Northern Michigan is breathtaking in all seasons, but autumn is when this tranquil region really shines.
In the fall, a veritable bouquet of color washes over the forests that surround Michigan’s small towns. During this magical season, nights are cool and the days are warmed by the lingering summer sun; ideal conditions for leaf peeping tours, hiking, bird watching and other outdoor adventures.
The colorful tree canopies act as a dramatic backdrop, and for added splendour take a cruise on the local M 119 highway – also known as the “Tunnel of Trees.” This breath-takingly beautiful drive begins at the north end of Petoskey, but doesn’t become The Tunnel of Trees until north of Harbor Springs, where the twisting and turning road offers glimpses into the gold, orange and scarlet forests and through wide openings onto inspiring vistas of the great blue beyond.
Along the way you will discover attractions which range from heritage museums, antiques, locally inspired art and cuisine and a myriad of outdoor pursuits. For some background information on the “Tunnel of Trees” or its location, check out this handy guide.
If you are seeking more active autumnal enjoyment, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and its vast array of available outdoor activities are a mere 90 miles to the South of Petoskey. Why not enjoy one of America’s most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, and miles of hiking trails. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also contains many cultural features including an 1871 lighthouse, three former Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural historic farm district.
The hills, dunes, valleys, shoreline, small lakes, and streams which you’ll see throughout the area were formed by the powerful earth-moving forces of ice, wind, and water over time. Come fall, the timbered ridges are splashed with brilliant color that reflects on still waters… a sight you absolutely must see!
There are so many scenic places to soak in the spectacle of nature’s fall fashion show here in Michigan’s North, and just 17 miles away from Petoskey, is a town known as “Charlevoix the Beautiful.” You will be awed by the magnificent sights that the area offers. View the clean blue water aboard a chartered cruise, or hit the trails on foot or bike. For any railway enthusiasts, be sure to visit the delightfully charming Castle Farms. You will find an impressive display of trains, trains and more trains… not to mention antique toys, castles, and giant chess sets that are displayed throughout, along with royal family memorabilia from around the world.
If relaxing is what you’ve got in mind, then the unspoiled beaches on Lake Charlevoix or Lake Michigan will be pleased to oblige for a stunning beach sunset or two.
There’s never a grey day when autumn sweeps over Michigan. Between mid-September to mid-October, the landscape becomes a fiery tapestry ablaze with golden hues, crimson reds and fiery oranges.
The fall season offers new experiences – such as biting into that perfect autumn apple or crunching the leaves beneath your toes as you walk… Come celebrate the harvest while reflecting on nature’s bounty and beauty. Be a part of the magical transformations of both season and spirit.
Come stay at Hearthside Grove and experience stunning Michigan in the Fall!
LOCAL TIP…BEST AUTUMN DRIVES: Check out a Michigan favorite autumn drive; the Harbor Springs to Cross Village Harbor Springs Michigan. It was just ranked one of the TOP TEN fall driving destinations in America!