Attractions & Activities2018-09-26T19:02:03+00:00

Attractions & Activities

Historical Attractions

Earl Young Mushroom Houses – Unique mushroom looking homes, hotels and restaurant. A self-guided tour map available from the city of Charlevoix Visitors Center at 109 Mason St.
View Map | More Info

Castle Farms – Featuring extensive gardens and paths, a WWI museum, and Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad.
View Map | More Info

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station – The Charlevoix South Pier Light Station is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. This historic lighthouse was erected in 1948 and stands 41 feet high!
View Map | More Info

Harsha House Museum – This historic home, built in 1891, serves as a museum and home to the Charlevoix Historical Society.
View Map | More Info

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station

Parks & Natural Wonders

Charlevoix Fall Colors Tour – Use this informative pamphlet to plan your perfect fall weekend in Charlevoix!

Beaver Island – A serene and beautiful island set 32 miles off the coast of Charlevoix in Lake Michigan. Visit Beaver Island Boat Company to discover the beauty and rich history of Beaver Island, America’s Emerald Isle!
View Map | More Info | Ferry Schedules

Michigan Beach Park – Here you will find Charlevoix’s South Pier Lighthouse as well as a myriad of family must haves: playground, snack shack, restrooms, trails, stand up paddle board rentals, picnic pavilion and much more.
View Map | More Info

Fisherman’s Island State Park and Beach – A 2,678 acre state park with 5 miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline and miles of hiking trails through forests and dunes.
View Map | More Info

North Point Nature Preserve – A 28 acre wooded and sand dune area that is bordered by Mt. McSauba.
View Map | More Info

Young State Park – A 560 acre park set on gorgeous Lake Charlevoix.
View Map | More Info

Ferry Beach Park – Families love Ferry Beach as the sandy swimming area gradually deepens. Playground, concession, restrooms, picnic area, stand up paddle board rentals, and pavilions make a day at the beach fun and easy! The Ferry Beach pier is also a great place to go fishing!
View Map | More Info

Bridge Park – Downtown Charlevoix park overlooking Round Lake featuring scenic views of the drawbridge.
View Map | More Info

Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix

Public Beaches

Charlevoix Michigan boasts some of the best beaches found on the Great Lakes. Located on the shores of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, Charlevoix has numerous beaches and easy access to boat launches on these beautiful freshwater lakes. The beaches in Charlevoix are free, most pet friendly, and open to the public. There are also two state parks located close to town, some restrictions may apply for entry. From family-oriented beaches with snack shacks to desolate dunes for getting away from it all, you will find your favorite beach in Charlevoix!

Lake Charlevoix Beaches:

Depot Beach – Named Depot Beach for the adjacent historic train depot, this beach features restrooms, stand up paddle board rentals, and a pavilion. Make sure to see the incredible garden near the depot!
View Map | More Info

Ferry Beach Park – Families love Ferry Beach as the sandy swimming area gradually deepens. Playground, concession, restrooms, picnic area, stand up paddle board rentals, and pavilions make a day at the beach fun and easy! The Ferry Beach pier is also a great place to go fishing!
View Map | More Info

Young State Park – This 560 acre state park located on the north arm of Lake Charlevoix between Charlevoix and Boyne City offers a great beach.
View Map | More Info

Lake Michigan Beaches:

Michigan Beach Park – Here you will find Charlevoix’s South Pier Lighthouse as well as a myriad of family must haves: playground, snack shack, restrooms, trails, stand up paddle board rentals, picnic pavilion and much more.
View Map | More Info

Fisherman’s Island State Park and Beach – Fisherman’s Island State Park offers six miles of unspoiled shoreline and numerous hiking trails through forests and sand dunes. This state park is home to numerous hiking and biking trails, try your luck fishing, or head out on the water to go kayaking on Lake Michigan.
View Map | More Info

Mt McSauba Recreational Area – Remote and rustic beach and dune area, this beach is a favorite for locals. With picturesque views of Lake Michigan, this nature preserve has numerous hiking trails, disc golf course, and great cross country skiing trails available.
View Map | More Info

Torch Lake Beaches:

Ironton Beach

Casinos

Odawa Casino – Visit Odawa Casino located in Petoskey, Michigan for more than 1000 slots, table games and a poker room. Enjoy fine and casual dining and nightlife entertainment.
View Map | More Info

