by Lissa Poirot
This massive Midwest resort features 36 holes of championship golf during summer months and 58 downhill ski slopes during the winter months. The resort features more than 250 hotel rooms, suites, condos, townhouses and resort residences, including bungalows and cottages. The Inn at the Mountain is located in the heart of Crystal Mountain Village with rooms that can sleep up to four guests with king bedrooms and separate living rooms with a queen murphy bed, as well as efficiency kitchens. Similarly, Hamlet, between Crystal Spa and the slopes, offers the same. Crystal Colony provides standard hotel rooms with two queen beds and an efficiency kitchen or a king bed with full kitchen and queen murphy bed in the living area. Pinehurst accommodations along the golf course provide studios and one-and two-bedroom units to sleep two to six guests. Suites provide living rooms with sofa sleepers and full kitchens, while studios offer one queen bed and an efficiency kitchen.
For more space, Kinlochen is just steps from the slopes and provides one- to three-bedroom condos with separate living rooms, dining areas and full kitchens to sleep six to 10 people. Mountainside accommodations provide four- and five-bedroom cottages to sleep 10 to 14. These include living rooms with fireplaces, dining areas, and full kitchens. MountainTop accommodations provide the best views and can sleep 10 to 12 guests in various units with full kitchens, dining areas, and living rooms with fireplaces. This location also offers a private outdoor pool in the summer months. WinterGreen, just steps from the resort’s Water’s Edge Outdoor Pool, provides one- to three-bedroom lodging for up to eight guests. These feature living rooms with fireplaces and full kitchens. Cottages at Water’s Edge, also near the pool, offer two- and three-bedroom options to sleep up to nine guests. These also provide full kitchens and living rooms, as well as washers and dryers. Bungalow residences provide three- and four-bedroom home options to sleep up to 10 guests. Again, they feature living rooms, full kitchens and washers and dryers. Finally, Resort Homes are three- and four-bedroom houses with the ability to sleep 12, with full kitchens and living rooms. All accommodations with the exception of Resort Homes receive Wi-Fi.
Amenities are plentiful at Crystal Peak with an outdoor pool and water playground in the summer, family campfires, board and card games, outdoor tennis, outdoor movies, select family activities, on-property shuttle service, and miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. Downhill skiing and snowboarding, lessons and an outdoor skating rink are available in the winter. Kids’ crafts and activities, family adventures and childcare services for ages 6 and under are also available.
Kids 17 and under ski free Sundays through Thursdays. Kids 6 and under sleep, ski and eat breakfast for free anytime. The resort also offers pet-friendly accommodations. In-room babysitting can be arranged for children of any age.
With a resort of this size, restaurants are plentiful. The year-round Thistle Pub & Grille is open for lunch and dinner daily. Wild Tomato Restaurant & Bar provides a breakfast buffet. In the summer months, the Beach House provides casual dining poolside, while the Clipper CafÃ© is open in the winter months, slopeside. During peak seasons, Little Betsie Bistro & Grocery is open with sandwiches and pizza and in-room delivery of grocery items.
Our Editor Loves
- Expansive mountainside resort
- Rooms, suites, villas, condos, homes, cottages
- Accommodations for up to 12
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
I have been to this resort several times. Never for skiing though. We normally go for a couples weekend, and use the spa in the Fall. They have a very nice spa and restaurant. There is a winery nearby and some quaint little restaurants. We enjoyed going to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Leland which weren't far away.
We have never had a bad experience at Crystal Mountain.
When there could be the possibility of something not so positive?
Crystal Mountain corrects it!
Outstanding customer service, immaculate everything!
Golfing is picture perfect. Excellent food. Excellent everything. We have had some very good memories created, and plan to add skiing memories this coming season.
Special kudos to:
Alaina, Rich and Patra!