Northern Michigan Vacations: While the decision to escape north is a no-brainer, we know the process in getting here isn't always as simple. Or cheap. So let us jump start your Labor Day weekend by taking the labor out of lodging—here are four specials to get you Up North.

Crystal Mountain

Summer's almost over and it's your last chance to splash! Head to Crystal Mountain to discover summer in Northern Michigan at its finest.

Ride the Crystal Coaster alpine slide, swim and splash at the Park at Water's Edge, tee it up on 36 holes of championship golf, explore miles of trails on a mountain bike or in your hiking boots, ride the Crystal Clipper high-speed chairlift to the top of the mountain, or take a day trip to nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Best of all, stay one night with us and get your second night half off!

Offer Dates: August 30, 31 & September 1, 2013

Lodging-Only Rate: From $179 per night

Book Lodging Online or call 888.968.7686 ext. 5100 for reservations.

Package Terms: Rate is subject to taxes and service fee, based on double occupancy in hotel accommodations; not valid with any other discounts, special offers or group rates. Rate is subject to availability and may change without notice. 50% off night is of equal or lesser value. Two night minimum stay required.

Leelanau Boat Club River Cottage and River Bed

Lodging for four (two couples) for 3 nights during 8/29-9/1 at the price of $1372, then get the 4th night free. Save $400 plus enjoy a complimentary bottle of local wine, access to two kayaks, a paddle boat and row boat. Make your reservation by calling 2231.360.3426 or contacting  


BOYNE Fall Golf Special from $81 per person. With the courses in top condition, the trees bursting with the colors of the season, and smaller crowds, there may not be a better time to enjoy a golf getaway than in the fall. And with eleven BOYNE courses to choose from, there are plenty of ways to make your fall golf getaway a perfect escape!

Offer Includes:

  • Overnight accommodations at choice of Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort or The Cottages at Bay Harbor
  • One round of golf after 10am following each night’s stay  or ask about BOYNE’s Unlimited Package if one round just isn’t enough
  • Complimentary range balls prior to each round
  • $25 Odawa Casino gaming voucher with complimentary round-trip transportation

Fall golf packages start at $81 per person, per night in hotel rooms with double occupancy, and from $91 per person, per night for condominiums based on quad occupancy. Call 800.462.6963 to book your golf package.

Free Entertainment at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Get three days full of family activities and live evening music! 

Free & open to public: Saturday, August 31, 7:00-10:00 p.m. the “Up North Nights” live music series at the Resort’s Beach Club on East Grand Traverse Bay near The Shores Condominiums

Features four live performers from Northern Michigan, audience activities, and more! Performers to anticipate include the five- person band Geezer and the four-person band Fish & The Chips, plus individual performances by solo musicians Adam Kendale and Paul Livingston. The night will be emceed by Norm Bowbeer, who recently emceed the Laugh Your Heine Off Comedy Series at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel. The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge. For more information, visit and click on the Event Calendar.

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