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Skiing in Northwest Michigan
Crystal Mountain Snow Sports... Crystal Mountain voted #1 Ski Resort in the Midwest according to SKI Magazine. Amenities include 45 downhill slopes, 40 km of cross-country trails, half pipe and terrain parks. Located only 15 miles from our Motel, save big $$$ by staying with us.

Try Snowshoeing - Snowshoe rentals are available at our office - so you can easily explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes during winter. The National Lakeshore offers outstanding cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive offers views of Lake Michigan and the dunes. Winter is an excellent time to explore the Lakeshore see all the trails within 20 mi of our Motel. Ski trails are not groomed but are usually well tracked by previous skiers.



Snowmobile from our door to the trail
Convenient access to snowmobile trails with no need to trailer your equipment. Park your car and trailer on our property and ride your snowmobile to the trail right from your motel room door.

Click the picture on the right to view the Snowmobile trails in the area. View video of the trails here. Click on this link Yahoo local map and see just how close and convenient Zimmerman Rd trail access is. Arrow signs indicate the way to the Platte River Trail from our location and maps of all the trails are ready and available to our customers upon request. For weather and trail conditions check out the Benzie County Trail Report.

Enjoy Michigan's Winter Wonderland of groomed snowmobile trails. Snowmobile rentals are available locally and delivery to our Motel can be arranged. Click here



Shiver by the River 2015
Enjoy the 7th Annual Shiver By The River, dates still to be announced. Great winter fun with Ice carvings, great food and fun! Click Here for more info!






No Sled... No Skis... No Problem
Just 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City with breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Leelanau. Snow Tubing at Timberlee Hills is the perfect way to spend the day with your whole family in Traverse City this winter. It's all the fun of sledding - without hiking back up the hill! Timberlee's state-of-the-art handletow system let's you enjoy the gentle, scenic ride back to the top. Timberlee is Michigan's largest snow tubing hill. No lessons! No rentals! Just a Great Time!


Four-Season Fishing
Which type of fishing is your favorite? Springtime brings hefty Steelhead beginning in Mid - February thru April, while summer provides plenty of Salmon, Walleye, Pike, Trout and panfish galore. Come fall, you'll find Brown Trout and King Salmon making their annual runs in the Platte and Betsie Rivers, while winter means excellent ice fishing opportunities on the inland lakes. Ice fishing shanties pop up on lakes and bays throughout the region. Click Here for the DNR's seasonal fishing report.


Benzie County's 2015 Winter Fest
This fun event has something for everyone! Always the second weekend in February, this is a great way to enjoy some of the wintertime activities of Benzie County. Pancake breakfast, ice fishing contest, snowmobile poker run or how about a horse drawn hay ride. A frozen fish toss and frozen turkey bowling on Crystal Lake? A Winterfest Parade with local business, civic organizations and local fire and police departments participating. Also Fireworks over Crystal Lake with a good old fashioned bonfire. Plan on attending this fun Winter event!