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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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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Charlevoix in the Summer

Charlevoix in the Summer

If you want a great place to visit, visit Charlevoix in the summer. A little Northern Michigan town with lots to offer.

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Fisherman’s Island State Park: This public recreation area is not actually an island but a state park with miles of unspoiled Michigan lakeshore. There are rustic campgrounds and many sand dunes for a fun-filled trip.

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station: This beautiful lighthouse is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. Stop by to watch the fishing boats or a beautiful Northern Michigan sunset.

Mushroom House Tour: Steps from the beach, you’ll love the mushroom houses of Charlevoix. There are 28 of these amazing structures, and they can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Michigan Beach Park: This beautiful scenic park offers a sandy beach, basketball courts, restrooms, a swimming area, etc. within walking distance to downtown Charlevoix.

East Park: Centered in downtown Charlevoix, this park offers a beautiful view of the lake and marina and hosts many festivals and shows in the pavilion.

John Cross Fisheries: This hidden gem is located on Round Lake. John Cross Fisheries catches 10,000 lbs of fresh fish daily that is served at local restaurants in Northern Michigan.

Petoskey and Charlevoix Stones: Search the beaches of Lake Michigan for a treasure of your own. You can spend hours on the beaches of Fisherman’s Island and Lake Michigan beaches.

Shop Charlevoix: With many unique stores to choose from, you’ll find fantastic shopping in Charlevoix. From The Sunglass Shoppe to The Lake House, you’ll love every treasure you find.

Enjoy the Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, and Round Lake are all on the coast of Charlevoix. Enjoy a day on the boat, paddleboarding or kayaking.

Enjoy a day or long weekend in Charlevoix, it won’t be disappointing.

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Activities in Traverse City in the Summer

Activities in Traverse City in the Summer

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The Little Fleet: An outdoor food court run by local entrepreneurs, you’re sure to find a type of food you’ll love in these colorful food trucks.

Check out the Beaches: Traverse City is lined with miles of beautiful sandy beaches. You can swim, soak up the sun, or build a sandcastle on the shore.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Enjoy the beautiful sandy dunes, clear blue waters, and hike the many trails Sleeping Bear has to offer. Truly one of Michigan’s most beautiful places.

Camp: Camp at Timber Ridge Resort with no need to bring a tent. You can rent one of their cabins for a more relaxing camping trip. With activities like dodgeball or swimming, you’ll have a blast. You can also bring your bike to ride the paved roads or trails and relax at night with a campfire at your cabin.

Shopping Downtown: Downtown Traverse City has many unique stores that are offering personal shoppers who will help you find what you need and you can pick up your beautiful items curbside. Give it a try at The Sunglass-Shoppe at 137 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Water Sports: Kayak on a river or SUP in Lake Michigan. There are lots of rental places near the water or you can always bring your own. Either way, you’re in for an adventure.

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Golf: There are more than 30 golf courses to enjoy in the Traverse City area. Enjoy a day on the greens with a friend and gets some fresh air.

Hiking: The trails of Traverse City are one of my all-time favorite hiking spots. With hills, and Lake Michigan views, it is nature at it’s finest. Bring a friend, some water and a camera to capture your trip.

Lighthouse Tour: Fun Fact, Michigan is the state with the most lighthouses. Take a self-guided tour and check out the many lighthouses around the Traverse City area.

Of course, there’s fishing, biking, boating and many more things to do in Traverse City but this list will get you started.

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9 Things to do Outdoors in Petoskey

9 Things to do Outdoors in Petoskey

Are you looking for ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors? Here are nine things to do outdoors in Petoskey.

Lake Michigan in Petoskey, MI
  1. Window Shopping: Window shop in Downtown Petoskey, give the store a call and have a personal shopper shop for you and pick up your items curbside.
  2. Bike Petoskey: Take your bike, rollerblades or skateboard and cruise the 1.5-mile path along the Bear River.
  3. Fishing: Throw a line from a dock, the shore, or take your boat out to catch some Bass, Trout or Steelhead.
  4. Golf: Whether you choose Crooked Tree, Bay View Country Club, or the other 15 golf courses in the Petoskey area, you are sure to find a course you’ll enjoy!
  5. Hike: Make sure to take a water bottle, your dog, and wear a pair of hiking shoes for a day out on the trails of Petoskey. You can check out the trail guide here.
  6. Grab a Bite to Eat: Order some food from your favorite local restaurant, pick it up via curbside, and head to the park for a picnic in the fresh air.
  7. Watch the Sunset: There are many places in Petoskey that you can watch a beautiful sunset, but Petoskey’s Waterfront by the break wall is a favorite.
  8. Beaches: Lake Michigan is a big reason why our town is so beautiful. Head to the beach, catch some sun and take a swim in our beautiful lakes.
  9. Petoskey Stones: Search the beaches for Petoskey stones, a fossilized piece of coral found on the shores of Northern Michigan.
Petoskey Stone from Lake Michigan

There’s so much to do outdoors from morning till night. Make sure your getting outside, even if it’s a walk around the block or to watch the sunset.

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