Autumn paints Michigan's landscape for experiences just as intense as a kaleidoscope of brilliant hues. Immerse yourself in the season and its bounty -- on the road, along a trail, at a farm, with a glass of wine. These are just a few of the great ways to color your world in Michigan.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is very close to peak, which is expected to arrive within the next one to two weeks. This week, traveling I-75 north of St. Ignace you’ll find brilliant reds, greens and yellows covering a variety of trees. Fall colors are slowly starting to show along the lake shore of Delta County. The oaks further inland have begun to turn bright red, with some birch trees beginning to transform to a nice vivid yellow.
In the Northern Lower Peninsula, best viewing conditions can be seen in Charlevoix County rimming the Lake Charlevoix shoreline, hiking along the dunes of Lake Michigan in Mt. McSauba Recreation Area or from the top of the skill hill at Mt. McSauba Recreation.
The Grand Traverse Bay region is showing brilliant crimson color, especially at the edge of the forests, while sugar maples are starting to glow with reds, oranges and gold. There’s dusky purple in the ash trees and warm gold in the walnuts, while the cottonwood trees near the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Leelanau Peninsula are turning a bright buttery yellow now, and the honey locusts are a warm gold. Full peak color is still at least a week away in most parts of the Grand Traverse Bay region.
Alcona County’s golden aspens and red and orange maples are changing the landscape, especially as you journey off the beaten path to explore farm country and tree-lined roads and lanes. Take time to follow the signs south of M-72 near Lincoln to visit Morrison’s Farm where both the view and the produce are amazing this time of year. You’ll want to plan a trip to the area soon as peak is less than one week away.
The Sunrise Coast is beginning to show a slight wisp of color change among area maples and oaks; but, the majority of the area is still one or two weeks away.
Moving into the weekend, most of the Lower Northern Peninsula counties, as well as the East and West Central Lower Peninsula counties are one to two weeks away from peak conditions. However, travelers will still find a number of notable drives and experiences to fill a weekend road trip.
The Mt. Pleasant area is approaching 50 percent color saturation with a kaleidoscope of yellow, red, bronze, gold, crimson and pale cream.
Holland and surrounding Ottawa County communities are sporting good fall color with 50% saturation. Visitors to the area will also find prime viewing conditions at Holland State Park, where you can also get an excellent view of Lake Michigan and Big Red (Holland Harbor Light) as well as Saugatuck Dunes State Park. An afternoon drive along country road M-89 towards Fennville with a detour to Crane's Orchard promises to offer a great fall excursion. While in the area, you’ll also want to make time to check out the season’s harvest at Fenn Valley Winery.
In Midland County, a drive along US-10 west to Eastman Road has stands of trees showcasing beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Color saturation is between 50-75 percent throughout the area with peak less than one week away.
At 25 percent saturation, nearly all of Bay and Saginaw counties are reporting some modest but alluring color change. Although peak is still is one or two weeks away, visitors will find stunning shades of yellows and various bronze and gold tones, mingled with vibrant reds.
Cruising along South Haven’s Blue Star Memorial Highway is a sure bet for catching some of the area’s best color this coming weekend, where you’ll see shades of bronze, gold, russet, deep purple and rich yellows. Peak is anticipated to arrive in one to two more weeks.
Allegan County’s Saugatuck-Douglas area is showing vibrant crimson oaks. Other counties in Southwestern Michigan are showcasing touches of reds, yellows and hints of orange among a variety of tree species, with peak conditions still one to two more weeks away.
The oaks and maples are just starting to show signs of fall along the I-96 corridor in Grand Rapids. Locals suggest a road trip to the Fallasburg and Ada covered bridges for stunning fall colors and beautiful photo opportunities in coming weeks. Peak is still three or four weeks.
Jackson County and the remaining Southeastern Michigan counties are showing only a hint of change, with peak conditions still several weeks away.
Look for peak color development in the Thumb and Metro Detroit area during mid-to late-October.
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 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.
