Hi. We're starting to think about a ski trip up to Boyne Highlands/ Mountain and/or Nubs Nob for roughly Jan 1-5. We would probably do day trips (or in our bodies' case, maybe half day trips) to ski and then would like to partake in other activities, maybe even some of them outdoors. So we don't feel a need to stay right at the slopes, just somewhere relatively close. We have a 17 yr old son who is all bummed that we won't be going to Mt. Tremblant this year ($1600 for airfare alone!), so we would like to stay someplace nice with a pool, hot tub, and other amenities to "compensate" for the lower verticals in Northern MI compared to Quebec.
So far, places that look attractive are Crooked River Lodge, Inn at Bay Harbor, and maybe even a condo like Trout Creek Condo Resort. We would prefer at least a one bedroom suite kind of arrangement. Input on these places + any others would be appreciated. Also any suggestions for other activities, restaurants, etc. My husband and I spent many a New Years up in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area, but that was 15-20 yrs ago. We always loved the area and this seemed like a good time to visit again.