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Spotlight: 5 must-try activities in Traverse City that will have you embracing winter

Forget Netflix and chill, try snow sports and thrill
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Instead of surviving winter this year, why not embrace it?

In the north, we’re blessed with four seasons. All are uniquely beautiful, each promising the chance for new adventures. You just have to know where to look.

There are few places more alive with the magic of winter than Traverse City. A popular Michigan escape known for its white sand beaches, celebrated farm-to-table food scene, and relaxed waterfront living on Lake Michigan, the Cherry Capital is a destination that lives up to a tradition of raising the bar for adventure, even when temperatures drop.

Traverse City’s rolling, snow-kissed landscape is a dream for those looking for a thrilling and share-worthy getaway. From adrenaline filled alpine pursuits to exploring the natural splendor of the region by foot or ski, Traverse City is the place to make memories.

Here are five must-try activities to try in Traverse City this winter:

1. Ski or snowboard at Shanty Creek Resort

Boasting over fifty-three runs with six terrain parks, and spanning over two mountains, Shanty Creek is a premier ski and snowboard destination for riders of all skill levels.

2. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Traverse City’s trails offer a signature experience in Northern Michigan. Explore mile after mile of pristinely groomed ski trails or venture off-track on a unique snowshoe adventure through vast parklands. Be sure to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and enjoy the breathtaking sights as you glide or hike along towering white hilltops.

3. Fatbiking

What could be more fun than floating over the snow on a bike? Rent a fatbike and cruise the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay and enjoy tasting craft beer in igloos at HopLot Brewing. Or spend an afternoon exploring the groomed bike trails on the Vasa Pathway.

4. Wine and Spirit Tours

Traverse City’s two wine trails provide plenty of opportunities to sample delicious local wines and ciders. You can also choose to warm up in the many local micro-distilleries and enjoy learning about a variety of award-winning spirits in unique tasting rooms.

5. Restaurant week

Get a taste of one of Michigan’s most celebrated culinary scenes during Traverse City Restaurant Week. Running from February 24 to March 2, Restaurant Week is the ultimate and most affordable way to sample the city’s best food. Click here to learn more.

Discounted rates and more on your next trip

Book your winter adventure as a Traverse City Escape Package and enjoy discounted lodging rates with an assortment of coupons to save on everything from dining, movies and spa services to wine purchases and entertainment.

Watch this video, get inspired by winter and start planning your trip today!


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