Pack up the family and head north for a weekend of winter fun at the Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest (February 18-21) in Traverse City. Activities will take in the downtown area, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Mt. Holiday Ski Area and the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Look for stunning ice sculptures, a snow sculpture garden, a snowball softball tournament, dog sled and sleigh rides, petting zoo, cherry pie eating contest, kid’s snowshoe race, fireworks and more. The Kids Zone at Grand Traverse Resort will offer ice skating, bonfires, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There will be plenty of live entertainment and special activities for your taste buds with a Chili Cook Off, Soup’r Bowl tasting and a Brain Freeze Ice Cream Eating Contest. The hale and hearty can also take part in the Frosty 5K Run/Walk Race. Bundle up.
The third annual Winter Blues Festival runs from February 21-27 in downtown Petoskey where businesses sponsor a PetosKEY Hunt and the top winner receives treasure chest of prizes and gift certificates. The week kicks off on Sunday with the HotDish Cook-off to taste professional and amateur goodies; tickets are only $5. If you have a few more vacations days stay for the Jigsaw Puzzle Contest, Chocoholic Frolic and a Whine and Dine progressive dinner (tickets are $45). A Blues Brothers Tribute Band takes the stage at Stafford’s Perry Hotel on Saturday, February 26. Weekend ski and shopping packages are also available at the Perry Hotel and Bay View Inn, both located in Petoskey. The ski package includes ski tickets for Nub’s Nob or Boyne Highlands.
Boyne Highlands is hosting a Burton Super Demo Tour all weekend with the latest snow board equipment plus giveaways and games (must be 18 to try a board). On February 20 and 21 the Burton Am Series takes off for a regional amateur snowboarding competition. Nub’s Nob, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are also planning Presidents Day weekend activities with tubing, boarding, ski school, kid’s race, terrain parks and sleigh rides.
The Upper Peninsula has many ski resort and lodging choices including the Pine Mountain Golf & Ski Resort in Iron Mountain. Check out the weekend escape and family escape packages with condo lodging, breakfast buffets and lift tickets. Kids 12 and under ski free, two kids free per paying adult. Cross Country skiing is available nearby at three areas: Fumee Lake Natural Area, Iron Mountain City Park and Lake Mary Plains.