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50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Winter

Andrew Norton

Based on the continued popularity of my post about 50 Fun Things To Do In Michigan This Summer I thought it was well past time to give the same treatment to Michigan's winter.

It seems like summer and fall get all the love, but Michigan has a lot to offer during the winter months. It’s interesting to visit the same places you usually only see in the summer and how different they appear during the winter.

Michigan winters create numerous opportunity for outdoor adventures. Did you know that a number of state park campgrounds and forests allow winter camping? Winter will be over before you have time to hike, bike, snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile the thousands of miles of trails throughout the state.

This was a fun list to put together. Let’s get started on our list in no particular order.

1._Visit an ice enclosed lighthouse - it’s a great photo opportunity. Just be careful on the ice!

2. Go for a hike in the woods. Stunning views abound along the lakeshore at Pictured Rocks

3. Go snowshoeing through Tahquamenon Falls State Park

4. Learn how to go ice sailing. The video below shows the many ways you can ice sail.

50 Fun Things to do in Michigan This Winter

5. Read a book set in Michigan’s winter - A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton is a great winter mystery .

6. Go snowmobiling on over 6,500 miles of Michigan’s trails

7. The quarter-mile long Echo Valley toboggan runs reach speeds of up to 60 MPH

8. Take up cross-country skiing - Michigan’s terrain makes for excellent cross-country trails.

9. Attend the UP Sled Dog 200

10. Go downhill skiing at one of Michigan’s more than 40 ski resorts.

11. Outdoor ice skating at one of Michigan’s numerous outdoor rinks - Rosa Parks Circle ice rink in downtown Grand Rapids is one of the best.

12. Learn the sport of luge at the Muskegon Luge Track - one of only 4 luge tracks in the United States.

13. Enjoy a fun winter afternoon snow tubing at one of Michigan’s numerous tubing hills.

14. The Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech had its humble beginnings back in 1922.

15. Go ice fishing - there is usually a free fishing weekend in February, no license required.

16. Take part in or go watch the U.P. Pond Hockey Championship in St. Ignace.

17. Like beer? You definitely don’t want to miss the Annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park.

18. Ice Climbing in the Munising area.

19. The onset of winter doesn’t mean you have to stop biking. Try out Fat Tire Biking.

20. Think Summer at the Detroit Boat Show.

21. Enjoy all kinds of fun at the Kalkaska Winterfest.

22. Winter wine tasting - less crowded tasting rooms are a big plus.

23. Escape the cold at Klassic Arcade in Gobles and play classic arcade and pinball games for just $7 all day.

24. Make your own snowshoes at a Michigan state park.

25. Spend an afternoon out of the cold at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.

26. Get your sugar rush at the Hamtramck Paczki Day.

27. One of the most unique things you will see in a Michigan Winter - Trenary Outhouse Classic.

28. Make a day or a weekend of it at one of Michigan’s many indoor water parks.

29. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn has a number of great exhibits to see on a cold winter’s day.

30. Every Saturday until the end of March - Snowshoes, Vines, and Wines at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay.

31. If the weather gets too bitter, burn off those Paczki calories at one of Michigan’s indoor roller skating rinks.

32. Rent a cabin in the Porcupine Mountains.

33. Explore the Eben Ice Caves.

34. Spend the night in a yurt at Craig Lake State Park.

35. Don’t just see the Mackinac Bridge in the winter, drive across it for a real thrill.

36. Take in the competition at the Pine Mountain Ski Jump near Iron Mountain.

37. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway. You can be a big help and get to know your neighbors better.

38. Catch a hockey game at any of the college, minor league, or pro (go Red Wings!).

39. View elk while on a sleigh ride at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman.

40. Take a winter road trip. There’s less traffic and the local businesses delight in the off season business.

41. Go on a night hike during or directly after a snowstorm. Pure magic.

42. Build a snowman. It doesn’t matter how old you are - it’s still fun.

43. Guided Winter rafting via Jordan Valley Outfitters.

44. Mt. Bohemia, out near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, was recently ranked the second best ski resort in North America.

