I had arrived at Boyne Highlands in Michigan the previous evening with my brother, Mark, and my nephew and niece, Jacob and Moriah. Everyone was excited about a weekend full of activities. Well, almost everyone.
I had broken my arm just two weeks before and wouldn’t be doing anything adventurous.
I have to admit I was a bit bummed before I arrived, but once I settled into Boyne Highlands, the views and other things I could do had eliminated my gloomy outlook.
We were up early for breakfast in the Dining Room of the Main Lodge. I was impressed by the huge buffet. There was an omelet station, as well as hot and cold dishes, fruits, muffins, pancakes, and more.
We were all full when we left to head outside, where the temperature was hovering around zero degrees. It was, after all, Michigan in the winter, I reminded my Californian family.
I followed everyone along to the Snow Sports Academy Desk in the Day Lodge, where they were checked in and fitted for their equipment.
Moriah and Jacob, who had skied quite a few times at Lake Tahoe, had a two-hour group lesson before they were off to some ski time of their own.
Mark had decided that he wanted to try snowboarding and he too had a lesson. Boyne Highlands is very well equipped for every winter sport in every level.
I enjoyed relaxing and watching them. I hadn’t seen the kids in about a year and the mountain was just beautiful.
Everyone finished up a bit before our lunch and we decided to try tubing. It was a lot of fun, and something I could experience with the cast on.
We then headed to lunch with the entire press group in the Zoo Bar of the Day Lodge. We had pre-ordered lunch so we had a chance to chat and ask any questions we had to Boyne’s Director of Marketing, Erin Ernst.
I had ordered the Slider Trio of Avocado Turkey, Thai Beef, and Black Bean, and it was delicious. Everyone was happy with the other options, including an Ahi Tuna Wrap, too.
Erin had arranged for my spa appointment to be while Mark and the kids went zip lining so we went our separate ways for a while.
I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing Milk & Honey Pedicure and they had a fun time zip lining.
We rested a while before heading to dinner at Petoskey Brewing Company, which was just a few minutes away.
I requested a tour of Petoskey’s facilities, which were bigger than we expected, before we sat down for some beer tasting and warm pretzels, followed by burgers and sandwiches.
Moriah had stayed back at the lodge to study. When we returned, we all went into the hot tub for a while. There’s nothing quite like watching the snow mountains in freezing temperatures while you stay warm in the hot tub.
Despite the fact that I was the only one who didn’t have an adventurous day, I think I was the first one asleep after all the relaxing.
I would get to join in on more of the fun Saturday at Boyne Highlands as we were starting with dog sledding.