What to Do in West Michigan this Fall

Fall is here! Come visit West Michigan and experience a picturesque fall getaway. The leaves are bright and multicolored, the lakeshore air is fresh and crisp and the markets and orchards are bountiful. You will find your next favorite escape among the Michigan beachtowns of West Michigan. Below you will discover some of the cherished fall traditions in the region. Upscale Lakeshore hopes you will enjoy this season just as much as we do, and that you will discover your own reasons to love the lakeshore of West Michigan in the fall. 

Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Picking apples and pumpkins under the warm autumn sun is one of the top fall activities in Michigan. The hunt for the perfect pumpkin and the prettiest apples is all part of the fun. West Michigan has plenty of orchards to choose from, with Crane Orchards being one of the most popular spots. From their apple cider donuts to the wandering hills of reds and honey crisps, it’s a must visit during your stay in West Michigan this fall. Make a day out of your trip to the orchards with a visit to the restaurant and corn maze as well. 

Hiking and Nature Trails

Explore the fall wonderland of West Michigan, where you can walk among the many trails to take in the falling colored leaves and crisp fresh air. With trails of varying difficulties fit for strolling, biking, and running, it’s a great way for anyone of all ages to get outside during the cozy fall season. Welcome the changing of seasons and connect with nature. From Grand Haven to South Haven, you will find large forests along the lake and further in land with a plethora of wandering paths to take. Take in the view, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate time with yourself and or your loved ones.

Local Markets

Fall is the harvest season full of fresh vegetables, fruits and much more. Explore all the goods and artisan creations at farmer’s markets across West Michigan, whether to find something fresh to make for dinner or to bring back home with you after your stay. The Holland farmer’s market is open most of the year and throughout the fall on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in November until December. The market in Grand Haven is open until the end of October on Wednesday and Saturdays as well from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. The South Haven market is open until mid October on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

Wine and Cider Tasting

Indulge in the flavors of local wines, craft beers, and ciders across West Michigan. You’ll find an abundance of wineries, distilleries and breweries along the lakeshore, all with long lists of original flavors made right here in Pure Michigan. The fall atmosphere adds a certain charm to the exploration of vineyards and breweries alike. With a variety of seasonal brews and special wines, you will fall in love with what West Michigan has to offer. And what better way to enjoy a fall getaway than a day spent exploring across the lakeshore towns to find your next favorite bottle of wine or specialty brew. 

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