Things to Do in the Area
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Shanty Creek & Schuss Resort
The Shanty Creek / Schuss Resort area is actually 3 distinct “villages”, as they are called. The main village, Summit Village, is at the Lakeview Hotel and includes the Summit pool, skiing, tubing, dining, and several shops. Schuss Village is active primarily in the winter, with access to Schuss Mountain and Nordic ski trails. Also, access to the picturesque Schuss Mountain golf course in the spring, summer and fall. In the fall, you can get chairlift rides up the mountain to see the fall colors. A ride usually costs about $5 and is worth every penny! Lastly, the beautiful Cedar River Village was recently completely renovated and is a short drive from both other villages. It has access to the ski slopes, plenty of golf, and dining. A map of the resort is included below.
Skiing & Tubing
The drive to the base of Schuss mountain is only about two minutes. There is also an access trail to the top of the mountain that's only a short walk from the house, and is very convenient. A map to get to the trail is located on the refrigerator. Every run on Schuss is carefully designed and a lot of fun. We recommend skiing “Kingdom Come” if you’re well-insured.😊 Summit Mountain (at the Lakeview hotel at Summit Village) has tubing – great for the kids and beginners. Schuss and Summit mountains both offer ski and snowboard equipment rentals. Cross country ski trails and snowshoeing trails are accessible from the Nordic Ski Center at the entrance to Schuss Mountain. Cross country and snowshoe rentals are also available at the Nordic Ski Center. Boyne Mountain, in Boyne Falls, is only about a 35-minute drive north.
Fitness Center & Spa
For an additional charge, The Summit Hotel at Shanty Creek will sell day passes for their fitness center and spa
Take your pick. The Treehouse is within a few minutes drive of six absolutely beautiful courses in the area:
All provide a challenging game with excellent views, all within five miles!
Other Towns and Things to Try
The closest towns are Mancelona and Bellaire. Both have interesting shops, but Bellaire has a lot more to do from a tourist’s perspective. Bellaire has a movie theater, and the next closest movies are located in Gaylord.
Traverse City is about a 50 minute drive.
Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls) is about a 35 minute drive. Boyne recently completed the "Sky Bridge" - the world's longest wooden towered suspension bridge. The bridge spans the two peaks at Boyne and the views are spectacular. There's also a great indoor water park for the kids at Boyne - Avalanche Bay
Gaylord is about a 40 minute drive.
Petoskey is about an hour drive.
Charlevoix is about a 50 minute drive.
Mackinaw City is about an hour and a half drive.
Kayaking / Canoeing: There’s lake access at lake Bellaire and also Torch lake (about a 20 min drive). Kayaks can be rented at Paddles and Pedals in Bellaire, and the Riverside marina, which also rents canoes and pontoons.
U-Pick Strawberries and Cherries: King Orchards is just north of Central Lake on M-88 and is a wonderful family trip. Strawberries are usually ready around the beginning of July and Cherries by mid-July.
Biking: The house is located in a beautiful, wooded neighborhood full of paved, gently rolling streets and paths and is great for bike riding. There are many mountain biking trails around the area as well. The awesome Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area Trailhead is only 15 minutes from the property. It’s scenery is beautiful and there’s a variety of terrain, with roughly 32 miles of trails to choose from. If you need to rent a mountain bike or fat bike, they are available at Paddles and Pedals in Bellaire.