Groups at Elvyn Lea enjoy exclusive use of the lodge and property, accommodations in 20 guest rooms, two lounge areas, fire pits, and lawn areas for activities including a 1.5 acre event lawn. A new patio with grill and cooking facilities for guests provides a perfect setting for picnics and barbecues in the summer. Walloon Lake access for swimming and boating is just 1/2 mile away in Walloon Village. Walloon Lake is known for its natural beauty as well as its association with writer Ernest Hemingway, who spent summers as a boy in his family cottage on this lake.
This private setting is ideal for gatherings of families and friends for reunions, weddings, and other special occasions. The property is also popular with university and corporate groups. We provide a guide for group organizers with clickable links to recommended restaurants, recreation options, and area events.
The lodge features authentic "up north" design with log beams and central fireplace in main lounge and dining area. High speed Internet WiFi and presentation screens. Elvyn Lea is located on the outskirts of Walloon Village on M75 North, where the Village meets the Boyne City line.
Elvyn Lea Lodge (pronounced “Elvin Lee” Lodge) occupies a unique niche in northern Michigan lodging, hosting gatherings of people coming together with a shared purpose, from family reunions and weddings to workshops, small conferences, meetings, training programs, and gatherings of clubs, associations, and business associates. The floor plan and size allow for exclusive use by a single group, resulting in an environment that is entirely private and optimal for deepening relationships and fostering a sense of community. Guests enjoy comfortable accommodations with a choice of room types, breakfast service on site , and two lounge areas in a historic lodge with original cedar walls and log-beamed ceiling. New owners purchased the property in 2013 and upgrades are ongoing. Be sure to visit our website at http://www.elvynlea.com and ask about the latest improvements in services and amenities.
The twenty guest rooms (request a detailed floor plan) are designed to be shared and provide lodging for up to 80 guests. The lodge accommodates motor coach and bus tours, and those driving in will find the location to be centrally located to the nearby resort communities of Walloon Village, Boyne City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and East Jordan. Access to Walloon Lake is just down the hill on M75 in Walloon Village, also home to popular restaurants and shops. Elvyn Lea provides an ideal “home base” for those wanting to explore all that northern Michigan has to offer!
The building, constructed in 1957, has a classic northern Michigan lodge interior, with log beams and large central gas log fireplace in the main lounge. It has the feel of a summer camp for grown-ups, and will be most enjoyed by those who appreciate the history and natural beauty of the building and property. Owners have made many improvements that guests appreciate, including comfortable beds and high speed Internet, but have retained the original charm. Each guest room has its own bathroom with shower. Key features of the property include our location in the heart of northern Michigan resort country and near Walloon Lake, widely known as the boyhood summer home of Ernest Hemingway.
The lodge and grounds are ideal for educational programs, retreats, and groups of friends, families, and colleagues. The privacy and natural beauty of our property, its location in the heart of northern Michigan resort country, and the wide range of experiences that we can provide make Elvyn Lea Lodge an ideal destination for large groups.
Elvyn Lea is close to many lakes and rivers, with access to Walloon Lake (just down the hill), Lake Michigan, and the Bear, Boyne, and Jordan rivers. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including skiing, snowshoeing, boating, kayaking, hiking, and so much more! The local foods movement is strong in this area and there are many excellent restaurants and farmers markets to enjoy.
A contract is required and house rules require respectful treatment of the property and safety for guests and staff. Most people coming here appreciate quiet recreational activities, so owners seek to maintain an environment that allows for that. Dogs are allowed with some restrictions.. Please inquire about terms and house rules.