Imagine taking a Zhivago-like sleigh ride deep into northern Michigan’s forests, ending in a gourmet four-course dinner with entertainment
Imagine strapping on snowshoes and hiking the grounds of one of Michigan’s most famous ski resorts, and then sitting down to a three-course dinner with entertainment.
You’ve still got plenty of time to do either, or both, at Gaylord’s Treetops Resort, and Boyne Mountain a few miles west.
At Treetops, you’ve got two choices, actually, one a bit more strenuous than the evening adventure before offered weekends through March 12.
First, bring your cross-country skis and take part in Treetops’ Skiable Feast. You’ll ski six kilometers of trails at Treetops remote Project Nature property, stopping at five food and beverage stations where you can feed your face without regret. Cost is a reasonable $89, including tax, tips and transportation.
Later, sign up for Treetops’ Wilderness Sleigh ride Dinner package.
After a 25-minute sleigh ride through the forest encompassing the headwaters of the famed Sturgeon River, you arrive at Wilderness Cabin, where you’ll enter to the sounds of music filling the room, and your table waiting.
Start with wine as you walk the porch or out to the blazing campfire. Then settle in with your fellow guests as the first course—cream of morel mushroom soup—is served. Next, house-smoked trout Asian salad.
For the main course, savor an 8-ounce filet resting upon a crawfish-roasted potato corn cake dolloped with sauce Béarnaise and fried onions, served with candied veggies.
Dessert? Blackberry double layer cake in a Michigan blackberry wine reduction. Cost for your date of a lifetime? Only $119 per person, all tax and tips included. Contact Treetops for reservations at 866-348-5249, or go to treetops.com.
A few miles to the west, Boyne Mountain is offering a similar package deal to wrap up winter with dinner.Your evening begins with a ride up the Hemlock chair lift at 5:30 p.m.
Cozy up with a special someone on the double chair and take in the views of the Boyne Valley before reaching the summit.
Warm up inside the Eagle’s Nest with some spiced wine and hot cocoa as your “Stomp Guide” helps you gear up. The guided snowshoe hike departs the Eagle’s Nest at 6 p.m. Enjoy the beauty of twilight like never before while meandering past snow-covered trees on Boyne’ s dedicated trails.
Half-way on your trek, you’ll gather with the group at the bonfire complete with hot toddies and warm cocoa. Stomp the rest of the way down Cold Springs ski trail before arriving at your dinner destination, Stein Eriksen’s, for a three-course meal paired with live entertainment, where you’ll start with Cheese Fondue with melted appenzeller, Gruyere, and emmentaler cheeses, served with apples and bread.
Next, step up for the prime rib and shrimp buffet, ending with chocolate fondue served with assorted fruits and cookies for dipping
Cost is $45 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Includes chairlift ride, hot beverage at Eagle’s Nest, snowshoe rental, hot beverage at bonfire, and three-course dinner at Stein Eriksen’s. For reservations, call 231.549.6854, or go to Boyne.com.