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Historic Inn at Sleeping Bear Dunes finds new life

Sleeping Bear Inn exterior
Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation

A historic Inn located on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will begin renovations in anticipation of a reopening next summer.


The Sleeping Bear Inn was built in the mid-1860’s and closed to the public in the 1970’s.

Recently, the National Parks Service announced they would be leasing the property to the nonprofit, Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation or BEAR. 


Maggie Kato, President of BEAR, spoke with IPR’s Kendra Carr about the project.





Kendra Carr joined IPR as the All Things Considered host in 2019. She previously worked at WMOM in Ludington as the News Director. In 2017, WMOM received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters "Station of the Year" award.