Falling Waters Lodge
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established in 1960

Falling Waters Lodge was built by Roger Hummel in the 1960s, as commissioned by the Hollinger's. It was Hummel's first big project after graduating from the University of Michigan's School of Architecture.  

In 1999 Riley and Johanna Newby came to Leland to retire and instead  purchased the lodge. Riley owned Falling Waters Lodge for 19 years until his passing. Riley's grandson Cooper and his wife Emily purchased the lodge on March 30, 2017 and have been restoring its charm and adding modern comforts every day since. 

Falling Waters Lodge is family-owned and operated - even if not all related to Emily and Cooper Heston, everyone is related to someone else on staff. There are only a dozen or so staff, so guests end up feeling like family.


Working with the amazing Boardman Review, here’s an updated portrait of Emily, Cooper, and their beloved Falling Waters Lodge. Circa 2019.


Courtney Jerome tells our story! Circa 2018.



mynorth.com (2017)

MyNorth (2019) - link to follow

Boardman Review (2019)

The Traverse Ticker (2018)

9&10 news (2018)

7&4 news (2018)

Leelanau Enterprise (2017)

Glen Arbor Sun (2018)

New York Times (2007)

Star Tribune (2011)


Meet the Owners

Cooper and Emily Heston met freshman year of college and have been at least friends ever since. Summers off during college were spent at Falling Waters Lodge - first housekeeping, then slowly moving into management positions. After those years of experience, it was a natural transition to buy the beloved lodge after Riley passed. The Hestons and their lodge dogs Bear and Charlie can usually be found on the premises or on the ultimate field.

Pictured: Jaclyn (lodge back-bone), Jill (since retired laundress), Emily (owner), Bear (#bestdamdog), Cooper (owner), Cathie (front desk), Gary (maintenance). Not pictured: Marcella (housekeeping manager), Charlie (#bestdamdog).