• 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.

The Daxton in Birmingham is creating a buzz over bees.

Bees in the D has put two hives on the roof of the upscale hotel. The nonprofit works with multiple partners to maintain hives in some 70 different places around metro Detroit that include several with green roofs — the Daxton being one. 

“Our green roof is nearly 2,000 square feet that is largely covered in sedum and garlic chive,” says Daxton Marketing Director Josh Griffin. “The green roof has been part of our hotel since we opened in April 2021 and is a great place for the bees to reside.”


The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Michigan chapter inaugurated a new board of directors during its Celebration! gala at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City in June 2022. 

The organization of meeting professionals offers education, leadership training, scholarships, and professional development for its members. Each year, MPI Michigan also hosts industry events and networking forums, including a Mid-Winter Symposium and the MIP Great Lakes Education Summit.

The 2022-23 board members are:


Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.