Ways To Warm Up During a Michigan Staycation

Ways To Warm Up During a Michigan Staycation
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We’re (hopefully) in the last stretch of winter, and everyone is yearning for warmer weather. Now is the time to take your Michigan “tropical staycation” and get the winter blues off your mind.

My first advice? Start off with some tropical food and drink to get in the island mindset. Some options include Jamaican Jerk in Ann Arbor, Waves Grill in Saint Clair Shores, or Rincon Tropical in Detroit (also a nightclub on the weekends). If you want to go a little fancier, you could try Casa Bolero in Kalamazoo for small plates and a tequila bar.

The next step in your staycation is to relax: stop at a casino in Detroit for some pool and hot tub lounging, and most also have their own spas as well. For example, MGM Grand has an infinity pool, eight spa rooms, and an option for manicures/pedicures. Another great option is to head a little north and check out Grand Traverse Resort where they have a spa and lots of wine to go around. Don’t forget to order room service! Want to skip the hotel expenses? Go straight to a spa to skip paying for an actual hotel room. Spas are all over the state, but the top two (according to

Want to skip the hotel expenses? Go straight to a spa! Spas are all over the state, but the top two (according to Detroit City Voter) in 2014 were Visions Spa in Novi and Beach House Spa in Birmingham. Another way to pretend like you’re in a tropical paradise is a yoga class. Again, you can find yoga in every city, but two great spots are Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak and Red Lotus in Rochester Hills.

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If you’re missing the beaches of Michigan summers and jumping into some warm water is what you’re craving, try Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne for some swimming and fun. Another way to get in the water is to take some swimming lessons or water aerobics at your local community center. As well, you could get scuba certified, this way you can pretend you’re somewhere tropical and get prepared to go somewhere tropical in the future. If being under water isn’t your thing, you can head over to The Sea Life Aquarium for the same island fish vibe.

Water isn’t the only vacation ingredient, don’t forget palying golf! There are lots of indoor golf places like The Drive In in Clawson. Later, you can take some salsa lessons and pretend like you’re in Latin America. Try Arthur Murray’s or your local YMCA (they usually have beginner lessons).

Lastly, there are a variety of gardens that you can visit to warm up. Visit the desert at Frederik Meijer Gardens or the Butterfly Garden at the Detroit Zoo.

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What are your bucket list destinations for a Michigan winter staycation?