15 Reasons to Love Fall in Michigan

15 Reasons to Love Fall in MichiganFall is upon us! And it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy hot Michigan apple cider, breathe in the brisk autumn air, and admire the vibrant changing colors on the trees above.  

The beginning of the fall season holds a special and unique meaning to everyone, so we asked fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ why they love the fall season in Pure Michigan. 

Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what fall in Michigan means to you!

“The colors of course – not just the trees, but the sky and the way the angle of the sun makes everything come into more beautiful focus!” -Ellen Schettling Whitehead

“September and October are the best months of the year. Cool, crisp air at night yet still warm during the day. Football! It just has a nice feeling to it.” –Shane Weller

“The crunch of the leaves under my feet with the amazing spectrum of colors and smells of cider and cozy fires in fireplaces.” – Alessandra Kellerman

“Taking the family to Yates Cider Mill.” – KeMira Hurt

Color tours no matter where you look.” – Marilyn Cooley McQueen

“Long winding drives down fall colored tree lined 2-lane roads to my favorite cider mill!” – Tracy Smith Fenton

“Autumn’s splendor-colors, crisp, clean pure Michigan air, fresh apple cider in my cup and a bag of just-picked apples next to me at an orchard hayride with my family surrounding me.” – Ramona Mitchell

“Apple picking at Spicer’s and apple cider!” – Ann Mamo

“Everything! The weather, the colors, the apples, the cider & donuts, bonfires, S’mores, cuddling up with your sweetie in front of a fire on a cool autumn night. I can go on…” – Carol Hagen

“The smell of burning leaves, the fresh crisp air, trips to the cider mill and the last trip of the year to Mackinac Island.” –Holli Thurston

“Acres of colours in the trees. (And my dad saying, ‘Look at the view, kids; look at the view!’)” – Del Del Zoppo

“Kayaking on the Muskegon.” –Jean Christie

“The cool air, the beautiful colors on the leaves, the way the leaves crinkle under my feet, being able to wear long sleeve shirts and jeans, going for a walk outside, the smells that surround you while you are breathing in the air.” –TinaMaria Martell

Apple Charlie’s Cider Mill. A family tradition since I was a kid. The rule was we could have any pumpkin we could carry.” –Erica Burkeen

“Jeans, boots, sweaters and fires!” –Shawn Coyle McFall

Why do you love fall in Michigan? 

You’re Invited: Michigan Fall Colors Live Web Chat

Fall is in the air in Pure Michigan! The new season officially begins on September 22, which means that brisk days and vibrant colors are in sight. In Michigan, there’s really no better place to see the dynamic colors of a trillion trees than by taking a fall colors tour along our highways, country roads and coastlines. To learn more about how to experience a fall colors tour for yourself, we’re hosting a live chat with Pure Michigan’s very own David Lorenz on Monday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. David will be answering questions on timing of peak colors, routes to explore and things to do along the way.

On September 30, you can join us right here at the following box. Learn more about David below, and get your questions ready for the chat!

For more on fall in Michigan, check out the following resources:

David Lorenz is the Manager of Industry Relations & International Marketing for Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation – the official State of Michigan tourism promotion agency.  He oversees Travel Michigan’s efforts in the areas of international marketing, packaged travel, conventions and meetings, industry relations, golf and sports-event promotion. 

Prior to coming to Travel Michigan in October 2002, Mr. Lorenz was the Manager, Partnerships and Promotions, for Meijer, Inc. where he was responsible for the facilitation of collaborative marketing programs with key consumer goods manufacturers such as Nabisco, Kraft, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Disney and Mattel. 

He also has 14 years’ experience in radio broadcasting in roles varying from announcer and news reporter to numerous management positions. 

David Lorenz attended Western Michigan University.  He lives in Norton Shores with his wife, Roberta.  

A Picture Perfect Fall Color Tour

Jesse Land, founder of Things to do in the U.P., is back to take us on another fall color tour around the Upper Peninsula. If you missed his last two posts, be sure to check out his recommendations on tours around the Keweenaw Peninsula and the central area of the U.P. 

For more ideas on fall color tours around Michigan, see this week’s Pure Michigan fall color report on michigan.org.

So far, I’ve taken you on one fall color tour through the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula, and on another “off the beaten path” through the central U.P. Today, I’m going to lead you from Marquette to Grand Marais, via the one of the Upper Peninsula’s crown jewels, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera along for this one!

Before we get started, Marquette has oodles of great places to stay. A couple of my favorite are the historic Landmark Inn and newly constructed Hampton Inn, both of which are within walking distance from Marquette’s many excellent eating and drinking establishments. (The Vierling is one of my favorites.)

Breakfast in Marquette

Both of the aforementioned hotels have good breakfast options. That said, the Sweetwater Café has been woven into the fabric of the Marquette breakfast scene for as long as I can recall, and is well worth a look. According to their website, they serve “both old fashioned favorites and unique dishes inspired by flavors from around the world.” Having eaten there more than a few times, I’d say that’s a very accurate description. Drink some coffee. Eat breakfast. Leave with a smile on your face.

The Morning Drive

Now that you’ve got a full belly and some caffeine in your system, lets’ hit the road! M-28 east stretches about forty five miles east from Marquette to Munising. It’s a pretty drive full of fall color. It also hugs the Lake Superior shoreline most of the way so you’ll see “the big lake” appear through gaps in the vibrant hardwoods every now and again.

Pictured Rocks – Via Boat Tour!

To make the most of your day, get to Munising in time to catch the 10:00 AM Pictured Rocks boat tour. The “regular cruise” lasts about two hours and forty minutes, and will show you some of the most popular Pictured Rocks sites, including Miners Castle, Lovers Leap, Grand Portal, and many others! It’s the best way to see much of what Pictured Rocks has to offer in a relatively short period of time. (2012 tours run through October 21st)

The Famous Highway H-58

Highway H-58, stretching from Munising to Grand Marais, is a wonderfully curvy drive. You’ll pass by the White Birch Forest (brilliant in fall) and wind through an endless stand of hardwoods as you drive east toward Grand Marais.

If you’re up for a hike, I’d recommend the venturing off on the three mile (round trip) hike to Chapel Falls. It’s roughly midway between Munising and Grand Marais, and leads down an easy trail through a forest of hardwoods that are always full of color in autumn.

H-58 boasts several scenic turnouts, but I’d highly recommend stopping at the Logslide Overlook. Once literally used to slide huge logs down the 300 foot drop to Lake Superior, Logslide is now a gorgeous scenic overlook that offers wonderful views of the Au Sable lighthouse to the west and the expansive Grand Sable Dunes to the east.

Destination Grand Marais

A little further east lies Grand Marais, a wonderful little harbor village that fills up in the summer but offers travelers some elbow room in the fall. As far as places to stay here, I’ve heard great things about the Hill Top Cabins, though they’ve always had no vacancy when I’ve called! (I’m thinking that’s a good thing.)

I recommend checking out the one of a kind Lake Superior Brewing Company for great pizza, fresh fish and locally brewed beer. And if you end up staying the night, the West Bay Diner is a standout breakfast spot!

If you do even some of what I’ve recommended, at the end of the day you should have a good handle on what Pictured Rocks is all about, and you’ll hopefully also have filled up your camera with picture perfect memories!

Jesse Land is the founder of Things to do in the U.P., a website dedicated to helping people discover the best of the Upper Peninsula. For regular Upper Peninsula travel tips, follow Things to do in the U.P. on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thingstodointheup.