Winter is a very special season with five major ski resorts within 45 minutes. A sixth ski area, Mt Holiday, offers intermediate skiing and is only five minutes from Spider Lake Retreat. These facilities offer cross-country skiing too, but just minutes away is the VASA Trail and the Sand Lakes Quiet Area. If the skiing is great, the snowmobiling is outstanding. Right out your door is access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails. With annual snow fall totaling 150-200 inches, there’s usually plenty of snow to enjoy in the winter months. Trailer parking is available.
Autumn is glorious in the Grand Traverse area and it’s especially beautiful from Spider Lake. The blazing trees reflected in the clear water of the lake interrupted only by a wisp of morning mist are a photographer’s delight. Fishing and hunting seasons produce their own bounty. Visit the Leelanau wineries and Traverse City area wineries and experience seasonal color tours for unforgettable side trips.
Summer offers the family fun that northern Michigan is so famous for. The National Cherry Festival, live theatre, the Traverse City Film Festival, diverse shopping, an array of dining options and big-name entertainment at Interlochen and great golfing complement the amenities of Spider Lake Retreat. Launch your boat from our private ramp and enjoy a hot summer afternoon on the water. Get a tan on the sandy beach while the kids splash in the crystal clear water of Spider Lake. This is what a summer vacation is supposed to be!
Spring brings us longer days and warmer temperatures and an explosion of blossoms in the cherry and apple orchards. The early spring rains stimulate the elusive morel mushrooms to pop up from the forest floor. It’s a special time of year ideally suited for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, mushroom hunting, golf or just relaxing with the sweet smell of clean air.