With the start of the new year, brings a fresh new West Michigan waiting for you to explore. Don’t put off that summer trip any longer, get out there and discover the best West Michigan has to offer. If you’re hunting for inspiration look no further, we have put together a list of eleven resolutions to make the most out of your new year.  Imported Image 1. Satisfy your thirst for adventure when you choose to join the lighthouse keeper program through Mission Point Lighthouse. Keepers are an essential part in maintaining Michigan’s rich maritime history. Stay for a week and experience all the shore has to offer! Who knew volunteering could feel so much like vacation? Apply today at the Mission Point website for your chance to be selected as a LightHouse Keeper.  2. New year, new skills. Learn how to golf, ski, snowboard, swim and more at Crystal Mountain. Whether you want to learn on your own or join a group of peers, there's an opportunity for you. Explore your ability and your surroundings by exploring all there is to do and see in Benzie County. 3. Pack the car and hit the road for the Petoskey Area. No matter the season, Petoskey has well-known attractions that are more than worth the stop! Mark your maps for Boyne Mountain’s SkyBridge Michigan, Lavender Hill Farm, the Tunnel of Trees, or find a hidden gem of your own Imported Image 4. Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes, Mackinac Island offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and historical charm for adventure seekers, families, and people looking for a relaxing retreat. From horse-drawn carriage rides through the woods, historical Forts and tours, and more than 70 miles of trails for exploring, Mackinac Island provides a unique escape. With its timeless appeal, vibrant local culture, and a wealth of outdoor activities, Mackinac Island promises an unforgettable journey, making it a top choice for those seeking enchanting experiences in the coming year.  5. Like many individuals across America, IndiGrow of Muskegon has new year’s resolutions of their own. This year they are focusing on increased focus on community, education, and outreach events—highlighted by initiatives such as their annual canna-parent class. IndiGrow is committed to the spirit of change, eagerly anticipating the New Year as an opportunity to once again surpass preconceived notions and redefine the possibilities within cannabis culture. 6. Every year folks make resolutions of how and what they are going to change the following year -  most commonly including staying fit. There’s no need for a gym membership when you head to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. Hit the slopes for a day of downhill skiing, cross country skiing trails, snowshoeing, or the Alpine Tubing hill for a day of fresh air and recreation. Hike or bike in the spring, summer or fall at this 5,500-acre resort that is home to more outdoor recreation possible in any given weekend. Imported Image   7. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Michigan Maritime Museum. We’lll be celebrating this milestone all year long with numerous events and programs. Their ever evolving campus will also see the opening of a new commercial fishing exhibit and the completion of a beautiful boardwalk around our waterfront campus.  8. 2024 is the year to visit Holland. Where else can you climb atop the Cowardly Lion, whoosh down a three-story water slide, and meet Abraham Lincoln? The Oz Sculpture Garden, Holland Aquatic Center, and annual Civil War Muster are just a few unique Holland offerings. There’s also a pretty famous lighthouse and one of the last wooden bowl mills in America.  9. One resolution that we can all get behind is to put away our smartphones more often and be in the moment. A digital detox getaway to Saugatuck/Douglas provides an excellent opportunity to be more present, allowing you to experience a greater appreciation for the world around you. The tranquility of winter here and the lack of bustling crowds make it ideal as a vacation destination to appreciate the small joys in life. You will be sure to find plenty of ways to get cozy with family and friends as you meet your new year’s resolutions for self care. Imported Image 10. There are always many celebrations held to ring in the New Year in and around the Cadillac area. From NYE parties all across town, to dancing, trivia night, and more. Celebrate all night long with friends and family or run the Cadillac YMCA resolution 5K. Be sure to check out the Cadillac area calendar for details.  11. Michigan’s upper peninsula is the perfect place to complete your new year's resolutions this year. Start by getting active when you chase the thrill of downhill skiing or cross county in Marquette county. Local resorts include over 170 skiable acres that offer thrilling slopes for any skill level and breathtaking views of lake superior. Don’t forget to do some good for the planet this year. Local stewardship efforts contribute to a healthier planet and community for years to come. The Marquette area in collaboration with Leave No Trace aims to inspire locals and travelers to responsibly engage in local culture and natural resources of Marquette County. Finally, try something exciting this year that takes you out of your comfort zone! Consider having your hand at the luge at the Upper Peninsula Luge Club. Race down the icy track with a drop of over 280 feet for the thrill of a lifetime.