Sylvan Inn

6680 Western Ave M-109 PO Box 39, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-9700 USA (Show map)


Nestled in the tall pines at the edge of Glen Arbor and the Leelanau Peninsula this charming, historic, turn of century Inn awaits you. You’ll find us on a quiet corner, just steps to the beach, galleries, restaurants and boutique shops in town. Surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park and 38 miles of spectacular beach, the Inn is located within an easy drive to the peninsula’s award-winning wineries, golf courses and fine dining.

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Innkeepers: David Gersenson



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Anniversary/birthday weekend getaway

5 on June 09, 2014

My husband and I stay in B&B's a lot. The Sylvan Inn is far and above the nicest we've ever stayed in. Excellent location. Helpful staff. Beautiful room (the Penthouse). Close to everything we wanted to do. We will return!

Our sixth stay at the Sylvan Inn

4.0 on July 16, 2011

Spotless and well maintained property. Innkeepers were very helpful with restaurant reservations and hiking suggestions. We visit every year with a group of 10 or more friends. A great place to kick back and relax.

Excellent Stay

5 on June 07, 2011

Our Hostess handled a very large croud both graciously and effectively. We had a great time. The rooms and the staff were wonderful.

Will stay here again!!

4.6 on October 02, 2010

We stayed at the Sylvan Inn while traveling around the state. It was a very pleasant surprise - our first time in Glen Arbor. Ralph was quite a genial host. We had Room #3 (I think) which was gorgeous, relaxing and next to the "spa" - an area off the back of the inn with a hot tub and dry sauna. We very much enjoyed the hot tub, and liked that we were tucked back into a"private" area of the inn. The room was very comfortable for relaxing, reading, with a nice view of the private yard. The breakfast was just enough for us - small quiches complementing a selection of toasts, bread, fruit - perfect. Lots of hot coffee, juice - yummy. Rose helped us make appointments at a place right across the street for a massage the next morning - ahhh! And they recommended a great restaurant in town. Next time we will definitely plan a longer stay and see more of the town, beach, etc.

Great place to stay

4.0 on March 24, 2010

We have stayed here twice with a group of friends. The innkeepers are very friendly and helpful. Our room was tastefully decorated and very clean. My only complaint is that the breakfast was quite limited and could have included some more filling foods.

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Location Type

Small town

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park, Lake Michigan beaches, 13 wineries on the Leelanau peninsula, Picnic area, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Secretarial services, VCR, Videos , Private spa with jacuzzi and cedar dry sauna, exceptional wrap-around porch, In-room Sink in rooms with shared bath

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Wine Tasting, Diving/Snorkeling, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Select rooms available for children under 15.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: For stays of hree nights or less, a deposit of one night's room rate is required, by check or credit card. For stays of four nights or longer a deposit = to 50% of the total room rate + tax is require
  • Cancellations: Accepted up until fourteen days prior to your scheduled arrival and your deposit will be refunded less a $25 handling charge. If you must cancel later, your deposit will be forfeited.



David Gersenson

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Fishing, Bicycling, Reading, Cooking,Travel, Kayaking, Petoskey stone hunting & polishing!

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area