Our way of enjoying Michigan winter fun is usually heading out on the weekends and driving along the lake stopping frequently for a cup of coffee and enjoying the pure winter beauty.
I love Michigan Lighthouse's especially in the winter. Mother nature
has a way of icing them up so they look really "alien" like. Now if
your going to venture out on the piers where many are located you must be safe!
Here I am at the end of the south pier in St. Joseph Michigan in mid January. Isn't this wild!
This is no time to show off or try anything risky. I don't go out unless the pier is safely accessible. If your not sure don't go. I won't take children or pets because things happen quickly with them.
If you fall in or go thru the ice out here it's over! No horseplay ... this is a very beautiful but dangerous time at the lake. No matter the time of year you must respect Lake Michigan. Go with your gut instinct ... if it doesn't feel safe it isn't!
Scenic hiking trails give you the opportinity to put on the snow shoes and head out.Even if winter sports isn't your thing, cozy nights next to a roaring fire in your room ... well, you get the drift. :)
You will learn to understand terms like "wind chill" and "lake effect" snow but hey ... it's winter. The sunsets are still beautiful and the drives along the lake (weather permitting) still give you amazing, majestic views.
The key to enjoying winter anywhere is dressing for the weather. Sue and I always carry extra clothing in the car. We have a bag with extra hats, gloves, vests and scarves. Even when it's a sunny winter day as you get closer to Lake Michigan the wind coming off the lake is bone chilling.
Safety Tip: As beautiful as the ice along the shore is please do not venture out on it. Many have lost their lives falling thru or sliding into openings in the ice. Stay off the ice on Lake Michigan shorelines!
It's a slower time of year so most of the places to stay will have special rates or getaway packages. The ski lodges may be busier than the inns, bed and breakfasts or hotels. If you plan on staying at one of them be sure to book in advance.
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Winter in Michigan is about holiday shopping with snow gently falling. Small shops all decked out with Christmas decorations and the streets lined with lights. You can't help but get caught up in a feeling of old fashion charm of Christmas's past.
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