Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumn on Michigan's west coast

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks, 1842

At Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Old Mission Peninsula / Cindy La Ferle


Whether we're driving up north or heading south on Michigan's west coast, I love seeing the variety of roadside produce stands in rural areas. Is there anything that says "autumn" more than the scent and taste of apples straight from the orchard? 

The leaves are only just beginning to change color around our state; it's been unseasonably warm all week. But there are pumpkins in the fields, and shopkeepers in the resort towns have changed their summer window displays to reflect the harvest season.   
Crops for sale at Brys Estate / Cindy La Ferle

One of my favorite spots for admiring the change of seasons is Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, a 91-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. This picturesque winery and lavender farm is ideally located on the 45th parallel, where the sun shines at the perfect angle for grape growing. In my view, it's every bit as beautiful as the wineries we've seen in California and other parts of the world. Touring the lavender farm at Brys, I'm reminded of visiting Provence.

Later in the week, while shopping in downtown St. Joseph, I could feel October coming. A cool breeze kicked up from Lake Michigan, scattering a few dry leaves across the sidewalks and signaling the end of sun-bathing weather on the beach. As much as I will miss the summer, I'm ready for autumn too. ~CL

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