Every Pure Michigan season offers endless reasons to use those hard-earned vacation days for the perfect Great Lakes Bay Getaway. Browse our seasonal trip ideas below and prepare for a year full of Michigan vacation inspiration at your fingertips!


Winter Wonderlands

Walking The Covered Bridge In Winter 


Seek Adventure
Whether zooming downhill on a sled or toboggan inside Midland's City Forest, or snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through the Beech-Maple & Oxbow Woods at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, make plans to experience what fresh air does for wintertime spirits!


Sip & Savor
Spend a snowy evening inside the intimate, candlelit, 1920's style lounge that is Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar for exquisite small plates like Baked Brie, and plan for a nightcap at neighboring Bourbon + Co. Choose from more than 70 bourbons and handcrafted cocktails. Share a toast to your vacation!


Stay to Play
Break free from cold temperatures and winter blahs, and book your stay at Zehnder's Splash Village. Spend your vacation in a deluxe suite, and enjoy 50,000 square feet of epic waterpark play! Dare to experience the Super Loop Drop Slide, but don't pass on relaxing time in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub.


Springtime Glories

Spring At Dow Gardens 


Smell the Flowers
Plan your vacation around all that Dow Gardens in Midland offers, including more than 20,000 tulip and daffodil blooms and a Spring 2018 partial opening of the Whiting Forest Project. This 1,400-foot canopy walk (the longest in the nation) hovers over serene forest ponds while encourages reflection.


Taste Fresh
Try your luck in the world-class walleye fishing waters of the Saginaw Bay (maybe even on a guided fishing charter). Or plan to take the route that brings fish right to your plate at local favorites like Downtown Bay City's Gatsby's Seafood and Steakhouse or Uptown's Real Seafood Co.


Savor Your Stay
Find out why guests refer to the Historic Webster House B&B in Bay City as a destination place, and plan for your springtime vacation to include Victorian style and period d├ęcor, decadent breakfasts, and nightly wine and cheese gatherings for mingling.


Summertime Escapades

Appledore Tall Ships Sailing Education 


Set Sail
Magnificent memories begin aboard BaySail's majestic tall ship schooners, Appledore IV and Appledore V! Plan for a daytime sail or an evening under the stars, a Family Ecology Sail or a Fireworks Festival VIP Sail, and also prepare to have a dreamy summer vacation experience.


Find Your Flavor
Plan a weeklong journey to experience each of our farmers markets, and stock up on homegrown produce to poultry and hand-crafted goods galore. Or plan to find your festival flavor, and be ready to add favorites like Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer and the Bay City Fireworks Festival to your pleasure-palette of summer!


Fall Frolics

Kayaking The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge 


Tour Naturally
Plan a scenic boat tour through the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge with Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips, and experience the radiant hues of our Michigan fall foliage like never before. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, and check into romantic escapes and Bed & Breakfast packages for lovebirds, too!


Turn your vacation into a u-pick extravaganza of gathering berries, visit Johnson's Giant Pumpkins, or tour Moore Orchards in Midland with more than 22 varieties to choose from.


Savor the Season
For a savory squash bisque or pumpkin ravioli, try farm-to-table restaurant Bradley's Bistro in Saginaw. Then, belly up at Woody's Draught House in Saginaw (with more than 100 beers on tap) to add a spiced brew or Pumpkin Ale to your autumnal vacation.


Plan Wisely
Prefer a vacation pre-planned for you? Right this way. Want to make reservations at the locations closest to where you'll be adventuring? Browse hotel accommodations and bed and breakfast selections, or button up the planning when you book your stay now.