Sleep/Eat

Our recommendations for area lodging:

All “XC Ski & Stay” deals include facilities passes at XC Ski HQ.  Just mention “XC Ski & Stay when making your lodging reservation. 

Chateau Rockmoor- 3 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A beautiful, well-furnished, stone house on Higgins Lake with large fireplace, four bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 11 people. Available for weekly or weekend rentals. Call 800-832-2663 to reserve. XC Ski & Stay deal: Free firewood.

Odder’s Den Cross Country Skiers’ Rental Home – located on XC Ski HQ trail system
A bed and breakfast, right on the ski trails! Perfect for your cross country ski holiday. Reserve early. Call 989-745-4691 or email mccluret333@gmail.com.

Songer’s Log Cabins – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Eight two-bedroom cabins. Rustic but completely modern, with showers, refrigerator, gas stoves, cable TV’s, microwave, coffee makers and plenty of pots, pans, dishes and utensils. Very clean and nicely furnished. 989-366-5540. XC Ski & Stay deal: Pay for 2 nights and 3rd night is 50% off, OR pay for 3 nights and 4th night is free.

Driftwood Resort - 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Four cottages on the north shore of Houghton Lake.  In-room fireplaces! 989-422-5229.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Shields’ Houses – 5 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Three lakefront houses for rent on Higgins Lake.

Springbrook Inn – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A luxury bed and breakfast! Wonderful ambiance, clean, and an onsite tiki bar and restaurant. Located in Prudenville. 989-366-6347. XC Ski & Stay deal: Two night stay (Sunday through Thursday) for $269.  Includes hot breakfast served to your room.

Grayling Super 8 Motel – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A clean, affordable motel between Higgins Lake and Grayling. Convenient I-75 access. 989-348-8888. XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Wakaigan Shores – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Features Swedish sauna, authentic log cabins that are cozy, comfortable and modern.  All of them feature a full kitchen, shower, and cable TV.  Located on northwest shore of Houghton Lake. 989-787-0370. XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Beachfront Hotel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
New owners. Very clean, indoor heated pool and spa, complimentary continental breakfast, fitness room, in-room coffee maker and hairdryer, game room, free wifi. Located in Houghton Lake. 989-202-4700

Riverview Lodge & Cabins – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A huge 7 bedroom lodge, plus 6 cabins on the AuSable River in Grayling. Cabins have full kitchens. 1-855-687-9501 or cabins@sfglaw.net  for reservations. 

Comfort Suites – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Clean and modern hotel on Houghton Lake. On-site 9,000 sq ft indoor water park with slide, lazy river and hot tub & restaurant. 989-422-4000. XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Fay’s Motel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Pet Friendly.  Located in Grayling. 800-257-3010. XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Houghton Lake Super 8 Motel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Clean and affordable. Indoor pool. 989-422-3119. XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Borcher’s AuSable River B&B – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Quaint B&B right on the beautiful AuSable River.  Located in Grayling. 800-762-8756.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate.

Places we like to eat:

Stone Turtle Cafe – onsite at XC Ski HQ
The Stone Turtle Day Lodge, with its roaring fireplace and friendly staff, is a perfect lunch choice. Choose between delicious handmade paninis featuring Stone House Bread from Traverse City, Michigan, classic and vegetarian chili, personal pizzas, Bosco sticks, fresh cookies, muffins made from scratch, plus weekly lunch specials including Bean Bomb nachos, barbequed pulled pork, hamburgers, grilled fish sandwiches, and more. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Ausable Baking Company – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Homemade bread and baked goods. Excellent sandwiches, homemade quiche, desserts, and Great Lakes Coffee. Open 6am-6pm. Downtown Roscommon. 989-281-1330

Fred’s – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great pizza. A fun atmosphere with bowling and a bar in a remodeled rustic log building. Located in Roscommon. 989-275-6566

Kelly’s Restaurant – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great new restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything made fresh. Located in downtown Roscommon across from Family Fare. (989) 275-2013

The Landmark – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great breakfast and fish. No liquor license. Located on the south west side of Higgins Lake. 989-821-9382

The Spikehorn – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Good menu and drink specials, friendly staff, and rustic, “up north” bar atmosphere. Located at 4955 E Houghton Lake Dr Houghton Lake, MI 48629‎. (989) 366-9698

Spike’s Keg o’ Nails– 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Fun, lively atmosphere. Great burgers. Arcade games for kids and great Friday night fish fry. Located in Grayling. 989-348-7113

Springbrook Inn’s East Bay Grille– 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Casual fine dining Thursday through Sunday only. Located in Prudenville. 989-366-6347