Five Must Do Autumn Favorites in Charlevoix

If you seek a Michigan destination that offers exciting events and unique history while allowing you to slow down and enjoy the changing fall colors, Charlevoix may be a perfect spot for you!  Guest blogger Amanda Wilkin of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau shares five things not to miss this fall and what makes autumn in Northern-Lower Michigan so special.

1. Attend Festivals and Events

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Harvest Festivals at Friske Orchards (Sept. 26) and Castle Farms (Sept. 27) put you right in the middle of the harvest spirit. Consider making  a fun family weekend trip out of it and check out both events!

Apple Fest (Oct. 9 – 11) is one of the most beloved fall harvest celebration in Northern Michigan, encompassing all of downtown Charlevoix. Area orchards bring 30 varieties of apples and delectable baked goods, while the art and craft show, family fun run, kids activities and historic boat cruise provide memorable events for the whole family.

Other events include the SummerFolk Concert (Sept. 28), Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run (Oct. 3), and the Grand Bridal Expo (Oct. 25).

2. Discover Extraordinary Fall Colors

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Whether you choose to tour the sights by car, boat, motorcycle, plane, bicycle or even foot, finding beautiful views in the Charlevoix area is simple. Jump in the car and travel the winding roads around Lake Charlevoix to see the fall foliage ablaze with color reflecting against the deep blue waters. Catch a ride on Sunshine Charters or Keweenaw Excursions to see the striking colors along the shores of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Travel by foot downtown to do some shopping and dining amongst the beautiful bright yellow locust trees, or hit the trails of one of the 15 local nature preserves.

3. Experience the Great Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Recreation is the name of the game year-round in Charlevoix. Savor the moderate temperatures of fall while you get your adrenaline fix by zip lining, sky diving or mountain biking. Not an adrenaline junkie? Get out on the water via kayak, canoe or paddle board and feel the relaxation sink in. You can also hit the links for a round of fall golf and enjoy gorgeous views and great seasonal discounts. Don’t forget to enjoy a nice walk along the stunning beaches of Lake Michigan at Michigan Beach, Fisherman’s Island State Park, and McSauba Recreational Area.

4. Delight Your Taste Buds

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Experience the best in local flavors by visiting one of the many wonderful locally owned restaurants, pubs, wineries and breweries in the Charlevoix area. Try the whitefish, a specialty that is caught daily by John Cross Fisheries and served in many of the outstanding restaurants.  Make sure to visit the area’s orchards and farm markets, and as an added bonus, you can take part in the hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes!

5. Learn Fascinating History

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix.

Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

Charlevoix is bursting with history. Start your quest at the Harsha House Museum where you will find thousands of historic photos, Victorian antique collections, Ernest Hemingway history and much more.  Visit the famous Mushroom Houses by Earl Young and be transported to another time and place that is full of whimsy and enchantment. Take a tour of majestic Castle Farms to learn about the restoration of the 1918 buildings while enjoying the gorgeous grounds and Michigan’s largest model railroad. In addition, don’t miss these historic hot spots:  South Pier Lighthouse, the Victorian architecture of the Belvedere and Chicago clubs associations, and the Train Depot that opens periodically as a museum.

What do you plan to check out in Charlevoix this fall?

CharlevoixAmanda

About the author: Growing up in Southeast Michigan, Amanda spent time every summer visiting “Up North”, and became infatuated with Charlevoix at the young age of 12. After living in other areas of the country, she was thrilled to be able to move back to her home state of Michigan. Amanda feels incredibly lucky to live in Charlevoix, and much more, to spend her days promoting the Charlevoix area as a travel destination.

Fall Fun in Lenawee County

Southeast Michigan is beautiful in the fall months as the weather grows cooler and the leaves change colors. Catrina Ossmann of Clever Ideas Marketing teamed up with the Lenawee County Convention and Visitors Bureau to share just some of what makes autumn in Lenawee a destination to remember.

Join us for a fall festival, bring your bike and take a ride around the lakes for the Fall Color Tour. Stay for a show or concert at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Tecumseh Center for the Arts in Tecumseh or the Adrian Symphony Orchestra!

Enjoy a relaxing ride on The Southern Michigan Railroad that offers fall color tours with a train ride between Clinton and Tecumseh. Carpenter Farms in Adrian has hayrides, corn maze and pumpkins.

Festivals

Art-a-Licious, September 18-19, Downtown Adrian
Art-A-Licious is a perfect mix of fine art, food, and entertainment. Featuring more than 80 talented local and regional artists, you are sure to find something that speaks to you. Many of our artists provide demonstrations of their craft. As you shop, your experience is complemented by ongoing live musical performances at the main stage.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of  Lenawee CVB.

Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.

