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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Taste the Passion ~ Wine, Chocolate & Love – February 6 & 7, 2016


Join us for Taste the Passion – the SWEETEST event of the year!

Love is in the air along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail during “Taste the Passion,” an annual celebration of wine, chocolate and love! Indulge on delicious food and wine pairings and partake in optional winter activities.
Tickets are $35 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and a delicious Leelanau wine and small plate pairing of sweet or savory fare at each winery. The fabulous weekend starts on Saturday as you chart your own course along the wine trail between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sunday. It’s a great way to enjoy the peninsula’s winter wonderland.

Get tickets online now!

Designated Driver Tickets $20

You may also add a Designated Driver ticket for $20, which allows designated drivers to enjoy the food. *Note: we do not provide Designated Drivers or any transportation for this event. Bring a non-drinking friend or hire a shuttle or car services.

Lodging Packages

Need overnight accommodations? Get a Lodging Package that includes tickets to Taste the Passion.

Tour Packages

Need transportation? Get a Tour Package that includes tickets to Taste the Passion.

Food and Wine Pairings

Be sure to check out the food and wine pairings that await you along the trail!

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Chateau Chantal – Mindo Chocolate Cooking Class – February 6, 2016

Chateau ChantalWhat a great Valentines gift idea!

Try something fun & exciting by learning how to create sinful chocolate delights from “Bean to Bar” plus learn ways to include Chocolate into your daily recipes.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Chateau Chantal cooking experience without the enjoyment of your preparations paired with our wines during class.

More details available online or call (231) 223-4110.
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Crystal Mountain – Teddy Knape Film Festival – February 13, 2016


Join us for the 10th Annual Teddy Knape Fest!

Friday, February 12

7-9pm: Visit the Vista Lounge for small raffles, prizes, games and drink specials plus live music from The Jackie Treehorns featuring Jeff Bihlman.

Saturday, February 13

9-4pm: Hit the slopes for raffles and giveaways! Enter for your chance to win some great prizes including skis and snowboard equipment.

6-8pm: The Teddy Ball – Celebrate the 10th year as the Teddy Knape Film Fest continues to raise money for adaptive sports. Featuring Amateur Film Contest awards, door prizes, auctions, food and drinks. Tickets are $15 per person, kids ages 3 and under are free.

Proceeds benefit The Teddy Knape Foundation, supporting adaptive sports.

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Valentine’s Day at Crystal Mountain – February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day at Crystal means specials and deals around the mountain for love birds and singles alike.

Park at Water’s Edge

Available February 13-14, 2016
• Ice Skate, Fat Tire Snow Bike, and Snowshoe rentals at the Park at Water’s Edge
• Edge Adventure Course*, 3pm-6pm
• Valentine Creative Craft, 5:30pm
• Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides*, 6pm-10pm
• Moonlight Snowshoe Hike*, 7pm (Available Sunday, February 14 only)
• Outdoor Laser Tag*, 7pm, 7:45pm and 8:30pm

Kids can stop by the Park at Water’s Edge for Valentine Glitter Tattoos and a fun Heart Search for candy!

*Reservations required. Call the Park at Water’s Edge, 888.968.7686 ext. 7000.

Crystal Spa

Relax with Your Valentine

Valid February 1-14, 2016.

Enjoy one of the following 50-minute Couple’s Massage for only $89 per person:
• Tranquil Massage
• Nirvana Massage
• Sleep Massage

Appointments for Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 are $99 per person and must be made by February 10, 2016.

Add the Infinitely Loving Package for only $29 per guest*. Your massages will be enhanced with a soothing Warm Eye Mask. Following your massage, enjoy a 20-minute calming Chinese Jasmine infused private bath for two and complete with a glass of champagne and gourmet Belgium chocolate.

*Not available Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Infinitely Loving Package is not available as a stand alone service. Subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other discounts, including $50 Houseguest Spa Credit. A 16% adjustable gratuity and 2% service charge based on the original service price will be added to all spa services.

Advanced reservations recommended. Please call Crystal Spa at ext. 7200.

Crystal Spa Gift Certificate

Receive a free “Love Spa” gift with any Crystal Spa Gift Certificate purchase of $50 or greater. PLUS be entered to win a romantic 50-minute Couple’s Relaxation Massage! Drawing will be held and winner will be notified February 14, 2016.

Available for purchase January 29 – February 14, 2016.

One gift bag per gift certificate. While supplies last.

Valentine’s Day at Thistle Pub and Grille

Make your Valentine’s Day perfect with a delicious meal from the Thistle Pub and Grille.

View Valentine’s Day Menu »

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Crystal Mountain – Mardi Gras on the Mountain – March 5, 2016


Let the good times roll at Crystal Mountain this Mardi Gras Weekend!

$10 Off Lift Tickets

Dress in your favorite purple, green and gold! Skiers and boarders in FULL COSTUME receive $10 off their open-to-close lift ticket (valid Saturday, March 5, 2016 only). Discount only available at ticket window.

DJ, Dancing and Beads!

12-4pm: Houseguests receive their first set of beads at our Front Desk, located at the Inn at the Mountain, upon check-in. Pick up another set at Tickets and Rental counter! Participants will be awarded additional beads for Deck Party Games and Stylin-on-the-Slopes contest. Search for more beads on and around the Mountain in the Bead Scavenger Hunt! Keep your eyes peeled, beads are everywhere! Additional beads available for purchase at the Mardi Gras Tent (located at the base of the Crystal Clipper) while supplies last.

Face Painting

1-3pm: Get in the spirit of Mardi Gras with face painting for all ages. For location details, visit the Mardi Gras Tent located at the base of the Crystal Clipper.

Stylin’ on the Slopes Contest

3pm: Strut your creative Mardi Gras purple, gold and green costumes on the slopes and receive beads! Participants receive beads for creativity and enthusiasm. Top adult male and female will be crowned King/Queen of the Mountain and win a 2016/2017 Season Pass!

Live Entertainment in the Vista Lounge

8pm-Midnight: The Jackie Treehorns are a hard rockin’ bluesy trio of prominent award winning Northern Michigan musicians. And by award winning, we mean Emmys! No cover charge. Ages 21+ only.

Enjoy drink specials from Bravo Zulu and Griffin Claw!

Stay tuned for additional details!

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Crystal Mountain – Spring Fling – March 12, 2016


Get ready for a fun filled Saturday with events and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Schedule of Events

11am: Cardboard Classic*
2pm: Kayak on Snow Race*
4pm: Slush Cup*
8pm: Live Entertainment featuring Brian Nolf! Ages 21+ only.

*Register for these event at the slopeside tent. Advanced registration required at least 30 minutes prior to each event.

For more information, call the Park at Water’s edge, 888-968-7686 ext. 7000.

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