“When I told my family the truck came with the place, my son got giggly,” David said.The Sylvan Inn was remodeled in 2011 by former owners Rose and Ralph Gladfelter. Now, the 4,876 square-foot structure offers 14 guest rooms, deluxe hot breakfast. It is within easy stumbling distance to Lake Michigan, and open year-round.
“The building is unbelievable,” David said. “I like how well organized and well maintained the property is. It has been run so perfectly.” Operating on the don’t-fix-what-ain’t-broke principle, the only change to the inn is a switch from continental to warm breakfast, he said.
“You’ll see me here on a daily basis,” David said. Theresa will tend the property’s grounds and gardens.
The Gersensons spent 36 hours moving their household to northern Michigan from Colorado. Theresa drove a Subaru with both children, Shiloh and Juniper, now 8 and 5, one of the family’s three dogs, a cat and et cetera. David commandeered a truck, pulling a pop-up camper, and kept company by the other two dogs, 11 chickens and et cetera. The Convoy Gersenson also included a moving van with the rest of the family’s holdings.
“The chickens were the easiest to move,” he said. “They were stacked in the back of the truck (in transport crates) and I had to keep their water (bottle) filled.”
And so, the Gersensons are here and ready to do business smack dab in the Land of Delight.
“I’m nuts about the county,” David said. It’s a change from the arid mountains they left behind; but he “adores” Glen Arbor. “And I love the 22-minute commute from my house to Glen Arbor every day.”
The list of things he likes about this village on the lake, David said, “could go on and on.”