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Glen Arbor

It is the perfect mix of down-to-earth and upscale. 

Overview for Glen Arbor, MI

259 people live in Glen Arbor, where the median age is 68.7 and the average individual income is $98,727. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

68.7 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Welcome to Glen Arbor

One of Michigan’s best-kept secrets
Nestled among the Glen Lakes and Lake Michigan, Glen Arbor is a scenic town in Leelanau County, Mich. It’s truly one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets. Glen Arbor is the perfect mix of down-to-earth and upscale. 
What makes people fall in love with this magnificent town is its setting. Glen Arbor is surrounded by towering dunes, rolling hills of hardwoods and pines that catch the sunlight, and Lake Michigan, a water body with shallow bays perfect for splashing and swimming. The Crystal River is here, too, adding charm to the town. 
Naturally beautiful, Glen Arbor attracts numerous artists drawn to the area by the landscape’s splendor. It’s not out of the ordinary to find artists complete with tools and easels, busy painting their surroundings. Indeed, you’ll find a mix of local and globally-acclaimed artists here. The people in this town cherish the beauty of this area and take a lot of care in keeping it clean and accessible. 
Just north of Glen Arbor is The Homestead, a lakefront resort that offers condos, villas, and private residences alongside the Four Seasons hotel suites. It also has a ski resort with incredible views. 

What to Love

  • The Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Lake Michigan
  • Charming downtown area

Local Lifestyle

Glen Arbor is ideal for adventurers, artists, and nature lovers. Downtown Glen Arbor offers several chic boutique shops offering local clothing and jewelry artists’ designs. Meanwhile, you can find waterfront homes and cottages on Lake Michigan and the Glen Lakes, as well as in smaller inland lakes.
Countryside homes in Glen Arbor offer acreage and privacy. Neighborhoods near downtown Glen Arbor provide an easy walk to the beaches and city center. Locals love to bike the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail or boat, paddle, and fish in Big and Little Glen Lakes and other smaller inland lakes nearby. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Shopping in Glen Arbor is easy with the many shops in the downtown area. Let’s start at Cherry Republic on South Street. This shop features several cherry treats, such as cherry gummy candy and cherry barbeque sauce. At the corner of Western Avenue and South Lake, you’ll find Cottonseed Apparel. This store is for you if you love tops, sweaters, skirts, purses, and dresses. Next, head to Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District for paddleboards, bikes, kayak rentals, and wine tasting. On Lake Street, jeweler extraordinaire Becky Thatcher Designs will lure you in with one-of-a-kind, luxurious pieces.
Art’s Tavern may be the first thing you see when you drive into the town because you can’t miss the big neon red sign. They have a fantastic breakfast menu and serve delicious burgers for lunch and dinner. The only thing that can top the scenic views at Blu Restaurant is their delicious food. Amazing chef and co-owner Randy Chamberlain will prepare appetizers such as Ricotta Gnocchi and entrees such as sea scallops and their signature duck confit for you. Other notable eateries include La Becasse RestaurantTrattoria Funistrada, and Western Avenue Grill

Things to Do

Whether visiting Glen Arbor or staying here, there are enough recreational activities to keep you occupied. What draws visitors to Glen Arbor is the Sleeping Bear Dunes. You can climb up and down the dunes if you’re feeling adventurous. Head to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and check out the dunes and lakes. This park has scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Animal lovers can bring their binoculars since they can also go birdwatching here.
There are several festivals and events to attend in Glen Arbor. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore hosts the unique paddle-bike-run event known as the M22 Challenge. The breathtaking beauty of the course and the solidarity of fellow competitors make this an unforgettable experience. Head to the historic farmsteads in Port Oneida for the Port Oneida Fair. Step back in time and learn about fur trapping, candle dipping, butter making, basket weaving, soap making, and spinning at this event. The annual Glen Lake Winterfest features a chili cookoff and a perch fishing contest, with proceeds going to the Glen Lake Schools Scholarship fund. 


Glen Arbor falls under the Glen Lake Community Schools District. Top schools in Glen Arbor include:
  • Glen Lake Community School, PK-12
  • The Leelanau School, 9-12

Demographics and Employment Data for Glen Arbor, MI

Glen Arbor has 131 households, with an average household size of 1.98. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Glen Arbor do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

61.39 / 38.61%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Around Glen Arbor, MI

There's plenty to do around Glen Arbor, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Rinco Bros, Inn And Trail Gourmet, and Glen Arbor Wines.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.07 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.15 miles 6 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 0.19 miles 16 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 0.05 miles 4 reviews 4/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.18 miles 10 reviews 4.5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 0.37 miles 107 reviews 4.5/5 stars
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