Day Trips

From Charlevoix, take a short drive or boat ride to many of Northern Michigan's best hot spots. Spend a few hours or a day on a winery or brewery tour, boutique shopping, and taking in gorgeous scenery.

Beaver Island

Beaver Island is the largest island found in Lake Michigan measuring 13 miles long and 6 miles wide and is located 32 miles from Charlevoix. It offers a serene, relaxed life-style surrounded by scenic views and outdoor recreation. Presently, a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, lighthouse lovers and those looking to leave behind the fast pace of everday life, Beaver Island is also has an interesting history.

There are vague historical references to Beaver Island in the early 1600’s but the first specific reference was made by Father Francis Xavier de Charlevoix who explored the Great Lakes in the 1720’s. In 1847 James Jesse Strang brought his small band of Mormons to Beaver Island, and in 1849 the town of St. James was established. Strang had himself crowned King and was the only king ever crowned in the United States. He was an extremely intelligent man and was elected to Michigan State Legislature for two terms. Through taxation issues and demanding obedience’s to unjust laws, Strang was shot on June 16, 1856. He was removed from the Island and died in Wisconsin.

Beaver Island than became populated by Irish Immigrants. Their descendants still make up the marjority of the island population. In the 1900’s fishing was thriving and over a million pounds of fish were caught yearly. Although this depleted almost the whole fishing industry, many of the net sheds, boats, stores, company hoses, schools mills and farmsteads are still there.

Transportation to "The Island":

Beaver Island Boat Company- Take a ferry ride to Beaver Island right from Charlevoix's downtown marina. The ride is a little over 2 hours and during summer months there are multiple departures to and from Beaver Island.

Island Airways and Fresh Air Aviation- Small planes serve Beaver Island with daily flights. The ride by plane is about 20 minutes.

For more information: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Traverse City

Traverse City is a short hour drive along the Grand Traverse Bay from Charlevoix. Enjoy a day of festivals, shopping, wineries, museums, and food.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Outdoor lovers rejoice at miles of pristine sand dunes, hiking trails, forests and views of sparkling Lake Michigan found at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is about an hour and half from Charlevoix. Voted as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by Good Morning America viewers, it is truly a special place.

The Ojibway legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes is of a mother bear and her two cubs driven by forest fires from what is now Wisconsin and forced to swim across Lake Michigan. When the mother bear reached shore, she turned to discover that her cubs had vanished. The Great Spirit was so touched by her plight that he put her to sleep there, creating Sleeping Bear Dune, and marked the place where her cubs disappeared by creating the Manitou Islands.

Whether you enjoy a workout climbing up the dunes or would rather take in the views and history of the gorgeous scenery Sleeping Bear Dunes is not to be missed.

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Boyne City

A mere six miles separates Boyne City and Boyne Falls.  Odds are, if you visit one of the communities, you’ll visit the other.

Boyne City is nestled along Lake Charlevoix which has been honored among USA Today’s list of Best Lakes in America. You’re never more than a few minutes from the sparkling water and all it offers. Boyne City also has a bustling farmer’s market, an art district and wonderful street music.

Boyne City has often been called the place where life meets the lake. And from the moment you arrive, you’ll see why. From a leisurely afternoon on the Boyne River, to the beauty of watching a sailboat catch a summer breeze, to the roar of a high-performance boat participating in the Boyne Thunder event, anything having to do with fun on the water is found in and around Boyne City.

While the lake is the focal point, for things to do in Boyne City, there is never a dull moment. No matter the season, there is always something special happening. From musicians strolling the streets to art festivals, to being named the Best Main Street Community in Michigan, you’ll enjoy every minute of your stay.

One of the most famous attractions in Boyne City is the National Morel Festival held every May. Morel mushroom hunters from around the country come in search of these gourmet delicacies. Other great attractions include Boyne Mountain ski and golf resort, and Avalanche Bay – Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark in nearby Boyne Falls.

Petoskey

Petoskey is a charming lakeside community with unmatched beauty and charm.  It is known for its breathtaking views, Victorian architecture, historic Gaslight Shopping District, and Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey stone.

Speaking of Petoskey Stones, the nearby villages of Alanson and Walloon Lake Village are just, well, a stone’s throw away.  Be sure to take the short trip from Petoskey to each while you’re here. The rustic appeal of Alanson and the 100-ft. waters that make Walloon Lake a fisherman’s delight will definitely add to your up north experience. Boaters especially like the Inland Waterway, the 38-mile long water trail that eventually leads all the way to Lake Huron.

Mackinac Island

Tunnel of Trees

Torch Lake