Family-Friendly Resort with Lake and Mountain Views
Shanty Creek Resorts’ Summit Village Lakeview Hotel offers sweeping views of hardwood forests along Lake Bellaire. Just out the door, the Summit and Schuss Mountains draw visitors year round to their 53 trails and six terrain parks. When the weather’s warm enough to hit the links, golfers come for the Legend and Summit golf courses, which inspired Condé Nast Traveler to name Shanty Creek one of the world’s best golf resorts in 2012.
For dinner, head to the hotel’s Lakeview Restaurant for local smoked whitefish gratin, roasted duck, and other regionally influenced cuisine. While you’re having dinner, you’ll be treated to picturesque views of the lake from floor-to-ceiling windows. The dining room’s large, wood-burning fireplace warms up the space on winter nights, and a handsome wooden bar draws guests looking to relax with cocktails or perform rousing clog-dancing routines on its surface.
Guest rooms have dark wood furniture and private balconies or patios. For quick access to the ski trails, the other two villages, or nearby downtown Bellaire, hop on the resort’s complimentary shuttle.
Bellaire, Michigan: Quaint Lakeside Village with Mountain Activities
Located about 1.5 hours east of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the town of Bellaire is surrounded by several modest peaks and valleys. The two mountains at Shanty Creek become a skier’s haven in the winter. Trails on Summit Mountain and Schuss Mountain include NASTAR racing courses that let skiers time their slalom runs or snowball-pitching speeds.
Take a stroll down Bellaire’s historic main street to browse the wares at quaint stores selling handcrafted items. For a break, grab a locally brewed pint at Short’s Brewing Company, where more than 20 beers are on tap each day.