Week­end Get­aways

Th­ese nearby des­ti­na­tions of­fer lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy the crisp air and gor­geous col­ors of au­tumn.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture - BY ELISABETH WALLOCK

1 While sum­mer­time in Door County may be utopian, au­tumn can be just as en­chant­ing (and far less busy). Rent a kayak and take in Mother Nature’s an­nual color dis­play from the shore­line of Kan­ga­roo Lake, which of­fers calm wa­ters ideal for pad­dling.

2 Take a tour and taste re­gional wines at an area vine­yard in the river town of Galena, Illi­nois. Nes­tled in the Up­per Mis­sis­sippi River Val­ley Amer­i­can Viti­cul­tural Area, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Mil­wau­kee, the re­gion is known for its fine Fron­tenac, Marechal Foch and St. Croix grapes.

3 As tem­per­a­tures drop, Lake Geneva puts on a stun­ning dis­play of fall’s finest col­ors. Plus, there are plenty of sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties that make the hour-long drive worth ev­ery minute. Pick your own pump­kins, take a hayride or try to find your way out of a corn maze at one of the many lo­cal farms.

4 For an un­for­get­table fall color tour, drive along the 116-mile stretch of Michi­gan highway voted “Amer­ica’s Best Scenic Au­tumn Drive.” The north­west Lower Penin­sula’s M-22 winds past art gal­leries, the Lake Michi­gan shore­line, scenic coun­try back roads and winer­ies – all of which are en­hanced by blaz­ing or­ange, gold and red leaves.

5 Climb aboard the car ferry that trav­els from Mil­wau­kee to Muskegon, Michi­gan, where the fiery fo­liage of the re­gion serves as a breath­tak­ing back­drop for the other side of Lake Michi­gan. Rent a bike and ex­plore the brew­eries, mu­se­ums and restau­rants lo­cated along the 12-mile Lakeshore Trail, where you’ll en­joy panoramic views of dunes, lakes and parks.

6 There are plenty of parks that show­case the beauty of au­tumn, but far fewer that of­fer views of a ma­jes­tic wa­ter­fall. In­hale the fresh fall air as you me­an­der through 10 miles of scenic hik­ing trails at Min­nehaha Park, lo­cated right in Min­neapo­lis. Af­ter you’re fin­ished gap­ing at the 53-foot Min­nehaha Falls, en­joy lunch in the park’s pic­nic area. ◆

No. 5: Musekegon, Michi­gan

No. 2: Galena, Illi­nois

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