I thought I would share some of Michigan’s autumn eye candy. The first several photos are from a car tour to the Traverse City area on October 24 and 25. (I know – this is an aviation blog… but there are exceptions to every rule – right?) The fall colors were almost at their peak. The rolling hills of the abundant vineyards on the peninsulas offered up brilliant views of Michigan’s autumn color palette. During some tastings at the local wineries, I found that Michigan wines actually give California a run for their money (and that goes for the scenery as well!) A highlight was a visit to the Ciccone Vineyard, owned by Madonna’s father, Silvio Tony Ciccone and his wife Joan. The wine was great and the steward offering up the tastings was a very personable and friendly gal. The winery is known for their dry reds. Although they were fabulous, I came home with a bottle of Chardonnay. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the Ciccone’s home is on site. Worth a stop for sure!
We stayed overnight at the Stone Waters Inn in Bellaire, MI, home of Short’s Brewery (where we dined that evening). The Stone Waters Inn is a small Inn with only ten rooms. It is reminiscent of a B&B without the breakfast. The owners are very personable and helpful and the rooms are very cute, each donning it’s own theme. If flying here, the Antrim County Airport (KACB) is nearby and a great gateway to the entire area.
Now for the flying part – yesterday, we took yet another flight to the Lake Michigan shore to see if the colors had popped any further since last week’s flight to Holland. Although, very pretty, the color near Lake Michigan still wasn’t nearly as brilliant as the inland areas of West Michigan. Upon our return, we flew around the local area for a bit and took in some nice views of colorful downtown Hastings from above. The town of Hastings is a great destination in itself, with many shops and restaurants steeped with local history. We are fortunate to live nearby and call 9D9 our home airport!
It’s sad to think that not long from now – perhaps a week or two at most, this will all be gone, the leaves will have all made their way to the ground and the color will be replaced with that infamous grayish hue for the next five months or so.
Get out there and enjoy it now before it’s too late!