Grab your camera for this picture-perfect Northern Michigan event as hot air balloons return to Shanty Creek Resort for Balloons Over Bellaire, a free two-day hot air ballooning event August 28–29.

Sunsets over Lake Bellaire won’t be the only thing to photograph and gaze at during this late-August weekend as 15-plus hot air balloonists take flight from the top of the slopes of Shanty Creek’s Summit Mountain.

Teams will take off from the Alpine Tubing Hill behind Shanty Creek’s Lakeview Hotel on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. With Lake Bellaire as a backdrop, the sky will come alive with color and whimsy. Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m., the balloons will soar over Torch Lake and return to The Lakeview Hotel on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Given the nature of the event, there are plenty of locations to watch the balloonists. Be creative, find your spot and enjoy the show responsibly. Social distancing should be top of mind. Masks are recommended, even outdoors, when you’re near people outside of your household.

Special thanks to this year’s event sponsors including The Dockside, Sarducci’s and The Shanty. Shanty Creek Resort is proud to be a partner in the event, and a basecamp for visitors throughout the weekend.

Photo(s) by Shanty Creek Resort