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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.

X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Hiking

9 X-Country Ski Trails

Downhill Skiing

4 Ski Resorts within 20 miles

Wine & Beer Touring

41 Wineries, 30 Breweries and Taprooms and 18 Cider Houses and Distilleries

Explore Small Towns

The Leelanau Peninsula is surrounded by water and is home to some beautiful and quaint little villages. Click here to see our list of small towns.


Over 135 miles of groomed trails through Leelanau, Benzie and Manistee Counties


Timberlee and Mt. Holiday both have wintertime tubing