Plan Now for the Best Fall Colors in Michigan

Historic Webster House

If you’ve yet to experience the fiery show of the fall colors in Michigan, this is the year to do it! Soon our stunning hardwood trees will gradually change from deep verdant greens to spectacular golds, oranges, yellows, and reddish hues. There’s no shortage of beautiful places to take in a front-row seat of this autumnal show—from scenic drives and hiking trails to river cruises and aerial courses—Bay City, MI, and the surrounding Great Lakes Bay area offer a long list of places to explore. 

Dow Gardens is one of our favorite places to see the striking fall colors in Michigan. Witness a breathtaking 110-acre botanic garden with a combination of annuals and perennials, which also features unique bridges, majestic pines and hardwood trees, and charming water elements. The Canopy Walk at Dow Gardens is the longest in the nation—a series of pedestrian bridges spanning 1,400 feet suspended 40 feet above in the Whiting Forest. As a guest at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast, you’ll only be a short half-hour scenic drive to the beauty of Dow Gardens.

Back at our B&B, our historic property is the perfect place to sit back and relax, especially after a crisp day taking in the bright fall colors in Michigan. Our welcoming and warm hospitality is the first component! With keen attention to detail in everything we do, you’ll seamlessly check in and let your romantic getaway begin. Our six guest rooms offer the perfect reprieve for couples looking to reconnect or solo travelers seeking a peaceful space to reset. We’ll take care of your breakfast each morning—one less thing to plan for on your vacation! Start planning your fall getaway and reserve your room today! 

Fall colors in Michigan will be begin to change in early September near our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Find Amazing Fall Colors in Michigan near our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Fall is the perfect time for a romantic getaway or quick vacation before the holiday season. The fall colors in Michigan only add to the magic, and will be a trip you won’t soon forget! There’s a great selection of nature preserves, state parks, river cruises, and adventure parks to immerse yourself if the beauty of autumn. 

Here are the best places near Bay City to witness the stunning fall colors in Michigan:

  1. Bay City Boat Lines: Take in the autumnal hues aboard Princess Wenonah, a cruise boat along the Saginaw River. They offer specialty events, too, including rides with live music, perfect for a date night! 
  2. Bay City State Park & Tobico Marsh: On the shores of Saginaw Bay, our lovely state park and Tobico Marsh—the largest coastal wetland on the Great Lakes. Head out on the Frank N. Andersen Nature Trail, a 1.25-mile point-to-point paved path to explore the wildlife and stunning fall foliage. 
  3. Dow Gardens: Head to this curated nature preserve to take in the stunning fall colors! The Canopy Walk is one of a kind and the longest in the nation! 
  4. Frankenmuth Aerial Park: Experience the vibrant fall colors in Michigan on high! There are six unique ropes courses for ziplining and climbing at Frankenmuth Aerial Park. Take a moment at each platform to pause and appreciate the stunning hues of nature around you as you zip line through the trees!
  5. Bavarian Belle Riverboat: Depending on the weather conditions, the Bavarian Belle Riverboat is a fantastic way to take in the fall colors in Michigan along the shores of the Cass River. 
  6. Frankenmuth FunShips: Cruise down the tree-lined Cass River on the iconic Bavarian Belle Riverboat in Frankenmuth. Buy tickets to see the spectacular fall color show from the water and learn about Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” history and architecture while enjoying wine and chocolate tasting. 
  7. Dahlia Hill Society: Located about 30 minutes away in Midland, MI, this protected garden area is lovely for a fall stroll. The Dahlia blooming season can last through October, and you’ll love wandering through these bright flower beds. Be sure to check out the adjacent museums. 
  8. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge: While this area is about an hour from Bay City, it’s one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the state and home to many species of migratory birds and other wildlife. Enjoy the fantastic fall colors in Michigan along the Woodland and Ferguson Bayou trails. 

For personalized recommendations or directions to see the best fall colors in Michigan, feel free to ask our warm and welcoming staff and Innkeeper at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast for the insider’s scoop!

Where to find the best fall colors in Michigan near our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Romantic Getaway at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast This Fall

The fall colors in Michigan set a magical tone, and it’s an especially perfect time to plan a romantic getaway full of long strolls with the bright autumnal hues as your backdrop, a crispness in the air, and cozy evenings in at our historic Bay City Bed and Breakfast. Our convenient location puts you within walking distance of all the best things to do in Bay City and beyond in the stunning nature areas. Michigan is known as one of the most beautiful destinations during the fall, and our B&B is a hidden gem that, once discovered, will be one of your favorite places to stay in the Midwest! 

Our Bay City Bed and Breakfast has six unique guest rooms—there’s nothing cookie-cutter about staying at the Historic Webster House! Each room is perfectly tailored for couples looking to rekindle, relax, and refresh in each other’s company. The Keep Room (pictured above) is one of our most coveted suites. It represents an eclectic blend of old and new, perfect for couples on a romantic getaway or friends and family gatherings for a wedding. The en suite spa bathroom has a private sauna, a large whirlpool tub, and a luxurious double-headed rain shower. 

Every morning, you’ll be treated to an elegant and delectable breakfast, homemade and carefully prepared. Our wholesome breakfast is a combination of sweet and savory options. Enjoy your meal in our beautiful dining room by the cozy fireplace or in the privacy of your room if you prefer. The coffee is always hot, the service is always impeccable, and we can’t wait to host you. Make your reservations at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast today! 

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