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Shanty Creek Resorts – Travel Review

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Lately, together with a number of different members of the media, Busted Pockets’s editorial employees was invited to spend some high quality time at Shanty Creek Resorts which through the winter months serves as a full service ski resort. All through our time on the resort we toured the property, took benefit of the slopes and loved the gorgeous sights of Winter in northern Michigan. Our keep was designed to showcase all the things that the resort has to supply in the course of the winter months together with snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and fantastic eating.

The parents at Shanty Creek additionally made a level to share with us some main renovations and upgrades that have been made for 2015. For those who’ve stayed or skied at Shanty Creek prior to now you’ll now discover some new and thrilling modifications. For starters, their Ski Faculty and a majority of their rental gear has been moved from Schuss Village to Cedar River Village. One other change at Cedar River is the upgrades made on the Lodge at Cedar River. On the primary flooring there’s a model new full service bar and restaurant, with seating for as much as 120 and views of the Cedar River golf course.  They’ve additionally moved the alpine tubing hill over to Summit Mountain to make room for the brand new location of the resort’s Ski Faculty. These modifications have been put into place to improve all the resort expertise and after spending the week having fun with them we now have to say that they pulled off the modifications fairly properly!

Situated in Bellaire, Michigan, Shanty Creek Resorts is a vacation spot for snowboarding and snowboarding within the winter after which golf and R&R within the hotter months. On-website they’ve lodge rooms and condos to lease, bars and eating places to dine-in and huge acreages of Pure Michigan to take pleasure in. Our current keep at Shanty Creek was an eye fixed opening expertise, and we will’t wait to return. Right here’s why…

LODGING

Made up of three villages, Shanty Creek Resorts presents three totally different and distinctive lodging choices. Whether or not you’re visiting the resort for enterprise or for an extended weekend away with the entire household – you’ll discover a snug and handy place to put your head after an extended day taking in every little thing the resort has to supply.

Summit Village:

Lakeview Lodge + Convention Middle

ShantyFeb09Winter163ebSitting on prime of Summit Mountain and overlooking lovely Lake Bellaire, The Lakeview Lodge simply has one of the best views of the entire resort and serves because the flagship property of the resort. As you stroll by way of the primary entrance and as much as registration your eyes routinely gaze up on the hovering ceilings with beautiful uncovered picket beams. From there you’ll be able to’t assist however stroll in the direction of the superb view the property gives by way of the wall of home windows wanting over Summit Mountain and Lake Bellaire. An entrance like that will get you excited to see what else the resort has to supply. In 2007, Lakeview Lodge + Convention Middle underwent a multimillion greenback renovation and it nonetheless shines shiny as if it was achieved this yr and never 7 years in the past. Lakeview homes 183 rooms that vary from a standard lodge room with two queen beds and a fridge to a deluxe spa parlor room that includes a full kitchen, hearth and a jacuzzi. This all-in-one property options The Lakeview Restaurant, The Spa, Arnie’s Grill, and indoor & outside swimming pools. Because the Lakeview is perched on prime of Summit, it provides ski-in/out entry to the 11 runs on the hill as nicely the newly relocated Alpine Tubing Park. When you’ve warmed up on Summit, you possibly can catch the extremely handy (and free!) resort shuttle to Schuss Mountain. Within the hotter months, two of the resort’s golf programs – The Legend & Summit GC – are proper out your backdoor.

For teams, the Lakeview Convention Middle has over 16,000 sq. ft of assembly area that has quite a lot of rooms and configurations to please any assembly planner or bride-to-be.

In case you are getting the entire crew collectively, Summit Village additionally gives privately owned condos and houses that you could simply reserve by means of Shanty Creek’s web site. They’re all inside strolling distance of Lakeview Lodge + Convention Middle, all of its facilities and the resort shuttle cease.

