Experience Pure Michigan: A Guide to the Fall Season in the Mitten State
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Michigan's Lower Peninsula comes alive in the fall, offering picturesque landscapes, vibrant cities and mouthwatering flavors. Take a road trip, and experience Pure Michigan while taking in the fall foliage and gorgeous views. Stop at a cider mill for fresh apple cider and donuts; get lost in a corn maze and then relax with a local brew while overlooking the stunning lakes that surround this gorgeous state.
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Where to stay in Michigan
Bavarian Inn Lodge
Bavarian-inspired resort in Michigan with contemporary rooms and suites.
Stafford's Perry Hotel
A charming historic inn offering scenic waterfront views and luxurious accommodations in downtown Petoskey, Michigan.
Hotel Indigo Traverse City, an IHG Hotel
A comfy and stylish stay in the buzzing Warehouse District.
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Things to do in Michigan
Frankenmuth: A Taste of Bavaria
Kick off your adventure in Frankenmuth, a charming town with a Bavarian flair. Stroll along Main Street, explore Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and savor authentic German cuisine at the Bavarian Inn.
Can’t Miss Event: Frankenmuth Oktoberfest: German food, music, dancing, events and beer (September).
Ann Arbor: Culture and Colors
Visit vibrant Ann Arbor, known for its cultural attractions, including the University of Michigan campus and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Explore downtown's charming streets and cultural scene and visit any of the many galleries and museums in this artists' community.
Can’t Miss Event: Ann Arbor Film Festival: Celebrate independent and experimental films (October).
Petoskey: Fall Colors by the Lake
Discover Petoskey, nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in Bayfront Park, hunt for Petoskey stones and explore the historic Gaslight District.
Can’t Miss Event: Harvest Festival: Enjoy pumpkin painting, live music, and fall-themed fun (October).
Boyne Mountain SkyBridge: Walk Among the Treetops
Experience fall foliage from a unique perspective at Boyne Mountain. Take a walk on the exhilarating Boyne Mountain SkyBridge, offering panoramic vistas of the vibrant autumn landscape.
Bellaire: A Gateway to Michigan Wine Country
Can’t Miss Event: Bellaire's Harvest Festival: Celebrate the season with cider tastings, hayrides and live entertainment (October).
Holland: Dutch Charm and Tulip Lanes
Holland boasts Dutch heritage and offers attractions like the "De Zwaan" windmill at Windmill Island Gardens and the famous Tulip Lanes.
Traverse City Breweries: A Craft Beer Paradise
Can’t Miss Event: Traverse City Fall Color Tours: Guided bus and bike tours to witness the fall foliage (September-October).
Crystal Mountain Ski, Golf and Spa Resort
Crystal Mountain is Michigan's Premier four-season family resort, featuring downhill slopes, a 36-hole golf course, a world-class spa, cross-country skiing, an indoor and outdoor pool with water playground, zip lining, tennis courts, disc golf, award-winning restaurants and retail shopping, all within the resort community. Book a cozy weekend getaway or snag a townhome and bring the extended family and friends.
Places to eat & drink in Michigan
As you explore these Michigan gems, indulge in a variety of culinary experiences:
Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie for a quick bite or to relax after a day of exploring.
Bavarian Inn for authentic German dishes and traditional home-cooked meals
Slo' Bones BBQ Smokehaus for BBQ, Brews, and Blues
Petoskey: Enjoy lakeside dining at the Stafford's Pier Restaurant.
Holland: Try Dutch pastries and delicacies at DeBoer Bakkerij & Dutch Brothers Restaurant.
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