45. Visit your local library and find some books to cozy up with.

46. Hike to the top of Mt. Lookout, near Eagle Harbor, for a breathtaking view of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

47. Surf Lake Superior for a truly unique winter experience.

48. View the night sky in winter at Headlands International Dark Sky Park just west of Mackinaw City.

49. Watch a winter sunset over Lake Superior while dining at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in Eagle River.

50. Experience the uniqueness of winter camping.

Please share what you love to do during Michigan winters in the comments below!

Welcome to Our Updated Website!

Andrew Norton

We have been working behind the scenes the last two months finalizing the new look Gift Baskets From Michigan website. Our new website is a big upgrade over our old one in terms of performance and user experience.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Gift Baskets From Michigan

The one downside was the inability to transfer the customer accounts due to incompatibility issues between the old system and the new. Thankfully, setting up a new account is a quick process and you can get that done right here.

So, take a look around, browse our gift baskets, get information about sending business gifts, and maybe even have us create custom gift boxes with your logo!

Have a Great Day!

Beautiful Video of the Fall Colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Andrew Norton

I just love fall here in Michigan. In fact, I came up with a solid list of the five main reasons that it's such a favorite of mine.

  1. Cool, crisp air means sweatshirt weather.
  2. Apple picking (and eating in pie, applesauce, apple crisp, etc.)
  3. Cider season (and my favorite cider donuts from Corey Lake Orchards!)
  4. I feel like making chili, pot roast, and turkey with all the fixings
  5. Last, but not least - The Beautiful Fall Colors

Put on a sweatshirt, grab a glass of cider, and dunk a donut while you watch this beautiful video of the fall colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. See if you can spot the locations - Pictured Rocks, Grand Marais, Au Train, and Kingston Lake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXzP-jY8k2w

Everyday $10 Flat Rate Shipping

Andrew Norton

$10 Flat Rate Shipping Like you, we have noticed a significant increase in shipping fees these days when shopping online.

We don't want our customers to experience sticker shock when they see the shipping rates at our store. Also, we want to make our online shopping experience straightforward and having a $10 Flat Rate Shipping charge lets customers quickly calculate their costs. That can't be a bad thing, right?

We had a trial run of $10 Flat Rate Shipping over Cyber Monday last November and it was a huge success. Customers loved it and we did, too.

Our $10 Flat Rate Shipping no longer has a time limit - this is Everyday $10 Flat Rate Shipping. No coupon codes. No limits. No problem.

Have a Wonderful Day!

Why The Great Lakes Are Great

Andrew Norton

I saw the below video shared on social media this week and it did a decent job of summing up why the Great Lakes are so great. Growing up in Michigan, I can remember studying HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior) back in elementary school geography lessons and how the glaciers formed the Great Lakes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBRcOLcEwF0

It seemed like every year around Michigan Week (does anyone remember Michigan Week?) we would focus on Michigan history and geography which inevitably lead to studying the Great Lakes. I believe it was in the 4th grade when we watched this 1968 film (yes, it was on a film reel!). Funny, how the image of the man in the midst of the polluted waters has stuck with me all these years later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afs_A_Lz2w4

Just watched this again for the first time in over 30 years and it was a real nostalgic treat. Amidst the schmaltzy music and humor you do get a good overview of how The Great Lakes formed.

Probably around this same time period in elementary school, we also watched this Canadian classic - Paddle to the Sea. The possibility that you could send a little boat down a stream in the woods and it would flow all the way through the Great Lakes to the ocean always intrigued me as a child.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olXmGz4iCxM

Does anyone else remember watching these films back in the day? How about Michigan Week?

Michigan's 180th Birthday Sale!

Andrew Norton

Michigan became the 26th state on January 26, 1837. To celebrate Michigan's 180th Birthday we are having a sale on all of our Michigan-shaped wooden gift basket crates! You won't see prices this low on these gift baskets again any time soon.

The sale runs January 26th through January 29, 2017. Check out the discounts!