Traverse City Winter Activities
When people downstate and even out state think of winters in northern Michigan, they often think of snow, snow, and even more snow. To many, this would it’s the perfect time to stay inside and sit by the fire. However, that’s not how we roll in Traverse City. Residents of Traverse City and all northern Michigan don’t stop once the snow hits the ground. The winters up here are just as enjoyable as the summer. There are many Traverse City winter activities that happen every weekend, to provide winter-lovers with fun weekend activities, even in the snow and cold.
Food and Drink Festivals/Events
Snowshoes, Vines, and Wines
Every Saturday this Winter (Weather Permitting)
In Suttons Bay, just up the road from Traverse City, you can explore the grounds of Black Star Farms this winter via snowshoes or skis. With easy to moderate trails, you can snowshoe or ski through the winery and take in the scenery, orchards, and vineyards on the Black Star Farms property. Onsite snowshoe rentals are available from 12 PM to 4 PM for only $15. If you own snowshoes or skis, you are welcome to use them at no charge. After exploring the grounds, stop inside the Hearth and Vine Café and warm up with a cup of chili, grilled sandwiches, hot chocolate, or a glass of Black Star Farms wine.
For those who can’t make the drive to Suttons Bay, check out the Black Star Farms location on Old Mission Peninsula. Although, you won’t be able to snowshoe or ski the grounds, you can still enjoy some of the best wine that northern Michigan has to offer.
Ice Wine Harvest Festival
January 26th, 27th, and 28th
Beginning this year, Chateau Chantel will host their first annual Michigan Ice Wine Harvest Festival. Harvested when temperatures are between 15 and 18 degrees, the grapes are picked while still frozen on the vine. Being pressed while still frozen, gives these grapes an incredible natural sweetness and fruitiness, producing one of the most sought-after wines produced in northern Michigan.
At the festival events such as snowman building, ice bowling, and ice sculpting will take place. Additionally, there will be multiple outdoor fire pits to keep people warm, as well as sweet roasted treats. The walking trail will be open for snowshoeing and skiing, and will even feature a scavenger hunt. The festival will culminate on Saturday with an education dinner that includes a tour of the cellar and winemaking process.
Festival of Foods
February 3rd 10 AM – 3 PM
Overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, the Hagerty Center plays host to Festival Foods this February. The day consists of demonstrations and food discovery for foodies, chefs, and beginners. Chefs from the area will dish up cooking tips and techniques for you to implement in your home kitchen. Each hour will highlight four different workshops. There will be tastings throughout, so make sure you bring an appetite.
Traverse City Restaurant Week
February 26th – March 3rd
Traverse City Restaurant Week is one of the coolest weeks in Traverse City. From February 26th to March 3rd different restaurants around Traverse City offer a special menu at an affordable price. Typically, what you’ll find in most restaurants is a three-course meal that features an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and the entire meal will only cost $30. This allows the chefs at these restaurants the opportunity to showcase their culinary abilities and creativity. Restaurants are packed every night during Traverse City Restaurant Week, so make sure to reserve your seat at your favorite restaurant.
Stop By Nifty Things
While you’re out eating and drinking this winter, make sure to stop by Nifty Things. With one location right in the heart of Traverse City, stop by before, after, or during your downtown visit for food and drinks. Nifty Things is home to thousands of different knick-knacks, wall décor, wine glasses, clocks, and everything in between. When you come to Nifty Things, you’ll find things you’ve never heard of or seen before, but it will be exactly what you weren’t looking. Not in Traverse City, don’t worry. We also have locations in Alden and Elk Rapids. Stop by one of our locations and see why we’re consistently the most shopped gift stores in northern Michigan.