Schuss Mountain Lodge:

shanty creek resort travel reviewAs you drive as much as the lodge and it comes into view, you are feeling like you’re getting into an enthralling European village on the base of the Alps. Situated on the foot of Schuss Mountain, the Mountain Lodge is the place the motion is at. Right here you’ll discover quite a lot of lodging choices together with condos and villas all inside strolling distance of the primary lifts of the mountain. The related heated outside pool is open all yr lengthy, which means within the winter months, it’s principally an outsized scorching tub. It’s a superb strategy to chill out your calves after an extended day shredding the slopes. Ivan’s Café is situated proper subsequent door the place you’ll be able to seize a beer, a chew to eat on the cafe, or stay leisure. Need to uncover the remainder of the resort or head over to ski Summit Mountain? Bounce on the shuttle!

Cedar River:

The Lodge at Cedar River

cedar river lodge shanty creekThe Lodge at Cedar River is situated within the resort’s latest village – Cedar River. Inbuilt 1999, the property presents 72 suites plus 14 two, three, & 4 bed room condos which are slopeside within the winter and golfside in the summertime. This property’s location is what one thinks of when lodging is known as ski in/out. Proper out the again door, simply step into your skis or board and head down the slope to the Purple carry that may take you to the highest of Schuss Mountain. Prepared for a break or to be completed for the day? Head down the North Face of Schuss in the direction of The Lodge and ski proper throughout the bridge to the again door of the property. For those who’re new to snowboarding or boarding, Shanty Creek’s Ski Faculty and Leases now make their house in Cedar River. They also have a useful shuttle that may deliver you from the backdoor of The Lodge to the newbie ski space throughout the road so that you don’t have to hold all of your gear. The property’s restaurant, The River Bistro, serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a full bar. The Lodge can also be residence to a recreation room, assembly rooms, professional store, and a heated outside pool space. Heated outside swimming pools within the wintertime are a magical factor. Once more,if you’d like need to discover the remainder of the resort – hitch a experience on the free resort Shuttle.

Bonus: There’s a TV channel that performs nothing however basic Warren Miller ski films in any respect of resort in a single day rooms.

SKI REPORT

Tucked away in northern Michigan’s snow-belt, Shanty Creek Resorts is a snowboarding and snowboarding paradise. Comprised of two ski slopes, Schuss Mountain & Summit Mountain, Shanty Creek offers choices for skiers of all ranges. At Schuss you discover a 450′ vertical drop,  41 runs, and 6 chair lifts.

schuss mountain mapOf the 2 slopes, Schuss Mountain is our favourite by far. The setup is fairly expansive for a Michigan resort and was created with a considerate format. Skiers of all ranges can begin on the prime collectively but take runs that match their talent-set and nonetheless be capable of meet up on the backside of similar raise to take the journey again up collectively. Professional Tip: When you ever lose you ski buddy or group take the carry you’re at to the highest. At Schuss, 5 out of 6 lifts take you to the height. The pink carry is the one one which gained’t get you there.

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A couple of different nice options Shanty Creek presents is fast flip-round ski and snowboard leases on the Lodge at Cedar River, in addition to ski faculty for newcomers. At Schuss Village, the brand new Day Lodge presents picnic type eating space on the foot of the east face. The Day Lodge at Schuss is the place households and teams can pack a lunch, arrange ‘camp’, and spend the complete day. Right here it’s also possible to purchase your raise tickets and lease lockers. With raise tickets starting from $40 to $70 ea. it’s good to know there’s an choice on the resort for households and teams on a price range in terms of feeding the crew for the day.

Schuss additionally presents terrain parks with rails, options and a few fairly epic jumps in addition to wooded areas for carving by means of the timber. In case you’re into racing and really feel the necessity for velocity, every weekend Schuss runs NASTAR from 1-3pm.

Insider Tip: In the event you’re feeling a bit of chilly and need to heat up, however don’t don’t need to trek again to the Day Lodge or lodge room – hop on the Purple raise and about half approach up look to your left… there you’ll see a stoked bonfire surrounded by like-minded and equally frigid skiers.

As for Summit Mountain (situated three.9 miles from Schuss) we found a extra compact setup providing up 340′ of vertical, 11 runs and a couple of chairs. The runs listed here are clearly shorter and the format is extra tight, however we nonetheless loved the slopes. In case you keep on the Lakeview Lodge you’re perched atop Summit Mountain and the views are superb. When reserving a visit to Shanty Creek we’d recommend spending nearly all of your time at Schuss for snowboarding, however don’t cross up Summit. It’s charming and has some fascinating runs. The chair lifts then again… they’re slightly tough so put together for some steep unloading.

