3 Great Michigan winter weekend getaways

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Photo: Jim Sorble/Flickr

(WOTV) — Winter in Michigan comes every year, and if you’re like most people you don’t look forward to the snow or ice. Unfortunately, you don’t have any say over Mother Nature. During the cold, bitter months you can sit indoors and hibernate or you can get out of the house and have fun! Many locations in Michigan aren’t just travel destinations in the summer, but all year-round.

If you’re looking to snowmobile or ski, there’s more than enough hotspots, and if you’ve never participated in a winter activity before, why not start right now? These three locations are offer beauty, food, and activities to make venturing out in the cold worth the trip.

1. LOCATION: Sleeping Bear Dunes, National Lakeshore

Sleepign Bear Dunes 1200 image
Photo: Jim Sorble/Flickr

The view at the Sleeping Bear Dunes is enchanting no matter what time of year, but in the winter it can be even more delightful. Experience the dunes in its wintery glory and be sure to bundle up! The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is closed to motor vehicles during the winter. For a full list of open areas visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes website.

Stay: Ski and lodge at Shanty Creek resorts! Several packages available. $90/night and up. shantycreek.com
Eat: Eat lunch and/or dinner at the upscale Farm to Fork restaurant Mission Table. missiontable.net.
Activities: Explore the Village at Grand Traverse Commons for shopping and more! thevillagetc.com

2. LOCATION: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Sault Ste Marie Michigan
Photo: Andrea Schaffer/Flickr

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula becomes a winter wonderland with plenty of activities to enjoy. Bundle up as tempatures are much cooler in the U.P. than the lower peninsula. While you’re there take a trip to the International Bridge that spreads across the St. Marys River and separates Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan from its twin across the border, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in Canada.

Stay: Sleep at the favorably reviewed Holiday Inn Express – Sault Ste. Marie. $90/night and up. ihg.com/holidayinnexpress 
Eat: Then chow down on a pasty, a Northern Michigan specialty, at The Pasty Oven. www.pastys.com
Activities: Travel along any of the 12 snowmobile trails groomed by the Sault Ste Marie Snowmobile Association. Trail locations are available online.

3. LOCATION: Mackinac Straits, Mackinac Island

Mackinac Straits - Mackinac Island
Photo: Kate Ter Haar/Flickr

A frozen block of beauty is the only way to describe the Mackinac Straits during the winter. Enjoy the scenery while riding a plane to Mackinac Island to enjoy a much slower pace than what you’d experience in the spring, summer or fall while visiting the island.

Stay: Sleep at the Bogan Inn right on Mackinac Island $90 – $130/night. boganlaneinn.com
Help yourself to a meal at Cawthorne’s Village Inn serving steak and seafood meals in a casual dining environment. grandhotel.com/dining/cawthornes-village-inn
Finally, finish off your perfect two day weekend by shopping till you drop at Doud’s Market. doudsmarket.com

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