When on vacation, FUN is something that everyone wants to have! Fortunately, the Whitehall & Montague area offers a variety of opportunities for fun for our lakeside hotel guests. It doesn’t matter if you’re here on business, with your significant other or with your family. There’s something for everyone!
If you’re an adventure seeker, the outdoors of West Michigan is an exciting place to explore. Go kayaking on the White River, schedule a charter fishing excursion or hit the sand dunes on a guided tour!
While staying at the Weathervane Inn, many couples delight in taking in a play or musical at the local Howmet Playhouse or the Frauenthal in Muskegon. There are free music concerts just down the road at the White Lake Community Music Shell too. Families also have lots to do around White Lake. Michigan’s Adventure, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm and the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex cater perfectly to children and the whole family.
Below are some of our favorite activities and events to take in throughout the area. You can also visit the local Visitor’s Center or ask the team at our lake front hotel for more information on these activities and more. We’d be glad to help you enjoy our beautiful home!
The Muskegon Winter Complex offers fun-filled winter sports for individuals, families and groups. Choose from snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, hockey, sledding and even luging on a track that was designed by an Olympian! There are over 1.5 acres of ice and over 15k of ski trails! Season passes available.
With more than 60 rides and attractions, Michigan’s Adventure is a paradise for kids and adults alike. Try Shivering Timbers, the world famous wooden coaster, or Thunderhawk, Michigan’s first suspended looping coaster. There are also tube slides, three wave pools, body slides and kiddie rides. Call (231) 766-3377 or visit the website for directions, hours and rates.
The Historic Howmet Theater has been presenting fine entertainment to the Whitehall area and beyond since 1916. Only a few minutes drive from our lakeside inn, the playhouse offers amazing music concerts, movie nights and both classic and modern plays. The whole family will find something to appreciate at the Howmet Playhouse.
From June through August every Tuesday evening at 7:30, the White Lake Community Music Shell offers amazing concerts on the stunning shores of White Lake. Listen to folk, country, swing, jazz and select international groups. You won’t even have to get into your car because the band shell is walking distance from our lake-front hotel!
Located south of White Lake in Muskegon, Craig’s Cruisers has a variety of fun activities from go-karts and kiddie karts to bumper boats and batting cages. Take a break and enjoy a slice at the brand new pizza lounge, then get back to the entertainment in the huge game room or on mini-golf island!
Open May through October, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm is a 700 acre family farm in New Era Michigan—15 minutes from the hotel. Each season offers something new and fun to enjoy. You can hang out with the animals, navigate the corn maze or go for a hay ride. There’s always yummy baked goods and fresh produce too!
Just an 80 minute drive from the Weathervane Inn is one of the best casinos in Michigan. Open 24/7, Manistee’s Little River Casino offers Craps, Black Jack, Let It Ride Bonus, Slots, Roulette and Caribbean Stud Poker. There’s also a six table poker room with Texas Hold ‘Em, 7-Card Stud and more.
The sand dunes of Silver Lake are a natural wonder on the Lake Michigan coastline. Enjoy these ever-changing sand rifts with someone who understands their history and environment by taking a dune ride tour with Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. The tour takes you right over the breath-taking dunes to the shores of Lake Michigan.
The Frauenthal is a center dedicated to every kind of art in the West Michigan area. With two theaters, two rehearsal halls, a visual arts gallery and more, the center offers ongoing musicals, symphony concerts, theater performances and art exhibitions. Visit The Frauenthal website to view a calendar of events.
History buffs will love The Great Lakes Naval Memorial Museum in Muskegon. Tour the USS Silversides—a real WWII submarine—or the prohibition-era U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane. The latter is one of the last in existence. Don’t forget to check out the maritime museum and gift shop as well!
Like many towns along the lakeshore, Montague has a rich history in logging and lumber. Of course, we also have a history of Weathervanes! Learn all about it and view a dress worn by Montague’s own 1961 Miss America at the Montague City Museum. Just a few minutes from the Weathervane Inn.
One of the best known fine arts camps in the country, Blue Lake offers summer arts programs and instruction to young adults. The camp also hosts a season full of ballets, concerts, theater, international performances and more in a beautiful outdoor setting at the Stewart Music Shell.
Just across the street from our lake-front hotel in the Moxie Marine building, you can rent kayaks, SUPs (stand up paddle boards) and bikes from White Lake Excursions. There are plenty, of rivers, lakes and bike trails in the area to explore. For hours and rates, call 231-751-5673.
You’re in control of your adventure when you rent a kayak, canoe, tube or raft from Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery and enjoy a day on the Nationally Designated Scenic White River. The river flows 3 – 5 mph and averages 2 – 4 feet in depth with a sandy bottom. Great for families and groups!
Catch big lake trout or salmon out on the open water, or fish closer inland and snag pike, walleye, perch, bass or pan fish. Shelley Lee Charters offers two boats to choose from and a captain with more than 20 years of experience in charter fishing. They can customize your trip to fit your needs.
From June through August, fish salmon and trout on Lake Michigan with Lucky Hat Charters. Each trip can take a maximum of six clients, and most trips last a standard of four hours. All equipment is provided, and fish cleaning is even included after your trip!
Enjoy an exciting chartered fishing trip on one of West Michigan’s beautiful natural bodies of water. You can head out on White River for steelhead, troll day or night on White Lake or Muskegon Lake for walleye and bass, or fish for northern and pan fish on various other lakes in the area.
Enjoy a relaxing boat ride and some exciting fishing on Lake Michigan. Based in Grand Haven, Evolution Charters will take you out on one of their fully equipped yachts for a full fishing experience. You can even enjoy your catch on the same day because Evolution Charters also provides professional fish cleaning.
Getaway offers fishing trips on their world-class charter boats, fully equipped with everything you’ll need to catch a delicious dinner. Head out on Lake Michigan to fish for Coho or King Salmon and Brown or Lake Trout, or opt for a relaxing guided river tour to catch salmon and steelhead.
With a full line of apparel and equipment, great short game practice and PGA professional lessons, the 18 hole course at Stonegate Golf Club of Twin Lake is one of the premier golf courses on the lakeshore. You can even enjoy a meal at their Stonegate Bar & Grille. Group golfing packages and catering options are also available.
Old Channel Trail Golf Course
8242 Old Channel Trail
Public 27 hole championship golf course nestled against the Lake Michigan shoreline. Amenities include: professional practice center with driving range and practice holes. Full line golf shop. Picnic area.
At Lincoln Golf Club, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy playing on a mature course with fast, beautifully-manicured greens. Fairways are plush and wide, and you’ll encounter water hazards on six holes in addition to a number of sand bunkers. Two putting greens and practice facilities are also offered.
Only 15 miles north of our lakeside hotel is the 65-year-old family operated Rainbow Ranch. Private and group horseback rides and riding lessons are all offered to both children and adults. Hay rides and sleigh rides can be scheduled with reservations. There’s something fun to do during every season of the year at Rainbow Ranch!