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Fall Colors are Picture Perfect in the Suburbs

I was a bit restless last Sunday. The husband was planted firmly on the sofa watching the NFL game at Wembley Stadium in London. He wasn’t going anywhere. So, off I went, alone, to try and catch a glimpse of the fiery colors autumn has bestowed on Michigan and metro Detroit.

I didn’t have time to go up north or further afield so I travelled a staggering two miles from my home. The Cranbrook Educational Community, which includes the Science Museum, Art Museum and schools, has beautiful grounds that visitors are free to roam.

In Michigan, and metro Detroit specifically, if you blink you can miss fall. I didn’t want to miss it this year. I wasn’t going to blink. 

Cranbrook has over 40 acres of gardens to explore including an Oriental Garden and a Bog Garden. The vast lawns, fountains, sculptures and a small lake are just a few of the other features to savor. Cranbrook House is the oldest manor home in southeastern Michigan.

Cranbrook, facing south towards Detroit

 The guided tours are over for the season (or will be tomorrow), but there isn’t anything to stop you from taking a long walk or hike through the campus. Or go a bit European and take a loaf of bread and some cheese and have a casual picnic. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Very pretty!

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Favreau

I am sure that any leaves I had in Croswell are gone after tonight's wind storm! But yes, dang are they pretty. Good luck on the awards.

October 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWingsStef

Jamie & Stef,
Thanks! I fear all the leaves are gone after the weather this weekend. Glad I got there when I did!

November 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Exquisite! Love the red bridge.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlimeyLimey

Thank you! And what part of the UK are you from?

December 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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