Mackinac Island is a summertime staple in Michigan – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun place to be when the leaves start changing color.
As the leaves change so do the crowds, as they dwindle in size. Mackinac Island opens up come autumn and it feels like it becomes your own playground. All your Mackinac favorites are still there come fall: carriage rides, bike trails, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf – it’s the atmosphere that shifts, becoming quieter and even more colorful.
Fall color on Mackinac Island is a sight to behold. Often peaking in early October, an early fall bike ride on Mackinac is an unforgettable experience. A ride on Tranquil Bluff Trail along the eastern shore is a must to witness the red and golden leaves’ beautiful takeover. Of course, you really can’t go with whatever trail you choose – just immerse yourself in fall’s natural splendor.
Mackinac Island is almost entirely a state park, which positions it as a magnificent destination for appreciating fall’s sweeping, colorful alteration. Just start wandering by bike or foot and explore forests, geological formations, and limestone bluffs.
And if Mackinac’s expansive nature isn’t enough of a fall visit enticer, perhaps fall specials are. When fall arrives so do some fall specials, offering up discounted rates at hotel or special packages that feature numerous benefits. Grand Hotel, Hotel Iroquois, Inn at Stonecliffe, Inn on Mackinac, Island House Hotel, Bicycle Street Inn, Lake Bluff Condominiums, Lilac Tree, Waterfront Collection, Lake View Hotel, Mission Point Resort, and Murray Hotel all offer intriguing, special packages.
For example, Grand Hotel hosts unique weekends throughout October, like Close The Grand, Girlfriends Getaway, Ballroom Dancing, Somewhere In Time, and Murder Mystery. These packages include your room and an assortment of additional benefits like meals, golf, wine tasting, and more.
Meanwhile, other hotels offer opportunities to save upward of 50% off on a room, among other benefits. Peruse all the October lodging specials and packages here.
So pack your hoodie and head north. The delightfully crispy, magnificent color, miles of trails, and a calmer atmosphere await on Mackinac Island.
Peak fall color on Mackinac Island occurs early through mid-October.
Start planning at mackinacisland.org/stay.