There’s still time for one last blast of summer! Fall has not quite arrived in Harbor Country, but it’s in the air.
You can still take a dip in the lake and enjoy the quieter and less crowded beaches that dot the shores of our eight small towns. Take in a spectacular sunset with a picnic prepared by our outstanding chefs and caterers. Stretch your legs with a dune climb at Warren Dunes State Park or a leisurely stroll through Warren Woods.
No fall trip to Harbor Country is complete without a visit to one (or all) of the award-winning wineries on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. With a climate similar to Napa Valley in California, the wineries produce a variety of quality, small batch wines. You’ll find reds, whites, sparkling and non-alcoholic fruit wines. If you haven’t tasted a Michigan wine lately, you haven’t tasted Michigan wine!
During the fall harvest, the smell of grapes is in the air at the vineyards. Visitors are encouraged to join in the celebration with grape stomping contests and festivals. Be sure to take home a bottle of spiced or mulled wine, available only in the Fall.
For beer lovers, the growing craft brewery scene features seasonal brews and limited-edition IPAs, ales, stouts and hard ciders. Taproom menus continue to expand offering charcuterie, smoked meats, wood-fired pizzas and more. You’ll also find local beers on tap at most dining spots in and around Harbor Country.
All that eating and drinking requires some exercise! Ride your bike, or rent one, and take one of 20 self-guided tours on the Backroads Bikeway trails. The trails are on paved area roads with lengths from 5 to 60 miles and take you through picturesque rolling hills and patchwork farmland on roads less traveled. There is also a new mountain bike trail in the Chikaming Park & Preserve for those that like a bit more adventure. For long distance bicyclists, the 500-mile U.S. Route 35 runs from Indiana, through Harbor Country and on to Sault Ste Marie in Canada.
Before they head back to school, treat the kids to one last blast of summer fun. Look no further than these kid approved activities for all ages. Don’t forget to stop at your favorite ice cream spot to cap off your stay in Harbor Country.
Need a place to stay? There’s a “bed for every head” with an extensive choice of accommodations –from historic inns and romantic Bed & Breakfasts, to family-friendly resorts and home rentals. Many lodging establishments offer special mid-week or week-end Fall packages.
Whether you’re here for a day, a week, or a week-end, enjoy the last blast of summer. Don’t forget the camera to capture memories that will keep you warm all winter long.