Sunday, November 30, 2008

Enjoy Your Winter!

Michigan winters are some of the coldest (and longest) in the country, but that doesn't mean you need to stay in your house from December until March. If you need a break from your wedding planning, or just want something fun to do with your family, there are so many choices across the state!

Echo Valley, Kalamazoo
Echo Valley is a winter park dedicated to family fun! You can toboggan or tube down the many hills, ice skate, or enjoy a hot cup of cocoa in their lodge. It's a fun way to get some fresh air in the Michigan snow!

Frederik Meijer Gardens, East Grand Rapids
I've listed Meijer Garden in a previous post, but also wanted to mention that at Christmas, they have over 40 trees decorated from countries all around the world. The trees are all 30ft. tall and they use 300,000 lights to decorate them. They have live reindeer outside, a Railway Garden, and many hands-on activities for the family!

Festival of Lights, Battle Creek
The International Festival of Lights begins November 22nd and runs until December 31st. There are endless walking paths to enjoy as well as several activities planned including parades, craft shows, and music. The festival takes place in downtown Battlecreek and there are many wonderful stores and restaurants nearby as well!

Go North
Traverse City may be a hike for many Michiganders, but the drive is worth it. There are so many events throughout the holiday season including the annual Festival of Trains display at the Heritage Center, and plays at the Old Town Playhouse including Willy Wonka. You can also take your pick of the many ski areas up north and enjoy a relaxing weekend on the slopes.

So, take a break from your wedding plans this winter and enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends!

1 comment:

Globetrottingbride said...

I love Traverse City! Esp in the summer.