A #MittenTrip Guide to Bellaire’s Winter Wonderland

The opportunity to spend a #MittenTrip weekend in Bellaire, Michigan, at the Shanty Creek Resort would be just what I needed to remember how much fun the winter months can be.


I ordered a Neon Snowsuit, a dark American lager made specifically for Shanty Creek by their Bellaire neighbor, Short’s Brewing Company. 

Early on Saturday morning, we ambled down to The Lakeview Restaurant for fresh coffee and a breakfast buffet complete with a build-your-own omelet bar.


After piling on some warm layers, we climbed into the shuttle service that Shanty Creek provides between each of the lodges to make our way over to Cedar River for a morning snowboarding lesson.

We had the option of going snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on one of Shanty Creek’s many nordic trails, but I was having too much fun snowboarding.

Bellaire is home to Short’s Brewing Company, and I, for one, was almost as excited about my visit to the brewery as I was for a day on the slopes.

We were lucky enough to be at Short’s for The Ragbirds performance. I will say, though, that there is never any shortage of things to do at the brewery.

Our balcony overlooked the Summit Mountain, so I had been watching families enjoy the tubing hill all weekend, and I was looking forward to my turn.  


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