Boyne Highlands Resort Review

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600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs MI 49740
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Editor’s Review of Boyne Highlands Resort

It's doubtful anyone will confuse a Midwest ski resort with the Rockies. Midwestern mountains are more like Western hills, yet avid skiers will gain a new respect for Midwestern skiing after visiting Boyne Highlands, an all-season Northern Michigan resort with some of the Midwest's best slopes. Resembling a Scottish country estate with its deep wood accents, tartan plaids and massive fireplaces, Boyne Highlands offers Midwestern families a budget-friendly ski vacation without the hassles or expense of flying.

Boyne Highlands is a sprawling resort with 55 ski runs that meander through pine forests alongside several terrain parks for snowboarders. On a clear day, you can see the mighty Mackinac Bridge from the highest peak. Another
... more skiing perk? Buy a lift ticket at Boyne Highlands and you can also use it to ski at their sister ski resort, Boyne Mountain, located a half hour south in Boyne Falls.

Boyne Highlands has more than just downhill skiing though. There's the peaceful escape of cross-country skiing through pristine woods, though kids will likely prefer the excitement of dogsledding, zip-lining, the tubing hill or the roar of a snowmobile ride through the surrounding forest.

The fun continues in the warmer months, with Boyne Highlands offering horseback riding, mountain biking and four 18-hole golf courses, surrounded by peaceful meadows and forests. Boaters and beach lovers will be delighted by the charming Lake Michigan towns of Petoskey (6 miles away) and Harbor Springs (3 miles away). These harbor towns offer quaint main streets filled with unique boutiques and galleries, eclectic coffee shops and upscale restaurants. Be aware that in the winter, the restaurants and shops have limited hours, with some even closing for a few months.

Since the nearby towns are a few miles away, Boyne Highlands has developed into a one-stop, play-and-stay resort. Superb onsite restaurants and bars with live music, combined with a myriad of kid-friendly activities, mean guests never have to leave the property. The ski-in, ski-out lodging allows guests to park their car upon arrival, and not drive again until it's time to say goodbye. Few Midwestern resorts can match the fun Boyne Highlands offers families. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Ski-in, ski-out access
  • Ski lessons for kids 3 and up
  • Midwest's largest outdoor hot tub
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  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
Family Amenities
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
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There are plenty of lodging options at the sprawling Boyne Highlands. The resort's lodging units range from budget-friendly standard rooms to loft-style condos to full-fledged homes. You can choose from a room with one king bed to multiple bedrooms large enough to house a party. The most budget-friendly rooms are the standard rooms with one queen bed, found at the Bartley House. At the higher end, Alpine Village offers luxurious 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom slopeside homes. Free wireless Internet is provided throughout the resort's lodging, as well as complimentary parking.

Main Lodge
As the name implies, this is the resort's main hotel. Stay here, and you'll be close to all the action -- walk to the cozy lobby, Slopeside Lounge and main dining room without ever going outside -- a nice perk in the winter months. Keep in mind that the even numbered rooms provide slopeside views, while the odd rooms overlook the parking lot.

Each room in the Main Lodge comes with a flat screen TV, mini-fridge, blowdryer, coffee maker and plush robes. Rooms all come with bathtubs in the Main Lodge, along with Gilchrist & Soames bath products and daily maid service.

A variety of room sizes and configurations mean there's a perfect lodging choice for every family in the Main Lodge. The smallest have one king bed, then there are rooms with two double beds and the European Suites, which have a king bed along with a pullout sofa. These normally connect to a larger room, a good choice for those traveling with grandparents or teens. True suites have a pull out sofa and fireplace in the living room and a bedroom with either one king or two queen beds.

The Family Rooms are a great choice for those traveling with several kids. There's a king or double bed in the living room and a bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds.

Rooms 250 and 244 have only one king bed, and are a nice choice for smaller families, as they have a sliding glass door leading out to the pool. Rollaway beds and cribs are provided throughout in the Main Lodge free of charge.

Bartley House
The Bartley House offers the resort's most budget-friendly option -- one or two bedrooms with a TV and small refrigerator. It's said to have the Midwest's largest hot tub, not a bad way to end a day of skiing! You can also walk over to the Main Lodge's heated outdoor pool for a dip.

Heather Highlands Inn
Across from the Main Lodge is the stylish Heather Highlands Inn, where you'll find privately owned condos, all with full kitchens, ranging from a standard room to the two story lofts with a downstairs bedroom, an upstairs loft bedroom and two full bathrooms.

The deluxe rooms at Heather Highlands Inn have updated kitchens with modern appliances and a full size refrigerator.

All the units have gas fireplaces, and some, but not all, have bathtubs. There's an indoor/outdoor pool and jacuzzi with a dry sauna.

Alpine Village
These two, three, and four bedroom condominiums are slopeside, and a short drive from the Main Lodge and golf courses. They're a popular choice for multi-family ski vacations. Each unit has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, fireplace, patio, complimentary Wi-Fi and full use of the pool, fitness center and other amenities at the Main Lodge.

The interiors are cozy yet stylishly decorated with natural wood, ceramic tile flooring and rustic cabin furnishings.

Heather Highlands Townhouses
Across from the Moor Golf Course, these 3- to 44 bedroom units are between 2,000 and 2,600 square feet, giving families ample space, along with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, a deck and fireplace. You'll have to drive to reach the ski slopes, the pool and restaurant and lounge at the Main Lodge though.

Ross Cottages
Located across from the Donald Ross Memorial Golf Course, these 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath homes are a perfect choice for a golf vacation. Each unit has a deck with a Weber grill, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer, along with complimentary Wi-Fi. It's a short drive to the pro shop and a mile drive to the Main Lodge, where you're free to use the pool and other facilities.

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