Winter Articles

Hit the Slopes with The Homestead’s 90-Year-Old Ski Instructor

For the love of Northern Michigan skiing! At 90 years old, Tom Awrey is still imparting his ski wisdom— and hitting the slopes —at The Homestead in...

Go Fat Tire Biking on Trails at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

A “family of fatties” makes their way to Thompsonville for a day of fun, wintry biking. Explore the three Crystal Mountain fat tire biking trails...

16 March Events to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Spring Up North

With spring on the horizon and St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, you're not going to want to miss these March events in Northern Michigan. From...

A Can’t-Miss Family-Friendly Skiing Adventure at The Homestead

| PAID CONTENT Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau takes us to the family-friendly ski slopes at The...

Make Memories This Winter at Otsego Resort in Gaylord

| PAID CONTENT Winter adventures are waiting for you at Otsego Resort in Gaylord. Located at the highest point of the...

Grab & Go: Scones and a Stunning Grand Traverse Bay Sunrise

A morning treat and the best place to take it! Swing by Traverse City's longest-running coffee shop and pick one of these two beach parks to watch a...

Go Snowshoeing at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive this Winter

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Empire is on everyone’s Sleeping Bear Dunes must-dune list in the summer. But have you explored it in the heart of a...

Michigan Backcountry Skiing Brings Freedom & Untouched Snow

Play in powder! Grab your skis and head to Benzie County for backcountry skiing and a new perspective. Explore the path less traveled on this...

The Ultimate Winter Beer & Brewery Tour in Northern Michigan

In 2017 Emily Bennett, also known as Mitten Beer Girl, visited every brewery in Michigan. Here, she shares a mini Northern Michigan beer tour, ideal...

Best Things to Do on a Keweenaw Peninsula Winter Vacation

PAID CONTENT A husband and wife head north across the Mackinac Bridge for a winter vacation on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Here are their tips,...

Watch Epic 12-Dog Sled Racing at Marquette’s Annual UP200

Each February, mushers head to the Upper Peninsula to take on the UP200, a nearly 240-mile dog sled race that takes teams from Marquette to Grand...

The Perfect Northern Michigan Winter Getaway at Hotel Walloon

PAID CONTENT Searching for the perfect winter getaway? Head to Hotel Walloon in Charlevoix County for incredible hospitality, unparalleled...

February 2022 Last Call: Warm Up with Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

In Germany it’s called glüwein. In Sweden it’s referred to as glögg. In southern Brazil it’s known as quentão. Whatever you choose to call it,...

Snowshoe, Ski & Bike Noquemanon Trail Network in the Upper Peninsula

The Noquemanon Trail Network covers a lot of ground with its eight trail systems stretching from Munising to Big Bay and paths that speak to every...

Gather the Girls for a Galentine’s Getaway in Northern Michigan

If it's been ages since you've taken a girls' trip, what better month than February to show your besties just how much you adore them. These wintry...

Go Fat Tire Biking in St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

PAID CONTENT Swap your skis in for wheels this winter when you head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and explore the fat tire biking trails in St....

Don’t Miss This Gaylord Winter Competition at Otsego Resort

Let the games begin at Otsego Resort’s annual Beaver Dam Olympics. This Northern Michigan event on February 12 is a sure-fire way to embrace winter...

Don’t Miss this Aprés Ski Event at Mount Holiday in Traverse City

Join Left Foot Charley for an Aprés Ski Fundraiser at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City. Bundle up, sip fresh hard cider and celebrate winter at this...

Explore Round Island Point in the Upper Peninsula by Torchlight

Let the glow of lanterns guide you during a hike this winter in Northern Michigan. Head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with Little Traverse...

3 Michigan State Parks, 3 Northern Michigan Winter Adventures!

Northern Michigan parks are made for Up North wintertime exploration. From a frozen waterfall adventure in the Upper Peninsula to a quiet Grand...

