Upper Peninsula and Northwest Lower Peninsula
In the Upper Peninsula and much of the Northern Lower Peninsula, the color is past peak, and fading fast as the cold and rainy weather encourages leaf drop.
Traverse City has been at peak foliage for the past week, and although winds have stripped leaves from the highest branches on trees along hilltops and ridges, there is plenty of brilliant color on the hillsides and valleys, and it's especially lovely walking in the woods, where the sunlight is filtered through clouds of gold and scarlet.
The forested hills south of Traverse City are dotted with dozens of small lakes, rolling meadows and sturdy farm towns--as well as the broad valley of the Boardman River. This drive takes you through a broad variety of landscapes.
According to observers, the best viewing will be found this weekend, with typical orange and red hues dominating the landscape. State parks are reporting good color and continue to be prime viewing destinations as the season’s show winds to a close.
Southwest and Southeast
Fall color in Southwest and Southeast Michigan is reaching its peak, with variations ranging between 90-95 percent.
The Lexington area is reporting excellent color at Lakeport State Park, the Lexington area local Parks as well as drives along M25. Beard's Hills is probably one of the best kept secrets in this area as far as Fall Color Peeping.
As you get into the more densely wooded areas between South Haven and Saugatuck, the vibrant color surrounds you. If you decide to head north, you can stop at Crane Orchards in Fennville to find your way through their corn maze or stick around after dark on Friday or Saturday for their haunted maze! From Crane's, it's only a short drive to Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar where they offer free wine tastings, as well as tours of the cellar and vineyards. Blue Star Highway (A2) between South Haven and Saugatuck is an absolutely gorgeous drive with old farm houses and various artist studios along the way.
This will be our final Pure Michigan fall color report for the 2012 season.
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
Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest Kicks Off
Fans of Pure Michigan are invited to share their favorite “Michigan Moment” as part of a photo contest, with the winning photo published in the Pure Michigan Travel Guide. The Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest runs through November 9, 2012, with fans able to vote for their favorite photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page.
Photos for the contest may be submitted directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook page via the photo contest tab, or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puremichigancontest. All submissions will be automatically fed into a customized Facebook tab on Pure Michigan’s page, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photos.
The winner will be chosen from the top ten photos, as voted on by fans, based on which photo best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan. Individuals must be fans of Pure Michigan on Facebook to view the photos and vote.
The winning photograph will be included in the 2013 Pure Michigan Travel Guide (spring/summer edition). One million copies of the guide will be printed, with 650,000 copies being distributed with the March/April issue of Midwest Living magazine.
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.
Free Night, Fall Colors, Savings and Lakefront Dining
Weekdays, Buy Two Nights, Third Night Free
Now thru 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
Now thru 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
Now thru 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.
One Night Golf Package - Midweek Fall
Now thru November 3
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
This fall getaway includes one night accommodations, one day of unlimited golf per person on any of Grand Traverse Resort’s courses, one breakfast buffet per person at Sweetwater American Bistro and range balls. Prices start at only $149 per person in the Hotel and $163 in the Tower.
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.
Traverse City’s Affordable “Fab Fall” Specials
Specials on lodging, shopping, dining, wineries and spas with the Traverse City Fab Fall Package Now thru 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.)
Ann Arbor Dining Package Ann Arbor
Now thru December 31, 2012
Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites
Experience the Ann Arbor Area with one night accommodations at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and dinner for two at Victor's Restaurant located in downtown Ann Arbor. Package includes one night stay at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel with hot breakfast in the morning and two Entrees at Victors Restaurant located in the Campus Inn. Package rate is $139 per night (taxes and gratuity not included).
Country Inn Love Package Holland
Country Inn & Suites - Holland
Now thru December 31, 2012
The Country Inn brings the comforts of home to your stay. The Love package includes a King size room with a Jacuzzi, a bottle of wine or champagne, two glasses, a box of chocolate from the Holland Peanut Store and massage oil. The room rates vary depending on date and availability and reservations are needed 48 hours in advance.
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.
Niles Haunted House
Now thru October 31
The Niles Haunted House Scream Park has 44 acres of multiple haunted attractions, hayrides, games and concessions. It's guaranteed to scare the YELL out of you.
Now thru October 28
Make Turkeyville, USA part of your SPOOK-TACULAR weekend this fall. After a nice hay ride behind a tractor through the woods, be on guard as lots of scary things are just around the corner. Haunted Adventure includes spooky hay ride, pumpkin patch, the corn maze and the scary barn--and all the thrills that wait you there.
Livingston County Paranormal Tours
Various Livingston County Locations
October 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.
The Haunted Vineyard
October 26, 27, 28 & 31, 2012
All roads lead to Sandhill Crane Vineyards for the fright of your life--The Haunted Vineyard, an outdoor haunted "house" experience. Anyone lucky enough to come out the other end of the nightmare will be served mulled Night of the Living Red wine and your choice of an Oatmeal or Bacon-Chocolate Chip cookie.
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
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.
Now thru October 31
Looking for something fun to do with your family to get into the Halloween spirit? There’s still plenty of time to check out The Great ZooBoo at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek! Today, Kari Parker, Binder Park Zoo’s marketing manager, fills us in on this family-friendly event and other happenings at the zoo this year.
Halloween Night Screams
Various Communities Across Michigan
Now thru November 3, 2012
This week kicks off the Halloween weekend, and we’ve rounded up some trick-or-treat festivities that’ll guarantee a fantastic time for you and your family! A number of other communities across the state also host zoo boo events as well as other great family events this October.
Check out our sampling below:
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.
Get the Inside Scoop
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