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Pet-Friendly Guide to Gaylord, Michigan

Feb 23, 2024 / maddendev

Ready to have a pawesome adventure with your four-legged friend?  Pack your bags and head to Gaylord, Michigan to enjoy the dog days of summer! Where to Rest Your Paws Campgrounds are always a great place to stay with your furry friends, but if your dog is used to the more pampered life, many of our local lodging properties are pet-friendly.  Whether Fido is used to resort life, looking for a lakeside cabin or happy anywhere he can rest his paws, you’ll have lots of options when you visit Gaylord. MORE

Morel Mushrooms: The Fickle Fungus and How To Find It

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Morels are often described as the “steak” of the mushroom world, a delicacy hidden among last autumn’s remaining dried leaves and the bright green mossy cover of early spring. While mouthwateringly delicious, this most sought after tidbit can be difficult to find, to say the least.  We have some helpful hints for those wishing to seek out this coveted treat, and believe me, you’ll need them! Mushroom picking spots are nearly sacred in our neck of the woods and no one is about to give up their GPS coordinates and risk missing out on one savory morsel!  Where:  Look in sandy soil, near tall trees—typically elm, ash and poplar trees, sometimes fruit trees (old orchards are awesome), and sometimes under pines. The Pigeon River Country State Forest is prime hunting ground for morel seekers. This Pigeon River Map will help you find your way around our favorite stretch of wilderness.     When:  Head out about six weeks after the snow has melted. Morels like things warm and moist (not soggy), so a day following a spring rain improves your odds. MORE

Gaylord – The Inside Scoop

Feb 21, 2024 / maddendev

By now you think you’ve got this whole Gaylord thing down – the trails are exhilarating, each season is its own masterpiece and the downtown district is filled with eateries and shopping galore.  While you may be a Gaylord expert at this point, we thought we’d tantalize the trivia fan in you with a few tidbits of information you didn’t know.  For example…  Where did the Alpine theme come from? We have the elegant, yet up north Otsego Resort to thank for the Alpine ambiance Gaylord embraces.  Following the development of the Otsego Resort (formerly Hidden Valley Resort), there was a boom in local chalet-style architecture with high peaks and distinguishable lines.  Community leaders soon adopted this theme throughout town, hoping to set Gaylord apart from other vacation destinations in northern Michigan.  The plan worked and Gaylord is now widely known as “the Alpine Village.”  Who is Claude Shannon? MORE

Five Really Cool Things To Do In Gaylord, Michigan This Winter

Nov 09, 2023 / maddendev

By Paul Beachnau So winter is here and your normal outdoor routine is shelved. It is cold and there is snow and you’re just not crazy about it. There are many of us crazy folks that LOVE winter. It is quiet, it is pretty and with the proper gear, you can stay warm and cozy!  Don’t have a snowmobile? MORE

Snow Days in Gaylord, Michigan

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What will your wide-open winter look like in Gaylord, Michigan?  Let us walk you through the next few months in our winter wonderland… Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding & TubingTreetops Resort and Otsego Resort are your winter hotspots this season – offering up slopes and terrain parks that will get your adrenaline pumping. Both perched atop valleys, downhill skiers and snowboarders will love our epic elevation at 1,380 feet above sea level.  Legs a little wobbly?  There’s no skill required to sail downhill on a tube with the biggest smile you’ve ever had on your face.  The latest snow-making technology helps winter start early at both resorts! MORE

Flurry of Events

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Whether your idea of the perfect winter day starts with groomed stretches of snowmobile trails, cross-country ski tracks or the downhill slopes, there’s no denying Gaylord, Michigan is your winter hotspot! Along with outdoor recreation and resorts that can’t be beat, we plan on making this the most eventful winter you’ve seen in a long time! MORE

National Take a Hike Day

Nov 08, 2023 / maddendev

We’re not sure who scheduled National Take a Hike Day in mid-November, but they obviously weren’t hunters or accustomed to northern Michigan’s weather!  If you choose to head out today, you may need winter boots and be sure to wear bright colors.  Whether you’re hiking today or daydreaming about your next adventure, let this list of our favorite natural areas in Gaylord, Michigan serve as inspiration to embrace being All Outdoors! Jordan Valley PathwayWhile Deadman’s Hill overlook at the trailhead of this 18-mile loop is known for offering one of the most stunning vistas in our area, the view from the valley floor might just knock your hiking boots off as well.  If you’re not up for the full trek, you can take the quick 3-mile down and back loop from the parking lot or don your backpack and make a weekend of it. MORE

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