Michigan’s annual fall color show is on the move. The Western Upper Peninsula is now past peak with most of the bright colors of fall having begun to fade. However, there’s yet enough color variation to make this area still well worth the drive.
In the Eastern Upper Peninsula, most trees are in full color reporting 75-100 percent change. Deep reds and bright yellows prevail with minimum green foliage remaining. A few trees have yet to reach peak, but are showing vivid colors. However, these area trees will peak very quickly.
The shoreline and inland scenic drives of the Keweenaw Peninsula continue to show off a stunning brilliance of fall hues. The area is reporting 75-100 percent saturation with a full spectrum of color now on display--and is expected to be around into next week.
Chippewa County’s fall foliage is in its full glory with 75-100 peak conditions. Now is the perfect time to experience area’s amazing fall show--but hurry, with colder temperatures and blustery days, it won't last long.
Michigan’s annual fall color show is moving south. More than 2/3 of the Lower Peninsula is reporting peak conditions, with 75-100 percent color saturation. Heading into the weekend, just a scattering of trees are still waiting to peak.
Red, yellow, gold, and orange hues dominate the landscape in the Grand Traverse Bay, where color is filling in fast. The area is currently displaying 75-100 percent peak conditions and this weekend may be the best time to view prime fall color in this region. One of the best places to enjoy the area’s fall color is the Old Mission Peninsula, which juts into the center of Grand Traverse Bay, 22 miles long and in some places as little as a mile wide.
Peak color has arrived in the Charlevoix County area, now at 75-100 percent saturation. Great color can be seen driving along C-48 from Boyne Falls to Atwood through the small towns along the way. Another great route is from Boyne Falls along M-75 to Boyne City. Reds and oranges are particularly vivid this year and leaf retention is reported to be very good.
The Grayling area is past peak having lost much of its color with the rain this past weekend. However, there are still pockets of mostly yellows and oranges remaining. Hartwick Pines State Park area continues to be one of those areas.
As much as half the vegetation in and around Alcona County has changed color. The maples are red and orange, mingled with some variegated combinations of chartreuse, yellow, and tangerine. Beech, aspen, and birch trees are golden shades of topaz, saffron, and curry. The area’s oak trees are mostly still deep green with a touch of russet, copper and auburn. With 50-75 percent peak, the area is still one or more weeks away from peak.
In Alpena, viewers will catch the best color around the shoreline with stops at two historic lighthouses and the site of an old logging village. The forests and hills near Hubbard Lake lead to miles of jewel-colored woodlands and great views of the lake. Color development in the area is reported at 75-100 percent.
The Grand Haven area is displaying 50-75 percent peak and is a blaze of oranges, reds, and yellows. The area offers a number of colorful walking tours, as well as some amazing bike routes. Popular routes include the 15-mile lakeside trail--just across the US-31 drawbridge from downtown Grand Haven--as well as the path along Historic River Road with great views of the Grand River.
The South Haven area is currently reporting patchy color variations; although, some clearly defined changes can be seen. About three fourths of the foliage is still in green; however, it is anticipated that peak conditions are less than one week away.
About three fourths of the leaves in Lenawee County are still showing summer foliage. However, leaf-peepers will see some distinct changes among the 25-50 percent color saturation range. Area maples are displaying bright oranges; the spiral pattern of local Virginia creepers are wrapping tree trunks in a brilliant red to team-up with the area’s yellows, reds, oranges which all make for a breathtaking sight against the still green foliage. Peak is one to two weeks away.
The area comprising Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties is still one to two week away from peak, reporting 25-50 percent color change at this time.
Fall Takes Center Stage
Use the fall travel peak-season map and the current fall-color report to guide you toward the best time to take a Pure Michigan fall vacation. Look through the Michigan Fall Color Tours on michigan.org to help plan a route whether your interests lie in urban fun or in nature, away from the hustle and bustle.
Fall is the best time to savor quiet pleasures at beaches, fine restaurants, farm markets and art galleries. Bite into fresh produce at farmers markets across the state. Discover places to relax and reconnect; take a deep breath of crisp, Pure Michigan autumn air.
The peak color map and the fall color information at the links below will guide you toward the best time to view Michigan's fall-color show.
Michigan Fall Color Tours
Pure Michigan Fall Ads
Deals & Packages near This Week's Peak Color Region
Need a last-minute weekend getaway? Looking for a cheap cottage vacation package? You're sure to find the perfect Michigan vacation package to save money for the day or to help extend your stay with Pure Michigan. Let us help you with some suggestions for fall getaway packages that you can take advantage of this week.
Traverse City’s Affordable “Fab Fall” Specials
Specials on lodging, shopping, dining, wineries and spas with the Traverse City Fab Fall Package
Expiration Date: December 20, 2012
Autumn is an enchanting time in beautiful Traverse City – perfect for a visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes (voted “Most Beautiful Place in America” by viewers of Good Morning America), or a “wining and dining” adventure in one of America’s top “foodie” towns. And it’s a wonderful time for a shopping trip, a round of championship golf, or a tour of the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay wine country. Fall is also the perfect season to save money and receive great value on a vacation getaway. From now thru December 20, take advantage of Traverse City’s Fab Fall getaway special, with special rates at over 20 participating resorts and hotels, plus discounts on shopping, dining, wine purchases, movies, and spa services. The specials must be directly booked through participating hotels. (Just make sure to ask for the Fab Fall special.)
