Winter Wonderland

Port Austin in the summer, need we say more? But, can we tell you a secret? Port Austin becomes it’s own kind of beautiful as the chill of winter sets in. There are many things to enjoy in the Port Austin area throughout winter. Join us as we embrace winter with a number of activities and events.  See below to begin planning your winter trip to Port Austin. 


Explore the Outdoors

The dominant feature of Port Austin in the winter is the beautiful, frozen Lake Huron. If you've ever enjoyed a kayak trip to Turnip Rock, the reef light or more leisurely trips along the coast, you may be interested to see these same spots transformed by winter's chill. Need some convincing? See the videos on this page. If you're a little less adventurous, the break wall encrusted with layers of ice and snow, is an object of wonder. If you haven't experienced the various temporary, natural winter spectacles of the Port Austin area, you're in for a treat. 

In addition to the the coast, there are countless unimproved roads and frozen rivers and creeks serving as excellent snowmobile routes, parks with groomed trails perfect for cross country skiing, and endless vistas perfect for photographers looking for the lesser known beauties of the world. 

Need gear? Cross country skis can be rented from Heins Hardware (989) 738-7311, and snowshoes can be rented from Port Austin Kayak (989) 550-6651 

Whether you wish to ice fish, kiteboard, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski or snowmobile, Port Austin is the perfect winter travel destination. 


Do something fun

Maybe you're looking for something a little less self-guided? Check out some of the events going on in Port Austin this winter!


Get some local flavor

A few of our great local establishments are open all winter for dine in or carry-out.

Shelley's, open every day of the week, offers amazing homemade tortilla chips, soups and all your favorite American bar & grill favorites served with love in a warm, cozy atmosphere.

The Bank 1884 Food and Spirits is open Thursday-Sunday. Amazing Bloody Marys and brunch, divine dinners with inventive specials and an unbeatable atmosphere (how often do you get to eat in a beautiful 130-year-old-bank?), the Bank is casual fine dining at it's best. 

Lake Street Emporium is your new favorite spot with amazing breakfasts and even better known for their panini and soda fountain style seating. 

The Port Austin Market/IGA, does not offer on-site seating but does offer amazing fresh, handmade sandwiches and homemade soups, broasted chicken, donuts, coffee and a variety of other ready-to-consume offerings in addition to its grocery. 



Peruse or Shop

What's better than a hand crafted or unique item to show your friends and family some love. We have a number of small shops and boutiques to peruse at your leisure.  

Port Austin Market has all your daily grocery needs, plus a range of ready-to-eat food, and an exceptional selection of meats, seafood and beer, wine and liquor, including a selection of local wines.

Lake Street Emporium has an eclectic assortment of fashion, accessories, housewares and Port Austin themed items.

JJ's Party Store is a convenience shop with everything you need and conveniently located closer than Bad Axe. Located in Grindstone City and open later than many shops in the area.

Heins Hardware/Lisa's Loft is a well stocked hardware store below, delightful gift and decor shop up top.


Get cozy with Port Austin

The temps can be frigid, so cozy up and stay with us this winter! We have a number of options to help you make a night of it.