Glen Arbor, Michigan
About the Community and Real Estate Opportunities
An area thought to be created by the force of the Ice
Age, Glen Arbor’s landscape is visually dramatic and ever-changing. Surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes
, a unit of the U.S National Park Service, Glen Arbor has
become a nationally recognized tourist destination known for pristine water,
outstanding recreation activity and unmatched beaches.
History of Glen Arbor
The Ottawa and Chippewa Native American tribes were
the area’s first inhabitants that prospered from farming, fishing and
hunting. French fur traders established
themselves in the 1800’s, while the Great Lakes became a major byway for
commercial shipping. The Manitou Islands
became refueling stations for the wood fired ships that traveled through the
Manitou Passage or sought refuge from the fierce storms.
Glen Arbor pioneers built a saw mill and inn on the
beach west of Glen Arbor. The
neighboring town of Glen Haven was acquired to ensure a reliable source of wood
needed for the shipping vessels. In the
late 1880’s, D.H.Day
became the owner of Glen Haven along with two steamers to form the Northern
Michigan Line with freight and passenger service to Chicago, Milwaukee and a
number of other Michigan stops. This more
pleasant model of travel helped to establish Northwest Michigan as a
destination for vacationers for decades to come.
In 1970, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was
created, protecting some 72,000 acres of land and 35 miles of Lake Michigan coastline
to ensure that future generations would also be able to experience and enjoy
the unique, pristine beauty of this land.
Living in Glen
Tourism remains the driving force to the economy in
and around Glen Arbor. Visitors and
residents are drawn by the natural beauty, small town charm, delightful dining,
and unique shops and recreation opportunities.
An established community of artists, many of whom are affiliated with
the Glen Arbor Arts Center
inspired to creativity and cherish the opportunity to call the Glen Lake Area home.
Glen Arbor Real Estate
A variety of real estate opportunities are available in and around Glen Arbor. From family cottages around Big and Little Glen Lake, secluded land, or neighborhood plats, resort condominiums and vacation home to sprawling estates on Lake Michigan.
Schools Near Glen Arbor
Families living in Glen Arbor will be a part of the Glen
Lake Community public school district. Glen Lake Community School
for children from Young 5’s through high school. Leelanau School
is a co-educational, non-profit boarding high school.
Churches in Glen Arbor
Glen Arbor is home to three small churches of various denominations. Within a short drive, to neighboring
villages, additional churches can be found.
Rita’s, Maple City
Entertainment in Glen Arbor
While consider the natural wonders of the region to be
entertainment for the area, there are also a host of unique opportunities for
dining, lodging, and more!
Restaurants in Glen Arbor
Leelanau has become a foodie destination supported by fine
wine and craft spirits. Locals and
visitors enjoy the variety casual serve-yourself eateries to elegant white
linen fine dining.
Lodging in Glen Arbor
Living in Leelanau is sure to bring additional family and
friends that want to visit. The area
boasts a variety of vacation rental opportunities including condominiums, cottages,
homes, and bed & breakfasts.
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