Top 5 Winter Activities in Leelanau County

Winter is finally upon us here in the Great White North. Now that we have a good base of snow and it is likely here to stay, you’re probably wonderinghow you’re going to enjoy this amazing weather. We’ve come up with five things that you can do in the Leelanau area that are sure to create great memories that won’t break the bank.

#1 Guided Snowshoe Hikes  |  Cost: FREE  |  Sign Up Here

Join the Leelanau Concervancy and their experienced guides on any of these beautiful, educational and brisk hikes. Snowshoes are recommended if there is six or more inches of snow on the ground. You must provide your own snowshoes, hat, mittens and winter jackets. Suttons Bay Bikes in downtown Suttons Bay is a great place to rent snowshoes if you need them.

Saturday, January 25 @ 1PM | Chippewa Run: Dressed Up for Winter
Saturday, February 15 @ 2PM | DeYoung Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, February 16 @ 2PM | Tracking Adventure at Kehl Lake Natural Area
Saturday, February 22 @ 1PM | Houdek Dunes Winter Wonderland

Visit the Leelanau Concervancy for more information.

#2 Taste the local microbrews and wines

One of the things that Leelanau County is known for is the delicious wine that comes from the vintors that encompass this beautiful peninsula. Even more recently are the microbrews that are popping up throughout the county. What is a better way to warm up on a winter’s day than to hop along the wine and brew trail and taste what we’re talking about!  In addition to your self-guided wine and microbrew tour there are two events coming up that are a great time. They are definitely something the locals look forward to each year.

February 6 & 7, 2016 | Cost: $35/person (Designated Driver: $20)
LP Wine Trail: Taste the Passion ~ Wine, Chocolate & Love
Buy your tickets here

February 13, 2013 | Cost: $45/person
Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
Buy your tickets here

#3 Go to The Bay

The Bay Theater is located in the heart of downtown Suttons Bay. This single screen, quaint and charming theater gives you the small-town feeling but with the quality of state-of-the-art digital projection and sound that you desire.  The Bay offers current movies at reasonable prices and a full concession stand.

Now playing: Spotlight
Coming soon: The Finest Hours (January 29)

#4 Snow Tubing at Timberlee Hills  | Cost: 1 hour/$14  2 hours/$24

Have you ever had the thrill of letting it all go and flying down a snow-covered ski hill not knowing when or where you’ll stop? Timberlee Hills is the place to go if you have never had that feeling (it is intoxicating!) or if you’d like to relive that exhilarating feeling.  There’s no need to bring anything but warm clothes and your smile!

#5 Outdoor Ice Skating Park  |  Cost: FREE

Grab your skates and go for a spin on the outdoor ice skating park in downtown Suttons Bay on the corner of Broadway & Lincoln Street. This park is open to the public, is lighted and has picnic benches and portajohns.  The ice is ready so what are you waiting for?!