Michigan’s about to get a bunch of snow. But even in a pandemic, that doesn’t mean we have to stay cooped up at home.
Sure, the holidays look different this year and there’s uncertainty about how COVID-19 might affect our winter plans. Yet, this you can know for sure – whenever you are ready to get out of the house and travel, you can travel safely in Michigan.
In fact, lots of people who don’t feel comfortable going to far-flung destinations right now are changing their winter travel plans to include places they can drive to and experience safely right here in their own state.
And why not? Michigan already has the best winter environment in the Midwest with incomparable scenic beauty. Our state is a mecca of active outdoor winter recreation, too, with everything from downhill skiing on hundreds of slopes and ice fishing on more than 11,000 frozen lakes to fat biking and snowmobiling on endless miles of groomed trails. And because so many tourism businesses have taken the Pure Michigan Pledge, you can travel knowing that precautions are in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
Let’s face it: Many of us need a little break in the routine and to get away from our everyday stresses and struggle – probably now more than ever! If you need to get out of the house, check out Pure Michigan’s Featured Deals eNewsletter. This month’s edition highlights a handful of travel excursions with special pricing that you can enjoy this winter.
Is it time to start a new family holiday tradition by spending an unforgettable weekend together at one of Michigan’s 40-plus ski areas?
Time for a romantic getaway in a cozy chalet for just the two of you?
How about doing something truly extraordinary this winter, like snowshoeing through the solitude of Pure Michigan wilderness, hiking through one of Michigan’s ever-beautiful national parks or elk viewing from the seat of a horse-drawn sleigh?
Every featured deal comes with plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy the season. And who couldn’t use a breath of fresh air right now?
If you are ready to travel right now, here are a few tips to make your trip go as smoothly as possible:
- Make a solid plan in advance of your trip. You can still enjoy moments of spontaneity but try to plot most of your travel before you leave.
- Some outdoor recreation attractions may be doing business a little bit differently during the pandemic, so check ahead to make sure you know what to expect. Some ski areas have daily limits on lift tickets, for example, and may be taking only virtual e-passes purchased online rather than physical tickets.
- Go ahead and try a new winter activity this year. You don’t even have to buy all new equipment first. Instead, you can find information on rental equipment at michigan.org/winter.
- Identify shops to visit along the way to your destination and call ahead to make sure they’re open. Explore all things local and take the opportunity to discover some of Michigan’s many one-of-a-kind shops including charming boutiques, independent bookstores and more.
- When you get hungry, search out local restaurants where more of your dollars will stay here in the Michigan economy. Here’s a searchable list of local restaurants offering online, takeout and curbside services.
- Be cognizant of social distancing guidelines and be sure to have face coverings on hand and wash your hands frequently. If we take those simple steps, we all can safely experience the best Michigan has to offer this winter.