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!
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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 :)
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 :)