Crystal Mountain Snowmaking Team is Top 7 North America

Crystal Mountain's snowmaking team has been recognized as one of the best in North America. Going up against teams from Canada to Colorado, here's...

Current Snowboard & Ski Conditions Across Northern Michigan

Searching for ski conditions in Northern Michigan this weekend? Below, we've compiled the ski conditions pages for resorts across the north to make...

Try This Northern Michigan Perch Recipe with Brown Butter

Ice fishing in Northern Michigan for perch has never looked this beautiful. Ditch the typical frying method and learn about this classic French...

3 Snowshoe Adventures Perfect for a Northern Michigan Snow Day

From a slow, quiet trek in the woods to a heart-pumping climb atop a bluff, exploring the season’s sparkling white landscapes by snowshoe is an...

The 7th Annual Pure Ludington BRRRewfest Returns for 2022

Pure Ludington BRRRewfest is officially back in 2022! Learn all about this Northern Michigan event in Ludington featuring beers from more than 20...

Explore Eben Ice Caves in the U.P.’s Hiawatha National Forest

Exploring the Upper Peninsula this Winter? Hike to the Eben Ice Caves in Hiawatha National Forest and explore gorgeous curtains of ice (and plenty...

Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Otsego Resort’s Craft Beer Trail

The great outdoors of Northern Michigan and craft brews combine during Otsego Resort’s Craft Beer Trail, kicking off this month. Slip-on your...

Northern Michigan Ski Guide 2022: Updates from 11 Ski Resorts

We checked in with 11 Northern Michigan ski and snowboard resorts across the upper and lower peninsulas to find out what their teams are excited...

MyNorth Media’s Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2021

2021 was the year for Northern Michigan outdoor adventures! From some of Up North's most gorgeous summertime hikes to stunning winter views, MyNorth...

Make it a White Christmas with this Holiday Hummer Recipe

This wintertime take on one of Michigan's favorite summertime cocktails will have you feeling jolly all December long. Make one for yourself or...

December’s On The Table: Black Walnut Biscotti for the Holidays

With memories of Northern Michigan holidays past, this black walnut biscotti is sure to have you feeling festive. Featuring local dried cherries and...

Go Cross-Country Skiing at Forbush Corner Near Gaylord

Head to Frederic for a hidden Northern Michigan winter wonderland laced with cross-country ski trails at Forbush Corner, plus tips for staying in...

4 Ways Treat Yourself This Holiday Season in Northern Michigan

‘Tis the season for thinking of others—finding the perfect holiday gifts for family, baking treats for festive gatherings and giving back to your...

Grab & Go: A To-Go Meal in Benzie & The Best Place to Take It

For this month's Grab & Go feature we're taking you to Benzie for a stop at L'Chayim Delicatessen and ice skating over at Benzonia Ice Rink....

A Holiday Story Without End + 3 Traverse City Holiday Events

The holiday season in Northern Michigan is always filled with magic. From Northern Michigan holidays past to upcoming Traverse City events, discover...

Skiing & Snowboarding Spots in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This winter, tune up your skis or snowboard and venture beyond your usual seasonal range into the iron hills and snow-socked slopes of the Upper...

Otsego Resort’s Winter Wine Walks Are Kicking Off This Month!

Join Otsego Resort this December, January and February for the return of Winter Wine Walks. Featuring wine tasting stations with light food...

Holiday Events Across Northern Michigan this December

Meet Santa at Pahl’s Country Store in Buckley. Plus, more holiday events across the North ranging from local plays and concerts to holiday fun at...

A 1920s Christmas with the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Keeper

Travel back in time to celebrate Christmas with James McCormick, his wife and eight children at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport. Explore...

How to Borrow Snowshoes & Go Sturgeon River Snowshoeing

Grab your snowshoes (or borrow some!) and take in the wild, snow-laden sights of the Sturgeon River Preserve. Get ready to head just north of...

