OUR STORY

Meet Our New Inn Keeper

Welcome, Laura Cavender! You will love talking with her about her gypsy years traveling and sailing extensively, and prizing far-flung friendships.

Laura brings her warmth and creative talents to the inn after stints as ship’s cook, private chef, and assistant innkeeper. She’s been an integral part of the team at Traverse City’s Oryana Community (Food) Cooperative, and instructor sharing a “rainbow of fresh cuisines” at the oils-and-vinegars shop Fustini’s.

We’re delighted that she’s joined us with her joyful spirit to assure a very special experience for you.

The House 

The Ladies Aid Society (right) met at the house at the turn of the 20th Century. We love this historic photo.

 

Built in 1873 – we found contemporary newspapers used as insulation when we renovated – the Inn was originally a boarding house for loggers. It became home over the years to the Andresen family, and hosted a restaurant called the Kum-n-Dyne (left below in 1939), several shops, the site for school lunches when the School House was down the street, and a bed & breakfast in 1991.

 

The guest cottages date from the 20’s and 30’s, with modifications to all three buildings through the 50’s and ‘60’s. Detailed county records for the property dating from the mid-19th century are framed in the hallway for the inquisitive. 

The Ladies Aid Society met at the turn of the 20th century at the home that is now the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast. Always are warm welcome here.
This photo, taken in 1938 with a contemporary auto in front, is the Kun-an'Dyne restaurant. Diners were hosted in the front rooms of what is now the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast. The remaining feature from the restaurant is the pass through from the kitchen to the living room.
This business card is from the Kum-an-Dyne restaurant, which was hosted in the front rooms in the house that is now the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast. They hosted diners in the 1930's.
Lifelong friends Larry, Patricia, Gary and Margaret, are the owners of the inn.

The Owners 

Dear friends since high school, Larry & Patricia, Gary & Margaret teamed to place their stake as owners of the inn and cottages. Larry & Patricia now spend May to September here, working many of the “back office” functions and maintaining the inn property.

 

Patricia & Larry are actively involved in the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce. Patricia is also on the Board of Directors and President for the statewide Michigan Bed & Breakfast Association. The Association’s mission (www.laketolake.com) is, through marketing initiatives and a Quality Assurance Program, to invite discerning guests like you to experience the unique member bed & breakfast inns that guarantee quality lodging and personal hospitality.