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All-in-all of the snowboarding and snowboarding expertise that Shanty Creek offers is among the greatest we’ve skilled within the state of Michigan. When you’re planning a ski journey and aren’t positive the place to go be certain put Shanty Creek in your brief record. You’ll quickly discover it to be one among your favorites too.

ACTIVITIES

Although Shanty Creek’s hottest winter exercise is downhill snowboarding and boarding, they don’t seem to be the one choices out there to these wanting to absorb the snow coated outdoor. SCR has a full lineup of winter enjoyable that features one thing for everybody in your group.

nordic skiingNordic Snowboarding
Cross nation snowboarding is a wonderful strategy to take pleasure in the great thing about a Michigan winter. SCR has 30 kilometers of groomed and monitor set trails. If in case you have your personal gear, cross nation path heads might be discovered in any respect three of the SCR villages. Don’t have your personal gear or a clue the way to cross nation ski? No worries! The Nordic Middle at Cedar River Village provides leases and classes. 

Cross Nation Snowboarding Path Map

shanty creek tubingAlpine Tubing

This yr, Alpine Tubing has a brand new residence at Shanty Creek – atop Summit Mountain at Summit Village. Beforehand discovered at Cedar River, the transfer of Alpine Tubing to Summit Village made room for the resort’s new and improved Ski Faculty at Cedar River and we’re on board with the change. We’re additionally on board with how enjoyable tubing is at any age! The Alpine Tubing space has 5 tubing lanes and consider us once we say the hill is greater and quicker that it seems to be. Relying on the circumstances of the hill, single riders or teams of as much as four tubers can fly down the hill collectively. For these velocity demons on the market, select lane #1, it’s all the time the quickest! As soon as on the backside of the hill, simply seize your tube and step onto the Magic Carpet to effortlessly make your approach again up the hill. Need a break from the enjoyable or simply really feel like being an onlooker? We discovered an superior (and heat!) hearth pit space overlooking the tubing space full with tables and chairs.  Alpine Tubing is out there Friday – Sunday in addition to Holidays and tickets begin at $12 for an hour cross.

snow shoingSnowshoeing

In case you’re on the lookout for a unique option to see the winter wonderland surrounding the resort, snowshoeing is an exercise for each capability degree whereas nonetheless being a pleasant exercise. The brand new multi-objective Nordic path at Cedar River will convey you across the snow coated Cedar River Golf Course. Snowshoeing passes and leases can be found on the Nordic Middle at Cedar River Village.

 

dog sleddingDogsled Rides

This exercise caught our consideration instantly because it’s one thing that each child (and grownup!) has needed to attempt. Whereas the resort’s Dogsled Rides are designed for youngsters underneath 100lbs, you’ll more than likely run into Pets That Pull’s lovable crew of Siberian Huskies across the resort since they comply with their proprietor Mike King in all places. Throughout our time on the resort, we bumped into members of the group enjoyable at Cedar River and on the base of Schuss Mountain between and after sled rides. Dogsled Rides are $15 every and final roughly 12 minutes.

9170810-largeSleigh Rides

Who hasn’t needed to go ‘dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh’? Properly you’re in luck and on Saturdays and Holidays at SCR, you’ll be able to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ whereas truly dwelling the verse within the basic vacation music – all winter lengthy. Sleigh Rides are solely $12 per individual and youngsters beneath three are free when accompanied by a paying grownup. Rides run each 45 minutes and final round 25 minutes.

 

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Shanty Creek Resort is situated close to the Jordan Valley Path System which suggests you’ll be able to add one other outside exercise to your record whereas staying on the resort. SCR has partnered with Blue Sky Leases who will ship one- and two-individual snowmobiles proper to you. Reservations have to be made prematurely.

 

 

shanty creek spaLakeview Lodge Spa

Whew! After collaborating in all the resort’s actions, you’re going to be in want of some deep rest. We all know we have been! Shanty Creek’s Spa is situated at The Lakeview Lodge & Convention Middle at Summit Village and gives quite a lot of remedies and packages from massages, physique scrubs, wraps, and extra.

