You've got vacation time, and you've worked hard to earn it! Don't waste it waiting around... celebrate Project Time Off's National #PlanForVacation Day by getting ready to Go Great Lakes Bay for the perfect #PureMichiganSnowDay with these travel planning tips! (And be sure to take advantage of these special Plan For Vacation Day hotel deals that'll help you save on your snow day excursion all through the month of February!)
#PureMichiganSnowDay Ideas: For Families
Splash Village! Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Waterparkis 50,000 square-feet of "we needed this"! With a six-story, family raft ride and super loop, lazy river, indoor arcade, two spacious hot tubs (and, ahem, memorable Bloody Marys for the oh-so-deserving parents), and much more, the whole family is sure to have the BEST SNOW DAY EVER!
Toboggan together! Sled until little hearts are content at City Forest in Midland, rent a toboggan ($6/hour) for a whole new experience, or maybe even cross-country ski the .6 mile groomed trail. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa, and simply enjoy!
Go mini-golfing! The Family Fun Center at Bavarian Inn Lodge has an indoor, 18-hole miniature golf course, four indoor pools, two waterslides, and a 15-foot waterfall to play in! Family fun center, indeed!
See the stars! Winter stargazing sounds cool... like brr! But you can beat the winter chill at Delta College Planetarium and still discover astronomical fun on your snow day!
#PureMichiganSnowDay Ideas: For The Outdoorsy
Hit The Trails: Grab your skis, snowshoes, and fat tire bikes and get to the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail for miles upon miles of perfectly-paved paths to winter bliss. (Want to know more about fat tire winter biking? Go to the gurus at Jack's Bicycle Shop in Bay City, and ask about their guided bike tours!)
Let Nature Soothe You: The soft crunch of snow underfoot will put you and yours in sync on a free, guided snowshoe hike at Midland's Chippewa Nature Center.
Feel Exhilarated: Ski or snowboard down the The Ski Slopes At Apple Mountain Resort together in Freeland, and yell it out together: "B'bye work meetings, hello snow day!"
Drop a Line: Local ice fisherman know that our freshwaters of the Saginaw Bay are full of hotspots for good eats of the walleye, perch, bass and catfish-kind! (Need gear? Little Forks Outfitters in Midland; staff might even have hints about lucky spots!) But, before you go, dip into insider tips on Saginaw Bay Ice Fishing from our local pros.
#PureMichiganSnowDay Ideas: For Cozy Couples
Have a Blast: Walk hand-in-hand around Zehnder's Snowfest, January 25 - 30, 2017 in downtown Frankenmuth. Take in the spectacular ice and snow carvings, dance the night away to live entertainment under the tent, and enjoy the fireworks show!
Cozy Up: A wine tasting at St. Julian Winery in Frankenmuth, small plates and sips shared at Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie, lounging in overstuffed leather chairs by the roaring fire at Midland's Whine Bar? All the good stuff, and all ready to help you welcome winter warmly.
Now that you're well-versed in all the ways to sled, ski, snowshoe, sip (and, yes, even swim!) your way to using all your 2017 vacation days, be sure to set aside a few of them for a #gogreatlakesbay #puremichigansnowday! When you book your stay at one of our participating hotels for the month of February, you'll get access to these National Plan For Vacation Day hotel deals! Best of all, one call books it all when you dial 855-520-5291!