Awesome Autumn Day Trips a Short Drive from Grand Rapids

Awesome Autumn Day Trips a Short Drive from Grand Rapids

The air is crisp. The leaves are changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. Your arms are wrapped in sweaters and jackets. Yes, fall is officially here. What is a better way to escape the day-to-day hustle and relish in Michigan’s fall season than to take a day trip? Below are six trips just a short drive (or bike ride) away from Grand Rapids to help you slow down, smell the autumn air, and maybe sip some apple cider:

1. South Haven Harvest Festival

Best known for its beach and the laid back summer life, South Haven also hosts an annual Harvest Festival with fun for the whole family October 21 – 23, 2016. This weekend-long festival features community contests ranging from scarecrow making, cow milking, pie baking, to Halloween costumes. There will also be live bands, beer tents, hayrides, pumpkin chuckin’, and zombie runs!

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Photo Courtesy of Downtown South Haven Facebook Page

2. Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Enjoy Michigan wine tasting only an hour and half away from Beer City USA! The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail includes twenty wineries easily connected with just a short drive in between. Check out Round Barn’s Jammin’ in the Vineyard, 12 Corners Oktoberfest, or Dablon Winery’s Hallowine Celebrations for some fall fun.

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Photo Courtesy of Round Barn Winery Facebook Page

3. Bike Color Tour

You don’t have to drive to Northern Michigan to be able to enjoy changing colors and foliage! Pack a lunch, grab your bike, and take your own tour. Kent Trails, Grand River Edges Trail, Cannon Township Trail, and the White Pine Trail have miles of paved bike trails lined with awe-inspiring, color-changing trees.

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Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Syswerda

4. Color Cruise & Island Festival

Admire Grand Ledge’s historic sandstone ledges and fall colors as you float down Grand River on a riverboat or take a ride in an old-fashioned covered wagon during this fall festival.  Grand Ledge’s annual Color Cruise and Island Festival will take place October 14 – 16, 2016 and feature folk music, food, children’s activities, and lots of history!

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Photo Courtesy of Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce

5. Kent Harvest Trails

West Michigan is surrounded by wonderful farms, markets, cider mills, and pumpkin patches. Looking for fresh donuts? Maybe a corn maze or petting zoo? Try a new farm or visit more than one using Kent Harvest Trails tool to filter and find the perfect pick for you!

Autumn Day Trips Grand Rapids - The Awesome Mitten
Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Syswerda

6. Fennville

Fennville is only a 45 minute drive but a world away from Grand Rapids. Stop by Crane’s Pie Pantry for a pie flight or Virtue Cider Mill for a crisp local cider. Fennville is surrounded by u-pick farms and once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal at Salt of the Earth.

What is your favorite fall day trip? What do you love most about autumn in West Michigan?