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Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2018 in Muskegon County

Numerous scenic routes wind through Northern Michigan and are great for viewing the lovely changing fall foliage.

But at The Weathervane Inn, we like to think that no other place in Michigan quite compares to White Lake when it comes to the vibrant beauty, calmness, and relaxation of fall.

Whether you’re planning a fun getaway for you and your family or a relaxing romantic vacation, you’ll get the best views of the changing fall colors by staying in White Lake. And there’s no better way to experience the colors than by taking the annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour.


Here are the details:

Saturdays, October 6th, 13th & 20th
10am – 4pm


The White Lake Area Chamber at the Whitehall Depot
124 W Hanson Street
Whitehall, MI 49461

The Muskegon County Convention Visitors Bureau at the Muskegon Union Depot
610 W Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440


About the Tour

The Depot to Depot Color Tour is a self-guided driving or biking tour that takes you down beautiful winding roads and trails and features spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding rolling hills and landscapes. The tour is “scheduled” for the Saturdays between October 6th and October 20th because these are the absolute best times to see the fall colors in our neck of the woods.

To start the Depot to Depot Color Tour, head to either depot (White Lake or Muskegon) and pick up a map. The map features the scenic route you can take to get to the other depot as well as numerous historic sites and attractions of interest along the way. Most of these sites offer stamps to show you visited. If you get enough stamps (10) in your tour map, you’ll be put into a raffle to win one of two great prizes:

  • Lake Express tickets (Lake Michigan ferry between Muskegon and Milwaukee)
  • Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park tickets

En route, discounts and specials at some of the best sites, shops, and eateries in the region will also be available:

  • 40% off 1 lb. of Irish Cheddar at The Cheese Lady (with map)
  • 20% off gifts & clothing at Pitkin Drug & Gift Shop (with map)
  • FREE small root beer float at Montague Dog-N-Suds (with food purchase and map)
  • Just a $3 admission fee at White River Light Station Museum
  • Donut samples before closing at Morat’s Bakery
  • And more! View a full listing of available Depot to Depot specials.


Other Fall Activities in the White Lake Area

Lewis Farm Market Weekend Festivals

Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm is located just 15 minutes from our lakeside hotel. The farm features local and exotic animals for you and your kids to “meet and greet” at the petting farm as well as other fun activities like hay rides, the Pumpkin Patch, and a huge 6-acre corn maze!

Check out the fun festivals going on each weekend in October at Lewis Farm Market:

  • October 6th & 7th ­– Rocktober Festival
  • October 13 & 14 – S’mores Summer Festival
  • October 20 & 21 – The Great Pumpkin Festival
  • October 27 & 28 – Spooktacular Festival
  • October 31 – Last Open Day of the Season!


Montague Farmers Market

Saturdays in October, 9am – 1pm

On every Saturday in October from 9am to 1pm, the Montague Farmers’ Market is in full swing. The market takes place just a few minutes’ walk from our lakefront hotel at the corner of Church and Water. Enjoy checking out the fresh produce plus lots of and locally-made goods, including maple syrup and honey!



Saturday, October 13th, 9:00am – 4pm

Pumpkinfest in downtown Montague is a celebration of all things pumpkin and fall. Along with the famous Pumpkin Roll where participants gather to roll their pumpkins down a large hill in the center of town, there’s a full day full of events and goodies: a pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, fresh apple cider, and more!

If you’d like to roll your pumpkin in the Pumpkin Roll, registration is from 9:30-11am and fees are as follows:

  • $1 to participate with your own pumpkin
  • $3 to participate and purchase a pumpkin too


Places to Eat

When you’re done exploring the area, enjoy a cozy family meal or a romantic candle-lit dinner at one of the many wonderful dining establishments in Montague or White Lake. For a full list of dining options in the White Lake Area, visit our Dining page.


Book Your Stay at The Weathervane Inn Today

For additional information on the Depot to Depot Color Tour, don’t forget to head here. And as always, we invite you to book your stay with us at The Weathervane Inn during the Color Tour month of October! Start planning your trip now by reserving your room and dates.