The last days of summer are slowly slipping away, and soon, Michigan’s abundant foliage will don coats of breathtaking fall hues. This week, Michigan’s fall color display continues to make a slow, but graceful, advance across the Upper Peninsula, where peak conditions are still two to three weeks away. Many of the region’s trees are stressed; resulting in only a hint of color change being reflected in the area.
Visitors to the Upper Peninsula this weekend will find occasional maples bedazzled with reds around Escanaba, Newberry and surrounding areas. Locals suggest hiking at Tahquamenon Falls State Park or Canada Lakes Pathway for this approaching weekend. However, a walk along Lake Superior at Crisp Point Lighthouse or Whitefish Point is expected to offer some of the most vivid color in the coming weeks.
The fall kaleidoscope is just starting its swing across the Charlevoix County area. Noteworthy drives for the upcoming weekend include glimpses of red maple trees along the county’s major roads.
Traverse City is beginning to see some isolated patches of red among the forest maples, especially near roadsides, although there are only a few trees where color has completely taken hold. Shrubs and vines are showing more color -- particularly Virginia Creeper, which is showing some striking crimson. Still the real show is the late-summer wildflowers--white, blue and purple asters, brilliant goldenrod, sky-blue chicory and gold rudbeckia. Intense blue autumn skies, with their fleets of puffy white clouds, are also on display, but full fall color is still weeks away. The best colors can be seen along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and in the Forest Lakes Area just south of Traverse City.
Trails along the national scenic by-ways of the Sunrise Coast are beginning to show some signs of color change; however, the area is still displaying mostly summer foliage.
Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties are just starting to showcase a hint of color change with light greens or yellowish leaves populating area trees.
Jackson County is reporting modest color change among area sumacs and some of the sassafras trees, but the majority of our trees and shrubs are still green with peak expected to be more than three weeks away.
Even though the leaves are still green in Southwest Michigan, it is a beautiful time of year to enjoy nature's bounty of locally-grown fruits, vegetables and wine. Blue Star Highway (A2) between South Haven and Saugatuck is an absolutely gorgeous area which is expected to offer some of the area’s best fall foliage as the season progresses. The area also offers a number of seasonal activities at locations like Crane Orchards and Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar in Fennville.
Most of Michigan’s lower peninsula is reporting mostly summer-like foliage as peak conditions are still at least three to four weeks away.
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Autumn in Michigan is the time of year where fall-color seekers find mile after mile of color-draped trees and enjoy the fruits of the harvest at farm markets, you-pick orchards and cider mills. Whether you like biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, wineries tours or our large selection of craft beers you’re sure to fine the ideal spot to play, stay, or explore in the new 2013 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide. The new fall travel guide is available at michigan.org and Michigan’s 14 Welcome Centers while they last.
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
Autumn Getaway Packages
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.
Now thru October 27, 2013
This Thunderbird Inn package includes a deluxe King Jacuzzi room, champagne, $25 gift certificate at the famous Bluewater Bar and Grill, and a deluxe continental breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy. For more information and pricing, click on the link or call directly at (800) 633-1515.
Two on the Town Package
Now thru October 27, 2013
Package includes double occupancy room at Mackinaw City’s Americas Best Value Inn, $25 gift certificate at the famous Bluewater Bar and Grill, and a deluxe breakfast featuring hot Belgian waffles. Rates start at $69 and will vary depending on dates reserved. For more information on the package and pricing, call hotel directly at (800) 647-8286 or visit our link.
Grand Hotel History Weekend
September 27-29, 2013
You’re invited to join us for Grand Hotel’s fifth annual History Weekend. Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel’s historian and concierge, will take you through the fascinating history of Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel, complete with tidbits about the hotel’s celebrity guests, milestones and history. Package includes a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily, Friday evening Welcome Reception, and Saturday Grand Luncheon Buffet.
Girlfriends Getaway Weekend at Grand Hotel
September 27-29, 2013
Girlfriends Getaway Weekend is the perfect time of year to escape and relax with friends at a 4- diamond resort hotel on Mackinac Island. The package includes evening receptions, afternoon wine tasting, specials at all the Grand Hotel shops, free golf green fees (cart fee required), and a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.
Geocaching Event and Fall Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Spend the day exploring the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula in the fall color season during a Geocaching Event. New caches are placed for the event. The Event will begin at the Picnic Shelter at 10 am. Following the event there will be a bonfire with hotdogs and snacks provided.
Night Ranger – Concert
Sault Sainte Marie
September 22, 2013
With over 30 years in the business, and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger has proven they can still “Rock in America”! Like no other rock band, Night Ranger both epitomized and transcended the sound and style of the 80s.—and now, they’re heating up things at Sault Sainte Marie’s Kewadin Casino.
Mackinac Island Restaurant Week
September 22–28, 2013
Gather a group of friends and eat your way through the week. Ten Mackinac restaurants create special pre-fixe menus that highlight the island’s premier dining (800/454-5227).
35th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival
September 26-29, 2013
The entire family will fall for this event which hosts a number of fun and festive activities including a poker run, pancake breakfast, kids’ parade, pony rides, craft fair, antique car fair, dancing, games great food and much more.
2nd Annual Cedarville Jersey Mud Race
September 28, 2013
Celebrate autumn weather with a Michigan wine tasting, barn-style dance, great foods, hay rides, and games for kids and adults. Cider and doughnuts, pumpkins and a treasure hunt in the hay give something for the whole family to do. Or, try your skill at the 2nd Annual Cedarville Jersey Mud Run – named for our famed Jersey Mud ice cream sundae. This wild and sloppy foot race will take you through obstacles such as sand pits, up and down walls, through water and mud, and will end with food, brews, loud music, and of course, Jersey Mud ice cream sundaes (906) 484-3935.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.
Connect and get the inside scoop on where color is peaking at the Pure Michigan Connect blog. Take a minute to comment on the blog posts, or submit one of your own. Be sure to follow the September 30th chat, where we will answer your questions about fall and discuss the best places to go and things to do when Michigan puts on its annual dazzling display of color.
Follow @PureMichigan on Twitter for the latest fall color news. Join the Pure Michigan Fan Page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the latest events in Michigan and talk to others with the same love for Michigan. Or, connect with Pure Michigan on your favorite social network for the latest travel ideas, insider tips, vacation deals and more.
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