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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.