Staycation in Michigan

Not planning a getaway to someplace with palms, sunshine, and sand this year? That’s okay. Call it a staycation. Call it holding down the fort. Just don’t call it boring. We collaborated with Michigan Awesome to round-up… The Best Ideas to Turn Your Staycation into the BEST Vacation:

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  1. Sleeping Bear Dunes
Your first thought might be “no way, too cold.” But the advantage: lesser crowds. With more than 100 miles of hiking trails lined with spring wildflowers and mile of Lake Michigan beaches, you will forget the chilly temps and focus on the experience and beautiful views.
  1. Spring Getaway to Traverse City
We are so quick to forget about this beautiful place that is practically in our backyard. With great restaurants, a plethora of family activities, downtown shops, and outdoor recreation: it’s the perfect place to visit! (Not to mention: there will be fewer crowds this time of year!)
  1. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The Butterflies are Blooming! exhibit runs from March – April, featuring more than 6,000 tropical butterflies. Add it to your checklist to visit the butterfly house and the sprawling botanical gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.
  1. Boyne Resorts
Known for being Michigan’s largest ski resort, there’s a reason why the infamous phrase is: “Four Seasons. Three Resorts. One Boyne.” There is something for all ages. From ski lodges to golf resorts, hotel spaces, indoor water parks – every member of the family will leave smiling (and tired!)
  1. Spend the Day in Holland
Downtown Holland has everything from great shopping boutiques, delicious restaurants, breweries and let’s not forget: the beach is practically a pebble toss away. It might be too cold to get your tan on, but the great thing about Lake Michigan: the views are beautiful all year round!
  1. Hit the Trails
There are so many amazing trails throughout West Michigan. Check out the list below and try out a new trail during your break! Check out a complete list: West Michigan Trails

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  1. Brewery Tour
Go on a West Michigan Brewery Tour! From Kalamazoo to the Lakeshore, and GR to Southeast MI, your favorite brew is just a “hop”, skip and jump away (see what I did there?)


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  1. Lighthouse Tour    
Go on a Lakeshore Lighthouse Photo tour! Snapshots of history from Ludington to St. Joe, or check out Lake Huron’s lighthouses in East Tawas and Alpena!
  1. Test Drive Your Camping Gear
Test out your spring camping gear at one of Michigan’s State Parks- many are open year round, or open the first week of April. (Check out the complete list!) or go backcountry camping at any of the National Forest lands! (Just remember to pack out what you pack in!)

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     10. Hangout with the Sea Life Visit the Sea Life Aquarium in Detroit. Come nose to nose with over 250 species including sharks, rays, seahorses and more in 12 interactive exhibits. Get so close, you’ll think you’re on a tropical island 😉 What are you doing this Spring Break? Share with us!