Fall Fun in Northern Michigan

The summer heat may be fading, but the number of remaining area activities is still abundant!

Whether you’re able to remain in Northern Michigan through the fall months, or you’re able to visit on weekends away from school or work, there is plenty to do! Most popular is viewing the fall colors. This can be done by finding scenic overlooks or simply driving through the countryside. There is no shortage of views in our area!

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Top on the list for many is the Tunnel of Trees, located north of Harbor Springs and going towards Cross Village. The winding, narrow road features canopy trees and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. If you’re not as far north as Harbor Springs, another great spot is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and more specifically the North Bar Lake area, located near Glen Arbor. Or, if you’re past Harbor Springs and heading towards the Upper Penninsula, the Porcupine Mountains is a stunning section of wilderness, and the Lake of the Clouds Overlook truly speaks to its name. Further west than the shoreline? Check out Deadman’s Hill Overlook west of Gaylord, where you will have views of rolling hills and the Jordan River Valley.

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Your color tour can even simply be a beautiful drive between your visit to local points of interest and activities, including a Wine Tour! Northern Michigan is home to many vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms, featuring wines, ciders, meads, and some even double as breweries! Most well known are the Old Mission and Leelenau Wine Trails, near Traverse City. The Leelanau Trail consists of three different loops, making for endless opportunities to make your own tour and find unique towns and shops along the way. Further north, joining Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, is the Bay View Wine Trail. With twelve wineries spread through the three towns (1918 Cellars included… and we have to say, it’s one of our favorites!), it’s a great activity for the day!

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Apart from stunning views and points of interest, many towns still have a lot of happenings through the fall months. Charlevoix hosts its famous Apple Festival the second weekend of October, a festival dedicated to all-things fall! Apples, cider, donuts, pies, and art – what could be better! Also beginning in November is the Live from Charlevoix art and entertainment series, which features acts from musicians, comedians and magicians for fall-spring evenings out. North of Petoskey at Boyne Highlands, enjoy brews and microbrews at the Hops ‘n Highlands Festival at the end of September. Looking for a more ‘savory’ visit? Check out Restaurant Weeks in Boyne City, Charlevoix, or Petoskey!


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