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Foodies Head To Michigan’s Treetops Resort For New Events In Jan., Feb.

Treetops Ice BarFood lovers who also enjoy getting out in the snow, take note. Treetops Resort is hosting two new dinner outings this month and next combining cross country skiing and sleigh rides. Over the river and through the woods, off to a cabin we go to enjoy a Skiable Feast or a Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinner. Eat all you want and burn calories along the way.

The Skiable Feast, set for Jan. 17, 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 14 and 21, features a six kilometer trail through the rolling hills along the river in the resort’s Project Nature, which is totally away from the hustle and bustle of the resort village and downhill slopes. Stops along the way include vintage cabins where skiers sample gourmet delights prepared by Treetop’s culinary team.

Novices and experienced cross country skiers cruise along at their own pace. Two of the stations are at the resort village where you start and finish. In between, you are bussed out to Project Nature where you visit three more stations in remote cabins. Along the way you may see deer, elk and bobcat tracks have been spotted by the Pigeon River.    

The menu includes hearty chowders served with garlic potato bread, pan fried cod sliders topped with a homemade creamy coleslaw and tarragon tarter, pasta salads, gumbo with Andouille sausage, and venison kabobs brushed with a bourbon glaze, among other items. The cost is $89 per person for the Feast.

Wilderness sleigh ride dinners also take place at Project Nature January 18, 24, 31, February 15, 27, and March 7. You’re shuttled out to the remote location, board a horse drawn sleigh and snuggle under comforts for a meandering ride through the woods to the river cabin where you enjoy snacks and hot drinks around a bonfire. Hop back aboard the sleigh to a wilderness cabin to enjoy a four-course gourmet meal with Michigan microbrew beer and wines. The menu includes a smoked salmon salad, cream of morel mushroom soup, surf ‘n turf with jumbo crab meat stuffed lobster tails and a grilled fillet, followed by banana blitz French vanilla ice cream topped with a rich caramel sauce and powdered sugar. An overnight package for the event starts from $150 per person. Seating is limited to 20 people per event on a first come basis. If interested don’t delay in making reservations.

Treetops Resort’s high elevation and scenic beauty provide a perfect location for skiing and riding. Located just east of Gaylord along a ridge overlooking the expansive Pigeon River valley, it offers 23 runs, The Yard Terrain Park, four chairlifts and a couple of surface tows.  There’s also the Extreme Tubing Park with its own lift. Overnight lift and lodging packages start from $79 per person.

Photo: Top -- Enjoy the Ice Bar at Treetops (Treetops Resort)



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