Barn News

Traverse City Natives are the First to Take the Leap

Starry Night Barn is filling up with wedding and event reservations for our first event season, beginning in the spring of 2017.  The final barn restoration and renovation efforts are wrapping up and it’s more amazing and gorgeous than we could have imagined.  We arelindsayandshanev1 excited to see Starry Night transform and dazzle in so many different iterations in the seasons to come and share this excitement with wonderful couples and their friends and families.  In the spirit of firsts and the excitement of new beginnings, we would like to give a special thanks to the first couple to take a chance on Starry Night Barn, Lindsay and Shane.  Lindsay and Shane, two high school sweethearts attending different Traverse City high schools, were the first potential clients to visit Starry Night Barn.  Their wedding planner, Nikki Klienrichert – one of my oldest, best friends and an original member of our O/M gangster life that triggered a fascination with Van Gogh’s Starry Night, had to convince me to let Shane alindsayandshanev2nd Lindsay come and look at the barn when it was in the early days of being torn apart.  Even in its roughest stage (with some serious imagination-staging from Nikki), Lindsay and Shane could see the vision.  As two Traverse City natives, Lindsay and Shane knew they wanted a wedding in the Traverse City / Leelanau area that reflected the beauty and simplicity of our landscapes.   They knew
 Starry Night Barn & Studios was it from the start. 

So, a big THANK YOU and Congrats shout-out to Lindsay and Shane for being the first to take the leap here at Starry Night Barn!


A last view from the Tree-top

Thanks to Sunset Tree Service for the last (and only) tree-top perspective of the big ole barn from the tops of the dying maple before it was cut down.  Sunset Tree Service is a a team of climbers and it was amazing to watch tIMG_0579hem work with care, efficiency and little impact on the land.  I’m always sad when trees must come down – for the loss of shade and cover, the changes that are made to the landscape, and the loss of literal roots and history.  We are working hard to protect and maintain the natural habitat here and nestle our events spaces seamlessly into the landscape.  

The stacked-stone foundation is being rebuilt with Michigan granite from right here and we’re committed to reusing any of our old barn materials to rebuild doors, patch siding and build new structures.  The giant trunk of the maple we had to cut down will be milled and become table tops on the barn deck and maybe the lounge bar and the bran crew discovered a beautiful cedar subfloor under the main barn bay that will become the deck flooring.  Now if I only had a magic wand to make it all happen today!  Patience is not my strong suit….


To Save or Not to Save

Starry Night Barn Under ConstructionWe’ve had to make a lot of decisions during this process of restoring and renovating our old barn.  I have a hard time getting rid of anything that is a part of this barn’s history, but I didn’t think twice when it came to eliminating the black tar paint that covered the south bottom bay beams and joists – an old way of preserving the wood.  It was filthy work but we corncob blasted as much of the tar as we could and now the bottom bay, which will become the swanky bar/lounge, has new light and life with restored beams and joists.  Now on to the much needed foundation work, with rebuilt stacked stone walls and tuck pointing.


Starry Night Barn & Studios is Opening August 2016

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Starry Night Barn & Studios is a wedding and events barn located in Suttons Bay, MI. We are opening August 2016 and we’re currently taking reservations for 2017 events now.

Starry Night Barn & Studios will be a premier wedding and events venue located on the Leelanau Peninsula in beautiful Suttons Bay, MI. The Starry Night Barn features an historic barn, undergoing respectful renovations to maintain its historic grandeur with modern conveniences and full accommodations to meet all safety and code requirements. Starry Night Barn and Century Farm, our guest accommodations, are perfect for guests seeking a space that offers a slow-paced, relaxed environment to fully enjoy and experience every minute of your special event. The whole place is yours for the weekend – or longer if you choose. We hope to offer our guests peace of mind and time to be with family and loved ones to share, reflect, and be in the moment.