 5pm.  Guests will board a resort shuttle just outside Cavanaugh's Deli & General store in the resort's Village and be returned to the same location.  

Wineries include:

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Take a Spring Color Tour

Say what? If you thought color tours were just a fall thing, then you haven’t seen Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes when the trillium, apple and cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Whether you’re driving, biking or hiking, here are a couple “blossom tour” options you’ll want to check out.


Blossoms By Bike Or Car

The last couple weeks of May are beautiful time to be in Leelanau County. Spring has finally arrived on the wings of songbirds returned home to Northern Michigan. Morels are popping. In the fields and forests you see deer and wild turkeys. And the cherry blossoms—Oh, yes! Peak blossom season is happening right now.

Leelanau farmers grow apples and peaches. But the county is known for cherries and is home to more tart cherry trees than any county in the nation. Everywhere you look—where you don’t see a vineyard or hop-field, that is—cherry trees …

Music On The Mountain 2017 Lineup

Good friends, a great view, and some incredible live music await you during The Homestead’s 2017 Music on the Mountain Summer Concert Series! Here is this year’s concert lineup.

Thursday, June 22


Blackthorn welcomes you to the rich tapestry of Celtic music.

Traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combine with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs for a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people.

What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos and textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four part harmony.

Blackthorn has played throughout the Great Lakes region since 1984. Based in Detroit, they can be found regularly at O’Mara’s Pub and Restaurant in Berkley. Other venues include concert halls, universities and festivals, including …

The Mirror Editor & Travel Writer Recounts Michigan Circle Tour

The Mirror's editor and travel writer, Karin Wright documents her whirlwind tour of Michigan that started in the Motor City, continued through Grand Rapids and up the coast to The Homestead and the surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

She writes, "We took the scenic route along the coast, through handsome little towns, 150 miles north towards Glen Arbor. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive more than lived up its name, and we had fun trying to conquer the 450ft …

Café Manitou Open To Public for “Restaurant Week”

In all of Northern Michigan—in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—there’s only one beachside restaurant with a sunset view of the Manitou Islands. And now’s your chance to enjoy it. From April 28th to May 6th, Café Manitou will be open to the general public. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu along with information on how you can reserve your table, today!

The view is so great—the new menu items so incredible—we just had to share!

Last summer, The Homestead began a massive renovation of its popular shore-side bistro, Café Manitou. Significant improvements included everything from building a new pier and break-wall to expanding the outdoor dining area and deck overlooking …