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Ten Great Summer Day Trips From Hotel Walloon

June 14th, 2023


Travel from our central location to ten of our favorite summer day trips just in time for the new season. Explore endless freshwater lakes, enjoy breathtaking sunsets, and experience all that a summer in Northern Michigan has to offer. The lush landscape, abundant lakes, and rolling hills are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, boating, and taking a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors. Relax and enjoy the luxury accommodations and modern amenities of Hotel Walloon.


1. Downtown Charlevoix

16 Miles from Hotel Walloon

An authentic Northern Michigan lake town, downtown Charlevoix comes to life in the summer months with family festivals, stunning beaches, and championship golf courses. Explore the lakes by boat and overlook unforgettable views of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Enjoy unique dining at local favorites like Grey Gables and sweet treats from That French Place.


2. Traverse City 

65 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Located on Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is known for its waterfront views, dining varieties, and natural scenery. Explore the sandy shoreline of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Spend the afternoon traveling through downtown by bike and enjoy a rooftop dinner at one of the many bars and restaurants. 


3. M119 & Cross Village

34 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Take a scenic tour of Lake Michigan and travel through the Tunnel of Trees on M119 to the quiet town of Cross Village. Best known for its colorful Autumn views, visit M119 in the summer to enjoy the beautiful landscape without bustling crowds. Indulge in authentic Polish cuisines at the historic Legs Inn, a landmark dining destination. 


4. Mackinac Island

45 Miles from Hotel Walloon

From horse-drawn carriage rides to exploring the fudge capital of the world, travel by ferry to one of our favorite summer day trips, Mackinac Island. Bike the scenic eight-mile trail around the island and visit the iconic Arch Rock. Explore rich Michigan history at Fort Michilimackinac and indulge in savory cuisines while watching the sunset over the Straights of Mackinaw.


5. Little Traverse Bay

10 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Home to Michigan’s million-dollar sunsets, the Little Traverse Bay is the perfect place to hunt for coveted Petoskey stones and e-bike along the Little Traverse Wheelway. Explore the downtown historic district and walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway on the Michigan Hemingway Tour. Sample Michigan wines, including the renowned Marquette grape, at the unique wineries of the Petoskey Wine Region.


6. Boyne City Main Street

7 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Named a top Main Street in America, stroll the streets with live music and dining specials every Friday night. Visit Lavender Hill Farm for sunrise yoga in bloom and concerts at the farm. Attend family-friendly events throughout the summer including the 20th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run displaying impressive power boats and PirateFest offering treasure hunts, pirate ship tours, and themed fun.


7. Harbor Springs

18 Miles from Hotel Walloon 

Travel around the Little Traverse Bay to the quaint town of Harbor Springs. Golf award-winning championship courses designed by industry elites at the Highlands at Harbor Springs. Discover endless adventure at Pond Hill Farm’s stunning property and visit livestock barn open year-round. Stroll through the charming historic district and sample a sweet treat from Tom’s Mom’s Cookies.


8. Petoskey Wine Region & Brewery Tours

15 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Sample your favorites from the 14 unique wineries within the Petoskey Wine Region. Enjoy the outdoor patio at Petoskey Farms and Boyne Valley Vineyards. Travel to downtown Petoskey for locally made craft beer. Visit Michigan breweries like Shorts Brewing Co. and Cheboygan Brewing.


9. Elk Rapids

34 Miles from Hotel Walloon

Located between Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay, Elk Rapids is a quaint Village filled with picturesque views from every angle. Enjoy the afternoon on a clear bottom kayak tour of the lake or lounging on the sandy beaches. Visit downtown for local restaurants and unique shopping. 


10. Walloon Lake


Spend your day doing as much or as little as you desire. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Walloon Lake with a paddleboard, kayak, and boat rentals available from Tommy’s. Lounge on the private beach patio and watch the sunset from your lakeview guest room at Hotel Walloon. Hike local trails and preserves maintained by the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy. Visit the Inn for Walloon Wine Time and experience what it means to be on “Lake Time”.


 Explore more activities and design your own summer day trips or allow our concierge to assist with recommending this areas best.

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