Top Outdoor Winter Activities in Southwest Michigan

Pure Michigan is pure delight during the winter months. Michigan simply sparkles with its abundance of open spaces and scenic wonder. From snowshoeing and skiing to skating and hiking, many fun opportunities are available during the colder months. During your stay at Castle in the Country, you will relish these top outdoor winter activities in Southwest Michigan.

Gazebo in the snow


Our 65 acres provide ample opportunities for you to get outdoors to enjoy the crisp, fresh air. When you’ve had your fill, you’re just steps away from your cozy guest room where you can warm up and relax.


Did you know that snowshoeing is one of the oldest forms of transportation? It’s also an easy way to enjoy the snow, even for beginners. You can experience the tranquility of the winter season while enjoying the natural wildlife all around our Castle property. Ask us about our complimentary use of snowshoes. You can also rent a pair at Landsharks in nearby Saugatuck.

Fat-Tire Biking

We have fat-tire bikes for rent so you can ride the trails, even in the winter time. The bike’s fat tires enable them to roll over snow, sand, mud, wet roots, and rocks that might otherwise be impassable.

Winter Hiking

We have several trails through our 65 private acres for a peaceful stroll through the woods, just you and your sweetheart.

Fireplace Areas

Here at the Castle under a charming gazebo, you can snuggle up around the fire pit to enjoy the outdoors in warmth. This is a popular spot for conversation, tranquility, reflection, star-gazing, and of course s’mores. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, coffee or tea, or a glass of wine from one of our local Michigan wineries, for an extra special treat.

Skiiers Standing in the Snow Under Lift


Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

You have three fantastic options for a day on the slopes.

Timber Ridge Ski Area

Just 6 miles from the Inn, Timber Ridge boasts 44 skiable acres, 900’ elevation, 225’ vertical drop, and an average snowfall of 80″. This has been a ski-lovers paradise for decades.

Bittersweet Resort

Located 6 miles away, Bittersweet offers 350 vertical feet, 20 runs, 7 chairs lifts, 2 wonder carpets, and 2 rope tows. They also offer night-time skiing for a fun winter evening. You’ll be able to rent skis and supplies, take group or private lessons, and then warm up and fill up in the lodge. View their live cams.

Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area

A little further away (38 miles), you’ll discover Swiss Valley. They’ve been upgrading and improving their slopes, snow, and skiing since the 1960s. This season alone will bring over 30 new features. They provide 225′ vertical feet, 11 runs, 100% snow making, 4 rope tows, 2 quads and one triple chairlift, and night skiing every night. You’ll also have access to a full service restaurant, Cafe 225 for quick meals, ski shop with service center, and rentals.

Cross-Country Skiing

Taking off across the terrain in cross-country skis is another wonderful way to experience winter’s calm and beauty. The Allegan County Game Area is open for skiing beginning January 1 and offers several cross-country ski trails. You’ll also find some beautiful trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park near our great Lake Michigan.


If you prefer the fun of tubes to skis, nearby Timber Ridge also offers tubing lanes.

Ice Skating

There are several outdoor ice skating rinks from which to choose in nearby South Haven and Holland.

Winter Hiking

If you’d like to get out and explore the area, Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Allegan County Game Area both provide ample trails to trek amidst a picturesque backdrop of woods, trees, dunes and Lake Michigan. Be sure to contact Allegan County Game Area ahead of time to avoid open hunting season.

Fireplace Areas

Charming downtown Holland features a public outdoor fireplace for warming up on chilly days and nights.


Whether you choose to spend your time at The Castle or out exploring, ask our innkeepers how you can make the most of your stay. We are ready with tips, maps, details and more so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. So, pack your winter gear and book direct with us today for a winter getaway to remember.

Camelot Suite with winter photo on TV

Our romantic Camelot Suite with king-size bed, fireplace, and jetted tub.