Michigan’s annual fall color show continues to migrate south as most of the Upper Peninsula is now past peak. In spite of the gradual fading of color, there remain some distinct variations in the northern areas of the Keweenaw Peninsula around Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor.
With 75-100 percent color saturation, the northern Lower Peninsula is a blaze of red, yellow and orange hues having reached “peak” conditions across the region.
With a magnificent show of fall splendor, Northwest Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula—with its beautiful scenery, quaint lakeshore villages and home to the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes is a breathtaking sight and is expected to still have good color this coming weekend. Additionally, the peninsula’s hilly interior often provides a more brilliant show than the coastlands throughout this year’s color spectacular. Viewers will see peak condition this weekend.
Although peak color has already passed in the Charlevoix County area, leaves are staying on trees this year for an extended show of brilliance. There are still lots of opportunities to see great color around Lake Charlevoix and along country roads.
Grayling and communities north of here have all past peak for this season’s color show.
For other western destinations, color is filling in fast. Prime viewing conditions are expected this weekend at Grand Rapids and Ludington, with 75-100 percent color development reported there.
The Alpena area is currently experiencing peak conditions. The best drives continue to near the lakes with bursts of bronze, crimson, gold, pale cream, purple, red, russet and yellow. The forests and hills near the shoreline throughout Alcona County also offer the good viewing opportunities.
With peak conditions less than one week away for Sanilac County, the trees are showing a full range of fall color along M-25 from Port Huron around the thumb. Golf courses are a great place to view the color while golfing one of the last rounds of the season. State Parks are a great place for enjoying that last picnic while enjoying the fall color. The area is reporting 50-75 saturation.
Peak colors are on full display in Ottawa County, which is aglow with the brightest yellows, reds, oranges golds and russets. Viewers will find more trees along the trails of the Grand Haven State Park as well as Holland State Park are well worth the drive this weekend.
Reporting peak conditions ranging from 50-75 percent, South Haven and Van Buren County are currently at their best. The Kal-Haven Trail, which runs 34 miles between South Haven and all the way to Kalamazoo is a perfect way for the athletically fit to enjoy the color by hiking or biking this scenic trek. Only a mile into the trail from South Haven, you will come across a wooden, covered bridge surrounded by breathtaking colors.
Good viewing options include Warren Dunes State Park in St. Joseph and Yankee Springs Recreation Area in Hastings, which are both reporting good color for this coming weekend.
Prime fall color is still a week or two away. About fifty percent color development is reported in Milford, Shelby Township and Tipton and other communities across the Southeastern section of the state. Overall, color for this area is currently 50-75 percent saturated.
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 (left) 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.
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 now 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.)
Fall Getaway in Mount Pleasant
Fall packages and events in Mount Pleasant starting at $44.50 per person
Now thru 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 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.
Ghost Tour and Hotel Paranormal Packages
Expiration 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.
Draft Horse Show & Pull
East Lansing-- MSU Pavilion
October 18- 21, 2012
The Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull (MGLI)’s annual mid-October 4-day event features some of the finest Belgians, Clydesdales, Shires, Percherons and mules that have ever performed in an arena or in the field – anywhere! MGLI is the only event in the world to feature halter classes, hitching, plowing, pulling and riding for draft horse breeds and mules at the same time and location. These elegant and massive horses which weigh over a ton compete in single horse hitch through the entire range of eight-horse hitch classes. It all takes place at the MSU Pavilion.
Frankfort Film Festival 2012
October 18-21, 2012
The fourth annual Frankfort Film Festival, slated for October 18-21, 2012, will feature the "best of show" titles from worldwide film festivals.
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
October 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.
Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Rides
Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center
October 20, 2012
Enjoy an autumn day at the farm, which includes a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch (weather permitting) to pick your own Halloween pumpkin. Afterwards, savor a cup of fresh-made cider and a donut from a local cider mill. Pumpkins must be purchased separately and prices vary depending on size. No preregistration necessary for this event.
Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides
October 20, 2012
Kensington Metropark Farm Center
Take a hayride to and from the Kensington Metropark Farm Center 's pumpkin patch pick your favorite Jack-O-Lantern-carving pumpkin. Pumpkins are priced according to size. New this year, families can take advantage of the weekday tractor-drawn hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch.
Arts and Eats Tour
October 20-21, 2012
Arts and Eats tourists this fall will be able to download or pick up a map of destinations and plan a back roads tour over an area that ranges from Caledonia to Gull Lake, from Vermontville to Allegan. On this self-guided driving tour, drive the countryside and see artists creating in their studios. Visit working farms that grow the food we eat and fiber we wear and stop to eat at restaurants that serve locally grown food. Tour stops are in portion of Barry, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Barry County.
Livingston County Paranormal Tours
Various Livingston County Locations
October 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.
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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