You should already know that after the snow melts and the hills have turned green, most ski areas offer mountain biking, hiking, golf and some of the best scenic views in Michigan. They can be a great addition to your Michigan family vacation plans. But it seems resorts keep adding more reasons to visit nearly every year, making it hard to keep up. Beer and wine tastings, concerts, themed dinners and other special events are now common at Michigan ski resorts between Memorial and Labor Days. Pack up the family and explore the familiar places in what might be an unfamiliar season:
Plenty of opportunities for mom (and maybe dad) to relax at the spa, but the kids will be clamoring to take another ride on the zip lines (available at both Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain). Mountain biking and hiking are also very popular, and if you time it right, the flowers can be spectacular.
Long a popular spot for summer mountain bikers, Crystal has introduced new challenges on their downhill trails. But there’s plenty else to keep you and the kids occupied during summer vacation in Michigan. How about a buzz down the alpine slide, which will give you a completely different appreciation for the steepness of the slopes? Or if you really want steep, hit the climbing wall (near the pool) for a truly vertical workout and lots of fun.
Voted again and again one of the best places for an outdoor wedding in Michigan, The Homestead offers some public concert and dining events every summer too, and there are plenty of water-based activities to wear out the kids, if that’s your plan. Swimming, fishing, or how about taking out a couple of tandem kayaks for a morning on Lake Michigan, working up an appetite before sitting down for lunch at one of their five great restaurants?
At Caberfae, the emphasis is still on golf, and for good reason. But they offer excellent wedding and group banquet/meeting facilities too. It might be a good time to actually plan that “up north” company retreat you’ve been dreaming of…