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!

We are so proud of our friends at Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse for bringing their vision to fruition!! Try your hand at...
05/15/2019

We are so proud of our friends at Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse for bringing their vision to fruition!! Try your hand at curling when you visit this summer, and finish with a kick ass meal and cold beverage in their restaurant. A Northern Michigan experience you won’t find anywhere else #eatdrinkcurl

New Whaleback stickers in! Rock one to show your love of Leland and commemorate your stay with us. Works great on the ve...
05/04/2019

New Whaleback stickers in! Rock one to show your love of Leland and commemorate your stay with us. Works great on the vehicle, a water bottle, a car topper or just about anywhere, thanks to durable all weather vinyl.

We want to thank local teacher and wood worker extraordinaire Jeremy Peplinski for the gorgeous new picnic table for the...
05/03/2019

We want to thank local teacher and wood worker extraordinaire Jeremy Peplinski for the gorgeous new picnic table for the Maple House. Locals, if you are looking for a picnic table or Adirondack chairs he’s your guy!

04/26/2019

A dreamy start to our Friday morning, coffee by the glassy lake. Later today, a gale warning. Gotta love Spring☀️💨☀️

New in the gift shop: remember your stay by sporting a retro key fob of your favorite Whaleback room!
04/24/2019

New in the gift shop: remember your stay by sporting a retro key fob of your favorite Whaleback room!

Just put an order in for some fresh apparel for the gift shop! Also coming soon, high quality Whaleback vinyl decals, ne...
04/23/2019

Just put an order in for some fresh apparel for the gift shop! Also coming soon, high quality Whaleback vinyl decals, new coffee mugs and neoprene beer koozies!

Getting ready for you 😉
04/22/2019

Getting ready for you 😉

It’s Friday!! The ice is officially off the lake, the sun is shining and we’re only 2 weeks from Leelanau Peninsula ...
04/19/2019

It’s Friday!! The ice is officially off the lake, the sun is shining and we’re only 2 weeks from Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Spring Sip and Savor event! Come stay with us and get 2 nights in a lake view double queen room, two tickets to the event, a bottle of Good Harbor Vineyards Fishtown White, and two Whaleback Inn wine glasses for only $359 (+tax). Must call to book to get the discount 231-256-9090 ☀️🍷☀️🍷

Leland survived winter yet again!!!Time for you to come hang out :)
04/12/2019

Leland survived winter yet again!!!
Time for you to come hang out :)

Leland is OPEN!!! Come celebrate “Opening Day” with us! EAT/DRINK at Village Cheese Shanty, The Leland Lodge and The Bluebird Restaurant & Tavern ~ SHOP at many downtown businesses!

Counting down to the ice melt - hopefully we can post a photo later today or tomorrow showing North Lake Leelanau opened...
04/08/2019

Counting down to the ice melt - hopefully we can post a photo later today or tomorrow showing North Lake Leelanau opened up. Spring you are welcome here!!

Whaleback Inn's cover photo
03/24/2019

Whaleback Inn's cover photo

Whaleback Inn
03/24/2019

Whaleback Inn

We love our Leelanau beaches, but when we are worn out from winter in Northern Michigan, we have to seek out these blues...
03/23/2019

We love our Leelanau beaches, but when we are worn out from winter in Northern Michigan, we have to seek out these blues elsewhere. Coming our way soon...☀️

One of the fun things we have been working on over the winter is a brand refresh and new logo (bottom right), designed b...
03/18/2019

One of the fun things we have been working on over the winter is a brand refresh and new logo (bottom right), designed by our friend Chelsea at The Conscious Entrepreneur, with a nod to the iconic dune our inn sits on. Coming soon to t-shirts, hats, etc. What do you think?
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#freshnewlook #lelandmi #leelanau #upnorth #lakelife #comestay #vacation #mittenlove #michigan #onthelake #lakeleelanau #lovewhereyoulive

Facebook memories dished this one up this morning - taken by Drew on this date 4 years ago, very close to midnight on th...
03/17/2019

Facebook memories dished this one up this morning - taken by Drew on this date 4 years ago, very close to midnight on the ice on North Lake Leelanau. Let’s hope we get some spectacular Aurora’s this spring!

This is us. 13 years ago in a hammock in Honduras. We were seriously considering selling everything and buying a glass b...
03/15/2019

This is us. 13 years ago in a hammock in Honduras. We were seriously considering selling everything and buying a glass bottom boat that was for sale down the beach and living happily, simply ever after.

But we didn’t. And here we are, somehow finding ourselves owners of a beautiful lakefront inn in a decidedly colder location. But just as happy (most of the time).

