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Summer's Last Hoorah

Ohh summer you wonderful friend, why does it have to be August already? We’re not ready for the end-of-season wind-down! While we know we are going to have to say goodbye soon, we also plan on maximizing our last few weeks of summer. Here are twelve fun ways to enjoy your August:

  1. Raft the day away
    One of our favorite things to do in summer is rafting down the Jordan River. We highly recommend booking a tour with Jordan Valley Outfitters because they are experienced at navigating the Jordan waterway which can be fickle at times. Not only is it family-friendly, but it’s also a fun way to experience the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.
  2. Visit Bier’s Brewery
    You’ve probably seen us post Instagram stories at Bier’s Brewery. If you haven’t been, you need to go. They have incredible beer and tasty pizza to boot. Pizza Girl is a newer addition at the brewery and the pizza is fab. Enjoy live music, incredible views, and unparalleled sunsets at this local brewery. Also, stop by the art gallery located in the red schoolhouse. They feature local artists at a great variety of price points.
  3. Explore Hemingway’s former haunts
    Did you know that famous American author Ernest Hemingway used to spend his summer in Northern Michigan? You can visit a lot of his former haunts by taking a self-guided tour. Click here for more info.
  4. Find a Petoskey and Charlevoix Stone
    You can’t come to Charlevoix without looking for Charlevoix and Petoskey stones. Walk along the shores of Lake Michigan to find these pieces of fossilized coral. You can learn more about the history of these fossils here.
  5. Watch the stars at Fisherman’s Island
    There’s something magical about the nighttime sky. Visit Fisherman’s Island State Park to experience the wonder of the nighttime sky. We recommend you bring a blanket, flashlight, and bug spray. Relax on the beach and watch the true majesty of the nighttime skyscape.
  6. Enjoy live music
    Don’t miss Live on the Lake happening every Thursday night or the city band every Monday evening downtown in East Park. Concerts are free and feature a great variety of genres. Also, local restaurants and breweries host local musicians, so you’ll never miss a chance for live music. Check our calendar often since we’re always updating it.
  7. Take a ride on the ferry
    This is a quirky recommendation. The Ironton Ferry is a unique way to experience the beauty of Lake Charlevoix. Whether you drive, bike, or walk onto the ferry, we highly encourage you to add this one to your list.
  8. Score some deals
    August is a great time to go shopping downtown. You can score some great savings on last season’s merchandise. Plus, don’t miss sidewalk sales!
  9. Learn at Raven Hill
    One of the best-hidden gems for families is Raven Hill Discovery Center. This interactive hands-on facility features great hands-on exhibits and lots of chances to learn something new and cool. We can’t recommend this one enough.   
  10. Take a fishing charter
    For the avid fisherman or first-timer, you should try your luck with a fishing charter. You get to enjoy the beauty of the lakes while trying to catch in-season fish. Plus, you may even get a season record holder, you never know.
  11. Hit the links
    As summer is winding down, it’s a great time of year to book at a tee time at area courses. Whether you’re looking for a quick nine, historic charmers, or amazing views, you can find your perfect course in Charlevoix.
  12. Need for speed
    This one isn’t for everyone, but a great experience if you’ve ever wanted to check skydiving off your bucket list. The views are incredible, and you can see Beaver Island, all of Charlevoix, and even the Mackinac Bridge on a very clear day.


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