Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
The Ken-Tuck-U-Inn is located on the east side of M-22 at Long Lake Rd. From the southern border of the Lakeshore (identified by the Welcome to Sleeping Bear Dunes sign) on M-22 near Crystal Lake, drive north along M-22 about 0.3 miles to Long Lake Road, which intersects M-22 from the east. Coming from the north, the Ken-Tuck-U-Inn is about 10.6 miles south of Esch Road on M-22.
Kerry Kelly 2007
Bertie Bancroft was the last one to leave Aral in the early 1920s, and in 1925 he sold his land in Aral and built the Ken-Tuck-U-Inn to serve the growing tourist trade. Bertie and his wife Donna operated the inn. About this time, several other farm inns developed in the area to serve the growing tourist industry. The late 1920s saw the beginning of the transition from a logging and subsistence farming economy to a tourism economy. Produce grown on the farm was used to make meals for the guests, which was more valuable than selling it wholesale to local markets.
Kerry Kelly 2007
The house was built larger than a typical family farmhouse to accommodate the boarders and diners. Chicken dinners using their own farm-raised chickens were a Sunday specialty at the inn. During the peak tourist season, Donna and her staff prepared Sunday dinners for over 100 guests on her wood stove. Dairy products like milk, whipped cream, and ice cream came from the family cows.
Boarders often returned year after year until they purchased their own summer cottages, and many became good friends. The house, which was painted pale yellow, was surrounded by gardens, flower beds, and trees. A sunroom was filled with books and seashells. Bertie lived in this house until his death in 1963. Donna died the following year.
As you peek in the windows or sit on the steps to the back porch, you can almost hear the chatter and laughter of the guests as they enjoy a good chicken dinner in this serene country setting.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a popular field trip destination for school groups. Students can learn about geologic formation of the sand dunes, the fauna and flora that make this area home, and the logging and farming history as the area developed. More...