Along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Charlevoix is one of the most eventful communities in the Northern Lower peninsula. From Boyne Thunder to the Venetian Festival to Apple Fest, Charlevoix never lacks activities for the whole family. View the Charlevoix calendar of events here, here, and here.
In a small town where petunias line the well-manicured streets, you’ll find amazingly crafted “Mushroom houses”, a beautiful castle, a gateway to Beaver Island, and a pesky but beloved drawbridge. Boating, paddleboarding, beaches, rock hunting, biking, surfing, skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, wineries, Michigan craft beer, and fabulous dining, it’s all here.
Earl Young Homes, often called “Mushroom Houses” are a great source of wonder in the Charlevoix area. Young was disheartened by his studies in architectural school and dropped out to begin his own designs. From the 1920s to the 1970s, Young built 26 homes and 4 commercial buildings. His designs are well known as they were built to fit their sites, using natural materials such as fieldstones, limestone, boulders, timber beams, and undulating rooflines.
Castle Farms, originally a dairy farm built in renaissance style, is now a venue for awesome weddings and events.
Michigan Beach, Fisherman’s Island State Park, and Mt. McSauba Recreation Area are all fabulous options for getting onto Lake Michigan from Charlevoix. Lake Charlevoix beaches include; Depot Beach Park, Ferry Beach Park, Young State Park, Elm Pointe, and Hayes Township Park. Don’t miss the splash pad downtown Charlevoix.
Biking trails and nature preserves provide miles of beautiful views and a variety of terrains to get outside and get your fresh air! Bike Mt. McSauba, Little Traverse Wheelway, Charlevoix Township Bike Path, or the Lake to Lake Trail.
Autumnal colors can be viewed from numerous pathways from “The Breezeway” (25 miles), around Lake Charlevoix (43 miles), or any route you choose. Don’t miss out on the annual Apple Fest in mid-October. Since 1978, the Charlevoix Apple Fest has offered apples, arts, and fall fare.
Choose your adventure in Charlevoix.