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What’s really exciting about this area is that great deals can be found on resort property that is perfect for vacationing, retirement, or earning extra rental income.
The best part about Antrim County is Shanty Creek Resort. The three villages in this large resort are Schuss, Cedar and Summit. Across the resort are all types of housing, and dozens of homeowners associations.
Schuss Village is the center of the resort’s winter activity, but there are ski hills in all of the villages. Summit Village features Lakeview Hotel and Restaurant, which recently underwent a multi million dollar renovation.
In addition to great downhill ski hills, the resort offers cross country trails and tubing in the winter. Also, four golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, trails for hiking and biking, and numerous other activities abound in all four seasons.
Lake Bellaire, a few minutes from Shanty Creek Resort, is connected to a chain of lakes including the famous Torch Lake. In addition, the nearby Jordan River offers canoeing and kayaking.
Fishing is excellent on the chain of lakes, where walleye, perch, bass and other lake fish are plentiful. Salmon and trout can be caught on the river and in nearby Lake Michigan. A 58 pound muskellunge caught on Lake Bellaire recently set a world record!
The Grass River Natural Area, a "Northern Michigan Haven for Plant and Animal Life," offers recreational and environmental educational opportunities.
Downtown Bellaire Fun
Bellaire is the Antrim county seat, so downtown Bellaire is able to offer unique shops and restaurants.
Some of our favorites in the downtown strip are Short’s Brewing Company, Toonies, and Lu Lu’s. There is also an ice cream store, Subway and McDonalds just outside downtown.
Several gift stores in downtown sell gifts, clothes, toys and other delights. There is also the Bellaire Smokehouse, which in season offers the best ribs and other smoked meats, as well as locally caught fish.
The Bellaire Movie Theatre shows current movies nightly. There is also a bowling alley in town that is being upgraded to open in the spring, and a unique indoor putt putt golf course inside Papa K’s Pizza Shop.
Don’t forget Mancelona
Mancelona is not as vibrant as Bellaire, but it is very beautiful as well.
In addition to a Subway, McDonalds, ice cream store and bakery, Mancelona also offers a grocery store,
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Our favorite restaurant in Mancelona is Shirley’s, where long time resident Shirley prepares her homemade recipes and mingles with the customers. Next door to Shirley’s is Iron Skillet,
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