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Wally Kidd Blog: Up North Winter Activities

 Up North Michigan Winter Activities

Thank you, Hotel Walloon, for this amazing photo!


Winter in Northern Michigan means a deluge of crystal snowflakes and a variety of ways to best enjoy it. The spectacular natural scenery is a welcome sight for adventurers who relish these colder months.  So bundle up, have a warm beverage nearby, and head outdoors to experience the best of what this area has to offer.

This corner of Michigan boasts three of the best ski resorts in the country, providing downhill skiers and snowboarders ample opportunities to hit the slopes. Whether you tackle the runs at Boyne Mountain, the Highlands, or Nub’s Nob, you’re in for an exhilarating ride with beautiful vistas at every turn. Each resort offers…

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Wally Kidd Blog: Holiday Events & Traditions of Northern Michigan

Happy Holidays! Festivities are in full swing in Northern Michigan, with plenty more to be enjoyed in the coming weeks. Revelry kicked off Thanksgiving weekend with Christmas tree lightings, parades, and open houses from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. Each town in the area is trimmed with garland and twinkling lights, the ski resorts are becoming busier by the day, and hot chocolate is the drink of choice. With an abundance of holiday activities on offer, it’s the perfect time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and create cherished memories. 

Whether you take to the slopes or not, the area’s spectacular ski resorts are resplendent with holiday decor and events. Adorn…

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by Lauren Macintyre

Wallooners cherish their traditions…and for many, those halcyon days growing up around the Village are among the most special. 

Memories of the General Store, in particular, evoke a delightful sense of nostalgia…an old wooden store with a magical, marble-topped soda fountain with the tastiest ice cream and chocolate syrup around…a place to buy penny candy or the celebrated Al-Meda chocolates…the spot where young Wallooners would pick up favorite comic books or their parents’ newspaper…later the deli with the famous Wallooner and Pink Loon sandwiches.

Over the years, the General Store has encompassed many different names, many different proprietors, and even a number of…

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Fall is the Best Time of Year for Wooden Boats

Northern Michigan is buzzing with activity from June through August. The area swells with visitors eager to reunite with old friends to spend long days on the water and in the woods. But as families return home for the school year, a slower pace of life begins for those who stay Up North. Each community becomes much quieter, the days are shorter, and the air is crisp.

Leaves can begin changing color as early as the final weeks of August. By October, the forests of northern Michigan are aglow with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. With no shortage of crystal clear inland lakes, it’s easy to take in the spectacular scenery by getting on the water. While many would consider summer to be peak boating…

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The Best Places to See Fall Colors in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan welcomes nature enthusiasts, especially during the fall season when the landscape undergoes a breathtaking transformation. Northern Michigan's forests, lakes, and rolling hills are adorned with vibrant autumn colors during the month of October and sometimes November. If you're planning a trip to this picturesque part of the state, here are some of the best places to witness the fall foliage in Northern Michigan.

1. Tunnel of Trees, M-119

The M-119 highway, often referred to as the "Tunnel of Trees," is a must-visit destination during the fall season. This scenic drive takes you through a canopy of colorful hardwoods along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The winding road has…

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Best Lake Communities in Michigan

Northern Michigan has an abundance of lakes for people to enjoy during all 4 of Michigan's beautiful seasons. With crystal clear water formed by glaciers, there is no wonder why so many people call many of these lakes home. In this blog post, we'll go through some of the best lake communities that Northern Michigan has to offer.

1. Burt Lake

Located in Cheboygan and Emmet counties, Burt Lake is a true natural wonder. Surrounded by beautiful landscape, it stretches across 17,120 acres, making it the fourth largest inland lake in Michigan. Boasting crystal-clear waters, Burt Lake is a haven for boating, fishing, and swimming enthusiasts. Its shoreline provides ample opportunities for lakeside picnics, leisurely…

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How to Book a Vacation Rental in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan offers some beautiful landscape and small towns for those looking to get away in summer. Whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a fun-filled adventure with friends, booking a vacation rental is an excellent choice. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the steps to find and book the perfect vacation rental in Northern Michigan, ensuring a relaxing and smooth booking experience.

1. Determine Your Destination:

Northern Michigan is large and has many beautiful cities and lakes to vacation in, so the first step is to narrow down your desired location. Popular destinations include Walloon Lake, Traverse City, Petoskey and Bay Harbor. Each offers…

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The Walloon Fourth of July traditions continue!

Coming to your mailbox soon, "Preserving Walloon" shares the many traditions that keep our lake protected, as well as, an update regarding Walloon's red hot real estate market. Be safe and have a happy 4th!

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Located along the shores of Indian Garden Road, this unique find offers up 100 feet of prime, Walloon Lake frontage. Savor life on a protected cove, out of the wind and waves; all while appreciating a fantastic Walloon sunrise! The unique setting consists of a flat level lot just steps from the water's edge. The home while charming and ready to enjoy now, it is just waiting to be updated with your personal touches.

Inside, the main foyer welcomes you and draws you into the large family room with its towering glass windows. Enjoy views of the North’s favorite lake, its trees, and sky while sitting around the fireplace. The convenience of the main floor master bedroom and bath can’t be overlooked.
No stairs here at the end of your day on the…

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“My wife and I have known Wally Kidd for a number of years and have been working with him to find the perfect cottage for our multigenerational family on Walloon Lake. We received a call from Wally in early November letting us know that he thought he might have a cottage for us. We immediately made arrangements to fly to Northern Michigan to view the cottage. He was right, we made an offer that day. Wally, Lauren, and the rest of his team were beyond helpful in working through some of the challenges and various issues that presented themselves during Covid. Not least of which was that our principal residence is in the Kansas City metro area and everything had to been done virtually. We could not have been more pleased with Wally and his team…

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