Even if there’s no snow on the ground, ski resorts are really fun places for family vacations. One ski resort where you will definitely get some quality family time together is Boyne Mountain Resort, in northwest Michigan, near the town of Petoskey. It may be a ski resort, but it offers year-round activities that are perfect for families.
If your family hasn’t stayed in a ski resort in the off-season, then you need to add that to your to-do list. Case in point: Boyne Mountain Resort, just outside Petoskey, Michigan (on the state’s northwest corner, along Lake Michigan and near a number of finger lakes).The resort is absolutely gorgeous in the summer and fall, and there is a ton of stuff for families to do. The ski lifts are used to take you and the kids up to biking trails, ziplining, or a disc golf course. (At Crystal Mountain Resort, in Thomasville, Michigan, they have an alpine slide. Read my review of that here).
I visited Boyne in August with my family, which includes a 10 and 12 year old, and found everything we like to do within the confines of the resort. We played in the lake and kayaked on their private beach; whizzed down ziplines (the awesome guides taught us how to go upside-down and hands free); chilled in our spacious and comfortable two-level room (with a full kitchen); and on a rainy day, rode slides in their large new, indoor water park. We also played lawn games and watched an outdoor magic show, next to a bonfire with free s’mores.
Quality Family Time at Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Mountain Resort is all about what I call QFT – quality family time. And nothing is more important than that. Here’s a rundown:
What Works for Families:
Everything! It’s a comfortable, homey resort, and there is so much to do. We spent five days here and didn’t have time to do everything. Best of all, almost all of the activities are stuff families can do together, like ziplining, bike riding and horseback riding. There are free chair lift rides, free kayak rentals and disc golf, a free putting green and shuffleboard along the lake, lawn games, and discounted indoor water park passes, Perhaps best of all, there’s just a nice friendly, laid-back vibe among guests and employees, which makes you feel comfortable.
What Doesn’t Work for Families:
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Tip #4: Pod Hill Farm is a short drive from Boyne, and they have a great restaurant, petting zoo, farm and store.