Fall is a gorgeous time of year to visit Traverse City. The days are often warm well into mid-October – ideal for hiking and biking – while the nights are crisp and cold – perfect for a fireside dinner and/or wine tasting. And the area’s rolling hills, dense forests and miles of shoreline make for spectacular color tours!
In addition to wine and color tours, Traverse City’s festivals keep rolling through the fall. The annual Harvest Stompede is a unique running race through Leelanau County’s wine country, while the yearly Fiber Festival in Leland celebrates artists who specialize in wearable art, textiles, weaving, and more. For the sports-minded set, the National Hockey League comes to Traverse City each fall with the NHL Prospects Tournament as well as the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp. Hardy cyclists participate in the annual Bell’s Beer Ice Man Cometh Challenge – a wildly popular bike race held each November.
Autumn visitors can take advantage of off-season specials at Traverse City-area lodging properties. The Traverse City Fab Fall special runs from just after Labor Day Weekend through mid-December each year, providing discounts on lodging and special offers at restaurants, shops, wineries and more. Choose from nearly 5,000 guest rooms ranging from waterfront hotels and motels to romantic B & Bs, cozy cabins & cottages, luxury condos or a wide variety of vacation rental properties. Many properties have indoor heated pools, spas, fitness rooms and game rooms, as well.