Northern Michigan Fall Color Tours Part I

August 20th, 2016


Summer is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the traveling and weekend getaways have to be over! Book a long weekend at Hotel Walloon to come see some of the most beautiful fall foliage in Michigan.

There are only 5 weeks left until the first official day of fall! Every Monday from now until the start of fall, check out our to read about “5 Northern Michigan Fall Color Tours to do this Season”. One Michigan fall color tour will be shared each week until the start of fall on September 22nd!

Pick your favorite fall color tour that is shared, book a stay at Hotel Walloon and come for a long weekend to tour away! At the end of a long day of sightseeing, head back to Hotel Walloon for the perfect night of relaxation in front of our massive stone fireplace, sip some wine and indulge with hors d’ouevres provided by the Walloon Lake Inn.

The Michigan Fall Color Tour shared this week is a Michigander’s favorite: M119 Tunnel of Trees!

M119 Tunnel of Trees

M119 boasts of 137 curves over a 20-mile stretch of narrow country road. Located along the route is the opportunity to get out, stretch your legs and enjoy views of Lake Michigan. You might even catch a glimpse of the Mackinaw Bridge! The Petoskey Area Visitor’s Bureau has provided Hotel Walloon’s Concierge with maps detailing the fall color tour, for more information click here!

The Tunnel of Trees is a must-see fall destination! The Tunnel of Trees starts in Harbor Springs and winds its way up to Cross Village. The fall scenery on The Tunnel of Trees is unmatched in beauty and is the perfect spot to capture a true northern Michigan Fall Color Tour. While you are on the Tunnel of Trees, there are a few stops that you won’t want to miss.

Stop 1: Pond Hill Farm

Pond Hill Farm is located five miles north of Harbor Springs and is the first stop we suggest on the Tunnel of Trees! This must-see destination will keep your entire group busy! From their winery and brewery, to the livestock barn, hiking trails, playground and a squash rocket for the kids- this fun-filled farm is the perfect way to start your journey through the fall scenery on M119.

Pond Hill Farm’s Garden Café is open daily from 11 AM – 5:30 PM, offering a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches made with ingredients grown on the farm. While you are visiting Pond Hill Farm’s Garden Café, sip on some of their award winning wine or one of the many beers currently on tap.

Stop 2: Good Hart General Store

The Good Hart General Store is a historic stop on the Tunnel of Trees and has been part of the Northern Michigan community since the early 1930s. This quaint general store offers delicious deli sandwiches, an extensive bakery selection (including a great ice cream sandwich!) and more tasty treats! After a quick bite from the deli, don’t forget to pick out a souvenir to remember your stop in Good Hart along the M119 Tunnel of Trees!

After the quick stop in Good Hart, take a walk on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan to see the fall scenery as the leaves are changing color on the lake shore. Public Access to the beach can be found at St. Ignatius Church in Good Hart on Lamkin Drive. While admiring the fall colors on your beach walk, don’t forget to look for a Petoskey Stone, because you never know where one might be.

Stop 3: Legs Inn

The final destination on the M119 Tunnel of Trees is Legs Inn. Legs Inn has been a Michigan landmark for the past ninety years. Enjoy a wide range of food offered at Legs Inn including Great Lakes’ Whitefish and Goulash, among many other delicious Polish dishes to try! Legs Inn is only open until October 16th, before closing for the season. If this is a destination you want to see, make your Hotel Walloon reservations prior to this date to enjoy this final stop on your Michigan Fall Color Tour.

Call Hotel Walloon Today

This northern Michigan fall color tour is full of food, fall and fun! After a long day of eating your way through this beautiful tour of the fall scenery, come back to Hotel Walloon for a relaxing night in front of the Hearth Room fireplace! Don’t miss out on the leaves changing color- come to northern Michigan for a weekend getaway. Call (231) 535-5000 to book your room today.

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