Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with its breathtaking vistas, foliage-covered country roads, picturesque waterfalls and stunning Lake Superior shoreline vistas, has already passed peak for this year.
Charlevoix County is in the sunset of its color show as peak color has passed. But, viewers will find that the remaining leaves showing off their muted tones of yellow, gold and bronze are especially striking in the late afternoon sun. Grand Traverse and Manistee counties are reporting peak conditions around the shoreline.
Color has already peaked in much of Michigan’s Northeast, however, viewers can still get a glance of some muted shades of the season’s best. Alpena’s lake shore drives are beautiful this time of the year.
Lexington is now near or past peak. However, this is also a perfect time of year to visit the area for a winery, orchard or lighthouse tour.
Wind and rain have been a major factor in Clinton, Jackson, Muskegon and Van Buren counties forcing many of the beautiful foliage to fall prematurely. Therefore, these as well as most other Lower Peninsula counties are all now near or past peak.
If you are touring the state this weekend, we suggest that you contact the convention and visitors bureau in your destination for the latest color conditions and trip planning assistance.
Fall Takes Center Stage
Autumn paints Michigan’s landscape for experiences just as intense as a kaleidoscope of brilliant hues. Immerse yourself in the season and its bounty -- on the road, along a trail, at a farm, with a glass of wine. These are just a few of the great ways to color your world in Michigan. Now through the end of October, the colors of autumn peak at varying times in the state. Use the current color report and the peak color map below to guide you toward the best time to view Michigan's fall color show.
Packages & Deals near this Week's Peak Color Region
Michigan Peak Colors Special
Now thru October 30, 2011
Take a Sunday drive and don’t come back ‘till Monday. Single night reservations available. Rare opportunity with two-night minimums waived. Sundays in October $189. Package not available online. Please call (800) 613-2872 to book your stay today.
Fall for South Haven Getaways
Now thru November 11, 2011
If you thought summer was spectacular in the South Haven area, wait 'til you hear what's in store for fall! Historic B&B's, resorts, hotels and vacation rentals are pulling out all the stops by offering some of the most creative and value-packed getaway packages anywhere. Fall activities Harvest Moon Gathering all month long in October and South Haven's Women's Only Weekend in November make this the perfect time to visit. Check out our complete events calendar then book your stay today.
Fall Colors and a Free Night
Now thru November 30, 2011
Visit Bay Pointe Inn this Fall to enjoy lakefront dining and relaxation with unforgettable Fall Colors. Take advantage of discounted weekday rates from $79 Sunday-Thursday in addition to Buy Two Nights and your Third is Free! Indulge in a lakefront deluxe whirlpool fireplace suite for only $149 weekdays. Centrally located between Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo, Bay Pointe Inn features elegant guestrooms and suites and premier meeting and event spaces. Numerous museums and wineries are just a short drive from the Resort. Nearby, the New Gun Lake Casino is open 24/7 for high energy entertainment. Grab that special someone, the kids, or grandkids and call (888) GUN-LAKE for a memorable vacation.
Fall Fun in Grand Rapids
Now thru December 31, 2011
Color tours and chrysanthemum exhibits, harvest celebrations and haunted houses, a beer festival and a ballet premiere--Grand Rapids has it all this fall – and you can enjoy it all for less, thanks to some great hotel packages deals. Save even more when you visit during.
Events & Festivals near this Week's Peak Color Region
Block of Terror
Now thru October 29, 2011
The Entertainment District transforms its block into a haunted, foggy zone full of chilling decorations and roaming spooks! During dinner hours, “District Scare” and participating restaurants offer amusement for the whole family with coffins, trolls and live characters -- and kids up to 18-years-old may ride the bull at Wild Bull for free when dining in. Open Thursdays to Saturdays in October.
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
Now thru October 30, 2011
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the headless horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family.
Panic at Proud Lake
Now thru October 30, 2011
Panic at Proud Lake is an outdoor haunted adventure that includes a canoe ride on the Huron River, one-mile hike on a trail through the woods and a hayride. This event will engage all of your senses. You’ll feel the cold fall air and you’ll witness horrifying misfortune. You’ll hear the screams echo through the woods. You’ll smell the rotting flesh and you’ll taste your own fear. Paddle your way down the river, then walk, run or crawl your way along the twisting, terrifying trail, to finally escape the panic by way of a hay wagon ride.
Downtown Halloween Festival
October 28, 2011
This free event occurs every year just before the official Halloween day. Children 2 to 12 from around the region are invited to join us for prizes, games, contests and of course, free candy. This year all activities will be held on the Library Park Plaza and on S Washington between Michigan Avenue and Ferris Street from 5 - 6:30 pm.
October 8- 30, 2011
Weekends in October 8- 30 Cornwell's Turkeyville, USA’s Haunted Adventure includes Spooky Hay Rides, Pumpkin Patch (where you can pick a pumpkin), the Corn Maze and the scary barn and all the thrills that wait you there.
Jammin in the Vineyard at Round Barn
Now Thru October 23
Enjoy live music every weekend in October--alfresco-style, while sipping world-class wines, spirits or micro-brews at the Round Barn Distiller in Baroda. Guests can also enjoy a fresh grilled burger, brat, hotdog or chicken sandwich.
Halloween Ghosts & Goodies at Crossroads
Now thru October 31, 2011
Put Some Family Friendly Fun – Not Fright – In Your Halloween. Take a trick-or-treat tour through our haunted Village. Ride The Huckleberry Ghost Train. There’s even a ghost fort…and dancing monsters. Explore the maize of straw and munch a crunchy apple at the cider mill. It’s all fun, not frightening, and there are donuts and candy for everyone. No matter how young or old you are, come celebrate Halloween at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad with all your spooky friends.
More Haunted Happenings
Now thru October 31, 2011
Are you ready to do some “ghost-busting?” Michigan has many places for chills and thrills during the fall season. From historic hotels to acres of cornfields of mazes filled with amusements and terror, families can enjoy a frightfully fun Pure Michigan Halloween. You can even go to Hell, “The Hysterical Town” in southeast Michigan, where Screams Ice Cream & Halloween Store hosts an afternoon of creepy crafts, music and family activities followed by spooky stories around the bon fire on October 22.
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