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Crystal Mountain included among Fodor’s list of “15 Best U.S. Resorts for Fall Getaways”

October 22, 2015

THOMPSONVILLE, MI - Fodor’s Travel, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, has named Crystal Mountain among its list of 15 Best US Resorts for Fall Getaways.

Crystal Mountain appeared eighth on the list that included just one other resort from the Midwest among destinations in locales ranging from Aspen, Colorado to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The announcement comes as the northern Michigan prepares to enter the fall color season over the next couple of weeks. Fodor’s Travel receives 4.3 million unique visitors to its website each month with an average of 26.5 million page views, offering highly curated, expert advice on the best hotels, sights, restaurants, shops, and nightlife for every traveler's taste and budget.

Crystal Mountain was cited by the travel site for its “plush cottages and bungalows,” Michigan Legacy Art Park and “bike paths through the multi-colored mountain forest.” In addition, the resort is just a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and scenic M-22, part of “Michigan’s Gold Coast” which has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine and USA Today as one of America’s Best Fall Foliage Drives. As colors reach their peak, Crystal Mountain has a number of events and activities in which to enjoy this breathtaking season:

Chairlift Rides, October 3, 10, 17, 24

Take a ride on Crystal Mountain’s Crystal Clipper chairlift each of the first three Saturdays of October from 11am-1pm for a panoramic view of the fall colors.

Michigan Legacy Art Park

Featuring nearly two miles of hiking trails and 48 outdoor sculptures within a 30-acre wooded preserve, Legacy Art Park is open daily with admission for a suggested $5 donation.

10th Annual Founders Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic, October 17

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the mountain bike race follows rambling two-tracks and flowing single tracks with picturesque scenery and features a staggered start for beginners, intermediate and expert/pro riders. Register at

Two championship courses

Fall is a great time to play golf in northern Michigan and views off the back of No. 16 and 17 of Crystal’s signature Mountain Ridge course are equally breathtaking. Special rates from $25 on the Betsie Valley and $30 on the Mountain Ridge are available when reserving a tee time at   

Farm-to-Table Series, October 16-18

The Thistle Pub & Grille’s culinary team partners with local farmers for a three-course meal that embraces the fall harvest.

Crystal Spa Days, October 1-31

A fall retreat to northern Michigan could also include one to Crystal’s award-winning spa featuring select 50-minute massage, facial, body treatment and nail services starting from $69 each throughout the month of October.

Spooktacular Saturdays, October 17, 24

Caramel apples, Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, costume parades and the Haunted Forest (7-10pm) are just a few of the family fun activities as Halloween approaches.

About Crystal Mountain:

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings and an IACC-approved conference center for meetings, conferences and banquets.





Brian Lawson, 231.378.2057

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