What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Winter Pastels, Dog-Sledding, Winter Ice Festival


There are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful winter weather in Northern Michigan. Courtney Sheffer with the West Michigan Tourist Association is back with a few suggestions in this week’s What’s Happening in Northern Michigan.

Explore your artistic side at the Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire on Saturday, Jan. 19. Join a naturalist and artist as she shares pastel techniques. Add in the bright touches of pine needles, the red of woodpecker crests, or the glow of a sunrise and you will find that winter is more colorful than you thought. There is an $8 cost for this 2-hour program and all supplies provided.

If you’ve never been dog-sledding before, this winter is the perfect time to try it at Treetops Resort in Gaylord! The dogs are giving people rides as they train for the Iditarod. The sled can accommodate up to 200 lbs. at a time, and rides are available select dates in January and February. Book your ride by calling the Treetops reservation department.

This year’s Downtown Winter Ice Festival in Sault Ste. Marie takes place Jan. 25-26. Watch amazing ice sculptures being created, including the “Ice Wars” on Saturday evening. Other activities to enjoy during the festival include the Kids Penguin Parade, an outdoor bonfire party, and hot chocolate and cookies for kids.