This first full week of October is looking gorgeous in northern Michigan. The leaves are about halfway through their color turn, so you'll still see a hint of summer green among the red, orange, and gold. The forecast is beautiful too, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s expected for the next 7-10 days.
Now is the perfect time to head up north for the Hunt for the Reds of October on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, available Monday-Friday. For $25, enjoy the best reds of the region with a complimentary red pour at 20 participating wineries. Sit outside on one of the gorgeous patios and catch the autumn leaves as they change into their autumn splendor.
While you're in town, don't miss the incredible tours offered at the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Learn about the former asylum and even take a look inside some of the unrenovated buildings. For those already in the Halloween spirit, the Asylum After Dark tour will not disappoint.
Finally, be sure to head out to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this time of year. The drive alone (on M-22) is worth the trip, with miles of uninterrupted forests giving you huge swaths of color to admire at the peak of every hill. The park is quieter in the fall, and there's plenty of open space to explore the beaches and trails.
After your adventure, stop in the charming town of Frankfort for a seasonal beer at Stormcloud Brewing--it's Frankfort Beer Week, after all!--and a stroll through the boutique shops downtown.