One of the most beautiful times of the year in MI is Fall.
In September and October our beautiful state turns into a playground of brightly colored trees, baked goods, haunted houses and so much more. Since we still have the milder temps outside, this is the perfect time of year to explore all the outdoor activities Michigan Fall has to offer. As a fairly new Michigander, I wanted to share some of my favorite Michigan Fall things to do with you.
Camping in the Fall takes you to some gorgeous recreational parks.
Chilly temps in the mornings and evenings, and warmups during the day. It’s the perfect weather rollercoaster for spending your days in the great outdoors in Michigan! You start your day with a pumpkin spice latte in a thermal coffee mug (you’ll definitely need that in the morning or you have iced coffee in NO time), while you cook some bacon and pancakes on the griddle.
During the day you can set up a crockpot of chili in the camper and while that is bubbling away, we’ll take a nice walk on the trails in the campground and take some gorgeous Fall color pics! If you’re not much of a walker you could bring your bike too, of course. Most parks have sandy trails or paved trails.
After an awesome chili dog & fries, you set up your favorite chair by the camp fire. I hope you left some room for s’mores, though! If so, I highly recommend the cinnamon churro or mint chocolate chip marshmallows we found at the specialty store! Of course a Ghirardelli chocolate square is the perfect size for your Graham Cracker. Grab your heated chair pad or a fleece blanket and watch the fire until the fire wood runs out.
One of my favorite places to be in the Fall is a Cider Mill!
If you know a better smell than freshly baked cinnamon donuts or apple pies, please SHARE in the comments section! Because I honestly don’t believe there is…
Maybe you prefer the small cider mills with an offering of fresh donuts, cider and apple pies. Maybe the Big Reds and Blake’s cider mills with their live music, corn mazes and a variety of spiked ciders are totally your jam! There is definitely something for everyone!
For the braver ones among us…
If you’re not a scaredy-cat like myself, the haunted houses and hayrides will be open by now. We went to a haunted house and hayride once. Since I also do not watch scary movies, all the references to those movies are also completely lost on me. “So, why is there a girl crawling out of that well??”.
Then when the headless horsemen chased our hayride into haunted woods, I understood this activity was NOT going to be for me. However, If you are a regular at “Erebus” in Pontiac, more power to you! And I hope you have a solid health plan to get an annual heart check-up.
You know what else is a great place to visit in the Fall? A Michigan winery!
Wine tasting experiences are unique throughout the year, but the optimal periods are generally the spring and fall seasons. The Fall, however, coincides with the exciting grape harvest season. The vineyards become a hive of activity, with an opportunity to partake in grape harvesting events. Last weekend my friend and I packed our weekender bag and rove to Mattawan, MI to attend the Harvest Festival at the Cody Kresta Winery! With the gorgeous weather we had and the vibrant Fall colors all around us, it was a great time experiencing the winemaking process firsthand.
For more ways to embrace the beauty of Fall, check out our Cozy Fall Decor blog!