Chase away cabin fever at Traverse City's Winter WowFest

If you can’t beat winter, join it. That’s the attitude of Traverse City folks who are pulling out all the stops for the 4th annual Winter WowFest next weekend, Feb. 18-21.

Marshalling some of the same energy they throw into the popular National Cherry Festival each summer, they’re staging a winter celebration in and around downtown Traverse City highlighted by a Monster Dog Pull, snow and ice sculptures, wine- and soup-tasting parties, chili cookoff, ice cream-eating contests, concerts, foot and bed races, snowboarding demonstrations, horse-and-carriage rides, ski events, tubing and a co-ed snowball softball tournament.

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa will host a “Winter Fun Zone” featuring family-oriented activities on Saturday and Sunday, capped by a winter fireworks display on Sunday night.

Check out the event schedule here.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and