Words by Celia Christine.
With the chill of winter upon us, it can be tempting to dream of the warmer days frolicking by Lake Michigan, enjoying fresh Michigan blueberries, or campouts in the many acres of beautiful Michigan woodland. While summer is now only a distant memory, there are a variety of ways Michiganders and visitors can stay warm this winter. With an abundance of quaint inns, indoor events, and places to explore, it is impossible to not enjoy a winter in Western Michigan!
Settle into Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan, for a cozy weekend getaway. With dozens of rustic, but comfortable rooms and two enormous fireplaces to enjoy, Lakeside Inn is an idyllic place to sip hot cocoa, indulge in a good book, or bundle up and enjoy the brisk air on the lakeside porch. With the off-season special, rooms are offered at a two-for-one price, and this affordable excursion is the perfect way for couples and friends to seek refuge from the cold.
Want to try your luck this winter? Head to New Buffalo for a night of gambling at the Four Winds Casino. With a luxury hotel attached, as well as a variety of live musical acts offered throughout the season, enjoy the good life as you try your hand at the slot machines or the card tables. Four Winds Casino offers food, fun, and fabulous entertainment, and you (and your wallet!) can stay warm as you see what this New Buffalo staple has to offer.
Are you looking for a family getaway this winter? Are you aching for the beach? Take your brood to Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Waterpark in Southwest Michigan. Enjoy over 18,000 square feet of fun as you climb the two extreme water slides or splash in the activity pool. With age-appropriate features for the entire family, including a playland, an arcade, and a river run, you will surely enjoy this opportunity to wear out your kiddos as they play and explore. Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Waterpark also offers a full bar and grill for older guests, as well as an attached hotel offering a complimentary breakfast and fitness center. With so many ways to play, this resort is the perfect place for family fun this winter.
With fun available for Michiganders and visitors of all ages, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the colder months of the year. We urge you to take advantage of these options, or perhaps do some exploring of your own! With so many incredible restaurants, distilleries, wineries, and adorable coastal towns, having a good time during the winter in Michigan is not only possible, we argue it is inevitable!