Your Ultimate Holiday & Gift Guide for 17 Northern Michigan Towns

Celebrating the holiday season in Northern Michigan? Whether you're looking for local stores, celebrations or gift ideas here are our 2021 holiday...

Winter Freshwater Surfing on Northern Michigan’s Great Lakes

Autumn and winter bring freezing rain, snow squalls, gale-force winds and phenomenal freshwater surfing in Northern Michigan. From finding the...

2021 Holiday Guide: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix & Boyne City

Celebrating your holidays Up North in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs or Boyne City? From the perfect holiday gifts to tips and tricks for your...

2021 Suttons Bay, Glen Arbor & Leland Holiday and Gift Guide

The holiday season on Leelanau Peninsula just got a whole lot easier! Explore our 2021 holiday and gift guide for the best gifts, tips and tricks,...

6 Dreamy Lodges, Cozy Cabins & Resorts in Northern Michigan

Come November, thoughts turn to places for gathering around communal tables by a crackling fire, and if we get really lucky, inside a sprawling...

14 Northern Michigan Businesses with Online Shopping & Pickup

PAID CONTENT There's nothing quite like the Northern Michigan holiday season when our small towns twinkle with strings of lights and Northern...

2021 Ultimate Gaylord, Grayling & Cheboygan Holiday and Gift Guide

Gaylord, Grayling and Cheboygan are all home to charming downtowns with cozy Up North shops and Northern Michigan restaurants. Spend your day skiing...

2021 Ultimate Elk Rapids & Bellaire Holiday and Gift Guide

From Elk Rapids shops and tips to holiday gifts from Bellaire, these two cities will make celebrating the holidays Up North even more festive! Dive...

What’s New in 2022 at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs

Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs knows how to do winter in Northern Michigan! From skiing and snowshoeing to new technology and updated...

Experience the Best Mission Point Resort has to Offer this Summer

Mission Point Resort is offering fun-filled travel packages for weekday and weekend day trips to the car-free, Lake Huron isle. Learn more about...

Eat, Drink, Ski, Hike, Explore on These Northern Michigan Tours

An added bonus to Northern Michigan food and drink tours? Many offer opportunities for outdoor excursions either onsite or close by. Here are a few...

Two Brothers Share a McKeever Cabin Adventure in the UP

Two brothers discover a winter challenge when they ski to McKeever Cabin in the Upper Peninsula—along with the refuge of warm fires, gorgeous...

Crystal Mountain’s Ski Snowboard Pump Track A Michigan First

In a first for Michigan, Crystal Mountain has partnered with The Pumping Service LLC to develop the state’s only ski and snowboard pump track. “The...

Cross-Country Ski at Sleeping Bear Dunes From The Homestead

PAID CONTENT The stunning vistas and historic sites of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are just a few glides away from The Homestead...

Manistee Lighthouse Shines in Frozen Winter Splendor

This Manistee lighthouse puts on a sparkling show each Northern Michigan winter. Featured in the February 2021 issue of Traverse. Subscribe. Perhaps...

Ice Fishing Getaway in St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula

PAID CONTENT St. Ignace is the perfect destination for an ice fishing trip in the Upper Peninsula. Wondering where to start? We’ve got what you need...

Ice Firms, Perch and Walleye Biting + Four Tips for Pike Fishing

Cold weather has ice on Northern Michigan inland lakes and we are seeing slowly sprouting shanties. However, the bite is slow according to the...

How to Go Dog Sledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This winter, go on a dog sledding adventure through the winter wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Here's what you should know! Nature's...

Go Dog Sledding Through the Wilds of The Upper Peninsula

It's mush hour! Dog sledding through the Upper Peninsula winter wilderness is an unforgettable Northern Michigan experience. Deep inside a pair of...

Boyne Highlands’ Enchanted Trail Offers Dazzling Light Display

Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs has opened a new winter attraction called The Enchanted Trail. Walk down it to see a dazzling display of...

