By Krystle Wagner
As you settle in for West Michigan’s cooler fall and winter temperatures, there are plenty of activities to enjoy.
Here are the top five things to do this fall and winter:
1. Hiking and biking
Soak up the last of the warmth by hiking or biking through West Michigan.
The Musketawa Trail offers a 26 mile-long paved trail from Muskegon to Marne. Relax from the hustle and bustle as you pass farmlands, cross over wetlands and traverse creeks.
Enjoy the scenic views of Lake Michigan after hiking through the woods at Rosy Mound Natural Area.
2. Farm fun
Welcome fall and cooler temperatures by giving your buds a taste of cider.
Spend a day welcoming fall at the Lewis Farm Market and Petting Farm in New Era.
The 700-acre farm has home grown produce, orchards, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and petting zoo.
Or head south to the West Olive area where local farm markets such as A & L and Green Acres, which offer the best of the fall harvest.
3. Pumpkin decorating
Let your creativity shine as you transform pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns.
Visit local pumpkin patches that include the local farm markets, green houses, and grocers as well as the church lot in Spring Lake to pick out the pumpkin right for your scary, funny or detailed design.
Or, better yet, don’t carve into it – paint that pumpkin with a variety of colorful designs or dress it up in costumes made from local craft store materials.
4. Skiing, snowboarding and skating
Hit the slopes or enjoy warm treats at lodges this winter.
Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl has about seven acres open for skiing and snowboarding with the highest elevation at 1,300 feet.
Thrill-seekers can zoom down the longest slope – 700 feet – or try the shortest slope of 250 feet.
If you’re looking for more action, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex at Muskegon State Park offers trails for cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and luging.
Brush up on favorite holiday tunes and grab a few friends.
Spread holiday cheer by caroling classics such as “Jingle Bells,” “Here Comes Santa Claus” or “Let It Snow.”
Share the joy of the season with local non-profits or churches who go door-to-door with their melodious groups.