Ever feel like the warm weather just blew right past you? I definitely do. Maybe you’re like me and spent the early months of the year planning out all the cool things you wanted to do in the summer, stuffing your closet with boxes and boxes of sandals, catching all the summer sales for shorts and tanks, just to be ready. But somehow year after year, the summer passes and I never seem to do everything I had planned.
Or maybe you’re the total opposite. Maybe you spent every sunny day out and about, riding roller coasters all across the country and snapping pictures with all your favorite characters. Well whatever the case is, who says vacations have to end just because the leaves change? There’s plenty to enjoy this fall.
A great way to spend time with your family and friends without breaking the bank this fall is camping. It’s a great way to jumpstart fall and get away from our hectic everyday routine. It’s a fun vacation that offers something for the whole family. Hunting and hiking for the adults, and canoeing, fishing, and swimming to keep the kids busy. It’s a budget-friendly yet fun-filled vacation the kids will want to take every year. Just in case the tents and sleeping beds aren’t your idea of fun, consider finding a campsite with cabins. There are a few campsites in Traverse City that you and the family can enjoy. Traverse State Park Cottage, Traverse City Group-Use Area and Traverse City-Modern are the places to be if camping is your thing. Some have modern restrooms and, for the non-traditional camper, electricity believe it or not. The Traverse City State Parks feature a quarter mile of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. The park is only two miles from downtown Traverse City. The campground is open year round with heated restrooms. This can be your perfect hiding place for as low as $100–200 dollars a night.
Indoor water parks are a good way to still have summer fun in the cooler seasons. Great Wolf Lodge has been a hit among kids and adults. There are several locations throughout the country (including one in Traverse City, Michigan). With all the cool, indoor water rides, the pools for toddlers, magic adventures, and kid-friendly spas you’ll be pretty busy. You might almost forget it’s not summer anymore with all the water splashing around. Great Wolf Lodge has roomy suites and several restaurants. If you’re looking to get a little farther away, Kalahari has a nice indoor water park, too. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, they offer similar indoor fun, but even more exciting, they have a safari animal park with giraffes, camels and kangaroos. One really cool feature they have is a Junior Zoo Keepers, where they let the kids help with feeding and caring for the animals. Both resorts offer packages as low as $140 per night.
Bed and breakfast
Now for those of us who want to get away without the little ones, consider a bed and breakfast as an alternative to the family resorts. B&Bs are known as a popular choice for couples because of their intimate and romantic atmosphere. They range in size and are much more unique than hotels. Typically, breakfast is the only meal included, but some B&Bs offer packages with full menus. Some B&Bs even offer wine tasting, cooking classes and spa services, which could easily make a nice weekend girls trip, too. Whispering Waters Bed & Breakfast Retreat is a wonderful hideaway in Traverse City, Michigan. This place has wonderful nature trails, river decks, saunas, and Jacuzzi tubs, everything you need to enjoy a cozy weekend surrounded by beautiful scenery. Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast Inn in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan is located smack in the middle of all the exciting shops and cafés the city has to offer. B&B prices will vary depending on the location and services offered.
With all this fun right around the corner, there’s no reason to stay locked inside this fall.