It’s already October and fall is in full swing. What better way to enjoy the crisp autumn breeze and vibrant colors than a visit to the Petoskey Area. There’s no better place to pick up some fresh autumn produce, then relax over local wines or craft brews.
Our beautiful lakeside resort communities — Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City — are located smack dab in the middle of Michigan’s most stunning fall color. No matter which you choose for a home base, it will be close to farm markets loaded with locally grown fruits and vegetables with an amazingly just-picked, delicious taste.
After you’ve finished loading up on Michigan’s best, you might even be able to catch a hayride. The clean air and brilliant color are the perfect way to end your journey.
To make it even easier to enjoy this northern Michigan bounty, we’ve listed many of the most popular farm markets in the area.
- Bill’s Farm Market, Petoskey, 231.347.6735
- Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, Petoskey, 231.348.1278
Fruit, vegetables, flowers and seasonal trimmings, hayrides on weekends.
- Friske Orchards, near Charlevoix, 231.599.2604
Apple picking, wagon rides, pumpkins, seasonal shopping and much more! Grab a meal at the Cafe or just enjoy some piping hot cider and freshly made donuts. Old fashioned General Store and Country Haus, kid's orchard-playland and petting zoo.
- Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 231.526.FARM
Unique canned items, farm-grown produce and meats. Family fun includes feeding the farm animals and fish, shooting the squash rocket, hiking up to the vineyard overlook, large pumpkin patch, wine tasting, and The Garden Café. Fall Festival Weekends in October.
- The Pumpkin Barn, Levering, 231.537.2941
Squash, Michigan apples, cider and jams; Michigan Amish cheeses; maple syrup; and of course, pumpkins! In addition, the Pumpkin barn offers crafts and quilts.
Whew! After being outside in the fresh air and browsing those awesome farm markets, you will probably have worked up a quite thirst. No problem. It can be easily quenched by a visit to one of the Petoskey Area’s popular breweries or wineries. Whether you prefer a red, white, or a cold one from a craft brewery, we’ll keep the good times pouring.
- Beards Brewery, Petoskey, 231.753.2221
Small microbrewery focusing on a craft brew experience.
- Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Alanson, 231.881.6582
Vineyards and panoramas of the Petoskey hills and surrounding lakes can be seen as you relax with a glass of wine on a covered porch.
- Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 231.526.3276
- Mackinaw Trail Winery, Petoskey, 231.487.1910
The winery sits on 30 acres of beautiful rolling hills, and for 10 years has been one of the most awarded and recognized wineries in the state of Michigan.
- Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery, Petoskey, 231.487.9058
While many wineries combine various ingredients to create something new, it’s much rarer to take it a step further with maple syrup. Customers rave that the wines have a maple tone with a cream finish, varying from semi dry to sweet.
- Petoskey Brewing, Petoskey, 231.753.2057
A Michigan microbrewery. Join them in the Tap Room to experience made-on-premises handcrafted beer and light food offerings.
- Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery, Petoskey, 231.290.WINE (9463)
Enjoy wine tasting while sitting on our outdoor covered patio overlooking 22 acres of rolling hills, scenic farms, beautiful countryside and acres of vineyards.
- Pleasantview Vineyards, Harbor Springs, 231.526.8100
They specialize in making wine from American cold hardy varietal grapes. Spend 5 minutes talking with the growers, and you’ll be caught up in their love of grape growing and fine wine making.
- Seasons of the North, Indian River, 231.548.1280
Their passion is creating a new tasting experience. Several wines are offered that are made from premium hybrid grapes designed to thrive in northern Michigan. The wines offer intriguing flavors that reflect our area’s unique growing climate.
- Walloon Lake Winery, Petoskey, 231.622.8645
A modern winery focused on creating the very best wines made from cold-hardy grape varieties. The production facility and tasting room are surrounded by 36 rolling acres.
Sometimes it’s just easier to sit back and let someone else do the driving — especially if they know the area like the back of their hand. Get your group together for a memorable guided tour or private outing.
- By the Bay Transportation (wine tours), Petoskey, 231.932.1065
Wine tasting tours featuring five wineries of Petoskey along the Bay View Wine Trail. Breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and the lush countryside.
Come enjoy the nonstop color and never ending goodness of the farm markets, wineries and breweries in the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan. For five breathtaking color tours, including the Tunnel of Trees, download the Petoskey Area Fall Color Guide. We hope to see you soon.
About the author
Diane Dakins is passionate about all of the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. She strives to create informative content that gives potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.