The Ultimate Fall Michigan Bucket List

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Bucket-List-FinalWe might be a bit tempted to get sad and sulky about the fact that summer is nearing its close… but we won’t!

When you live in a state that’s so gorgeous in the fall, it’s hard to be bent out of shape when September rolls around.

In fact, we’d by lying if we said we haven’t been looking forward to it a little.  Every autumn, there’s a handful of quintessential Michigan activities we adore and we thought we’d share them with you this year.

1.  Take in the Fall Foliage

As our plentiful trees change into their red, gold and orange outfits for the season, huge swaths of the state begin to look like fall foliage postcards.  The breathtakingly beautiful colors in our area can best be appreciated in mid to late October – we suggest gassing up the car for a leisurely drive along the coast on tree-lined and lakeside roads.  Check out Pure Michigan’s Fall Color Tour for Southwest Michigan.

2.  Enjoy the Abundance of Apples

It simply wouldn’t be fall without a healthy dose of local apple delicacies – enjoy everything from the fresh-picked fruit itself to homemade cider to apple butter you can take home as a delicious reminder of your visit.

3.  Seasonal, Local Brew

Michigan has more than its fair share of renowned craft breweries and nearly all of them release delicious harvest brews every year come autumn.  You’d be remiss not to sample a few.  Here are some of our recommendations: New Holland’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, Bell’s Best Brown Ale, Founders’ Breakfast Stout, and Journeyman Distillery’s Old Country Goodness apple cider liqueur, which is not a beer, but it’s so darn delicious we couldn’t leave it out.

4.  Indian Summer Beach Day

One of the best parts of fall is Indian summer… those perfect golden days when it feels like Mother Nature forgot she was supposed to be blowing chilly air.  Keep an eye on the weather ahead and when you see that the upcoming weekend is nothing but sunshine and high 70s, pack a picnic and head to the beach to soak up the last bit of warmth before the cold.

5.  Hit Up a Harvest Fest

We’re not the only ones who love celebrating fall in Michigan – all around the area are fantastic harvest fests complete with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and hay rides.

6.  Show Up & Show Off at the Douglas Halloween Parade

This is no kiddy Halloween parade, no way!  This revered Douglas tradition is for adults only and is always a good bet for fun and outrageous costumes.  This year’s parade is on Saturday, October 31st, with the lineup at 9:30pm and the parade kicking off at 10.

7.  Visit The Kirby!

You’ll need someplace to eat, sleep and relax while you’re busy checking all these great experiences off your list.  Book a weekend at The Kirby and you’ll be in the heart of Southwestern Michigan, the perfect location for a beautiful fall break.  See you soon!

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