Are you and your girlfriends in need of a little time away?

Getting out of the house for a few days could be a great mini-vacation. This past November, and now even in December, the snow hasn’t arrived yet, so this might be the perfect time to getaway. Think crisp fall weather, cozy sweaters, small shop shopping, and pumpkin spice everything!

Whether your plans include Christmas shopping or even just spending time together with a friend or two, White Lake is the ideal spot to kick back and relax.

 

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Planning the Ultimate Girls Getaway Up North

Step 1: Pick a Friend, Pick Your Dates & Book Your Stay

Get your basics set first: Who’s coming? When are we going? Where are we staying?

Scheduling multiple friends for a unison trip can be a trip in and of itself, so plan ahead! Start an email or text chain and nail down everyone for final travel dates. Once that’s done, you can book your stay. Pro tip: Scheduling your getaway during the week can mean less traffic on your drive up, less expensive lodging, and fewer crowds while in town.

One more tip: Amidst the pandemic, you may find that you and your friends want to spend more time at the hotel than out and about. If that’s the case, make sure you have the comfiest of accommodations and some cozy amenities to look forward to: a fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and/or kitchen conveniences are all pluses. And don’t forget about a balcony too — perfect for group selfies with-a-view!

 

Step 2: Schedule Your Activities

So, what’s on the docket for your trip? While there’s no reason to schedule your days minute-by-minute, it never hurts to have a general plan.

Fortunately, White Lake offers great opportunities for both fun and relaxation. Here are a few key activities to consider for your list!

  • Get some holiday shopping in: Head to downtown Whitehall or Montague for the cutest shops and boutiques around. Find homemade gifts, stylish apparel, and much more at widely-beloved stores like Posh by Pitkin, Figg’s Boutique, and others.
  • Take in the local art scene: The Nuveen Center Art Gallery features an array of delightful pieces and curated exhibitions by local artists.
  • Go antiquing: Local antique and consignment shops like The Montague Antique & Collectibles Mall and Colbys Hokey Pokey offer special pieces you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Step 3: Grab Some Takeout or Groceries

Make your evenings special with takeout dinner from one of downtown Whitehall or Montague’s great restaurants. While dining out might be a bit more complicated right now, there are still plenty of options for having fun while staying safe.

Love craft beer? Try Fetch Brewing Co. or North Grove Brewers for an array of locally-brewed flavors. For the best pubs and pub fare, try Pub One Eleven, The Chamber Bar & Grill, or Jimmy’s Pub.

Area bars and restaurants offer curbside pickup for takeout. Order in at the hotel, or even pick up snacks and ingredients from nearby Montague Foods to make your own food in your room. Just be sure to reserve a room with a kitchen if you plan on cooking!

 

Step 4: Explore the Great Outdoors

Who said a girls weekend can’t include some fresh air and physical activity? While temps can be on the chillier side in December, there are still plenty of warm days too, plus lots of outdoor fun to be had:

  • Go for bike ride on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail.
  • Bundle up and enjoy a walk on the beach at Lake Michigan.
  • Visit the White River Light Station. (While tours are closed for the season, you can still enjoy the beautiful lighthouse from the outside, plus the surrounding lakefront scenery.)

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