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Mancelona Motel is located 8 miles from the Applesauce Inn Bed and Breakfast, near the trail in Mancelona. Tour guides and deliveries to other trail heads available. Helmets, trail maps and instruction included. To make reservations call 231-587-8621 for details.
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There’s nothing more romantic or exhilarating than a sleigh ride through the “Great North Woods”. There are several places in the area that offer sleigh rides. Be sure to call ahead, sleighs fill up fast and sometimes the weather can impact schedules.
Cook’s Family Farm (35 minutes from the Inn) Hayes Tower Road, Gaylord 989-731-1332
Antler Ridge Farm (20 minutes from the Inn) M-72 East, Williamsburg (231) 645-3647
Hoxsie’s Orchard Hill Farms (20 minutes from the Inn) M-72 E., Williamsburg (231) 267-9087
Ranch Rudolf (40 minutes from the Inn) Brown Bridge Rd. Traverse City (231) 947-9529
Shanty Creek Tubing! What a blast this is! Check out the link here! Shanty Creek snow tubing
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Join the experienced Guides at Jordan Valley Outfitters for a memorable winter raft trip complete with homemade cookies and a hot drink. See the snow covered trees and native wildlife, including: duck, beaver, mink, deer, coyote and the occasional bald eagle. This trip is for young and old alike, a true nature adventure.
The Basic Guided Winter Rafting Trip includes a stop along the rivers edge for a hot beverage, snack and to take in the natural wonder. Time outdoors is about 2 hours. A guided snowshoe hike (snowshoes provided) is an option that you may add to explore further into the snow-covered forest. Hikes are tailored to your group for length and ease. Guided Winter Rafting Dinner Trips are also available.
Saturdays and Sundays or midweek by appointment. Raft trips start at $39.00 per person. Trips are by reservation only and they do book up fast so call 231-536-0006 to plan your special trip.
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Cross Country and Snowshoe Trails
(listed by distance from the Applesauce Inn Bed and Breakfast)
Grass River Natural Area (partially groomed)
Located between Alden and Bellaire on Antrim County’s Chain of Lakes, the Grass River Natural Area comprises 1,325 acres along the pristine Grass River, with 7.5 miles of trails winding through upland forests and along raised boardwalks above floating sedges. It’s a favorite haunt for winter birds and mammals, and snowshoes are one of the best ways to see it. The Natural Area entrance is on Alden Highway (Co. Road 618), 4 miles northeast of Alden.
Shanty Creek Resorts (groomed)
This 4,500-acre ski and golf resort maintains 21 kilometers of trails through forests of snow-laden hardwoods and pines that connect its two ski villages, Schuss Mountain and The Summit. (Much of Shanty’s trail system is used in the annual White Pine Stampede ski race in early February.)
Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area Winter brings a blanket of snow to Glacial Hills and a wave of different activities. Trails specially designed and maintained for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and fat tire biking. Vandermark Trailhead and Eckhardt Trailhead are plowed for accessing the trail.
Skegemog Swamp Natural Area (not groomed)
An extensive wooden boardwalk winds through a beautiful cedar swamp and crosses a small creek as it makes its way to the observation tower at the wild and scenic east end of Skegemog Lake. From the boardwalk you may view all manner of birds and other wetland wildlife. Bald eagles nest in the area and the observation tower provides a good vantage point to catch them perching or fishing along Skegemog Lake.
Antrim Creek Natural Area (not groomed)
The Antrim Creek Natural Area is comprised of 156 acres with nearly one mile of shoreline on Grand Traverse Bay. It supports an incredible array of natural diversity including hardwood forest, forested wetland, conifer swamp, shrub thicket, meadow, wet meadow and coastal dune. It supports a wide range of flora and fauna including federal and state listed threatened plant species. Visitors can enjoy hiking the marked trails, swimming on the beautiful beach, cross-country skiing and bay fishing!
Sand Lakes Quiet Area (groomed)
One of the most popular natural areas in northwest Michigan. Over 10 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. Hiker trailhead located at Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground. Skiing trailhead 5.5 miles SE of Williamsburg via M-72 & Broomhead Road. An extensive 11-mile trail system winds around many scenic little lakes dotting the preserve, allowing visitors to explore the lakes and surrounding area on foot, skis, bike, or horse. This serene site is part of the Pere Marquette State Forest. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, so wildlife is abundant.
