This year we’ve got 12 amazing homes—yes, 12!—on our Traverse City Area Home Tour. Here’s a sneak peek inside Home #10 at Le Bear Resort in Glen Arbor. See more on Saturday, October 19.
The 14 residences that make up Le Bear Resort in downtown Glen Arbor are 15 years old now. When they were built, the Cape Cod-style buildings, set smack on world-class beautiful Sleeping Bear Bay, marked a new level of luxury within the village’s downtown. Their interior decor was a then-popular Tuscan-Up North style, heavy on the warm golds and rich burgundies.
Two decades later, it was time for a change. With Birchwood Property Management at the helm, plans for the transformation of the property began. But how to please the many fractional owners and legions of devoted renters who make up the Le Bear community? Enter designer Nick Giammarco, principal of Studio H2G who happens to be both a Le Bear owner and board member. From the get-go, Nick knew the two fundamental precepts that would guide the remodel were to do nothing that would compromise the view and to maintain the same standard of excellence that Le Bear fans have come to know.
“The Le Bear brand, defined as ‘creating life-long memories’ guided Studio H2G in creating a guest experience one would expect from a first-class Northern Michigan luxury resort,” Nick explains. “We defined the ambiance as natural, elegant and timeless with a casual Up North sophistication.”
One year after the planning began, the new Le Bear interiors glow with a relaxed, contemporary elegance. Shades of pale gray in the carpet and furniture allow the Caribbean-colors of Sleeping Bear Bay to shine in an eye-dazzling display. The former draperies have been replaced by privacy shades that further open up the view. The behind-the-scenes changes were just as important—new lighting throughout and major audio-visual upgrades that include surround sound, Bose speakers and 4K smart-televisions.
Get your Traverse Area Home Tour tickets on MyNorthTickets.com.Silvery shades of bedding in the master suites reflect the full prism from morning light to evening sunsets—and a large wall mirror assures that the view floods the room.
Curated dashes of the former interior remain such as an antler chandelier, folk-art breakfast nook tables by Sticks Object Art & Furniture (long sold at a Glen Arbor boutique) and sculptures of the Mama Bear and her Cubs from the Sleeping Bear legend.
If you’ve ever visited Le Bear, if you’ve ever dreamed of staying there (and who hasn’t?!), this sophisticated remodel is a must-see.