Summer at Shanty Creek passes with silky elegance. The resort's three villages-Summit, Schuss and Cedar River-are surrounded by deep woods, rolling fairways and sun-kissed lakes, soothing respites atop peaks that overlook northern Michigan's Jordan River Valley.
The resort's main claim to fame is golf, and golfers revel in four courses carved out of the timberlands, including The Legend, designed by Arnold Palmer, and the Cedar River Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf. But there are other ways to play at Shanty Creek. Eight tennis courts are ready to serve, and jogging paths and mountain bike trails connect the villages. Experience the forests and meadows on horseback, or grab a fly rod and match wits with the rainbows and browns in the Cedar River, a blue-ribbon trout stream that meanders through the resort. Children can choose the youth golf program or Camp Gandy, where swimming, hiking and crafts are on the menu.
Afternoons are a good time to unwind at the wellness spa and fitness center or stretch out in the sun by the pool that overlooks Lake Bellaire. Or head to 18-mile-long Torch Lake, rated by National Geographic as one of the most spectacular inland lakes in America. Active days are capped by sumptuous dining at the Lakeview dining room in the Summit Center or gourmet fare at Whispers in the Lodge at Cedar River.
DON'T MISS The 30th edition of the Schussycats, a musical extravaganza at Ivan's Mountainside Grill at Schuss Village.
BEST DEAL One night's lodging, breakfast and a choice of one activity runs $128 per person Sunday-Thursday, June 10-Aug. 16. Call 800-678-4111, or visit www.shantycreek.com.