5 Things to Do This Winter at Traverse City’s Farm Club

Farm Club has become a welcome escape to country living simplicity, dressed up at a clean and contemporary Leelanau County haven. Already a massive...

What’s New for Ski Season at The Homestead + COVID-19 Safety

PAID CONTENT As the first heavy snowfall of the year at The Homestead in Glen Arbor skips across the white-capped waves on Lake Michigan, settles on...

Norte’s Winter Campaign Pledges to Keep Walkways Clear

It's time to grab a shovel and join Norte's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign, as The Great Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment kicks off year...

January Events Taking Place Across Northern Michigan

It's finally that time of year when snowy outdoor activities are peaking and so are warm-your-bones recipes and dinners. These January events will...

New Year’s Eve Events Happening in Northern Michigan

On New Year's Eve, we simultaneously reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new one. Even though many beloved annual events have been...

The Best Winter Sleigh Rides in Northern Michigan

Over the river and through the woods…experience a winter wonderland on these Northern Michigan sleigh rides in Empire, Gaylord, Traverse City and...

Experience a Snowy Sleigh Ride at Fantail Farm in Benzonia

A sleigh ride in Northern Michigan turns a winter's day into an unforgettable memory. Does a sleigh ride sound like the perfect winter activity for...

Chain of Lakes Region in Winter? Grab Your Snowshoes

While most paddlers of the Chain of Lakes in Antrim County have hung up their boats for the year, we encourage you to still get out and explore by...

Northern Michigan Lodging Ideas For Cozy Winter Getaways

Experience the snowy season and surprise your loved one with a winter getaway at one of these Northern Michigan hotels and lodges with...

Ski, Snowshoe or Bike the Scenic Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Thanks to a crew of dedicated volunteers, you can ski, snowshoe or bike the scenic Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail all winter long. While the Sleeping...

Where & How to Spot a Snowy Owl in Northern Michigan

With a wingspan of nearly 5 feet and piercing yellow eyes, snowy owls are magnificent. In the winter, some migrate south from their home in the...

Hike to Northern Michigan’s Breathtaking Frozen Waterfalls

Looking for a magnificent winter adventure in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? Hike or snowshoe to these frozen waterfalls near Pictured Rocks National...

Northern Michigan Fishing Report Dec. 16: Wait for Ice Fishing

Very cold temperatures have kept most anglers from open-water fishing. Most are now waiting for ice fishing season to get started. All anglers 17...

10 Warm and Cozy Cabins to Rent in Northern Michigan

Whether you're looking for a peaceful winter retreat or a place to warm up in-between snowy outdoor activities, there is a seemingly endless variety...

Snowshoe and Sip Wine at Otsego Resort’s Winter Wine Walks

This winter, explore the scenic surroundings at Otsego Resort in Gaylord during one of six Winter Wine Walks that include food and wine stations in...

Northern Michigan Fishing Report Dec. 9: Ice Fishing Ahead

Ice fishing has begun on inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula, although extreme caution is necessary. Inland lakes in the Northern Lower Peninsula...

Northern Michigan Restaurants Offering Christmas Dinner To Go

With only limited travel, small gatherings, and outdoor dining allowed, this year's holiday festivities might look a little different than years...

21 Cozy Places for Winter Outdoor Drinks in Northern Michigan

Thanks to these innovative Northern Michigan restaurants, distilleries, breweries, wineries and hotels, you can enjoy a drink outdoors this winter...

New This Winter at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Boyne Mountain Resort, a Northern Michigan ski hill, many to keep guests and staff...

New This Winter at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Crystal Mountain, a Northern Michigan ski hill, many to keep guests and staff safe in...

How to Make Perfect Grocer’s Daughter Drinking Chocolate

Warm up this winter with a mug of luscious, locally crafted drinking chocolate from Grocer's Daughter in Empire, near Sleeping Bear Dunes National...

