Fall Weekend at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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This weekend, we spent time pulling in the dock and the boats up at our cottage. But, in between the pouring rain (which sounded lovely, on the roof of the cottage, while we were warmed by the fire) and the fall chores, we took a short drive up to Sleeping Bear Dunes, named the most beautiful place in America.

fall colors, Michigan

Fall colors at our cottage

Indeed it was - and even with dark, stormy clouds and intermittent rain, we  were able to get out, climb the dunes, and see incredible fall colors - glowing reds, bright oranges, and deep yellows, interspersed with evergreens.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes - just the beginning of a 4 mile hike to the water's edge

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes - at the peak, looking toward Lake Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes from Empire

Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeside, from Empire

We stopped to get bagels and pumpernickel at L'Chayim Bakery in Beulah, chocolate treats at Grocer's Daughter (you MUST GO) in Empire, and a mochaccino at Leelanau Coffee Roasters in Glen Arbor. 

Grocer's Daughter

Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co

Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co

There are two villages within the National Lakeshore Park - Empire and Glen Arbor. This is the highway known as M-22 (best scenic highway, EVER!). We caught a gorgeous double rainbow at Glen Haven (a restored lumber village/museum), and saw cormorants perched on the stumps of an old dock in the bay.

Glen Haven, MI

Glen Haven, MI

Glen Haven, MI

Glen Haven - looking west

Glen Haven - looking west

If you're lucky like we were, see another double rainbow at Point Betsie lighthouse.

Point Betsie

Point Betsie

Point Betsie

Point Betsie

Point Betsie lighthouse

Point Betsie lighthouse

Dark skies, rain and hail, dripping leaves, a tempestuous Lake Michigan, and plenty of warm beverages and good food - and an enormous pumpkin, in Frankfort - want to come along next time? It's nature, at its finest.

Lake MI

Lake MI

Lake MI

Lake MI

955 pound pumpkin, Frankfort, MI

 

 

 

Resources, for when you go:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com

Traverse City area Fall Color driving tours
http://www.traversecity.com/fall-color-tour-15/
 

 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy and copyright Jessie Voigts

 

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  • wandering freditor

    5 years 2 months ago

    I always love the way that you commune with nature and the great nature photos that you take Jessie. Loved the shots of the Sleeping Bear dunes and where they meet Lake Michigan it looks a lot like some of the coastal scenery in Australia. Must be a lovely time of year with the fall colours. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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