That quaint bed & breakfast in the heart of Glen Arbor, across M-22 from bustling Anderson’s Market, is approaching a major milestone next year—the building’s 150th birthday. The evidence lies in a newspaper clipping from the July 5, 1873, edition of Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, which inn owners Patricia and Larry Widmayer found beneath five layers of wallpaper when they renovated the interior.

Check out our online map of lodging options in Glen Arbor, the Sleeping Bear Dunes region, and Leelanau County. Options in downtown Glen Arbor include the Glen Arbor Bed & Breakfast, the Sylvan Inn, the M22 Inn, Thyme Inn, Leelanau Vacation Rentals, and The Homestead resort.

Your perfect stay in the heart of Glen Arbor & the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and near to everything. The charm of the historic inn, with six unique rooms and two classic cottages, will top your Leelanau experience.

Sometime this month, the 1,364,835th visitor to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in 2012 will arrive at the Dune Climb, hike to Pyramid Point, or perhaps bike the Heritage Trail and enjoy its stunning autumnal beauty. In doing so, that visitor will officially make this the busiest year ever for the Glen Arbor region, the most profitable for local businesses, and perhaps the most hectic one too.

Ever since Wednesday, August 17, Northern Michiganders have both embraced and grappled with the news that the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding region are considered the “most beautiful place in America” — at least according to 22 percent of 100,000 voters who participated in the ABC show Good Morning America’s online competition the second week of August.

After decades of wrangling with State bureaucrats, Glen Arbor will finally have a four-way stop at Western Avenue & Manitou Boulevard. Better known as M-109 & M-22, the intersection has been the cause of scores of accidents and innumerable near-misses. Persistence by nearby property owners and Township leaders led the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to evaluate the intersection this past July.

State representative-elect Ray Franz favors cutting “Pure Michigan” funding by as much as 80 percent, the soon-to-be legislator from the 101st District told the Leelanau Enterprise last week. Franz said he would reduce funding from $25 to $30 million down to $5 to $6 million, while comparing Michigan’s tourism economy to keeping the books at the Onekema grocery store he owns.

The windstorm that hit Leelanau County this week was the strongest storm ever to hit the continental United States, rivaling the pressure of tropical storms and surpassing the winds that doomed the famed Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 in Lake Superior.