Mountain Blog

15 Ways To Fall In Love With Fall
Brittany Roberts - Friday, September 08, 2017


For those who couldn't imagine a life without seasons, there is a special love affair with the vibrant foliage that accompanies late-September and early-October in this corner of the world. Michigan's Gold Coast was the first spot mentioned in Travel + Leisure magazine's list of America's Best Fall Color Drives. Just 20 miles from the tour that winds along scenic M-22, Crystal Mountain is rated by Fodor's Travel among the country's 15 Best Resorts for Fall Getaways. So here are as many ways for you to feel the love this autumn:



1. Point Betsie Lighthouse
Just nine miles north of Frankfort, this historic site is one of Benzie County's most breathtaking year-round but never more so than color season.
22 miles from Crystal Mountain

2. Pierce Stocking Drive
Good Morning America called it the Most Beautiful Place in America. We agree. 
33 miles from Crystal Mountain

3. Empire Bluffs
A very manageable hike, but even if it weren't, the effort would be totally worth it for the view. 
24 miles from Crystal Mountain

4. Pyramid Point
It's a 2.7-mile loop but Lookout Point is only .6 miles from the trailhead. Of course, with colored leaves all around, you might not even notice. 
37 miles from Crystal Mountain

5. Narrows of Big and Little Glen Lakes
Take a few moments to pause between the two pristine bodies of water to appreciate their beauty and then wander into Glen Arbor for a drink at Art's Tavern.
28 miles from Crystal Mountain

6. Fishtown
The drive north to Leland is worth it alone, but the early-1900s fish shanties now housing quaint shops and eateries makes it even more so. 
42 miles from Crystal Mountain



7. Chairlift Rides
Every Saturday in October, enjoy the ride up the Crystal Clipper high-speed quad, but get out your camera for the ride down; you'll want a photo for Facebook or Instagram.
Behind the Lodge



8. Michigan Legacy Art Park
The 48 sculptures take on new life with the change of every season. Fall is no exception along nearly two miles of hiking trails as well as the "Access for All" trail for those with limited mobility. 
Located on-property

9. Stormcloud, St. Ambrose and Iron Fish
Nationally renowned craft beer from Stormcloud (18 miles away in Frankfort) and award-winning mead and wine from St. Ambrose Cellars (8 miles from Crystal) are great locales to toast the harvest season along with our new neighbors at Iron Fish Distillery (3 miles from Crystal).


10. Leelanau County Wine Country
Leelanau County sits on the same parallel as Burgandy, France, a region known for its wine. The wines themselves are matched only by the breathtaking landscape. We'd recommend paying a visit to our friends at Black Star Farms and Brengman Brothers.
46 miles from Crystal Mountain

11. Grand Traverse Commons
Hop out of the car for awhile to take a stroll among the historic buildings, explore the boutiques and galleries and sample cuisine, craft beer, wine and coffee.
30 miles from Crystal Mountain

12. Apple Cider & Pumpkin Donuts
While the region has a reputation for cherries, it's actually the third largest producer of apples in the nation. The cider is pretty outstanding and paired with a pumpkin donut, perfection!



13. Betsie Valley Trail
This bike trail extends from nearby Thompsonville to Frankfort, but the nine-mile ride from Beulah to the trail's end includes a nice stretch along Crystal Lake and the Betsie River.  

14. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Whichever direction you choose from the Dune Climb, whether the easier ride to Glen Arbor or the more challenging trip toward Empire, you won't be disappointed. 

15. A River Runs Through It
If your time on the Betsie or Platte River has been relegated to the summer, give this color tour some serious thought. 

How to conquer Father's Day
Abbey Neerken - Thursday, June 18, 2015


If you’re not already planning to treat Dad to a day of fun and adventure this weekend, the Father’s Day deals at Crystal Mountain will help you build an itinerary for a day that won’t soon be forgotten. And, since Father’s Day this year happens to land on Summer Solstice, one with more daylight than any all year, we’ve prepared an extensive list of discounts and activities to fill the day!

First thing’s first.

Stop by the Peak Fitness Center with dad and get a 10-punch punch card for $64, regularly $96. This card can be used toward access to the Peak Fitness Center, select fitness classes and select activities from Park at Water's Edge.

Visit the Alpine Slide or bike rental for more fun. On Father’s Day, dads receive free entrance into the Pool, a free Alpine Slide Pass, or free Bike Rental with the purchase of a child pass or rental.  

Dads deserve to golf on Father’s Day.