Free Night, Fall Colors, Savings and Lakefront Dining
Weekdays, Buy Two Nights, Third Night Free
Expiration Date: October 31, 2012
Indulge in lakefront rest and relaxation this fall at Bay Pointe Inn. The Terrace Grille has been newly remodeled and has an enticing dinner menu to complement the exciting improvements. Take advantage of “Buy Two Nights, Third Free Weekdays” through October (excluding any other special offer). Your stay includes a deluxe continental breakfast. Receive a free gift on select dates with a “Golf” or “Getaway Package” when you mention PURE99. Be sure to make time to visit the Gun Lake Casino, only ten minutes away. Bay Pointe Inn is the perfect destination to host your next meeting or event.
Pick Your Color Tour
All Across Michigan
Discounted and Value-Added Fall Color Tour Getaways – Take Your Pick
Expiration Date: October 31, 2012
Choose your color tour anywhere in Michigan near one of our quality-assured bed and breakfast inns. Pick and choose from among these featured deals. Whether you prefer a wooded hiking or biking get-away, a winery tour, a lake view, boutique shopping, an autumn harvest scape or a customized mix, seasoned with a bit of everything--you’ll find a Lake to Lake member inn nearby. Choose from great package discounts and lots of added values. Lake to Lake is your link to Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns.
October Savings on Colorful Adventures and Getaways
October lodging rates starting from just $109 per unit, per night
Expiration Date: October 31, 2012
Experience the fall splendor of northern Michigan by taking a spontaneous mini-vacation at a fraction of the cost. October lodging-only rates are up to 40% off on select units and select dates. This is the perfect time for big adventures with the family or romantic getaways at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, tennis, paintball, fishing, kayaking, visiting nearby Traverse City wineries and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—“America’s Most Beautiful Place” as voted by Good Morning America viewers. Live life at its peak.
Elk Viewing Sleigh Ride Dinner & Wine Tasting
Now thru November 4, 2012
Mention "Pure Michigan Promo" and save $100 per couple (or a third night and breakfast free) on a three-day, two-night Elk Viewing Package in a suite for two. Regularly $492 plus tax, you pay only $392 plus tax. Valid for new packages booked between July 2012 and November 4, 2012. You can also apply this discount to our great Murder Mystery Weekends or golf packages of equal or greater value. Reservations must be made up to three weeks in advance.
Fall Getaway in Mount Pleasant
Fall packages and events in Mount Pleasant starting at $44.50 per person
Expiration Date: December 2, 2012
Book a casino or romance package and come stay and play this fall in Mount Pleasant. Enjoy the casino, festivals and events, museums, concerts and more. Upcoming events include CMU football games (October 12, 20, 27 and November 3 and 17). Shop downtown Mt. Pleasant at the 7th annual “Ladies Night Out” (November 17). Don’t miss Dickens Christmas (November 30 and December 1). Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Be sure to catch the grand finale--the lighted Christmas parade—on December 1.
Ghost Tour and Hotel Paranormal Packages
Expiration Date: varies by property
There’s something strange in the neighborhood…Participating hotels are prepared to add extra blankets to hide under in case you are still haunted by the eerie stories circulation through the area. And they won’t mind if you need to leave the lights on until you drift off to sleep--if you dare. Mention the Ghost Tour Package when you call the hotel. Some rules and regulations may apply with each hotel package. Cancellations are required seven days in advance. Ghost tours will take place rain or shine, no refunds.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.
Events near This Week's Peak Color Region
Cooler nights, crisp days, brilliant color, pumpkin patches, winery tours and festivals galore--it has to be autumn in Michigan. Check out this week’s sampling of great Michigan fall events.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
Now thru October 14
This four-day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment and vendors. The festival boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more. There will be many activities such as tours, exhibits, food, a craft show and more.
Charlevoix Apple Festival
October 12-14, 2012
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the 34th 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 festival’s 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 and 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!
Fall on the Island Festival 2012
October 12–14, 2012
The festival will kick off on Friday, October 12th with carnival rides, live music, dessert bar, food and drinks. On Saturday, October 13th the carnival continues and the heated Big Tent will hold The Taste of Drummond's food vendors and Lily's Seafood & Micro Brewery from Royal Oak's, along with live musical and strolling entertainment all day long. There will be artisan vendors, kids' games, juggling, magic and trolley rides. Join people of all ages and abilities for the 5K race and finish up the day with the pub crawl (free bus service) and vote for the best decorated bar and best dressed employee. On Sunday, Habitat for Humanity will host a flea market.
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
October 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en--it’s frightfully fun for the whole family. Along the endless path of 900 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns, you'll meet colorful characters, hear spooky tales and make stops at several treat stations.
Oktoberfest & Classic & Hot-Rod Car Show
October 13, 2012
Pumpkin and face painting, classic car and hot rod show, barrel race, sprint for the stein, egg toss, strudel bake-off, brats and kraut, chips, cookies, strudel, pop, beer, MSU on the big screen, chili cook-off, live auction, music and more. Events primarily held at the Village Green and downtown.
Livingston County Paranormal Tours
Various Livingston County Locations
October 13, 20, 26, & 27
Come experience the dark, sometimes weird side of Livingston County history. These one-of-a kind themed ghost tours that not only take you into the history, but they also delve into the lives and events that surround the location.
Frankfort Film Festival
The fourth annual Frankfort Film Festival will feature the "best of show" titles from worldwide film festivals.
Museums Free 4ALL
October 21, 2012
The four major downtown museums will open their doors free of admission. the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Museum will join together to welcome the region's residents for free general admission at each institution.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.
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