It’s cold … it’s snowy… but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! This winter, take a short weekend vacation to relax by the fireside, hit the slopes, enjoy a frosty hike or tear it up on a snowmobile. Get away from all the distractions of work and embrace the cold like you did in your carefree youth. Here are a couple of places a short drive away to consider for a little mid-winter break. Winter in Michigan is all about fun, so get out there and enjoy!
Crystal Mountain Resort
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI 49683
Located in one of the most popular areas of Michigan, Crystal Mountain offers beautiful, winter scenery and plenty to do. Hit the trails for some scenic cross-country snowshoeing, ski down Crystal Mountain, skate on the outdoor rink, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or simply relax in the indoor spa. Don’t forget to make a day-trip to Traverse City or Sleeping Bear Dunes!
Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Rd.,
Boyne Falls, MI 49713
Just south of Boyne City, this resort can guarantee authentic snow at all times in the winter. Boyne Mountain offers winter carriage rides, outdoor ice skating, horseback riding, fat-tire biking, hiking and cross-country skiing, a zipline and of course, the slopes. The kids will love the indoor water park and the parents will love the spa. Take a day trip into beautiful Charlevoix or Petoskey!
Shanty Creek Resort
5780 Shanty Creek Rd.,
Bellaire, MI 49615
This resort, located just south of city of Bellaire, offers unique lodging in three distinct villages (Summit, Cedar River & Shuss). Ski Summit and Schuss Mountains, try some alpine tubing, cross-country ski through the Nordic trails, snowmobile or take a shot at dogsledding. After a busy day on the slopes, head to Bellaire and make a visit to Shorts Brewery!
Serenity Springs Getaway
5888 N. US-35, La Porte, IN 46350
This is the perfect couples’ getaway. Located just past the Michigan border in Indiana on a secluded and splendid 85 acres, the resort offers peace and quiet away from a busy life. Take a romantic carriage ride, snowshoe the hiking trails or simply sit back and relax by a roaring fire in your very own, secluded cabin. The resort is a short drive from Indianapolis, Chicago and the Blue Chip Casino.
Hockley Valley Resort
793522 Mono 3rd Line,
Mono, ON L9W 5X7 Canada
Visit our friends to the north this winter at Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario! This gorgeous resort offers a great, relaxing spa and world class skiing. Hike the beautiful Hockley Valley Nature Reserve or take the brewery tour. The resort is also world renown for its amazing dining experience.
Okay, we get it. You’ve had enough and you don’t want to be outside in the cold. Well, why not try these places for an indoor getaway?
Visit the city of Cleveland and take in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Natural History or the Children’s Museum.
Head across the border to Toronto and visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, take in a show at the famed Second City Comedy Theatre and enrich yourself at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Pop on over and spend a couple of days in Grand Rapids visiting the GR Art Museum, the African-American Museum, Children’s Museum or take in a show at the DeVos Performance Hall.
Take a short drive south and visit Columbus. Learn at the Center of Science and Industry, pay your respects at the National Veteran’s Memorial, or have fun at the newly opened LEGOLand Discovery Center!