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
Our neighbors convinced us to join them at Crystal Mountain for a few days over the Labor Day weekend. We checked in at 12:05am and the lobby had gates over it and we were asked to use a phone to call for help (but I could hear people in the back talking). It took us an awkward 20 minutes to check in with hotel staff that was either high, drunk, or not competent enough to be working. It was an awful experience especially when I had never been here before. When it came to our room, it was beautiful with a mini-kitchenette, excessively large shower and changing area, and nice Murphy bed...but as well designed as it seemed, plugs for laptops and cell phones could NOT be found, making it hard for us tech-connected guests. What hotel has NO accessible outlets next to the nightstand or bed?
In the morning, we wandered around the resort and realized this was less a “hotel/resort” than it was a timeshare property. It was nice, but if you didn’t have the Pure Michigan Package, you were nickeled and dimed for everything. We obviously didn’t come prepared because we didn’t bring food with us and food options were limited and expensive. The resort itself is beautiful, the kids loved it, and we had lots of fun on the Alpine Slide (don’t go too fast else you will flip and have bad burns and bruises!), we did zip lining and the ropes course and spent time at the pool. As for activities, the resort was great and we would return again (I will say, had we not purchased the Pure Michigan Package, we would have spent well over $1000 for two nights, minus food).
As for food, we found the restaurants on site limited, over priced, and ok tasting, but nothing to write home about. The sad thing is there are NO other options outside of the resort, so you need to bring a grill and cook your own meals (something we didn’t know). The pizza was actually really good, and a great Gluten Free crust. The Thistle was only fair, very limited with options, and almost 2 hours for a group of 6 to eat in the summer when they weren’t crowded. Can’t imagine what it’s like in peak ski season! The Tomato place seemed more cost effective, but we never seemed to time it there when it was open. That’s what really got us with restaurants here...they had odd schedules and would close for meals leaving you with limited options. The Waffle Hut is closed on Fridays (who closes on a Friday?!?) And when we planned to have Moomers Ice Cream there Sat afternoon and they were closed in the afternoon. (The calendar said they opened at noon on Sat...are they open from 12-3?!?) We couldn’t figure out the schedules of what was open when, and it became frustrating because there aren’t other options off Resort that are close. Needless to say, we left without Moomers.
In all, our family had a lot of fun, and if we decide to return, we know to make sure we purchase the Pure Michigan Package so that most everything is included in the price, we know to bring our own food and a grill (as to not rely on limited fare at restaurants), and possibly rent a larger cabin and stay with our friends we met up with, in the hopes of saving a little money. The staff (aside from the horrible check in experience) all seemed really friendly and helpful and accommodating, and it would make us want to consider coming again.
by A M
We were very impressed by this resort and cannot stop talking about coming back. The grounds were gorgeous and everyone was so nice. The kids loved swimming and the activities such as rock climbing, alpine slide and adventure course. I recommend buying tickets when booking room. The room was cute and cozy. We brought our food and next time would stay in a room with a bigger kitchen.