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More Traverse. Less City.

A trip to Shanty Creek is a perfect for guests looking for the Up North experience. We refer to it as “More Traverse. Less City.” This means you’ll find the beauty of the woods and water of northern Michigan at a slower pace far from the crowds and traffic. Close to everything and nothing at the same time.

Day Trips

If you need a base camp, SCR is conveniently midway between two of Michigan’s most sought after destinations: Mackinac Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

And just minutes away from these quaint Up North communities:

Bellaire. Simultaneously quaint and vibrant. Don’t miss Short’s Brewing Company and Moka. Dining options also include Toonies, and Bellaire Bar. For the kids: Ruthie’s Dairy Twist. For everyone: Sandy’s Stables, Richardi Park, Bellaire Theater, Mr. & Mrs. B’s Mercantile, and Little Treasures Toys & Gifts.

Alden. On the shores of Torch Lake’s sunrise side. Don’t miss ice cream cones from Higgin’s Store. Dining options include Alden Bar & Grille, Mama’s Country Kitchen, and up the coast, The Dockside. For everyone: Carter’s Candles, Alden Mill House and pontoon rentals from Dewitt Marine.

Elk Rapids. Straddling the waters of East Grand Traverse Bay and Elk Lake. Don’t miss the state park beach, antique store and harbor. Dining options include Michael Peterson’s
Siren Hall, Java Jones coffeehouse, The Moose, and Chang Express.

For groups looking to explore the region with a designated driver, we partner with By The Bay Transportation to provide our guests with winery and craft beer tours. They can also assist with destination weddings, bachelorette parties, and even large-scale scavenger hunts. Travel safely.

Shanty Creek is also within an hour’s drive to these beautiful, tourist-friendly towns:

Short’s Brewpub, Torch Lake and More.

Other area attractions include our award-winning Bellaire neighbor Short’s Brewing Company, boating and fishing opportunities on Torch Lake and the Chain of Lakes, and the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula.