Words by Celia Christine.
When the breezes turn cool and the leaves begin to change from the crisp, bright greens of summer to the deep, romantic reds and oranges of autumn, there is no better place to soak in the season than Western Michigan! With spectacular natural beauty, including the beautiful, quiet beaches and the gorgeous woodlands, Western Michigan is an ideal place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate during the fall! Grab a growler of O.C.G,, a delicious apple cider liqueur from Journeyman, a local distillery in Three Oaks, and relax by the fire at the Lakeside Inn in Lakeside for a fall break you won’t forget!
Start your fall journey in Western Michigan with a long drive up the Red Arrow Highway. Enjoy the wonders of autumn and marvel at the Michigan forests dressed in their best as you venture north. Stop for a quick lunch in New Buffalo; soak up the fall sunshine at the rooftop dining area of the Stray Dog, a popular restaurant in downtown New Buffalo before making your way down to the beach for a pleasant stroll along the water.
Continue your adventure with a stop at The Whistle Stop grocery, a beloved gourmet grocery store and deli along the Red Arrow Highway. Fetch a made-to-order sandwich, wander the aisles brimming with treats, and satisfy your sweet tooth with a snack as you explore another Michigan staple!
Your fall expedition in Michigan continues with a stop in Three Oaks at Journeyman Distillery. Sip on a craft cocktail and soak up the season ambiance before going north to Sawyer, another small town. In Sawyer, wander into Greenbush, a local brewery, for the best brisket you could ever imagine, as well as a diverse array of locally-brewed beers and sodas.
Continue the fall fun with a visit to Warren Dunes State Park, a gorgeous, family-friendly area filled with hiking trails and exquisite views of Lake Michigan. Pack a picnic and settle in as the sun sets over the lake at dusk!
To finish the perfect fall day in Michigan, drive north to St. Joseph, a small town with big charm! St. Joseph is known for its popular beaches, adorable cobblestone streets, and impressive shopping options. Wander the streets, venture down for a pleasant evening walk along the beach, and breathe in the crisp, fresh fall air as you take in the seasonal decorations and joyful atmosphere! St. Joseph is one of the most scenic towns in the Midwest, and its inherent charm and perfect location above the lake make it the perfect place to soak in the season!
With its abundance of quaint towns, wonderful foods, and incredible natural beauty, Michigan is an idyllic place to appreciate the magic of the fall! Pack a sweater, sip on a craft cocktail, and marvel at the myriad of colors as you make memories in Michigan this autumn!
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