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November 2020 #MittenTrip Ideas

November is the perfect time to sneak in a last-minute getaway or staycation before the craziness of the holidays hits your home. This month, we’re taking a look at five Michigan towns you might want to explore – whether you’re a local in need of a staycation, you’re looking for a mini-vacation, or you want a new Michigan getaway idea.

#MittenTrip Ideas: Staycation, Mini-Vacation, Michigan Getaway Ideas

Upper Peninsula #MittenTrip Idea: Iron Mountain

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As a “southern troll”, I don’t often think about crossing the Mighty Mac after the colors of fall have begun to fade, but there is still so much to do, see, and explore in the Mitten State’s Upper Peninsula during the fall and winter months. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat with good eats, look no further than Iron Mountain – the Upper Peninsula’s 5th largest city.

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Northern Michigan #MittenTrip Idea: Traverse City

Traverse City - staycation, mini-vacation, Michigan getaway idea
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An iconic Michigan destination no matter the season, we couldn’t leave Traverse City off our list of staycation or mini-vacation locations during the month of November. Whether you’re looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping, want to relax with a tour of the region’s best wineries and breweries, or you’re looking for outdoor adventures, Traverse City is full of great things to do and has some really unique Airbnb options.

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Mid-Michigan #MittenTrip Idea: Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth Michigan - staycation, mini-vacation, Michigan getaway idea
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I’m not sure what it is about Frankenmuth in November, but when I think about where I want to plan a pre-holiday staycation in Michigan, Frankenmuth is at the top of my list. Whether it’s the hearty German food, a visit to Bronner’s to get me in the holiday spirit, or the quaint Bavarian village, something about the atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind town pulls me in this time of year. And staying in a cute little apartment or cabin lends itself to a quieter retreat experience.

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West Michigan #MittenTrip Idea: Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Michigan - staycation, mini-vacation, Michigan getaway idea
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There is always something to do in Grand Rapids – whether you escape to one of the little towns outside the city limits or explore downtown, Grand Rapids is a great getaway destination. With multiple museums to visit, breweries to enjoy, food to devour, and architecture to explore, there really is something for everyone in Grand Rapids. Stay in a downtown loft or rent a country house in the suburbs for a one-of-a-kind retreat.

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Southeast Michigan #MittenTrip Idea: Detroit

Downtown Detroit Michigan - staycation, mini-vacation, michigan getaway idea
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Spend a weekend wandering around downtown Detroit – shopping and eating your way through the Eastern Market, taking in a RedWings game at Little Caesar’s Arena, or exploring the many street murals throughout the city. Complete your staycation or mini-vacation experience by staying downtown in a fully furnished loft or luxury apartment.

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