Link Roundup – May 6, 2011

Flickr Photo Credit - Melissa Bonello

Welcome back to Pure Michigan Connect, and this week’s Link Roundup. We are finally starting to see touches of green on the trees, and we’re beginning to feel like spring might actually be arriving! In fact Fort Mackinac, on Mackinac Island opened up for the season, another sure sign of spring. To honor the occasion, this week’s photo is a view taken from the Fort by Melissa Bonello, and can be found on our Flickr page.

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Ah, Spa-ing at Crystal Mountain Resort

Kendra Williams, Midwest Living travel editor and contributor to Michigan Travel Ideas, spills the details from her recent enviable spa experience at the Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa.

I’ve been to many spas throughout the Midwest, but none of those prepared me for my experience at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville (45 minutes south of Traverse City.)

The pristine outdoor meditation garden where I sipped on cucumber mint water and nibbled on mixed nuts studded with dried cherries.

Opened in 2009 and considered the only LEED-certified spa in the Midwest, the 11,000-square-foot Crystal Spa exudes pampering, tranquility and the serenity of nature. Frosted glass doors have long twigs somehow frozen inside the base of them. Ceramic tiles in shades of taupe, brown, tan, surprising hits of lavender iridescence accent in the huge showers.

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