Whaleback Inn

Whaleback Inn Lakefront Lodging One Mile South of Leland! Welcome, plan your trip to Historic Leland today! We have many lodging options and dates for you to choose from!

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The sun might be setting on Summer, but September sunrises are still spectacular (how’s that for some alliteration?)Hone...
09/02/2021

The sun might be setting on Summer, but September sunrises are still spectacular (how’s that for some alliteration?)

Honestly, September is one of our favorite months. The crowds have lightened up a bit yet the weather is still beautiful. We have some weekday availability this month so make a plan to catch a sunrise from our porch or docks with your favorite travel partner 🌅

Hoping you all are enjoying your 4th of July as much as Harper is! We are so grateful for this beautiful place we get to...
07/04/2021

Hoping you all are enjoying your 4th of July as much as Harper is! We are so grateful for this beautiful place we get to live and love and share with all of you 💙🇺🇸❤️

Hoping you all are enjoying your 4th of July as much as Harper is! We are so grateful for this beautiful place we get to live and love and share with all of you 💙🇺🇸❤️

PSA : docks are in! Yes, it’s still chilly but it’s absolutely worth bundling up for a cocktail or cup of coffee on our ...
05/06/2021

PSA : docks are in! Yes, it’s still chilly but it’s absolutely worth bundling up for a cocktail or cup of coffee on our beautiful Lake Leelanau. The most important part - Summer is coming SO SOON!

PSA : docks are in! Yes, it’s still chilly but it’s absolutely worth bundling up for a cocktail or cup of coffee on our beautiful Lake Leelanau. The most important part - Summer is coming SO SOON!

Everybody, meet Ty, Rachel, and Hank. We may be biased, but we think they are the best innkeepers on the planet and we a...
04/30/2021

Everybody, meet Ty, Rachel, and Hank. We may be biased, but we think they are the best innkeepers on the planet and we are so happy to finally introduce them to you all. They joined us mid-July last year, in the middle of all the craziness, and quickly became the heart of Whaleback Inn.

They are creatives at heart, Ty a musician and artist (you may be able to talk him into playing a tune or two on the porch if you ask nicely). Rachel an amazing photographer and plant mom. Hank is just happy to be fulfilling his dream of being an innkeeper cat and hopes to greet you at check in.

You can check out Ty’s art and music @tymaxon and his albums are also on Spotify. Check out Rachel’s photography @rachelwinslow. Hank doesn’t have an Insta yet but would like one.

We are beyond grateful for these three and know you all will love them just as much as we do ❤️

Everybody, meet Ty, Rachel, and Hank. We may be biased, but we think they are the best innkeepers on the planet and we are so happy to finally introduce them to you all. They joined us mid-July last year, in the middle of all the craziness, and quickly became the heart of Whaleback Inn.

They are creatives at heart, Ty a musician and artist (you may be able to talk him into playing a tune or two on the porch if you ask nicely). Rachel an amazing photographer and plant mom. Hank is just happy to be fulfilling his dream of being an innkeeper cat and hopes to greet you at check in.

You can check out Ty’s art and music @tymaxon and his albums are also on Spotify. Check out Rachel’s photography @rachelwinslow. Hank doesn’t have an Insta yet but would like one.

We are beyond grateful for these three and know you all will love them just as much as we do ❤️

We sure do miss the Leland Wine & Food Festival, but understand and appreciate the abundance of caution. We can’t wait f...
04/09/2021

We sure do miss the Leland Wine & Food Festival, but understand and appreciate the abundance of caution. We can’t wait for next year!

It is with great regret and an abundance of caution that the Leland Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the 2021 Leland Wine and Food Festival.

Due to an increase in COVID cases statewide we cannot realistically predict that gatherings of 2000 people or more will be allowed by June.

Due to the fact that this event takes months of preplanning, and reservations for things like tents, bands, and many other resources (along with associated deposits) we cannot delay our decision to see if we will be allowed to host such a large gathering in the somewhat limited space of the Leland Harbor in June.

