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These two Boyne locations, located near Lake Michigan resort towns Petoskey and Harbor Springs, offer a variety of activities that would take care of a very large family with multiple choices. 

Check out Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands for a summer getaway with a full activity slate. 

The list is long. Golf, of course, with 11, 18-hole championship courses to choose from leads the way. Beyond that, there’s horseback riding, ziplines galore, miles and miles of bike trails from paved to some of the gnarliest mountain biking trails in the Heartland (many lift served), hiking trails, fly fishing through Boyne Outfitters, scenic chairlift rides, tennis, swimming and beaches, the Young American Dinner Theater, Segway PT trail rides, a variety of youth camps and junior golf programs, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, paintball, and Yoga by the Bay. 

Boyne is currently offering a fourth night for half-off when staying three nights. The offer is valid for hotel rooms and condos.  Golf packages at the Highlands, which include a round of golf after 10 a.m., start from $87 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

I recently spent a couple of nights at both properties choosing to spend most of my time mountain biking. Boyne Mountain offers about 31 miles of trails including a seven-mile paved trail that crosses the ski hill. They offer several miles of hilly cross-country trails and several short, mostly downhill, trails that range from 1.25 miles to 1.75 miles that are accessed from the top of the lift for mountain biking.

Staying at the mountain during summer means the Beach House Restaurant is open on the shore of Deer Lake. Dinner on the patio watching the sun set over the lake and tall hills surrounding it is one of my favorite northern Michigan dining spots. The food borders on gourmet and the view is priceless.

Boyne Highlands first opened their mountain bike park about six years ago, and the lift-served park is still the only one like it in the Midwest. Riders fly down hills through the woods on naturally cut trails tucked into wooded sections along the hill in between open ski runs. They tackle narrow raised wooden rails, logs, huge drops and high banked turns, which is a bit much for my legs. I spend my time on the cross-country trails, which also are lift-served offering five different choices ranging from 2.5 up to five miles in length.

I attended the Young American Dinner Show and was blown away by the talent and quality of the show. It’s the second longest running dinner show in the nation. This is its 35th season at the Highlands and a must-see. The morning I left I tried a Segway trail ride. It was my first time and found it to be a blast. They really maneuver well through the trees and can turn on a dime. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t tried a trail ride on one.

I’ll be back again this summer and the next time try some golf. It ranks as one of the Midwest's premier golf resorts. Top publications like Conde' Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure GOLF, Golf Digest, and Golf for Women rank Boyne's golf courses as some of the best in the country.

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