Michigan Winter Getaways | By Sherry Trautman |Traveling Michigan
Looking for a romantic winter getaways in Michigan for couples? Or maybe a northern Michigan winter vacation for the whole family with the best places to take pictures?
Keep reading for fun places to visit in Michigan in winter. There's so many fun things to do on these Michigan winter getaways to Midland, Northern Michigan and Frankenmuth! You will see natural springs, breathtaking scenery and lots of natural wonders! There will be lots of hiking opportunities, great restaurants and quaint hotels.
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Midland Michigan offers great photography, skiing, hiking and exploring in the winter. See our top 5 Things to do in Midland Michigan in winter!
Perfect romantic winter getaway in Michigan for couples or a northern Michigan winter vacation for the whole family.
Explore the Tridge located at 111 W. Main Street, Midland, MI (shown above).
What a Tridge? The Tridge, located in Midland, Michigan is a three-way wooden footbridge spanning the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers. It was constructed with one 31-foot tall central pillar that supports three spokes. Each spoke is 180 feet long by 8 feet wide.
The Chippewa Nature trail also begins at the Tridge (head toward the left leg of the bridge from the entrance) Perfect winter weekend getaways Michigan!
Midland City Forest: 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48640
If you love cross country skiing, fat bike trails or wooded walking trails, you really need to check out Midland Michigan's City Forest!
Bring your sled or tube and zip down the designated sledding hill. It's close to the parking lot so you won't need to walk far! And it's free!
If you get chilly, grab a cup of hot chocolate at the chalet below the hill.
Stay Warm! I highly recommend a warm neck gaiter like the one I'm wearing in the video above. It's soft, very warm and won't slip off like scarf.
Grab some skis and get some winter exercise! I love cross country skiing at Midland City Forest! Perfect for weekend romantic Michigan winter getaways!
Chippewa Nature Center Address: 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, Michigan
Midland also offers fantastic trails and outside adventures at the Chippewa Nature Center.
Try your skills at snowshoeing during a clinic or visit the Homestead Farm featuring an 1870's style farmstead complete with a log cabin, timber frame barn, root cellar, wagon barn and chicken coop. Awesome Michigan winter getaways, right?
I love wandering along the path flanking the river for incredible views and a peaceful walk! Add Chippewa Nature Center to your winter interesting places in Michigan!
Maple syrup season in March is also a fantastic time to visit the Chippewa Nature Center.
Take a wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see the process of making maple syrup, try iced maple syrup on a stick (my favorite) and watch an 1870's sap boiling demonstration!
Chippewa Nature Center in Michigan is at the top of our exciting Michigan winter attractions and activities this year! Perfect place for couples and families with children.
Dow Gardens Address: 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640
Is Dow Gardens Open in the Winter?
Absolutely! Wander the cleared trails, get some exercise and photograph the incredible beauty at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. Dow Gardens is striking in the winter with it's ponds, bright red bridges and beautiful vistas.
Be sure to stop at Whiting Forest (Part of Dow Gardens) to explore the Longest Canopy Walk in America!! It's a great place to visit in the winter for fun things to do!
Below are our regular restaurants, we have eaten at them many times so we feel confident recommending them to you:
We highly recommend the H Hotel (see location above) as we have stayed here several nights and the rooms, hospitality and quality of the hotel are incredible.
And the best part?
The H Hotel is located right downtown in the heart of shopping and restaurants. It's about a mile to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest. You can see the Tridge from the hotel.
The Fairfield Inn and Suites is also in a fantastic location near shopping, restaurants, Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest.
If you are looking for romantic winter getaways in Michigan for couples or a northern Michigan winter vacation for the whole family (with great places to take pictures), THIS IS IT. Seriously. And you'll get some exercise!
Discover the River Road National Forest Scenic Byway
Isn't this snowy road gorgeous?!
We created this Michigan National Forest Scenic Byway Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your Michigan winter getaways.
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Are you ready to embark on your Michigan winter getaways? Let's GO! Be sure to use the map above to reference all our stops!
Be sure to stop at the Westgate Scenic Overlook, it's definitely worth it!
Want to HEAR SOMETHING WEIRD? Turn the sound up on your device and LISTEN to the video above. You can actually hear water turning into ice! (At least that is what a fisherman told me. It's an odd bubbling/underwater sound).
