10 Things To Do Around Marquette During Winter - Beth Millner Jewelry

10 Things To Do Around Marquette During Winter

January 12, 2018

10 Things To Do Around Marquette During Winter

The blustery and gray months of winter keep many from living in the North. For true yoopers, we know there is plenty of fun to be had inside and out and with enough clothing layers anything is possible. We gathered ideas around our office and reached out to our Facebook fans as well to create a list of favorite wintertime activities. We hope you enjoy our suggestions and would love to hear yours!

We live in such an amazing area that has inspired so many of our pieces. Check out our Locally Inspired Collection to see what beauties have come from the beauty of this area. 

1. Snowshoeing

Votes between snowshoeing and cross country skiing were basically tied for top of the list. However the tie was broken with Cindy Wills' submission via facebook, Thanks Cindy! She likes to hit the North Country Trail and managed to snap this gorgeous shot. Snowshoeing can be enjoyed across generations and certainly deserves its spot atop our favorite wintertime activities.

Second snowshoeing photo comes from our talented Office Assistant/ Self proclaimed "nerd" and talented photographer Ash Williams. You can check out her website here :)

Ash Williams Photography Snowshoeing in the Upper Penninsula


2. Cross Country Ski 

As mentioned cross country skiing came at a close second. Favorite trails for skiis or snowshoes include the Blueberry Ridge Trail & the trails behind Marquette Mountain (hitting the slopes at the mountain with downhill skiis or snowboards is too fun also).

This photo features a handful of our staff and their sweethearts hitting the trails by the Harlow Lake Cabins. 


3. Get coffee at Velodrome

It's true we love our neighbors. Velodrome is the perfect spot to cozy up with a tasty latte or drip coffee. Our office assistant Lauren swears their dirty chai mends broken hearts. The open and inviting atmosphere makes it a lovely place to dive into some writing and reading or chat with a friend. Your belly will thank them also for their selection of alternative milks and gluten-free baked goods. yum <3 

Besides being yummy and cozy Velodrome is an awesome business that personally sources their coffee from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Papua New Guinea! They offer bike delivery and we love the environmental consideration. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Loves Velodrome Coffee


3. Ice Climbing

Suggestion and photo by Angela Miller via Facebook, Thanks Angela! This winter activity is for the athletic and adventurous and is oh so rewarding. We get plenty o' ice  here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, why not dig in and start climbing?

Amazing Ice Climbing In Michigan's Upper Peninsula

3. Relaxing In a Yurt

Suggestion and photo by Cindy Wallace Wills via Facebook, Thanks again Cindy! This yurt looks way too cozy (zoom in on the inhabitants to see the bliss on their tranquil faces). It can be yours for $145 a night, let's go! 

Relaxing In A Yurt Beth Millner Jewelry's Favorite Winter Things

5. Catching live music and drinking great beer at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

The Ore Dock does a great job of filling their weekends with awesome talent from near and far. The atmosphere inside is so welcoming too with a fireplace, board games, rustic decor, and friendly staff. Their variety of beer offers something for everyone and is loved by locals. 

Beth Millner Jewelry loves the ore dock

6. Exploring Ice Caves

Photo by our talented Office Assistant Ash Williams. For those of us who aren't daring enough to climb the ice, ice cave wandering is a lovely and still exhilarating option. We love the Eben Ice Caves located around the edge of Hiawatha National Forest. Beth loves the Eben Ice caves so much she even made a locket inspired by their mystery and beauty. 

Beth Millner Jewelry Staff Exploring Ice Caves near Marquette

7. Scoping ice formations at Wetmore Landing

Photo by our office assistant Lauren. The ice along the coast of Lake Superior is wild and beautiful. It encases trees, rocks, and everything it touches in a glossy frozen lining adding mystery and wonder to seemingly ordinary things. Wetmore Landing is a favorite ice finding location as the accessible coastline stretches for miles with mixed terrains. 

Beth Millner Jewelry loves Wetmore Landing

Wetmore Landing is such a magical place that it inspired Beth to create a pendant in its honor. 

8. Watching the kickoff for the UP 200 

Thanks to Marquette Magazine for the gorgeous photo. This event is an exciting community gathering for the whole family. It's always a blast to experience the energy of the hardworking dogs and their brave drivers.

9. Getting cozy at The Vierling

Nina, our full-time Studio Assistant swears the Whitefish Chowder gets her through the brisk winter months. Thanks to Marquette Magazine for the photo to show off this delectable dish and some tried and true brews. The Vierling has been brewing beer since before the prohibition, they know their stuff!

Beth Millner Jewelry Favorite wintertime activities


10. Hiking through tourist park 

It's hard to resist hiking the coast of Lake Superior, but the serenity of Tourist Park is equally wonderful. Trails here range from "EZ PZ" to difficult. There are plenty of scenic spots to pitch a hammock for some winter hangs. Also sunsets here are incredibly magical.

Beth Millner Jewelry Hiking Tourist Park


Let us know your favorite things to do in winter, locally or not! You can comment here or join our Facebook and Instagram community. Happy Winter and stay warm :)  

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Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

Fingers can change size due to many circumstances. The best way to get an accurate size is to check the size a couple of different times throughout a several day period to determine your best size. The majority of our rings can be resized, but if the ring has a stone setting other than a diamond, it probably cannot be resized unless otherwise noted in the item listing.

Some of our rings with stones are shown with the stone not set in order for us to size the ring to your specifications and set the stone afterwards. This avoids damage to the stone during sizing. Reference the individual ring listings for more details. Wide bands 7mm and above have more friction against the finger and will need to be ordered a little larger.

Our double band rings fit like a narrow band. When getting sized for a double band ring, you can get sized for a ring that is narrow.

When getting your finger sized, inform jeweler of the width band you are intending on purchasing and rely on them to determine your ring size.

If you need a ring resized that you have already purchased please contact us. 

Engagement Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

There are many sneaky options for getting the size right but the best way is to have their finger sized by a professional.

You may be able to sneak one of their rings and bring it into a jewelry store and ask them to check the size.

Beth Millner Jewelry has wish lists too, so they could come in to the store and fill out a wish list and we will try to get their ring size written down.

Bracelet & Cuff Sizing

Measure wrist circumference. Take your measurement just above the wrist above bone.

Use the chart below to determine the correct size.

The bracelets we make are designed to fit comfortably, but if a looser fit is preferred, the next size up may be suitable.


Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing


Size Wrist Measurement (Inches) Wrist Measurement (cm)
Small 5.5-6 14-15
Medium 6-6.5 15-16.5
Large 6.5-7 16.5-18
X-Large 7-7.5 18-19
XX-Large 7.5-8 19-20.5
Bangle Sizing

Bangle Size is determined by hand size, rather than wrist size

Measure hand size by tucking your thumb in, just like when trying on a bangle. Measure around the thickest part of the hand while in this position.

Use the chart below to determine the correct bangle size.

Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry
Size Hand Measurement (inches) Hand Measurement (cm)
Small 7-8 18-20
Medium 8-9 20-23
Large 9-9.5 23-24
Pendant & Earring Sizing

When determining the size of the pendant or earrings you would like to purchase, please reference the item description which includes the size of the piece.

Also, there will be an image with a hand in the picture to help visualize the size.

When choosing a piece for another person, we find that our customers choose pieces that are similar to their overall stature.

People that are shorter and small tend to like smaller items, tall slender people tend to like our longer larger pieces.

Chain Length

When picking out a chain, 18 inch is the most common length.

This would cause the pendant to sit between the collar bones.

Chain Length reference photo by beth millner jewelry