Property Owner Zip – A quick version of our newsletter!

What started out as a short edition of the newsletter to alert you of the fun things happening around the mountain during Property Owners’ Weekend has turned out to be quite a newsy issue. Your special weekend is less than two weeks away and approaching fast! If you have any questions on anything you read, don’t hesitate to give me a call. You can call me directly or through the Owners’ Hotline (ext. 3360). ~ Steph

Four Seasons Club Mediterranean Feast - As we don’t have a special event planned for Saturday night, we thought we’d again offer a special meal for our Four Seasons Club members as we did last spring. It was very well received and we hope you again find it worthwhile of your time. Our new Executive Chef Bryant Betts has planned a menu that tickles the taste buds of this foodie and has never been presented at Crystal Mountain! If you like Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, this is simply not to be missed. Dinner will be offered buffet-style starting at 6 PM in Hudson A&B. You can contact Lorraine (ext. 3354) or Stephanie (ext. 3355) to purchase tickets as it is by reservation only. Adults are $17.95 while children 12 and under are $8.00. It includes non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar is available for other drinks. Please, to help with event planning, pre-order your tickets by NEXT Friday, April 18th.

Roasted eggplant baba ghanoush & pita chips

Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)

Antipasto orrichette pasta salad

Marniated Beef Gyros

Miniature Kibbeh – minted tzatziki

Fennel & Garlic shish taouk – Charred lemon & Basil Jus

Miniature Baklava

TC Ale Trail – We have had many requests to do a brewery tour just as the Four Seasons Club sponsors a Wine Tour in the fall. We do continue to work towards offering a brewery tour of our own. In the meantime, partnering with Celtic Shuttles, the TC Ale Trail is offering VIP Brewery Tours to almost ALL of Traverse City's craft breweries! Including tasters at each brewery, snacks, transportation and a knowledgeable tour guide, the 4-hour Brewery Tour is a great way to spend an afternoon and begin you TC Ale Trail adventure! With three tours to choose from, the TC Ale Trail Brewery Tours will visit your favorite breweries, allowing ample time to sample some suds and explore the pubs before visiting the next one! Collect stamps at each brewery en route to completing your complimentary TC Ale Trail and earning a free commemorative Silipint - an unbreakable and reusable silicone pint glass! Complete all three Brewery Tours, you complete your TC Ale Trail passport! Ironically, for those without meetings on Saturday, April 26th, there is a tour starting at 1 PM in Traverse City. Click here for more information.

Proxies Have Been Mailed – For those having association meetings this fall (everyone but Bungalows, Kinlochen, Cottages, and Trailside) proxies were mailed April 1. Please be expedient in their return. Nothing is worse than not being able to hold a meeting because the required number of proxies have not been returned.

Owners Storage Keys – Two owners storage keys per year will be made for you; this includes both metal keys and key cards where applicable. If keys are lost or left at home, you will be charged $5.00 via your membership for any additional keys. Please remember only certain Crystal staff members are able to create keys and those employees may not be available to make keys immediately upon your request.

NASTAR Racing – I found this rather interesting and wanted to share it with you. NASTAR is offered at over 100 resorts across the country. We may not have the biggest or steepest hills, but we have an outstanding following with our races. We are ranked 8th in the nation for number of Races, 5th in the nation for the number of Starts, and 1st in the Midwest. These rankings do not include any of the High School or College Races which would account for another 2-3000 starts which would rank Crystal Mountain #1 in the country for the number of Race Runs. We also have a few local NASTAR Racers who have been challenging themselves to make the most NASTAR Runs in the country. Currently, three of the top four in the nation complete their NASTAR runs at Crystal Mountain. And, the third in the nation is none other than Mountainside co-owner, Geoffrey Paine!

Owners Pets – We love it when your furry friends visit, but we need to be alerted upon check-in when they are joining us so that our housekeeping team can take appropriate measures upon your departure. Also, keep in mind that not all associations allow guests to bring pets. So when you want to trade into an association other than your own, please alert Janell that you will be traveling with your pet prior to making the trade. If you are using the Rental Management/Four Season Club form to make a reservation, please note on the form if you will be bringing a pet. If you bring your pet to a non pet-friendly association, you may be subject to the $250 fee assessed to guests caught in a similar situation. Additionally, please remember to leash your dog in all public areas. Dogs are not allowed to be ‘tied-out’ in any association; they are to remain in your unit or on a leash in your presence while outside.

Calendars – In your December statements mailed January 15, you should have found your calendar for 2016. Our fax machine has been humming with those that have taken the time to return them. Please remember it is imperative to send those to us. All weeks automatically are available for rental, unless we receive a calendar telling us otherwise.

