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? 

A Little Known Upper Peninsula Fall Color Tour

The leaves are beginning to change in Pure Michigan. Today, guest blogger Jesse Land describes a fun fall color tour in the Upper Peninsula.

What if I told you there was a place in the Upper Peninsula where you could find art galleries, wineries, two of Michigan’s most unique state parks and gorgeous fall colors all in one day?

Well, you guessed it, this place exists and I’m going to layout a fun fall color tour that’ll let you hit it all.

Breakfast with a bang

Start your day in Escanaba with an early breakfast at Rosy’s Diner where Rosy herself serves up one of the area’s best breakfasts in this classic styled diner. And she’s a character!

See Kitch-iti-kipi

kitch-iti-kipi viewing raftAfter breakfast, hop on U.S. 2 East towards Manistique and make your way to Kitch-iti-kipi (aka “Big Spring”) in Palms Brook State Park. This crystal clear, forty foot deep natural spring is a must see. A large viewing platform allows you to float out over the spring, taking in the huge trout that congregate here. While the leaves are turning the drive out to Kitch-iti-kipi bursts with fall color so be sure to bring your camera!  



Off to see a ghost town

After enjoying the scenery around Kitch-iti-kipi, drive back to U.S. 2, head west for a few miles, then turn south onto M-183 which is a little known (but excellent) fall color drive. Stop in Garden to check out the Village Artisans Art Gallery (6367 State St. Garden, MI) where dozens of local artists have their work on display.


threefold vine winery

After taking in some art, continue on to Threefold Vine Winery and do a wine tasting in their converted barn. After that, stop into LaTullip Pottery and Tile Works (4677 L.L. Rd. Garden, MI) to see even more local fine art.

And finally, after touring a natural spring, two art galleries and a winery, pull into Fayette Historic State Park to enjoy this well preserved historic ghost town surrounded by fall color. Be sure to make the short hike to the overlook for an excellent view of the town, Snailshell Harbor and the surrounding limestone bluffs.

Lunch in a lighthouse

sherry's port barOkay, Sherry’s Port Bar (4424 L.L. Rd. Garden, MI) isn’t a real lighthouse, but this maritime themed family friendly restaurant/bar is a great spot to stop for lunch while touring the Garden Peninsula. They’ve got quality food every day and an all you can eat whitefish fish fry on Fridays.

Back to Escanaba

End your fall color touring for the day with a drive back to Escanba where you’ll find enough to fill the rest of your afternoon and then some! If you feel like hitting up another winery, visit the tasting room for Leigh’s Garden Winery downtown. If you’re looking for a bit of history, visit the Sand Point Lighthouse and adjacent Delta County Historical Society, which houses a cool museum full of items from Escanaba’s past. Or you could just relax on the beach for a while and take in Little Bay de Noc.

Spend the night in one of the Escanaba area’s excellent lodging options and you’ll be poised to visit any other area of the Upper Peninsula the next day!

This post was written by Jesse Land of Things to do in the U.P. on behalf of the Delta County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Have you been to any of these places in the Upper Peninsula during the fall? Let us know how you enjoyed them! 

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.