New This Winter at Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Caberfae Peaks, a Northern Michigan ski hill, many to keep guests and staff safe in...

Northern Michigan Fishing Report Dec. 2: Steelhead Biting

Although lower water levels in rivers have made trout fishing challenging, it looks like steelhead are still biting across the Northwest Lower and...

New This Winter at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Mt. Holiday, a Northern Michigan ski hill, many to keep guests and staff safe in the...

19 Northern Michigan Events & Holiday Fun in December

Ring in the season with these December events and holiday happenings across Northern Michigan. Santa Claus is Coming to Traverse City // December 1,...

New This Winter at Nub’s Nob Ski Area in Harbor Springs

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Nub's Nob Ski Area in Northern Michigan, many to keep guests and staff safe in the...

New at Northern Michigan Ski Resorts + COVID-19 Safety

The last nine months have been busy at Northern Michigan ski resorts, as teams reevaluate every aspect of their business, from equipment rentals to...

Cozy Up with Traverse City-Grown Tea from Light of Day Organics

Stay healthy (and cozy) this fall with a cup of locally grown tea from Light of Day Organics Farm and Tea Shop in Traverse City. Featured in the...

What’s New This Winter at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire

The 2020/2021 winter season brings improvements and changes to Northern Michigan's Shanty Creek Resort, many to keep guests and staff safe in the...

Bike the Betsie Valley Trail with Fun Stops Along the Way

This 18-mile out-and-back route on the Betsie Valley Trail from Frankfort to Beulah is great for beginner and intermediate riders. (And it's...

3 Outdoor Fireplaces for Cozy Nights in Northern Michigan

Whether it's as simple as sitting on logs pulled up to an old-fashioned fire ring or as elevated as sinking into Adirondacks in front of an outdoor...

Explore the North Country National Scenic Trail in Michigan

The North Country National Scenic Trail, or North Country Trail for short, is the longest trail in the National Trail System, stretching more than...

Nub’s Nob Says Farewell to Blue Chairlift

Nub's Nob is taking down its beloved blue chairlift—and you can buy a chair. Dear Nub's Nob Skiers & Snowboarders, All of us at Nub's Nob love...

Marquette Mountain In The Upper Peninsula Is One Cool Michigan Ski Resort

Andrew Farron had never run a ski hill before. But the 27-year-old Traverse City native flurried his way into a GM position at one of the coolest...

So, What Are the Best Things to Do in Michigan in Winter?

Every Northern Michigander is eventually asked the question, "So ... what is there to do when it's that cold and snowy?!" Well, here's the answer....

4 Cozy Northern Michigan Cabin Rentals for Winter Getaways

Step 1: Pick your winter adventure. Step 2: Head north. Step 3: Hunker down for a snowy weekend at these Northern Michigan cabin rentals.Adventure:...

Jr. Vasa Welcomes Young Skiers to Annual Traverse City Race

Every year the North American Vasa, a festival of cross country ski races, attracts hundreds of adult skiers. But the two-day event in Traverse City...

5 Gaylord Events to Check Out at Otsego Resort this Winter

For more than 80 years, Northern Michigan's Otsego Resort has been a home-away-from-home for summer and winter travelers alike. Situated along the...

The Best Team Trivia Spots in Northern Michigan

Grab a few of your friends, put your smarty pants on and head to one of the best team trivia nights in Northern Michigan (as voted on by 15,349 of...

Play 9 Holes of Golf on a Frozen Great Lake with a View of the Mackinac Bridge

Who says you need good weather for a game of golf? Not these yoopers. This St. Ignace event has become a winter tradition. In the U.P., we learned a...

Healthy Winter Breakfast Ideas (Protein Pancakes!) to Fuel Northern Michigan Activities

Blue skies. Fresh powder. And energy to burn. Sounds like a perfect day to explore the Northern Michigan outdoors. But before you go hiking, skiing...

