Unwrap Winter

Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2012, beginning on page 77.

Chills, thrills and (yes) spills! When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a whole new playground. These 20 cold-weather activities entice you to get out and enjoy the white stuff. It wont take long to see why the Great Lakes State loves winter.

For More Information, contact: 

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/425-7362 or 989/354-4181; www.alpenacvb.com 

Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/888-9487 or 734/995-7281; www.visitannarbor.org 

Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau (800/397-2240 or 269/962-2240; www.battlecreekvisitors.org 

Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau (800/225-2537 or 231/775-0657; www.cadillacmichigan.com 

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/338-7648 or 313/202-1800; www.visitdetroit.com 

Discover Kalamazoo (800/888-0509 or 269/488-9000; www.discoverkalamazoo.com 

Experience Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/678-9859 or 616/459-8287; www.experiencegr.com 

Flint-Genesee County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800/25FLINT or 810/232-8900; http://www.flint.travel 

Houghton Lake Area Tourism and Convention Bureau (800/676-5330 or 989/366-8474; www.visithoughtonlake.com 

Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau (800/666-0160 or 231/436-5664; www.mackinawcity.com 

Marquette Country Convention & Visitor Bureau (800/544-4321 or 906/228-7749; www.marquettecountry.org 

Munising Visitors Bureau (www.munising.org 

Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/250-9283 or 231/724-3100; www.visitmuskegon.org ).

Newberry Area Tourism Association (800/831-7292 or 906/293-5562; www.newberrytourism.com 

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau (800/845-2828 or 231/348-2755; www.petoskeyarea.com 

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council (269/925-6301; www.swmichigan.org 

St. Ignace Visitors Bureau (800/338-6660 or 906/643-6950; www.stignace.com 

Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/872-8377 or 231/947-1120; www.traversecity.com 

Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association (800/562-7134 or 906/774-5480; www.uptravel.com).

Western Upper Peninsula Convention & Visitor Bureau (800/522-5657 or 906/932-4850; www.westernup.info).

Featured in the Article 

Boyne Mountain (800/462-6963; www.boyne.com 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (231/326-5134; www.nps.gov/slbe 

The Homestead Resort (231/334-5000; www.thehomesteadresort.com 

Marquette Mountain (800/944-7669 or 906/225-1155; www.marquettemountain.com 

Landmark Inn (906/228-2580; www.thelandmarkinn.com 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (906/387-3700; www.nps.gov/piro 

Garland Lodge & Resort (877/442-7526; www.garlandusa.com 

Terrace Bay Inn (906/786-7554; www.terracebay.com).

The Harbor Grand (888/605-6800 or 269/469-7700; www.harborgrand.com 

Indianhead Mountain (800/346-3426; www.indianheadmtn.com 

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad (800/648-7275 or 810/736-7100; www.geneseecountyparks.org 

McGuires Resort (800/634-7302; www.mcguiresresort.com 

Thunder Bay Resort and Elk Antler Log Cabin (800/729-9375; www.thunderbaygolf.com 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (877/879-5843; www.msports.org 

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa (800/968-7686; www.crystalmountain.com 

Greenfield Village (313/982-6001; www.thehenryford.org/village 

Natures Kennel Sled Dog Adventures (906/748-0513; www.natureskennel.com/touring 

Shanty Creek Resort (800/678-4111; www.shantycreek.com 

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (888/957-1580; www.meijergardens.org 

Munro House Bed & Breakfast (800/320-3792 or 517/849-9292; www.munrohouse.com 

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (906/884-2047; www.porcupinemountains.com 

More Michigan 

Mount Bohemia (231/420-5405; www.mtbohemia.com 

Treetops Resort (888/873-3867; www.treetops.com 

Kal-Haven Trail State Park (269/674-8011; www.michigan.gov/kalhaven 

Michigan Legacy Art Park (231/378-4963; www.michlegacyartpark.org 

More Things to Do 

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
With 88,000 square feet to splash about, kids of all ages will enjoy this water park at Boyne Mountain, complete with slides, wet climbing wall, lazy river and many other attractions (800/462-6963; www.avalanchebay.com 

Cherry Republic
This bustling three-building complex sells all kinds of cherry products and treats in the artists colony of Glen Arbor at the base of the Leelanau Peninsula. Sample all things cherryincluding salsa, peanut butter and wine (800/206-6949; www.cherryrepublic.com 

Dennos Museum
On the Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City, exhibits include an extensive collection of Inuit art (231/995-1055; www.dennosmuseum.org 

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Exhibits provide a time capsule for this Grand Rapids natives era and presidency (616/254-0400; www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov 

Grand Rapids Art Museum
The worlds first LEED Gold-certified art museum is as Earth-friendly as it is art-friendly. Families can learn and create together on Saturdays, family day at this Grand Rapids attraction (616/831-1000; www.artmuseumgr.org 

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
Lightning flashes, thunder claps, and men shout orders as a Great Lakes schooner heaves in the surf at this Alpena museum. That sense of diving headfirst into history is what makes the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center such a great spot (989/356-8805; www.thunderbay.noaa.gov/maritime/glmhc.html 

