A snowy weekend itinerary

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Cannonsburg Ski Area fat tire bike trail
Cannonsburg Ski Area.

The best time to enjoy a wintry weekend in Grand Rapids is right after a fresh snowfall. Start your day with a visit to the Grist Mill, 8000 Cannonsburg Road NE in Cannonsburg, to fuel up. Try the Big Cannon — three eggs, three pancakes, hash browns and choice of bacon or sausage — for an energy boost.

Next up, head to Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE in Belmont, for the afternoon. You can ski, snowboard or go tubing. Equipment rentals are available (skis and snowboards are $25 for the day for adults, $15 for kids). Cannonsburg has nine lifts accommodating 21 runs that range from beginner to advanced, ensuring everyone can have a fun time.

Another option is to pack your fat-tire bikes, cross-country skis or your snowshoes to tackle Cannonsburg’s winter trails. Trail access is $5 for the day or $30 for a season trail pass.

When you’re ready for a break, head inside and warm up in the Cedar Lodge, a cozy, family-friendly restaurant with great views of the slopes. The menu offers a wide range of food, including burgers, sandwiches, salads and kid-friendly options. There is a full-service bar serving local microbrews and signature cocktails.

Chances are the next morning you’ll wake up with a few well-earned aches from the day before. Tackle those pains with a visit to Clean Juice at Knapp’s Crossing, 2044 East Beltline Ave. NE, where you can enjoy one of several juices or cold-pressed beverage options. Pair your drink of choice with an acai bowl or the almond butter toast, avocado toast or the protein toast.

Next up, make sure you have a reservation at Woodhouse Day Spa, 2060 East Beltline Ave. NE. You can choose from a variety of massage options: Swedish massage, deep tissue massage or the hot stone (salt) massage. Woodhouse also offers a variety of body treatments that are perfect for a day after hitting the slopes.

Don’t lose that relaxed feeling; stop at Books & Mortar, 955 Cherry St. SE, or Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE, for a new read and spend the rest of the day curled up on the sofa getting lost in a book. GR

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Charlsie Dewey
After five years as a digital and print reporter for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Charlsie Dewey decided to take on the challenge of helping to launch a brand new publication. She became the digital editor of Grand Rapids Magazine. With the shared goal of "celebrating city living," GR|MAG launched in July 2017. It provides daily coverage of the vast arts, entertainment, lifestyle, and culture offerings in Grand Rapids.