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Up North Travel Report : 1/30/2015

This may shock you - but we've got another snowy weekend on tap up here to greet you!

It's not as bone-chilling cold as it's been at times, and the snow is relatively mild by our standards, but you'll be welcomed by a fresh coat of the white stuff and some brisk air if you're joining us up here for the weekend.

Thankfully, I'm guessing if you're headed to Northern Michigan on the last weekend of January you might be OK with the snow and cold.



All your ski resorts and haunts are open and ready to go - you can find more details on special promotions and such in this previous report. has a helpful Northern Michigan Ski Guide for 2015 as well, for even more information.

It's not this weekend, but keep in mind for February that the annual Free Fishing Weekend will be held February 14-15 (a perfect Valentine's Day activity!) and feature some events coordinated by the Michigan DNR - a full list of those can be found here.

The 2015 Women's Winter Tour takes place in Traverse City this weekend. The 17th annual Women’s Winter Tour will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 10 am. This year the tour will be at a new location: the Historic Barns Park, the Botanic Garden and The Village at the Grand Traverse Commons.

Enjoy a non-competitive, splendiferous snowshoe or ski-shuffle ending with samplings of chocolate and other goodies in the beautiful Catherdral Barn nestled in the Grand Traverse Commons.

You can find tickets to that event here.

Coming up on February 21 - trying to help you plan early here! - is the Charlevoix Dogman Challenge. I'll turn it over to the official Press Release for the details:

CHARLEVOIX: The 3rd Annual Dogman Challenge is on tap for Saturday, February 21st beginning with a mass start at 12:00 Noon at the base of the Mt McSauba Ski Hill in Charlevoix. Riders will race Fat Bikes on a 1.5 mile loop through the trails of Mt McSauba and North Point Nature Preserve.The rider to complete the most laps in two hours is the champion and will be awarded the Dogman trophy and cash prize. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both the men’s and women’s division.

Registration is open at or by contacting Revolution Bike at 231-237-0900.

Not a competitor? Not a problem. You don’t have to compete to enjoy the Dogman Challenge. Everyone is invited to come out, gather around the fire and enjoy some chili, cocoa, smores, or a brew while you ring your Dogman cowbell and cheer the racers on.

For more information on registration or to become a Dogman Challenge sponsor, please contact Chet at Revolution Bike at 231.237.0900,, or visit the Dogman Challenge on Facebook.

Oh, and if you aren't familiar with the Legend of The Dogman here in Northern Michigan, you can read all about our own version of sasquatch here.

Food & Drink

Not much on the festival front this weekend, though you'll probably find promotions and specials related to "The Big Game" - as the NFL would prefer everyone who doesn't pay them to refer to the Super Bowl this weekend - at local eateries.

In February, though, you'll have plenty of options for sampling Northern Michigan food and drink. Some of the highlights:

Boyne Highlands Resort is part of the most anticipated traveling snowboard event series of the year – the 2015 Burton Mountain Festival Presented by MINI, an eight-stop, on-snow community snowboarding festival for riders of all ages, and the 2nd Annual Party In Your Park snowboard contest series, a 17-stop, grassroots tour celebrating the fun in contest snowboarding. The events take place Feb. 14-16 and are free.

As a community event from a community of snowboarders, the 2015 Burton Mountain Festival is the most extensive, interactive snowboard demo experience in North America and features programs and activities for friends, family, and riders to enjoy. The Boyne Highlands stop features Burton’s 2015 demo fleet, which gives riders the chance to try out Burton’s latest boards, boots and bindings all for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on SaturdaySunday, and Monday.

Meanwhile, in Traverse City:

The 6th Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will happen on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Sara Hardy Farmers Market parking lot in downtown Traverse City. The “Michigan themed” event will feature rare and local hop brew tours, the 5th Homebrewer’s Challenge, music, food trucks, Michigan beer and more.

There will be more than a 100 musical acts including Cosby Sweater, Mike Mains & The Branches, Black Jake & The Carnies, Chardon Polka Band, The Mainstays, G-Snacks, Galactic Sherpas, Afro Zuma and much more!

I'll certainly be in attendance at that event - so if you want to come give me suggestions on how to make the website better, that'll be a good opportunity.

And last but certainly not least, in Charlevoix:

Charlevoix will be celebrating Groundhog’s Day whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, the weekend of February 6th through the 8th. Weekend events include free showings of the movie “Groundhog Day” at Cinema III, a concert by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, chili cook-off, pancake breakfast, horse drawn wagon rides, kids games, magic show, “cold butt” Euchre tournament, craft beer tent, retail sales, entertainment at local bars and restaurants and exceptional lodging discounts.

For more information and schedule of events visit or call the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce at 231-547-2101

If you're heading up this weekend, safe travels!



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