Three Cross Country Ski and B & B Getaways in Northern Michigan

The holidays are over and winter is stretching out ahead begging to be skied. Why deny the pull of the powder? After some Nordic stimulation, relax in cozy-to-the-core comfort at area B&Bs.

In Antrim County

The ski: Explore more than 15 kilometers of groomed (classic and skate) trails at the Aspen Grove XC Center at Wagbo Farm and E ducation Center, three miles south of East Jordan. For a 10-spot you can ski all day. Lessons, rental equipment ($15/day) and retail are available on-site. Bring the dog to romp on the center’s dog-friendly trails. 231-620-5679, skinordic.org/aspengrove/.
The B & B: Stay at The House on the Hill Bed & Breakfast in Ellsworth, and you’ll have 53 acres to explore when you’re
not indulging in a three-course breakfast. Take $25 off the room rates from January through March for a range of $125
to $175 per night. Ask for The House on the Hill and Rowe Inn package, and save a bundle on gourmet dining. 231-588-6304, TheHouseontheHill.com; 231-588-7351, roweinn .com.

At Leelanau’s Tip

The ski: Views from the trails at Leelanau State Park at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula are worth every cent of the $6 per day/car ($24 for an annual car pass) you’ll pay to ski the park’s 8.5 miles of trails. 231-386-5422.
The B & B: Check in at the Old Mill Pond Inn, and the visual feast continues. The eclectic, art-filled ambience of this Northport B&B is just one of the artist-owner’s masterpieces. Relish culinary comforts from the skilled caterer himself at breakfast, included in the off-season rates of $50 to $75 per night. 231- 386-7341, oldmillpondinn .com.
Before you hit the ski trail, drop by Knot Just a Bar in Omena for a packed-to-go lunch. Come back at dinner for a steaming bowl of chowder and a microbrew. 231-386-7393, knotjustabar.com.

Around Manistee

The ski: Glide along one of North America’s first great Nordic trail systems at Big M, about 20 minutes east of Manistee, for $8/day. Print a trail map at skibigm.org.
The B & B: After your 30-kilometer ski, hibernate with your sweetie at the ultra-romantic Bear Lake Manor in Bear Lake. You won’t want to leave, so good to know that your fourth and fifth nights are free. The $125-to-$145 rate range includes a gourmet breakfast on weekends. 231-480-4502, bearlakemanor.net. Warm your bones with a hearty meal and a laugh at
Shay’s Chop House in Onekama, Saturday, January 16, is comedy night. 231-889-3121, shayschophouse.com.

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