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MICHIGAN’S COOLEST HOTELS + RESORTS FOR WINTER GETAWAYS

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When you’re looking for a sweet escape, look no further than Michigan. We all know about the fantastic summer destinations but the ‘cool’ winter retreats may not be on your radar. From ski slopes to water slides, find it all at these Michigan resorts.

 

Shanty Creek Resort (Bellaire)

Across 5,000 acres of rolling countryside, Shanty Creek has three distinct villages surrounded by unspoiled scenery. Each village delivers a slightly different flavor while collectively being part of the Shanty Creek experience. Enjoy winter’s favorite snow sports at Shanty Creek’s Summit Village, Cedar River Village, and Schuss Mountain.

 

Highlights: Ski trips, snowboarding, bobsledding + indoor pool

Rates: From $164 per night

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Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa (Boyne Falls) 

Ski, board, Sno-Go Biking, snow biking and more on Boyne Mountain and then rest and relax at Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa. Just steps from Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, The Spa at Boyne Mountain, an indoor/outdoor heated pool and fitness center, a cafe and restaurant, there’s something for everyone at the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa.

 

Highlights: Skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, horseback riding, snowshoeing, tubing + zipline adventure

Rates: From $99 per night

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Bavarian Inn Lodge (Frankenmuth)

Enjoy seven acres of family fun at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – including our indoor water slides and four indoor pools, mini golf and a massive gaming area! Reserve your spot for unique experience of Pretzel Rolling at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant!

Highlights: Full-size indoor pool + waterslides, arcade, mini-golf + restaurant

Rates: From $126 per night

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Zhender’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark (Frankenmuth) 

Zehnder’s Splash Village has two distinct aquatic adventures offering something for the entire family. Thirty-two guest rooms feature an inside panoramic view of the Atrium Park which features a four person 6-story family raft ride, action river, The Super Loop – a thrilling 6-story speed slide, zero entry pool with water geysers, water basketball, and a variety of family water activities, private family cabanas and large family hot tub.

 

Highlights: Two indoor water parks, arcade + restaurant 

Rates: From $99 per night

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Lakeside Resort (Houghton Lake) 

Unplug and unwind by the water at our Lakeside Resort in Houghton Lake. The pet-friendly, all-suites hotel has an indoor waterpark and is close to Snow Snake Ski Hill.

 

Highlights: Indoor heated pool + waterslides, game room + restaurant

Rates: From $99 per night

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Fairview Beachfront Inn & Waterpark (Mackinaw City)

The Fairview Beachfront Inn & Waterpark is located directly on beautiful Lake Huron and a private sandy beach overlooking Mackinac Island. With an on-site pool + 30 minute drive to ski slopes, it offers the perfect combination of winter activities.

 

Highlights: Free water park access to all guests, free hot breakfast, walking distance to downtown Mackinaw City, large family suites, spa + sauna

Rates: From $89 per night

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Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel (Mt. Pleasant) 

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel has 243 guest rooms, a 45,000 square foot indoor waterpark and arcade.

 

Highlights: 45,000 sq. foot Indoor water park, arcade, casino + restaurant

Rates: From $179 per night

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Double JJ Resort and Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark (Rothbury)

Double JJ Resort is a 2,000 acre resort with a variety of lodging options from log homes to thoroughbred suites – dog-friendly accommodations too. Pick your stay and your activities which include indoor waterpark, equestrian activities and tubing.

 

Highlights: 60,000 sq. feet indoor water park, indoor glow golf, arcade snow tubing hill, + winter sleigh rides

Rates: From $109 per night

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Crystal Mountain Resort (Thompsonville)

From mountain top retreats to bungalows in the village plaza, there are multiple lodging options at Crystal Mountain. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing and Michigan’s only alpine slide.

 

Highlights: Skiing, on-site dining, shopping, child care, snowshoeing, horse-drawn rides, ice skating, + family crafts

Rates: From $119 per night

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Great Wolf Lodge (Traverse City) 

Great Wolf Lodge defies the weather outside with an indoor water park experience that has young and old soaking in the fun!

 

Highlights: Themed family suites, indoor water park, daily kids activities, shopping, kid games + attractions

Rates: From $149 per night

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Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.

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