Clinton Fall Festival, September 25-27, Village of Clinton
Large areas of the village are filled with creative works of arts and crafts vendors, tempting aromas from food vendors, new ideas and products displayed by a variety of merchants, opportunities to learn from non-profit groups, and exciting entertainment on two stages. Children will love the petting zoo, camel rides, mini-tractor pull, and the inflatables. A highlight of Sunday’s activities is the hour-long parade with over 100 units.

Blues-n-Brews Festival, October 3, Downtown Adrian
The annual festival features beer, wine and hard cider from more than 30 Michigan breweries and wineries and live blues music from Michigan’s own Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday and Broken Arrow Blues Band. Tickets and VIP packages are available.

Explore Hidden Lake Gardens. Photo courtesy of Russ Millett III.

Explore Hidden Lake Gardens. Photo courtesy of Russ Millett III.

Fall Foliage Festival, October 3, Hidden Lake Gardens
Visitors will find local crafts vendors, artisan demonstrations, food, pumpkin painting, scarecrow displays, scavenger hunt, wagon rides and live animals. Those attending are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase something from one of the vendors. Admission is $5 per person (free for members) with a limit of $20 per vehicle. Proceeds go towards the support the gardens.

Appleumpkin Festival. Photo courtesy of Sarah D Carter.

Appleumpkin Festival. Photo courtesy of Sarah D Carter.

Appleumpkin Festival, October 10-11, Downtown Tecumseh
You’ll want to bring the whole gang to town for this one. The kids will enjoy the midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, straw maze and corn box. The Antique Street Fair and Flea Market will keep you captivated for hours. The Arts & Crafts Show brings wonderfully handcrafted creations into Tecumseh. Stop by the Appleumpkin stage area and take in the live performances. Kapnick Orchards in nearby Britton hosts an Apple Festival the same weekend. There is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Catrina OssmannCatrina Ossmann is the Owner of Clever Ideas Marketing and works with the Lenawee County CVB. Find her on Twitter @CleverIdeasCO or the Lenawee County CVB at @VisitLenawee.

 

 

Pure Michigan October 2015 Events Roundup

With apple picking, pumpkin carving and hay rides, it’s easy to see why October is a favorite time of year for many. There are events for the whole family to enjoy as fall enters full swing.

Below is a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state in October. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing of Michigan events.

October 1 – 10

26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
September 30-October 4
If experiencing a Pure Michigan fall adventure in the comfort of your own RV sounds awesome, attending the26th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, September 30-October 4, should definitely be your first stop. With multiple Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) RV dealers and campgrounds represented at the show, attendees can peruse hundreds of new 2016 makes and models and take advantage of big savings on 2015 models.

Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island
October 2 – 4
Join in the adventure for our 5th Annual Haunted Weekend on Mackinac Island. A weekend filled with day and night time ghost hunting adventures and haunted history tours. This year sites include a night time tour and hunt at Fort Mackinac, Mission Point Resort PLUS day time carriage ride to the 1814 Mackinac Battlefield and investigation at Arch Rock and death trail.

South Higgins Lake State Park – Halloween Fest
October 2 – 3
12th Annual Halloween Festival will be held in the campground at South Higgins. Events include hay rides, a haunted forest walk, dance, Trick-or-Treating through the campground, carnival games, and much more! We will also have prizes for the best decorated campsites, best costumes, and pumpkin painting contests. Events on Friday are open to the public and campers.

Blues & Brews Festival
October 3
Guests will sample a broad variety of local, regional, and national beers and live music at the pavilion (Toledo St.) in Downtown Adrian from 4 – 9 p.m. VIP tickets/packages includes early entry. Designated Driver tickets (without drink tickets) are also available.

Skitoberfest
October 3
Join the Boyne Mountain crew for an Oktoberfest-style celebration of fall, and the promise of the coming snowsport season. You’ll find everything you’d expect at Oktoberfest–great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances–plus our own ski- and snowboard-oriented twists on tradition. Carve out plenty of time for our on-snow rail jam, the Burton Riglet Park for kids, a ski swap, free rides on our six-place chair, a parade, street dancing, and tons of other surprises during this amazing preseason celebration.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Photo courtesy of @jasonmciver.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 8 – 11
Tour 11 lighthouses a whole new way. The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. Climb many of the lighthouses; enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse exhibits, and nautical vendors round out the weekend.

Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 9 – 11
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festivals focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa, and pasties! Activities include a holiday art & craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza!

