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Top 9 Fall Activities in Northern Michigan


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While Northern Michigan is the known for warm summers spent lakeside, there is something truly magical about this area in the Fall. As the temperatures cool and the leaves start to fall from the trees, the region boasts a new array of activities for visitors and locals to partake in…here are nine that we suggest adding to your to-do list!


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Visit a Cider House – We love Tandem Ciders located just north of Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula. Their ciders are awesome (try the Smackintosh!) and we applaud their commitment to local growers and sustainability!


Take a trip to Gallagher’s.  They have the best pumpkin donuts…need we say more?!


Take aim! Shoot the apple canon at Hoxsies Farm Market in Williamsburg.

A fall backroad in Northern Michigan in the peak of fall color season.

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Take a scenic drive along M22. Stop for some lunch fuel between Leland and Northport at Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern (try the perch sandwich!)


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Looking for a relaxing day trip? Enjoy lunch at Chandler’s followed by an afternoon of shopping in Downtown Petoskey.


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Get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather! We recommend a hike at the Grand Traverse Commons followed by an après appetizer at Trattoria Stella.


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Grab a glass of wine (or two!) at Bonobo Winery on Old Mission Peninsula. The wine is delicious, the small plates curated by renowned chef Mario Batali are divine and the interior is a dream.  Not to mention, the terrace overlooking the vineyard perfectly showcases the beautiful landscape of Northern Michigan.


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Taste the Seasonal Fare –  Our local restaurants are some of the best and we love tasting the dishes the chefs create in the fall. The pumpkin risotto at the Franklin and the butternut squash gnocchi at Amical are two dishes we are eager to try! You also can’t go wrong with classics like the Tomato Spinach Swiss soup at Poppycocks!


Cozy up to the bar at our favorite taproom! 7 Monks has a fantastic assortment of seasonal brews on tap. The perfect meeting place with friends on a fall evening. Cheers!