Instead of going through the same old holiday routine, try something new this year—wrap up your traditions and celebrate the holidays on a vacation in the snow-covered mountains of Michigan. Mountain Run at Boyne resort, nestled on Boyne Mountain, has cozy, three-bedroom villas complete with a warm fireplace and all the amenities you’ll need to feel at home. Take a deep breath. Can you smell that? Go ahead, let it all in. Now you recognize the aroma… that’s the smell of tasty treats cooking in grandma’s house—but it’s coming from the full kitchen inside your villa. So gather around the table and serve up a big helping of togetherness, because being with loved ones and making new memories is really what the holidays are all about. That and a really good meal!
Think the holidays just won’t be the same unless you’re at home? There’s plenty of fun waiting for your entire family at this Bluegreen Vacations resort.
Hit the Slopes
Skiers can take advantage of 14 lifts and more than 50 trails. If you find yourself constantly seeking the next big winter thrill, reserve a Mountain Run at Boyne villa that gives you the ability to ski in/ski out at the base of the Super Bowl—one of the most popular black-diamond ski runs. This challenging slope is steep and narrow with an advanced terrain. Brave a run downhill and you’ll definitely feel the surge of adrenaline rush past the tip of your icy nose and rosy cheeks. For breathtaking views of the Michigan countryside, enjoy an afternoon of cross-country skiing. This easy-to-learn sport is a great way for everyone in the family to enjoy the great outdoors and get in an incredible full-body workout. Cross-country skiing for just one hour burns approximately 400 calories. (Something to consider after a fine holiday feast!) While Boyne Mountain is the Midwest’s largest ski area, you can also take part in an incredible array of other fun-filled winter activities. Snow tubing, for example, is perfect for all ages. All you need is a tube and the desire to have some slippery fun while spending time with your family swooshing down hills. Snowboarders can slide and jump their way through the Michigan landscape; ice skaters can dream about landing the quadruple jump for Olympic gold.
Those who like their water nice and cold can take a short drive to Zorn Park on Little Traverse Bay for a swim in frigid artesian springs. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure but need to get equipped, head to Bass Pro Shops®. They have everything you could possibly imagine to get you through your next outing. After an exhilarating day of dashing through the snow, make tracks to the Snowflake Lounge for a warm toddy and live entertainment.
Make a Splash
If you’d rather splash in a pool than play in the snow during your cold-weather vacation, dive in and soak up the fun at Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park. Michigan’s largest indoor water park features 88,000 square feet of aquatic adventures including slides, rides, climbing walls, kids’ pools, a lazy river and an exciting surf simulator. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, step up to a multi-level arcade with more than 100 games. Boyne Falls is an inviting resort community featuring more than a handful of quaint boutique shops as well as your favorite franchised stores. For an authentic souvenir, be sure to pick up Michigan’s state stone—the Petoskey Stone. This rare primordial fossilized coral can be found in only a few places including Petoskey State Park, Magnus Park and various local shops. After a day of shopping you can relax your aching muscles with a soothing soak in the indoor hot tub. Or you can throw another log in the fireplace, pop in a DVD, stretch out and let your cares melt away as you settle in for the evening inside your vacation villa.
Mountain Run at Boyne has all the amenities to truly be your home-away-from-home during the holidays. So gather up the kids, invite grandpa and grandma, and tell your relatives to join you at the Michigan ski resort. You’re sure to make holiday memories that will have you laughing and reminiscing for years to come.