October 31, 2020

Chicby Karina

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Pure Michigan’s October vacation deals are scenic escapes

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The beauty of autumn, leaf-peeping color drives that crisscross Michigan, and some big savings on hotel rates. What’s not to like?



a body of water surrounded by trees: In this 2019 photo, leaves are showing their fall colors in Flint.


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In this 2019 photo, leaves are showing their fall colors in Flint.

Our friends at Pure Michigan have rounded up a handful of fall vacation deals that stretch from Upper Peninsula port towns to downstate golf courses. Check out what’s on this menu of vacation packages and see if there’s anything that will tempt you to pack your bags for an overnight getaway – or a longer stay.



a person riding a bicycle in a wooded area: Biking, beach time, waterfront walks and downtown strolls all add up to days of fun in Ludington. Photo courtesy of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Biking, beach time, waterfront walks and downtown strolls all add up to days of fun in Ludington. Photo courtesy of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here’s the list:



a close up of a flower garden in front of a house: Located on the sunrise side of Mackinac Island, Mission Point Resort sprawls along the Straits of Mackinac and offers an expansive 18 acres to explore.


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Located on the sunrise side of Mackinac Island, Mission Point Resort sprawls along the Straits of Mackinac and offers an expansive 18 acres to explore.

Traverse City’s Fab Fall Vacation Package

Deal: Save on lodging, dining and activities.

Expires: Dec. 11, 2020

Details: “The best of fall color is heading to northern Michigan! Autumn’s display is estimated to peak in early October, when the whole area is covered in vibrant colors. Pack your cozy sweater, and head out to the country roads and scenic overlooks where you’ll always have front row seats. Even better, if you plan your visit with a Traverse City Fab Fall package, you’ll save on lodging, dining and activities.” For more details, check here.



a view of a city at sunset: The Soo Locks are a big attraction in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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The Soo Locks are a big attraction in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Plan your trip:

Northern Michigan winery offers unique new Barrel Room tastings

‘Asylum After Dark’ tours to open at Traverse City’s former psychiatric hospital



a glass cup on a counter: Beer flights are a great way to sample different craft beers in Grand Rapids.


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Beer flights are a great way to sample different craft beers in Grand Rapids.

This delightful Northern Michigan winery is perched atop Leelanau Peninsula’s highest point

Michigan’s Best M-22 Road Trip, from Traverse City to Suttons Bay

Bay Pointe on Gun Lake, Shelbyville



a boat parked on the side of a building: A gorgeous, blue-sky day at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel. The iconic front porch overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel.


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A gorgeous, blue-sky day at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. The iconic front porch overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel.

Deal: 15% off your entire stay.



a person sitting at a table with a pink umbrella: With its signature pink umbrellas on the deck, the Pink Pony restaurant and bar are welcoming fall guests.


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With its signature pink umbrellas on the deck, the Pink Pony restaurant and bar are welcoming fall guests.

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Bay Pointe is an award-winning full-service resort nestled along the south shore of Gun Lake. The unique four-season property encompasses 375 feet of Gun Lake frontage and 10 acres of wooded terrain. The resort features the Terrace Grille Restaurant, an assortment of lodging, event and entertainment venues, boat docking, and access to beautiful Gun Lake. Book now and get 15% off your entire stay.” For more details, check here.



a view of a city: This file photo shows fall colors over The Village at Grand Traverse Commons


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This file photo shows fall colors over The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Mackinac Island’s Chippewa Hotel – ferry ticket deal

Deal: $52 off your second night’s stay to reimburse the cost of two ferry tickets.

Expires: Oct. 22

Details: “Book a new reservation for two or more nights on any of our select dates and receive a $52 rate reduction (the cost of two round-trip ferry tickets) off your second night’s stay. Must call and mention the Ferry Special in advance. Available Dates Only: October 4-8, 11-15, 18, and 19-22.” For more details, check here.

Plan your vacation: Mackinac Island’s Pink Pony shares 10 outdoor adventures

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

Deal: Halloween Weekend Special Package.

Expires: Oct. 30, 2020

Details: “Don’t miss Grand Hotel’s second-ever Halloween Weekend celebration, October 29-November 1. Pack your costumes and take part in a weekend of haunted activities, scary movies, a haunted trail, tarot card reader and more ghoulish fun. Package includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily and all Halloween activities. Enjoy the fall colors on Mackinac Island and don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate Halloween in Grand style!” For more details, check here.

Plan your vacation: Mackinac Island resorts offer remote school, work options for fall vacations.

Craft Pass in Grand Rapids

Deal: Drink local and get a free gift.

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “USA Today says Grand Rapids is America’s Craft Beverage Capital! We’re celebrating with Craft Pass GR, a new event that rewards you for drinking local beer, wine, cider and spirits. Download our digital pass and check in to 4+ participating craft beverage locations by October 31, and you’ll earn a FREE drink-themed gift and other goodies. Book a perk-filled hotel package to extend your stay for more time to explore our world-class craft.” For more details, check here.

Fall into Savings in Sault Ste. Marie

Deal: Save 20% on two-night stays throughout the month.

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Venture to one of the most colorful places in the United States this fall. Discover Michigan’s idyllic Upper Peninsula to experience fall foliage at its best! With plenty of places off the beaten path to see the magnificent color transformation of hundreds of acres of trees — and great lodging rates too — Sault Ste. Marie is your place to experience fall in Michigan!” For more details, check here.

Turn Remote Learning into Resort Learning at Mackinac Island’s Mission Point

Deal: Rates starting at $316 per adult, $60 per child.

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Turn remote learning into resort learning this fall as you reimagine your at-home classroom with an interactive visit to Mackinac Island. From stepping back in time for history lessons at Fort Mackinac and biking around the Island at recess to quiet learning spaces and rich resources — an immersive experience awaits. Bring online learning to life at Mission Point as you explore an educational escape against a backdrop of breathtaking views. Start planning your field trip with Mission Point’s Family Experience package today.” For more details, check here.

Plan your vacation: Mission Point’s Chianti restaurant reopens with new executive chef on Mackinac Island

Stay This Fall in Ludington

Deal: 50% off second night stay this fall.

Expires: Oct. 31, 2020

Details: “Fall is a great time to visit the Ludington area. The cooler temps and changing colors also bring a great season of value for visitors. Several of the area’s accommodations offer 50% off a second night stay through the end of October.” For more details, check here.

Plan your vacation: Beaches, trails, waterfront eats make Ludington the ‘front door to Up North’

Golf Flint & Genesee Fall Getaway Specials

Deal: Discounted fall golf and hotel rates.

Expires: Mid-November 2020

Details: “Enjoy Michigan fall colors in Flint and Genesee County while golfing at exceptional scenic courses at a discount. Choose from a variety of courses and accommodations to build a customized, affordable, fall golf package that suits you and your golf partners’ needs. Also, enjoy the amenities and attractions throughout the area including our beautiful parks, boutique shopping, and Flint’s downtown entertainment district offering a nightlife of restaurants, breweries, and pubs.” For more details, check here.

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