It’s April! Take an Up North vacation to celebrate a month of Northern Michigan wine or take to the great outdoors and enjoy a hike to catch the surge of waterfalls swollen by snow. The following travel ideas were first featured in the April 2014 edition of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
- Explore Traverse City Area Wine Trails
Dare to try the new Leelanau County Loop Adventure, premiering this month, and you’ll get a third night free at one of the participating vacation rentals or inns. The idea is that a three-day visit gives you enough time to devote a full day to each of the peninsula’s new wine trail loops, with incentives offered for visiting all 25. (LPWines.com). Even better, stay a week to also visit the region’s other wine trail, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WineriesofOldMission.com). Several Old Mission wineries offer discounts on selected wines all month.
- Watch the Pour: Marquette
It’s water that will be pouring—surging, actually—at Marquette’s second annual waterfall week, April 21th to the 27th. Seven of the most picturesque Upper Peninsula waterfalls are highlighted for geocaching and scavenger hunt fun with prizes. Maps lead the way to many more of the 77 waterfalls in Marquette County—home to more waterfalls than any other county in the state. A popular feature last year was “Views and Brews.” Just snap a pic with your phone or tablet, proving that’s you in front of a local waterfall, take the pic to one of Marquette’s four brew pubs, and you’ll get a waterfall week pint glass that you can have filled with waterfall week specialties like Dead River Drop Saison or Black River Falls Cascading Dark IPA. (TravelMarquetteMichigan.com; 800.544.4321).