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Walloon Lake Inn History

Constructed in 1891, a quaint country inn on the shores of a pristine Northern Michigan lake opened its doors to travelers who trekked for hundreds of miles to enjoy the beauty of the jewel that lay before them – Walloon Lake.

Called Fern Cottage, the Inn was a destination for many visitors and also served as a docking point for the steamboats that would take the travelers to hotels or to their cottages on the lake.  Renamed the Walloon Lake Inn in 1981, the Inn operated as a bed and breakfast as well as a restaurant.

Today the Walloon Lake Inn is a unique upscale restaurant, which was totally renovated in 2014. It is a popular destination for people seeking a unique dining experience with a reputation of fantastic food, lovely atmosphere and superb service.


History of The Varnish Room

A lakeside private dining room dedicated to the history and heritage of Walloon Lake. From varnished mahogany walls to brass and leather detailing, every element of The Varnish Room was hand-selected to reflect the beauty and care of the stunning and historic wooden hull boats found on Walloon Lake.
Added in 2021, The Varnish Room is located on the upper level of Walloon Lake Inn and boasts breath taking views of Walloon Lake in every season. To host a private event or multi-course tasting, please visit the link below.

From the Designer

"Designed to capture the spirit of Walloon Lake, steeped in a rich history of boat-making, boating, and lakeside living, the Varnish Room has one of the most unique interiors you might ever find.
Every wall in the private dining space is covered in hand-crafted and finished nautical-grade mahogany.  The spaces transport guests to a different era without feeling old-fashioned and overly decorated. Instead, rich wood and leather create an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming. 
Every room has a distinct atmosphere- the bar, the dining room, the sitting room, corridor, even the uniquely appointed powder rooms are conversation-starters. The men's bath features a framed collection of dozens of colorful antique bow-ties. Multiple patterned wallpapers decorate the walls, and marble and brass sconces line the corridor leading to the bar."

Kathryn Chaplow, Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design Owner

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