As the warm embrace of summer fades to the crisp allure of autumn, Northern Michigan undergoes a breathtaking transformation. Vibrant hues paint the landscape, making fall the perfect season for outdoor exploration. If you find yourself in the greater Petoskey, you’re in for a treat. Here are three enchanting spots where you can witness the mesmerizing fall foliage within The Petoskey Wine Region.
The Tunnel of Trees is not only an incredibly picturesque journey from Harbor Springs to Cross Village; it has secured its place as a true hidden gem. The route’s beauty is a year-round marvel, but when fall graces it with its presence, it is transformed into a world of enchantment. During autumn, a vibrant canopy of leaves in shades of red and gold arches over the narrow road, contrasting beautifully with the vivid blues of the nearby waters. Lucky for you, one of our regional wineries, Pond Hill Farm, is located on M-119, making it the perfect pit stop for a glass of wine, delicious farm-to-table lunch, and plenty of activities for the whole family during their Fall Fest Weekends.
Nestled along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey State Park boasts a stunning 1-mile stretch of pristine beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. This natural haven also features two contemporary campgrounds and abundant scenic trails. Conveniently located just 3 miles northeast of Petoskey and a mere jaunt to Harbor Springs, this park is an ideal destination, particularly visited by those hunting Petoskey stones. After a day filled with hiking and exploring, a glass of one-of-a-kind maple wine from Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery is a must. As America’s first and only maple winery, their wine is made from maple syrup forged from the maple forest surrounding the intimate tasting room.
The expansive and pristine Lake Charlevoix has been voted the second-best lake in the nation. Yet, it might have claimed the top spot had more people experienced its mesmerizing transformation when adorned in the vibrance of fall. To truly appreciate the autumnal splendor of Michigan’s third-largest lake (40.8 miles of shoreline), we invite you to embark on a captivating tour of its picturesque shoreline. While passing through, relax at 1918 Cellars at Castle Farms to admire historic architecture and scenery straight out of a storybook. As you leave “Chalevoix the Beautiful”, make your way to Ellsworth, MI where you will find Royal Farms Inc.. Stroll through their orchard while collecting apples, sip on delicious wine and cider in the tasting room, or pick up goodies for your home pantry from their Gift Shop.
Fall in Northern Michigan is a time of sheer magic, where nature puts on a show like no other. The colors that blanket the landscape throughout The Petoskey Wine Region are a testament to the region’s natural beauty. So, grab your jacket, sense of adventure, and love for wine, and explore these enchanting spots that promise a kaleidoscope of colors and unforgettable memories. Learn more about each of our 14 wineries and plan stops during your fall color tour.