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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...

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...

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...

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...

50+ Northern Michigan Gifts for Everyone on Your List 2020

Get cozy, sip a warm cup of cocoa and browse these Northern Michigan gifts from local stores. We’re sharing just some of many wonderful gifts from...

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,...

Have Best Ski Day Ever in Northern Michigan

Can't-miss runs, slope-side eats, unbelievable lift deals, super-cozy lodging ... it's going to be a perfect day at these Northern Michigan ski...

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...

A Cozy Wine Weekend Getaway for an Unforgettable Michigan Vacation

PAID CONTENT Chateau Chantal has the feel of a visit to a country manor, and that’s because the owner of the house makes it so. Book a wine weekend...

Would You Climb a Frozen Waterfall? Molly Korroch Attempts Ice Climbing in Munising, Michigan

Climbing a frozen cliff in the middle of nowhere isn't for everyone. But Molly Korroch likes a challenge (at least it sounds like a good idea when...

Snowshoe Sleeping Bear Dunes This Winter—It’s a Secret Snowy World

Walking into the wild snowscape of the dunes reveals a secret world this winter-loving writer always imagined. The beauty is, it really...

Tips for Catching Northern Pike in Winter

Found in Michigan's inland lakes and the coastal lips of our Great Lakes bays, Northern Pike are an exciting species to target in the arctic...

A Cozy Lake Leelanau Vacation Rental for a Winter Adventure

Who doesn't want to glide from a wintery trail to a breakfast sandwich bar? Embrace the snowy season with The Fresh Exchange.  Featured in the...

The Straits of Mackinac are Perfect for a Romantic Winter Weekend Getaway

In the heart of winter, Mackinac Island reveals its quieter, snowier and, yep, more romantic side. We can't think of a better winter weekend...

4 Romantic + Relaxing February Vacations in Northern Michigan

These winter getaways offer a retreat in the best sense of the word—with that just-right combination of nature and indulgence. Take a February...

You’ve Seen This Michigan Lakeshore in Summer. But Pictured Rocks in Winter is Another World

For these friends, there are three simple criteria for a getaway: must be scenic, must be near a big lake, must be epic. Picture yourself at...

Northern Michigan Ski Secrets: Plan Your Winter Getaway on the Slopes

What's the best way to enjoy winter? Having the inside line on outside time, of course! Come close, and we'll tell ya the scoop from our Northern...

Where to Try Fat-Tire Biking in Traverse City

Fat-tire biking in Traverse City is a bona fide cure to cabin fever. Head to these trails this winter.Exploding in popularity, and accessible to...

In Petoskey, Michigan, You Can Cross-Country Ski to a Local Brewery

Point those cross-country skis to Petoskey Brewing Co. for a well-earned pint. Hat hair allowed.  Cross-country skiing is an energizing way to enjoy...

Pro Skier Mike King Grew Up on a Northern Michigan Cherry Orchard

Watch a Mike King ski video and you might want the Dramamine in easy reach. There he is, streaking down some far-flung snowcovered craggy peak in...

Try Yurt Camping in Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains

A dream winter weekend in the peaks of Michigan's Porcupine Mountains begins in the warm yet quirky embrace of a canvas yurt. The map churned out of...

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 It’s Winter in Northern Michigan! Yay!

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

So, What are Best Things to Do In Winter?

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07may01octSmall Works Holiday Exhibition - Call For Entry(may 7) 9:00 am - (october 1) 5:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

28may(may 28)9:00 am19aug(aug 19)3:00 pmFood Is Art / Art Is Food(may 28) 9:00 am - (august 19) 3:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

31may12:00 amAlden Dinky Doors"Dinky Doors" have appeared in Alden, Michigan!(may 31) 12:00 am Alden, Michigan, Alden, Michigan

18jun(jun 18)10:00 am04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmBeneath the Moon and Under the Sun: Landscape Paintings by Heidi A. Marshall(june 18) 10:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey, 461 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770

18jun(jun 18)10:00 am04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmPast Is Present: A Dart Featured Artist Retrospective(june 18) 10:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey, 461 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770