We have also investigated holding the Festival later in the year but the requirements a long summer and busy fall put on our various vendors and volunteer business owner/chamber members we have determined with their input that this is not an option.

We are looking forward to a better than ever Leland Wine & Food Festival in 2022 and hope you will all join in to celebrate with us then.

Until then, we have a very special Wine Fest poster with artwork by Brianne Farley to share with you! We're very excited about this poster because we feel it sums up how this year+ has been, and because it covers a special place in our longstanding Leland Wine & Food Festival poster collection.

To see our 2020/2021 poster and to place your pre-order visit: https://www.lelandmi.com/events/shop.html

Many thanks for your support and understanding. We'll see you in 2022! 🥂

What a perfect box of goodies for an evening on our front porch overlooking the lake! Our friends at Good Harbor Vineyar...
04/07/2021
Good Harbor Launches Locally Inspired Box of GOODness

What a perfect box of goodies for an evening on our front porch overlooking the lake! Our friends at Good Harbor Vineyards have a perfect solution for a night in at the Inn 🍷

Make your Northern Michigan summer even sweeter with the new Good Harbor Box of GOODness featuring locally sourced wine, bread, olive oil and vinegar.

It’s opening day! Drew is taking business calls with beer and fishing rod in hand, but Ty and Rachel are at the inn welc...
04/01/2021

It’s opening day! Drew is taking business calls with beer and fishing rod in hand, but Ty and Rachel are at the inn welcoming our first guests. Harper the innkeeper dog really needed a quiet beach getaway before the busy season, but we can’t wait to get back to Leland to welcome you all for your own getaway.

The last year has felt like survival mode and we’re certainly not out of the woods, but we are so very grateful for each and every one of you who chooses to stay with us, even in the craziest of times. You make it all worthwhile.

Cheers to brighter days ahead. We’re so excited to be back☀️🌊🎣

We have a summer promo on kayaks and tees. If you buy a Whaleback Tee for $20, you get a free 1 hour kayak rental ($30 v...
06/05/2020

We have a summer promo on kayaks and tees. If you buy a Whaleback Tee for $20, you get a free 1 hour kayak rental ($30 value), for free, if you kayak with your new swag on, snap a pic and tag Whaleback Inn. ☀️

Docks are in!!
05/06/2020

Docks are in!!

Cheers to vacation soon. Who is ready for one?
04/30/2020

Cheers to vacation soon. Who is ready for one?

Took Harper the Red Lab into Fishtown Leland, for a few minutes today. She enjoyed herself but was especially concerned ...
04/28/2020

Took Harper the Red Lab into Fishtown Leland, for a few minutes today.
She enjoyed herself but was especially concerned about the buoy and didn’t know what to think about it.

We are working on implementation of increased cleaning and sanitation procedures, and have ordered a shipment of masks f...
04/27/2020

We are working on implementation of increased cleaning and sanitation procedures, and have ordered a shipment of masks for use by staff and any guests who would like them. We are knocking the dust off lawn furniture and porch furniture, getting ready to welcome our guests for another sweet season. Oh, and eating masked sugar cookies.

There’s no better place to be than where the air is fresh and there is room to roam, decks and docks to lounge on, relax, read a book, take a swim and get away from it all.

Book at www.whalebackinn.com

Our new Innkeepers Chris and Roxy made us some very creative and delicious cookies :)
04/05/2020

Our new Innkeepers Chris and Roxy made us some very creative and delicious cookies :)

Once this passes, we’ll see you at the lake.
04/01/2020

Once this passes, we’ll see you at the lake.

