6 Indoor Staycation Destinations Around Michigan

Going on vacation is an incredible way to recharge. Studies suggest that taking a vacation is good for your health and can help boost your happiness, particularly when it's cold outside.  While weeklong getaways to far-away destinations are popular, Michigan offers incredible staycation destinations that aren't too far from home.

East Central
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth offers attractions appealing to all ages. Consider a trip to the family-friendly Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark which offers great accommodations and suites perfect for larger groups. This locale is mid-Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and has over 50,000 sq. ft. of aquatic fun. In addition to the pool area, Mushroom Grille concession area and locker rooms, the new Atrium Waterpark includes: a six story family raft ride, Action River, The Super Loop - a thrilling six-story speed slide, zero entry pool with water geysers, water basketball, private family cabanas and large family hot tub. When you’re hungry, Zehnder’s delicious food offerings, you’re covered! Eat your fill with traditional All You Can Eat Family Style Chicken dinners at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth or visit the Marketplace for delectable goodies. 


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Zehnder's Splash Village | Photo courtesy of Zehnder's Splash Village 

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark on Boyne Mountain
Your trip wouldn’t be complete without playing in the arcade with over 50 games and a redemption counter providing awesome prizes. After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a quick bite at the Snack Shack or fill up with a full menu at the Apres Ski Pub, both located inside the park.  Boyne Mountain is an excellent skiing location or if you’re looking to get wet, nearby Avalanche Bay offers the state's largest indoor waterpark. Avalanche Bay features six exciting water slides, including the park's newest thrill, The Big Couloir - a ProSlide SuperLOOP with the steepest drop in the industry, as well as a Rip Zone surf simulator, Splasherhorn Mountain interactive play structure, lazy river, children's pool, relaxing hot tubs, and many other unique attractions.

MGM Grand Detroit 
For the adults looking to get away, step inside MGM Grand Detroit for a whole new world of gaming and luxurious accommodations. There are more than 90 table games and 4,500 of the latest slots and video poker to choose from. It’s easy to get recharged by staying in one of the 400 luxury rooms and suites. For restaurant fare, there is no shortage of options. Three signature restaurants from Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina provide an upscale experience. Add to that their creative new tapas concept, Palette Dining Studio, and a quick serve area, Breeze, and you’ll never be tired of the food. For those who want to relax and rejuvenate, IMMERSE Spa is a great way to unwind after a long day of fun. If you decide to stay at MGM Grand, don’t forget to go out and explore Detroit! There are many iconic and must-see destinations such as the Detroit Institute of ArtsCampus Martius and the Charles H. Wright Museum.


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Immerse Spa at MGM Grand Detroit | Photo Courtesy of MGM Grand Detroit

West Central
Barothy Lodge in Wahalla
If you’re looking for pure relaxation, look no further than Barothy Lodge, a year-round retreat on 320 wilderness acres in Walhalla. Fifteen private lodges are sited along the wild and scenic Pere Marquette River. The private lodges range from one bedroom to nine and a half bedrooms perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a quick escape with friends. Lodges have no TV's or telephones so you can truly unplug and enjoy gorgeous winter scenery. Depending on the season, activities and amenities include: community swimming pool,  community fire pit,  miles of hiking, biking, and skiing trails,  tennis courts, sand volleyball courts,  canoe, kayak and tube rentals,  children’s playground,  fishing ponds,  wetland preserves,  shuffleboard,  climbing wall,  horseshoes  and a 1/2 court basketball pad.


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View from the Steelhead Lodge | Photo Courtesy of Barothy Lodge Retreat

Southwest Michigan
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Don’t let chilly winter weather keep you from discovering why Southwest Michigan is a growing wine destination! Taste award-winning wines and enjoy beautiful winter scenery with weekend visit across the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Enjoy 21 unique wineries including Contessa, Fenn Valley and Lemon Creek on the gorgeous trail that runs from the state line north to Saugatuck, one of the country’s most charming towns. The winter months bring fewer crowds to the wineries making for a quiet romantic getaway or a great weekend with friends. Check out the trail’s winery event calendar for upcoming winter tastings and activities. For lodging, explore the charming bed-and-breakfasts located along the trail.


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Wine tasting along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

Western Upper Peninsula
Island Resort and Casino in 
Head to the Upper Peninsula to explore the popular Island Resort and Casino in Harris. The resort’s gaming floor consists of 20 gaming tables, and over 1,400 slot machines. If gaming isn’t your forte, check out headline entertainment at the Island Showroom or dance the night away at Club Four One. The resort also houses a variety of excellent dining options including 5 Bridges Steak & Seafood House featuring nightly chef specials, premium beef steaks, seafood,  a selection of the county’s most popular hand-crafted beers and one of the most extensive wine lists in the Midwest. Be sure to check out Drift Spa, Island Resort and Casino’s tranquil oasis with nature-based treatments and skilled massage therapists that will help you achieve total relaxation.