Winter in Charlevoix is fabulous. Enjoy the quiet beauty, fresh powder, and crisp winter days found in Northern Michigan. If you have been here in the summer and not winter, you should experience the splendor during the "quiet" season. We’re sharing some of our favorite ways to make the most of a getaway in Charlevoix.
Nighttime sky wonder
There is something magical about the wonderment of the nighttime sky. Winter also happens to be one of the more likely times of year to see the Northern Lights. Cool temps, more hours of darkness, and cloudless skies are the perfect combination for viewing the dancing Aurora Borealis. Even if you miss the Northern Lights, the stars seem to shine more brightly during the winter months.
A favorite among visitors and locals alike are the weekly candlelight hikes happening at the Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, every Friday night, from 5-8 pm. While snow conditions can vary, the trails are a great way to enjoy a mile-long loop through one of Charlevoix’s best nature preserves.
Explore Charlevoix's craft beverage scene, where local artisans create exquisite brews, wines, and spirits. Sip on handcrafted flavors while soaking in the charming atmosphere of this picturesque town. From breweries to wineries, Charlevoix is a haven for those seeking unique and locally crafted beverages.
There is something Rockwellesque about ice skating under old-fashioned hanging lightbulbs at Mt. McSauba. This is one of our favorite date night or family night activities. The freshly groomed ice is even perfect for pond hockey. Even if you don’t have ice skates, you can rent them from Mt. McSauba at an inexpensive rate.
Who doesn’t love sledding?! It’s one of our favorite past times that brings back great childhood memories. We love visiting the sledding hill at Mt. McSauba with family and friends because we can catch major speed and sometimes even some air. This free wintertime activity is a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.
Rafting down the Jordan River is a must! We cannot recommend highly enough booking a tour with Jordan Valley Outfitters. Their experienced guides will help you navigate this beautiful inland waterway and even entertain your group with stories at a stop with hot cocoa and special treats. Dress warm with layers. The river is sheltered from the wind but can still give off a chill when sitting on the raft.
A majority of downtown stores remain open throughout the winter and most offer great sales on last season’s merchandise. You can also enjoy all of your favorite restaurants without having to wait!