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Fall Color Drives

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What will be your adventure? Find the perfect fall color drive, whether it is driving under tree canopies or along a Lake Michigan Shoreline. Enjoy some of Shanty Creek Resort's favorite fall drives.

Michigan Colors drive map

1. Mackinaw City

Description: Enjoy the Mackinaw Bridge with fall colors in the Background. Take time to explore downtown with shopping and grabbing a bite to eat!
Points of Interest:
• Wilderness State Park
• Visit the Bridge
• Dixie Saloon
• Hunts Pastie and Cookie Co.
• McGulpin Point Lighthouse
• Healands International Dark Sky Park
• Shopping Downtown

2. Tunnel Of Trees

Description: Like to be surrounded by trees? This is the place for you. Expirence the 20 mile long drive under the tree canopies.
Points of Interest:
• Legs Inn
• Pond Hill Farm
• Trillium Woods Coffee
• Hoogland Family Nature Preserve
• Bliss Cookie Company

Shanty Creek Logo

3. Glen Lake > Frankfort

Description: This colorful drive will take you right past the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Points of Interest:
• Sleeping Bear Dunes
• Empire Bluff Trail
• The Manitou Restaurant
• Point Betsie Lighthouse
• Shopping Downtown Frankfort
• Old Town Grill and Tap
• Goody’s Seafood Shack

A fall day overlooking Lake Bellaire

4. Suttons Bay > Northport > Leland

Description: This trip around the Leelanau Township will take your breath away. With water and colorful trees throughout the whole trip, you are guaranteed to see the colors you are hoping for.
Points of Interest:
• Wilderness State Park
• Visit the Bridge
• Dixie Saloon
• Hunt's Pastie and Cookie Co.
• McGulpin Point Lighthouse
• Headlands International Dark Sky Park
• Shopping Downtown

5. Old Mission

Description: If you love vinyards this is the
perfect trip for you. As multiplie winyards placed throughout the colorful Old Mission Peninsula.
Points of Interest:
• Vineyards
• Archie's Roadside Park
• Peninsula Grill
• The Boathouse
• Old Mission State Park/ Lighthouse
• Moondance Flower Farm, Buchan's
• Blueberry's Hill

6. Elk Rapids > Charlevoix

Description: With plenty of places to stop along the way you’ll be able to create an adventure with this route. Don’t forget to stop at Barnes Park for
a quick peek at Lake Michigan.
Points of Interest:
• Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen
• Shorts Brewing Co. Pull Barn Tap Room
• Veterans Memorial Park
• Kings Orchard
• Torch Bay Nature Preserve
• Barnes Park
• Torch Lake Cafe
• Friske’s Orchard
• Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse
• JAX Northside Food and Spirits
• Pigs Eatin’ Ribs
• Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant

7. Shanty Creek Resort

Description: Looking to get lost in the fall color? Take a trip around Shanty Creek, where you will find endless roads with endless color!
Points of Interest:
• Lakeview Restaurant
• Golfing
• The River Bistro
• Schuss Grill

Shanty Fall

8. Mancelona > Petoskey

Description: Grab your snacks this one is a long drive! With many stops there is no way you can get bored. Enjoy the fall colors by stopping to take pictures along the way.
Points of Interest:
• Iron Skillet
• US 131 45th parallel Sign
• Jordan River National Fish Hatchery
• Deadman’s Hill
• Waterfall Picnic Area
• Jones Landing Park
• Mackinaw Trail Winery and Brewery
• Bayfront Park/ Lighthouse
• Shopping Downtown Petoskey

9. Grayling > Gaylord

Description: This trip will not disappoint, with views of tall colorful trees along side the Otsego Lake.
Points of Interest:
• Otsego Lake State Park
• Pine Squirrel Bar and Grill
• Alpine Tavern and Eatery
• Shopping Downtown Gaylord
• Gaylord City Elk Park Viewing Area