Largo Springs is a huge surprise! It's stunning from the top and also from the bottom!
From this viewpoint, you will be climbing 300 stairs down to be level with the water below. Oh yeah, it's a hike. So even if you can't climb stairs, you can enjoy this view that is level with the parking area. This is one of our favorite Michigan winter getaways!
And this is the view from the bottom! Largo Springs is absolutely stunning during the winter.
It's perfect for:
There are two springs, see if you can find them! I feel like I'm in a fairy world as you can hear trickling and flowing water all around you. There are about 10 boardwalks to explore with three leading to breathtaking lookouts.
Lumberman's Monument is a fantastic spot for hiking, sightseeing, learning about history, photography and enjoying nature.
The monument you see above (per the sign at the base) was "erected to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer lumberman of Michigan through whose labors was made possible the development of the prairie states."
You can see why this is one of the best winter getaways in Michigan so far?
This is the incredible view from the parking level of Lumberman's Monument.
Things to do at Lumberman's Monument:
There are restrooms in the Visitor Center but in the winter there are portajohns to use.
You can also climb down (and back up!) about 300 stairs to the water level below via a series of boardwalks. It's a lovely view from both the top and bottom!
Highbanks Hiking and Ski Trail is also available to explore right from Lumberman's Monument.
Also check out the:
Oscoda and Tawas Michigan are close to this incredible Michigan scenic byway.
AmericaInn by Wyndham Oscoda -This hotel has an indoor pool and is near the Ausable River. We love that they offer a full hot breakfast!
Huron House Bed and Breakfast - Quaint, modernly appointed rooms, some with fireplaces, is a very romantic getaway for couples. Enjoy walking along the beach if the weather permits or cozy up by the fire place.
Are you looking for romantic winter getaways in Michigan? How about visiting Rochester Hills! We are planning this trip in early December.
1. Stay at the very romantic Royal Park Hotel located at 600 E. University Drive, Rochester, Michigan with luxurious, spacious rooms. My friend Lori and her husband love staying at this hotel all year round to bike their trails and explore the area.
2. Walk hand in hand through the Kris Kringle Market in Rochester Hills. This two day event is usually held the first weekend in December. See updated dates on our December Events page. The lovely market is located on West Fourth St. between Main & Walnut. The market was inspired by the 700-year old tradition of the open-air Christmas markets throughout Europe. Lots of great shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens & wreaths and handcrafted gifts for the holiday!
3. Wander the Glen Lore Trails Aurora, a lovely one mile outdoor path through an illuminated forest. How romantic is that! Located at 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Township, MI. Get your tickets online and the lighted path begins around the last week of November and goes through early January.
It's 23 miles from the Royal Park hotel but if you put on some Christmas music, bask in your seat heat and sing the entire way, you will enjoy the drive!
4. See the Big Bright Light Show in Rochester, Mi! This show is spectacular! Starts at 5:00 p.m. 308 1/2 Main Street, Rochester, Michigan and is on display throughout December. The buildings of Main Street are aglow with over 1 million “big, bright” lights. You will love it!
We love winter weekend getaways in Michigan!
Explore Frankenmuth, Michigan in Winter!
There are so many things to see and do during the winter in Frankenmuth. Check out our list of winter fun in Frankenmuth!
Don't leave Frankenmuth off your list for winter interesting places in Michigan.
The views of the covered bridge are incredible!
Want to stay warm? Stay at Zehnder's Splash Village to enjoy a fantastic waterpark!
The Frankenmuth Visitors Center has lots of ideas too!
Seriously guys, I never thought of Michigan Ski Resorts as fun Michigan winter getaways until researching the Best Michigan Ski Resorts for an upcoming trip. It wasn't until then that I realized just how incredible they are!
Depending on the Michigan ski resort, you can go:
So check out the Best Ski Resorts in Michigan! You will have a great time!
So guys, you just HAVE to see the incredible Eben Ice Caves near Munising Michigan. We just went up to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for 3 days to hike, photograph, eat and relax. It was freakin' awesome.
--->Read All About Our Eben Ice Cave Adventure! (Maps, trailhead, where to stay...)
We hope you got some inspiration from our Michigan winter getaways!
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