Setting – in Idlewild, Michigan, a National Historic Site
Nestled in the Manistee National Forest, on the edge of pristine Paradise Lake; near Idlewild Lake and close to the Pere Marquette and Pine Rivers. Water sports include fishing, river rafting, canoeing and swimming. Land lovers can golf, take a buggy ride through the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and enjoy our close access to the North Country Hiking Trail. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, winner of Good Morning America’s 2011 contest for “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” offers camping, hiking and magnificent scenery. Morton’s is just over an hour from Grand Rapids, Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula; 30 minutes from Big Rapids, home to the Ferris State University campus.
Explore outlet malls and other shopping, jazz and blues concerts, wineries, festivals, casinos, and restaurants in charming and picturesque small towns nearby (some discounts are available to Morton’s Motel guests). Museums and historic sites include White Pine Village, Shrine of the Pines and Meijer Gardens. Enjoy Sounds from the Forest, a free variety musical showcase in nearby Baldwin.
Annual Events Include
- Blessing of the Bikes, Baldwin (mid-May)
- National Cherry Festival, Traverse City (late June – early July)
- Three-day lakeside jazz and blues Music Fest, Idlewild (mid-July)
- Troutarama Baldwin (late July)
- A variety of local festivals, performances, art and craft fairs