Ready for a unique new adventure at an iconic waterfront hotel? Have you always wanted to work with your spouse or significant other? Do you like to work really hard when the sun is shining, but also earn a lot of time off for the winter months?

We have an opening for an innkeeper couple at the Whaleback Inn. This is a full time, year round position for the right couple to live on property and manage most day to day operations of the Inn. The owners will still be very present to the business and with guests but will not live on site.

The couple should have the following skill sets and abilities:

-First and foremost, must LOVE people and want to serve them, be able to connect with people from all walks of life and make them feel comfortable.
-Top notch phone and customer service skills.
-Computer skills – able to learn online booking software to input guest data, greet and check in guests, and make reservations.
-Detail oriented – we pride ourselves on providing extremely clean accommodations.
-Management skills – must be a positive and efficient team leader as you will help co-manage (with the owners) a cleaning and laundry staff of 6-8 during peak summer months. You will also clean alongside them and lead by example.
-Knowledge of the area very helpful as guests often look for recommendations for places to eat and things to do.

This position is very physical and will require cleaning, lifting, making beds, doing laundry, and serving a continental breakfast (no cooked items except hard boiled eggs) during the peak season. Lawn and garden maintenance and outdoor work required in summer, shoveling snow from decks etc. in winter. Fix it skills a plus for one member of the team but not a deal breaker if not. Very busy and long hours in summer – whatever it takes to get the job done and keep guests happy. Very much relaxed in winter with plenty of downtime given the nature of tourism in Northern Michigan, although we would love to increase bookings. There will opportunity for winter vacation time, amount to be determined. You will have ample down time in the winter and plenty of time to enjoy all of the quaint surrounding Leelanau County towns, enjoy outdoor winter activities at the Whaleback’s lovely 5 acres of woods, hike up the Leelanau Conservancy Whaleback Trail just up the road, or read by the main home’s wood burning fireplace in the cozy living room.

There is a salary of $32,000 (to start) for the couple PLUS 100% free lodging in a very nice furnished home, including utilities, trash removal and cable television. Portions of the home completely private and portions are used for supplies and walk-through for employees in summer/fall. The free lodging with utilities adds an estimated $20,000 in savings value to the position because the only expenses you will have are vehicle(s), mobile phone and food. There is potential for monetary bonus opportunities based upon revenue goals and performance and there is opportunity to grow in this position with annual raises based upon the success of the Inn, should we find the right couple that would like to stay on long term. Because the largest living expenses are covered, this is a great opportunity for the right couple to work a few years and save money for a future goal, which in the day to day grind of a regular 9-5 job can be more challenging with the cost of housing in this area. Could work well for those just starting out, or for those in semi-retirement, or perhaps those just seeking a change of pace!

Non-smoking candidates only considered and no pets. Background check will be conducted on candidates that move forward in the process.

*IMPORTANT: No Drop-Ins Please – Interviews by Invitation Only!

TO APPLY: Please include both resumes (or a team resume) and cover letter via email and send to Please articulate the skill sets needed for the role as related to past experience.

Please include at least 2 professional references (not family or friends) with phone numbers for each team member).

If this job description is still up on our website, we are still actively accepting applications and scheduling interviews. Thank you!

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1757 N. Manitou Trail, M-22
Leland, MI 49654



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Leland, MI 49654-1125