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Up North Travel Report : 1/16/2015

The blizzard has come and gone since last week, and we're left here with plenty of snow and relatively mild temperatures for the week - almost up to 40 in some spots, which is literally 50 degrees warmer than it was at this time last week. So don't be shocked when you see the locals walking around in shorts and flip flops.

With our winter blast, there's plenty of fresh snow at all the local ski resorts. You can find a rundown of some deals around the area in last week's report, along with info on local snow shoe excursions.


Snowshoeing Weekend Retreat with Bearcub Outfitters &   Walloon Lake Trust & Conservancy

Arrive on Friday and stay for a weekend of snowshoeing at Elvyn Lea Lodge! Bearcub Outfitters of Petoskey will be at Elvyn Lea Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 17 (starting at approximately 9:30 a.m.) to provide basic instruction and snowshoe rentals before guests head out to enjoy the 44 acres of wooded trails on the lodge property. Guests are also welcome to bring their own snowshoes.
As an added bonus, popular educator Heather Huffstutler of the Walloon Lake Trust & Conservancy will lead a guided nature walk for those wanting to learn about the winter woods of northern Michigan. After a day out in the fresh air, return to the lodge and gather around the fire as you warm up with a hot beverage and share stories of the day. Reception with live music follow on Saturday evening.There’s no need to leave the property on this wintry weekend, so let it snow!
You can learn more at the website:

The Bigfoot Snowshoe Race

January 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Timber Ridge Campground

Packet Pick-Up

  • Friday, from 4pm – 8pm at Running Fit Downtown- 300 E. Front Street (corner of Park and Front)
  • Saturday/Race Day from 7:30am – 8:30am at Timber Ridge Nordic Center- 4050 Hammond Road (Hammond at 6-Mile, SE of town).

What To Bring For The Event

  • Snowshoes, if you own your own
  • Running/trail shoes
  • Gloves, hat, you’re going to be covered in snow!
  • Long tights or water proof/breathable pants


  • 5 & 10K early (before Noon on January 15): $25
  • 5 & 10K late (January 16 & 17): $30
  • Snow Shoe Rental: $20 (We have a limited # of snowshoes so make sure you sign up early if you need to rent snowshoes!!


CRIMES OF THE HEART at the Old Town Playhouse

Old Town Playhouse presents the Pulitzer Prize-Winning tragic comedy Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Three young sisters gather at their family home in Mississippi as domestic crises mount. The oldest sister is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects, the middle sister has returned after a failed singing career on the West Coast, and the youngest sister’s marriage is in trouble in a unique way. Now, each of the dysfunctional sisters must face the consequences of her crimes of the heart. Imaginative and hilarious, unpredictable and moving, this deeply touching Southern Gothic comedy is a contemporary classic.

Performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun, Jan 16-31, with Sun shows at 3:00 pm, all others at 7:30 pm.

Adults: $25, Youth: $14, Seniors & Students (Thurs & Sun): $23. Tickets may be purchased by phone, online, or at the OTP Box Office.


Food & Drink

Winter Warm Up Wine Tour

Warm up to winter! Event guests will enjoy wine samples in a souvenir mug plus warm comfort food at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. (Hawthorne Vineyards closed for this event.) This mug serves as your “ticket” into each participating winery. In addition, peninsula restaurants and markets will offer event day specials for participants.

Cost is $15 plus processing in advance. If tickets are still available day of, they can be purchased for $20 at any participating winery. For more information call 231-223-9303.

Tickets are also available at, by calling 1-800-836-0717 or by stopping in at the MyNorth Tickets office, located in downtown Traverse City at 125 S. Park St., Suite 155. Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Look for the yellow awning.


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