It has been an exciting summer for us here at Lynden Sports Center! Even with everything going on in the world, we have had one of the best summers to date. We would like to thank each one of you for your business and support. You are each a blessing to us. With the coming of fall and the leaves falling off of the trees, it’s time to begin thinking about two questions: First, where are you going to store your boat this winter? Second, what activities are on your fall bucket list?
After much deliberation, our team has decided to lend-a-hand and help with both of these dilemmas. First, we all understand to an extent that boats, especially pontoons in Michigan, are designed for warm weather fun! That is why last year we built a 300 unit dry storage building directly across the road from our Coopersville, MI location to keep your boat out of site, safe-and-sound this winter.
Second, with our beloved state of Michigan dressing itself in the boldest of colors, our team has created a bucket list of our Top 8 Michigan Fall Activities. As we take care of your boat, keep reading to find out how you should be spending your time fall, and comment below what you thought of our unbe-leaf-able fall puns!
Robinettes Orchard has been a West Michigan fall-fun destination for over 100 years, according to their website. Located off of 4 Mile Road in Grand Rapids, fun activities, fresh produce, delicious baked goods, wines and hard ciders, a dog friendly atmosphere, and of course donuts and apple cider make Robinettes the perfect first stop on your fall bucket list. Live apple-y ever after as you go apple picking for savory bushels of Macintosh and Delicious apples. If Robinettes Orchard is too far out of your way, you can always supplement this stop by checking out Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze in Fennville!
There is nothing fishy about this one. With the COVID-19 closures of many Michigan Fall Traditions such as Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth or the Haunted Farm of Terror in New Haven, fishing has been down by nearly 10% compared to last year. Even with this sudden decrease in global fishing, boat sales have increased by 75% in 2020 according to Horace Holmes from ABC7. With all of these new boats and this sudden decrease in fishing, this is the perfect time to slow down on one of Michigan’s pristine rivers with a fly rod in your hands. Pure Michigan suggests trying your hand at landing a salmon, steelhead, or trout at one of the state’s best fly fishing rivers: the Pere Marquette near Baldwin; the Manistee River; St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste. Marie; or the Grand River near Grand Rapids.
According to Traverse City Tourism, with about 40 different wineries throughout the Traverse City region, other known as the Traverse Wine Coast, Traverse City is the perfect stop for you this fall. Traverse City brings the crush to Michigan’s 100+ wineries. Sample the state’s crisp Pinot Grigios, fruity Rieslings, and dry Pinot Noirs at one of the state’s wine trails: The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Trails near Traverse City. While you are visiting take a quick trip over to the Bay View Wine Trail in the Petoskey Area. Wine not come check it out?
Here at Lynden Sports Center, this autumn we are falling for outdoor activities. Hop on your bicycle, rev your motorcycle or pack the kids in the car because our team and Pure Michigan believe that fall is the perfect time for a scenic drive in our perfect state. Gaze upon the beautiful Lake Michigan shore along M-22 as you catch glimpses of the sparkling lake peeking through the brilliant foliage all along the Leelanau Peninsula shoreline. As our Northern Michigan friends now, the U.P’s colors peak long before those in the Lower Peninsula, so make sure to add to your bucket list a trip along the Keweenaw Peninsula’s M-26.
Fall is the perfect time to dawn a plaid shirt, vest, or sweater and take a trip out to Trabbic Pumpkin Farm or Provin Trails for a photoshoot. Bring your loved ones, or if you are really extra, your boat to the intricate labyrinths carved out of towering corn fields and capture a memory that will last forever. We all need a new fall Facebook profile pic so try contacting Maddie Sue Photography, Melanie Bennett Photography, or Malachi Corliss Photography for a photoshoot in Michigan this fall.
After seeing Gene the Pumpkin Man dressing in orange head-to-toe to sell hundreds of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn in Kalamazoo, you can tell without a doubt that Michigan’s pumpkin patches are still a buzz with activity this fall. Fall isn’t complete without bringing home a 50 pound orange squash; did you know a pumpkin is actually a fruit? According to Pure Michigan, Morse Brothers Farm in Comstock Park boasts that they have pumpkin sizes ranging from 1 pound to 600 pounds. Just like these mammoth sized pumpkins, this is the perfect stop for families of all shapes and sizes. They also have a gorgeous selection of gourds for all your Pinterest fall decorating needs!
Summer may be behind us, but according to Troy Rice from Farm Brigge, the wealth of Michigan’s farms doesn’t end until the snow flies. Feel good from your head tomatoes by visiting a farmers market this fall! Eastern Market has been a Detroit staple since 1841, covering six city blocks with stalls of root vegetables, fall-blooming flowers, and locally-made pierogis and sausages in fall. Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Market & Shops and its surrounding streets feature vendors offering locally-sourced produce, cheese, and meats year-round. And, the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids, which was founded in 1922, showcases Michigan’s rich art, pastries, meat, and more.
We really are pushing the importance of boat storage this fall. Michigan winters can be harsh on everything, including boats. Storing your boat indoors can prevent rapid aging, depreciation, and molding. Boats are designed for warm weather fun! Store them indoors with Lynden Sports Center and preserve their value and lifetime. Trick or treat yourself and choose us today!