Lake Huron Discover Tour
October 9 – 11
Explore the rich array of maritime sites, from working harbors and lighthouses to museums and art galleries, while taking in breathtaking waterfront vistas and fall color along the historic US 23. Plan a ‘voyage’ based on your area of interest, whether it’s hiking, biking, a tour of the ARTrail galleries, bird watching, and/or savoring the Wine and Hops Trail. ,

October 11 – 17

Fresh Fall Harvest – Farm2Fork
October 11
Farm2Fork is a unique culinary series at Treetops Resort which features locally grown and prepared dishes and the hands that brought them from seed to the table. Through this series we hope to spread awareness about the benefits of locally grown food. A different farmer will be featured at each event and will talk about their farm, operations, etc. We work closely with the Gaylord Farmers Market and other Northern Michigan growers to put this event on.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

Three Rivers Color Tour
October 11
View the fall colors from Swiss Valley Ski Area while enjoying their annual car show. See the brilliant fall kaleidoscope of color while traveling the route of this year’s Annual Three River Color Tour, October 11. Enjoy the Scarecrow Contest, pumpkins and games for the little ones at Meyer Broadway Park. View the magical colors of River Country in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy some refreshments along the way.

The Grand Rapids Improv Festival
October 12 – 19
The dates for the second annual Grand Rapids Improv Festival (formally known as the West Michigan Improv Festival) at Dog Story Theater Join acts from all around West Michigan, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and more. Get involved beyond attending performances with workshops, open jams, and a family-friendly day on Sunday.

Little Traverse Bay Parafest
October 16 – 17
Have you ever wondered about the paranormal, life after death, or wanted a reading from a Psychic Medium? Do UFO’s and aliens really exist? Come join us October 16th and 17th, 2015, in Petoskey for an epic event brought to you by The Terrace Inn of Bayview and Bumps in the Night Paranormal Research. Join paranormal celebrities for lectures/presentations, vendors, ghost walk tours, ghost hunt with TV celebrities, and VIP dinner. Mediums, Psychics, Paranormal investigators, UFO experts and others will also be at event. Event and lectures start Friday evening and all day Saturday. You will have plenty of time to talk with the celebrity guests/vendors/ and other attendees at the event.

Made in Michigan Film Festival
October 16 – 17
This is an exclusive to Michigan-made films and celebrates and recognizes the best of Michigan film talent. The Bronner Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater. Filmmakers will enjoy networking with other film industry professionals through our Hospitality Room, Friday night cocktails, and After-Glow Party. Several activities are being planned – including a free Motion Picture Institute educational student workshop, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and the audience, and much more.

 

October 18 – 24

Detroit Fall Beer Festival
October 23 – 24
Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 450 craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries.

Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof
October 24
The Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids. Entrance to the event is free. Games, food and activities can be enjoyed at family-friendly prices. In the spirit of a good, old-fashioned fall carnival, you will find inflatable fun, face painting, games many of which include your dog and prizes. You won’t want to miss a walk with your dog along the “Trick-or-Treat Trail” in your Halloween costume – fill up your candy bag and bring your pooch along to get a treat for performing his favorite trick! If your pup likes to dress up too, there will be prizes awarded for best dog and kid costumes. You’ll get hungry having this much fun! We’ll be sure to have hotdogs, popcorn, caramel corn, caramel apples and more.

Legend of Sleepy Howell
October 24
Activities include trick or treating, human and pet costume contests, live music, hay rides, the viewing of the classic Disney film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, 1 mile Monster Run and storytelling, ghostly graveyard, inflatables for kids and teens, broom ball, food and street vendors, and the night-time, luminary lit Headless Horseman 5K/10K race that runs through Lakeview Cemetery drawing over 1,500 athletes.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of  Lenawee CVB.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.

Fall Fun Fest – Downtown Wayland
October 24
Fall Fun Fest is a free family event in beautiful Downtown Wayland! Trick-or-treating at local businesses and other family events will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Scarecrow Fest
October 24 – 25
Get into the holiday harvest spirit with this FREE family event. Folks young and old can enjoy a costume parade, trick-or-treating, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, face painting, and inflatable stations. Businesses throughout Frankenmuth compete in a “Best Store Front Scarecrow” contest.

October 25 – 31

Halloween Treat Parade
October 30
It’s the 15th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halloween Beer Bus Tour
October 30
Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, a haunted brewery, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and some fall beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun. Our Halloween tour will begin at Shakespeare’s Pub in downtown Kalamazoo (241 E Kalamazoo Ave) where autumn favorites will be on tap. The group will then make the jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises. From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods. We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub for samples and a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts. Duration is approximately five hours.

Spooktacular Weekend
October 31
There will be a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack race, great pumpkin roll, and more! Trick or Treating with Pentwater’ Downtown Merchants and at Charles Mears State Park 2 – 4 p.m. Spooktacular Parade at 4 p.m. Visit the local watering holes for ghoulish food, scary drinks, and spooky treats.

Shipshewana On The Road
October 31 – November 1
Enjoy a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun! You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public. The vendors consist of artisans, crafters, flea market dealers, and retail business owners. Finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home decor, handmade jewelry, cleaning products, clothing, homemade jams, jellies and cookies, 14kt. gold and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the products at the show.

Which events do you plan to check out in October?