2020 Winter Bucket List

Happy, happy Tuesday my friends! A new season can only mean one thing… a new Bucket List! I LOVE putting out these seasonal bucket lists throughout the year, because they honestly help me to remember to make the most of each and every one of the gorgeous seasons we experience. That being said…

Winter is my least favorite season. Why? Because it’s cold, my skin gets all dry and flaky (Not on my face though. That’s still oily as a deep fryer. SMH.), and our winters here in Michigan seem to last FOREVER. Usually, we see the sun about once every two weeks the entire months of January, February and March. It feels like the snow and the cold will never go away, and cabin fever sets in really, really, really quickly. (However, this year is super weird. We literally don’t have any snow and it’s been almost 50 degrees and super rainy the past few weeks!)

But, I found a long time ago that the only way to make it through a Michigan winter unscathed, is by embracing the snow, braving the cold, and finding something fun to do. Once you do this, I pinky promise, winter won’t seem so terrible!

PS… I’m sorry for using only old photos! We literally have no snow this year!

Here are 10 things you can do to make the most out of the coldest season!

Do that thing you mean to do last Summer/Fall but never got around to doing. Did you mean to go for a hike? What about check out a cute neighborhood or grabbing dinner at a hot tourist spot? Let me tell you a little secret… you can still do all those things you wanted to do! You just need bundle up really really really tightly! One of my favorite places to visit in the winter are the beach towns that I know and love. You won’t be able to shop in all the shops if you’re trying to visit a summer beach town, but the scenery will be insanely beautiful and you’ll pretty much have those always packed tourist spots to yourselves.

Would you even believe that this photo was taken on Christmas Day?! We’re having and unseasonably warm winter here in Michigan, so these past couple weeks have been great times to take advantage of doing all the fun summer things, like looking for Petoskey Stones along the lakeshore!

Take a hike. Or a walk. I know… this might seem like the very last thing you want to do when the wind chill is below zero and your face instantly freezes when you step out your door. But seriously, winter walks are some of the prettiest walks you can take! (In fact, they are only second to Sunset Beach Walks in my opinion!) So bundle up, grab your camera, and get moving! Because you’ll get beautiful views like this…

How cool is this ice?!

Check out the Ice… ice baby. In Michigan, we literally surrounded by water and our shorelines get covered in icy beauty every year. Sometimes, we’re even lucky enough to experience Ice Caves! Outside of Michigan, there is ice on display of all sorts too! From ice caves to ice festivals, frozen piers to giant skating rinks, there is a little bit of ice out there for everyone.

One of my favorite sights in the Winter is the pier in my hometown!

Head to a Festival. Winter festivals are ALMOST as good as summer ones, but only because they come with hot cocoa 🙂

Plus you can wear super cute, cozy outfits 🙂

Hit the slopes. Is there anything more “winter” than scraping on a snowboard (or skis) and throwing yourself down a mountain? Nope. If winter sports aren’t quite your speed, just dress cute and head to Apres Ski. It’s basically the same thing.

OR try a little cross country ski 🙂

OR Do something outside. Sledding, snow shoeing, ice skating, snowman building, snowmobiling. The possibilities are endless.

Take a weekend getaway. Plan a weekend where you can get away from it all. Nothing says relaxation like hot tubs, fireplaces and snow falling outside your window. Ugh just the thought of a cozy getaway relaxes me!

I won’t lie to you, The Leelanau Peninsula is def. at it’s best in the summertime. HOWEVER, it’s only locals in the winter and there are so many great cozy experiences for you! Plus, you can take advantage of #1 on my list and enjoy all those things that are too crowded in the summertime!

Find a cozy cabin. Speaking of getting away from it all, there is no better place to do it than in a cozy cabin or lodge. There is literally nothing more picturesque than a perfect little cabin in the middle of the woods, surrounded by snow. Looking for a cozy cabin in Michigan? If seclusion is what you’re looking for, check out fun cabin rentals here. But if you’re looking for a resort, I’m going to tell you (like always) to head to The Homestead. Book a room at The Stony Brook Lodge and you can thank me later. Also, be sure to check out all their fun winter packages!

Grab a drink. There is no better way to warm up than with a drink, am I right? Head to that winery you wanted to visit last summer but was too crowded to get into, or to that awesome tap room that you didn’t feel like waiting two hours to sit at. Find the coziest pub you can and settle in for a night of laughs, food and spirits with those you love.

Bask in the Snow Glow. Ahhh snow glow. It’s one of the coolest phenomenas in the winter. Snow Glow happens just after a fresh fallen snow on a crisp, clear night. You can be in the absolute middle of the woods, and be able to see everything perfectly around you. The snow catches the moon’s like, and reflects making everything have a magical, other worldly glow that you have to experience at least once in your life. Just remember, in order to see it, you need to be far away from any cities or man-made lights.

See… snow glow 😍

Okay. Now I’m hoping we get a little snow so I can get out there and play this weekend! What are you looking most forward to this winter?

Alright my loves! I’ll be back tomorrow for the first #WhatUpWednesday of 2020!

Xx.
Savannah

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