Happy Friday everybody, and cheers to all the strange and wonderful places life takes us. It’s all about who’s along for the ride.
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#friday #fridaymood #thisisus #dreamers #doers #hammocklove #roatan #wishwewerethere

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy,...
03/12/2019

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~Marcus Aurelius

It was a balmy 5 degrees this morning and we still have SO much snow, but the sun is shining and Spring will eventually ...
03/08/2019

It was a balmy 5 degrees this morning and we still have SO much snow, but the sun is shining and Spring will eventually arrive (it will, right???). We are so excited to shake off the Winter and re-open next month, snow or not. We can’t wait to see y’all ☀️❄️☀️❄️☀️

So excited to unbox this beauty from local artist Dani Knoph - she’s ready to be hung above the fireplace in the offic...
02/28/2019

So excited to unbox this beauty from local artist Dani Knoph - she’s ready to be hung above the fireplace in the office to greet guests when we open in April 🙌🏼

We got a beautiful new print of Fishtown for the Innkeeper’s quarters. This is from The Wooden Gallery in Traverse Cit...
02/26/2019

We got a beautiful new print of Fishtown for the Innkeeper’s quarters. This is from The Wooden Gallery in Traverse City where they actually transfer an image onto wood through a process called acrylic emulsion. No glass is needed so there is no glare and there is a built in UV protection.

Two days in a row of sunshine feels like bliss around these parts this time of year. It even inspired Drew to grab his 1...
02/20/2019

Two days in a row of sunshine feels like bliss around these parts this time of year. It even inspired Drew to grab his 10-year-old Nikon D90 and his new tripod for a walk at Van’s Beach. We’re so glad he did! We ❤️ this lovely place we get to live, even in Winter ❄️🌅🐳
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#sunsets #winter #leland #leelanau #lelandmi #lakemichigan #puremichigan #lovewhereyoulive #mittenlove #michigander #livethedream

We are so excited to have been nominated for the MyNorth Red Hot Best in the Hotel/Inn/Resort with a View category! If y...
02/16/2019

We are so excited to have been nominated for the MyNorth Red Hot Best in the Hotel/Inn/Resort with a View category! If you love our view we would LOVE your vote! PRO TIP: you don’t have to vote in every category. You can scroll down to places, find our category and vote, and submit it. Thank you for your time ❤️🙏🏼❤️ http://bestof.mynorth.com

02/13/2019

We love our winter guests ❤️🦌❄️

We agree!
02/09/2019

We agree!

We’re so happy to have Leelanau Books in Leland!

From the scrapbook: The Grandview Inn with rooms starting at $3.50 per day (in what is now the Innkeeper’s quarters) a...
02/08/2019

From the scrapbook: The Grandview Inn with rooms starting at $3.50 per day (in what is now the Innkeeper’s quarters) and $45.00 per week for your own cabin. Linens were not furnished but the beds did have innerspring mattresses and they make note that it is an anti-hay fever area.

Post polar vortex giddiness-inducing beauty of a day today ❄️☀️❄️☀️❄️
02/01/2019

Post polar vortex giddiness-inducing beauty of a day today ❄️☀️❄️☀️❄️

Little more shoveling the grounds then it’s time for an office day with a cozy fire.
01/31/2019

Little more shoveling the grounds then it’s time for an office day with a cozy fire.

Let’s focus more on the summer photo!Today is National Plan for Vacation Day. It is intended to encourage Americans to...
01/29/2019

Let’s focus more on the summer photo!
Today is National Plan for Vacation Day.
It is intended to encourage Americans to commit to your time off from work. Whether you’re staying at Whaleback Inn or not (we hope you do, of course), it’s a great reminder that we all need and deserve vacation and some rest and relaxation as a part of our lives.
Get to planning!!☀️😎

Northern Michigan kids are a hearty bunch! This is our 11-year-old son, Eli, pitching in on the shoveling after the snow...
01/25/2019

Northern Michigan kids are a hearty bunch! This is our 11-year-old son, Eli, pitching in on the shoveling after the snowstorm. This is what it means to be a family business, even when it’s bitter cold outside. Stay warm and have a great weekend, friends ❄️
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#winter #babyitscoldoutside #familybusiness #leelanau #leland #michigander #friday #tgif #michigan #winterwonderland

From the scrapbook: a picture of the main house (Innkeeper’s quarters) which was originally a vacation home in the ear...
01/19/2019

From the scrapbook: a picture of the main house (Innkeeper’s quarters) which was originally a vacation home in the early 1900’s.
It’s amazing how well it has held up, as the last photo is today.

We are getting a lot of calls from folks' asking about things to do in the area when visiting. We love to help answer th...
01/17/2019

We are getting a lot of calls from folks' asking about things to do in the area when visiting. We love to help answer those questions anytime and enjoy recommending some of our own personal favorite restaurants, beaches and dune hikes!

The Leland Chamber does a fantastic job as a resource for events and ideas for activities as well. Here is a link to their website: http://www.lelandmi.com/things-to-do/

We have added a 'Book Now' button directly on our page which will take you to our booking engine to check availability and secure your stay this spring, summer or fall!

Fresh ice forming over North Lake Leelanau.With the temperature change you can hear it making some very interesting soun...
01/13/2019

Fresh ice forming over North Lake Leelanau.
With the temperature change you can hear it making some very interesting sounds as it forms. It reminds us that this place is beautiful and unique in each season.

