Surrounded by three freshwater lakes, Charlevoix, MI is a charming and vibrant small town just waiting to welcome you to visit. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, leisure traveler, or family reunion, Charlevoix has something just for you.
Shop downtown Charlevoix
Charlevoix’s small-town charm and boutique shopping please even the most discerning shopper. If you’re looking for a great book, specialty food items, Charlevoix memorabilia, new clothing, artwork, and sweet treats- you can find it here. Check out The Mercado for many new additions to the vibrant downtown scene.
Find a Petoskey and Charlevoix Stone
Searching for Petoskey and Charlevoix stones is a favorite pastime for visitors and locals. Two of the best places to find these stones is Fisherman’s Island State Park and Lake Michigan Beach. You can spend hours hunting for these iconic stones!
Charlevoix is all about its fresh water! When you visit, we recommend you get out on the lakes with a kayak, sailboat, motorboat, or stand up paddleboard. Also, experience a paddle down the Jordan River. Choose to take it easy by having a guided raft or if you’re experienced go for canoes or kayaks. This is a fun activity for friends and families.
Step back in time at Castle Farms
Stop by Castle Farms to view the restored historic buildings, majestic gardens, large model train collection, and countless historic exhibits. Be sure to stop by 1918 Cellars to try a great selection of wine.
Watch the Drawbridge
This bascule drawbridge is a quintessential Charlevoix gem. During summer months, the drawbridge will go up every half hour when boats are present, so you can’t miss it! Be sure to capture of video or picture of this fun spectacle.
Catch a Lake Michigan Sunset
A Lake Michigan sunset is world-class, and the South Pier Lighthouse is the perfect place to capture a painted sunset. Every sunset is a unique kaleidoscope of colors, so be sure to see it every evening you are in Charlevoix.
Hit the Links
Nestled between three beautiful lakes, the Charlevoix area boasts five different golf courses with a variety of challenging features and breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a challenging short links course or the awe-inspiring views, Charlevoix has it all.
Take an Orchard Tour
Northern Michigan is home to numerous orchards. Depending on when you visit, the orchards will either have lots of blossoms, or cherries and apples. Go fruit picking, it’s a blast!
Earl Young’s mushroom houses are iconic because they feature one-of-a-kind designs, whimsical rooflines, and amazing doors, windows, fireplaces, and chimneys. Whether you choose to take a guided tour with Mushroom House Tours or do a self-guided tour, these unique buildings are a must-see.
Charlevoix has many trails just waiting to be explored! Experience Fisherman’s Island State Park with its windswept beaches and endless trails, stop by Mt. McSauba for a trail system that’s close to town, or the Susan Creek Nature Preserve is an easy one-mile loop. If you are a runner or biker, set course for the Little Traverse Wheelway. This 26-mile long path is a favorite of ours and you can go as far as you like!
Free from light pollution found in larger cities, Charlevoix has options to stargaze, search for shooting stars, or if you are lucky, be starstruck by the ever-famous Northern Lights.
Take time to unwind this spring and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Charlevoix. Check us out at VisitCharlevoix.com.