HILLSIDE HOMESTEAD FARM STAY IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Have you ever wondered what it must have REALLY been like to live in the early 1900’s?
Nestled in the middle of apple orchards in Suttons Bay is a place that allows you to transport your family out of the busyness and the technology-enhanced lives we’ve grown so accustomed to.
Suttons Bay itself is a quaint resort town located along the famous M-22 up near Traverse City: just 5 miles past the town is Hillside Homestead, a historic farmstay experience.
It’s here that you’ll feel you are more than 2 ½ hours from Grand Rapids as you enter into a different era.
You are Part of Farm Life
Owner Susan Odom is a part of what makes this experience unique. She’s made it her lifework to bring the history of the turn of the century to her guests, including using period appropriate décor throughout the whole house. From the furniture, clothing and wallpaper to the oil lamps and phonograph, this homestead is nothing but authentic.
A home-cooked breakfast is included with each morning of your stay. Some of the tasty meal is comprised of eggs that were collected the night before served alongside bacon that has been salt cured from last season’s raised pigs. These meals are as straight from the farm as Susan can make them.
Our girls had a blast going to the chicken coop each night to count and collect the eggs for breakfast the next morning.
Kids Learn on the Farm
Susan gets other ingredients from local farms and invites her guests to learn to prepare the meal as if they were living in 1910.
Our girls were able to watch her work at the wood stove and got to hand mix the cream to make whipped cream for the fresh strawberries that were delivered. They were also fascinated by the icebox in the farmhouse kitchen and by discovering that people used a large chunk of ice at one point to keep their food refrigerated!
As a part of your stay, you can have a dinner included. We did this for one of the nights we were there and the girls loved going up to the garden to cut the vegetables for the salad. Being involved gave them insight to how fortunate they are today.