Boyne USA, Mich.
Even the mammoth Western resorts can't outdo Boyne Country when it comes to golf. Here, you can use your pitching wedge 162 times without landing a Titleist on the same green twice. The 11 courses and 162 holes of Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Bay Harbor make Boyne USA the biggest golf operation in the Midwest, and architects such as Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and Donald Ross give the layouts world-class character.
If your golf game is generating more frustration than joy, burn off steam by pedaling Boyne Mountain's singletrack, or take the road bike for a 20-mile spin along Lake Michigan's shoreline trail. Or regain your center while casting for brookies in the nearby Pigeon River, a region Ernest Hemingway called "the last best place."
When the Midwestern heat and humidity get the best of you, a refreshing plunge into Lake Michigan is the perfect antidote. Access the water from one of Petoskey's beaches, or take a foray into Little Traverse Bay on Classic Yacht Charters' 35-foot ketch, which sails daily from Harbor Springs. The perfect end to the perfect day on the lake? A massage or facial at the Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor, followed by a waterfront dinner at the inn's renowned Sagamore's restaurant. ¿Jim Neff
DON'T MISS The Young Americans Dinner Theater entertains the whole family every night except Sunday. 800-462-6963.
best deal Book one nights' lodging and you get breakfast and a day of unlimited golf. $96 at Boyne Highlands; $91 at Boyne Mountain; $145 at the Inn at Bay Harbor. 800-462-6963; www.boyne.com.