Up North getaways, gorgeous resorts part of Pure Michigan’s September travel deals

September in Michigan means we are riding that sweet weather line between sunny, warm days and the first feelings of crisp fall air. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a mini adventure. And if you can save money on it, all the better.

Our friends at Pure Michigan have come out with their monthly list of featured travel deals across the state, and September’s savings have some nice finds. When the autumn breezes kick in, any of the Boyne spots are a great place to recharge, so we were glad to see The Highlands deal on the list. The Earl’s new rooftop bar in Charlevoix looks like a really scenic spot to check out, and the list of savings rounds out with a Grand Rapids vacay that comes with a Founders Brewing gift card – a nice touch.

Here are the September deals:

#1 Harvest Fest at The Highlands at Harbor Springs

Deal: 15% off Heather Highlands Inn lodging during Harvest Fest Weekend

Expires: Oct. 2, 2022

Details: “Fall in love with autumn’s crisp air and brilliant colors alongside the woodland backdrop during the Highlands Harvest Fest. Take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of the mountain to enjoy beautiful views, food and drinks, family fun and more! Scenic chairlift rides and activities are complimentary for lodging guests! Your fall adventure begins at The Highlands.” For more details, see the resort’s website here.

RELATED: Peek inside new guest rooms at The Highlands of Harbor Springs

Grand Traverse Commons in Fall

This file photo shows fall colors over The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (formerly the Traverse City State Hospital) from a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter. Cory Morse | MLive.comThe Grand Rapids Press

#2 Fall in Love with Traverse City

Deal: Fresh savings for fall

Expires: Oct. 31, 2022

Details: “Seize the chance to save on your vacation with a seasonal package. Plan an escape to Traverse City to ring in the autumn season and experience all that northern Michigan has to offer. Invite friends and family to join you for a color tour around the region or arrange a romantic getaway for just you and your loved one.” For more information on vacation packages for fall, check the Traverse City Tourism site here.

RELATED: Traverse City waterfront hotel kicks off season of great outdoor dining spots


Charlevoix in the summer of 2018 (Photo by Edward Pevos of MLive)Edward Pevos

#3 Create Your Own Autumn Adventure at The Earl in Charlevoix

Deal: Enjoy a charcuterie board upon arrival, with Johan’s Pastry Shop fall-inspired pastries and Friske Farms fresh cider in the morning

Expires: Nov. 26, 2022

Details: “Craft your adventure and we will supply the fall goodies. We’ll start you off with a generous and delicious charcuterie board waiting in your guestroom. If you’d prefer to enjoy it at HI Bar, our new rooftop bar, we promise the views will not disappoint.  In the morning, grab a complimentary fall-themed pastry made by Johan’s Pastry Shop and mug of cider sourced-locally from Friske Farms and start planning your day. Need some help with that? We’ve got all sorts of ideas.” For more information on this deal, see the hotel’s website here.

Beach readers

Fall 2022 travel deals are out there. Are you ready?

#4 Save More This Fall with Best Western Hotels and Resorts of Michigan

Deal: Save up to 15% on your next Michigan getaway by reserving at one of more than 30 hotels throughout the state.

Expires: Nov. 30, 2022

Details: “Want to save 15% or more? Then we’ve got some good news! Enjoy exclusive discounts at select Best Western Hotels of Michigan when you book direct wherever you want to go, we are ready to welcome you. Make your stay more rewarding by joining Best Western Rewards, our free program where points never expire. Experience the comfort and hospitality of Michigan’s more than 30 Best Western hotels.” For more details, check here.

Founders beers

Founders BrewingAmy Sherman | MLive.com

#5 Taste Fall in Beer City, Grand Rapids

Deal: Enjoy the perks of a Beer City Hotel Package

Expires: Dec. 31, 2022

Details: “Crisp fall nights unleash a craving for fuller-bodied beers – and many of Grand Rapids’ 50 breweries respond by introducing bold new autumn ales. Book a Beer City Hotel Package at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown and you’ll get a $20 Founders Brewing Co. gift card to start your exploration of seasonal brews along the Beer City Ale Trail. You’ll also get a free cooler, two souvenir beer glasses and a $20 breakfast credit to the hotel restaurant!” Find more details here.

Biking in Ludington

Hiking and biking trails abound in the Ludington area. Photo courtesy of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

#6 Fall Vacation Packages from the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Deal: 50% Off Second Night Stay this Fall

Expires: Oct. 31, 2022

Details: “The changing landscape of Ludington’s unspoiled natural resources offers a quintessential ‘Up North’ experience. Pure Ludington delivers the perfect combination of unrivaled outdoor recreation and quaint, small-town charm. With endless outdoor experiences, craft beer festivals and fall lodging specials, like 50% off a second night stay, now is the time to get up and go.” For more details, check the website here.

Boyne Mountain Resort

You can hike – or ride a chairlift – up the mountain to play Cold Springs’ 18-hold disc golf course. Photo by Tanda Gmiter | MLive.

Ready for more travel ideas? We’ve got a few:

Take a chairlift up to this Northern Michigan disc golf course, then play down the mountain

New Keweenaw Boat Tours takes passengers on scenic U.P. waterway adventures

Fairy Arch, the Musical Well: Fascinating forgotten spots on Mackinac Island

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