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Elk Adventures

Bull Elk Late Summer

Horse and Carriage at Thunder Bay Resort

Experience the Magic of Thunder Bay Resort's Award-Winning Elk Viewing, Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride, Fireside Dining & Wine Tasting Event!

Described as a "real-life fairy tale" and declared by USA Today as a "Top 10" Event, Escape to Northern Michigan and let Thunder Bay Resort treat you to an adventure like never before.  Begin your Elk Viewing journey by boarding a horse-drawn carriage and let a mighty team of Percheron draft horses whisk you away from life's stresses and strain.  En route to a fabulous meal and delightful wines, the real adventure occurs after crossing the wooden bridge over the Thunder Bay River.  Keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready as you are sure to get an up close and personal look at majestic Michigan Elk in their natural environment!  Following your elk viewing experience, follow the river's edge to Elk Antler Cabin where guests are greeted by a warm fire, enchanting aromas, and indulge in a delicious 5-course meal prepared in the hearts of 100-year-old wood cook stoves.  During dinner, experience up to 7 wines from the Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail, be entertained with storytelling from your hosts and owners, Jack and Jan Matthias, and take time to be captivated by the array of trophy mounts and period antiques.  After your 4-hours slice of Northern Michigan heaven, board your carriage one last time and be escorted back to the resort under a blanket of stars!



USA Today
Midwest Living

"Even Bing Crosby and a full orchestra would have a hard time summing up the magical beauty of Thunder Bay Resort's elk ride."  -Midwest Living

Detroit Free Press
Group Tour Magazine

"In my job, people ask what's been my favorite trip? I always say Egypt. And I do mean it except... the horse-drawn sleigh that night at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman, Michigan, when the snow gently fell, the horses' bells jingled and we sat under wool blankets as we glided through the woods to see elk... Well, I can't get it out of my mind."  -Ellen Creager | Detroit Free Press

True North

"Sliding quietly through the woods, en route to a great meal at a truly unique location..."  -USA Today

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Welcome to Elk Antler Cabin

The horses know the way to Elk Antler Cabin.  With its rustic appearance, this elegant cabin is perched on the banks of the Thunder Bay River and rests naturally amongst the forest pines.  Once inside, a blazing fire in a massive split-stone fireplace and wonderful aromas welcomes you.  While the riverside cabin offers every modern-day amenity,  trophy mounts and period antiques take you back in time to life on the frontier.  After embracing the remarkable setting, continue to warm yourself fireside as you are treated to delightful story telling, a delicious meal, and sample up to seven handcrafted wines from Northeast Michigan.


Enjoy the Simple Life and Leave Your Worries Behind!

Now more than ever, the simple enjoyments of life are to be appreciated.  Whether it's for a few hours or a few days, take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and visit Thunder Bay Resort.

Elk Viewing Dinner Ride

Only $89.95 per person

Event Only

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage or Sleigh Ride
  • Elk Viewing
  • 5-Course Gourmet-Home Style Meal
  • Complimentary Wine Tasting
  • Cash Bar Available

All Seasons Weekend Getaway Package

Packages starting at: $186 per person

Package Includes:

  • 2-Nights Lodging
  • Elk Viewing Dinner Ride
  • 2 Full Breakfasts at The Clubhouse Grill
  • Winter Activity Pass
  • Golf offered at discounted rate. Please inquire at booking

One Night Getaway Package

Packages starting at: $141 per person

Package Includes:

  • 1-Night Lodging
  • Elk Viewing Dinner Ride
  • 1 Full Breakfast at The Clubhouse Grill
  • Winter Activities Pass
  • Golf offered at discounted rate. Please inquire at booking

Christmas Week Package

Packages starting at $186 per person

Package Includes:

  • 2-Nights Lodging
  • Elk Viewing Dinner Ride
  • 2 Full Breakfasts at The Clubhouse Grill
  • Winter Activities Pass
Wine with Friends

Special Events

Thunder Bay Resort is truly your destination for any season!  Offering a variety of special events all year long that intertwine unique experiences with our famous Elk Viewing Dinner meaning great fun and timeless memories!

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Holiday Party

Private Parties

Are you planning a party and looking for a genuinely unique experience for your guests?  Whether it's your wedding, retirement party or family reunion, Thunder Bay Resort's famous Elk Viewing Dinner Ride can be tailored for nearly any event making it the perfect idea for your private party.


Fun Ideas:

  • Destination Wedding
  • Holiday Party
  • Family Reunion
  • Birthday Party
  • Retirement Party
  • Company Retreat

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