If I've learned anything when blogging about Michigan, it's that people LOVE lists. I'm totally okay with that because I love them too! We're all at the point where winter is starting to get on our nerves. No, car, I don't want to scrape you off again at 7:30am. WHY IS THE WIND SO COLD. Icicles...my eyebrows are icicles. You get the point.

So here is just a short and sweet inspiration list to make sure you make the most of your winter before it's gone. Winter can be fun guys, I promise!!


1) Go Dog Sledding

Are we in Alaska? NOPE! This activity can be done both in the lower and upper peninsula and not many other places offer such a unique and exciting experience. I've never done it either, but hopefully that will be changing by the end of the winter! Eep!


2) Visit the Eden/ Grand Island Ice Caves

Epic-ness. That is all.




3) Group Cabin Rental

Grab a group of friends and take off to a cabin up north to enjoy some snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling or ice fishing; where the days are packed with adventure and the nights are packed with memories.


4) Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

One of the only luge tracks open to the public in America? YES PLEASE.


5) Take the 'Polar Plunge' for Charity

The water may feel like needles in your skin, but it's an adventure for a good cause. Those are the best kind.


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6) Snowshoe Traverse City

Who doesn't love Traverse City or a nice winter hike?


7) See an Ice-covered Lighthouse

So far I think everyone has been pretty impressed with the South Haven one this year.


8) Attend the Munising Ice Festival

February 5th-8th. Even if you don't climb you can simply attend to watch others and enjoy the festival.




  1. UnrestingSea on January 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Awesome ideas, Shalee!

    • ShaleeWanders on January 21, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Thanks, Amanda!

  2. Stefanie Anna on January 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Great ideas. So far I’ve only seen an ice covered lighthouse (Grand Haven). I really can’t believe I haven’t gone skiing yet! 🙁 and I am definitely going to try to do the luge. It sounds so fun!

    • ShaleeWanders on January 22, 2015 at 9:54 AM

      How was the Grand Haven lighthouse? I would love to see that one!

  3. brucegezon on February 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Luging at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex was a blast!! My friends still talk about it years later. It’s nice that the complex also offers cross country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and a small hill for sledding for those not ready for the thrill of luging. Have to add Munising and ice caves to my bucket list.

  4. Leatrice on April 7, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Reading posts like this make surfing such a plseaure

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