 

 

Weekly & Seasonal Occasions

For sure, there’s all the time one thing happening at Shanty Creek Resorts. On prime of all of their conventional winter actions, SCR hosts weekly actions together with youngsters actions, film nights, reside leisure, and extra. You’ll find their weekly occasions calendar, ‘Creek Speak’ on their web site in addition to at every lodging property on the resort. Shanty Creek additionally has an extended listing of seasonal occasions every winter that may make you begin planning your subsequent journey again together with The Slush Cup, Cardboard Basic, Beer+Boards, and the Schuss Mountain Snow Problem.

Bonus: Gandy The Purple Goose!

This season is the triumphant return of SCR’s beloved mascot – Gandy! After a few 15 yr hiatus, Gandy is again higher than ever and also you don’t need to be a child to be pumped about it. On Saturdays and holidays yow will discover Gandy snowboarding down the hill at Schuss or the newbie ski space and even tubing over at Summit Village. Simply think about a 7+ foot tall purple goose hitting the slopes and consider us that it’s a thrill in itself to run into Gandy if you least anticipate it. We caught up with Gandy on the Alpine Tubing space at Summit and all of us took a experience – big purple goose and all – down the hill. It was one in every of our favourite moments of our keep at SCR. That Gandy is fearless!

DINING

No matter actions you participate in or the place you keep whereas visiting Shanty Creek, you’re by no means removed from a chew to eat, a chilly beer, nice eating, or perhaps a Shot-Ski.

The Lakeview Restaurant

lake view resturant shanty creekThe Lakeview Restaurant is situated at Summit Village inside the Lakeview Lodge + Convention Middle overlooking Lake Bellaire. The restaurant is a part of the lodge’s giant, open Nice Room and virtually each seat in the home has a window or isn’t removed from a roaring hearth. The Lakeview serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and provides a regional, eclectic menu. Menu gadgets embrace lovely breakfast frittatas, fish tacos, fried risotto, pulled duck quesadillas, pork rapoza, and sauteed salmon. Arnie’s Grill is the restaurant’s bar space the place you possibly can sip a cocktail in between runs on the slopes or seize a sandwich to refuel. Government Chef Andrew Reh was named Michigan’s Culinary Star of the Yr by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Affiliation and the dishes served up displays why he’s very deserving of this award. Whereas visiting the resort, it is best to plan to have a minimum of one meal at The Lakeview Restaurant throughout your journey.

The River Bistro

shanty creek diningSituated inside The Lodge at Cedar River, The River Bistro presents a sports activities pub sort setting and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a full bar. Overlooking the north face of Schuss Mountain, it’s a fantastic place to start out your day on the slopes by filling up at their morning breakfast buffet full of all of the fixings together with made to order omelets and freshly made waffles. The lunch and dinner menu supply one thing for every part together with salads, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and pizzas. A number of the menu favorites are the toasted raviolis, bourbon barrel smoked salmon unfold, brief rib sandwich, truffle fries, and pan-fried perch. Together with a full bar, The River Bistro presents recent fruit combined cocktails and spirits together with the Indignant Bellini, Soiled Banana, and our private favourite – the Cucumber Basil Margarita. It’s also possible to unwind between periods on the slopes or on the finish of the day right here by capturing some pool or enjoying a couple of rounds of shuffleboard. The large display TVs assist you to make amends for the large recreation. Better of all, since The Lodge at Cedar River is ski in/out, so is The River Bistro. For sure we spent a very good period of time between runs right here throughout our keep on the resort.

Ivan’s Café

IMG_20150118_214451Ivan’s is completely positioned on the base of Schuss Mountain and is a superb spot to satisfy up with the group for a drink or a chew to eat earlier than, after, or in between runs on the mountain. New this yr, Ivan’s has reworked right into a premier skier’s cafeteria with fast serve choices like prepared made salads, sandwiches, soups, chili, french fries, pizza, and Starbucks Espresso. Make sure you find the magical menu merchandise referred to as ‘Ivan’s Pickles’. This changeup means no extra ready eternally on a busy Saturday for a chew to eat if you find yourself ravenous RIGHT NOW and need to get again on the hill RIGHT NOW. Additionally it means the velocity of service is far faster and the anticipate tables is far shorter. Regardless that the meals service has modified up a bit, Ivan’s nonetheless serves up cocktails, craft beer, wine, and presents “The Largest TV in Antrim County”.

