Michigan Insider Fall Guide-2023

Michigan sunset
Dramatic sunset viewed from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park, near member inn- Glen Arbor B&B

Michigan Bed and Breakfast owners have the best tips to enjoy fall experiences around the Great Lakes. Our member inns are located all around the beautiful Mitten State and offer many options for your fall getaway- from breathtaking sunsets to beautiful fall vistas, to enjoying fall menus, to experiencing fall celebrations and festivals, to outdoor adventures in the cooler weather- Pure Michigan has it all!

Follow along as we give you the very best tips to make your Michigan Fall Getaway the trip of a lifetime!

Tip #1- Timing your Michigan Fall Getaway

Our friends at Awesome Mitten have all the predictions to share the Peak Area Forecast for 2023. While there are many experts predicting the best time to drive through different parts of Michigan, we feel that any time between mid-September through October will allow you to experience the unbelievable colors that Mother Nature shares with us each fall. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy all the other benefits of a fall getaway including fall harvests,  fall menus, and cooler temperatures.

Predictions for fall 2023 Color in Michigan

Tip #2- Reserve your stay well in advance

Many visitors think of the high season in Michigan during July and August. Actually,  the fall season is busy too as Michigan is filled with dense forests that make for spectacular views during the autumn months.

Sky Bridge Michigan during the fall season near MBBA member inn- Torch Lake B&B and House on the Hill B&B
Sky Bridge Michigan during the fall season near MBBA member inn- Torch Lake B&B and House on the Hill B&B

Tip #3- Choose the area you want to visit

by the Experience you are looking for

Our new Michigan Bed and Breakfast website allows you to search by location and experience. Let us help you decide what is perfect for you- from bed and breakfasts that are vineyards, to historic inns in quaint towns, to staying at a lighthouse or experiencing an urban culinary experience- we have the perfect bed and breakfast for your Michigan Fall Getaway.

White horse drawn carriage in Frankenmuth
Photo credit: Jimmy Taylor Photography. Carriage ride in Frankenmuth near MBBA member Frankenmuth Country B&B

Tip #4- Let our MBBA innkeepers share with you their favorite things to do during your Michigan Getaway

While your options are endless in things to do during your Michigan Fall Getaway, we have outlined some of our innkeeper’s favorites:

  1. Enjoy a fall carriage ride through the streets of Frankenmuth with a backdrop of Little Bavaria and stay at the lovely lodging at the Frankenmuth Country Bed and Breakfast
  2. Experience the fall colors when walking over the Sky Bridge on Boyne Mountain,  which is the longest timber-towered suspension bridge and connects the peaks of McLouth and Disciples Ridge. Check out the lodging at three members’ inns which are close by in the Upper Chain of Lakes Region. 
  3. Visit a Michigan winery
  4. Go on a Michigan Lighthouse hunt. You can check out this previous blog that highlights some of our favorites
  5. Explore the many bike paths that Michigan has to offer. This previous blog includes an overview of Michigan Bike paths along with Michigan Bed and Breakfast to stay close by
  6. Drive through one of Michigan’s historic covered bridges.
  7. Visit a Michigan Apple Orchard and enjoy a homemade cider donut with a glass of fresh-squeezed Apple cider.
  8. Check out the local breweries that often will include a signature fall brew
  9. Go on an old-fashioned Michigan Road Trip 
  10. See the autumn colors via two wheels. Michigan has a bike trail around every corner. Check out our innkeeper’s favorites here.
  11. Watch a Michigan sunrise on the East Coast and a Michigan sunset on the West Coast
  12. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful Monarchs as they migrate south through Michigan
  13. Check out the art in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize running from September 14 to October 1.This year, 600+ artists from around the world are competing for $400,000 in prize money. They’ll show their work in downtown museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, parks, hotels, churches and other spaces. All of it is “human-made art” ­­– springing from the hearts and minds of talented artists rather than the algorithms of artificial intelligence. You’ll find three quality-assured MBBA member inns to call home during your fall art getaway- The Parsonage Inn, Leonard at Logan B&B & Prairieside Suites B&B. 

For 14 more fun ideas check out this previous blog.

Innkeeper Debi Hillebrand of Lewis House B&B opens the door to greet guests
Innkeeper Debi Hillebrand of Lewis House B&B opens the door to greet guests

Tip #5- Stay at a Quality-Assured Accommodations

At the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association, we know the very Best Places to Stay In Michigan because each of our members is quality-assured and inspected. During your stay at a member inn, you will enjoy caring innkeepers and a special breakfast served to you each day that is included with your room rate. Each detail of your stay is thoughtfully curated with signature touches such as local coffee, homemade fare, and upscale amenities. Come and experience for yourself why the inns of the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association are the Best Way to Stay in Michigan.

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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