Michigan's Peak Fall Color for October 24-31, 2013

Fall at the Lake. Photo Courtesy of Rich Wyllis

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. However, good color can be seen in in the hills and valleys of Grand Traverse Bay.

In many locations across the Lower Peninsula, rain and wind have also reduced the number of leaves still hanging. Cold weather predicted for the weekend will further fade the fall color show.

In East Central Michigans Saginaw and Midland counties both have peak conditions now. However, Midland County has already passed peak viewing conditions. However, some fairly good color can stiil be seen be at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw, with its more than 9,400 acres of trees, also provides good viewing opportunities.

The fall color show in West and Southwest Michigan communities including Holland, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, South Haven, Saugatuck-Douglas and St. Joseph, are at are nearly past prime viewing this week.

For Southern Michigan, locals have reported good color at Waterloo State Park near Jackson as well as the Metro Parks of Southeast Michigan.

As the season color spectacular is drawing to a close, this will be the final report of the season.

Peak color mapFall 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
Nature's Show
Pure Michigan Fall Ads

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Its the perfect time of year to get lost in a Michigan corn maze. Guest blogger, Mark Benjamin of Bestmaze Corn Maze in Williamston reveals some of the mazes best kept secrets and what visitors can expect from this years Pure Michigan-themed paths. Check out his story.


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.

Fall Resort Lodging
Bay Pointe Inn Lakefront Resort
Rooms as low as $79 stay two nights and get third night free
Now thru December 31, 2013
Fall colors, great hiking, biking and fishing, with gorgeous lake views-- discover family-owned Bay Pointe Inn on beautiful Gun Lake. An overnight stay in one of our tranquil rooms includes a deluxe breakfast with omelets to order and house-made pastries. Find sanctuary at our BoatHouse Villa, our historic dream escape. Our acclaimed Terrace Grille restaurant provides casual dining with fare that is handmade, from scratch-- pure and truly delicious. Centrally located, Bay Pointe Inn is 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo and halfway between Chicago and Detroit.

Fall Getaway for TwoHoneyboomer Special
Trout Creek Condominium Resort
Harbor Springs
$77 per person per night in a one-bedroom fully furnished condo
Now thru November 30, 2013
Are you planning your 2nd honeymoon or great fall getaway with friends? Then, the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area is the place to go for great fall deal. Enjoy this beautiful fall season as you bike or drive through the famous Tunnel of Trees, hike on our trails or take a leisurely bike ride on the 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway Bike Path along Lake Michigan. Stroll through the resort towns of Petoskey and Harbor Springs and enjoy unique shopping and dining. Take in a round or two of golf on the many nearby championship courses. Three night minimum applies. Based on double occupancy, price includes all taxes and fees.


Festival Highlights near This Week's Peak Color Region

Fall Color Train Tours
Now thru October 27, 2013
Enjoy the splendor of fall colors along the River Raisin Valley as the train meanders through the beautiful fall countryside with a stop along the way for complimentary cider and donuts.

The Great ZooBoo
Battle Creek
Now thru October 27, 2013
Start planning for the perfect Halloween costume and wind your way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail.

Halloween at Greenfield Village
Now thru October 27, 2013
Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Halloween. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns, and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the Headless Horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. Its frightfully fun for the whole family.

Manistee Ghost Ship
October 25-26, 2013
Beware. Ghosts and ghouls luck in dark corners to frighten patrons as they wander the SS City of Milwaukee and its five decks of ghoulish and frightening haunting surprises.

Dracula--Ballet Performance
Grand Rapids
October 25-November 2, 2013
Dracula returns just in time for Halloween with updated scenery, projections and a re-orchestrated score! A tale of hypnotic power, boundless love, and mesmerizing horror accompanied by dramatic lights, ghoulish props, and haunting projections this Halloween ballet promises to entertain and impress.

Harvest Fest
Lansing City Market
October 26, 2013
The day will be jam packed with all things fall from workshops on canning, to arts and crafts for the kids. Patrons will also enjoy visits from farm animals, live music throughout the day and as a special magic show.

Haunted Travels Experience
October 26, 2013
Step back 100 years to a time when David Whitney Jr. was Detroit's wealthiest lumber baron and the magnificent Jasper Granite mansion on Woodward his home. During this event, the story of David and his family will be shared followed by the presentation of evidence collecting during multiple paranormal investigations of the Whitney mansion. This event also includes a four-course dinner, a champagne meet and greet reception, and a haunted ghost tour.

Zombie Run
Traverse City
October 26, 2013
The Zombie Run has become a Traverse City favorite since its creation in 2009 and is well on its way to becoming a Halloween tradition. The race begins and ends at Right Brain Brewerys new location on 16th Street. Costumes are encouraged but never required.

Happy HalloWine
October 26-27, 2013
The tasting consultants at the Round Barn Winery and Distillery are dressed for the occasion and hoping to get your vote for "best costume". Get extra tasting token when you show up in your most creative Halloween getup. To top it off, the winery will be serving up spooktacular cocktails you're not going to want to miss.

Pumpkin, Cider & Donut Wagon Rides
Oct 26-27, 2013
Grab the kids and head to Wolcott Mill Metropark for a super fall family event. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Then, take a walk from the pumpkin patch to the farms 5-acre corn maze and be sure to visit the Boo Barn. Finish the day with fresh cider and donuts.

Traverse Symphony Orchestra Presents-- Frankenstein
Traverse City
October 30, 2013
Just in time for Halloween, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra performs Michael Shapiro's film score to Universal Pictures' 1931 Frankenstein. Accompanying the film, this unique presentation blends live music with the story on the big screen at the State Theatre, an entirely new way to experience this classic horror movie.

Niles Haunted House
Now thru November 2, 2013
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. Visit the website for dates, times, coupon and admission prices.

Death at the Doo-Wop--Murder Mystery Dinner
Now thru November 15, 2013
The Murder Mystery Company presents their award winning show: "Death at the Doo-Wop". Grab your poodle skirts and horn-rimmed glasses; the class of 1957 is having one killer prom. Before the king and queen can have their first dance, tragedy strikes. Youll play detective in this swell interactive murder mystery dinner. Your job is to bring the true killer to justice before this sock-hop prom is ruined.




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