Not only does Michigan have wonderful summers, perfect sunsets, loads of beaches and great restaurants, but this midwestern destination is also magical in the wintertime. Petoskey, a city in Northern Michigan, averages over 122 inches of snow a year, which makes for perfect snow bunny conditions. Whether you like to ski, snowboard, skate, sled, or just enjoy a drink and admire the snow from the great indoors, there's plenty to do.
- For just a 5.5 hour road trip from Chicago, you can make the most out of winter at Boyne Mountain Ski Resort. Along the way, indulge in delicious food at The Stray Dog in New Buffalo and amazing craft beer at Greenbush Brewery in Sawyer.
- When you're done playing in the snow, stop by Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City for the best Mexican food in the midwest.
- For Skiing that's less crowded and more snowy, drive an extra 50 minutes north to Boyne Highlands or Nubs Nob. Stafford's Pier Restaurant is a scenic way to treat yourself with cocktails and dining after a day on the slopes.
- If you prefer to skate or sled, stop by Petoskey's Winter Sports Park, and unwind with some brews at Petoskey Brewing.