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Up North Travel Report : 1/9/2015

It’s 2015, and it’s time for a new year of tourism and travel up here in Northern Michigan.

If you're planning a trip up this weekend, there's at least plenty of snow to enjoy your favorite winter sports. The "blizzard" of Thursday has passed, leaving us quite a bit of the white stuff - especially the closer you venture to the lakeshore. On your way up just try not to hook yourself onto a semi-trailer, unless you're looking for an exciting way to save some gas.

Yes, the holidays are gone, but we’ve still got plenty going on here in the north. If you’re traveling to the area this weekend, here are some of the highlights that we have going on:

Arts & Entertainment

Hayloft – Barnstorm

Barnstorm performs live country music on Friday and Saturday at The Hayloft, a great place for dinner and drinks if you are in the area.

Dennos Museum Center Presents: Jae Yong Kim and Jin-won Chang

If you are in the Traverse City area, the Dennos Museum begins programs with two inspiring young artists.

Jae Yong Kim was born in South Korea in 1973. Coming to the United States in 1994, he attended and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts (in Ceramics and Sculpture) at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. He will show his Lusting after Donuts project at the museum.

Responding to three near death experiences in water, Jin-won Chang’s works on paper and sculptures of bamboo and paper are in response to those experiences, involving marine animals, vessels, and other water related imagery as subject matter for his work. Jin-won Chang was born in South Korea in 1967. He holds two MFAs – 1996 Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea; 2006 SUNY New Paltz University, New Paltz, NY

Outdoor Recreation

Priority Health Family Winter Trails Day

For the 19th year, Priority Health will be holding their winter trails day event in Roscommon. Come learn how to snow shoe and stay outside, healthy, and active in the winter. Suitable for children and adults – no experience needed!

Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

For those who already know how to snowshoe, you can join the first guided hikes of the season at the gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Hike will begin at 1:00pm – come see Sleeping Bear like you’ve never seen it before!

Ludington Area Snowshoe Hikes

Join a 1.5-hour guided snowshoe hike highlighting the nature and history through the park’s snow-covered sand dunes. The park has 40 pairs of snowshoes to loan for free on a first-come, first-served basis, fitting visitors aged 10 years old to adult. Reservations are not required. Staff are on hand to help novice trekkers

Cross Country Ski by Lantern Light at Hartwick Pines

Hartwick Pines State Park will again be offering special evening ski events where skiers will have a chance to enjoy one of the park’s groomed ski trails by lantern light.

Hanson Hills Downhill Skiing

Beginning Friday night, you can get a lift ticket for just $1 at Hanson Hills in Grayling. Ski/Snowboard rental starts at just $9 on Fridays as well. A great bargain for any family that loves Northern Michigan skiing.

Food & Drink

Boyne City Indoor Farmers Market

In the mood for some fresh eats on vacation? Boyne City has you covered with an indoor farmers market that runs from 9am-1pm.


That's just a sampling of some of the great stuff going on this weekend in Northern Michigan - feel free to leave any other tips you have for fellow visitors or residents in the comments below, and enjoy your weekend!

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