Late Green Friday-Crystal Mountain a Green Vacation

I am enjoying my last full vacation day at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI.  This is our second year coming to this awesome resort for the 4th of July week.  I could talk about this resort for pages and pages, but I am going to try and keep this to the point. 

We came last year for the first time as a family and we were sold on coming here every 4th of July until our children are grown up.  The resort is filled with tons of things to do from Alpine Coaster, climbing wall, pool with slides and mini sprinkler, kid camps, bonfires, golf, carnivals, fireworks, and on and on and on.  So my family is sold on returning.  We check in this year and immediately are told the indoor pool is closed due to a new spa they are building.  At first I was very frusterated because the day we checked in it was raining.  So we went to our condo and set up our kids for some indoor play and parent move-in time.

I sat down to read up on the lastest happenings at the resort only to find out a few wonderfully “green” things about Crystal Mountain.  The first thing I found was that they offer recycling in all their units.  Its a resort wide in-room recycling program.  They make it easy for the guests too.  There are either bins inside the unit or just outside.  I have been monitoring the amount of stuff we would normally throw away at any other resort, and have been amazed at our contribution as one unit to reducing waste.  Way to go Crystal Mountain!

Next, sit down, this is awesome!  This coming December is the grand opening to a full-service destination spa and upgraded indoor pool and fitness center.  Some of you might be saying, “So what, its a new spa?”  Well, this spa is special it is being build with numerous different green efforts.  This spa will also have a LEED Certification.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  You can learn more about LEED here.

LEED buildings cut energy use by 30-50%, use 40% less water and generate 70% less waste.  This to me is fascinating beyond imagination.  You can learn more about the construction, spa, and resort here.  To name a few of the green aspects concerning the actual construction they are utilizing bamboo flooring in the lobby and lots of use of natural light. 

Inside the spa you will find the following:  a dozen treatment rooms offering numerous different services, locker rooms with saunas and steam rooms, meditation room with private garden and hot tub.  This spa is attracting our family to possibly make Crystal Mountain a twice per year family vacation spot.  Winter ski trip and summer fun trip!

Once again I can not say enough wonderful things about this resort and now that I am aware of their green initiatives, I am even more in love.  I wish I could stay all summer long!  So if you are looking for a great family spot, this is the place to be!

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1 Response to “Late Green Friday-Crystal Mountain a Green Vacation”


  1. 1 bigbinder July 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    SWEET!!! We went to the GRAM this past week too which is LEED certified but I’d much rather get a spa treatment than look at art!


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