It’s that time of year again, the warm summer evenings are giving way to cool, crisp fall nights. The docks are starting to come out of the lakes, the marinas and boat storage places are starting to become occupied by rows of blue plastic winter wraps.
To many, this is a time of year that comes much too quickly every year, and as we get older it seems like the summers are shorter every year. I have to admit, I have that feeling sometimes. Specially when I realize my summer toys will soon be put away, to be replaced by the winter ones. The motorcycle & kayaks will be replaced by snowshoes, skis & snowmobiles. Yes, it can be a depressing thought for many, but I do love the fall and everything it brings. The colors in the trees, the apple cider and doughnuts, the aroma of wood burning fireplaces, the slowing down of town.
The beautiful thing about living here in Antrim County, in northwest Michigan is that this is truly a four season region, with superb hunting, many orchards & vineyards, beautiful roads to enjoy the color tours, and knowing right after that comes the white stuff that so many of us actually love to play in. We are right in the heart of the best area in the mid west for all of it. From world class ski resorts like Shanty Creek, Boyne, and Crystal Mtn Resorts, to great snowmobile trails, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. This truly is as good as it gets, with Nub’s knob, Boyne Highlands & Crystal Mountain all within an hour away, Boyne Mtn 20 min away, and Shanty Creek/Schuss Mountain right here, winter activities are bountiful here. When you’re ready to get out on the town after playing all day, Bellaire offers great places to eat and drink like Short’s Brewery, Lulu’s Bistro, and so many others, and places like Traverse City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Gaylord, Leenanau Peninsula and many others that offer something for everybody within a 45 minute drive.
If your like most of us here, and like a truly four season region, then nowhere is better than Antrim County, specifically Bellaire, Mi. The geological center of all that makes this THE year-around place for living, playing, or just relaxing. To quote a recent visitor, “It just doesn’t get any better than this!”
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