Fall in Michigan is short, but jam-packed with spectacular seasonal offerings! Earlier this month, we asked our fans to share their favorite fall foods, activities, and traditions. We rounded up their responses to create an at-a-glance guide to experiencing fall in Pure Michigan. Take a look at some of the best of fall in the Mitten State according to our community.
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Dark chocolate covered caramel apple from Veni’s in Niles, MI. - Mary Van Arsdall
Koezes in Grand Rapids has locally grown apples hand dipped in house made caramel and rolled in cashew pieces. Only in October, delicious! - Joyce Winters
Michigan apples in an Apple Crisp recipe from Mackinac Island Dessert cookbook. Can’t get more Michigan than that! - Eric N Susan Murrell
Just had a Short’s Brewing Funkin Punkin keg for our wedding reception. Mmmmm good! Cheers to fall beers! - Adam Crall
Founders Harvest Ale. - Jan n’ Gary Dall
I made homemade apple fritters with Michigan maple syrup glaze! - Briana Herzog
Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan for great apples, maple glazed donuts & cider at a nice price. - Jill S.
Nothing is as fabulous as a cider mill donut, still hot enough for the outside to be almost crispy. - Michele Cook Hayden
Love Blackstar Farms Late Harvest Riesling . It’s the best. can’t wait to visit. - Sandy Westen
New Holland Brewing Icabod Pumpkin Ale. - Kim Looman
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Top of the lift ride at Boyne Mountain. Awesome views! - Lynn Jones
Went up to Leelanau, came back down M-37. Was very happy to have stopped at the scenic turnout/rest stop along the way. - Shelley Ferguson
Going to Oscoda. Taking the Fall Color Cruise on the AuSable. - Patrick Shaffer
My quick fall color tour is driving Edward Hines from Northville to Dearborn. - Lynn Plachetzki White
A fall drive to see the trees. When we lived in the Detroit area, we would take the drive through Hines Park. While living in the U.P., we always drove along Lake Superior, then to Tahquamenon Falls. - Joni Johnson
Franklin Cider Mill! I’m not even a resident of Michigan and we make an annual trek to the “Cider Mecca!” - Karen Page
Opening Day at Dexter cider mill for fresh cider and warm donuts! Yum! - Angela Marshall
Parmenters in Northville – THE BEST fresh cinnamon donuts!!! - Tracy Nafe
Uncle Johns, Spicers, Parshallville, Montrose Orchards…..love them all! - Nancy Miller
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The charming Pumpkin Barn in Levering, MI. - Cari Angell
Johnson’s Giant Pumpkin Farm in Saginaw, MI. They have a lot of activities for kids, a corn maze, crafts, food, pumpkin chucking with a trebuchet, animals to pet & feed. Always a great time for the family. - Terri Garabelli
Vince and Joe’s Market on Garfield Rd. in Clinton and 25/Van Dyke Rd. in Shelby Twp. They have everything pumpkin for your Octoberfest. - Vlasta Hallova Trulik
Andy T’s! See the monster weigh-off contenders and winners! - Andrew Eagle
Fall Festivals and Events
I love Fruit Ridge Hayrides! - Star Juarez
Applefest in Charlevoix! Love my Michigan! - Ruthann LaPorte Beyer
Farmer J’s world record corn mazes by Cabela’s in Dundee. – Jill S.
Art Prize is awesome its a must see. - Shawn Sams
Joining in on the excitement of The Detroit Marathon is memorable for both participants and spectators.
Game Day Excitement
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Eastern Market is always a stop for my daughter and I…what a great mix of the D at it’s best. - Jules Ryan
Comerica Park – My favorite spot in all of the great state of Michigan!! - Lynn Friedenstab Becker
Ann Arbor and East Lansing are game day hot spots throughout the season!
Manitou Charter Fleet – With charter captain Bill Wright out of Leland. We learned many different ways to cook salmon! - Kevin Rogers
Hiking, biking, and off-roading on Michigan trails are a great way to experience fall colors.
Fall means the start of prime hunting season!
Spooky trails, Swartz Creek. - XTREMETALS
Halloween on Tillson Street – We’ll be going… It’s a Halloween must! And a sleepover for the grandchildren. - Donna Vehar
Junction Valley Railroad is entertaining enough for the whole family – and Handicap accessible! - Dan Miller
Go horseback riding in the woods and listen to the sounds and look at the colors of autumn. - Brenda Shaw
Bon fires with good friends and some good wine! - Lynn Scraver
We take a trip to Mackinac Island and walk the trails. It is a quiet way to enjoy the beauty. - Cindy Howard Murphy
What’s on your “Best of Fall” list?