Ugh… it happened this weekend. I got that feeling… that rainy day, cooler temperatures, stay at home and watch movies and do laundry all day feeling! Fall is sneaking up on me. I know its right around the corner, because it keeps reminding me in the most obvious ways.
Leaves are turning colors… it’s raining more often than it has in the past month… the outside temperatures are slowing falling. I need a sweatshirt when I sit outside at the campground. So now I have to admit it! I love the fall colors. I love sweater weather (but I love summertime more). I love staying home and feeling cozy, padding around in my kitchen creating warm delicious dishes in my crock pot.
So guess what… I’ve decided that I’m going to enjoy this weekend of summer weather, and then focus on the beauty of Autumn in Northern Michigan.
Things to do in Northern Michigan during Autumn…
- Winery/Brewery tour. Anywhere you go in Northern Michigan, there’s a wide selection of craft brews and spirits. Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, and The Chain of Lakes region from Elk Rapids through Bellaire are wonderful areas to taste your favorites AND enjoy some of the most incredible views of the fall colors.
- Don’t put that boat away just yet! Color tours via water are amazing. One of my favorite fall cruises is from Torch River through the Chain of Lakes into the Intermediate River to visit the quaint town of Bellaire. Colors generally peak the first two weeks of October, and USUALLY the weather is good enough to throw on a light jacket for the day trip. The trip is an annual favorite for locals too!
- Visit some “Foodie Towns”… Traverse City has tons of restaurants of all cuisine’s… it’s becoming a good place to visit for a variety of dining experiences. But I do have a few favorites outside of T.C. A few of my favorite towns that are just a short drive from Traverse City, are Glen Arbor, Elk Rapids, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Northport, Leland, and Petoskey, just to name a few. If you get out an explore these towns you will find great dining options like, Art’s Tavern, Pearl’s New Orlean’s Kitchen, Stafford’s Weathervane, Cafe’ Sante, Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, and the Cove.
- Get out and enjoy outside… Yes… there I said it! We all need that fresh air and exercise. We have bike/walking/hiking trails everywhere in Northern Michigan. Personally, I can’t wait until the TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trail) trail extends towards Elk Rapids!
- Camping… there are so many great places to camp around here! There’s nothing like a great campfire and roasting s’mores. It’s not just for summertime, afterall. Timber Ridge Campground in Traverse City offers year round sites and cabins. My summer experience at Torch Grove Campground in the Torch Lake area this summer has lead me to make some new wonderful friendships that made my summer the best, so why not keep on camping until the snow flakes fall? Check out some of the best campgrounds in the area at https://mynorth.com/2017/07/10-best-northern-michigan-campgrounds/.
So, don’t just hibernate until next spring… get out there and enjoy our beautiful spot in this world! Enjoy those vibrant colors…