Walloon Lake Village
In addition to unique restaurants and lodging, Walloon Lake Village offers visitors a one-of-a- kind northern Michigan shopping experience. Vintage Mercantile, an antique and home decor shop, is located directly across the street from Hotel Walloon. Shoppers will find many items unique to northern Michigan (especially Walloon Lake’s) past.
During the summer months, the village is home to around a dozen “Pop Up Shops,” giving Michigan-based artisans and retailers the opportunity to display their unique offerings to northern Michigan visitors.
At Tommy’s Michigan, the latest swim and beach wear is available for your day out on the lake. As both a clothing retailer and a pro-shop, Tommy’s offers visitors gear for boating, wake surfing, and waterskiing. Boards and boats are also for sale or for rent at Tommy’s, and offerings include water sport lessons through the Ski and Wake School.
Starting with Boyne City for its proximity to the hotel, you will find that your ten minute drive takes you right into the heart of town, located on the southeast end of Lake Charlevoix. Ice cream shops, coffee houses, and other eateries grace the streets alongside shops that can only be found in the quaint and elegant Boyne City. Shops like Freshwater Art Gallery and Up the Lazy River offer artwork made by locals and crafted using locally harvested materials. From furniture crafted out of tree limbs to pottery painted in colors that represent the rich blues of Lake Charlevoix, you will find that your shopping experience is second to none here. Freshwater also hosts music and wine nights throughout the summer months for your family’s entertainment.
For more local delights in Boyne, stop in at Lake Street Market for lunch, then visit the brick and mortar bookstore, Local Flavor, which shelves books about the area, or step into Beyond Borders, LLC for gifts and jewelry reminiscent of the northern haven.
Situated between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, downtown Charlevoix is a mere 30 minute drive from Hotel Walloon. While you’re enjoying your Walloon Lake vacation, take a day trip to the city to walk the bridge and explore the downtown shops. With John Cross Fisheries as a local spot to stop to for whitefish pate and sausage, you’ll have your fill of snacks before heading down to see the boats come in and parade the streets.
Charlevoix shops worthy of note include North Seas Gallery, where antique pottery and locally crafted works of art are up for view and purchase. Elements Art & Gifts is the best place for you to stop in and pick up a souvenir, while Pine River Books will allow you some rest during your big day of shopping as you peruse the shelves. Don’t forget to stop in at the Taffy Barrel for a tasty treat before heading back to the hotel!
The historic city of Harbor Springs offers its visitors beauty and entertainment throughout the year. Hotel Walloon guests can expect a 30 minute drive to town along Little Traverse Bay. While passing into Harbor Springs, note the architectural significance of whitewashed houses and shuttered cottages that line the meandering lanes. A trip into this harbor side village will leave you feeling as if you’ve stepped through a portal in time. Shops with old-fashioned elegance frame the streets, lending a centerpiece look to a middle of town Christmas tree that is brilliantly lit come winter.
With all of your exploring, you’ll be ready for some coffee to keep you warm on your evening stroll. Head in to Stained Cup Coffee Co. for caffeine then head back out to hit up the local shopping strip. Harbor Wear is an up north hotspot for clothing with local flavor. Sweatshirts and t-shirts with the town’s name are great for gifts or as your own souvenir. For intriguing masterpieces, look no further than Boyer Glassworks Studio and Gallery. Hand-blown glass decor, paintings, and unique sculptures make this shop worth the stop. Those on the hunt for kitchen specialties, pop in at Spice Harbor and pick up local teas, spices from Alden Mill House, and Brownwood Farm’s famous mustard.
7 miles north of Hotel Walloon lies Petoskey, one of the most unique and popular vacation destinations in northern Michigan. Historic preservation yields at nothing as visitors promenade along the hilly streets of antiqued store fronts and glowing streetlamps. Every season illuminates the town as it bustles with residents and tourists alike. Restaurant goers and families strolling through the many festivals and holiday events will be captivated by Petoskey’s never ending activities, while others will find that the highlight of their trip is the unparalleled shopping experience.
Boutique shopping is a favorite tourist pastime in Petoskey. Many shops have retained a vintage feel with architecture stemming from the early 1900s. Items to be purchased are more than likely unique or even one of a kind as the standalone shops aren’t the usual chains to be seen in shopping malls