While Ernest Hemingway frequented several places across the globe throughout his lifetime, Walloon Lake, Michigan, was a place he had roots in and returned to in his early years. His father and mother, Dr. Clarence and Grace (Hall) Hemingway first came to the Walloon Lake area in the late 1800s, building their beloved cottage, Windemere, which remains in the family to this day. Ernest was just three months old when he made his first trip to the area. He would return every summer, at least for a brief period of time, until his 1921 wedding to Hadley (Richardson) Hemingway. Walloon Lake is where the Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author discovered his love of writing, hunting and fishing. 

To celebrate 100 years since his wedding in nearby Horton Bay, the Village of Walloon Lake is hosting a series of events as part of a “Hemingway Homecoming” celebration including a community read of The Nick Adams Stories, featured cocktails, guest speakers, lodging packages, a birthday celebration on July 21 and a series of events over Labor Day weekend including the unveiling historic art installations downtown. 

On September 3, interested parties are cordially invited to the 100th anniversary “wedding reception” of Ernest and Hadley at the Talcott Center in downtown Walloon Lake. Guests will dine on a world-famous chicken dinner reminiscent of the Pinehurst Inn in Horton Bay, where the wedding party actually gathered following the country wedding of the then virtually unknown writer. The event will also offer a cash bar featuring Michigan craft beverages as well as Papa’s Pilar Rum (named after his 38-foot Atlantic Ocean fishing boat), an auction and a special appearance by the “newlyweds” and will benefit the Michigan Hemingway Society.
 

A thick layer of snow blankets a stand of evergreen trees. Sunshine glances off the slopes, turning the setting into a landscape of diamonds. The faces of skiers beam as they schuss their way down the mountain. 

 

“Beer City USA” mixes business and pleasure at meeting venues large and small.

Headquarters to more than 130 international companies—including such global giants as Amway, Steelcase and Herman Miller—and home to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids, ranks as a natural destination for corporate gatherings. What’s more, the city’s reputation as a center for fine and performing arts, outdoor recreation and craft beer lures plenty of leisure travelers as well. 

 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

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