I've only been to Boyne Highlands once, but I've been to Nubs Nob a handful of times. I've always stayed at the Best Western in Harbor Springs, right next to the small airport. It's just a couple minutes' drive to either the Highlands or Nubs. Price is generally around $90-95/night on weekends. A three-night stay gets a discount, around $75-80/night. Can't comment on night life in the area.
I'll be at Mt. Holly this Saturday day session with my son.
Sooner or later your legs give way, you hit the ground.