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there are lots of winter activities in traverse city michigan

Head To The North Shore Inn This Winter!

We all could use a vacation, it seems like as time goes by everyone is just getting busier and busier these days. You owe it to yourself to get away, in fact, studies show that people who take vacations have lower stress levels, are healthier and are generally happier. The following information is intended to inform you about your stay here at the North Shore Inn, in Traverse City Michigan and inspire you to try something new during your days off.

Your winter vacation is going to be what you make of it, whether that is hanging out at the spa drinking mimosa’s, going dog sledding, snowshoeing, taking on an adventure with snowmobiles, skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing or even going downtown for one of the several community events that are hosted through the season. Your stay at the North Shore Inn will feel like your very own cozy vacation getaway.

Northern Michigan has more to offer than just Lake Michigan or places with Vegas-style gaming, in fact just north of Traverse City you can combine dog sledding with wine tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Though it is not a professional sledding, it is just for fun and a chance to have an experience you will never forget. Not just for adults, so if you are thinking about bringing the kids you will not be able to tell who is having more fun, the kids or the dogs. In fact, the dogs love sledding so much they even have a special sled with wheels that they use during the summer months to stay trained and active.

The real attractiveness to Traverse City is located outside with its abundance of lovely trails that can easily be accessed by snowshoeing in the winter months. Snowshoes compared to ski’s are super easy to use and make walking in the snow very comfortable. Even if you are not an avid hiker there are several short trails that have the most beautiful sights and plenty of places for a family competition with snowball fights.

Snowmobiles are a must to rent during your vacation because there are over 200 miles of trails around the region to explore. The territory has prime terrain that is blanketed with precious white snow, perfect for riding a snowmobile through its thick green cedars and pines. A blend of thrilling adventure during the day and on your return, you can enjoy a nice steak and a relaxing time in a hot tub. In fact, one of the great things about the city is that there are several things to do so you don’t have to be stuck with the family if you don’t want to.

man speeding on a snowmobile

Skiing and snowboarding are just part of the lifestyle of any snow community and that is no different in Traverse City. You can find slopes for any skill level from expert to beginner and that includes someone who has never attempted to ski before. Whether you decide to go skiing or snowboarding there are several spots where you can rent everything you need to tackle the snowy hills. Some areas even offer more than 50 slopes to choose from so you don’t have to worry about long lines.

Even if your idea of a vacation is exploring attractions there are several other adventures waiting and most of them are free. Traverse City operates two public outdoor ice skating rinks as long as the weather permits it and there is no charge for using them. Both of the rinks also have warming houses just in case you get too cold being outside. There are also indoor arenas where you can ice skate and rent equipment. Some local attractions also include exploring shipwrecks, lighthouses and historic sites that have been touched by generations of Native Americans, missionaries, lumberjacks, and fisherman. Little reminders from the past are located everywhere in this vast cultural land.

The city offers several events during the winter months that might be of interest to you or the entire family to attend. Some of these activities include a light parade, downtown cocoa crawl, tree lighting ceremony, ladies and men’s nights and even a chili cook-off. There are also over 150 small businesses that include restaurants to choose from including art venues, an opera house, and theaters as well. The restaurant scene is very robust and ranges from elegant dining on the waterfront to eating curbside from a taco truck. There are over a dozen different microbreweries, pubs and distilleries making it a place for nightlife to thrive.

There are also cafes and coffee shops for the early birds to get their caffeine before the day begins. For people who are not beer drinkers, many of the breweries offer 4 oz test beers so you can find the drink that is for you. Even if you are not a fan of the restaurant scene and decide to cook in your room by yourself or for the family there is a downtown farmers market where you can get locally grown produce, baked goods, and plants. Without a doubt, there is something to do for your whole family and anyone who vacations here.

The North Shore Inn is a condominium hotel on the Grand Traverse Bay so all the amenities you have at home are conveniently here as well. With a lake view, a private sandy beach, wireless high-speed internet, a fitness center with a gym and work out room, an outdoor heated pool, and self-service laundry service. As for the rooms, there are 1 and 2 bedrooms available that can accommodate up to five people and each has its own completely equipped kitchens. No matter what the season you will enjoy yourself. Book your trip now and you will be thanking yourself, in fact, you will probably wonder why you didn’t do this sooner, so relax and get away from your worries. Traverse City can literally be described as a winter wonderland.

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