Hot Air Balloons to Paint Northern Michigan Sky During Balloons Over Bellaire

See the sky come alive over Lake Bellaire during the picture-perfect, Balloons Over Bellaire event at Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. Plan now to be in Northern Michigan to experience this fascinating, free, two-day hot air ballooning event, August 27-28. Grab your camera—as stunning sunsets over Lake Bellaire won’t be the only breathtaking images to photograph and gaze at as more than a dozen hot air balloonists take flight from the top of the slopes at Shanty Creek’s Summit Mountain.
A hot air balloon flying over Lake Bellaire
Hot Air Baloon Over Bellaire | Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resort
On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., teams will take flight from the Alpine Tubing Hill behind Shanty Creek’s Lakeview Hotel creating a sky alive with color and whimsy. Saturday morning, 7:30 a.m., the balloons take flight over Torch Lake, and return to The Lakeview Hotel on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Shanty Creek Resort is proud to host this event and be a base camp to visitors throughout this picture-perfect weekend event. Note: This event is weather-dependent. There is no charge to attend, parking is free.
Two hot air balloons taking off from Shanty Creek Resort.
Hot Air Ballons Taking Off | Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resort
 Shanty Creek is a four-season destination resort spanning nearly 5,500 acres and four distinct villages: Summit, Schuss, Cedar River, and the new Hawk’s Eye, each with lodging, dining, and golf. Located in Northern Michigan’s Bellaire, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek offers a variety of activities and outdoor recreation perfect for your next Michigan getaway

Lodging Packages

The Lakeview Hotel at Shanty Creek Resort.
The Lakeview Hotel | Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resort
Build your own custom Stay + Play Package at Shanty Creek Resort. With more than 400 lodging options across the four villages, there truly is something for every family size and budget. Book online to choose accommodations, add discounted rounds of golf, fall scenic chairlift rides, or lift tickets in the winter. Don’t forget to add breakfast, lunch or dinner. Need help figuring out where to stay? Give the reservations specialists a call! They’re ready and willing to help book your next Shanty Creek getaway! And with overnight lodging as low as $209 per night, there’s no better time to get away to your very own slice of paradise than at Shanty Creek Resort.  

Kids Activities

A family sitting on a boardwalk beside a river in Bellaire.
Outdoor Adventure in Bellaire | Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resort
In the heart of northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes region, year-round outdoor recreation reigns supreme at Shanty Creek Resort. Across 5,500 acres of rolling countryside, the resort offers summer and fall favorites like golf, hiking, biking, and boating at each of the four distinct villages surrounded by unspoiled scenery.
Hit the trails at the nearby Grass River Natural Area for a nature hike on the 7 miles of trails weaving through the natural area. Take to two wheels on the trail system of Glacial Hills Pathways. With three trailheads just outside of downtown Bellaire this trail system features 30+ miles of interconnected singletrack biking and hiking trails.
A family on a boat in the Chain of Lakes.
Boating on the Chain of Lakes | Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resort
A stone’s throw from Shanty Creek, the Chain O’ Lakes features eleven stunning bodies of water, including Torch Lake, all connected by rivers and waterways. Enjoy a day of family fun boating, fishing, water skiing or simply splashing on the sandbar. Our area partners are ready to assist to get you on the water.
In addition, Shanty Creek makes the perfect base camp for mapping out endless excursions and day trips to Northern Michigan’s most enjoyable destinations and iconic attractions. 

For additional information on this event and others, as well as the 5,500-acre resort, visit