The key to enjoying our long Michigan winters – longer still for those of us up north – is to find something you enjoy doing during the snowy months. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of fun winter activities for the whole family.
Sometimes you want to get out and enjoy the winter (or at least get some exercise) but the conditions aren't really right for skiing or snowshoeing, and you don't want want to deal with a lot of special gear anyway. Not to worry -- you can always take a winter walk! All you'll need are mittens, a hat, a warm coat and a good pair of boots!
Each summer, millions of visitors throng to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to prowl its miles of sandy beaches, climb its towering 400-foot dunes and swim in the jewel-bright waters of Lake Michigan. Far fewer travelers think to visit the dunes in winter, but those who make the effort find it uniquely rewarding.
Say what you will about the quality of Traverse City’s cultural and culinary scene (and believe me, I’d be the last person to disparage it) the Number One Winter Attraction up here is still what you can do in the Great Outdoors. Once the snow begins to fall across this glacier-carved landscape, it becomes a sparkling white playground for outdoor winter sports – and that’s where the fun is.
Rosy cheeks and memories of winter’s bliss are not yet a thing of the past. Nature's most exhilarating season in Traverse City is here for another few months and we've invited Ashlea Walter from My Best Winter Ever to share a few of her favorite activities.
Strange as it may seem, winter can be an amazing time to take a hike in the beautiful outdoors of the Traverse City area. We asked Sandy Graham of Backcountry North to tell us about his favorite winter adventure.