Traverse City, Michigan – Travel and Lodging

First Annual Great Wakes Festival – June 1 and 2, 2012

Porterhouse Productions and Bay Area Recycling for Charities are partnering up to launch the first annual Great Wakes Festival June 1 and 2 in downtown Traverse City. The festival will focus on raising funds and awareness for water-focused non-profits, supporting efforts to protect and keep clean the region’s rivers, streams and lakes and offering a wide variety of water-themed activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. Festival proceeds, which will be distributed by Bay Area Recycling for Charities, will help benefit local non-profit organizations focused on water-related causes.

Highlights of this huge bayfront festival will include the country’s largest self-contained wakeboarding pool system in downtown’s Open Space, featuring professional wakeboarding demonstrations and a Wakes War Tournament Cup with local and professional riders; paddle, kayak, and kiteboarding demonstrations and displays; boating displays and events; delicious water themed food court and soda jerk ice cream stations; water education activities; family-friendly games and events; a teen zone featuring a silent disco tent and activities produced by local student-run Youth Union; a community aerial art display project in partnership with GoodWill Industries of Northern Michigan (creating a large-scale image, when photographed from above, of the Great Lakes using volunteers, two tons of blue jeans and recycled materials); Coast Guard helicopter tours and search-and-rescue demonstrations; a competitive stand-up paddleboarding race down the Boardman River; a Great Wakes beach volleyball tournament (which will help raise funds for new beach sand for the West End volleyball courts); the first annual Traverse City Beach Race (organized in partnership with the Traverse City March of Dimes); local beach and water clean-up; and regional partner events, including the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association 2012 Trout Derby.

Festival tents on-site during the weekend will highlight award-winning Michigan microbrews and wines, as well as local food and local and national music on multiple stages.

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Chateau Chantal – Wine Immersion Seminar – April 28, 2012

By attending one of Mark Johnson’s wine seminars, you will get extensive experience pairing wine and food. You will also learn about wine, wine making, grape growing, and the art of wine tasting. Mark is a great storyteller, a non-intimidating wine instructor, and is adept at getting everyone involved. Sometimes his stories are even true!

Both classroom style and hands on experience are part of your wine immersion experience. Your day includes a tour of the cellar with an explanation of the wine making process, vineyard walk, short explanation of the art of tasting wine, peasant’s lunch, and 6-course leisurely dinner with accompanying wines. Each course, from the appetizer to the dessert is specially paired with Chateau Chantal wines.

The meal is a work of art, worth the price of the seminar on its own, but is included in the overall price of $145 per person.

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Crystal Mountain – SHAMROCK SHEBANG! – March 17, 2012

Saturday – March 17, 2012
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the slopes! Of course, we’ll have the traditional corned beef and cabbage, a cold glass of green beer, and plenty of fun games and activities thrown in for good measure.

Lift Tickets$10 OFF!
Join the party and dress in Irish green. Skiers and snowboarders in full costume receive $10 off your 9am-9pm lift ticket!

Stay two nights,
get the third night FREE

When staying March 1-31, 2012.
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DJ Deck Party! 12-4pm
9am – Shamrock Search
Find a shamrock, win a prize. Over 30 shamrocks are hidden on and off the slopes. Discover the golden shamrock and win an all-day lift ticket. Search starts at 9am and ends when all the shamrocks are found.
Noon-3pm Pot of Gold Challenge
Guess how many lucky coins are in the pot. The closest guess without going over wins the loot! Winner announced at 3:30pm.
1-4pm Jiggle Prize Tub
Reach your hands into a giant tub of green gelatin, grab a coin for a chance to win a prize. $1 per try.

2pm Twisted Twister
3pm Good Luck Horseshoes
3:15pm Costume Contest
Dress in your most elaborate St. Patrick’s Day costume, and meet at the top of Cheers slope. Best dressed wins a prize pack with an all-day lift ticket, Crystal Mountain gear and more.
Green Beer Bash | Vista Lounge
Green beer specials. No cover charge. Must be 21+ to enter the Vista after 2pm on Saturdays.
More Info: 800.968.7686 ext. 7000
Information is subject to change.

March Events

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Crystal Mountain – Spring Fling Luau – March 24, 2012

Bluebird skies, perfectly-groomed slopes, great deals on lift tickets, celebration and fun traditions—come March that’s what skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain is all about! It’s also a time for crazy downhill competition at our 14th Annual Spring Fling!

New this year, we’ve added a slopeside Beach Party with bonfire, Hawaiian costume contest, beach ball volleyball and more.

11am Cardboard Classic* 2pm Kayak Race* 4pm Slush Cup*
Build a cardboard sled using ONLY cardboard and duct tape… decorate it as you’d like, and then race it against others on Cheers! First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for the fastest and most creative sled in the adult (ages 13+) and child (ages 8-12) divisions!

Bottom surface of sled must be cardboard and/or standard gray duct tape only. Use of any other tape or materials will result in disqualification.
Cardboard Classic Official Rules

Race head-to-head down Lower Gorge slope, while in a kayak! Prizes awarded. Two divisions – (ages 13+) & kids (ages 8-12).

Kayaks provided by the
Honor Trading Post.

Ski or snowboard thru a giant pit of icy slush at the base of Loki slope. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to participate! Ribbons awarded to all competitors.

Lift ticket required. Rental equipment will not be available for this event.

*Ages 8+ only (ages 8-12 are required to wear a helmet).
FREE participation for all three activities. Registration is required.
Register at slopeside tent near Lodge deck from 9-11am on day of competition. All participants (18 & over) are required to sign a release form before participating in the event. A parent or guardian must sign for minors (under 18). View & print release form.

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Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge – March 31 – April 1, 2012

Snow update: The big news everyone has been waiting for. We’ve made the efforts and put things in motion… and the 2012 SMSC IS A GO!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s no turning back now. – Visit Website >>>>

Griztek Auto Appearance & Offroad and Shanty Creek Resorts are proud to bring the action back to the ski slopes at the 2012 Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge.

The SMSC is the only event you get side by side, heads up racing.

It’s the only place racers get 5 tire classes in which to compete.

And, it’s the only event like this anywhere in North America!

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