Northern Michigan is a picturesque summer
destination with its stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes and blue Lake
Michigan waters. The area is equally picturesque dressed in winter
Two of my favorite resorts, Crystal Mountain Resort
in Thompsonville and Traverse City's Shanty Creek Resort, offer
skiing and plenty of other family fun in the snow-snow tubing,
snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow biking,
paintball, even dog sledding-at rates much more affordable than
you'll find in Colorado.
Best of all, both places understand that fun comes in lots
of forms. At Crystal Mountain, we've had a great time just relaxing
with friends in one of the townhouses. The gorgeous spot was voted
one of the 50 best places to stay and ski in North America by Condé
Nast Travelers in North America in 2011. Ski and stay packages this
winter start at $122 per adult.
At Shanty Creek, visitors can ski free with Santa on
Christmas Day and several days will feature "sardine specials": one
price per carload for as many people as you can cram into the
The Traverse City area also celebrates all things snow
with two national events this winter.
On Feb. 8-9, Traverse City's Turtle Creek Casino and
Hotel hosts the U.S. 27 Motorsports Snocross National-that's
motocross on high-performance snowmobiles. The same weekend
features the North American
Vasa Festival of Races, a cross country ski race.
If all of that outdoor activity gets to be too much, head
indoors to the History
Center of Traverse City between Dec. 15 and Jan. 1 for the
Festival of Trains, a collection of model train layouts that fills
several rooms of the center.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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