Looking for a little friendly competition this weekend? Look no farther than Northern Michigan, where winter fun is still the name of our games.
On Friday and Saturday (the 5th and 6th of March) Crystal Mountain resort and spa will hold it’s Familypalooza and Mountain Mascot Games event. Join Crystal’s fun and fuzzy mascots, the Snow Monsters for two days of winter activities including an interactive scavenger hunt, ice bowling and a snowshoe obstacle course. Compete against other families to be crowned the 2010 Familypalooza champions! Events are open to all ages and are free of charge. (www.crystalmountain.com)
Shanty Creek resort is also holding a fun-filled day of winter games on March 5-7 called Slush Cup Weekend. Activities will take place on Saturday and include a Silly Slalom, a shovel race and a Fruity Suity competition, all of which ultimately will lead to the Slush Cup award ceremony which will commence at 5:30 pm. A Slush Cup package which includes one nights lodging in a condo guestroom and an adult one day super ticket to the event is only $88. All events will take place in the Schuss Village.
Indianhead Mountain resort of Wakefield, Michigan is also holding a rail jam for skiers and snowboarders starting at 1:00 on Saturday the 6th. It’s quite the drive from Traverse City but if you want to get in one more shreddin’ session before the season ends it’s worth the trip. There are four age categories, two for each sport, and the best three of each will receive metals. There will also be prize drawings including a snowboard giveaway. Admission is only $10 per person. For the safety of its participants helmets are required. (www.indianheadmtn.com/)
If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, perhaps a little wining, dining and sight seeing you’re still looking in the right direction if you’re looking at the Northern Michigan region.
The Homestead of Leelanau county is hosting a Winter Wine Tasting Weekend that includes a two-night stay, breakfast, lunch, a five course meal presented by Chef John Piombo, and of course, a shuttle tour of four of Leelanau’s most popular wineries, including Longview, Bel Lago, Chateau Fontaine and Good Harbor Winerys. There are tickets are still available and the cost is only $126 per night. (http://thehomesteadresort.com/) Even if you’re just going for a drive, stop out that way, because the Homestead sits in a breath taking location within miles of Pyramid Pointe, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, North Bar beach and the Manitou islands.
Boyne Highlands is having a wine and dine event featuring New Holland Brewing Company’s finest hand-crafted beers and a gourmet dinner presented by Boyne Highlands’ Executive Chef, Edgar Jacobs. The event will take place in the Olympic Room at Boyne Highlands’ Main Lodge hotel. Tickets are only $30 per person, but you’d better call fast because reservations are required and there are a limited number of seats remaining. Guests under the age of 21 are not permitted. If you can’t make it this weekend mark your calendar for the next Boyne Highlands wine and dine event. It is set for the 11th and will feature St. Julian Winery paired again with Chef Edgar Jacobs.
TimberRidge will also be holding its annual Suds N Snow event from 2:00 until 6:30 pm presented by Right Brain Brewery, the only microbrewery in Traverse City. (www.rightbrainbrewery.com) (www.timberridgeresort.net). The event will feature live music performed by Misconduct and Jason & Nick, and of course, winter activities as well as fresh-brewed unique local beer. Tickets are $30 and the proceeds benefit local charities and the T.A.R.T. trails.