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Visiting Northern Michigan | Spring 2015

While northern Michigan prepares to emerge from another frosty winter, communities all across the region provide plenty of fun ways to keep warm and even some ways to embrace the cold. From Sault Ste. Marie and Escanaba in the north, to the Lake Michigan-facing Ludington, and east across the Southern Peninsula to Alpena, on the shores of Lake Huron – there's never a shortage of things to do in northern Michigan.

Sault Ste. Marie's deliverance from winter cold is signified by the arrival of the first ship through the Soo Locks on March 25th. Visitors and residents gather at the Soo Locks Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the spring by sharing stories, pictures, and more while enjoying coffee, hot chocolate, and other goodies.

For a one-of-a-kind experience, Sault Ste. Marie visitors can also head an hour west to the community of Paradise and visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Light Station. The only attraction of its kind, the museum is dedicated to the perils of early maritime transport on the Great Lakes and the bravery it required.

St. Ignace, on the south side of the Upper Peninsula, and Mackinaw City, on the northernmost tip of the Southern Peninsula, are both just a short ferry ride away from Mackinac Island – year-round host of a wealth activities and events. Explore Mackinac Island landmarks like Arch Rock and the Avenue of Flags at Fort Mackinac via relaxing, horse-drawn Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, which run daily from May 4th to 31st.

Southwest of Mackinaw City in Cheboygan, the snow remains and folks aren't ready to fold on frozen fun. Known for its ample snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing opportunities, Cheboygan State Park host the 2015 Latern-Lit Cross-Country Ski on February 28th. Ski over three miles of groomed trails before gathering around a campfire for hot chocolate and more at 14 Foot Shoals Cabin.

When the snow does melt at Cheboygan State Park, walk, hike, and bike along the park's well-marked trails to enjoy breathtaking Lake Huron vistas or launch a boat on Duncan Bay. There are also great trout fishing spots along the bay and on Little Billy Elliot Creek.

Budding biologists and young nature lovers will get a kick out of the 2015 Eagle Eye Naturalist Series, April 14th at the Round Lake Nature Preserve in Harbor Springs. Designed for kids of all ages, the event explores northern Michigan bird life through presentations, stories, nature hikes, crafts, and other activities.

Further south in Traverse City, the 9th Annual Suds & Snow event is an afternoon of beer, wine, and cider. Sample the suds of over a dozen northern Michigan breweries while listening to live music by local musicians. Bring your snowshoes and be ready for a blast, northern Michigan's premier "Party in the Woods" is March 7th, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Then, if you're still thirsty, the 2015 Spring Sip & Savor Wine Tour is May 2nd and 3rd. Travel along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and visit up to eight wineries, where you're invited to sample a variety of classics and new releases alike – each with their ideal food pairing.

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