Cheers Your Way Across the Beachtowns Craft Beverage Trail

Odd Side Ales flight of beer

As you travel through the Lake Michigan Beachtowns, don’t miss stopping at the many spots along our Craft Beverage Trail! We have breweries, vineyards, tasting rooms, distilleries, and cider mills. Discover some new favorites and bring them home as souvenirs and gifts!

Holland

New Holland Brewing was founded in 1997 and today is recognized as one of the leading innovators in the revolution of craft brewing and distilling. Their Pub on 8th in downtown Holland where you can sample the beers on tap as well as their Michigan made bourbon, gin, vodka, and rum. New Holland also has a few menu to pair with your drink of choice. Farmhaus Cider Co. in Hudsonville has their Cidergarten Tap Room located on their 150 year old family farm. On the weekends, they invite local food trucks to sell food to enjoy with their ciders. Our Brewing Company is a nano-brewery in the heart of downtown. They create small batches of complex beer using local ingredients that you can drink while playing trivia, games, and live music. Learn about all of the Holland area stops along the Lake Michigan Beverage Trail here!

Muskegon

Unruly Brewing was the first brewery to brew been in Muskegon since 1957. Their downtown taproom is always alive with live music and their outdoor beer garden is a favorite spot in the summer months. Down the way from Unruly is 18th Amendment Spirits who found their home inside of the former Savings & Loan Bank. Their craft cocktails are made from house made ingredients and freshly squeezed juices. Take your chance on the ‘Dealer’s Choice’ and trust their barstaff to create an original, handcrafted cocktail based on your preferences. North of Muskegon, in Whitehall, you will find Fetch Brewing Company who has an ever changing on tap list. They are known for hosting local food trucks and live music and open mic nights. Learn about all of the Muskegon area stops along the Lake Michigan Beverage Trail Here!

Saint Joseph

Southwest Michigan is home to their very own Makers Trail! Grab yourself a free copy of the Makers Trail Passport which will help you discover over 40 participating craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. You can also download the Makers Trail app to help navigate to each stop. Collect stamps at each participating location to earn rewards including apparel, tickets to the Makers Trail Festival, Yeti tumblers, and overnight stays in the Saint Joseph area. Learn more about the Makers Trail here!

Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Hart

Big Hart Brewing Company’s mission is to provide the best beer, the finest in fresh local food, and excellent service. They are committed to showcasing the bounty of Hart and Oceana County. Big Hart serves up their craft beers as well as their Big Hart blends of wine. The Fox Barn Winery in Shelby is a fruit and asparagus farm with over 2000 acres. In 2005 they introduced their Farm Market and then their Winery soon after. They serve up their fruit wines as well as hard ciders on tap and ‘Barn Bites’ like cheese & crackers and smoked fish dip. Learn more about the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area craft beverage stops here!

Grand Haven

Oddside Ales in downtown Grand Haven began as a humble microbrewery in 2010 and has since grown so much that they now brew in their own 44,000 square foot facility. Their taproom has gone through 3 expansions and now has 27 taps of their newest craft brews. Across the street from Oddside you can find Long Road Distillers. Long Road was the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids and has recently opened up a sister location in Grand Haven. They serve up specialty cocktails with their Michigan made spirits as well as farm-fresh food. Vander Mill in Spring Lake started as a cider mill in 2006 and then began distributing their hard cider in wine bottles and kegs in 2008. Their mainstays are Ginger Peach, Bluish Gold, Hard Apple, and Totally Roasted. During their Sunday Brunches, you can order ‘cidermosas’ to go along with your cider doughnut sliders. Learn more about the Grand Haven area craft beverage stops here!

South Haven

Situated on the riverbank in downtown Paw Paw, Warner Vineyards turned the village’s old water-works building into their Wine Haus. They offer wine, beer, and cider tastings as well as host live music and food trucks. You can find one of Warner’s tasting rooms in downtown South Haven, Holland, and New Buffalo. Harbor Light Brewery in downtown South Haven is just down the road from the area’s famous lighthouse. They have 20 original house-made beers on tap as well as 6 ciders. Three Blondes Brewing was founded by three sisters who were born and raised in the South Haven area. Their revolving tap list includes the likes of Boom Boom Betty, Just Took A DNA Test Turns Out I’m 100% That Beer, and Dill With It. Learn more about the South Haven area craft beverage stops here!

Saugatuck-Douglas

Saugatuck Brewing Company boasts two tasting rooms, 16 taps, hard cider, wine, full menu, and outdoor patio dining. They are currently the only brewery in Michigan to offer a Brew on Premise Program. Participants work with the SBC’s brew masters to create their very own unique beer. Virtue Cider in Fennville makes farmhouse ciders from local heirloom apples and an expansive barrel-aging program. Taste and sip their ciders while touring one of their cider houses and wandering around their gardens to greet their pigs, sheet, chickens, and more. Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery offers tasting, tours, and many events throughout the year including cooking classes, festivals, and live music. They also have a tasting room in downtown Saugatuck! Learn more about the Saugatuck area craft beverage trail stops here!

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Most Romantic Things to Do Along the Michigan Beachtowns

Michigan Beachtowns Romantic Trip Ideas

If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway look no farther than the quaint and friendly towns along the Lake Michigan Beachtowns! We offer traditional wine & dine experiences along with some adventure, quiet time for just the two of you, and the most stunning sunsets you will ever see in your lifetime.

Michigan Beachtowns Hiking

Go for a Hike

The parks and trails along the Lake Michigan Beachtowns provide a romantic backdrop for a hike for two all year long. Muskegon State Park and PJ Hoffmaster State Park have miles of wooded trails and sand dunes over looking Lake Michigan and are dog friendly.  Hoffmaster’s trail system connects to the North Ottawa Dunes trails, the new Ottawa Sands Park, and the Kitchel-Lindquist Hartger Dune Preserve north of Grand Haven if you are looking for a longer hike. To experience something otherworldly, head to the Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access area to see mountains of sand dunes and watch hundreds of ORVs fly through the trails. Climb to the top of Mount Pisgah in Holland for a stunning view of both Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. For those who are not afraid of heights, the steep, wooden stairs of Mount Baldhead bring hikers to the top of a 794 foot overlook of Saugatuck. Black River Preserve in South Haven has easy-to-difficult hiking trails with a one mile frontage of the Black River and other area streams. Weko Beach & John DeeDee Howard Trail is the Saint Joseph area are great spots for a hike.

Spend a Day at the Beach Michigan Beachtowns Beaches

Pack a blanket, your favorite snacks & beverages, towels, chairs, some books & magazines, your headphones, sunglasses, and sunscreen and prepare yourself for a relaxing day for two. If you are looking for a day at the beach close to all of the action Silver Lake Beach, South Beach, Oval Beach, Holland State Park, Grand Haven State Park, Pere Marquette Beach, and Little Sable Lighthouse Beach are perfect for people watching and catching some rays. Looking for something a little more quiet? Muskegon State Park, Newcome Beach, Rosy Mound Natural Area, Tunnel Park, Grand Mere State Park, & Douglas Beach are for you! If you want to add in a little adventure, consider renting ORVs at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and finding a spot along Lake Michigan for the two of you. Learn more about all of the Michigan Beachtowns beaches here!

Visit a Vineyard or a Tasting Room

Cheers to spending time together at one of the many vineyards or wine & cider tasting rooms located along the Michigan Beachtowns. The Fox Barn Winery is the Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart area is a unique setting within a restored barn where you can taste their wines along with a ‘Barn Bites’ food board. 12 Corners Vineyards & Winery is located in Benton Harbor but they also have tasting rooms located in Grand Haven and South Haven. Oceana Winery & Vineyard is located in New Era between Silver Lake Sand Dunes & Muskegon but you can also try their wines at their tasting room downtown Muskegon. Fenn Valley Winery has been around since 1973. Their vineyard hosts tours throughout the year and they have a tasting room in Saugatuck. Virtue Cider is located on a working farm complete with tours, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Learn more about the Michigan Beachtowns Beverage Trail here!

Micihgan Beachtowns Paddle SportsPeddle & Paddle

Each of the Lake Michigan Beachtowns offer a variety of ways venture around the area by bike, by kayak, or by SUP. Bring your own or rent from many local rental companies by the hour, by the day, or by the week. The Michigan Beachtowns have hundreds of miles of biking paths and trails for the serious biker and those looking for a casual, scenic ride. While the big lake can be friendly to paddlers, the inland lakes and rivers offer up a relaxing day on the water without worrying about large waves. For the more adventurous paddlers, surf board rentals and lessons are available through Third Coast Surf Shop in Southwest Michigan or you can try Kiteboarding with the help of MacKite.

Listen to Live Music at a Brewery

Grab a tasting flight and cozy up together at one the Lake Michigan breweries. Our Brewing Company in downtown Holland is a nano-brewery and was founded by two couples and their motto is “Smaller on Purpose.” Saugatuck Brewing Company is the only brewery in Michigan to feature a Brew on Premise Program where you can work with their master brewers to create your own special beer. Oddside Ales in Grand Haven recently expanded its downtown taproom complete with garage doors that open up for alfresco drinking and dining. Unruly Brewing Company in downtown Muskegon is the first brewery to brew been in Muskegon since 1957 and offers an outdoor beer garden in the warmer months. Big Hart Brewing Company in Hart hosts live music, karaoke nights, and Trivia nights. Three Blondes Brewing was founded by 3 sisters who were born and raised in South Haven. During the winter months you can snuggle together in one of their igloos nicknamed the Blondomes. In the Saint Joseph area, pick up a free Makers Trail passport and start collecting stamps from more than 40 participating craft breweries, wineries, and distillers.

Discover Iconic LighthousesHolland Michigan Lighthouse

The most romantic times of the day to view and visit one of the Lake Michigan Beachtowns lighthouses is first thing in the morning or leading up to sunset. Walk the pier, beach, or nearby boardwalk hand-in-hand. Saint Joseph’s lighthouses are accessible from Tiscornia Park. South Haven’s lighthouse is a short walk from downtown via the boardwalk. Holland’s Big Red is best viewed from Holland State Park. Grand Haven’s lighthouses can be found where the boardwalk ends at Grand Haven State Park. Muskegon’s lighthouses keep guard over the Muskegon Lake channel. Little Sable Lighthouse is located at Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park and is open for tours during the warmer months. Before your trip, join the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Passport Program and collect stamps and stickers at each of the Beachtown lighthouses!

Share a Romantic Meal

Houndstooth Restaurant in Benton Harbor is a New American restaurant that was founded by two siblings and features a fine dining experience without the pretense. The menu ebbs with the season and with the culinary duo’s mood. Menu items include Blue Crab Dumplings, Roasted Chicken, and Creamsicle Poke Cake. Taste in downtown South Haven is a small plates restaurant and martini bar with items to share including sushi, sweet & spicy shrimp, a Michigan cheese plate, and signature martinis. Salt of the Earth in Fennville offers scratch cooking from fresh local ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally including their selection of entrees, shared plates, and wood fired pizza. Seventy-Six is located downtown Holland and serves up modern, American comfort food. They offer lunch & dinner along with changing list of modern cocktails like the Tequila ‘Mockingbird’ and a Winter Margarita with elderberry and pear puree. Noto’s at the Bil-Mar in Grand Haven has one of the most spectacular views of Lake Michigan you can find along the shoreline. Noto’s offers spins on Italian classics, wood fired pizzas, apps, and small plates. The Lake House on Muskegon Lake has a marina view and a menu fitting for a fine dining or casual dining experience. What’s not to love about Big Hart Brewing? They serve up their craft brews along with a large menu of small plates, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.

Lake Michigan SunsetWatch the Sunset Over Lake Michigan

There is no better way to end a romantic day than with a breathtaking sunset over Lake Michigan. All of the Michigan Beachtown beaches offer stunning sunsets all year long. The ‘golden hour’ leading up to sunset provides the best lighting for romantic selfies.

Stay at a Charming Inn, Bed & Breakfast, Hotel, or Vacation Rental

There is quaint and romantic place for the two of you to stay no matter what season along the Lake Michigan Beachtowns. Check out the latest lodging and getaway specials here!

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Explore the Lake Michigan Beachtowns in the Winter

Lake Michigan Lighthouse Frozen

While we are the Michigan Beachtowns and we are most famous for our summers, there is still plenty to do and discover in the winter months along Lake Michigan!

Little Sable Lighthouse - 📷 @r_christensen_photography

Silver Lake Sand Dunes + Hart

This area is best known for their towering sand dunes that keep watch over Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV area is open April 1st through October 31st but there are still many winter activities to enjoy! Pentwater Patherways and The Hart-Montague Bike Trail are each excellent areas to cross-country ski or snowshoe. When the snow is at least 4 inches or more, snowmobiles are permitted on the Hart-Montague Trail which is 22-miles long! The Little Sable Point Lighthouse Beach is accessible in the winter months even though it is not open for tours. Take a quiet walk along the frozen lakeshore and don’t forget a selfie with Little Sable. Learn more about the Silver Lake Area here!

Muskegon Muskegon Lighthouse 📷 @gregviau

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex luge track is one of only four luge tracks in existence here in the United States. And you can give it a try! Public participants receive equipment and training before shooting down the luge upwards of 30mph. If this is a little too adventurous for your taste, the Winter Sports Complex also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and sledding. Pere Marquette Beach is home to two lighthouses and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. Warm up after a day full of winter fun by visiting one of the many breweries and coffee shops downtown Muskegon. Catch a Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey game while eating gourmet tacos from Rad Dads Taco & Tequila Bar. Learn more about the Muskegon area here!

Grand Haven Lighthouse 📷 @colegrove_photographyGrand Haven

Good news! You don’t have to drive 2 hours further up north to be able to go skiing! Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl is just minutes from downtown shops & restaurants and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding on lighted paths, including tow ropes, eight downhill runs, and snowmaking. Warm up on cold days at Mulligan’s Lodge inside next to the fireplace or sit outside in the Adirondack chairs that circle the outdoor firepit. Grand Haven State Park is home the the Grand Haven Lighthouses and Pier whose catwalk looks otherworldly when covered in snow and ice. Pigeon Creek Park has lighted cross-country ski and snowshoe trails as well as a lighted sledding hill. The Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing Park offers snowshoe rentals and cross-country ski trails. Downtown Grand Haven has heated sidewalks for slush free shopping and many breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants to warm up. Learn more about the Grand Haven area here!

Holland Holland Lighthouse 📷 @david.sowa

Starting in late November, the Holland area embraces the season by celebrating with their Dutch Winterfest and with their open-air European Kerstmarkt with unique gifts for all. Downtown Holland has heated sidewalks and outside fireplaces so that shoppers can make their way to over 100 locally owned shops and restaurants. Even though Holland is home to many wonderful breweries, New Holland Brewing Company was born here in 1997 and has grown to be one of the leading innovators in craft brewing and distilling. Riley Trails is a multi-use trail that has a 4-5 mile mountain bike loop is a favorite of fat tire bike riders in the snowy months. Don’t forget to stop at Holland State Park to watch a winter sunset or get a photo with Big Red! Learn more about the Holland area here!

Saugatuck 📷 @lady_of_saugatuck Saugatuck-Douglas

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be a lot of work but with views of Lake Michigan, the 13 miles of trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park are worth the effort. If you more of a quiet winter hike kind of person, the Tallmadge Woods Loop has views of the Kalamazoo River, Lake Michigan, and Ox-Bow Lagoon. The charming downtowns of Douglas and Saugatuck have unique gift shops, cozy coffee cafes, and farm-to-table cuisine. The area is home to many vineyards, tasting rooms, breweries, and cider mills including Virtue Cider. Located on a working farm, you can sip a variety of hard ciders while visiting the local pigs, sheep, and chickens. Learn more about the Saugatuck-Douglas area here!

South Haven South Haven 📷: @davidwbehrensphotography

A great way to start a winter’s day in the South Haven area is with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate from a local cafe and then to head down to South Beach to see the frozen lighthouse and lakeshore. The 34-mile Kal-Haven Trail is open to cross-country skiers, snowshoeing, and snowmobiles when the conditions are right. For downhill skiing, Timber Ridge Ski Area and Bittersweet Ski Area are located nearby. Bitter-Sweet Acres has horse drawn wagon, sleigh, trolley, or carriage rides. The South Haven Ice Rink is an outdoor, covered ice rink located in downtown near many restaurants and cafes. Not only do they offer skate rentals, but they also host curling lessons and leagues! Learn more about the South Haven area here!

St Joseph Light House 📷 @alexlewislandscapesSaint Joseph

Being one of the most southern towns along Lake Michigan, the St. Joe area can experience some of the largest waves on Lake Michigan. Watch the waves crash against the mighty St. Joseph Lighthouse creating an unforgettable formation of ice along the pier. Lake Bluff Park overlooks Lake Michigan, Silver Beach, and the Silver Lake Carousel. From the first Friday of December through Valentine’s Day Lake Bluff is covered in over 1 million lights.  The Saint Joseph area is filled with locally owned shops, restaurants, breweries, and more. Follow the Makers Trail and visit local brewers, wine makers, and distillers. Grab a Makers Trail Flight Crew Passport for your trip to collect stamps and free gear. Learn more about the Saint Joseph area here!

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A Winter Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

Winter Lake Michigan

Plan your winter vacation in Western Michigan along Lake Michigan’s coast to enjoy beautiful scenery and exhilarating activities. Lake Michigan Beachtowns are full of wonder in winter. Marvel at natural ice sculptures as they form before your eyes along the shoreline, or cozy up inside a charming winery, restaurant, or boutique. Tour colorful Christmas lights displays at night, take part in special winter festivals, and enjoy a wide range of unique winter activities in West Michigan. Lake Michigan winters are truly extraordinary. Plan a winter vacation in Michigan along the coast and you’ll see a side of the Great Lakes like you’ve never seen before.

Muskegon Winter Luge

Muskegon

Muskegon is a Michigan winter sports enthusiast’s must-see destination. Muskegon is home to one of only four luge tracks that exist in the United States. This is also where five-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist Mark Grimmette got his start. You’ll also find snowboarding history in Muskegon. Sherman Poppen, native of Muskegon, invented the Snurfer in 1965. This gave rise to what we now know as the snowboard. You’ll find dozens of fantastic winter sports opportunities throughout Muskegon, including Fat Tire biking, sledding, snowshoe trails and cross country skiing.

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St Joe Ice Sculptures

St Joseph

St. Joseph is a beautiful Beachtowns to visit during the holidays. From the first Friday of December through Valentine’s Day, visit Lake Bluff Park to see over 1 million lights illuminate the park. This is a spectacular holiday lights displays in Michigan and should not be missed. If you’ve gotten chilly during the winter festival or while viewing the Christmas light display, visit one of the many cozy wineries, breweries or distilleries for a hot toddy. In Berrien County alone, there are 44 independent establishments.

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Saugatuck Christmas Beverage

Saugatuck/
Douglas

If you’re seeking a cozy and relaxing winter vacation in Michigan, Saugatuck/Douglas has everything you need. Warm up with a Michigan-made red wine or dark porter at one of the nearby area’s exceptional wineries, breweries, or cideries. At Virtue Cider in Fennville, you can even take a sleigh ride across the property. If you’re looking for gifts or a special keepsake, visit the many shops and galleries in the charming downtown area. Head out for an afternoon of sledding, tubing, skiing or snowshoeing at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Oval Beach Trails, or Schultz Park. Then wind down with a visit to the spa and and a cozy evening at your luxurious hotel, B and B, cabin or loft.

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South Haven Winter Lighthouse

South Haven

Many people don’t know what happens to the Great Lakes in wintertime. You might be surprised to hear that winter brings ice balls to the Michigan Beachtown’s shoreline. This is a rare phenomenon that you might find along South Haven’s shores. When ice breaks off from a larger mass, the waves turn it into a perfect, polished sphere. This isn’t the only natural wonder you’ll find in South Haven. Try snow hiking to enjoy the crisp and quiet woods, or take part in cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, even Fat Tire biking. Explore any length of the 34-mile Kal-Haven Trail State Park from South Haven to Kalamazoo on a snowmobile or Fat Tire bike.

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Grand Haven Fat Tire Bikes

Grand Haven

Grand Haven is a great destination for those who love exciting winter activities in Michigan. You’ll find fun and affordable downhill skiing and snowboarding hills at Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl. Nearby you can enjoy miles of snowshoe trails and some of the best cross-country skiing in Michigan at Pigeon Creek Park and Hemlock Crossing. Grand Haven’s winter festival is one of the most famous in the state, including a number of fun games, great photo opportunities, shops, food and drinks, and much more.

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Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart Cross-Country Skiing

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

The Silver Lakes Sand Dunes are famous as a summer vacation destination, but they are also beautiful in the winter. You can explore the Silver Lakes Sand Dunes in the winter while hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. When snow rolls across the sand dunes and you take in the glittering ice on Lake Michigan from the top of the dunes, you’ll see Lake Michigan in a whole new light. If you’re looking for beautiful scenery or adventure further inland, the 22-mile Hart-Montague Bike Trail is also open for snowmobiles and Fat Tire bikes in the winter.

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Holland Windmill Snow

Holland

When snowflakes begin to fall, a lively new season of winter activities emerges in Holland. Visit during Dutch Winterfest (11/23 – 12/14), and stroll the open-air European Kerstmarkt for the perfect artisanal gift.  Walk the warmed cobblestone sidewalks of downtown to find one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, microbreweries, and eateries providing snow-free shopping. Snowshoe in the shadow of a windmill, fat-tire bike along the lakeshore, and hike, cross country ski, or sled down snow-covered hills.

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Outdoor Winter Activities in West Michigan

Michigan Beachtowns offer a wide range of fun outdoor winter activities in West Michigan that everyone can take part in. You may not even be aware of how many outdoor winter sports Michigan really has. When you visit Lake Michigan’s beautiful beaches and trails in winter, you’ll see them in a whole new light. Try snow hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing on quiet trails, or get your heart pumping with some snowmobiling, downhill skiing or snowboarding. You can even try lesser-known winter sports like fat tire biking and luge.

Hiking in Snow

Couple in Restaurant

Indoor Winter Activities in West Michigan

When temperatures drop, some days it feels great to stay warm and cozy indoors. West Michigan has many great spots to get a hot meal and a drink, take in history, arts and culture, or enjoy a day of relaxation and self-care. Enjoy a hot cider drink and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan at a lakefront brewery, or enjoy a top-notch meal after a fun-filled winter festival. Listen to carolers, take in a winter show, watch the downtown area light up with sparkling holiday lights and much more when you plan a winter vacation in Michigan along the lakeshore.

A Fall Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

fall colors lake

Fall in West Michigan is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The West Michigan Lakeshore offers a wide range of fall activities, including extraordinary fall color tours through the natural landscape, apple picking, cider tours, hayrides and more. The robust red, orange, and yellow canopy over the fall trails and the historic West Michigan Pike makes this one of the best Michigan fall road trips. Start planning your trip at Michigan Beach Towns to find the best places to visit in Michigan in the fall.

solver lake sand dunes in the fall

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

At the end of your Lake Michigan fall color tour, you’ll arrive in the Silver Lakes Sand Dune region, home to a number of charming towns, including Hart, Pentwater, Montague and Silver Lake. Eight beautiful beaches, including the expansive Silver Lake State Park, host some of Michigan’s most striking sand dunes. This area is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the crisp fall weather. You’ll find outdoor adventures here across the sand dunes, including tours and dune rides, as well one of Michigan’s best fall trails. Walk or bike any section of the 22 mile trail from Hart to Montague, or make the full trip, and you’ll be surrounded by Michigan’s autumnal beauty.

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Holland in the fall

Holland

Named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns”, Holland showcases many of the best aspects of fall in West Michigan. Climb Mt. Pisgah, a towering dune overlooking Holland State Park, for a birds eye view of Lake Michigan and our “Big Red” Lighthouse. Visit our downtown Farmer’s Market (Wed & Sat) for the freshest seasonal produce or pedal your way across 150 miles of paved bike paths along city streets and scenic byways. And be sure to check out Windmill Island’s Harvest Fest, (October 5), and downtown Holland’s Fall Festival, (October 11 & 12), complete with professional pumpkin-carving and hayrides.