7 Cozy Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals for a Ski Getaway

Have an Up North ski-cation at these cozy Northern Michigan vacation rentals with out-the-door access to snowy woodland trails.Destination in the...

Annual Ludington BRRRewFest Features 25 Michigan Breweries, Live Music

A sure-fire way to beat cabin fever is Ludington's premier winter event, Pure Ludington BRRRewFest, at Rotary Park on Saturday, January 25. More...

Meet Scott Stillings, Ski Pro Extraordinaire at Bahnhof Sport in Petoskey

Bahnhof Sport is more than just a ski shop in Petoskey, it's a community, thanks to Scott "Scooter" Stillings. The Northern Michigan ski pro is...

A 1930’s Diary Reveals What Life Was Like During an Isle Royale Winter

A young mother is assigned to teach on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale in the throes of the Great Depression. In winter, the Michigan island becomes...

6 Northern Michigan Sparkling Wines for Winter Gatherings

Our northern latitude, sandy soils and short, cool growing seasons spike the natural acidity in wine grapes. While the resulting chemistry makes a...

A Christmastime Wedding at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City is Pure Magic

The storybook-like spires and bric-a-brac gables of the Victorian-Italianate buildings at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons were enough to...

Winter Activities in Northern Michigan: Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Are you running out of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained during the winter? Well, hereʼs a fun one: try a winter scavenger...

Northern Michigan Winter Festivals: The Super Guide

A lengthy list of Northern Michigan’s favorite winter celebrations. Bundle up and get out there!

Winter is Better in Marquette: Pair a Local Brewery with an Outdoor Adventure

Why do yoopers love winter? 1) They’re descended from yetis. 2) More snow means more things to do. Pair these Marquette winter activities with a...

5 Must-See Northern Michigan Christmas Light Displays

They light up the night and lift our hearts. Make your winter getaway fabulously festive with stops at these annual Northern Michigan Christmas...

7 Holiday Cocktails to Serve Your Guests From the Cheery Crew at Northern Latitudes Distillery

Our friends at Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau are spreading cheer with these holiday cocktails. Thanks for sharing your recipes,...

Ski Coach Tips to Have Best Ski Day Ever in Northern Michigan

Can't-miss runs, slope-side eats, unbelievable lift deals and super-cozy lodging all from local, Northern Michigan ski coaches and instructors. Grab...

A Small Town Snow Globe: Take a Harbor Springs Winter Vacation

Now is the most wonderful time of the year for a family-friendly Harbor Springs winter vacation. Shake up some new Up North holiday traditions. Let...

Let it Glow: Lantern-Lit Snowshoe Hikes at Hartwick Pines State Park

Gather your friends for a snowy hike through one of Michigan’s largest remaining stands of virgin white pine. Hartwick Pines is one of the largest...

Experience a Gourmet Winter Dinner with Chef Abra Berens in Northport

This event has been postponed.  Willowbrook Mill welcomes Chef Abra Berens back to Northport on Sunday, December 15 for a special Northern Michigan...

Best Winter Ever at The Homestead in Glen Arbor

PAID CONTENT Remember the shakeup snow globe you loved as a child? Find it live at The Homestead.Got snow? You betcha! In mid-November, The...

November Travel Ideas: 5 Relaxing Getaways in Northern Michigan

November seems made for travel focused on quiet contemplation, or a road trip through rural countryside to a place of gathering. Mostly, though, it...

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Take a Sleigh Ride!

10 Stunning XC Ski/Snowshoe Trails

New at Northern Michigan Resorts + COVID Safety

Poppycocks Shares Its Favorite Soup Recipes

Head to Winter on Mackinac Island

Gorgeous Places for Winter Vacations

Cozy Pubs For Snowy Days

Ski Resorts, From Beginner to Black Diamond

1930s Diary of Life on Isle Royale in Winter

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