The Perfect Winter Day in the Village of Walloon
September 28th, 2018
Here at Hotel Walloon, we love the winter. Sometimes it feels as though we live in a picturesque postcard or shimmery snow globe scene — so why leave? The Village of Walloon Lake has everything you need for a day (or more) in winter wonderland. Here is our idea of the perfect winter day in the Village of Walloon.
The perfect day at Hotel Walloon starts two weeks before your stay. A member of our team will reach out to you to complete a pre-arrival call. They will verify your reservation and make sure that you have everything you need to make your trip to Walloon Lake flawless. Be sure to let them know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Our staff will do our best to provide you with any of your favorites or must-haves. Visiting us for a special occasion? We can assist with flowers, champagne, chocolates and more.
Morning one — After you have woken up, make your way to the Hearth Room where you will find an array of fruits, pastries and other light bites for breakfast. Make sure you use the Franke Machine, our all-in-one barista machine capable of providing you with a delicious latte, cappuccino, macchiato or simple cup of milk (if that’s what you prefer). Not a coffee drinker? We also have an assortment of juices, smoothies and fine teas to start your day.
Next, stop by the Drawing Room to select a book, photo collection or another light read to enjoy with your breakfast. We also have the local paper or the Wall Street Journal (prefer another paper? Mention this during your pre-arrival call so we can make arrangements for you to have it during your stay.)
Now that you’re fueled up for the day, it’s time for a winter adventure. Put your winter gear on and visit Tommy’s, next door to the hotel, where you can find snow shoes or cross-country skis to take you on a winter adventure through the Melrose Township Park’s trail. Or, borrow a pair of complimentary ice skates to use on the skating rink in the Village Green Park.
After your winter adventure, time for a great lunch to re-fuel for the rest of the day. The Barrel-Back Restaurant (,) located above Tommy’s and next to Hotel Walloon (,) is our favorite place to eat a casual meal. We suggest getting a table next to the large fireplace in the center of the dining room and ordering a bloody mary, delicious craft beer or signature cocktail. Some of our favorites on the menu? The world-famous chicken wings, flatbread pizza, soup of the day or pulled pork sliders.
You’re re-fueled, warmed up, — now what? Shopping, of course. First stop is Tommy’s, the same place you borrowed your snowshoes, skates or skis from. They have a fantastic collection of winter gear, stylish sweaters, beanies, flannels and more. You might even score a great deal on some summer gear from one of their off-season clearance racks. Next stop should be the Walloon lake General Store’s gift shop. They’re located diagonally across the street from the Village Green Park. They have all the collectable Walloon Lake t-shirts, mugs and hoodies you could ever dream of. This is a great place to find a souvenir! The final stop on your Walloon Lake shopping trip should be the Vintage Mercantile, located across the street from Hotel Walloon. Step back in history and peruse this extensive collection of antiques and home goods. You will surely find a unique gift from the Vintage Mercantile.
You’ve shopped till you dropped…Time to relax! Head back to Hotel Walloon and take a load off. The outdoor heated whirlpool spa is a great way to soothe sore muscles. Let a member of our team know that you are heading out for a soak and we will make sure to bring out towels and turn on the outdoor radiant heaters to help beat the chill getting in and out of the spa. Whirlpool spa not quite your speed? Visit the drawing room to borrow a great book or board game, take a well-deserved afternoon nap or watch a movie in bed! We suggest visiting the Franke Machine for the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had, or a chococcino, if you need a little afternoon pep.
You’ve had a few hours of down-time and you’re rested and re-charged. Now is the time to get ready for a fantastic meal at the Walloon Lake Inn, a fine dining establishment located right around the corner from the Hotel. Remember the pre-arrival call we mentioned earlier? This is a great time to make your dining reservations and secure a great table. The Walloon Lake Inn is a truly romantic and one-of-a-kind dining experience. Enjoy artfully prepared dishes while being serenaded by YoungMin You, a local pianist. The top-notch service, locally sourced ingredients and ambiance will leave you speechless. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu!
Head back to the hotel, grab a hot tea or cocktail from the Hearth Room Bar and make your way to the billiards room for our last stop of the best winter day in the Village of Walloon. Enjoy your drink with some friendly competition. Stay and play for a while or make your way to your room where your best day will end.
The best part about our best winter day?
You can do it all over again tomorrow.
For more information on booking your stay at Hotel Walloon, visit www.hotelwalloon.com or call 231-535-5000