Specialty Brews

black diamond t-shirt design 7Distinctive to Shanty Creek’s bar menu is their partnership with Bellaire’s very personal Brief’s Brewing Firm. Brief’s has created two specialty made brews that you would be able to solely get on the resort together with Black Diamond and Shanty Buzz. You possibly can’t even get these 10 minutes down the street at Brief’s personal brewery. Black Diamond is a darkish American lager that was initially made to have fun SCR’s 50th Anniversary. Whereas its deep, black colour make it appear to be an extremely heavy beer, it’s truly a light-weight bodied lager. We have been followers after the primary sip. Shanty Buzz is a light-weight, clear, straightforward consuming Hefeweizen with flavors of bananas and cloves. Once more, we have been followers after the primary sip. We absolutely approve and help this Shanty/Brief’s partnership!

NIGHTLIFE

10931520_10102366994481105_3657233571419145315_nIn the event you’re in search of one thing to do after the slopes shut for the night time we extremely advocate checking into one of many many bars or eating places on-property. A scorching spot to take a look at (even within the day) is Ivan’s Café. Ivan’s was previously a full service sit-down bar and grill. Immediately Ivan’s continues to be a bar, however they’ve converted to cafeteria type eating, which is good for a fast chew to eat. On the weekends you possibly can catch dueling pianos, take heed to stay music and even swim within the outside heated pool over wanting Schuss Mountain.

One other enjoyable spot to take a look at is “The Shanty,” proper subsequent to The Lakeview Lodge and Convention Middle, is a superb gap-in-the-wall bar that serves the whole lot… and by every thing we imply beer, wine and liquor.

Should you’re feeling just a little adventurous and need to go off-property. We extremely advocate hitting up Brief’s Brewing in Bellaire, MI. It’s about 10 minutes away from the resort, the Shanty Creek shuttle will convey you there they usually serve implausible brews and meals. Our favourite brews on faucet = Delicate Parade & Cone Thugs.

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Professional Tip: The SCR Shuttle runs until 11:00 pm nightly. When the shuttle stops operating for the night time you should use the brand new SCR taxi service, which can take you nearly anyplace for $2.00 per individual every means!

STAFF

Whereas staying at Shanty Creek Resorts one factor all the time remained constant – the superb degree of service and power the employees confirmed in the direction of friends. Throughout our keep we had the distinctive alternative to see the employees work together with visitors on slower weekdays in addition to on a busy vacation weekend. Whereas there have been lots of upon a whole lot of  extra friends on the weekend, packed eating rooms and busy ski slopes the employees stored their cool and have been all the time sort, useful and had a smile on their face. It’s all the time good to be someplace you possibly can inform the employees is genuinely completely satisfied to be there.

Past their endurance and unimaginable power, we discovered the Shanty Creek employees to be extraordinarily personable and educated concerning the resort. A few of the greatest recommendation and ideas got here from our pals tending bar at Ivan’s. They’ve a shot-ski behind the bar (so we knew we might belief them) and have been capable of share a variety of good details about the resort together with upcoming occasions and native scorching spots.

For extra info on reserving a keep or buying raise tickets, head over to ShantyCreek.com

Shanty Creek Resorts – Travel Review

Shanty Creek Resorts is an excellent winter getaway. Harnessing all that is good about northern Michigan snowfall, we skilled nice snowboarding circumstances, a enjoyable laid-again ski-city environment and a employees that was extremely educated and useful. In case you’re trying to take a ski journey in Michigan or the Midwest for that matter, we extremely advocate making it Shanty Creek, they didn’t disappoint!

Lodging8.5

Snowboarding / Snowboading9

Actions10

Dining9

Nightlife8

Staff9.5

9Overall Rating

Reader Score: (6 Votes)

9.three

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