We heard it was #nationalpuppyday and well, who doesn’t need to look at some cute ass puppies right about now? So here’s...
03/23/2020

We heard it was #nationalpuppyday and well, who doesn’t need to look at some cute ass puppies right about now? So here’s Harper, who is now almost 9 months and the sweetest pup ever. Hang in there everyone. And if you don’t have one, now might be a really good time to add a foster or shelter pup to your life ❤️ @ Whaleback Inn

*Warning - no bullsh*t post* Summer sunrises from the front porch. Just one of the things we so love about the Whaleback...
03/20/2020

*Warning - no bullsh*t post*

Summer sunrises from the front porch. Just one of the things we so love about the Whaleback. We are feeling sad and wistful, and scared, just like many of you. We are full of uncertainty, not sure if we will be able to hold on to this beautiful place through these unprecedented times. But we realize most people have bigger things to be concerned about right now than possibly losing their business, and our hearts sincerely go out to each and every person going through struggles (which is all of us). What we are hoping for today is that if you have stayed at the Whaleback before, could you share what you love about it, a memory or a picture (be sure to tag us) or just some general love? We would be super grateful for a spark of joy today. Thank you and be well ❤️

A beautiful blue sky day in Leland. As the seasons begin to shift toward warmer temperatures, the ice will melt, all the...
03/15/2020

A beautiful blue sky day in Leland. As the seasons begin to shift toward warmer temperatures, the ice will melt, all the plants that were asleep through the winter will wake up to fresh air ready to nourish them. We are filled with optimism this time of year and can’t wait for spring and soon after another gorgeous summer.

Here is a drone shot of our grounds from last summer. We are definitely getting excited for the green to come back and s...
03/06/2020

Here is a drone shot of our grounds from last summer. We are definitely getting excited for the green to come back and start working on the property!

A glimpse from Fishtown Leland this morning...
02/19/2020

A glimpse from Fishtown Leland this morning...

A nice evening drop in tonight at Good Harbor Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes Natl Lakeshore. This beach is 10 minutes south ...
02/07/2020

A nice evening drop in tonight at Good Harbor Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes Natl Lakeshore. This beach is 10 minutes south of Whaleback Inn, and a place we often send guests for the sunset (Van's Beach is amazing too!). Sunrise at our place on North Lake Leelanau, with coffee on our porch, sunset after dinner on Lake Michigan. Have you booked for summer yet? https://secure.thinkreservations.com/whalebackinn/reservations

Coffee out on the ice this morning - a beautiful start!
01/21/2020

Coffee out on the ice this morning - a beautiful start!

The lake is very beautiful in its stillness today!
01/10/2020

The lake is very beautiful in its stillness today!

01/08/2020

When the sun peeks out you head to the beach, no matter the season! We took a break from our hibernation and were so glad we did - what a gorgeous day 🌊☀️
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#beachlife #michiganstyle #lakemichigan #goodharbor #sleepingbeardunes #getoutside #waterdog #lovewhereyoulive

Rare winter chance for some outdoor maintenance - Harper our Red Lab pup demands to tag along and be a part of it.
12/28/2019

Rare winter chance for some outdoor maintenance - Harper our Red Lab pup demands to tag along and be a part of it.

Beautiful morning light shining on the back snowy covered woods at the Whaleback!
12/02/2019

Beautiful morning light shining on the back snowy covered woods at the Whaleback!

Last day of the season and getting ready to hunker down for winter. We had a fantastic season! A huge thanks to our amaz...
11/11/2019

Last day of the season and getting ready to hunker down for winter. We had a fantastic season! A huge thanks to our amazing staff that helped make it all happen, as well as our guests who trust us with providing the base for your vacations, family reunions, weddings and quiet getaways. It’s an interesting business, one you never stop learning in and being challenged in, but the people are what make it rewarding. Reopening on April 10th, 2020!

Come have a relaxing fall or winter getaway in one of our quiet cottage suites that back up to the woods of the Whalebac...
10/26/2019

Come have a relaxing fall or winter getaway in one of our quiet cottage suites that back up to the woods of the Whaleback property. We have plenty of wood for your fireplace so you can cozy up and catch some R&R.
https://whalebackinn.com/rooms/

Sunrise never gets old from this place. Here's to the start of a fresh week!
10/25/2019

Sunrise never gets old from this place. Here's to the start of a fresh week!

