Winter Adventures in Michigan (Part 1)

Your Local Joe January 3, 2020
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From November till March, Michigan transforms into a huge winter wonderland. What was once acres of greenland transform into a cold, chilly vista. The fun, however, doesn’t stop as the Mitten State has a lot of cool (pun intended) surprises in store for Michiganders. Whether you’re looking for an extreme challenge or something cozy, or something in-between, Michigan has definitely something in store for you:

Winter Camping

Michigan is home to over 97 state parks, of which 30 are open to winter campers. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Algonac, and Tahquamenon Falls are just some of the popular state parks that offer winter lodgings. Among these state parks, there are modern lodges that are fully furnished and can accommodate groups of up to 24 people. For campers that are lesser than six, camper cabins are another viable option. These log cabins are equipped with heating and electricity, most of which have two bedrooms and a living room with a futon. Visitors, however, should provide their own bedding, stove, and cookware. 

Another choice would be the mini-cabin, a one-room cabin located within established campgrounds. With heating and electricity, mini-cabins can accommodate up to four people on bunk beds. But just like camper cabins, guests should also bring their essential winter amenities. Meanwhile, rustic cabins and yurts are best for outdoor enthusiasts. Rustic cabins have similar amenities to that of camper cabins, only that they are not powered by electricity. Yurts are sturdy, weather-tight circular tent structures that can sleep up to five people. Heat is provided from a propane furnace or wood stove, but electricity is not provided.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing lets vacationers and locals enjoy Michigan’s snow-covered vistas. With the state’s 3,000 mi or so of ski trails, one can glade through wooded landscapes or national lakeshores alone or with family and friends. Or better yet, visit the Cross Country Ski Headquarters, a premier Nordic skiing destination and specialty cross-country ski shop in Roscommon, which is known for its top-notch trails, warm lodge atmosphere, and selection of ski equipment for every budget.

Ice Golfing

While golfing is a popular summer sports, golfing on ice is another viable option to sharpen your grip, stance, and swing skills during winter. St. Ignace, in particular, holds an annual UP Ice Golf Scramble, where sleds and mittens replace carts and golf gloves. The event is open to golfers of all skill levels.

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I live between Las Vegas and Lexington. Have been in Lexington since 1984. So if you have any questions about the area, I know it.

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