Whaleback Inn

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

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

04/25/2020

A little sun today makes a big difference and has us thinking about summertime and finding our peace, chatting and hanging with our guests at the lake. Now is a great time to plan a July or August getaway and enjoy the best of Northern Michigan summer sun.

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 are offering limited lodging opportunities, in accordance with Michigan’s most recent Executive Order, for immune com...
03/30/2020
Leland Michigan Lakefront Lodging, Leelanau County Hotel, Leland MI

We are offering limited lodging opportunities, in accordance with Michigan’s most recent Executive Order, for immune compromised, or other individuals seeking shelter from the adverse effects of COVID-19 due to being a necessary service worker. We are offering only 4 units of our 18, that do have kitchens, from April 1 until April 30, expecting our Governor to follow the latest National travel expectations for that period.
The minimum stay is 7 nights. The maximum stay is 29 nights. Prices are by the night. No long term lodging available beyond 29 days. It is mandatory that food and supplies are brought from your location, and/or local food and supplies are arranged for pickup from a local purveyor in our area (outside of necessary medical workers please self-quarantine). In addition, regular housekeeping will not be offered during this time period to protect workers and guests. Visit www.whalebackinn.com for further details and to see a reiteration of our State Executive Order regarding hotel accommodations and increased attention toward cleaning procedures. Stay healthy.

As for summer - we will recover and we can’t wait to see you all!

Beautiful, lakefront lodging on five wooded acres on the famed Leelanau Peninsula at the base of Whaleback Sand Dune, the very best of Leland MI Lodging!

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!

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Fishtown, and we’re just a mile south. Come enjoy this view from The Cove, have a bit...
09/25/2019

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Fishtown, and we’re just a mile south. Come enjoy this view from The Cove, have a bite and a drink, then enjoy our views of North Lake Leelanau from your own lakeview room!!

Introducing October Whaleback Wine Wednesdays! For the dates of October 2nd, 9th and 16th all guests are invited to enjo...
09/23/2019

Introducing October Whaleback Wine Wednesdays!
For the dates of October 2nd, 9th and 16th all guests are invited to enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine on the porch (or mosey down to the dock)! We'll be pouring Fishtown White and Harbor Red from our friends over at Good Harbor Vineyards. Book your dates now for a nice fall evening with a beautiful view and good conversation with your favorite people! C'mon - don't you deserve it?

https://secure.thinkreservations.com/whalebackinn/reservations

New heavyweight crew neck sweatshirts at the gift shop! Alpine Green, white embroidered logo. Cozy and stylish!Will also...
09/20/2019

New heavyweight crew neck sweatshirts at the gift shop! Alpine Green, white embroidered logo. Cozy and stylish!
Will also ship to past guests, email: [email protected]!

When it’s 80 degrees in September, you take the afternoon off and enjoy the lake. It was Harper’s first dock day and pad...
09/18/2019

When it’s 80 degrees in September, you take the afternoon off and enjoy the lake. It was Harper’s first dock day and paddle boarding experience. She wasn’t so sure at first, but she got the hang of it 😂

We recently posted an homage to Larry Glass and his family after he passed away. The Glass family owned Whaleback Inn se...
09/06/2019

We recently posted an homage to Larry Glass and his family after he passed away. The Glass family owned Whaleback Inn several years ago and were (and are) known for being pillars in the Leland community. We happened upon the estate sale this morning and were able to recover an original Whaleback door that they had used as an entrance to their master bedroom. The door was taken from 1 of the 2 cottages (Hilda or Myrtle), that once stood where our Southernmost building currently stands (housing units 17-25). What an honor to be able to purchase this piece, display it (in a yet to be determined location), and honor an amazing family all at once. We are very grateful for this full circle experience.

The Inn has a new helper. Owners Drew & Nichole couldn’t turn down their kiddos on this little one. Harper is an English...
09/05/2019

The Inn has a new helper. Owners Drew & Nichole couldn’t turn down their kiddos on this little one. Harper is an English Lab and you might see her following one of us around the property from time to time. She is very curious and very friendly.

Summer is still happening at the Whaleback 🌞
08/23/2019

Summer is still happening at the Whaleback 🌞

We have fantastic Innkeepers and fantastic guests!
07/31/2019

We have fantastic Innkeepers and fantastic guests!

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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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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.