Many people say they have no idea what their schedules will be in 2016. It is probably a good idea to reserve those high-demand times (New Years, MLK Weekend, President’s Weekend, and Fourth of July) at this time, and then go back and figure out the occasional visits as we get closer to 2016. Remember, you have ‘first dibs’ on your unit up until one-year out. Then a guest has the ability to place a deposit, guaranteeing his placement in a specific unit.

Last Minute Reservation Cancellations – While you are able to call the Owner Hotline to cancel reservations, please remember that number is not staffed in the evenings or on Sundays. If there is a last-minute change of plans, please alert the Front Desk (ext. 5000). You can also contact the reservations department at 888-976-3528. Always let us know if you will not be arriving so that we can release your reservation and return it to the rental pool

For Sale – Our Crystal Mountain Carpet Contractor has something for sale that would be perfect for that game room or man-cave. He is offering a slot machine that takes Nickels or Quarters which comes with cabinet/stand ($950) as well as a pinball machine set up for “credit play” ($1200). All lights and sound work great. They can be sold as a pair or separately. Please call Patrick at (231) 835-0826 if interested. Pictures are available upon request.

RCI – You are hopefully aware that Crystal Mountain is affiliated with RCI (Resort Condominiums International) and is an RCI Gold Crown resort. The RCI Gold Crown Resort award designates resorts that have met or exceeded specific standards in the areas of unit housekeeping, unit maintenance, hospitality and check-in/check-out procedures, and an evaluation of resort facilities, amenities and services. We have many people calling us directly to see if we have any ‘deposits’ allowing them to vacation here at Crystal. Most often they are told we do not because as soon as a week is deposited to RCI it is snatched up because of high demand to travel to Crystal Mountain. We would love to have more Crystal Mountain owners become RCI members. Membership allows you to exchange time at Crystal for time at another resort including Disney Vacation Club, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Palace Resorts, Mayan Resorts, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, and many more! You can also take advantage of Extra VacationsSM Getaways, Last CallSM Vacations, RCI Cruise, and other unique RCI product offerings. For those owners with one bedroom or more currently participating in our rental program, contact Janell at ext. 3353 to learn more about what RCI can do for you.

Reservations Phone Numbers – Please remember, to ensure your call is handled by the next onsite Reservation Agent, we have implemented a Dedicated Owner Reservation hotline number; 888-976-3528. As always you are able to utilize your dedicated email address for new reservations or to make changes to existing reservations. You are also able to utilize our Owner Hotline at ext. 3360 or for reservation questions (availability, changing dates, cancelling). Please discontinue use of 800-Your-Mtn as you will not be identified as an owner and may be connected with our new off-site call center in Oregon which now handles after-hours and over-flow calls.

Foodie FilesI wanted to share one new restaurant KimBerly Dennis and I tried as well as a couple of sites at which to find local dining deals. During Restaurant Week KimBerly and I visited the restaurant formerly known at Scott’s Harbor Grill in Traverse City. Its moniker is now Harbor 22 and has been changed to a sleek and stylish dining destination overlooking one of the marinas on West Bay. Head north on M-22 out of Traverse City, and you will find it on the bayside just as you leave the commercial district. We were able to choose three courses from a fixed menu. The appetizers were creative and flavorful. KimBerly ordered their take on Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup which was more like a Bruschetta with Pear Jam, Fontina Cheese, House Smoked Ham, Green Tomato Relish, drizzled with Roasted Roma Soup I had Smoked Black Tiger Shrimp with a tiny Roasted Sweet Corn Cake, Green Tomato Relish, Arugula, and a little zip with Jalapeno Apple Butter. We both opted for the entrée of Teres Major Filet with was accompanied by Horseradish Creamed Potatoes, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Portabella, Plath’s Bacon, and Crispy Parsnips. It was beautifully presented and tasted fabulous. Crème Brulee was our dessert. I highly suggest checking out this lovely venue during the summertime when outside seating is also available.

As to the dining deals, both of our local television stations offer daily deals some of which are dining related. I recently picked up ½ off dining for Platte River Inn (Honor) and Grille 44 (Bear Lake). You can sign up for the daily emails or just visit the sites. UpNorth Live and MiGreatDeals

One more restaurant to mention, Bistro FouFou, also in Traverse City is offering a Tour de France as part of their wine dinner series. I was lucky enough to attend one in March that focused on the Loire Valley. There is one ‘stage’ left in their tour which will visit the Languedoc area of France schedule for May 14. The food was uniquely French allowing me to try things to which I had never been exposed. I discovered I love pig cheeks as well as baked oysters! Check out their other special events which really appeal to foodies like me!

~ Steph