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Connie Richards at LeelanauChalets.com let us know that they are offering free delivery and pick up on Lake Leelanau for any rented jet skis, ski boats and pontoon boats, a $100 value. 231-218-6888
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is wooing golfers with unlimited golf from $145 per person, per night in a package that includes nightly lodging, breakfast, unlimited golf with shared cart, including golf on the day of arrival and unlimited use of the Practice Center. Also at Crystal Mountain, the Simply Spa Package caught my attention. For $139 per person, per stay, guests get one night of lodging and a choice of one 50-minute spa treatment. Book online at CrystalMountain.com
All summer, Truly Bazaar will have rainy day crafts ready, and the workroom on Lake Street in Elk Rapids is available free of charge. Plus, on July 31st thru August 2 weekend, Truly Bazaar will be participating in National Craft Till You Drop Weekend, by having great Make-n-Take crafts, many of them free. Folks can come anytime that weekend and make a craft, or get the kit and make it at home. Call 231-264-8100 or visit Truly-Bazaar.com
Woodland Creek recently opened its new ice cream parlor featuring “Moomers” ice cream on US 31 north across from picturesque East Grand Traverse Bay. A full line of sundaes, floats, malts and shakes are available. Additionally, visitors can enjoy coffee, espresso, cappuccino, fresh baked pies, muffins, hot dogs, Red’s barbeque sandwiches and Mackinaw fudge. Woodland Creek has also constructed a very large outdoor play area for the kids. It is free and located right off the Tart Trail. WoodlandCreekFurniture.com 231-938-8025
The charming Inn at Torch Lake located in the center of the quaint village of Alden has a new Clam Lake Suite, a luxury, well-appointed 1300-square-foot apartment that sleeps 8 with a full gourmet kitchen. Great for families. The Inn offers European style breakfasts, afternoon tea and wine receptions with each stay, while also offering posh amenities like spa tubs, fireplaces and flat screen TVs. Inn-At-TorchLake.com 231-331-4845
Holiday Vacation Rentals, Inns and Resorts is offering four-night stays for the price of three for more than 15 properties on its Vacation Bailout Special list. To receive the offer, mention the Stay Four & Pay for Three Nights offer in Getting Up North. Holiday Vacation Rentals, Inns and Resorts also has a fun geocaching activity for rental guests. Using a GPS unit, you will find locations by coordinates and clues leading to a Holiday Vacation Rental treasure stash. Once found, the cache or stash has a logbook and contains valuable coupons and rewards. HolidayVacationRental.com or call 231-242-0730
The Outfitter hosts a free kayak and stand up paddleboard demo at Ford Park downtown Harbor Springs on July 11. Representatives from various kayak manufacturers including P&H, Venture, Hobie, Ocean and Eddyline, plus stand-up paddleboards from Waterman and SurfTech will be onhand. In addition to Outfitter staff, pro kayak angler Lucian Gizel will answer questions for anyone interested in fishing and kayaking. The event runs from 11 to 4 p.m. OutfitterHarborSprings.com 231-526-2621
The Music House Museum in Acme is offering a 10 percent discount on admissions and gift shop purchases on Mondays for seniors, and two for one admissions every Wednesday. Special performances this summer include T.J. Lymenstull, piano recital “1911:Greatest Hits – Rachmaninov to Ravel” July 16, 7:30 p.m.; Chris Vallillo, vocal, guitar, story-teller “Abraham Lincoln In Song” July 23, 7:30 p.m. and the Buster Keaton silent film “Go West” with Dale Zieger on the Wurlitzer organ July 24, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Vist musichouse.org or call 231-938-9300
Flagship Private Air offers 10 percent off any flight aboard its Northern Escape Shuttle if you mention the Getting Up North newsletter. Contact Erin Patton at 734.929.1477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Chimney Corner's Video, where it’s not too late to get a family-ready cottage in July on beautiful Crystal Lake--and you can bring the dog. The resort is available at ChimneyCornersResort.com
And check out Affordable North articles on Crystal Mountain's Pure Michigan Family Deal starting at $199; special rates for both first-time guests and returning guests from The Birchwood Inn near tony Harbor Springs; how to enjoy a Lavender Lemonade from Lavender Hill Farms after a Boyne City Big Hill Hike and the new riverside deck at the Bluebird in Leland.