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The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Glen Arbor B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Perfect weekend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed the evenings of August 2nd and 3rd while visiting Glen Arbor for a wedding and had a lovely stay. The hotel is centrally located on Western Avenue and we enjoyed walking up and down the block to the local restaurants and shops, as well as down the block to the lake. We stayed in a comfortable room on the first floor and shared a bathroom down the hall, which wasn't an inconvenience or a problem for us at all (I was initially concerned it might be, and it did require a certain amount of planning, but overall did not interfere with our enjoyment of the weekend). The white chocolate-raspberry scones served at breakfast were so delicious that I am still thinking about them over 3 months later! The B&B proprieters were also quite helpful in giving us recommendations on local hikes and not to be missed sites. If we ever make it back to Northern Michigan, I would be thrilled to stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Michelle P
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Washington DC
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51 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

My husband suggested that we stay at the Sylvan Inn for our visit to Glen Arbor and Traverse City this month. We had a great time. The owners were very friendly and showed us around the property. They also gave us suggestions on local places to eat and visit. The room was clean, the bathroom was updated, and the complementary breakfast was great - amazing scones. We'll definitely be back.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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174 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We just spent a night at the inn and if they hadn't been booked for the weekend, would've stayed another. Wonderful host, accomodations, location! I wish I'd brought my suit for the sauna and whirlpool! Ah, next time!
Breakfast is not a hot breakfast, but more a European, buffet style. More than adequate and coffee, tea and hot cocoa is always available. A very nice, historic inn.
We had rooms on the second floor, next to our friends. There were two more rooms there but were not occupied this night. So, much privacy in this case. Bathrooms, shared outside our room. There is a small sink in-room. This is a very old building, so I wonder if the rooms on the first floor have any problem with creaky floors? We slept wonderfully!
Also loved the wrap around porch and lovely flowers!

Room Tip: 2nd floor may be best.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LJo-12
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Saline, Michigan
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

This is a very nice B&B, very well located. Short stroll to the fun restaurants and shops of Glen Arbor, short stroll to the nice beach looking out to the Manitou Islands, short ride to the Sleeping Heritage Heritage Trail -- a marvelous bike bath winding through forests, a campground, Glen Haven, and dunes, ending (for now -- they'll soon extend the trail) at the National Park's main dune climb. Ralph and Rose run a very friendly inn. The breakfast isn't fancy (yogurt, fruit, pastries, etc.), but it's good, and we actually prefer something light like this, rather than those HUGE frittata, fries, sausages, and gravy extravaganzas so common elsewhere. We usually spring for the large top-floor room with the nice little deck. Worth it for the extra space and away-from-it-all feeling. In our view, this is the best of the three B&Bs in town ... though the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast's very nice front deck is always tempting too. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

My husband and I traveled to Glen Arbor / Sleeping Bear Dunes for three nights over the Labor Day holiday and although it was a drive from Indianapolis, it was WELL worth it! We were stunned by the beauty of this area and think it is absolutely a hidden gem in this entire country. We have stayed at several bed and breakfasts in our travels together, and The Sylvan Inn was by far one of our favorites. The rooms are cute and private, and the hot tub/spa was wonderful! It is within walking distance to all of the little shops in Glen Arbor. The Inn is also right across from Lake Michigan and the beach (you can hear the waves from your balcony). Most of the beaches actually in Glen Arbor are privately owned, but the B & B is literally less than a five minute drive away from Glen Haven, where there is a beautiful and peaceful public beach to relax on all day long! The Sylvan Inn is also located a short drive away from the actual Sleeping Bear Dunes park and overlook. If you are thinking about traveling to this area, we HIGHLY recommend this place. We already can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Sylvan Inn provided an outstanding home base to explore the coast of NW Michigan. The Inn is quaint and comfortable but had more privacy than other B/B I have explored which was nice. We stayed in room 1 which had a private entrance and bathroom. The common area where breakfast is served is comfortable and provides a nice place to interact with other travelers. Ralph and Rose were delightful and helpful. They provided many outstanding recommendations and advice for exploring.

We explored several towns in NW MI and we were glad to have been in Glen Arbor. Sleeping Bear is minutes away, the town is big enough to provide good services including bike rentals, fishing charters, several good places to eat from all price points, souvenirs and quaint artisan goods, yet it is small enough to maintain local character and flavor with no nationalized corporate logos to be found.

Room Tip: Rooms 1/2 have the private entrance and patio. Hard to beat the privacy of these rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jleonsnow
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

My Wife and I stayed 2 nights at this bed and breakfast over our honeymoon. The staff was very friendly and gave us an informative tour upon our arrival. Our room was clean and very comfortable. It had lots of hooks to hang our towels and wet clothes as well as 2 night stands, a dresser, and a bench to help us keep our things organized. Breakfast in the morning was full of fresh fruit and granola. Nothing too heavy. (If you are looking for a hardy breakfast, I suggest the "Western Ave Diner" just a short walk away on the same side of the street) Ralph and Rose, the innkeepers are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. They are always checking on how your stay is going and making sure that you are taking advantage of all their inn has to offer. (they have a wall of brochures and information on nearby beaches and dune trails) We quite enjoyed the spa area which features a dry sauna and jacuzzi. All in all, a beautiful inn that's within walking distance to food, shops, and beaches.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house upstairs. Nice rooms with access to 2 different bathrooms
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AllisonC824
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Property: The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Address: 6680 Western Ave, P.O. Box 648, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-5103
Region: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Glen Arbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Glen Arbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful historic 14 room Inn in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Walk to charming downtown Glen Arbor for boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants and more. 2 Blocks to beach! ... more   less 
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