Turtle Creek Casino – Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is a Vegas-style casino in northern Michigan with the latest slots, poker room, over 40 game tables & more.
View Map | More Info

Leelanau Sands Casino – Casino hotel with casual quarters, plus a big gaming floor & a range of nightlife & dining options.
View Map | More Info

Kewadin Casinos – Set of casinos in the Upper Peninsula.
View Map | More Info

Skiing

Mt. McSauba – More than just a ski slope, Mt. McSauba is a true winter recreation area. There is a skating rink with a warming cabin on the south side, a lighted sledding hill on the north side and behind the towering dune a cross-country ski trail.
View Map | More Info

Boyne Mountain Resort – Mountain resort offering a spa, an indoor water park, multiple dining options & winter sports.
View Map | More Info

Boyne Highlands Resort – Refined mountain resort with multiple restaurants, 4 golf courses & a snow sports academy.
View Map | More Info

Nubs Nob Ski Resort – Recreational area lures skiers with an array of downhill runs, a terrain park & rustic day lodge.
View Map | More Info

Shanty Creek Resorts – Shanty Creek features the best and most versatile skiing in northern Michigan. The resort offers two ski mountains: Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain.
View Map | More Info

Wineries

Harbor Springs Vineyard & Winery – Located 5 miles northwest of downtown Harbor Springs and within the idyllic culinary compound of Pond Hill Farm, the Harbor Springs Vineyard and Winery’s trio of crisp whites (riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris) pair well with Pond Hill’s best-selling hot garlic pepper jelly. Sip at your leisure from the winery’s woody tasting room and tour the farm afterwards—just make sure to greet to the portly pigs lounging outside the barn/foodstuffs emporium.
View Map | More Info

Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery – Nestled near Crooked Lake and 20 minutes northeast of Petoskey, Crooked Vine focuses on juicy, cold-hardy reds, like Marquette and chancellor noir, yet also delves into the world of whites with a frontenac gris made from grapes grown in Michigan vineyards. Keep an eye out for their estate-grown varietals—plantings took place in 2013—and visit Crooked Vine’s cozy, rustic, chandelier-adorned tasting room in the meantime.
View Map | More Info

Mackinaw Trail Winery – Mackinaw Trail Winery’s downtown Petoskey tasting room is within reach of the Gaslight District’s shops and eateries while their production facility/tasting room on US 131 allows visitors to get up close and personal with their recent plantings and winemaking processes. With its roots set in Manistique, Mackinaw Trail expanded to their new spaces to accommodate the company’s rapid growth, which was due in part to the winery’s expansive menu stocked with quality reds (notably syrah and cab franc), whites and fruit wines.
View Map | More Info

Walloon Lake Winery – After a life’s worth of conventional farming on a plot of land 5 miles southwest of Petoskey, the Dennis family has turned to cold-hardy grapes—Marquette, frontenac, La Crescent and others—to serve as the foundation for their homegrown Walloon Lake Winery.
View Map | More Info

Seasons of the North – With red and white cold-hardy hybrids flourishing at Seasons of the North’s two Northern Michigan vineyards—one next to their Indian River tasting room, the other about 10 minutes away in Afton—expect wines inspired by the surrounding scenery (for instance: River’s Edge, a dry white made from Cayuga grapes) from this small, lakeside winery.
View Map | More Info

Pleasantview Winery – Specializing in wines made from cold-hardy grapes grown north of the 45th parallel, Pleasantview’s wines are—according to vintner Jerry Perrone—”tart, crisp and have a fast finish.” And with a sterling pedigree of eco-conscious grape growing, Pleasantview’s offerings are good on your palate and good for the green earth. Check out the B&B for inexpensive, off-the-beaten-path lodging.
View Map

The Cellars of Royal Farms – With a storied history of growing cherries in Northern Michigan, the vintners at Royal Farms bring fruit-infused reds and whites to your table along with classic ciders. Make a day of it at Royal Farms: tour the grounds, nibble some cherry chocolate macaroons and wash it all down with one of Royal’s homemade wines or ciders.
View Map | More Info

Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery – A barn-inspired tasting room complete with exposed beams and rustic decor looms above a softly sloping glen in which recently planted vines are taking root. Stop in to sip on their late harvest riesling or chardonnay, or take a vicarious trip to Spain with a glass of their Love Sangria.
View Map | More Info

Rudbeckia Farm and Winery – A few miles south of Petoskey the 190-acre Rudbeckia Farm sits near the shores of Walloon Lake. The farm is home to Rudbeckia Winery and Burnt Marshmallow Brewing. The family-friendly tasting room offers complimentary popsicles, fruit snacks and frozen grapes for kids along with Rudbeckia Farm coloring pages and crayons. Dog treats and water bowls are available for visiting pups. There are several pets on the farm including two mini pigs—Coco and Posey—seven egg laying chickens, two cats, two Yorkshire terriers and a rabbit. Guests can picnic, play corn hole and hike on the designated 152 acres open to the public during operating hours.
View Map | More Info

Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery – Maple Moon is America’s first and only maple winery. The tasting room offers wine tastings, cheese plates featuring cheese from Petoskey Cheese, bread from Crooked Tree Breadworks and Moomers ice cream (June–October). While you’re there, check out the farm store, which features tons of maple syrup products!
View Map | More Info

Breweries

Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company – The Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co is a craft brewery and restaurant located on the beautiful shores of Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix, MI. Founded in May of 2015, The Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company is the second venture of the Round Lake Group LLC. The 5 barrel PsychoBrew system provides the Brewery with the flexibility to produce their flagship beers, as well as a myriad of seasonal and experimental brews. The brewers also believe in supporting Michigan craft breweries and it is not uncommon for the brewery to have collaboration beers with different breweries spanning the entire state. The menu aims to provide guests with a quick, easy, high quality dining experience, offering shareable apps and simple tacos and sandwiches that perfectly accompany the beer choices. For the convenience of their guests, they also offer a fantastic wine and spirits selection.
View Map | More Info

Beards Brewing Company – Beards Brewery was founded in 2012 by two Petoskey natives who had a common passion: craft. Armed with determined intent, Ben Slocum and Peter Manthei began a home brewing partnership, which, fueled by demand, led them to take the plunge into commercial brewing. In between finishing college degrees, both brainstormed and built the beginnings of the business you see today.
View Map | More Info

Petoskey Brewing Company – It’s hard to miss the Petoskey Brewing building on M-119, which was built in 1898 and brewed until 1915. In 2012, the brewery was restored and reopened.
View Map | More Info

Shorts Brewing Company – Shorts is a Northern Michigan staple. This local brewery has gained state and national recognition for their innovative beer names. Known for its Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown, and Huma Lupa Licious, the brew pub also offers numerous unique beers that cannot be found in stores.
View Map | More Info

Stiggs Brewing Company – Originally built in 1899 as part of the White Timber Logging Company, the building at 112 S. Park St. is now home to Boyne City’s only producer of quality craft beer. Stiggs beer is produced on-site using locally-sourced hops, malts & other ingredients. Their brewing facility allows them to produce a variety of hand-crafted brews that go from simple ingredients to finished product to your pint glass.
View Map | More Info

Annual Events

Charlevoix Venetian Festival – The Charlevoix Venetian Festival has been bringing people together for almost 90 years! Established in 1931, this jubilant tradition started with a simple candle-lit boat parade. Today it is an 8 day festival that showcases big name concerts, fireworks, a carnival, street and boat parades, athletic events, beachfront activities, street vendors, buskers and much more.
View Website

Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair – The Fair is always held the second Saturday in August and draws over 25,000 art lovers to this resort town between Lake Michigan and Round Lake. It is the second oldest juried art fair in Michigan. Considered one of the most visually exciting art fairs in the country, the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair has a reputation with critics and collectors alike for the quality of the work exhibited and the unparalleled location. The focus of the fair to bring fine arts and crafts to northern Michigan hasn’t changed since a group of Charlevoix residents initiated the fair in 1958.
View Website

Shopping

Charlevoix Shopping Recommendations:

The Lake House – Michigan decor & gifts
View Website

The Clothing Company – apparel
View Website

Petoskey Shopping Recommendations:

American Spoon – handcrafted fruit preserves and condiments
View Website

(248) 379-4265
BellasLakeHouse@Gmail.com