As summer weekends filled with graduations, weddings, and family events wind down, it’s the perfect time to plan an Autumn weekend getaway Up North. Walloon Lake Village is a fresh breath of restored historic character. Surrounded by forested rolling hills, the lakeside landing place is plucked straight from a vacation storybook. It offers the beloved emblems of up-north-lake-town perfection: an adorable ice cream stand, waterfront dining, an assemblage of gift shops and cottage-strewn streets. Among the white clapboard-sided buildings and historical landmarks, a timeless hotel is nestled on the lake, Hotel Walloon.
Named the #1 Resort in Michigan and #3 Resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure, Hotel Walloon exudes both opulence and a wonderful homey familiarity. “From the moment you arrive at Hotel Walloon, you are greeted with top-of-the-line luxury amenities and friendly staff who are committed to ensuring all your needs are met during your stay,” said blogger Jessica of Well-Planned Adventures. “The lobby of the hotel is a site to behold with several dedicated seating areas including the fireplace in the cozy Heart Room, rocking chairs lining the front porch, and the elegant decor in the library.” Throughout the day the hotel offers a new edible delight that awaits our guests on the buffet in the lobby, including light breakfast items, assorted candies and fruit, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert service in the evening.
Northern Michigan’s fall colors are second to none. Hotel Walloon captures the essence of this peaceful change in season with private lakeview balconies and a newly built outdoor firepit overlooking the rolling hills of Walloon. The hotel offers the perfect beverage to accommodate any fireside gathering. A gourmet coffee machine is readily available in the lobby where guests can steam up a cappuccino or Americano in minutes. If you are looking to soak in the pink and orange sunset hues, you could do so by sipping an exquisite glass of wine paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres served from the Hearth Room.
The Walloon Lake Village hosts fall festivities for the community including a Chili Cook-Off for Charity and Farmer’s Market in September and Fine Art Show in October. All community events in the Village are within walking distance from the hotel and are a unique and charming addition to the experience the Village offers. The Walloon Lake Inn, just a short walk from the hotel, offers creative and inspired dining in a historic bed and breakfast that has been on the shores of Walloon Lake for over 100 years. Barrel Back Restaurant is an open-air grill styled restaurant with sweeping views of the lake and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, just a few steps out of the hotel’s doors.
The hotel’s central location to the Petoskey Wine Region and luxury amenities makes it a must visit for travelers looking to explore the 14 unique wineries in the Tip of the Mitt AVA region. Local winery tours or a Hotel Denali chauffer are available to ensure a proper winery experience around the region.
The weather is cool and crisp and many of your favorite travel spots will be calmer and quieter. Centrally located between Petoskey, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Traverse City and Mackinaw City, Hotel Walloon is the perfect “home away from home” to enjoy all the adventure Northern Michigan has to offer. Whether you’re looking for trails to hike and bike, or savor the outdoors from a lakeside patio, Walloon Lake and the surrounding areas are truly something special this time of year.