Things to do in Whitehall MI and the White Lake Area

We had never heard of Whitehall or Montague when we accidently happened upon this area in 2009. But we felt a comfort that is hard to describe, and ascribe, to any one aspect about the community. Perhaps it was the two pretty towns on opposite sides of a river.  Perhaps it was the nostalgia of the buildings or the down-to-earth feel of the place or the friendliness of the people. Whatever it was, it made us interested in moving here – so we did!  We’re thrilled to call Whitehall home and invite you to experience all the wonderful things to do in Whitehall and the surrounding area.  To plan your stay, take a look at The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, as well as follow direct links to areas of interest below. We look forward to welcoming you in person to this beautiful area! Greg and Debi, innkeepers.

Discover Things to Do in Whitehall MI and the Area

Here you can enjoy outdoor adventure, shopping, arts and entertainment, plus great dining! Visit pristine parks and trails, including our excellent bike trails! Enjoy a day at the beach at Duck Lake State Park, or rent kayaks or canoes for a paddle down White River. Within a half hour’s drive you’ll find roller coasters, water parks, horseback riding, golf, and so much more. The White Lake Area also offers many artistic and cultural opportunities including live theater, festivals, and galleries. Enjoy a play right next door at the The Playhouse at White Lake, or take in some history at the White River Light Station & Museum. Looking to enjoy live entertainment? Be sure to visit us for the annual West Michigan Wine & Jazz Festival! We look forward to sharing our nostalgic little town with you.

Craft Beer

Craft beer lovers, rejoice! You don’t have to travel far to enjoy craft beer, you don’t even have to drive! Our locally owned microbrewery, Fetch Brewing Company, is within walking distance. Order up a pint – Innkeeper Debi recommends their Tree Stump Stout, Greg would tell you to go for the Riptide Rye. Both urge you to hurry up and Fetch ya some! Down the street, belly up to the bar at Pub One Eleven for a local brew. Can’t choose? Wander back and forth while you take in the jams – both frequently offer live music, including innkeeper Greg, he’s an accomplished saxophonist with several gigs scheduled at Pub 111 over the summer!  North Grove Brewers and Sawyers Brewing Co. in Montague as well as Pigeon Hill Brewing and Unruly Brewing Co. in Muskegon also deserve a visit!

Culture

Want to enjoy an evening at the theater but don’t want to drive around forever looking for a parking spot? The Lewis House Bed & Breakfast is proud to have the 105 year old The Playhouse at White Lake for a next door neighbor. It recently underwent a $4 million renovation so it’s even more magnificent! You don’t even have to cross the street! Hanging out with the neighbors has never been more fun! Looking for more live entertainment? Visit The Montague-Whitehall Rotary Band Shell. The Arts Council of White Lake sponsors free concerts every Tuesday during the summer.

White River Light Station & Museum

This is a historic lighthouse built in 1875 and home to a wonderful maritime museum. Climbing old spiral stairs will take you to the light and view of Lake Michigan and White Lake. The White River Light Station serves as a reminder of the vast nautical history of the area. Browse 19th and early 20th century photographs and examine their collection of nautical artifacts.

Winter

Let the Lewis House B&B serve as your home base as you explore your inner Olympian. Start with an exhilarating slide down the luge track at The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, cross country ski or snow shoe thru the snow covered sand dunes, or try ice skating! All within a 25 minutes drive of the lovely Lewis House Bed and Breakfast!

Great Places to Eat!

There’s a culinary experience for every palate in the White Lake Area. Both Montague and Whitehall feature a range of dining experiences, from ice cream shops to waterfront dining. We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone! The area is also home to number of breweries and pubs. The Muskegon Farmer’s Market is worth a visit too! Taste your way through downtown Montague and Whitehall, check out our chamber’s complete list of places to eat!

White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

For more information on what to see and do, be sure to visit our local chamber of commerce website. It’s full of great info to plan your getaway, including an amazing video and photo gallery page that really shows off the beauty of the area. See you soon!

From Our Guests: Beautiful Home, Great Location, Awesome hosts!After a day at Silver Lakes sand dunes, we stayed at the BEAUTIFUL Lewis House Bed & Breakfast. The home is wonderfully restored, you want to spend time in each room taking in the history and the decor. We stayed in the Corner Room and it was wonderful. The bathroom is like a spa. Debi & Greg are great hosts, many small thoughtful amenities, fantastic breakfast and easy access in and out of the house. Home is in a great location, walking distance to town, restaurants and the water. We’ve stayed in many B&B’s and this one is right there at the top!

The Lewis House

The Lewis House survives today as a beautiful example of 19th century architecture and a reflection on Whitehall’s lumber boom days. It’s the largest late Victorian house in Whitehall and a well-known landmark in the community being one of the stopping points along the White Lake Historic Walking Tour. People in the area view it as one of the most important local historic treasures. For Jim Staples, neighbor and descendent of lumbering families, the historical significance of the Lewis House is unmistakable: “The Lewis House is the home of one of the four great families in Whitehall in its heyday – the Covells, the Hinchmans, the Lewises and the Staples. It is a still standing structure, which reflects White Lake’s golden years of the past. It is a clear anchor to the unofficial, but distinct historic district in Whitehall, and of the three homes of the prominent families still standing of that golden age, it is the most magnificent.”