Before you are seen on the course or at the range, revamp Dad’s style at the Kinlochen Pro Shop. Father’s Day sales are available all day in the pro shop and include:
  • Bermuda Sands clothing: buy one at regular price, get one of equal or lesser value  50% off
  • 50% off all golf bags
  • 50% off TaylorMade and Cobra golf clubs
  • 20% off Suncloud sunglasses
  • Challenge Dad to a drive, chip and putt competition! Dads on Father's Day get buy one get one buckets of driving range balls for double the fun!

    After you get warmed up at the range, get out on the course. Father's Day only, dads can golf Mountain Ridge for $45 (including cart) and Bestie Valley $35 (including cart). Reserve your tee time while they last!

    Who can actually do more pushups, you or your dad?

    After you school him on the basketball court, lap him in the pool and out-speed him on the mountain bike trails, bring Dad back to the Peak Fitness Center. Help your old man get in shape with a 10-session Personal Training Package at for $299, regularly $329. Sessions are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so next year he can beat you at your own game!

    You and Dad can relax on Father’s day at the spa.

    Maybe you’ve been a little too hard on Dad, after all he does do so much for you or whatever your store bought card said. This Father's Day spa special, designed just for men, is great to get dad relaxing after a workout on the links, a day of mountain biking, or screaming down the Alpine Slide. Valid June 1-30, the Mountain Man Package begins with a 25-minute Recharge massage, followed by our 50-minute Mountain Man Pedicure and includes a craft beer or glass of wine. A total of approximately 75 minutes, only $99 (regularly $109); Advance reservations required and subject to availability so make an appointment ahead of time or for another valid day. Visit Spa Specials for all the details.

    Take care of dinner; treat Dad to the Thistle Pub & Grille.

    It’s important to have a hearty meal after all that fun. The Thistle Father's Day Special includes a pint of on-tap microbrew beer & the Thistle burger for just $14

    Don’t hold back on your Father’s Day!

    Special offers only available Sunday, June 21, 2015 unless specifically stated otherwise. Get updates and more information on the Father’s Day event page.

    Art Without Barriers
    Brian Lawson - Friday, July 18, 2014

    Accidentals at Michigan Legacy Art Park
    The Accidentals in concert at Michigan Legacy Art Park on July 11, 2014.

    Ask anyone who has seen The Accidentals perform and they're likely to tell you the duo completely draws you in with their music and the pure talent behind it. In other words, they are a phenomenal act that just so happened to kick off Michigan Legacy Art Park's Summer Sounds Concert Series last Friday night.

    It's not hard to imagine that even profound changes being made in Art Park, some already in place and others yet to come, may get lost in the distraction of those beautiful melodies which is as it should be. This is why the Mountain Blog exists, to bring some attention, for example, to the new stage on which The Accidentals were performing, refinished as originally designed by architect Bob Holdeman. More important is the project moving out of the planning stage that will provide easier access for all to enjoy the many forms of art provided within the 30-acre preserve.

    Barrier Free Trail Vantage Point
    The new barrier-free trail will provide views from below a number of sculptures including David Barr's, Diversity.

    It's anticipated that construction documents for Legacy Art Park's new barrier-free trail will be completed for review by mid-next week and upon approval will go out to bid. Johnson-Hill Land Ethics Studio, who has done the master planning for Crystal Mountain and the Art Park, has thoughtfully designed a trail, featuring a grade no more than 10-percent, through the woods, sheltered from the 18th hole of the Mountain Ridge with views of more than a half-dozen sculptures sitting above.

    This barrier-free trail project is an important focus of Michigan Legacy Art Park's, Art for All Campaign. So far, nearly half the funds have been raised to complete the $500 million campaign that includes new art and infrastructure. Currently, enough funds have been received, through private donations and grants, to build half the trail but fundraising continues to complete the switchback that will provide access all the way to the amphitheater. If you'd like to make a donation contact Executive Director, Renee Hintz at 231.378.4963.

    Site for Discovery Grove Addition
    Three new wooden platforms will be added to this side of Discovery Grove creating more space to create for children and school groups.

    In the meantime, be on the lookout for three platforms to be added to Discovery Grove, allowing more room for children to create and explore. Another platform will be added to the top tier of seating at the amphitheater which now features new tables and chairs - perfect for a picnic and glass of wine during the concert.

    Summer Sounds continues tonight with the Robin Connell Jazz Trio and if you can't make it, don't worry, three more acts will grace the amphitheater in the coming weeks including Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly's (July 25), Lee Murdock (August 1) and Miriam Pico with David Chown and Friends (August 8).