Thanks to the warming effect of nearby Lake Michigan, autumn in Traverse City can be a sort of “extended summer” with plenty of balmy September days for sunbathing and even swimming. Fall adds color to the hills and valleys and spice to the fragrant air.
Autumn is a gentle, romantic season here -- a time of crisp clear mornings, mellow golden afternoons and cool, lingering evenings. The summer crowds have vanished with summer’s heat, and by late September the hills are ablaze with color. (TripAdvisor.com calls it one of America’s Top 10 fall foliage destinations!) It’s the perfect season for a stroll on the beach, a small-town shopping adventure, a round of championship golf, or a tasting tour of the region’s beautiful wine country.