Area Lodging & Restaurants

Just mention “XC Ski & Stay” when making your lodging reservation for a special X-C skier deal!

(in order from closest to further away)

Odder’s Den Cross Country Skiers’ Rental Home – located on XC Ski HQ trail system
A beautiful rental house right on the ski trails! Perfect for your cross country ski holiday. Minimum two-night stay.  Reserve early. Call 989-745-4741 or email mccluret333@gmail.com.

North Winds Lodge – 2 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Newly remodeled rooms, flat screen TV’s, in-room coffee makers, and WiFi. Just 1/4 mile south of XC Ski HQ. 989-965-1398

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

Driftwood Resort – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Five cottages, 2 or 3 bedrooms each, on the north shore of Houghton Lake.  In-room fireplace, and kitchens! 989-422-5229.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Fought’s Resort – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Eight very rustic cabins on the north shore of Houghton Lake.  All cabins include small kitchen, and some cabins include a fireplace.  989-366-8253.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 20% off regular nightly rate, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

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, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

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, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Woodland Motor Lodge – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A clean, quiet family motel that has served its customers well for over fifty years. Enjoy privacy in wooded, scenic surroundings. Cabins and most motel rooms are located off the road, facing a wooded central courtyard. Grayling location with access to many restaurants and ski trails. 989-348-9094.

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.  XC Ski & Stay deal:  10% off regular night rate, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Lakeside Resort – 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, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

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, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Houghton Lake Super 8 Motel – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Clean and affordable. Indoor pool. 989-422-3119.XC Ski & Stay deal: 15% off regular nightly rate, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

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, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Gate’s AuSable Lodge – 25 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Rustic and cozy lodging with views of the beautiful AuSable River.  Peaceful setting, close to Mason Tract trail and about 10  minutes to downtown Grayling.  On-site is also a professional fly fishing shop.  989-348-8462.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate, and Half Off Coupons for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

Riverview Lodge & Cabins  – 30 minutes from XC Ski HQ
A huge 7 bedroom lodge, plus 6 cabins on the AuSable River in Grayling. Cabins have full kitchens. 810-845-8128 or cabins@ausablecabins.com  for reservations.

Copper Fox Lodge – 40 minutes from XC Ski HQ
This furnished 3 bedroom log cabin, originally constructed in 1948, is located literally on the banks of the world renowned Au Sable River. 703-964-7533.  XC Ski & Stay deal: 10% off regular nightly rate, and Half Off Coupon for Facilities Pass at XC Ski HQ.

To find hotel accommodations nearby, check out hotelscombined​.

Places we like to eat:

(in order from closest to further away)

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.

The Bird & The Bear – 2 minutes south of XC Ski HQ
Fresh pastries. Great breakfast and lunch menu!  Closed Mondays. 9117 N Cut Rd, Roscommon.  989-273-1300

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, Closed Sundays. 205 N. 5th Street, Roscommon. 989-281-1330

Fred’s – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Full menu.  Great pizza. A fun atmosphere with bowling and a bar in a remodeled rustic log building. Remodeled rustic log building, very clean.  430 N 5th St, Roscommon. 989-275-6565

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

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

Matt’s Lake Street Pizzeria & Grill – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ

Full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 312 Lake St, Roscommon. 989-281-1136

B.C. Pizza – 10 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great pizza.  800 Lake Street, Roscommon. 989-275-1500

Paddle Hard Brewery – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Lots of great beer, great ambiance, and stone fired pizzas. XC SKI HQ facilities pass holders receive 15% off their food bill! 227 E Michigan Ave, Grayling.  989-745-638

Spike’s Keg o’ Nails– 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Fun, lively atmosphere. Great burgers. Arcade games for kids and great Friday night fish fry. 301 N James St, Grayling. 989-348-7113

Ray’s Barbeque, Brews and Blues – 15 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great food, excellent cocktails, beautiful rustic-chic ambiance right on the AuSable River in downtown Grayling. 989-348-1515

Springbrook Inn’s East Bay Grille & Tiki Bar– 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Casual fine dining Thursday through Saturday only. 565 W West Branch Rd, Prudenville. 989-366-6347

Buccilli’s Pizza – 20 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great pizza and Italian! 2949 W Houghton Lake Dr (M-55), Prudenville. 989-366-5374

Willow Tree – 30 minutes from XC Ski HQ
Great option for traveling along I-75.  Casual Fine Dining. Skier special: Present your XC Ski HQ facilities pass or store receipt and receive: 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 1 bottle of wine to share, and 2 desserts for just $56! Or, free dessert when you present your XC Ski HQ facilities pass. Valid at West Branch, Traverse City and Saginaw locations. West Branch location: 633 Court St (M-33), West Branch. 989-345-0660