Ski Crazy With the Crazies at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs
Folks in Harbor Springs do everything short of launching flares to prove there’s still stuff happening in March. Nub’s Nob Ski Area lights it up with Mardi Gras on the 26th, featuring the Soaker Cup, costume contest and other events that bring out the nearby crazies (NUBSNOB.COM). Across the street, Boyne Highlands hosts the Brew-Ski Festival on the 12th, with breweries offering samples on the slopes and a raucous party inside. Ski or snowboard across a pond on March 19th, during Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands, a family-friendly music and party event (BOYNE.COM). Rent a condo at Trout Creek Condominiums, located footsteps from both resorts (FROM $148, 800-748-0245, TROUTCREEK.COM). You’ll pass Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse on your way to the lively slopes, so stop in for fine dining or pub fare and say hey to the townies, who think they have the Irish-themed eatery to themselves in March (231-526-7805, TEDDYGRIFFINS.COM).
Party Quietly in Indian River
Peace and quiet is the name of the game at Silent Sport Lodge B&B and Sturgeon River Cabin in Indian River. Visit the rustic retreat March 18–19 or 25–26 for a maple syrup-making weekend, or get moving in local style with sled dog rides, winter raft trips and cross-country skiing (FROM $110, 231-525-6166, SILENTSPORTLODGE.COM). Get a lesson in local wildlife at Vivio’s Northwoods Inn, an eatery locals favor for its pasta and wall decor of stuffed area fauna (231-238-9471, VIVIOSFOOD.COM). Stay & Play, Eh!
Endless Winter in Marquette
You’ll never guess that spring’s around the corner when you cross the Mackinac Bridge and push ahead two more hours to Marquette. Locals are still ice skating at Marquette Commons, skiing at Marquette Mountain and taking junior to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum (MARQUETTECOUNTRY.ORG). No lumberjack crash pad here, the Landmark Inn is a marvelously restored historic hotel, complete with famous guest list (The Rolling Stones, Amelia Earhart and Louis Armstrong) and several ghost stories (FROM $129, 888-752-6362, THELANDMARKINN.COM). Upfront & Company is the hangout for locals in search of fine fare and dance floor. Fab food and a rockin’ attitude, the club offers live entertainment all winter long (906-228-5200, UPFRONTANDCOMPANY.COM).
Explore Traverse City’s March Flavor
For Traverse Citians, the tweener-season nature of March means it’s all about the food this month. Celebrate local, sustainable cuisine at The Cooks’ House, where the heirloom tomatoes, served with olive oil and fleur de sel, come from a nearby garden. Can you pass on an appetizer of sautéed quail and leg confit with melted leeks and hard cider sauce? Nah. You’ll be back tomorrow (231-946-8700, THECOOKSHOUSE.NET). Follow the crowd to Right Brain Brewery, where locals connect over mugs of hearty and inventive craft brews—check the bourbon stout if it’s on the menu (231-944-1239, RIGHTBRAINBREWERY.COM). Keep your pub spirits high at the City Opera House, with the Irish Comedy Tour, a bawdy warm-up to St. Patty’s day, on Saturday, March 12 ($15–$20, 231-941-8082, CITYOPERAHOUSE.ORG). Earn your local wings by living and working at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse for a week (FROM $195, 231-386-7195, GRANDTRAVERSELIGHTHOUSE.COM).