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Old 10-05-2020, 09:28 PM
 
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Because most of the houses in Harbor Springs are Summer cottages that are used between mid-June and mid-September. Really the "Summer Season" is June 30th through Labor Day weekend.
Many of the houses are 100+ years old and have little if any insulation, so are not suited for Winter use. The large screened-in porches have plastic coverings for the Winter time to keep the snow and dirt out, and off of the old wicker furniture.

The colors always change later around the lakes, as the lakes are warm and actually change the weather around their perimeter l. Also, for the same (opposite) reason the areas around the lake stay cooler in the early Spring.
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:51 PM
 
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We were up at my wife's family's place on Elk Lake this weekend. Its still 95% green on the US-31 / shoreline areas.
We did a trip on Sunday inland and went over toward East Jordan, hiked at Warner Creek & Deadman's Hill, and then drove back through Bellaire.
The fall colors aren't yet at peak at least in the US-131 corridor area in that area.
I think next week weekend will probably be peak for the inland areas, and the shoreline areas probably still 2-3 weeks out.
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:53 PM
 
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Like said above, many of the resorter homes and cottages are summer only and things close-up fast after Labor Day.
That is typical.

Even on Elk & Torch / Chain of Lake areas, you can tell the people who have closed-up their places for the season.
We took the boat and dock out this weekend and my family's place.
We've learned from year's past what happens if you wait too long.
Always fun to be in the lake in waders taking the dock out when its 36 and sleet/snowing.

Next weekend looks like the weather will be awesome up there, but I can't get back up until 2 weeks from now.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Evanston, Lake Forest, and Wrigleyville, Illinois
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Default These were a few pictures from 31 between Charlevoix and Elk Rapids.





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