Our Favorites Spots in Charlevoix

Our Favorites Spots in Charlevoix

Northern Michigan has so many cute little towns, unique shops, and great local restaurants. So it’s hard to choose our favorite spots in Charlevoix, but we’ll do our best!

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station: A great view on the water or from the shore, the Charlevoix South Pier Light Station is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. You can fish off the channel, watch the bridge go up, or catch a beautiful sunset; Charlevoix never disappoints.

Sunglass-Shoppe: The original Sunglass Shoppe was – and still is – located in Charlevoix. The Sunglass Shoppe offers a wide variety of lenses; they include the newest frames from Maui Jim Sun and Optical, Tom Davies bespoke, Lafont, Ovvo Optics, OGA, and the timeless designs from California based SALT Optics. Stop in and try on a pair for yourself.

The Taffy Barrel: With a 5 star rating, this candy shop is no secret. The gourmet salt water taffy is never-ending, and the bulk candy is not only fun to look at it, but just as fun to purchase and eat. You can buy as little or as much of each flavor as you’d like.

Beaver Island Ferry: Located on Bridge St. in Charlevoix, the Beaver Island Ferry will take you on a 2-hour boat trip over to Beaver Island. Take your friends, pets, and/or vehicles over for a day of hiking, biking, or some leisurely fun.

Northern Michigan has so many cute little towns, unique shops, and local restaurants that are great. So it's hard to choose our favorite spots in Charlevoix, but we'll do our best!

East Park: Located in the heart of Downtown Charlevoix, East Park is home to many shows and events at the Odmark Performance pavilion. A nice splash pad for the kids or those young at heart is on the north side and favorited by locals and tourists alike. You can watch the boats pull in and out of the marina or catch a beautiful sunrise over Lake Charlevoix.

Cherry Republic: If you want cherry candy, you got it. Cherry soda? It’s yours. Jams, Nuts, and Salsa? You get the point. Cherry Republic has all the cherries.

The Lake House: Stop by The Lake House in Charlevoix for unique gifts, home accessories, items for your cottage or boat, or something for your furry friend. It’s such a neat place to shop while you are in town.

Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant: Choose to sit inside or on the patio overlooking the channel in-between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. The service is always fantastic, and the food is even better. Try the fresh local planked whitefish, fish and chips, or the spicy cherry chipotle BBQ ribs.

What are your favorites in Charlevoix? Let us know!

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Northern Michigan Fall Activities

Northern Michigan Fall Activities

It’s now September, the weather has cooled off, and that means you need some Northern Michigan Fall Activities to enjoy!

Fall Color Tour: Grab your camera and hop in the car with your family or friends to check out Northern Michigan’s Fall colors. If you’re traveling north, check out the Tunnel of Trees; if you’re heading south, check out Old Mission Peninsula. Whatever one you pick, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Apple Orchards: Fall is the perfect time to visit an apple orchard; Friske’s is one of our favorites. You can walk through the orchards and pick your own apples; there are several different kinds to choose from. Make sure to grab enough apples to bake a pie or make some homemade applesauce.

Fishing: September and October are a great couple of months to stop by the mouth of the Bear River in Petoskey for some salmon fishing. Grab your poles, a net, and all your fishing gear for a fun day fishing.

Camping: Book a cabin on the lake and enjoy the beautiful fall colors, kayaking, and a night around the bonfire.

Hiking: Another way to enjoy the beautiful changing colors and the outdoors this fall is with a nice hike. Don’t forget a light coat or a hat; you may need it this time of year.

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Eyewear Trends for 2020

Eyewear Trends for 2020

Eyewear trends are continually changing, and we love staying in style and trying out the newest frames, here’s the latest on eyewear trends for 2020.

Rimless Glasses: Rimless glasses are great for minimalists. The glasses come in various shapes, from rectangles to circle. They are lightweight, match every outfit, and don’t obstruct or take away from your facial features.

Aviators: Aviators are timeless; I swear they never go out of style. The aviator is a style that almost anyone can pull off, and they come in a variety of colors; gold and silver being the most popular.

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Clear Frames: I’ve seen the transparent clear frames everywhere, and I’ve got to admit, I love them. If you think this style might not be for you, try a pair on, you might be surprised. They look stylish, match every outfit, and complement almost any complexion or hair color.

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Round Frames: Syles come full circle, and that includes oversized round frames. Round frames are back in style; they are trendy, with a retro look. I think they make your face more petite and highlight your eyes, and round sunglasses offer more surface area, which provides more protection from the sun.

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Whatever frames you choose, we are sure they will look fantastic on you! We’re even here to help you decide which look and frame are best for you. Stop on into The Sunglass Shoppe in Petoskey, Traverse City, or Charlevoix, Michigan.

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The Best Sights in Petoskey

The Best Sights in Petoskey

Put on a pair of shades, because we are about to share with you, the best sights in Petoskey.

If you’re in Petoskey, there are lots of beautiful sites to see but if you’re crunched for time, here’s 4 you don’t want to miss.

The Petoskey Breakwall: On a day where the water is calm, take a walk out on Petoskey’s Breakwall. You will find lots of locals jumping off the end of the break wall to cool down on a hot day. Try a dip in the water, or you can fish, watch a sunset, and if you’re lucky, you might even find a Petoskey Stone near the shore.

Bear River Recreation: Take a walk along the Bear River in Petoskey. You can choose to take the bike path or the beautiful trails along the river. There’s bridges to walk over, fishermen/women to watch, and beautiful sights to see.

Petoskey State Park: The Dunes here are simply amazing. While they’re not the largest, they are a lot of fun to climb. With Lake Michigan views in front of you, you’ll want to bring your swimsuits, jump in, take a bucket to collect Petoskey Stone, or simply bring a camera for sights you’ll never want to forget.

Little Traverse Bay Ferry: New in 2020. For only $10 for a round trip ticket or $20 for the day, it’s an affordable and fun way to enjoy a ride on Little Traverse Bay. The ferry connects Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Bay Harbor. Enjoy the views, the fresh air, and local shopping and dining.

What sights are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comment section below.

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The Best Foods for Healthy Eyes

The Best Foods for Healthy Eyes

When we’re talking nutrients for the eyes, the following nutrients like lutein, omega 3, vitamin C, and a few others, are good for healthy eyes. But in what foods can we find these vitamins and nutrients?

We can get many different vitamins and nutrients from foods that our eyes need. Here are some of the best foods for healthy eyes.

Lutein: is found in many green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. It is also found in Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and carrots. If you prefer fruit, grab some grapes.

Vitamin C: When we think vitamin C, we often think oranges. But there are so many other foods that contain vitamin C like red peppers, broccoli, kiwifruit, and strawberries.

Vitamin E: You can find vitamin E in foods like vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables like spinach.

Vitamin A: Cod liver oil ranks at the top of the vitamin A list. But also eggs and dairy products. Vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, carrots, and papayas provide vitamin A too.

Zinc: Meat and shellfish are good sources of zinc. You can also find zinc in legumes, seeds, nuts, dairy, etc.

Omega 3: If you think of Omega 3 and you think of fish, you’re right. Fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are good sources of Omega 3. You can also find Omega 3 in nuts and seeds.

Zeaxanthin: Like lutein, you can find zeaxanthin in green leafy vegetables, Brussel sprouts, and carrots.

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