Vasa Trail (groomed)
Located in the Pere Marquette State Forest, the Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer users a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. The Vasa Pathway is maintained and groomed for cross country skiing by TART Trails under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Grand Traverse County. The Vasa Pathway is used by cross country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalist’s year round. It is the home of the North American Vasa cross country ski race and the annual Iceman Cometh mountain bike race also uses a portion of the trail.
Directions to the trailhead: US31 to Bunker Hill Rd, RIGHT on Bartlett, LEFT into trailhead parking area. The trail is marked with wayfinding signs.
Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area (not groomed)
The 19th century designers of the former Northern Michigan Insane Asylum set aside hundreds of acres of meadow, forest and steep bluffs where inmates of the institution could refresh their spirits and restore their peace of mind. Today the former asylum with its castle-like buildings is the Grand Traverse Commons, a mixed use development on the city’s West Side, with over 300 acres of trails that can easily be accessed from six different trailheads. For maps and information, ask your Innkeepers.
Old Mission Point (not groomed)
At the tip of the narrow Old Mission Peninsula, about 18 miles from Traverse City, the charming little Old Mission Lighthouse stands above a vast rocky shoal, surrounded by a 513-acre park crisscrossed by 7.5 miles of trails through forests and upland meadows. The trails can be accessed at several points, but the most scenic trailhead is at the lighthouse itself. Take Center Road (M-37) to the very end of the peninsula.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (not groomed)
One of the area’s most beautiful landscapes becomes even lovelier in winter, when the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore becomes the haunt of snowshoers and cross-country skiers. The park’s 13 trails range from 1.5 miles to 14.7 miles in length, and offer opportunities for hikers of all ability levels. Visit the Lakeshore Visitors Center in Empire for a park pass (about $15.00)
On Saturdays during January and February, snowshoers can also explore the trails with a National Park ranger. Guided hikes begin at 1 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. For information and maps, or to make a reservation for a guided hike, call the Visitor Center at 231-326-5134, ext. 328.
Applesauce Inn Bed and Breakfast is nestled between the two main entrances of Shanty Creek Ski Resort. Boyne Mountain is a mere 25 minutes or so North, while Boyne Highlands and Nub’s Nob are just 45 minutes away.
Here is the link to the Michigan Ski Blog~chocked full of ski cams and info about all the slopes!
Whether you enjoy downhill, cross-country, snowshoeing, sleigh rides or snowboarding, you’ll find it just minutes from our front door. Enjoy your day in the snow, and come back to yummy fresh baked cookies, hot chocolate or cider by your fireplace! You can also enjoy a wonderful warm bubble bath in either the Sonora Room or the 1916 Vintage Clawfoot tub in the Carmel Room shared bath. A wonderful selection of bubble baths are provided. Don’t forget to add an in-room massage to make your getaway complete….see our “Add-on” tab for all the details.
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Click here for current conditions With 49 runs on 2 Mountains and a 450-ft. vertical drop that caters to the skills of novices, intermediates and experts alike, our local Northern Michigan ski resort has earned the respect of skiers, boarders and tubers and a “Best Downhill Terrain In The Midwest” nod from OnTheSnow.com in 2008.
Experience Northern Michigan skiing and snowboarding on 2 ski mountains with a 450-foot vertical drop or Ride Shanty Creek Resorts’ 3 parks and newly expanded halfpipe. For tons of laughs without all the work, try the newly expanded tubing park. Those who enjoy a slower pace close to nature can cross-country ski or snowshoe through majestic pines and snow-covered fields or enjoy a jingling sleigh ride through this beautiful winter wonderland. About 5 minutes from the Inn.
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First opened in 1958, Nub’s Nob offers 53 ski slopes and trails on 3 separate peaks, friendly staff, fresh homemade food and the most highly decorated snow making and snow grooming crew in the Midwest.
The only Midwestern ski area to be ranked among North America’s biggest and best ski resorts ever. Ski Nub’s Nob for the “Midwest’s Best Snow”. About 45 minutes from the Inn.