Guess what? 2024 is a leap year! 

The extra day of February might get you excited about spending even more time out in the snow. Or maybe you relish more opportunities to appreciate the warm comforts of wintertime inside. Either way, you can take advantage of the longer month with a winter weekend getaway.

Good thing the Traverse City area is so close. Just a couple hours from Grand Rapids by car, three hours from Lansing, and four hours from Detroit will get you to a winter wonderland with fun things to do both indoors and out. Or, you can hop on a plane and land at the Cherry Capital Airport in a snap.

Whether you love the weather this time of year or not, book a special winter deal on a place to stay in the Traverse City area and check out these four ways to make the most of an extra-long February:

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The Traverse City area offers a snowy smorgasbord of outdoor winter activity on endless miles of trails through thousands of acres of state and national forests and in parks including the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area, the VASA Pathway, TART Trail, Leelanau Trail and many more.

The trails this time of year are popular for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well as fat tire biking and hiking. Find a trail to explore on a winter weekend in TC.

Wine Tasting at Black Star Farms

With about 50 wineries plus breweries, distilleries, and cideries making delicious craft beverages throughout the region, there’s just not enough time to sample all the flavors you can experience in the Traverse City area. So the extra day in February will really come in handy! 

Come get started on a taste-testing journey through TC, or pop into a few places you didn’t get to on your last visit. There are so many destinations that pair perfectly with a winter weekend away.

Snowshoeing at Rove Estate

Inviting you to tasting rooms warmed by fireplaces and vineyards crisscrossed by trails groomed for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fat tire biking, the wineries in the Traverse City area offer both indoor and outdoor fun in the winter. 

Get your heart pumping with any of these vineyard adventures in TC, then head inside to relax with a glass of your favorite wine or perhaps some spiked hot cocoa.

Shopping downtown Frankfort

From downtown Traverse City to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula and Frankfort along Lake Michigan in Benzie County, the Traverse City area is full of small towns and charming villages where you can discover unique shops and delicious local restaurants. You’ll encounter historic theaters and inspiring art galleries, too. 

Share the warmth of winter in TC with dining, shopping, and arts and entertainment. 

February is always the shortest month of the year. But with the extra day this winter because of Leap Year, you can wrangle five weekends out of February 2024 – if you start your weekend early. And why not? The best weekends start on Wednesday! 

In addition to all the great ways listed above to experience the Traverse City area indoors and out, here are some big events to build a visit around for each of the five weekends in February this year: