Charlevoix, Michigan



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We were in Charlevoix during August 2007. At the time, the municipal marina was undergoing renovation so no fresh water was available at the docks. While somewhat inconvenient, they did give a price break on slip rental.

Charlevoix has some incredibly interesting architecture - the Earl Young buildings. These houses have been called "Fairy Homes", "Mushroom Houses" and "Hobbit Houses". See them and you understand why.  The Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce provides a walking tour of the Earl Young buildings, and that alone is worth a stop in Charlevoix.

The Little Traverse Wheelway is a paved bike/jogging trail that runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. While staying in Charlevoix, we biked it up to Petoskey and back. It has some pretty scenic views of Little Traverse Bay


Charlevoix has plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance of the marina.

The drawbridge between Round Lake and Lake Michigan opens every half hour during boating season. We made our way through it on a beautiful sunny morning as we left Charlevoix to head out to Beaver Island.


Blog entries from 2007:

Heading to Charlevoix
Charlevoix, Michigan


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General info about Charlevoix:

Wikipedia entry
Chamber of Commerce



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The Earl Young tour alone is worth a trip to Charlevoix.

The municipal marina did a good job amid major construction.  Round Lake is beautiful, it provides good protection from Lake Michigan, and it's fun to watch the Beaver Island Ferry arrive and depart.

After biking the Little Traverse Wheelway, dinner at Great Lakes Whitefish and Chips, then ice cream at Murdick's.

The water is a fabulous turquoise color here, and following a "convoy" through the drawbridge and out onto Lake Michigan as we headed to Beaver Island was memorable.