The Hillside Homestead Experience
Experience how life was lived over a century ago with a visit to our authentic 1910 farmhouse. Unique accommodations and a delicious home-cooked farm breakfast await you at our historic Suttons Bay lodging with proprietress and food historian Susan Odom. This is a great chance for a real homesteading experience, help with the cooking, the farm chores, food preservation or just sit back, relax and soak it all in.The farmhouse features a wood stove for cooking , a well stocked pantry just off the large and bright kitchen, large dinning room, a comfortable parlour with lots of comfy seating a pump organ and phonograph and two wonderful porches. The farm yard usually includes, chickens, ducks, geese, sheep and pigs. There are ample vegetable gardens, fruit trees, space to roam and space to just be. And of course Hillside is surrounded by apple and cherry orchards, a truly beautiful location.
There are four guest rooms. The three upstairs rooms each feature a queen bed and private bathroom. Two of those rooms feature claw foot tubs with showers and the third room has a private sitting room. The fourth room is on the first floor and features two single beds and a private, but detached bathroom with shower. Every room has iron beds dressed in crisp linens and soft pillows, comfortable chairs, cozy furnishings and beautiful pastoral orchard views from every window. Modern conveniences are included, like fans, updated HVAC and wireless internet. Truly a memorable getaway, you won’t even notice that the lack of televisions and the like, when you enjoy Hillside Homestead for Suttons Bay lodging.
Come down to the kitchen in the morning to start your day with a cup of coffee (how we boil our coffee) and a delicious breakfast hot off the wood cook stove. You might be tempted by such turn-of-the-century fare as waffles, breakfast scallop with sunny side up eggs, home cured bacon and ham, toast made from bread baked in the wood stove, apple cake, fresh and home canned fruit, potatoes fried in lard or maybe duck fat, cinnamon rolls, wilted lettuce in season, and maybe even fried fish and homemade pork and beans for the adventurous. There are always some homemade goodies around for snacking, pie, cake, cookies or maybe a bit of yummy leftovers in the warming oven. Farm Dinners are very popular too. They are available by reservation to anyone with a group of eight or more. We grow much of the food we serve at Hillside. What we can’t grow we try to buy from our neighbors who are also farmers. Food is a big thing here. You will love it.
The Leelanau Peninsula
Hillside Homestead is a popular Suttons Bay lodging experience on the Leelanau Peninsula. There is so much to do in Leelanau! Located on only minutes from Lake Michigan, food and wine destinations, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leland, Suttons Bay, Northport, Omena and Traverse City.One of of our favorite spots is just down the street, Tandem Ciders. Be sure to pop down for a pint of cider. Lots of great hiking, water sports, winter sports, shopping, roaming, drinking, eating, beach walking, hanging-out. We can help you you plan your visit and a good place to start is by clicking here.
Over the years Hillside Homestead has become a popular Suttons Bay Lodging spot. A most memorable comment was shared by a woman at the breakfast table, “we are refugees from the digital world”.Many guests have said similar utterances. Patty wrote, “Our girls’ getaway has been a grand adventure at your lovely farm stay.” This one always makes me smile, “I’ve been here 15 minutes and already fallen in love!” To see more comments from the guest book and pictures from the scrap book you can click here.
Hillside is fortunate and receives lots of good press. There have been feature articles in the following regional magazines, Edible Grande Traverse (Summer 2014), Traverse Magazine (November 2012) and Michigan Blue (Summer 2012). Another feature article was in Mary Janes Magazine (October 2015) a national magazine. Mentions in these very popular national magazines, Martha Stewart’s Living (July 2013) and Midwest Living (June 2014). Lots of other newspaper articles and online mentions, click here to see more.