Mt. Pleasant Area Fall Flavor (plus Fun!) Tour
Pumpkin, apple, cinnamon – oh my! Fall is here and you know what that means – it’s time to “spice” up your life with, you guessed it, FALL flavors! North, South, East and West, let your taste buds be your tour guide as you explore the variety of Fall flavor and fun throughout the Mt. Pleasant area! Below is the ultimate guide for fall flavors and fun in Central Michigan.
Head north on N. Mission road towards a quaint town called Rosebush, Michigan. Here you will find a Michigan’s Best Diner; Roz’s Diner. This family-owned and community-driven local favorite was a bank when it opened it 1908; the Bair family refurbished it into a “community gathering space.” This one-of-a-kind diner offers farm fresh ingredients, generous portions and a great atmosphere. Fun fact: Staff washes dishes in the bank vault! Also, we hear pumpkin pancakes may make the menu this fall!
Recommendations: Stuffed Breakfast Wrap, The Eggs Benny and the Mac & Cheese Burger at Roz’s Diner.
Fun: Megan Bair, also known as Mama Bair and owner of Roz’s Diner, hosts season-themed paint and pour sessions, family paint nights and fun craft activities throughout the year at the diner.
When you think of fall flavors, what comes to mind? Pumpkin and apple of course! Get your fix of pumpkin and apple flavored doughnuts at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Robaire’s Bakery; two iconic staples in the central Michigan area.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is at the top of all local’s fall fun list. The farm, founded by retired professors of CMU, offers U-pick fruits and vegetables, freshly made cider and doughnuts, 50 acres of pumpkins and fall season ornaments, hayrides and Halloween fun for everyone!
Robaire’s Bakery has served the Mt. Pleasant community and visitors for over 50 years; and voted the area’s best bakery for the past 10 years (and counting). If you’re looking for a sweet treat or a quick lunch, made with love; be sure to peek into the back room, you may spot Mrs. Robaire herself!
Recommendations: Pumpkin spice doughnuts and the Soup of the Day, Robaire’s Bakery; Apple cider and apple cider doughnuts, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch.
Fun: Every fall, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch hosts the annual Zonta’s Applefest. This FREE fall festival features baked goods, arts and crafts, hayrides and a craft show! Can’t make it? Visit Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, any time, to pick pumpkins, enjoy apple- and pumpkin-flavored fall classics and much more!
Fall Drink Menus in Downtown Mt. Pleasant
Downtown Mt. Pleasant is home to cafes and juice bars, offering the classic flavors of fall. Enjoy warm (or cold) spiced lattes at Pleasant City Coffee, Ponder Coffee Company and Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa. For a healthy twist on fall drinks, try Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa’s Pumpkin Spice and Apple Crisp Smoothies.
Recommendations: Oatmeal Latte paired with a famous Ponder waffle, Ponder Coffee Company; Apple Crisp Smoothie, Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa; Black coffee and a seasonal crepe, Pleasant City Coffee.
Fun: Experience fall foliage as you stroll down (or up) the GKB Riverwalk Trail; a winding path, taking you through four area parks, along the Chippewa River. Escape the cool air inside Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, home to 100+ Michigan artists’ work and exhibitions in the Morey Family Gallery. If you’re in the Mt. Pleasant area October 31st, trick-or-treat in Downtown Mt. Pleasant, before regular hours, during Pumpkin Promenade.
Head south on US127 or maybe take a more scenic route down Old Mission Road to the Village of Shepherd. On the main drag lives Shepherd Bar & Restaurant, a local hot spot full of rich history and dedication to great food, service and local brews. Before becoming what it is today, the local tavern started with a woman’s desire to open a beer garden in 1940. Nearly 80 years later, community members and visitors alike flock to the Shepherd Bar & Restaurant for house-made soups, lunch specials, Sunday Brunch and great beer.
Recommendations: Sunday Brunch features a spread of A.M. classics at Shepherd Bar & Restaurant; be sure to get yourself a cinnamon roll!
Fun: In the week leading up to Halloween, witness a display of more than 1,750 jack-o-lanterns in Shepherd, Michigan. If you’re heading to the Mt. Pleasant area from the Greater Detroit area, on your way up stop by Uncle John’s Cider Mill for cider, hayrides and more!
The Best of the West
On the west side of Mt. Pleasant, you will find two new establishments offering endless flavor combinations in both brews and chews. Indulge in barbecue greatness and handcrafted, seasonal brews at Summit Smokehouse & Tap Room; home to Mountain Town Brewing Company. This full-service American Smokehouse-BBQ serves up the best brisket in town with a great dining atmosphere. Fun fact: beer connoisseurs can peek over the bar to see where some of Mountain Town Brewing Co.’s most famous beers are brewed.
Across the way, find everything Michigan-made at Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market; from jams and canned veggies to cheese and meats. FYI – you CAN NOT leave Mitchell’s without a Mitchell-made product in hand.
Recommendations: Oktoberfest beer and The Smokin’ J, Summit Smokehouse & Tap Room ; Oh Boys!, Caramel Puff Corn (a.k.a. Mitchell’s Crack) and #4 Surfer Boy or #5 Hippie Chick signature sandwiches Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market.
Fun: Summit Smokehouse & Tap Room will host Oktoberfest September 27 & 28; this two-day festival features food, craft beer, games, live music and more! If adventure is what you seek, keep heading west and you’ll run into Isabella County parks and Chippewa Watershed Conservancy preserves where you can view fall foliage, hike, bike, disc golf and explore. Must-sees include: Deerfield Nature Park for hiking and disc golf and Bundy Hill Preserve for hiking Isabella County’s tallest point, Bundy Hill.
On your tour, be sure to enjoy fall foliage in central Michigan; click here for our fall color guide. For fall fun activities and events, check out our 100 Days of Fall, featuring something to do, every day, from now until December.
Featured photo courtesy of Robaire’s Bakery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.