Our Farm-to-Table dining series brings the fresh flavors of northern Michigan to the Thistle Pub & Grille the third weekend of each month, May through October.

Our chefs work with local farms, making personal visits to many of them, to build a custom three-course menu.

Our Farm-to-Table series is a clear example of Crystal Mountain’s commitment to the sustainability of the local food movement and the role that our restaurants play in it.

When: October 16-18, 5pm-close
Where: Thistle Pub & Grille
Cost: Starting at $29 per person
Menu: Stay tuned!
Wine & Beer Pairings: Stay tuned!

Reservations requested. Call the Thistle Pub & Grille at 888.968.7686, ext. 6052.


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6th Annual Frankfort Film Festival October 16-19, 2014.

The 6th Annual Frankfort Film Festival will announce the 2014 line up,
on Wednesday, September 24,
during the annual
Launch Party fundraiser.

Tickets are $15.00 and
will go on sale September 4th.

Watch the Garden Theater website www.frankfortgardentheater.com for updates!

Chimney Corners Resort
Crystal Mountain
Harbor Lights Resort

Sleeping Bear Inn
Watervale Inn

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Join mountain bike racers and enthusiasts for a weekend of bike racing and festivities!

Our Peak2Peak Mountain Festival, happening October 17-19, 2014, joins first-class mountain bike racing, great food, drinks and entertainment for a weekend of outdoor fun, music and competition surrounded by the autumn colors of northern Michigan. Admission to the festival is free.

Friday, October 17

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta & Italian Buffet

5-9pm, Wild Tomato Restaurant

Farm-to-Table Dining Series

5pm-Close, Thistle Pub & Grille
Our Farm-to-Table Dining Series brings the fresh flavors of northern Michigan to the Thistle Pub & Grille the third weekend of each month, May through October. Reservations recommended, call .

Saturday, October 18

9th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic

9:30am-12:30pm, base of Crystal Clipper chairlift
The 9th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is held in and around the beautiful, gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain. The race starts and finishes near the base of the front-side slopes. Riders journey through hardwood and pine forests along rambling two-tracks and flowing single-track on a course that is fast and challenging, but not so difficult that racers new to the sport won’t have a great time.

Chairlift Rides


BBQ & Founders Beer Tent

11am-3pm, Slopeside

Tour de Tykes Bike Race

2pm, Crystal Center
2:30pm, Totem Park

The annual Tour de Tykes Bike Race is fun for kids ages 12 and under. Crystal will also offer the Tour de Tiny Tykes, for ages 6 and under. All participants receive medals and are sure to have a great time!

Course preview of Crystal Trifecta

3pm, top of Loki Quad chairlift

Crystal Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series

4pm, Downhill Mountain Bike Course
Join the Crystal Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series, sponsored by Corepower. This is the final race in our three-race downhill series and will determine the overall fastest racers on the mountain. But if you missed the first two races, you can still register to race. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers per race, in addition to the top three racers overall in the series.

Wild Tomato Specials


Musical Entertainment in the Vista Lounge


Sunday, October 19

Crystal Cross Bike Race

The Crystal Cross is a cyclocross event with sand, dirt, grass and pavement making a variety of conditions for riders to conquer. If that isn’t enough, racers will have obstacles to climb and run over along the way. This eventful race is fun to ride and watch.


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More News From Crystal Mountain Resort

Take in the autumn air during Harvest Days at Crystal Mountain. The whole family is sure to have a good time with activities for all ages to enjoy.


Chairlift Rides


Dip your own caramel apple station, cookie decorating, corndogs, cider & old fashioned donuts.

Pumpkin Carving: $3 each

Free Games & Activities including:
Apple bobbing, petting zoo, wagon rides, horseshoes, face painting and campfire with unlimited marshmallows
• 2:30pm: Burlap Races
• 3pm: Fall Bingo
• 3:30pm: Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest
• 4pm: Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
• 4:30pm: Fall Bingo
• 5pm: Costume Parade - Strut through the resort in your favorite costume! Starts at the Loki Chairlift. Free entry and all participants receive a gift.


Haunted Forest


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Brave the haunted forest… if you dare. Warm yourself by the fire as the chill of distant screams fill the air. Tiptoe down the haunted trail, where frights lurk at every turn.

Stay tuned for event details!

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Eat, drink and be scary! Join us for a frightful evening of fun with a live DJ, cash bar and awards for best costumes. Ages 21+ only.

Location: Vista Lounge
Time: 8pm-Midnight
Cost: $10 per person

Costume Contests

• Most Original
• Scariest
• Funniest
• Best Couple

Costume Contest winners will receive a trophy and two open-to-close lift tickets. All entries will receive a free ticket to the Haunted Forest.

Childcare options are available. Call 888.968.7686 ext. 7000 for details.


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Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.

“We’re growing great reds on the peninsula, and we look forward to sharing them,” says Alan Eaker, owner of Longview Winery in Cedar. “Our Pinot Noirs are light and aromatic, showing more of the true characteristics of the grape varietal than many other regions. Our Cabernet Francs and Merlots are bigger and more complex with a memory of the Leelanau Peninsula in every glass.”

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. For the entire weekend, each of 23 participating wineries offer a free tasting of a diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!”



In addition, the event benefits the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan with a portion of the weekend wine sales from various wineries being donated to the cause (see below for details). Great wine for a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that!

Use passcode “the hunt is on” to get free tastings of featured red wines!

The Wine List

Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Radiance

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso

Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir

Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: Cabernet Franc

Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Northport: 2013 Just Unleashed

Good Neighbor Organic, Northport: Pinot Noir

L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: a red disguised as white – Blanc de Noirs

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 2013 Pinot Noir

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: ’11 Pinot Noir, ’13 Cabernet Franc and Passion

Verterra Winery, Leland: Chaos Red 2013

Stay tuned for the rest of the wine list…

Weekend Donations to the American Red Cross

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: $1 for each bottle of the 2012 North Vineyard Pinot Noir sold during the event.

Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City: $1 for every bottle of Pinot Noir and Runaway Hen Rosso sold during the event.

L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: 1% of sales from the entire weekend of October 24 – 26.

Laurentide Winery, Lake Leelanau: 5% of Pinot Noir 2013 wine sales during the event.

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: $1 for each bottle of Cab Franc sold during the event.


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Toast the Season – Leelanau style! Celebrate the upcoming holiday season enjoying local wine and fresh fare at each of the 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Each year in November, enjoy tasting and touring during one of two consecutive weekends – November 1 and 2 or November 8 and 9, 2014.

Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles and include a featured wine and food pairing at 23 wineries, a souvenir wine glass and the wildly popular holiday gift bag (details coming soon). Take the self-guided tour through the tasting rooms between the hours of 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Weekend 1 Tickets (November 1 and 2, 2014)

Weekend 2 Tickets (November 8 and 9, 2014)

Toast the Season Lodging Packages

Toast the Season Touring Packages

“This is a great time for families and friends to gather to celebrate the upcoming season and even get started on their holiday shopping,” says winemaker Adam Satchwell of Shady Lane Cellars. “Wines and other items from Leelanau Peninsula tasting rooms are the perfect gift for the holidays. Our wines compliment holiday meals, cocktail parties or any gathering and they make great gifts!”


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