Cool and Colorful: Golfing Manistee County in Autumn

Fall is a great time to golf in Michigan! Guest blogger Maralee Cook shares her experience golfing during the fall season at Manistee National Golf and Resort in Manistee, MI.

Autumn in Manistee County in northwestern Lower Michigan is all about cool and colorful. Lake Michigan tempers our weather well into October, and crisp, clear mornings give way to warm afternoons and evenings perfect for outdoor sports and viewing unforgettable sunsets.


A one-hour hop from Midway Airport in Chicago brings you to Manistee Blacker Airport for a cool, colorful, fall Fly, Stay and Play golf special.

If you’re a golfer, you know that there’s no better time to play and Manistee County has the perfect Fly, Stay and Play Golf Package. You’ll fly from Chicago’s Midway Airport to Manistee Blacker Airport for a quick one-hour hop across the Great Lake Michigan to stay and play unlimited golf at Manistee National Golf and Resort’s two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, Canthooke Valley and Cutter’s Ridge.

The package includes roundtrip airfare, luggage and clubs, shuttle service to and from Manistee Blacker Airport to Manistee National, and a $30 food voucher at Manistee National’s Osprey Grille.  And when you’re not golfing, you’ll want to unwind at the hotel lounge or the indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool.

Manistee National Golf Course

Manistee National Golf and Resort includes at indoor/outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool.

Canthooke Valley, a traditional course, with stately oak trees crowned in umbers and siennas, offers gently rolling fairways planted in Kentucky bluegrass that set your ball up high for easy contact. Cutter’s Ridge, designed by Jerry Matthews, is set amid marshes and wetlands with bentgrass fairways and greens. In autumn the birches and maples on Cutter’s Ridge are aflame in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.

Pure Michigan Golf

Manistee National Golf and Resort in Manistee, Michigan has two top-notch 18-hole golf courses.

If you’re looking for a little more nightlife while you’re here we’ll get you a shuttle to Manistee County’s  Little River Casino Resort with one of Michigan’s largest gaming floors, excellent restaurants and a wide variety of entertainment including concerts and comedy acts. Would you like to play Manistee County’s world class Arcadia Bluffs while you’re here? We can make that happen too. Greens fees are not included in the package price for non-Manistee National courses, but we’ll be happy to shuttle you to the Bluffs.

The package is only $399 per person for 3 nights midweek, or 2 nights weekend at $499 per person. And if you choose our weekend package, you’ll be winging your way to Chicago’s Midway on our 5 p.m. flight – plenty of time to be in your favorite chair at home for Sunday Night Football.

Check out or  or for more information or to make reservations.  And go to for more information on visiting the City of Manistee on the shores of Lake Michigan and or our County’s other charming small towns.  You won’t want to miss golfing, shopping, dining, fishing, hiking or biking during our colorful fall.

Maralee Cook Maralee Cook is a freelance writer living in Manistee, Michigan.

Where is your favorite place for fall golf in Michigan?



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!