Spacious, Family-Friendly Resort with Lake and Mountain Views
No interior designer, no matter the budget, can compete with Mother Nature. As sumptuous as a recent multimillion-dollar overhaul has made the lobby of Shanty Creek Resorts’ Summit Village Lakeview Hotel, the eye continually scans past the elegant chandeliers and velvet seating to take in sweeping views of the outdoors through three levels of windows. Surrounded by miles of snow-covered hardwood forest, the frozen Lake Bellaire glints in the sunlight. At Shanty Creek's Summit and Schuss Mountains, skiers and boarders crisscross 53 trails and four terrain parks.
The rustic yet contemporary feel of the main lobby is echoed in the décor of guest rooms. A lattice-patterned carpet rests beneath two queen-size beds dressed in plush white linens. Framed floral prints adorn the textured walls, and colorful damask curtains frame a sliding-glass door leading to a private balcony or patio overlooking the lake in some rooms.
Back in the main lobby, The Lakeview Restaurant serves sophisticated cuisine complemented by picturesque views of the lake from floor-to-ceiling windows. A large wood-burning fireplace, built into a stone structure rising dramatically at the north end of the dining room, supplements the cozy warmth of table lamps. The kitchen prepares inventive regional fare such as niçoise meatballs and flash-fried calamari, and a handsome wooden bar beckons to diners who’d like to sip a cocktail or perform a rousing clog-dancing routine upon its surface.
Bellaire, Michigan: Quaint Lakeside Village Abounding with Mountain Activities
In contrast to the mostly flat Midwest, northern Michigan's terrain undulates with modest peaks and valleys. The dual peaks at Shanty Creek become a skier's haven in the winter. Supertickets provide all-day access to trails on Summit Mountain and Schuss Mountain, which include NASTAR racing courses that let skiers time their slalom runs or snowball-pitching speeds. Tables, rails, and a 300-foot halfpipe spike adrenaline levels in the terrain parks, and tubing sessions give non-skiers something to cheer about on the mountain's north face.