Summer Resorts 2002-Midwest: Shanty Creek, Mich.


Shanty Creek, Mich.

When the ski slopes of northern Michigan turn a deep, lush green, skis give way to golf clubs. Shanty Creek, with four championship 18-hole courses¿including Arnold Palmer's Legend and Tom Weiskopf's Cedar River Course¿are considered some of the region's golfing crown jewels, and some of the country's best, too.

If you're more inclined to swing a racket than a club, eight tennis courts stand by ready to serve. Flyfishers can test their angling skill against resident browns and rainbows in the scenic Cedar River.

For nature lovers, 18 miles of trails, connecting the resort's three distinct villages, serving up a wealth of hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities. Shanty also offers day care, youth golf programs and Camp Gandy for younger kids, where they participate in swimming, hiking and craft activities.

At the end of an active day, a trip to the resort's wellness spa and fitness center can soothe any kink. Or, if it's your stomach that needs appeasing, head to one of the delectable eateries. For families, there's casual dining at Ivan's Mountainside Grill. For romance, book a sitter through the in-room babysitting service and a table at either Lakeviews or Whispers. Which is better, the food or the view? Does it really matter? ¿Mike Terrell

DON'T MISS A trip to nearby Grass River Natural Area for glimpses of waterfowl, eagle, osprey, deer, turkey and an occasional bobcat.

best deal Three days of golf, two nights' lodging, a dinner and two continental breakfasts for $291 per person, midweek, June 14-Sept. 19. 800-678-4111;