Why You Should Visit the Grand Haven Area this Winter
While summer is the most popular time to visit the Grand Haven area, Winter offers a variety of activities for snow-lovers as well as fair-weathered friends.
There is really no way to avoid the Michigan winter, so you might as well bundle up, get outside and embrace the snowy days.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Did you know that Grand Haven has hills for downhill skiing and snowboarding? Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl is one of Grand Haven’s best kept secrets. Mulligan’s Hollow offers six different slopes with adjoining trails and a terrain park. This spot also offers a cozy lodge complete with a fireplace and concessions. You can now view the ski hill in real-time using the live web cam from Buffalo Bob’s.
Show-shoeing, Cross-Country Skiing & Hiking
Visit Pigeon Creek Park or Hemlock Crossing in West Olive for a fun day of snowy adventures. Hike through freshly fallen snow, cross-country ski along groomed trails, or snowshoe on a trail through the woods. Pigeon Creek offers cross-country skis and snowshoes for rent and Hemlock Crossing offers snowshoe rentals.
Visit Grand Haven State Park for a unique winter experience. If the timing is right, you might be lucky enough to see the lighthouse and pier covered in ice. A great photo-op to show your friends! Chances are you’ll see a few brave surfers or kite-boarders riding the waves of Lake Michigan, too!
The Grand Haven area is a prime spot for fishing all year round. When the temperatures are frigid and there’s a thick layer of ice, it’s the perfect time to go out for an afternoon of ice fishing. Many bayous of Spring Lake offer incredible spots for catching bluegill, northern pike, and crappie. To stay up-to-date on ice fishing conditions, talk to the experts at Fish On Bait & Tackle.
This year marks the 30th Annual Grand Haven Winterfest, an event that is dedicated to a weekend of winter fun. With a variety of events to keep you warm, this family-friendly event is a must this winter season. Enjoy a snow volleyball tournament, cardboard sled racing, ski & snowboard competitions, a bonfire bash, beer & wine tasting, and so much more!
More of a fair-weathered friend? No worries. The Grand Haven area offers an abundance of indoor activities that will keep you safe from the cold.
Shopping & Dining
Treat yourself to a day of shopping in downtown Grand Haven. You can find everything ranging from antiques, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and beyond. In between shopping, take a break and enjoy a hand-crafted coffee and pastry from a local coffee shop or grab lunch from your favorite restaurant. Check out the quaint Village of Spring Lake for even more shopping and dining options.
Craft Beer Tour
Did you know that the Grand Haven area is home to six craft breweries? With Michigan having the Claim to Fame as the ‘Great Beer State’ Grand Haven fits right in. Taste your way through Grand Haven’s beer scene as you take in the scenic sights along the way. Start your journey in downtown Grand Haven with Odd Side Ales, Grand Armory Brewing Co., and Burzurk Brewing Co. Venture into the neighboring communities of Coopersville (Coopersville Brewing Co.), Allendale (Trail Point Brewing Co.), and Spring Lake (Old Boys Brewhouse) to taste their local brews. Not so much a fan of beer? No worries. The Grand Haven area is also home to wineries, a cider mill and spectacular craft cocktails. Click here to learn more.
Learn more about the Grand Haven area while enjoying the exhibits of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum or the Coopersville Historical Museum. Visit the new Midwest Miniature Museum, which is home to small scale exhibits from a variety of eras and places in history.
WHERE TO STAY
There is no shortage of places to stay while visiting the Grand Haven area. Find your home away from home with a cozy vacation rental of your dreams, enjoy a stay at a quaint Bed & Breakfast, or choose a comfortable hotel to rest your head at the end of a busy day.
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Check out this video of winter in the Grand Haven area!