Secrets of Autumn

Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2011, beginning on page 63.

Sure, we could follow the crowds to great fall color. But its more rewarding (and relaxing!) to seek out lesser-known gemsroads less traveled, undiscovered inns, appealing little cafes and shops on pretty Main Streets. Enjoy our discoveries, and make some of your own!

More Things To Do

Beaver Chew Furniture and Landscape in Thread
Home studio of artists Len and Martha Fieber (906/341-8525).

Brunos Run Trail
Nine-mile loop ideal for hiking and mountain biking in spring, summer and fall and snow shoeing in winter (906/786-4062).

Colwell Lake Campground Hiking Trail
A two-mile loop trail along the edge of Colwell Lake. The trail is beautiful in the fall, and also is popular in the winter as a snowshoe trail (906/786-4062).

Fayette Historic State Park near Garden. Photo courtesy of Aaron Peterson/Midwest Living MagazineFayette Historic State Park
The park includes Historic Fayette Townsite, with 300 feet of lineal dockage along the coast of Snail Shell Harbor, which is deep enough for larger pleasure craft. Modern camp sites and five miles of foot trails for hiking or cross country skiing; State Park Vehicle Permit required (906/644-2603).

Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring) Palms Book State Park
Operate a raft to observe Michigans largest natural spring, which measures 200-feet across and 40-feet deep. State Park Vehicle Permit required (906/341-2355).

LaTulip Pottery & Tile Works
Marsha LaTulip studio and gallery also sells soaps, candles, honey, maple syrup (906/644-7606).

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Climb the tower, visit the museum, and browse the book and gift shop at this beautiful 1895 light mariners only choice on Lake Michigan, south of the village of Gulliver. Open until mid-October; $3 tour, explore the grounds for free (906/283-3183).

Threefold Vine Winery
Winery tours and tastings available (906/644-7089).

Village Artisans Gallery
Jewelry, photography, fabric, ceramics, works on paper by 60 area artists. Seasonal (906/644-2025).

Wolf Hollow Antiques (906/644-2401).

More Places To Eat

The Camel Riders Resort
Long-time destination for fresh local fish, lobster and prime rib (906/573-2319)

Cedar Street Cafe
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee bar, free Wi-Fi (906/341-2469).

Chamberlins Ole Forest Inn
Area favorite for special dinners, serving seafood, steaks and pasta. (906/586-6000).

Jack Pine Lodge
From-scratch pizza, sandwiches, full bar (906/573-2414).

Nahma Inn
Whitefish, prime rib, burgers and full bar (906/644-2486).

Upper Crust Cafe & Deli
Tasty sandwiches and baked goods tucked away on the waterfront at Traders Point (906/341-2253).
 

Nahma Inn Owner. Photo courtesy of Aaron Peterson/Midwest Living MagazineMore Places To Stay

Celibeth House Bed & Breakfast
1895 home now a seven-room B&B set in historic former resort town with many of the old buildings; three house antiques stores (906/283-3409).

Chamberlins Ole Forest Inn
Late 1800s railroad hotel relocated to this spot on Big Manistique Lake. Eleven guest rooms on three floors. Popular dining room and bar (800/292-0440).

Nahma Inn
Former lumbering town hotel dates to 1910. Fourteen guest rooms, restaurant and bar (906/644-2486).

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