This post is coming a little late, however here you go:
I visited some family in Michigan earlier in the fall. During the autumn and winter months it can be easy to be wary of leaving our perfect little climate bubble that is Southern California, but going to a place with that true change of seasons can be absolutely refreshing, even if it is only for a few days. It was beautiful, with colorful leaves, lakeside sunsets and local cider from local apples. Perfect. Then it was right back to the season-less eucalyptus land. Also, I love to take photos from the airplane window.
If you do happen to find yourself in the greater Detroit area, I highly recommend the Franklin Cider Mill (open for the autumn season), as well as Great Lakes Coffee which has locations in midtown Detroit as well as in Bloomfield. And pretty much all Polish and Middle Eastern food are good in the area. But mostly you should just get yourself to one of the 1,400 lakes in the area, which are all stunning no matter the season.