Showing posts with label skiing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skiing. Show all posts

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Luxuriating in Bay Harbor

It didn’t take me long to feel relaxed and comfortable at the Inn at Bay Harbor, a hotel in the Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection. 

My suite was perfect, and I had slept well. I was ready to take the relaxation to another level.

My day was wide open with the exception of the start of it -- at The Spa.
I arrived a few minutes before my appointment for the Ginger Glow treatment. 

I changed into my luxurious robe and sat down with a cup of tea in the quiet waiting area.




The Ginger Glow is one of the signature offerings at the Inn at Bay Harbor, and I can certainly understand why its so popular. I could easily rename it “Heaven on Earth.”

It began with a scrub made of ginger, with a hint of eucalyptus, to get rid of the dead cells on my skin. 



After that was rinsed off, I had a full body massaged with a ginger oil and hot stones.

The next part was probably my favorite as arthritis always has me seeking warmth: my whole body was wrapped in a warm robe-like cocoon while I received a scalp massage.
When the spa experience was done, I was ready to take a nap, but I was too hungry to do so. It was late for breakfast at the resort and 

I asked one of the drivers to take me to the Marina.

It's a free perk if you are looking to go around Bay Harbor and don’t want to walk or bike along the beach path. 

I saw a sign in front of the Original Pancake House for their famous Apple Pancake. 
I decided to go inside and, with a side of eggs for some protein. 


I managed to get through less than half of the scrumptious treat. (Of course, I brought the rest back to my room.)


I asked the driver to give me a little tour on the way back to my hotel suite.


In addition to the main lodge, there are also 35 cottages on the property. 

They are two and three-bedrooms each, and popular for family reunions, girlfriend getaways, and golf weekends.

Guests have the option of playing at the Bay Harbor Golf Club, an award winner with 27 holes along the shoreline, or the 18-hole championship course at Crooked Tree.

Golf is available in three seasons.

 In the winter, guests can do cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, or arrange to head to the sister properties, Boyne Highlands or Boyne Mountain, for downhill skiing.

In the afternoon, I took a drive to Charlevoix (about 20 minutes away). I stopped at one of their beautiful beaches before heading to the quaint downtown to visit one of my favorite Michigan stores, Cherry Republic. 






I picked up two bags of cherry goodies (especially the Cherry Fudge Sauce my daughter loves).

Brittany and Jamie came back to the hotel to join me for our final night in Michigan. 

We decided to stay on property and relax with s’mores by the fire pit in front of the beach. (I also decided to stick with some leftover cheese for dinner as I had enough snacking.) 
It’s just one of the free activities the Inn at Bay Harbor offers its guests.

Before leaving the next day, I had a delicious breakfast of Blueberry Pancakes and conversation with Erin Ernst, Director of Communications for the Boyne properties.

Then it was time to head south, back to Illinois. It was good to be going home, but I was also happy that I’d be going back to beautiful Michigan in just a few short weeks.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Boyne Mountain Includes Spa and Zipline

It was my final day at the Boyne Mountain Resort with my friends Brittany, Angela, and Kylie. We continued having a great time until the very end.

After packing up our large three bedroom suite, we filled up during our final breakfast at Everett’s. I would miss the comfort and selection of this restaurant in the Main Lodge.

The grounds of the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan are beautiful and very easy to navigate. Could imagine it is also a fun family atmosphere in the summer, but on this Sunday, we saw a lot of people coming to enjoy the winter sports for the day.

We split up from that point. The younger women were going off to zip line through the snow. Angela and I were heading to the spa.

The Spa, Salon & Fitness Center at Boyne Mountain is quite big and has everything you need for relaxation, as well as fitness classes and workout equipment.

Angela and I were there early enough to enjoy the steam room, sauna, and whirlpools, which are complimentary to those using the spa facilities. We also had a chance to chill in the relaxation room with some tea.

The Spiced Rum Pudding Body Treatment (similar to the Caramelt Me Away) at the Boyne Mountain Resort Spa was heavenly.

It included a milk soak, exfoliation, and oil massage using sweet swelling and moisturizing spiced rum pudding products.

We met up with Brittany and Kylie after the spa. They had lots of fun ziplining.  We picked up some fudge for the road at Kilwin’s before we left.

It had been an amazing trip to Boyne Mountain in Michigan. Even though we spent three full days, there was still things – such as ice skating at Fat Tire Snow Biking – that we didn’t get to.

People don’t always look to the Michigan for snow activities, but this resort has been recognized as having some of the best terrain in the Midwest, with seven terrain parks and 415 skiable acres.

It’s a great place for a family getaway and I hope to be back some day.

Ready to hit the slopes? There’s snow at Boyne Mountain at least four months out of the year. Check out all the late winter and early spring deals on their website.

