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Crystal Mountain – Celts & Kayaks – March 17 – 18, 2017
[ March 17, 2017 to March 18, 2017. ] Cheers to a fun-filled St. Patrick's weekend, with plenty of activities for everyone, including our epic Kayak on the Snow Race. Don't miss the celebration! Book your stay today. Book Now » or call (888) 976-5106 for reservations. Friday, March 17 9am - 4pm Shamrock Search - Find a numbered shamrock and return it to the Park at Water's Edge [...] more...

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Sips, Chips and Dips – March 18, 2017
[ March 18, 2017; 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] Join the casual fun on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm as participating wineries offer everyday snacks paired with a complimentary taste of Leelanau wine. This is a fantastic way to try lots of your favorite munchies and see how great they taste when complemented by wine. This is a free event. Just [...] more...

Crystal Mountain – Retro Weekend – March 24 – 25, 2017
[ March 24, 2017 to March 25, 2017. ] It's time for a retro flashback and its happening at Crystal Mountain! Dress in your favorite retro clothing. Skiers & Boarders in FULL COSTUME receive $10 OFF an open-to-close lift ticket. Lift ticket is valid Saturday, March 19, 2016 only. more...

Crystal Mountain – Easter Egg Hunt – April 15, 2017
[ April 15, 2017; ] Saturday | April 15, 2017 Stay tuned for details! <> Visit Crystal Mountain Website >>>> <> more...

Crystal Mountain – Easter Buffet – April 16, 2017
[ April 16, 2017; ] Sunday, April 16, 2017 Hippity-hop to the Easter Buffet and enjoy a variety of favorites at the Crystal Center. Stay tuned for details! <> Visit Crystal Mountain Website >>>> <> more...

Crystal Mountain – 12th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 27, 2017
[ May 27, 2017; ] Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling over 75 of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Plus, live entertainment held slopeside. Stay tuned for event details! Stay tuned for more participating Breweries and Brat Vendors! Beer available while supplies last. Crystal [...] more...

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Retro Weekend

Retro Weekend

Mar 24, 6:00pm - Mar 25, 8:00pm

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr
Thompsonville, MI  49683 Map

Friday, March 24
6pm: Birds of Prey
Back by popular demand! Learn more about Wings of Wonder and their raptor rehabilitation program and meet live birds of prey like owls, falcons and hawks.

Saturday, March 25
11am: Get Up! On Mountain Run
Take the challenge to run, walk, climb or crawl to the top of Loki, slush or shine! Medals for all finishers. Top male and female winners receive a 2017-18 Season Pass! $20 per person, includes March on the Mountain t-shirt. Register online by visiting crystalmountain.com/retro

2pm: Get Down! Bike Race
Race on the mountain in snow, slush, or sand for the best time of two runs. Medals awarded for the top three in both Fat Tire and Open categories. $20 per person, includes March on the Mountain t-shirt. Register online by visiting crystalmountain.com/retro

Noon - 4pm: DJ Dance Party & BBQ
Includes "Name That Tune", Rubik's Cube Contest and more. Held slopeside on the Lodge deck.

5 - 8pm - FREE Slopeside Concert featuring The Journey
The Journey Tribute entertains audiences from all over the world. Let this band of extremely talented musicians take you on a “journey” of some of rock’s most enduring classics. Be prepared for a high energy show! During the concert, enjoy $3 drafts at the Kinlochen Plaza!
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Small Plates

Small Plates

Apr 8, 6:00pm - Apr 8, 9:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

Dine with Leelanau Winemakers!

The next wildly popular Small Plates, an intimate progressive dinner, is Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with a gourmet tapas dish in the tasting rooms during this progressive dinner. Many wineries partner with local chefs to prepare and serve each delicious pairing. Culinary aficionados will enjoy this upscale, gourmet food event!

Tickets are $15 per seating, and you may get tickets for one, two or three seatings, each at the winery of your choice. Seating times are roughly 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets must be ordered in advance for this event and always sell out quickly, so be sure to get yours today!
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GTW Spring Wine Tour

GTW Spring Wine Tour

Apr 21, 5:00pm - Apr 21, 9:00pm

Traverse City, MI
Traverse City, MI  49684, 49685, 49686, 49696 Map

We opened up the tickets for the GTWoman Wine Tour! Below is the info –Tickets are $50 each or 2 for $90. Register today! Seats are limited and we do sell out fast! Grab your girlfriends and get a group together!

