LOOK AT LAKE MICHIGAN’S FAMOUS FROZEN PIERS
During the winter the piers and lighthouses of Lake Michigan become encased in ice, creating spectacular frozen formations that look like otherworldly ice sculptures. Be careful, of course, but be sure to see the South Haven Lighthouse in South Haven; The Grand Haven Lighthouse, South Pier and Grand Haven Pier in Grand Haven; the St. Joseph Lighthouse, North Pier and South Pier in St. Joseph; and Holland’s Big Red Lighthouse.
SK AT E I T OU T
Ice-skating under the lights in Rosa Parks Circle is a Grand Rapids tradition, so sharpen your blades, lace up your skates and hit the ice.
WA K E & BA K E
There’s nothing like walking into a bakery on a cold winter morning to warm your heart. Try a fresh-fromthe-oven croissant from Nantucket Baking Company. Dawdle through the Downtown Market as you nibble away on one of Shelby Kibler’s Field and Fire doughy delights. Head to Cakabakery and taste why The Food Network’s "Cupcake Wars" featured Cakabakery owner Jason Kakabaker ( Really, that’s his name, we kid you not).
DASH THROUGH THE SNOW
Snowmobile beneath the pines of the Manistee National Forest near Baldwin. Choose from hundreds of miles of groomed trails that take you cross-country and, more often than not, past neon signs reminding you to stay well hydrated along the way.
WINTERIZE YOUR WARDROBE Most people think fashion-forward in West Michigan means owning a pair of camo coveralls from the new Cabela’s store. But before you fly off to Paris, Google some of these fashionable favorites from right here in Grand Rapids: Pamella Roland’s platinum fox mesh cape, any pair of boots from the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection, the Silversun featherless puffer made by Merrell or, if you’re escaping to the beach, Ghost Bag #1 from the Benjamin Edgar Cruise Collection.