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Fleeting Moments

It’s not bragging if it’s true: The fall colors here are as beautiful as you’ll find anywhere on the East Coast. Yet they are fleeting. So round up some girlfriends for a road trip to the northwoods, where the autumn vibe is relaxed and the scenery positively poetic.

Fall Colors
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has fall color reporting down pat. With leaf spotters all around the state, their report is a great barometer of when to head north to St. Germain. Day trip idea: Continue one hour north still to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Bond Falls, a 50-foot waterfall of the Ontonagon River.

Very Artistic
The 55th annual Colorama Craft Fair is September 19 at the St. Germain Community Park, dubbed the “Birthplace of Colorama.” Along with the craft show, there is also a wine and cheese tasting and fall flower sale. October 9-11 is the Northwoods Fall Art Tour featuring stops at the home studios and galleries of some of the northwoods’ finest artists.

Whether it’s that new Nikon you just splurged on or your smartphone, how about a few days of just shooting photography. Early morning on Little St. Germain Lake is magical, with fog hovering just above the surface of the lake playing in great contrast to the conifers and deciduous trees. Sunsets echo the Crayola hues of the leaves. There’s a good chance you’ll spot an eagle or two.