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The leaves are starting to change colors up here. It’s arguably the most beautiful time of year in Northern Michigan! You’ve seen the photos… rolling hills and lake-side views aglow with gold and orange trees amidst green pines under blue skies. The picturesque views aren’t the only thing great about fall. The cooler temps and local foods make for a great trip. We’ve outlined our perfect day in Northern Michigan in the fall.

Adventure

After a hearty breakfast head to one of our local ski resorts for a fall chairlift ride. Looking for a little more of a rush? There are multiple zip-line tours across northern Michigan that make for an exhilarating way to take in the beauty of fall.

We also highly suggest you take the scenic drive around the area. There are so many stunning trips from taking the Breezeway or going through the Tunnel of Trees. Check out the map on the Visit Charlevoix’s website here

There are also fun fall festivals in September and October. If you’re visiting in late-September, there is the Harvest Festival in Boyne City and in mid-October Charlevoix hosts its annual Apple Festival. They both have an arts and crafts show, a fall farmers market, amazing food, and fun for the whole family.

Dining

With many restaurants in Northern Michigan creating menus with local foods, you’ll see menus start to change in the fall to accommodate the harvest items they’re able to gather from local farms. Squashes, pumpkins, and apples start to permeate plates all over town.

One thing that pairs well with fall food flavors is a rich, crisp beer. Interested in visiting one of our local breweries? Check out our blog post where we share seven great breweries in northern Michigan here

Lodging

After long days outside and full bellies, you’re going to want a comfortable place to lay your head.  With over 100 homes and condos across northern Michigan available for rent, we have accommodations that will make you feel at home. And no matter where you stay in town, colorful leaves are bound to greet you out every window when you wake up in the morning and get ready to take on your day.

Plan your perfect fall weekend in Northern Michigan. Start by booking one of our centrally located vacation rentals, which are all available online. If you’d like a recommendation, contact us today!