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. 

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SUMMER SOLSTICE CHALLENGE
Abbey Neerken - Friday, June 19, 2015

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SUMMER SOLSTICE CHALLENGE

In honor of the longest day of the year, we invite you to participate in the Crystal Mountain Summer Solstice Challenge via Instagram, where you have the chance to win summer fun passes and over-night lodging.

Starting June 21, post 21 photos in 21 days doing the 21 Crystal Mountain activities listed below. 

HERE'S HOW TO WIN:

You have 21 days to post 21 photos of yourself (or a friend or family member) doing all 21 of these summer activities beginning on June 21, Summer Solstice.

The contest runs from June 21, 2015 through July 12, 2015 (21 days)

Post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag: #CMSummer21 of you and/or a family member or friend completing each activity in the list below. All posts must be made from the same account and location tagged as Crystal Mountain to be valid. 

On the last photo of the 21 photo-series, you must also hashtag: #CMSummer21completed.

Those who complete every activity on the list and post photos to Instagram using the correct hashtag(s) will receive one Summer Fun Pass Plus, and be entered to win two-night’s lodging with Summer Fun Punch Cards (4), and a foursome of golf

Snap a photo of you and/or your family or friend doing all 21 of these activities – remember the 21 photos must be posted from the same user account to be valid. 

1. Ride the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide
2. Hike Michigan Legacy Art Park
3. Family Campfire

4. Scoop of Moomer’s Crystal Crispie Ice Cream available at the Beach House
5. Mountain Hike
6. Edge Adventure Course
7. Garden Tour
8. Chairlift Ride
9. Twilight Golf on Betsie Valley golf course
10. Mountain Bike Crystal’s trail system
11. Splash at the Park at Water’s Edge Pool
12. Scavenger Hunt
13. Tubing the Platte River
14. Disc Golf
15. Feed the fish at Petritz Pond
Please pick up fish food at the Park at Water’s Edge desk. The pond is located next to the Cottages at Water’s Edge & Wintergreen condominiums which are connected by a quaint wooden bridge. The pond contains a deck perfect for pictures and a water fountain as the backdrop. This location is within walking distance to the Crystal Center and the Lodge.
16. Climb the Vertical Edge Climbing Wall
17. Tie Dye Time or another Kid’s Craft activity
18. Paintball or Outdoor Laser Tag

19. Relax in the Hot TubCrystal Mountain has two hot tubs that guests can use for this challenge; one outdoor hot tub at the Park at Water’s Edge and an indoor hot tub at the Peak Fitness Center. 
20. Take a photo in Crystal’s Giant Frame
21. Attend an event from the following list:

Michigan Women’s Openpre-registration required
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Carnival
Joshua Davis at Michigan Legacy Art Park
pre-sold tickets required
Monday Music on the Lawn Scheduled for each Monday during challenge; weather dependent 
Fourth of July 4K
Family Golf Scramble
July 3 or July 5
Outdoor Movie
or Park at Water’s Edge Pool Party

Be sure to follow Crystal Mountain on Instagram and share your adventures by tagging @CrystalMountainMI.

Purchase of activity passes or activity fees as wells as reservations may be required depending on the activity. Photos must be taken between June 21, 2015 and July 12, 2015. An Instagram account and internet access are required for entry; void where prohibited or restricted by law. No transportation will be provided as part of the prize. This challenge is not affiliated with Instagram and participants must be 18 years or older to collect prizes. Participate in activities at your own risk. Employees not eligible to win. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by winner.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value for prize, for any reason.

The final determination of the Winner shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of Crystal Mountain. Crystal Mountain reserves the right to extend the Entry Period or to not select a Winner if Crystal Mountain determines, in its sole and absolute discretion that there are an insufficient number of Eligible Entries. To the extent permitted by law, Crystal Mountain disclaims any liability from, and entrants, whether or not the Winner, agree to waive, any claims against Crystal Mountain relating to the selection or awarding process. Crystal Mountain reserves the right to select an alternate Winner in the event that an originally selected Winner fails to comply with these identified rules.


Conde Nast's "Six Signs" point to something very good at Crystal Spa
Brian Lawson - Friday, July 25, 2014



As a public relations guy who just finished some "field research" at
Crystal Spa I can tell you that it is a life-altering experience. Then again, as the "PR Guy" I probably carry some inherent bias. It doesn't mean I'm wrong but it's understandable if there's a little skepticism.

So when I recently ran across Conde Nast Traveler's post on Facebook, "6 Signs of a Very (Very, Very) Good Hotel Spa" I was intrigued to see how our spa stacked up against their guidelines. After all, it is a travel resource known for its rigorous standards and objectivity.

  1. Separate Saunas and Steam Rooms for Men and Women
    Check! In each of the locker rooms you will find both a eucalyptus infused steam room and an infrared sauna. Both are a good reason to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before your service or for that matter, relax afterward.

  1. No Communal Locker Rooms
    While very well-appointed, guests do have to share space in their respective locker rooms (one for men and one for women). However, there are curtains and private spaces in each if you're on the shy-side when changing.

  1. A Comfortable Relaxation Room
    The picture below speaks a thousand words. Not pictured is the mosaic garden and outdoor hot tub just outside with heated floors so it can be enjoyed winter, spring, summer and fall.

  1. A Well Stocked Spa Bar
    Locally-grown Light of Day Organic Tea, cucumber water, fresh fruit and snack mixes are all complimentary to spa guests with attendants ready to serve from a menu of wines, Champaign, mimosas and Michigan craft beers available for purchase.

  1. Eucalyptus Oil in the Steam Room (AKA The Little Touches)
    See eucalyptus infused steam room above but there are many more little touches worth experiencing like fluffy robes and towels, your own pair of slippers and the beautiful works of local artists like Ann Loveless, winner of Art Prize (Grand Rapids) in 2013.
  

  1. Welcoming and Genuine Staff
    Each month Crystal Mountain honors a staff member with the Service Excellence Award, most of whom are nominated by guests. The Peak Fitness Center and Crystal Spa currently has five award winners (including last year's Service Excellence Employee of the Year).

With Conde Nast's measures of a very, very, very good spa in mind, I hope to have maybe earned a little more credibility. However, if you still need to check it out for yourself to be truly convinced, I won't be offended.

You can book a service at Crystal Spa by calling . If you've enjoyed your time at the spa and Crystal Mountain please visit Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Survey and share your experience. Thank you.