Fall color continues to spread across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week, with peak color one to two weeks away. This week, visitors to the UP will find yellow aspens and red maples around the St. Ignace area. The best viewing can be found along the Mackinac Trail north of St. Ignace and the Brevort Lake area, which is reporting a truly amazing color show for this upcoming weekend. Peak is expected within the next two weeks.
Heading south towards the Northwest Lower Peninsula, the trees in and around the Charlevoix area are just starting to show a hint of color. However, locals are reporting bronze and gold hickory, red and yellow maples and bronze and crimson oaks are gradually becoming more prevalent. It is estimated that peak will arrive in one-to two more weeks.
Color in Michigan’s Northeast region around the Sunrise Coast is also at least two weeks away.
In the Grand Traverse Bay area, the area’s maples are now starting to turn various shades of red and yellow, while a number of other area trees are displaying beautiful tons of gold, purple and yellow. At 25% color change, peak is still three or four weeks away. Fall color is beginning to appear at higher inlands elevations around the Traverse City area, with most of the change confined to maples (red and gold) and basswoods (deep gold), but most trees are still in their summer foliage. Brilliant purples are being provided by New England asters along the roadside, as well as blue chicory, yellow goldenrod and vibrant nets of crimson Virginia creeper hanging from the tree branches. The higher areas in the Chain of Lakers area east of Traverse City, especially around Shanty Creek Resorts near Bellaire, are showing some of the best early color. Also promising is the Pere Marquette State Forest just south of town.
Developing color spots in the East Central Lower Peninsula include drives along M-52 in Saginaw County and also in Frankenmuth. Bits of red and yellow can be seen along the country roads of Midland County. There’s also spotty color along I-75 and US-10 in Bay County.
Mt. Pleasant is reporting a slight color change among the area’s beech and oak trees.
Fall color is still very sporadic in the Holland area. This weekend, visitors will find color among the local fruit, produce and area farm markets. Crane's Orchard in Fennville is open for u-pick apples, and traditional fall favorites like donuts and cider. Another favorite is the Holland Farmer's Market, which is brimming with fall goods each Wednesday and Saturday.
The Coldwater area is still about three to four week away from peak. However, driving the I-69 Recreational Route and the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail, you’ll find its’ a good time to harvest the area’s Black Walnuts as the fruit has begun to drop.
Michigan's Southwest is weeks away from peak, but welcomes visitors to sample its fruits, vegetables and wines.
The rest of the state continues to have mostly summer foliage with peak at least three to four weeks away.
Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide Available
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
The Perfect Sunset--Michigan Needs Your Vote!
Northwest Michigan’s picturesque Leland is a small village located on a sliver of land between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. This uncommon and charming village will mesmerize you with its beauty, amenities and amazing sunsets.
Now, this fascinating village, just a 25-minute drive north and west of Traverse, is up for the title of "Best Place to Watch a Sunset" by USA Today Travel’s 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Voting is open now through October 14. Cast your vote today.
Photo Courtesy: Ken Scott
Tailgate in Style … in an RV
Football season is here, and with each game there’s an opportunity to throw an amazing tailgating party. Whether you are supporting the local team or your favorite college, hosting the ultimate tailgate is easy if you follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Go in style. RVs are the big ticket when it comes to game time, taking tailgating to a whole new level. There is no need to worry about your ice melting, trying to find a clean restroom, or looking for a place to cook your meals. Everything is right within your reach.
Step 2: Show your team spirit! Dress yourself and your tailgating site with school colors or team merchandise.
Step 3: Feed your fellow football fans with quick and simple recipes, or fun football-themed foods. For ideas, check out the tailgating board on MARVAC’s Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/MichiganRVers).
Step 4: Watch the pre-game show on your RV’s TV. Some models even have a TV mounted outside, perfect for parties.
Plan your next tailgating party by exploring the RVs at the MARVAC Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, October 2-6, in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace. For details, visit www.marvac.org.
Autumn Getaway 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.