Colorful Days. Cooler Nights: Fall Golf at SCR
Shanty Creek Resorts
Now thru October 20, 2013
The days are getting shorter. Nights are crisp. Fall has arrived at Shanty Creek Resorts. With reds, yellows and oranges dotting the scenery, fall golf on Shanty Creek's four championship courses is a spectacular experience. Come stay and play at Shanty Creek--one of the "Top Golf Resorts in the World" as named by Condè Nast Traveler--and take advantage of the Player's Choice Unlimited Golf Package, starting at $124 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
Fall Unlimited Golf Package
Now thru October 27, 2013
This $119 per person per night season package includes one night's stay in best available hotel room, one breakfast voucher, unlimited golf arrival to departure on the Masterpiece, Premier, Tradition and Threetops (golf carts included), and use of driving range prior to tee times. This great fall deal is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. There is a $10 surcharge per round to play the Signature. Not valid for the condos. Taxes, resort fees and gratuities are not included in the package price.
Fall Into Spa
October 14-18, 2013
Don't miss our annual fall spa-tacular! Relax with $50 spa treatments at Oasis Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18. Choose from a 60-minute Classic Massage (regularly priced at $65), a Rejuvenation Facial (regularly priced at $65), or a Classic Pedicure & Manicure (regularly priced at $67). PLUS, add an overnight stay for just $50 per person! Book your appointment today at (989) 426-5715. Fee is per person and based on two people per hotel room and four people per suite. Based on availability.
Fall Resort Lodging
Crystal Mountain Resort
Now thru October 31, 2013
Experience the full spectrum of autumnal beauty in northern Michigan at Crystal Mountain. Build your own adventure when you receive a $25 Resort Credit during your one-night stay, good toward our championship courses, award-winning Crystal Spa, scenic chairlift ride, Michigan's only Alpine Slide, mountain biking and more. Enjoy complimentary amenities including family activities, fitness center, group fitness classes, tennis and indoor pool. Discover northern Michigan's quaint towns. Indulge in local flavors at nearby wineries. Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Trout Creek Condominium Resort, Petoskey/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 deals. 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
Now thru –October 27, 2013, Saturday & Sunday
Get ready for an old-fashioned fall farm weekend with all of your favorite activities. Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins, enjoy donut snacks and apple cider, feed and pet the farm animals. There’s even a hay maze for younger children and a 4-acre corn maze for older youth and adults.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
October 10-13, 2013
Zoom overhead in a helicopter or glide over waves for a sailor's sight of nearly one dozen lighthouses. Back on land, climb many of these stately historic lighthouses, enjoy live entertainment, exhibits, and nautical vendors displays throughout the weekend.
2nd Annual Fall Fest & Out House Races
October 11-12, 2013
This second annual Fall Fest includes a farm market, contests for biggest pumpkin, squash, pumpkin carving contests, harvest cruise to local farms and wineries, Hoedown Street Dance at the Pavilion featuring "Boot Scoot", bar hop at local pubs and wineries, and outhouse races. Downtown South Haven.
35th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show
October 11-13, 2013
Experience the magic of autumn in Northern Michigan at the 35th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show. This three day event is held yearly to honor local orchards and growers who, in the spirit of the season, line Bridge Street to bring the fall harvest to you. The festival’s focal point is the apple, proven to be the most popular fruit in North America. Local organizations will warm you up with hot food items such as chili, hot dogs, kielbasa and pasties! Activities include a holiday art and craft show with 125 exhibitor booths, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and pumpkin carving contest. So, bundle up and bring the family to our fall harvest bonanza.
The Pumpkin Carve
October 12, 2013
The Carve at the Holland Farmers Market is all new this fall! Some of the nations best professional pumpkin carvers will be on hand demonstrating their pumpkin-carving skills, competing in speed carving events and showing off their best work for a People's Choice Award. Pumpkin carvers from the community are also invited to enter their jack-o-lanterns into the amateur competition for a chance to win exciting cash prizes, awarded both by a panel of professional pumpkin carvers and the public. And there will be fun fall activities for kids, including pumpkin painting, a bean bag toss, guessing game, candy in the haystack hunt and much, much more.
Halloween Hoopla at Boyne Mountain and Avalanche Bay
October 25 - 27, 2013
Ghosts and goblins await your arrival at Boyne Mountain and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark this Halloween. Bring your costume, swimsuit and a sense for spooky adventure--there’s entertainment for all ages.
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.
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.
For more information, visit michigan.org/social.