A Winter Escape in Traverse City

Winter has arrived in northern Michigan, with snow-dusted trees and frosty blue lakes as far as the eye can see. To celebrate the snowy season—and the eventual return of spring—Traverse City’s Escape Packages kick off January 4, running through May 21, 2021.

Visitors can shop lodging specials at local hotels, as well as get access to an exclusive mobile passport. The passport offers coupons for activities all over town, including dining, wine purchases, and more.

Wondering what to do once you get up north? Here are a few of our favorite winter activities:

1. Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. See the sand dunes covered in snow and the stunning waters of Lake Michigan all winter long at our favorite national park.

2. Snowshoe through the vineyards. Wander through the peaceful vineyards of the Traverse Wine Coast before enjoying a glass of your favorite vintage on a heated patio.

3. Hike the trails of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Beautiful, protected trails can be found all across northern Michigan for a walk in the woods.

4. Downhill or cross-country ski. Hit the slopes at several resorts around town or explore dozens of miles of groomed trails.

5. Go tubing with the family. Alpine tubing is fun for parents and kiddos alike, especially when followed by a warm mug of cocoa! Try it at Shanty Creek Resort or Mt. Holiday ski hill.

6. Stroll through downtown. Window shop on Front Street under the sparkling winter lights or walk along the grounds of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

7. Take a cozy sleigh ride. Ride through a winter wonderland on a horse-drawn sleigh ride at beloved spots like Crystal Mountain and Ranch Rudolph.

8. Get takeout from your favorite restaurant. Pick up dinner to go while you’re in town or bundle up and snag a bite inside an igloo, yurt, or tent with plenty of “cool” outdoor dining spots.

For more winter inspiration, check out our all-new Winter Visitor Guide. No matter how you choose to explore, you’ll know you’re in a pretty great place.

Escape Packages must be directly booked through participating hotels available now at Upon check-in, guests will receive a code to unlock a digital coupon book and tips on how to spend their time in all the best places of the season.

Traverse City is committed to being a safe destination for your next trip. Visit our website to learn more about our COVID-19 procedures.




Traverse City Tourism is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the area’s official destination marketing organization. Traverse City Tourism works to enhance, reinforce, and develop the northern Michigan brand for potential visitors through advertising, marketing, trade shows, publications, sales missions, media relations, and Visitor Center services. Its experienced and knowledgeable team members are motivated by pride for their community and a desire to advance its economic well-being without sacrificing the values that make it a pretty great place. For details on lodging, attractions, and area events, visit