Field Guide: Winter 2021

New hotels and hiking paths, winery-visit incentives, and more.
Photo courtesy of Cross Country Ski Headquarters

TAKE A SIP: The Makers Trail Passport Program in southwest Michigan gives incentives to visit 40-plus wineries and more.

MAKING A SPLASH: Tired of being cooped up? Marquette County is home to 77 waterfalls, with many tumbling more than 20 feet, that you can explore.

WELCOME NEWS: Construction on the Spirit of the Woods Manistee Gateway. It will begin in June. A hotel, marketplace, and more are on tap.

WILD RIDE: The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex in Muskegon State Park offers thrills for first-time lugers with special educational sessions through early March.

GREEN SPACES: Pere Marquette Township near Ludington acquired more than 300 acres from Dow Chemical Co. to create a new public park, which is slated to open in 2021. Plans include bike trails, hiking paths, picnic areas, a wildlife preserve, a winter sports activity center, and more.

GET UP THERE: St. Ignace, the second oldest town in the state, will celebrate its 350th birthday with special activities and fireworks Aug. 20-22. Some sources say roughly 50 percent of Michiganders have never crossed the Mackinac Bridge. This event might be a good time to experience a drive across the bridge.

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