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Fall Favorites in Leelanau

Posted by Jamie Jewell on Sep 30 , 2020 - 10:34 am

Fall is a special time in Leelanau. While we hate to see summer go, it is no lie that most of us who reside here truly embrace all four seasons.

We’ve gathered a list of our top five places to visit and enjoGallagher's Farm Market Donutsy this fall:

  1. Gallagher’s Farm Market & Bakery – Your “go-to” market for the freshest fruit and veggies all summer takes on a new personality in the fall. The yard is covered with hundreds of pumpkins and gourds to decorate your home. But the hit of the season is the mouthwatering pumpkin donuts and fresh apple cider.

Tip: Call one day in advance for donut orders of 2 dozen or more!

Hours: Closed Tuesdays; Weds – Monday 8am to 6pm

  1. Jacob’s Farm – Just across the street is a family-fun destination with a life-sized corn maze that spans over 10-acres. Fall’s featured U-Pick fruit is the apple. Their self-proclaimed fall starts are the ZeJacob's Farm Corn Mazestar and Honey Crisp which “showcase crisp, tart and sweet magic”. We suggest that you buy a few different types of apples, along with some caramel for dipping to have your own at-home apple tasting.

New this year: Jacob’s Farm is now offering food and drink including 12 rotating Michigan brewed beers, draft cocktails, wine, and cider. They also offer farm-fresh, kid-friendly food including pizzas and salads

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 8pm. Kitchen and bar are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  1. Grand Traverse LighthouseGrand Traverse Lighthouse – Located at the very tip of the Leelanau peninsula, inside the Leelanau State Park, is the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It has been guiding ships and sailors since it was built in 1858. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the restored keeper’s dwelling and climb the tower for unmatched views of Lake Michigan, Cathead Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, and the Manitou Passage.

Hours: Daily 12pm to 4pm through October (weekends in November) for the Lighthouse and Gift Shop

  1. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive – Sleeping Bear Dunes, the area named “Most Beautiful Place in America” has one of the best vantage points to view the paintbox of colors that dot our forests in the fall at the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Covered Bridgeself-guided 7.4 miles drive follows an old logging road and meanders through forest and dune areas with scenic overlooks of Lake Michigan and the surrounding national parkland. There are 12 numbered locations where visitors can exit their vehicles to learn more about the area, hike picnic, and take photos.

Don’t miss: Overlook #9 and #10 – known for the stunning views. The same locations are also considered especially hazardous. Because of the heights involved, visitors are discouraged from climbing down and back up the dunes.

Hours: Daily 9am to 30 minutes after sunset through November. Check for operating hour changes on their Facebook page.

  1. Suttons Bay Ciders – Fall is synonymous with the grape harvest and wine tasting. But over the last handful of years, Suttons Bay Ciders Moon Risehandcrafted hard ciders have added to the tasting experience throughout northern Michigan. Suttons Bay Ciders is perched atop of a hill with stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay. The tasting room is nestled among mature trees that show the brightest colors of the season. And an expansive outdoor patio provides additional seating for milder days and a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss. You’ll enjoy their seasonal tasting menu with tasting flights of 4 up to 10. They also serve by the pint with Growlers and Howlers to go.

Special events: Enjoy “Moonrise Over the Bay” throughout the year on nights of the moonrise featuring stunning views of the night sky, live music, cider, and a bonfire. Follow them on Facebook for more information.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 12pm to 7pm; Friday and Saturday 12pm to 8pm (extended hours for Moonrise events)