Northern Michigan Seasonal Activities


Spring is a great time of year to explore Northern Michigan. Trails like the North Country Trail, Wildwood Harbor Preserve and North Shore Preserve wind their way through Northern Michigan and around Walloon Lake. This time of year the trails are surrounded with beautiful wild Trilliums and Forget Me Nots as nature begins to recover from the cold winter season.

The Little Traverse Wheelway bike path is another great attraction for spring visitors that runs through Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Alanson. If you seek a more exciting way to enjoy spring time in Northern Michigan, go zip lining at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands or at Wildwood Rush in Boyne City!

Springtime also marks the beginning of Morel Mushroom season. Hotel Walloon is just miles away from some of the best mushrooming in Michigan. People come from all over to hunt for the infamous morel, Boyne City even hosts the Mushroom Festival in May to honor the areas mushroom season.

Spring is a great time of year to enjoy fishing on one of the many rivers surrounding Hotel Walloon, to name a few the Bear River, Sturgeon River and Jordan River. For the fishing enthusiasts, Hotel Walloon sits on a great lake for perch, bass, walleye and pike. There is a reason Ernest Hemmingway said “It’s the great northern air. Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country. No exaggeration.”

The opportunity for spring adventures are unlimited in Northern Michigan, contact our Concierge Desk for more information on activities in the area.


Walloon Lake Summer Water Skiing

Nothing compares to summertime in Northern Michigan. This area is known for hosting festivals and holiday celebrations nearly every weekend that feature dazzling fireworks, local artists, music, food and entertainment. Hotel Walloon‘s central location boasts non-stop entertainment for guests visiting the area during the summer months.

In Northern Michigan you are never more than five miles from a body of water, which makes this area a destination for boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Hotel Walloon is located along the shores of one of the top five lakes in Michigan, Walloon Lake. Rent a boat, kayak, paddle board or take a wakeboarding lesson just steps from the hotel at Tommy’s Watersports.

For those interested in a day of leisure, Hotel Walloon is within close proximity to some of the best golfing in the nation. True North in Harbor Springs, Crooked Tree in Petoskey, Boyne Resorts and Bay Harbor are just a few of the options for golf in the area. Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are a scenic one hour drive from Hotel Walloon and offer world famous fudge, taffy, cherries and more! Hotel Walloon offers visitors unlimited options for day trips including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau, Beaver Island and Drummond Island.

The opportunities for summer adventure are unlimited in Northern Michigan, contact our Concierge Desk for more information on activities in the area.



People come from near and far to experience the beauty of fall in Northern Michigan, from the stunning color tours to the unlimited fall themed activities, guests will realize why fall in this area gets just as much attention as our busy summer season.

Labor Day marks the “end of summer” in Northern Michigan. This day also marks the “beginning of fall” and the Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Join the tens of thousands of people who brave the 5-mile walk each year for stunning views of Mackinac Island, the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Take a scenic drive through the famous M-119 tunnel of trees that passes through Harbor Springs, Goodhart and end your journey at Legs Inn located in charming Cross Village that offers up million dollar sunsets overlooking Lake Michigan. Also located just south of Hotel Walloon is the Jordan River Valley that presents a magnificent display of the fall colors at their finest.

Autumn in Northern Michigan is a wonderful time of year to visit the many unique farmer’s markets in the area. Hotel Walloon is located a short distance from Bill’s Farm Market in Petoskey, Friske Orchards in Atwood, Lavender Hill Farms in Horton Bay and Pond Hill Farms in Harbor Springs. There are corn mazes, fresh apple cider, homemade donuts, hay rides, pumpkin patches and more! Making fall a great time to visit our beautiful area.

If hay rides and corn mazes are not your scene, try a relaxing chairlift ride at one of the area’s ski resorts to enjoy the fall foliage. Stunning views of Little Traverse Bay are what await you at the top of this scenic chairlift ride at Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob. The chairlift ride at Boyne Mountain offers a beautiful view of the rolling hills surrounding Walloon Lake, Boyne City and Boyne Falls.

The opportunity for fall adventures are unlimited in Northern Michigan, contact our Concierge Desk for more information on activities in the area.


Hotel Walloon Lake Winter

Winter in Northern Michigan means plenty of snow and unlimited adventure for everyone to enjoy, ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and tubing to name a few!

Located a short distance from Hotel Walloon is Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob. These three ski hills offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. With a combined total of 168 ski trails there is more than enough for everyone to explore.

Whether you enjoy fishing, tubing, sledding, ice skating or hunting, Northern Michigan in the winter offers those seeking an outdoor thrill a wide variety of options. This area is covered with snowmobile trails, cross country skiing trails and snowshoeing trails! There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy in this winter wonderland.

If indoor activities during the chilly winter months are more your speed, Northern Michigan does not disappoint. The area offers a variety of spas, water parks, art galleries, museums, wineries and cozy fireplaces to curl up next to.

The opportunity for winter adventures are unlimited in Northern Michigan, contact our Concierge Desk for more information on activities in the area.

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