Happy 2019 to all! Cheers to a new year and new beginnings 🥂 The inn is closed and things are peaceful and snow-cover...
01/04/2019

Happy 2019 to all! Cheers to a new year and new beginnings 🥂 The inn is closed and things are peaceful and snow-covered, and this evening we were treated to some beautiful winter sunset skies. We are working on small projects and updates and can’t wait to welcome you all starting in April. Reserve online or call to get your stay in the books ❄️

The snow has decided to help us usher out our season in the most lovely way. We are closing for the winter and filled wi...
11/11/2018

The snow has decided to help us usher out our season in the most lovely way. We are closing for the winter and filled with gratitude for every guest who visited in our first season as the new owners of the Whaleback Inn. You have all been incredibly kind and patient and full of encouragement and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now we will rest and reflect, enjoy some family time, and plan for ways to make next year even better 🐳❄️🐳❄️🐳

Someone just really wants to play in the snow...
11/10/2018

Someone just really wants to play in the snow...

Happy Halloween from the Whaleback Inn! What a gorgeous day. We took our dog for a hike at @leelanauconservancy Whalebac...
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween from the Whaleback Inn! What a gorgeous day. We took our dog for a hike at @leelanauconservancy Whaleback Natural Area this morning and now we are working on putting away all the porch and yard furniture in preparation for the slow, cold season ahead. Tonight we trick-or-treat with our kiddos in our sweet little hometown as our varsity soccer team plays in the state semi-finals (GO @lelandboyssoccer!!). We sure do love our little community and all the natural beauty we are surrounded by 💜
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#halloween #pumpkin #fall #leelanau #leland #lelandmi #lovewhereyoulive #mittenlove

Fun fact - Nichole (Whaleback Inn Co-owner) is a masters rower at Lake Leelanau Rowing Club and this photo is of her and...
10/25/2018

Fun fact - Nichole (Whaleback Inn Co-owner) is a masters rower at Lake Leelanau Rowing Club and this photo is of her and her crew leaving the dock, (bagpipes, mist on the water, sun rising - dreamy, right?) for their gold-medal-winning race last October at the Leelanau Chase regatta hosted by our friends at Fountain Point Resort. This weekend she is racing again and we are hosting rowers at the inn from far and away who are coming to row in the most picturesque regatta around. If you are local, come on out to Fountain Point Resort to cheer on the rowers and see what this great sport is all about!
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#rowing #rowinglife #regatta #lakeleelanau #lakelife #getit #leelanau #puremichigan #mittenlove #lovewhereyoulive

Moon shining bright over the lake tonight!
10/25/2018

Moon shining bright over the lake tonight!

How we, and our guests, start the mornings at the Whaleback Inn - with a hot cup of local, organic and fair trade Higher...
10/20/2018

How we, and our guests, start the mornings at the Whaleback Inn - with a hot cup of local, organic and fair trade Higher Grounds Trading Co. coffee ☕️

It was a crazy day of wind, rain, sleet, and even a few glimpses of sunshine - aka typical Fall in Michigan weather. The...
10/15/2018

It was a crazy day of wind, rain, sleet, and even a few glimpses of sunshine - aka typical Fall in Michigan weather. Then as the sun was setting we were treated to this amazing sky ☀️🌦🌨❄️💨🌅
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#autumn #sky #cloudart #fall #puremichogan #leland #lelandmi #leelanau #lovewhereyoulive #lakelife @ Whaleback Inn

I know we post a lot of sunrise pictures but THAT SKY 💥.....#sunrise #morningmotivation #friday #fridayvibes #puremic...
09/21/2018

I know we post a lot of sunrise pictures but THAT SKY 💥
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#sunrise #morningmotivation #friday #fridayvibes #puremichigan #leelanaucounty #leland #lakeleelanau #lakelife #upwiththesun #views #michigan #mittenlove #lovewhereyoulive

A quick dip to cool off between cleaning and picking kids up from school on this last hot day of Summer. Swimming from o...
09/17/2018

A quick dip to cool off between cleaning and picking kids up from school on this last hot day of Summer. Swimming from our dock is pretty fantastic ☀️🌊🏊🏼‍♀️
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#byebyesummer #lakelife #lakeleelanau #puremichigan #leelanau #leelanaucounty #leland #whalebackinn #wheretostay #visitmichigan #mittenstate #mittenlove #lovewhereyoulive

09/16/2018

Last few mornings the fog rollers over the lake have been beautiful

A new bike rack for our guests for the back of the property. We got a hand from our talented eleven year old who loves t...
09/14/2018

A new bike rack for our guests for the back of the property. We got a hand from our talented eleven year old who loves to help around the grounds. Fall is a great time to hit the trails in Northern Michigan! If you haven’t tried the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail yet, we will make a great home base for your next adventure 😉
We still have some weekday availability: www.whalebackinn.com

Address

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

General information

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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