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Emphasis is on 19th- and 20th-century artworks, though a large variety of works can be discovered here, including ceramics, Warhol prints and gorgeous Tiffany glass. Contemporary paintings and sculptures are also featured at this Kalamazoo attraction (269/349-7775; www.kiarts.org 

Miller Auditorium
Western Michigan Universitys Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo hosts a year-round schedule of Broadway shows, concerts, symphony performances, touring artists and special events (800/228-9858 or 269/387-2300; www.millerauditorium.com 

MotorCity Casino Hotel
This hotspot is a safe bet for spectacular views of downtown Detroit. The building that houses automotive-themed MotorCity Casino Hotel was once a Wonder Bread factory, and it continues to make dough for those who find themselves on the winning side of a blackjack, craps, baccarat or poker table or on a streak at a roulette wheel or slot machine (866/782-9622; www.motorcitycasino.com 

Motown Museum
Its hard to believe the wooden-frame house that looks like every other on the blocksave for the Hitsville U.S.A. sign out frontis the birthplace of the Motown sound. But music history was made here in Detroit, and everyone from Smokey Robinson to the Supremes to the Jackson 5 crossed the threshold. This unassuming building is now a museum preserving the relics of that groundbreaking era (313/875-2264; www.motownmuseum.com 

Music House Museum
This hidden treasure near Traverse City preserves rare automated instruments that play the tunes of their eras, dating from 1870 to 1930. Docents lead hour-long guided tours. Visitors can watch classic silent movies shown with live soundtracks played on a Wurlitzer theater organ (231/938-9300; www.musichouse.org).

More Places to Eat 

Brewsters Italian Cafe
Brewsters takes diners on a tour of Italy with its atmosphere and authentic dishesall without leaving the Main Street of New Buffalo. The interior is designed to evoke an Italian village, complete with a cobblestone floor and village murals on the walls (269/469-3005; www.brewstersitaliancafe.com 

Casa Calabria
Widely considered one of the best Italian and steak restaurants in Marquette County, Casa Calabria is a sure thing every time. Its hard not to enjoy the cant-miss food, reasonable prices, and laid-back yet elegant dining experience (906/228-5012; www.thecasa.us 

The Cellar
Hidden in (surprise!) the cellar of a riverfront building in Alpena, this special-occasion gem serves spot-on meat and pastas. On weekends, live music and happy chatter fill the glass-walled dining room, which overlooks the Thunder Bay River (989/340-0188; www.thecellaralpena.com 

Chandlers Restaurant
This cozy, semi-hidden, Up North restaurant in Petoskey is good for grilled cheese, foie gras and everything in between. Firelight flickering off exposed brick provides the perfect winter backdrop (231/347-2981; www.lakeandhoward.com 

Grand Traverse Pie Company
This Traverse City institution isnt in the heart of downtown, but locals say the hearty, homestyle pies here are among the areas best. Theyve got locations around the state, but this is the original (231/922-7437; www.gtpie.com 

The Underground Cheesecake Company
Without a doubt, the most fun item on the menu at the Underground Cheesecake Company, a sunny bakery-cafe in Traverse City, is cheesecake on a stick. But purists will be satisfied by Underground Cheesecakes more traditional offerings, available whole, by the slice and as bite-size samplers (231/929-4418; www.undergroundcheesecake.com 

More Places to Stay

Great Wolf Lodge
Kidsgrown-ups tooget a big, wet kick out of the gigantic indoor water park at this Traverse City resort. Waterslides, including the thrilling Triple Twist (a five-story waterslide with three vortex funnels) wind throughout the park. Every few minutes, the giant soaker bucket on top of the four-story tree house water fort tips 1,000 gallons onto the gleeful group below (231/941-3600; www.greatwolf.com/traverse 

Greektown Casino-Hotel
While this stylish and comfortable hotel is part of the Greektown Casino, it is physically separate, and really a great base from which to explore Detroits downtown. The hotel is in the heart of the dining and shopping scene in Greektown, and within a couple blocks of the Tigers Comerica Park, the Lions Ford Field and the Theater District (877/424-5554; www.greektowncasino.com 

Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa
Choose from 220 hotel rooms or one-, two- and three-bedroom suites in this European-style resort at Boyne Mountain. Fresh colors, handmade tiles and custom furniture add to the warmth of this cozy lodge. Families will be quick to check out Avalanche Bay, the Alpine-inspired indoor waterpark. Most amenities are within walking distance including the ski slopes (800/462-6963; www.mountaingrandlodge.com 

Staffords Perry Hotel
Long a stronghold of Northern Michigan lodging, Staffords century-old Perry Hotel is a historic pastel inn with one of the best locations in Petoskey. Situated in downtown Petoskeys historic Gaslight District, the waterfront hotel is a perfect backdrop for a day of retail therapy, topped off by dinner and the requisite sunset (800/737-1899 or 231/347-4000; www.staffords.com/perryhotel 

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
In its heyday, this hotel hosted such illustrious guests as presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman, singer Frank Sinatra and baseball great Lou Gehrig. A 2008 restoration returned the legendary hotel to its 1924 glory while adding many modern-day luxuries, including 42-inch plasma televisions, laptop safes, in-room spa services and a gym and swimming pool (800/937-8461 or 313/442-1600; www.bookcadillacwestin.com