Embrace the season change!

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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…IMG_1805

 

Shades of Autumn in Northwestern Lower Michigan..

The boat is put away for the season.  Summertime 2017 is in the books with great memories.  So this weekend, when Mother Nature offered up some beautiful summer-like weather, a trip to one of my favorite spots was in order.  Deadman’s Hill, overlooking the Jordan River Valley, just North of Alba, MI.  IMG_1796

When I was a kid (like 5 or 6 years old), my family would make the trip UpNorth to visit cousins.  The visits would turn out hours worth of fun and adventure throughout the beautiful Jordan River Valley, whether it was four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, or canoeing the crisp clear waters of the Jordan River.  It’s one of the biggest reasons my family ended up moving North.

Deadman’s Hill was always an annual favorite autumn stop with my “Grammie” Scripter.  Color touring Northern Michigan was one of her favorite pastimes.  This place brings back so many memories for me!

Years ago, there was no fence holding people back from touring down the hill, so as energetic little kids, we all loved to hike down the log slide, and attempt to race back uphill as fast as we could.  Nowadays, the log slide is something to just enjoy overlooking with a good camera.  Oh, don’t we all wish we had that childlike energy???

One the way back from the trip, a stop in Boyne City for lunch was in order.  Café Sante was just the ticket… with views of Lake Charlevoix to love!  The food was amazing, and desert at the Alpine Chocolate House…  enough said!  #chocolatecoveredpotatochips!  It was truly a five star day!

Weekend drives in the autumn are one of my favorite things!  Now we all get to prepare for what comes next… yes, that fluffy white stuff that falls out of the sky.  For now, we’ve been blessed in Northern Michigan with an unusually long Indian Summer.