Sip & Savor While You Leaf Peep


Here in Oscoda, Michigan’s Sunrise Side, Fall arrives in late September through mid-October. The most scenic route to view fall foliage is US 23 aka the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail.  Spend the day traveling from one unique wine or craft beer tasting to the next. As you travel either south or north from Oscoda, you’ll experience some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in Michigan.

Start your day at Wiltse’s Brew Pub in Oscoda for a craft beer and lunch. Ask about their sampler platter to taste all five of their home brews that include a stout, lager, wheat, amber ale and seasonal brew.

Travel south on the trail to Modern Craft Winery in Au Gres. Or, travel north on the trail to:

  • Modern Craft Winery’s ancillary tasting room in Harrisville
  • Thunder Bay Winery, Alpena
  • Stoney Acres Winery, Alpena

Depending upon when you visit, there are numerous events and attractions along the way, perfect for a Fall day out.


  • Sept 26 -28, Annual Paul Bunyan Days, Furtaw Field
  • Oct 4, Fall Festival Art & Craft Show


  • Sept 26, Opening of 2014 Juried Art Exhibition at the Besser Museum. Exhibition goes through December 31.
  • Sept 26-27, Thunder Bay Folk Festival, Engine Show Grounds
  • Oct 3-31, Dark Minds Haunted Attractions, Alpena Armory
  • Oct 9-12, Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival, APLEX
  • Open Year ‘Round, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary