Our Favorite Fall Michigan Experiences
At the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association, we think of a perfect getaway in terms of experiences. Winding through country roads under a canopy of rustic fall colors, visiting historic towns, and staying in quaint B&Bs with a roaring fire and a glass of wine is just the first step- we like to take it up a notch by recommending local Michigan experiences that will make your Michigan fall getaway a trip of a lifetime. So follow along as we recommend our 16 Favorite Fall Michigan Experiences- from Apple Picking to Spooky Corn Maze tours to Halloween Murder Mystery Dinners to Holiday Dinner Packages- we have 16 of our favorites for you to experience.
1. Be Spooked at a Corn Maze
Michigan is filled with fall corn mazes and pumpkin patches. With over 50 mazes to choose from, this particular one north of Grand Rapids sounded spooky and fun. First, read about the Spooky Legend of Abandoned Acres Farm and the Blood in the Corn. Then, have a Halloween spooky experience like non-other in the Bloody Butcher Corn Maze, full of Mutant Pumpkins, Witches, Hillbillies, Wandering Corpses, Scarecrows, and other insane farm animals.
After your spooky experience, come back to your comfortable, quality-assured member inn and enjoy homemade sweets and excellent hospitality.
2. Experience Everything Fall while staying at a Vineyard
There is something very romantic about a vineyard. It is even more remarkable when you stay there, and it is the fall season. We have two MBBA member inns that are vineyards- the Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast and the Chateau Chantal. Both are located on Old Mission Peninsula in the heart of scenic Northern Michigan wine country. This area is renowned for its Farm-to-Table dining. Head over to Traverse City and enjoy the inspiring fresh food at the Cook’s House.
3. “Fall” in Love with a Michigan Scenic Road Trip
Michigan is filled with amazing backdrops, with scenes from the backroads to views of the coasts and beautiful state parks. Our friends at My Michigan Beach have compiled a list of their 15 favorites. During your road trip, plan stops along the way at our quality-assured bed and breakfasts. Each innkeeper will provide you with wonderful hospitality and delicious breakfasts. Afterward, stop at a local pub and enjoy a cold brew. A previous blog outlines some of our favorites.
4. Attend a Fall Festival in Holland
5. Get a jump on your Holiday Shopping
Kalamazoo makes for a perfect holiday destination, and the famous Kalamazoo outdoor mall is a shopper’s delight! In addition, the downtown area features revitalized Art Deco buildings, specialty shops, chic restaurants, unique coffee shops, and lively brewpubs!
Local member Kalamazoo House is hosting a festive holiday tour on December 13th from 6-8 pm. Visitors will enjoy a beautifully decorated inn, tours of the second floor, live music, reindeer, and a visit from Santa. For more information and to book your ticket, check out this link.
You might also enjoy a more country location at the Voyagers Inn in Three Rivers, and shopping in Kalamazoo is only a short drive away.
6. Enjoy a Weekend of Murder & Mystery
The innkeepers at the Port Austin Bed and Breakfast are having some Haloween fun and invite you to join them for a welcoming reception and bonfire on the patio Friday evening on October 28th, breakfast each morning, and on October 29th “An Evening of Murder and Mystery” at CATBIRD at the Garfield Inn. Only a few rooms left!
7. View the beautiful colors on two wheels
The cooler weather makes for a great time to hop on your bike and explore a new trail. Plus, it’s a great way to see the fall colors! Check out this past blog for our favorite bike trails for some of the best trails.
8. Watch a game, event, or concert at Little Caesar’s Arena
Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit is the home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and countless other sports, entertainment, and community events. Check out all the events and book your tickets here.
9. Experience a Bonfire on the Beach with S’mores
Our friends at the House on the Hill in Northern Michigan have created the perfect package for you to enjoy yummy s’mores while being warmed by a bonfire and enjoying lake views.
10. Watch an Adult Halloween Parade like non-other
Everyone in Douglas and Saugatuck looks forward to the Annual Adults Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 29th, beginning at 9:30 PM. Filled with lots of fun and craziness and is recommended for adults only.
Saugatuck and Douglas are popular lakeside communities with great dining, pubs, shopping, and galleries. Check out the lovely accommodations at member inns- Sherwood Forest B&B in Douglas and Hotel Saugatuck, Judson Heath Colonial Inn, and Wickwood Inn, all in Saugatuck.
11. Toast the Season Wine Tour and Dinners
Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, before the frosty weather settles in…start your winter festivities off with a celebratory toast during the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s annual Toast the Season wine event for the first two weekends in November. The Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast and Cottages has added a fun addition to the festivities by adding two gourmet dinners hosted by their talented innkeeper, Laura.
12. Enjoy an Old Fashion Thanksgiving Parade
Each Thanksgiving morning since 1924, Detroiters have welcomed the holiday season with giant, helium-filled balloons, marching bands, and some 2,000 clowns. You can check out all the details here.
13. Seek out the Culture in Detroit & Grand Rapids
Fall marks the beginning of the cultural season, when Michigan’s top theatres, symphonies, and ballet companies open their season. In Detroit, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ranks as one of the nation’s oldest orchestras, performing from their home at Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Center, and the Michigan Opera Theatre, the state’s premier opera company, performs at the Detroit Opera House. if you would like to be more central in Michigan, check out The Grand Rapids Symphony that performs from fall through spring at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Performance Hall while the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Michigan’s only professional ballet company, performs in the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.
14. Experience the flavors of a freshly picked apple
Have you ever experienced the flavors of a freshly picked apple? Or having a cup of fresh mulled cider with a warm old fashion donut. Michigan is filled with apple farms, and many are set up to have you pick your own. Check out this recent blog for apple orchards and inns close by.
15. Enjoy a Holiday Meal (with no dishes)
The innkeeper at Raymond’s House Inn B&B wants to share a special treat with her guests on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Book a stay at the inn and enjoy a homemade feast, including turkey, ham, trimmings, and home-baked pies and treats from a local baker.
16. Plan a romantic small wedding or vow renewal
Our friends at Greenleaf Mansion in Onsted have created a fairy tale-type setting on their grounds for small weddings or vow renewals. Innkeeper/owners, Steve Newell is an officiant, and his wife Diane is a fabulous chef, and they have a beautiful inn- a perfect combination for making memories of a lifetime.
This and many more reasons to enjoy a Michigan Fall Experience and to book a stay at a Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association member inn. Book your stay today!
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