Good morning from the shore at the Whaleback Inn! The docks may be out for the season, we may not be swimming, but there...
10/22/2019

Good morning from the shore at the Whaleback Inn! The docks may be out for the season, we may not be swimming, but there is still plenty of beauty to be had in rising with the sun over North Lake Leelanau.

10/16/2019

Lady Lake Michigan is expressing herself today!

One mile south of the Whaleback, a nice little tree tunnel on M-22. C’mon up and see it, and all the rest of beautiful N...
10/13/2019

One mile south of the Whaleback, a nice little tree tunnel on M-22. C’mon up and see it, and all the rest of beautiful Northern Michigan that is special in every season and in all types of weather.

Happy October! We put away the Paddlesports rentals for the season today, but the docks are still out until October 20th...
10/01/2019

Happy October! We put away the Paddlesports rentals for the season today, but the docks are still out until October 20th so you can enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the water in a lounge chair!

Thanks for all the summer love with the new endeavor into kayaks and paddle board rentals. Lots of guests were able to experience North Lake Leelanau in a whole new way - paddling up the Leland River or kayaking through different bays.

It’s time for fall color and it looks like we should have a fantastic show - give us a call to book your stay for October!!

Or book online: www.whalebackinn.com

Good morning from the Whaleback!
09/26/2019

Good morning from the Whaleback!

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1757 N Manitou Trl. W # M-22
Leland, MI
49654

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Beautiful Lakefront Lodging in Leland, MI! Visiting the Leelanau Peninsula? Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two, a family vacation, or an alternative to your typical hotel or motel lodging; the Whaleback Inn in Leland, Michigan is for you. We are located in Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula (north of Traverse City). The Inn is situated on a hill overlooking North Lake Leelanau for spectacular year round views of our 200 feet of private frontage and beyond. The Whaleback Inn is so named because we sit at the base of the Whaleback Sand Dune. Among the five wooded acres are fourteen well appointed lake-view rooms, a free standing cottage and three cottage suites as well as two docks for your swimming and boating enjoyment. Our team truly hopes to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and that you will return often! The Team at Whaleback

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Beautiful Lakefront Lodging in Leland, MI!

Visiting the Leelanau Peninsula? Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two, a family vacation, or an alternative to your typical hotel or motel lodging; the Whaleback Inn in Leland, Michigan is for you. We are located in Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula (north of Traverse City). The Inn is situated on a hill overlooking North Lake Leelanau for spectacular year round views of our 200 feet of private frontage and beyond. The Whaleback Inn is so named because we sit at the base of the Whaleback Sand Dune. Among the five wooded acres are fourteen well appointed lake-view rooms, a free standing cottage and three cottage suites as well as two docks for your swimming and boating enjoyment.

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A month or so ago, my wife was after me about what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. I told her that with COVID-19 concerns, what can we do that would be safe? I told her that we could just wait til next year (spoken like a true Cubs fan) and hopefully, things will be better. Then, as I was scrolling thru my newsfeed on Facebook, I saw some beautiful photos of The Whaleback Inn that were posted on my friend's page. I fell immediately in love with the idea of traveling to Leland, Michigan to explore this area. The Whaleback Inn was the perfect stay for us. Clean, friendly, safe, helpful, beautiful, cozy - just lovely all around. The inn keepers were happy to see us and they (and the owners) responded to email inquiries about things to do and see. They had recommendations for us about places to eat, drink, and hiking trails, too. This trip will become an annual trip for sure. I hate to tell you all how great it was because it might book up and then I'll be stuck going to visit the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota or something far less spectacular. Do yourselves a favor, get your b***y up to Leland and tell them, The Hoovers sent you. Thanks for a warm and friendly visit to the mit! See you soon.
My Wife an I have been trying to reach you to book a room. The email and phone is not connecting. Are you still open?
Looking to be a beautiful day here at the Whaleback!
Thank you Drew and Nichole for your hospitality. Our ladies felt very well taken care of.
Lisa Pefley Sundman Check out Whaleback Inn
Such a wonderful place. Loved the cottage suite. Highly recommend. Wake up early and catch that beautiful sunrise.