Monday, September 14, 2009

Michigan Agritourism and "Making Your Trip Green"

The Boston Globe published an article yesterday (9/13) called "Making Your Trip Green," on options for travelers to reduce their footprints. Agritourism is mentioned on the 3rd page. The short agritourism rundown mentions New England (in passing), California, specifically Sonoma County Farm Trails, and bicycle-touring agritourism in Southern Italy, with Virginia-based Ciclismo Classico.

Kim Schneider of the Grand Rapids Press News Service also wrote an article about fall activities, with a section dedicated to agritourism. You can read it here via the Michigan news site It's called "Fall: Football, farms, festivals, and foliage tours." That's a lot of F's!

Michigan agritourism sites mentioned in the article include, which has an online guide to farmers' markets and u-pick farms, and Michigan's official travel and tourism website, through which you can access a list of farms and mills. For apple aficionados, lists cider mills not only in Michigan but also elsewhere in the country, and apple tour routes are mapped out at


  1. Hi! Thanks for your blog. I am looking for a farm stay vacation in Northern Michigan for my family this summer. Having a hard time finding one....any recommendations? Gina from Colorado

  2. Hi Gina! Thanks for getting in touch. Have you checked out the Farm Stay U.S. website? It's currently the most comprehensive source for farm stays throughout the country, and you can find the map for Michigan by clicking here: ... unfortunately (or not, depending on your needs) it looks like the 2 stays listed in Northern Michigan are vineyards that are oriented towards adults. Let me know what you decide on and how it goes.

  3. We are also looking in N Michigan or the UP. Funny how a farm wouldn't be family-friendly... Let me know if you find something, Gina.

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