• Hotel Walloon Gets 2022 AAA Four Diamond Award

     
    POSTED July 17, 2022
     
  • Hotel Walloon Gets 2022 AAA Four Diamond Award

     
    POSTED July 17, 2022
     
  • Hotel Walloon Gets 2022 AAA Four Diamond Award

     
    POSTED July 17, 2022
     

Northern Lower Michigan’s Hotel Walloon has received a 2022 AAA Four Diamond Award.

The designation is awarded to hotels across North America that pass a rigorous inspection process during in-person, unscheduled visits. 

The luxury boutique hotel in Walloon Lake features 32 guest rooms and is situated lakefront with its own beach and a 2,000-square-foot patio. Open year-round, it also offers a variety of meeting areas including a board meeting room for up to 12; The Talcott, located nearby with 3,000 square feet of customizable space housed in a renovated boat show room that can accommodate up to 200 guests; the Barrel Back Restaurant offering waterfront dining and a food truck for off-site events; the nearby Walloon Lake Inn, providing lakeside meals, a 1,000-square-foot patio, and a new board room called The Varnish Room with capacity for up to 14 for private dining; and Village Green Park with 4,000 square feet of outdoor space.

“We are proud to be the only privately owned luxury boutique hotel in northern Michigan to receive the AAA Four Diamond rating,” says Emily Emmott, general manager. 

Features include complimentary valet service, a private bar exclusive to hotel guests, and complimentary food offerings daily that include a light breakfast, midday snacks, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert in the evening. Other amenities include a billiards room, 24-hour fitness facility, and outdoor heated whirlpool spa.

Hotel Walloon received an AAA Best of Activities and Recreation honor for 2022 as well.

“From boating to skiing to snowmobiling, the proximity to outdoor activities allows for guests to savor the beauty of northern Michigan year-round,” says Emily Jensen, sales and marketing manager.

Hotel Walloon was also among properties named in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Wine Country Hotel. It works closely with the Petoskey Wine Region to offer guests opportunities to experience the area’s 14 wineries.

Tanner Comes Home to Grand Rapids

 

Michigan hospitality industry professionals were recognized by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) for being top leaders during its annual Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner held recently at St. John’s Resort in Plymouth.

“It’s a wonderful occasion to be able to celebrate the achievements of some of the finest in our industry,” says MRLA President and CEO Justin Winslow. “These individuals have made an impact on the guest experience, their coworkers, and respective organizations.”

 

Marcy Simpson is the new executive director of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. A lifelong southwest Michigan resident, she succeeds Millicent Huminsky, who recently retired after serving the council for 37 years. Brandi Tucker has been appointed to fill Simpson’s previous role as office manager. Sarah Steffens has also joined the organization, replacing Tucker as group sales and marketing coordinator.