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South Haven in the fall

South Haven

As you head north, the next stop on your Michigan fall color tour is South Haven. The nearby Casco Township Nature Preserve offers spectacular fall color viewing, with trails and overlooks that lead you straight into the autumnal canopy. You’ll find a wealth of picturesque photo spots at any one of the ten nearby beaches, where you can capture Michigan fall colors against the backdrop of the great Lake Michigan. In October, take part in a special Cranberry Harvest Day hayride to explore one of the few cranberry bogs in Michigan. While you’re there, visit for the fun and festive Haven Harvest to enjoy local favorites and one-of-a-kind Michigan-made food, drinks, and crafts. Stop into any of the pick-your-own apple orchards, cider mills, craft breweries, tasting rooms or wineries to get a great sampling of West Michigan fall activities.

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Grand Haven in the fall

Grand Haven

As you head north on your Michigan fall color tour, you’ll come to the scenic town of Grand Haven. Famous for its beautiful sand dunes and, of course, idyllic beaches, Grand Haven is a great place to rest and unwind. Take a walk along one of the area’s seven beaches, or explore further inland to see colorful fall trails. Visit the shops in the charming downtown area, and bring home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Enjoy one of the many wineries, microbreweries, bakeries and eateries all over town to get a taste of West Michigan.

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Muskegon in the fall

Muskegon

Muskegon’s sunny, summertime beachside scenes burst with color in the fall. Visitors from near and far make their fall getaways to Muskegon to see these exceptional views. Whether you’re planning your last camping trip of the year with your family, you want to escape to the lakeshore for a relaxing vacation, or you’re visiting for end-of-the-season sailing, Muskegon is vacation destination that is both exciting and relaxing.

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Saugatuck/Douglas in the fall

Saugatuck/
Douglas

With sailing, hiking, fishing, wine tours, apple orchards, sand dunes, award-winning restaurants, spectacular art galleries, and much more, there’s always new adventures to discover in Saugatuck/Douglas. Featured by Conde Nast Traveler, MTV, and National Geographic, this area is a must-see destination on your fall weekend getaway. With luxurious resorts, cozy BnBs, remote camping spots and exquisite nature trails, it’s one of the best places to visit in Michigan, no matter what type of experience you’re looking for.

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St Joesph in the fall

St Joseph

St. Joseph, located in southwest Michigan near the start of the West Michigan Pike, is one of the most idyllic fall getaways in Michigan. Berrien County, which surrounds the area, was even named one of America’s top 10 Fall Color Destinations in America by USA Today. With seven beaches, over a dozen nearby parks and trails, and a wealth of farmer’s markets, orchards, wineries, art galleries, and more, St. Joseph offers something for everyone. Do some apple picking at a local orchard in the morning, take a stroll under the beautiful fall foliage in the afternoon, and wind down with hard cider, Oktoberfest beer, or red wine while you watch the sunset on the beach in the evening.

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Fall Color Tours on Lake Michigan

The historic West Michigan Pike connects Michigan Beachtowns to create an unforgettable fall color tour. Make the full journey heading north or south for an epic road trip along scenic Lake Michigan, or make a visit to any one of the towns for a picturesque and relaxing fall getaway. Nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, the Beachtowns boast natural resources and West Michigan fall activities that are perfect for a late-season vacation. While in the rich red, orange, and yellow shades of autumn, you and your family and friends can enjoy apples and cider, pumpkins, gourds, hayrides, award-winning restaurants, luxurious resorts, and quiet campgrounds. Whatever type of fall color tour you have in mind, you’ll find it along the West Michigan Pike.

west michigan pike in the fall

mom & daughter picking apples

Wine, Apples & Cider Tours

West Michigan has truly embraced its natural resources, and grown into a genuine winery, brewery, and cidery must-see. When it comes to Michigan wines, true sommeliers, new enthusiasts, and everyone in between comes to West Michigan wine country to try award-winning vintages. With over 43 beer, wine, and spirit-makers in Barrien County alone, you’ll be sure to discover a rich and flavorful beverage that will also remind you of a gorgeous Michigan fall. As you make your trip, sample crisp hard ciders, robust red wines, and warm, aromatic cocktails at some of Michigan’s oldest, most famous, and most beloved cideries, breweries, and wineries.