Top Winter Things To Do
If your Top Winter Things To Do include snow, consider exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes region in Northwest Michigan. Sleeping Bear Resort is located in the heart of the region and in the middle of a “mini snow belt”. Our proximity to Lake Michigan and the topography of the area are conducive to lots and lots of lake effect snow. We typically get more snow than even Traverse City which is located only 15 miles away. During the winter of 2014, we received over 200 inches of the white stuff!
Within a 20 mile radius of Sleeping Bear Resort are four ski resorts, nine cross country ski & snowshoe trails, two snow tubing destinations and over 135 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. In addition to the marked public trails, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is open all winter. Stop into the Welcome Center and one of the rangers can direct you to several snowshoe and x-country ski destinations that are off the beaten path.
One of the highlights of Sleeping Bear Resort during a wintertime visit is the Joshua’s Crossing Covered Bridge located just north of the resort. The bridge is on private property but thanks to our gracious neighbor the bridge is available for our guests to enjoy. Ski across the covered bridge and take a x-country ski trail along the north shore of Herendeene Lake. To help with planning your winter activities, we’ve put together a listing of some of our favorite local wintertime destinations.