Vacationing in West Michigan’s Winter Wonderland

Those who only imagine sunny beaches and tropical drinks when it comes to vacationing must not be lucky enough to have experienced the fun of a winter trip in West Michigan. Crystalline blankets of snow, warm mugs of cocoa, ski & snowboarding runs, plush knit scarves, and thrifty deals on hotels and resorts are merely the beginning of the pleasures of vacationing during the winter in West Michigan.

Where to Stay in West Michigan?

Wolves thrive in the winter, and so can you when you book a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City! Take advantage of the lodge from now through January 1st while the place is transformed into a glittering winter wonderland with visits from Santa, North Pole University activities, a life-size gingerbread house, and you can even stay in a snowland-themed suit!

For a cozy getaway, book a weekend at the Applesauce Inn B&B in Bellaire and enjoy the festive cheer that the Inn celebrates. Each room will be decorated with fun holiday decorations and lots of yummy, festive treats too! The winter special includes one night stays for $125 and add two more nights for only $99 each.

Another sweet winter getaway deal can be found at Amanda’s Bequest B&B in Montague with a Winter Wonderland Stay. Book a three day visit packed with fun activities including appetizers upon arrival, snowshoe or cross-country skiing, hot cocoa, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches, ice fishing, cooking school, and more! This deal packs in so many treats, it’s not one you’ll want to miss out on.

Take advantage of great deals at the Parkshore Resort in Traverse City, which is offering New Year’s Eve Packages starting at just $189.99 which include party favors, steak & lobster dinner for two in either the Lounge, Morel Room, or delivered to your room, and a late 1:00 pm checkout time to boot!

This December, spend a relaxing two-night getaway enjoying top-quality food and leisure activities at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay as part of their Ultimate Experience Package. Not only do you get the pure enjoyment of staying in one of their luxurious rooms, but the package also includes a three-hour gourmet cooking class, a V.I.P. wine education seminar, and an exclusive three-course wine paired dinner experience!


If you’re looking for a snazzy winter getaway in the Grand Rapids, the Amway Grand Plaza has a number of fun packages to pick from that will satisfy whatever your vacation desires are! There’s the Romance Plus Package, Bed & Breakfast Package, Spa & Salon Package, and several others, so be sure to book a weekend this winter.

It’s time to schedule a unique getaway at the luxurious JW Marriott in Grand Rapids! They have packages tailored for shopping, dining, enjoying the spa or a gourmet experience with the Downtown Market. There’s definitely something in there that will suit your mood!

Charlevoix is a fun family city any time of the year, so why not book a trip this winter at the Charlevoix Inn & Suites and take advantage of some great lodging deals? You can enjoy their half-off special and get 50% of your second and fourth night, or stay for three nights and get 15% off!

You’ll be sure to enjoy some winter magic this season with a trip to the city of Bellaire. With ski trails, biking trails, a bustling downtown area, and lots of places to stay like Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire offers fun for the whole family. Shanty Creek offers lodging and lift ticket packages for as low as $97 per person, per night, and there are a wide variety of ski and winter adventure packages to take advantage of this year, not to mention snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and more!

Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey also offers a Shopping Package that you won’t want to miss out on. This package is available now through December 22nd, and it includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, shopping vouchers, and the experience of staying in a gorgeous hotel.

Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville is running their lowest rates right now! Throughout the winter, stay for only $89 per night! Check them out this winter, but make sure to come back in the summer for a nice getaway!

One city you can’t afford to miss this season is Petoskey! If you’re a shopper, you can’t miss out on the Holiday Shopping Package at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge available now through December 21st. This package is a great way to enjoy some leisure time while getting all of your holiday shopping at once!

Whether you’re in town to shop, ski, skate, or just relax, wintertime in West Michigan is a wonderful vacation spot for the whole family, and there are so many affordable deals this winter! Be sure to make reservations quickly before everything fills up!