Spring Fever is here! Get your TICKETS today for Friday, April 21st from 5-9pm for the GTWoman Annual Wine Tour and enjoy a night out with the gals. We will be loading up on a tour bus and heading to these wineries:
At 45 North Vineyard & Winery enjoy a guided tasting of 5 wines including 2 whites, 2 reds, and their famous Peach Crémant. Cheese and charcuterie will be provided. At Verterra Winery, join us for 5 delicious tastings of their wines or ciders while enjoying a sampling of tasty appetizers, including cheeses and crackers, fresh fruits and veggies with mouthwatering dips and nuts. Then we will end the evening at Aurora Cellars who will offer a unique candlelight wine tasting, along with a wonderful Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake with Italian bread. Also enjoy decadent cake by Aunt B’s!

Our Sponsor Spa Grand Traverse will be pampering us at each winery with the opportunity for mini-spa services: Mini manicures, Chair massages and Make-up touch ups stations! Also a grand prize of a full set of Nova-Lash American Volume Eyelash Extensions valued at $200 will be given away by a random drawing of our attendees that evening!

Tickets are $50 each or 2 for $90. Register today! Seats are limited and we do sell out fast! Grab your girlfriends and get a group together!
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Spring Sip & Savor

Spring Sip & Savor

May 6, 11:00am - May 7, 5:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

Celebrate spring, indulge in your senses and learn more about Leelanau Peninsula wines with delicious wine and food pairings at 23 wineries along the trail Saturday May 6th from 11:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 7th from Noon to 5:00 pm. Tickets to this memorable, self-guided event are $35 for both days and include a souvenir wine glass and a featured wine & food pairing at each winery. After your featured pairing, most wineries offer an additional complimentary 2 to 3 tastes. Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so get yours TODAY!

A $5 donation for every ticket sold goes to the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship to help students in their quest for a career in viticulture or enology in Northern Michigan.
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Michigan Beer and Brat Festival

Michigan Beer and Brat Festival

May 27, 4:00pm - May 27, 8:00pm

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr
Thompsonville, MI  49683 Map

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held slopeside.

Tickets are on sale now! For more info, visit: crystalmountain.com/beerfest
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North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

May 28, 8:00am - May 28, 4:00pm

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr
Thompsonville, MI  49683 Map

Kick off summer with a running start at Crystal Mountain's 4th Annual Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k race! The North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k and 5k is a combination of paved roads, dirt roads and trails. The North Mitten route consists of primarily flat, open trails on Crystal Mountain property and will not climb the mountain. Both races will start and finish at the white slopeside tent near the Crystal Clipper chairlift. This is a great spring race for beginners and experienced runners!

Visit our website to learn more: www.crystalmountain.com/events/north-mitten
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Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water

Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water

Jul 15, 1:00pm - Jul 15, 7:00pm

Join us for a fantastic day of wine on the water! The 2017 Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival features delicious pours from local wineries, a distillery and a brewery as well as delicious food from local restaurants. Enjoy drinks, food and all-day musical entertainment along the cool breeze from Grand Traverse Bay.

More details to follow...
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Harvest Stompede

Harvest Stompede

Sep 9, 11:00am - Sep 10, 5:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

This annual weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty.

The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour starts on Saturday immediately following the race. The tour takes place from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass and a special wine pour and food pairing at each of 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.
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The Hunt for the Reds of October

The Hunt for the Reds of October

Oct 2, 11:00am - Oct 13, 5:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

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.

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place weekdays (Monday through Friday) during the month of October. For the entire month of October, your ticket gets you a complimentary pour at each of more than 20 participating wineries offering diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more.

Tickets are $10 per person which includes a signature wine glass, a complimentary red wine pour at each winery throughout the month of October and a $5 donation to the American Red Cross.
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Toast the Season

Toast the Season

Nov 4, 11:00am - Nov 5, 5:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

Celebrate the holiday season enjoying local wine and delicious fare along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Each year in November, enjoy tasting and touring during one of two consecutive weekends – November 4 and 5 or November 11 and 12, 2017.

Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles (for BOTH days) and include a featured wine and food pairing at 23 wineries, a souvenir wine glass and the wildly popular holiday gift. After your featured pairing, most wineries offer an additional complimentary 2 to 3 tastes.

Bringing your own driver or have a friend not interested in drinking? Add a Designated Driver ticket for $25 so your non-drinking friend may still enjoy food along the trail as well as the holiday gift.
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Toast the Season (Weekend 2)

Toast the Season (Weekend 2)

Nov 11, 11:00am - Nov 12, 5:00pm

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1
Traverse City, MI  49684 Map

Celebrate the holiday season enjoying local wine and delicious fare along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Each year in November, enjoy tasting and touring during one of two consecutive weekends – November 4 and 5 or November 11 and 12, 2017.

Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles (for BOTH days) and include a featured wine and food pairing at 23 wineries, a souvenir wine glass and the wildly popular holiday gift. After your featured pairing, most wineries offer an additional complimentary 2 to 3 tastes.

Bringing your own driver or have a friend not interested in drinking? Add a Designated Driver ticket for $25 so your non-drinking friend may still enjoy food along the trail as well as the holiday gift.
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