A resort for all seasons

Some resorts are favorite winter destinations. Others attract the summer crowd. However, Crystal Mountain, snuggled into the rolling wooded hills south of Michigan’s Traverse Bay, is an all season destination.

The resort has an award winning ski school and slopes for all skills.

Skiers come from all over to ski at Crystal Mountain

Skiers come from all over to ski at Crystal Mountain

It also has a championship golf course favored by Michigan PGA tournaments and a ski hill length waterslide. But for someone looking to get out of town and kickback now, the resort makes a perfect fall getaway.

Its two golf courses meander through trees that an October brush paints with soft rose and gold.

A deer dashes from the edge of the golf course into the woods

A deer dashes from the edge of the golf course into the woods

 

When too chilly to use the outdoor pools, swimmers head to the fitness center for splashes and strokes.

Young swimmers can splash in a fun pool by the cottages or do the Alpine water slide

Young swimmers can splash in a fun pool by the cottages or do the Alpine water slide

 

Hiking here is more than just about exercise. It is also about art. Michigan’s Sculpture Park, which abuts the championship golf course, has tucked artworks into the woods as if they were exotic trees.

Interesting shapes accompany hikes through the Michigan Heritage Sculpture Park

Interesting shapes accompany hikes through the Michigan Heritage Sculpture Park

Visitors who like longer hikes and challenging sandy hills to climb have only to drive west to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  But Sleeping Bear Dunes is also known as one of Michigan’s scenic fall color drives.

Back at the resort, guests in the know, schedule a massage at Crystal Mountain’s Leed Certified spa and book a dining reservation in the Lodge ahead of time.

Good as all the indoor and outdoor activities are, arguably the best secret about Crystal Mountain is its wide range of really nice, comfortable accommodations.

A Lodge suite is among many stay and play options

A Lodge suite is among many stay and play options

Guests can bed down and feel at home with party food or breakfast stuff they bring whether they are staying in one of the rustic cottages, a hillside home, a suite in the lodge or a townhouse style condo.

If you think Crystal Mountain sounds as if it is more than a small resort you would be right. It really is an all-season village.

Crystal Mountain really is more than a resort. It is a village

Crystal Mountain really is more than a resort. It is a village

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