Beekeeping

Honey hive beekeeping is a new experience at this northern Michigan resort

GAYLORD, MI — Northern Michigan resorts are adding new features and activities for guests, but the latest experience at Treetops Resort near Gaylord just might set it apart.

Those who sign up for the new hands-on bee experience will be taken to the upper portions of the resort property where they will wear protective clothing and learn all about beekeeping. The honey, the queen bee, the hives – it’s an educational experience all about beekeeping and led by Treetops’ resident beekeeper.

“Guests will receive an authentic beekeeper’s costume, complete with gloves and gaiters to protect each participant from stings,” resort staff said when promoting the new adventure. “Guests will join Bill in the hives above the complex for this truly unique opportunity to see these insects up close and learn about how they function and survive in today’s world. From start to finish, “students” will see the hive’s most important bee – the queen – work her magic to begin the honey-making process. »

The Bee experience is offered to customers on weekends in July and August:

  • Saturday July 16
  • Saturday July 30
  • Saturday August 13
  • Saturday August 27

The cost is $50 for adults and teens. Children 12 and under are $30 per person. For more details and to reserve a spot, check out the resort’s website here. For overnight guests, Treetops offers a variety of accommodation options at the resort.

Already known for its award-winning golf courses, golf academy, spa and resort activities, Treetops was looking for something new to offer its summer guests and was participating in beekeeping sessions due to interest from Staff.

“As a backyard bee enthusiast for over 10 years, I have been fascinated by bees,” said Barry Owens, managing director of Treetops. “A bee colony is the epitome of teamwork. At Treetops, we vigorously protect our environment because it’s what makes us special in the hospitality industry and it’s the right thing to do. Our Bee Experience is another great example of our enduring efforts while working to educate others about the importance of protecting our environment.

A golf course at Treetops Resort, located at 3962 Wilkinson Road. (Jake May | MLive.com)

Some fun facts about beekeeping that will be shared with guests:

  • Beekeeping dates back at least 4,500 years.
  • A third of the food we eat is the result of pollination by bees.
  • During their 6-8 week lifespan, a worker bee will travel the distance equivalent to 1½ times the circumference of the Earth.