Now thru October 27, 2013
This Thunderbird Inn package includes a Jacuzzi room, champagne, dinner for two at one of Mackinaw City's nicest restaurants, 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 any room of your choice at Mackinaw City’s Americas Best Value Inn, dinner for two 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.
Greywalls Golf Package
Now thru October 31, 2013
Enjoy more golf for less green with this package which includes one night stay at the Comfort Suites, one round of golf and cart for two at Marquette’s Greywalls Golf Course. Add an additional player for $110 per night. Package rate starts at $330. For more information, call (906) 228-0028.
Sault Sainte Marie
Now thru October 31, 2013
Bring your sweetheart to Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center for a night of romance and take advantage of one night stay for two in a suite, one bottle of champagne, one box of chocolates, one candle, two breakfast buffets, and $10 in Kewadin Credits (per person, valid for those over 19 years). The package costs $131 plus tax for Sunday -Thursday and $152 plus tax Friday-Saturday. Advanced reservations required. All packages are based on double occupancy and traditional accommodations unless otherwise specified. Not valid with any other offer or bus group. Upgrades and additional guests are extra. Offer not valid on internet bookings. For more information, call 800-KEWADIN or (906) 632-0530.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide vacation package deals.
Festival Highlights near This Week's Peak Color Region
Mackinac Island Restaurant Week
Now thru September 23, 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).
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. Call (906) 484-3935.
15th Annual Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza
September 28, 2013
This family-fun harvest event includes a pancake breakfast, cross country 5k run, heaviest pumpkin contest, arts & crafts, bake sale, flea market, best dressed pet parade, special interest cars, golden ticket raffle, live music and beer tent
Brys Estate Harvest Celebration
September 28-November 2, 2013, Saturdays
Join us for our annual Harvest Celebration as we celebrate the 2013 harvest at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. For $5 per person, guests will receive a large souvenir wine glass to use as they visit four different wine and food pairing stations throughout the tasting room, barrel rooms and winery cellar. The patio will be open for guests to enjoy their favorite wine by the glass while soaking up the fall colors.
Tee Lake Halloween
Now thru November 2, 2013
This Northern Michigan Haunted House and Halloween Attraction offers three unique treats for Halloween fans and families. First, the Drive-Thru Haunt is a FREE, family friendly, self-guided tour through haunted displays. Tune your car radio to our spooky station to hear creepy music. No monsters will jump out at you. Second, Terror at Tee Lake is a terrifying walk-through haunted house.Third, stay over in a haunted cabin--The Witch’s Cottage or Igor’s Hideaway. Call ahead for specific dates and times.
Yee-Haw for Fall
Now thru November 3, 2013
Bring your family to the Back Forty for a day this fall and see why lots of people think this is the best time of year to visit the Double JJ. The schedule of events include a hay ride, corn maze, face painting, stunt shows, pig races, mechanical bull a whole lot more.
5th Annual Skitoberfest
October 4- 5, 2013
Join us to kick off the coming snowsports season and celebrate the best of fall in an Oktoberfest style setting. Staged in the Village at Boyne Mountain, the entire village comes alive with great food, Michigan beer, wine and spirits, live music and performances of all sorts, plus fun for all ages. Admission is FREE; tickets are sold for food, brews and most activities. Activities include a rail jam, ski swap, free rides on the six-place chairlift, parade, dancing in the streets, art, drama and other great family fun.
Sleeping Bear Marathon & Half Marathon
October 6, 2013
This USTA Track & Field (USATF) certified marathon and half-marathon starts and finishes in the village of Empire, with breathtaking views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way.
Betsie Valley Run
October 6, 2013
Friends of the Betsie Valley District Library and the award-winning Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa are getting in shape to host the 8th Annual Betsie Valley Run Half-Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and Child’s Mile event. The location of this challenging, family-friendly event provides a stunning fall backdrop that can only be found in Michigan.
Visit michigan.org for a complete list of great statewide events.
Get the Inside Scoop
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.
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