A special thanks to Get Outfitted for the great ski clothes delivered directly to our resort. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Downhill and Cross Country Skiing at Boyne Mountain

It was our second full day at Boyne Mountain Resort in Michigan and we were having a blast.

I had brought along my friends Brittany and Angela, and Angela’s daughter Kylie. Boyne Mountain put up in a very spacious Salzburg Suite in the Main Lodge. It had a cozy living room, full kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Angela and I each claimed the larger bedrooms and the (grown) girls had a lot of fun in the colorful kids room, which had two bunk beds.

We once again had breakfast downstairs at Everett’s, where the buffet had a nice selection of choices and the Vanilla Bean Pancakes and French Toast, in a vanilla cinnamon custard, are amazing.

From Everett’s we could also see snow-filled views of the Boyne Mountain’s Alpine Village .

After breakfast we went down to the village and walked around the shops until it was time for Brittany and Kylie’s ski lessons.

The Skier Services building is huge. It’s where you get equipment, register for lessons, and purchase ski packages. It’s extremely organized and everyone there is very helpful, whether you are a beginner (as they were) or an advanced skier.

While they were skiing, Angela and I enjoyed some coffee and girl talk. There are benches outside to watch the skiers, and also the Kids Camp, where young non-skiers were having a lot of fun playing while their parents hit the slopes.

After the skiing, we all went to Kilwin’s Fudge Shop for some hot chocolate, followed by lunch at Forty Acres Tavern. We had liked it so much the day before we decided to return.

In the afternoon, I wasn’t feeling great and decided to stay back at the suite while they went Cross Country Skiing. 

They had a great time – Brittany liked it much better than downhill skiing – and thought the path’s Boyne Mountain had available were terrific.

We stayed in the room for some pizza for dinner. After we ate, we went outside to the bonfire and enjoyed s’mores. It was another complimentary amenity the resort had.


It had been a long day of winter fun and everyone was exhausted. We hit the beds pretty early to rest before our last day at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Fun at Boyne Mountain

Last year I had a great trip up to Boyne Highlands with my brother, youngest niece and nephew. 

While we were there, we heard a lot of great things about its sister resort, Boyne Mountain.

It didn’t take much convincing when I was offered a trip to go check it out for myself.

I brought along friends Brittany, Angela, and Kylie for a girls/family getaway at this Michigan resort.

The adventure began on Thursday morning as we headed up for the eight-hour drive to Boyne Falls.

Boyne Mountain Resort has many different accommodations.

We would be staying in the three bedroom, two bath Salzburg Suite, a duplex with a full living room and kitchen.

We arrived early evening and checked in quickly. After we unpacked our groceries and got changed, we headed straight to the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark.

It is located in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa building we were staying in.

The waterpark was a lot of fun and we enjoyed a few hours of sliding and relaxing in the tubes of the lazy river, as well as the hot tubs.  

There is a restaurant, Apris Ski Pub, upstairs from the waterpark, but we were all pretty tired and decided to head back to the room, put on our PJs, and enjoy some of the mac n cheese I had made for the trip.

In the morning, we headed downstairs to Everett’s for breakfast. I had remembered the great breakfasts at Boyne Highlands and I wasn’t disappointed in the selection here either.

We decided to walk off some of the meal by exploring the grounds and buildings before our lunch with Erin Ernst, the Director of Communications for the Boyne properties.

We met Erin at the Forty Acres Tavern, the newest food options in the resort village at Boyne Mountain.

It’s a nice casual eatery at the foot of the slopes. They also have a full bar and big beer selection, with live music at night.

The menu had something for everyone. We started by sharing some of the delicious Grilled Artichoke Dip and Calamari with Mango relish, which my tablemates raved about.

I chose the Loaded Grilled Cheese sandwich, with aged cheddar, provolone, feta, Cherrywood smoked bacon, caramelized onion, avocado, and a sun-dried tomato aioli on Texas toast.

Even though I decided to go vegetarian and take the bacon off, it was sinfully delicious.

Shortly after lunch we went snowshoeing. I had only been once before, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and really enjoyed it.

The trails at Boyne Mountain Resort are much longer and I confess that I barely made it through! Brittany, Angela, and Kylie have more stamina than me, though, and even headed tubing when they were done with the snowshoe.

In the evening, Brittany’s Aunt Teresa came to join us. We picked up some hot chocolate (with RumChata and vanilla vodka for the adults) and took a horse drawn carriage ride through the property. It’s one of the complimentary activities at this resort and it was a lot of fun.

They even provided heavy blankets to keep us warm during the ride.

After the ride, we went into the indoor/outdoor pool for a bit and relaxed in the whirlpool.

It was a great way to end a day filled with fun at Boyne Mountain, but we needed to get some sleep to keep up with the schedule the following day.

A special thanks to GetOutfitted, who provided us with ski clothes for the trip. It's a great service that delivers -- and picks up -- right from your hotel so you don't have to lug everything around.