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Sleigh Ride, Cross Country And Snowshoe Dining Popular At Four Michigan Resorts

Treetops-sleigh-ride-dinners A sleigh ride to Treetops' Wilderness Cabin for a gourmet feast. (Treetops)

Mountaintop sleigh ride and snowshoe dining have long been popular activities at western resorts. Four northern Michigan resorts are now embracing the tradition with signature style. Ski Brule, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Treetops tender a truly unique outdoor experience.

Ski Brule's historic 1880s Homestead Lodge. (Ski Brule/Facebook)

Brule combines a sleigh ride to the resort’s 1880 Homestead Lodge with a Homestead BBQ dinner. Relax by the old fashioned pot belly stove, listen to acoustic guitar music and watch children tube on a nearby hill. It takes place every Thursday and Saturday night throughout the season. The free sleigh ride departs from the bottom of Homestead Trail and operates back and forth between 5-8 p.m. The dinner is $14 adults, juniors (10-17) $10, and children nine and under $8. A family, two adults and up to six children (17 and under), is $48.

Treetops sleigh ride dinners take place into March. Shuttled to a remote location, you board a horse drawn sleigh for a meandering ride through the woods to a river cabin where you enjoy a four-course gourmet meal with Michigan microbrew beer and wines. The menu includes special appetizers, Michigan salad, surf and turf and wilderness berry cobbler. An overnight package for the event starts from $195 per person. Seating is limited to 32 people per event on a first-come basis. The resort also hosts a cross country skiable feast, which includes five gourmet food stations on the leisurely excursion. You set the pace. The cost is $89, which includes tax and gratuity.

 Boyne Highland's North Peak lodge lights the night sky for dinning guests.(Boyne e Highlands)

Boyne Highlands Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner unfolds on North Peak. A 15-minute sleigh ride takes guests to the top of the peak where the mountaintop lodge is aglow with candlelight and an acoustic guitarist plays softly in the background. On clear nights, the lights of the Mackinac Bridge are visible nearly 30 miles away. The menu includes French onion soup, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fresh local vegetables and roast tenderloin au poivre, followed by chocolate fondue with assorted fruits and cookies for dipping. The cost is $95, which includes gratuity.

Snowshoers on the way to Boyne Mountain's Stein Eriksen's for dinner.  (Boyne Mountain)

Boyne Mountain hosts the Summit-To-Stein's Snowshoe Supper every Friday and Saturday evening through mid-March. Ride the historic Hemlock chairlift, enjoy a brief spiced wine or hot cocoa warm up at Eagle's Nest, followed by a trek down Cold Springs with a bonfire and warm beverages at the halfway point. Finish the excursion with a three-course meal paired with live entertainment at Stein Eriksen's. The all-inclusive cost is $65 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.  

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