Clean Michigan travel deals in January

The busy holiday season is packed. The kids are going back to school. And we need a breath of air. We’re entering the prime time for a winter getaway, but we’re also looking for deals on fun places to travel that won’t break the bank.

Pure Michigan launched its collection of travel deals in January 2024. It features a mix of urban adventures with downtown walks and great restaurants, several ski deals and a family vacation spot with waterfront views.

Here are the highlights:

Both the Michigan Theater and the State Theater can be seen on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor on December 26, 2023. (Ryan Stanton |

#1 Ann Arbor Cultural Escape

deal: Take advantage of special hotel packages and prices up to 15% off.

Expires: March 31, 2024

details: “Explore Ann Arbor’s globally inspired dining, unique shops, and world-renowned arts and culture scene. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a fun family weekend, or a last-minute road trip, this winter the Ann Arbor area has attractions and accommodations perfect for any budget. Search over two dozen hotel deals. For more information check the website here.

Skis and snowboards are set up outside at Crystal Mountain, located at 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive in Thompsonville. (Katie Boomer |

#2 Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

transaction: Get up to 25% off winter accommodation on select dates, buy lift tickets, lessons and rentals online.

Expires: March 31, 2024

details: “Crystal Mountain is proud to offer up to 25% off accommodations on select dates through March 31, 2024. Options include a mountaintop townhouse with a great view, a cozy cottage, or a resort hotel room. Also enjoy downhill trails, one of the best spas in America, cross-country skiing, fat tire biking, ice skating and hiking through Michigan Legacy Art Park. Buy lift tickets, lessons and rentals online.” For more information, visit the resort’s website here.

Moonlight dinners, an enchanted trail, more cross-country skiing and the new Camelot 6 high-speed chairlift are part of The Highlands at Harbor Springs this season. Photo courtesy of The Highlands at Harbor Springs.

#3 The Earl Hotel in Charlevoix: Ski north and save at The Earl

transaction: Save 10% with stays of two nights or more and enjoy a delicious s’mores set.

Expires: March 31, 2024

details: “Earl is the perfect place for your Northern Michigan home base this winter. The hotel is a short drive from the best skiing in the area: Maxauba Peak, Boyne, Noobs Knob and Shanty Creek. After a day on the slopes, lounge in front of our lobby fireplace with your favorite beverage, roast complimentary s’mores over our outdoor fire pits, or soak in our outdoor hot tub. Wake up refreshed and ready to tackle another day on the slopes with our complimentary light continental breakfast and specialty coffees.” For more information, check out The Earl’s website here.

#4 Family-friendly winter getaway at Bay Pointe Resort in Shelbyville

transaction: Book a family winter getaway at Bay Pointe on beautiful Gun Lake. Add a kids package for extra family fun.

Expires: No expiration date

details: “Enjoy Bay Pointe’s indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub while enjoying the stunning winter beauty of Gun Lake! Add our Kids Package to your booking and receive a branded teddy bear and two free children’s meals and ice cream vouchers per day.” For more details, see the resort’s website here.

Estelle’s Way, a new indoor transport carpet in the beginner area, has opened at Boyne Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Boyne Mountain.

#5 Hit the slopes with a deal from Michigan Snow Sports Industries Association

transaction: Learn to downhill ski, cross-country ski or snowboard for $60.

Expires: 31 January 2024

details: “During the month of January, Michigan ski areas offer an affordable introduction to skiing and snowboarding. Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard equipment rental, and a beginner ski lift pass or cross-country ski pass for just $60. Numerous ski areas also offer additional training programs. Now there’s no excuse… it’s time to discover Michigan skiing!” Find participating Michigan ski areas here.

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