Elvyn Lea Lodge (pronounced "Elvin Lee" Lodge) occupies a unique niche in northern Michigan lodging, hosting gatherings of people coming together with a shared purpose. Its floor plan and size allow for exclusive use by a single group, resulting in an environment that is entirely private and optimal for deepening relationships and fostering a sense of community. Guests enjoy comfortable accommodations with a choice of room types, food service on site, and two lounge areas in an historic lodge with original pine walls and log-beamed ceiling. With twenty rooms and capacity of approximately eighty guests, the lodge can easily accommodate motorcoach and bus tours. The resort communities of Boyne City, Walloon Village, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and East Jordan are just a short drive away. Elvyn Lea provides an ideal "home base" for those wanting to explore all that northern Michigan has to offer!
The property includes 44 wooded acres with extensive trails, and features a spectacular 1.5 acre event lawn, a natural amphitheater in the forest surrounded by hardwood trees. This beautiful setting provides a dramatic canvas for staging outdoor theater, concerts, and weddings. The lodge and grounds are ideal for educational programs, retreats, and groups of friends, families, and colleagues. Let us help you plan your northern Michigan experience with entertainment, special meals, local adventures, and other delightful activities that everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come. The privacy and natural beauty of our property, its location in the heart of northern Michigan resort country, and the wide range of experiences that we can provide make Elvyn Lea Lodge an ideal destination for groups with interests including:
Family Reunions & Celebrations with Friends
Enjoy privacy and precious time together with those you hold most dear
as you celebrate life’s important occasions and vacations in northern Michigan together.
•Family reunions •Weddings •Special occasions •Church retreats •Hobby weekends •Alumni gatherings
Arts Workshops & Performances
Northern Michigan is rich with artistic talent! Listen to music, storytelling, spoken poetry,
and other entertainment. Learn a craft or expand your skills at a workshop. If you have
longed to expand and develop your creativity, talk to us about performances and learning
opportunities to inspire you and open the doors to new possibilities.
•Visual arts (including photography, painting, drawing, and quilting) •Fiber arts (knitting, weaving, spinning) •Writing (poetry, song, narrative, nature, folklore, children’s) •Music performances, “open mic” events, concerts and festivals •Guitar and songwriting workshops •Film screenings •Festivals, art and antique fairs nearby
Experience the beauty of northern Michigan through the many recreational activities available. Explore the inland lakes, rivers and back roads of northern Michigan, viewing the gorgeous natural scenery all around you. Ride a bike or a horse, or simply go on foot. With 44 acres and extensive trails on site, spring flowers, fall colors, farm fields, birds, deer, and other wildlife are just outside our doors. Feel the warm sunshine and breathe in the fresh air all around you as you fill your senses with the sights, sounds, and sweet aromas of the Northern Michigan countryside.
•Bicycling •Kayaking, canoeing, rafting •Boat and swimming (lake access and boat rentals available in Walloon Village) •Hiking and snowshoeing •Birdwatching •Night sky viewing •Lawn games
Experience the thriving local foods movement in northern Michigan, where a new generation of dynamic young farmers, many highly trained in organic and sustainable farming methods, is making a difference in the way we eat and enjoy food. As we source many ingredients for our kitchen from area farmers, as well as from our own gardens, you will have opportunities to try fresh local foods while staying here at the lodge. Talk to us about menu items made with area specialties. We can also direct you to area wineries and breweries where you can taste local wine and beer. Best of all are the delicious meals served from our kitchen, allowing you to eat and drink together, enjoying the best of northern Michigan cuisine!
•Farmers markets and farm tours •Farm-to-table meals •Tours of wineries and microbreweries •Cooking classes with visiting chefs and culinary experts •Workshops with naturalists, herbalists, and mushroom experts
Weekend Getaways & Retreats
Relax and unwind in the company of friends. Nurture yourself with good food and conversation around the fire or on the walking trails around the lodge. Breathe in the fresh, clean air of northern Michigan and return home ready to begin anew!
•Yoga, massage and facials available on site •Meditation and spirituality •Walks and quiet recreation in nature •Wine tastings, shopping, galleries, and restaurants nearby •Wellness weekends •Speakers on topics of interest
Nonprofit & Corporate Meetings
Get away from the distractions of the office and home! Focus and bring a fresh perspective to your programs in the quiet, natural environment of the lodge and grounds.
•Board retreats •Strategic planning •Marketing meetings •Leadership training •Seminars and presentations
We can help you plan programs on a variety of topics including local and Michigan history, Native American (sometimes referred to as Odawa, Anishinaabe, or American Indian) and Celtic culture, astronomy, nature, and so much more! If your professional licensure or certification requires continuing education, talk to us about programs that can be brought in for you to fulfill those requirements.
•Demonstrations •Visiting speakers •Local Tours •Training Programs •Hands-on workshops
Contact us today at 231/535-2475 to arrange a tour or plan a visit for your group.