Expedia's Best Places to Travel
Autumn in Charlevoix is stunning, charming, relaxing, and all yours.
The global travel company Expedia has recognized Charlevoix, MI as the best place to travel to in October 2018. Only one destination is chosen each month; recognized as the most noteworthy place to visit. This year, for the month of October, Charlevoix was named a premier fall destination attributable to the city’s dazzling fall colors, vibrant downtown, and abundant recreational opportunities.
Look no further than Charlevoix to experience Northern Michigan’s fall colors at their peak. The surrounding country side is full of gently rolling hills and abundant foliage that is sure to satisfy that fall color trip you’ve been waiting for.
Stop at any of the area apple orchards to enjoy numerous tasty treats like a slice of apple pie, you-pick apples, and apple cider. Celebrate fall harvest at the annual Apple Festival — food vendors, art and craft show, family-friendly events, and numerous apple products.
After a day of exploring Northern Michigan, stop into downtown Charlevoix for dinner, a craft beer, or a tasty treat. Explore downtown boutiques for amazing fall discounts and one-of-a-kind merchandise.
After a day filled enjoying the fall colors, walk along the shores of Lake Michigan to catch a painted sunset.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in the Fall
Planning a trip to the Charlevoix in the near feature? Whether you are visiting for the first time, or are a seasoned Charlevoix guest, below is a list of things we highly recommend visitors see, do, and explore during the fall season. Let us in on the fun and be sure to tag us in your pictures and videos by using #VisitCharlevoix.
- Shop downtown Charlevoix
Charlevoix’s small-town charm and boutique shopping have something for everyone. If you’re looking for a great book, specialty food items, Charlevoix memorabilia, a new clothing, artwork, and sweet treats- you can find it here. If you are looking for a hands-on experience, spend an afternoon at Cottage Pottery where you can paint your one of a kind piece of pottery. Check out The Mercado for many new additions to the vibrant downtown scene.
- Family Friendly Zip Lining Experience
Wildwood Rush is a family friendly high ropes and ziplining course through the treetops of scenic Charlevoix. With over 7,000 feet of zip line courses, thrill seekers will love the fast-paced zip lines and great views of Lake Charlevoix and fall colors.
- Find a Petoskey and Charlevoix Stone
One of our favorite pastimes is looking for Petoskey and Charlevoix stones. 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!
- Arts and Culture
A trip to Charlevoix would not be complete without visiting the Cultural Corridor consisting of the Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix Historical Society, and Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Stop by each of these attractions to see new exhibits, classes and demonstrations, and guest speakers covering a variety of topics.
- Lake Living
Charlevoix is all about its fresh water! When you visit, one of the more unusual ways to take in the fall colors is by kayak, sailboat, motorboat, or stand up paddleboard. Also, 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 one of our favorite ways to see the fall colors.
- Mushroom House Tour
A trip to Charlevoix would not be complete without a tour of Earl Young’s mushroom houses. This self-taught architect designed houses out of large boulders and cedar shakes, creating whimsical designs. To learn more about the interesting history houses take a guided tour.
- 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 Michigan wine. Be sure to check out our events calendar to see what’s happening at the Castle.
- Where will you go?
Whether you’re looking for trails along Lake Michigan’s shoreline or a scenic inland trail, Charlevoix’s got some great options. We suggest the Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, Charles Ransom Nature Preserve, and Fisherman’s Island State Park. Each of these natural areas has amazing views of Lake Michigan, miles of trails, and lots of great fall colors.
- 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.
Northern Michigan Libations
Beer: Rounds for All
Calling all craft beer drinkers! Michigan is known for its awesome craft breweries. Visitors and residents enjoy the variety and abundance of unique and good beer. Gone are the days of limited beer selection. Northern Michigan welcomes you to try our beer and enjoy our great lakes. Click here for a map of area breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
Located downtown Charlevoix, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company is an 8-tap brew pub with a rotating selection of tasty experimental beers. They cater to the spontaneous four seasons and will have a beer that reflects the natural wonder of Northern Michigan. Overlooking Round Lake, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company just released King Bee which is made from a refreshing mix of local apples and cherries. Also on tap, Our-Lennox is a rhubarb red ale that is both tart and sweet. This brewery is just steps from downtown Charlevoix. Click here to view the full beer menu.
The 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room is located in the Queen’s Tavern of Castle Farms, with both indoor seating and outdoor seating available. The Tavern features a barn wood ceiling built in the 1960s and a herringbone-pattern floor with tiles dating back to the original 1918 construction. Combined with the original stonework, these historical accents create a completely unique experience for wine tasting. View the full menu.
Bier's Inwood Brewery is nestled in the historic Inwood area, 6 miles South of Charlevoix, you can find them brewing beer in the traditional way, while incorporating new ingredients for innovative flavors. Their menu consists of 11 tap lines rotating between many styles of beer and hard cider all brewed in small batches on-premise. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have an incredible selection of Michigan made fruit wines.
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. Do you like chocolate and beer? Try their Chocolate Wheat ale, an amazingly smooth and drinkable porter style beer. Gitchy Gitchy Ooh La La is brewed with nontraditional ingredients such as cucumber, lemon and lilac. This tasty blend creates a fun tasting experience. Shorts has tons of new beers being added to their tap list. View the complete beer menu here.
Petoskey Brewing Company
It’s hard to miss the Petoskey Brewing building. This unique brewery has been building houses numerous vats of beer where the brew masters are hard at work with their next successful beer! The seasonal Cranium Crush Waffle Cone Raspberry Cream Ale is a great blend of fresh raspberries and actual waffle cones. This unique brew is a great seasonal beer that’s smooth and great for summer. Do you like IPAs? The Hopsessed Double I.P.A. is a bold blend of citrus and Simcoe dry hop. This beer’s high bitterness is somewhat toned down by the caramel used in the malted barley. Petoskey Brewing also offers an extensive selection of seasonal brews. Click here to view the beer list.
Beards Brewing Company
Nestled in downtown Petoskey, Beards has an amazing hole in the wall location. Looking for a good summer beer? Look no further than the Luna, this beer is a classic brewery staple that is a saison-styled American wheat ale that has amazing undertones of citrus. The Serendipity Porter offers a smooth chocolatey flavor with a perfect blend of sweetness. There are also subtle undertones of sherry and smoke that makes this a great class of beer. Beards is a great place to grab a beer after a busy day on the water. For a full list of beer, click here.
Stiggs Brewing Company
From historic railroad depot to brewery, 112 S Park Street has once again made a name for itself. The building was originally part of the White Lumber Company located on the east side of Lake Street across from the White’s Number One Mill. On June 28th, 1918 the mill burned down and the office building was moved to its current location. The building served as General Offices for Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena Railroads until 1935. Which then continued to be Boyne City Railroad until 1976 ending its railroad depot streak in 1978 as Boyne Valley. To this day, this is one of the last buildings associated with the railroad. .Click here to learn more about Stiggs.
You can never go round with Michigan craft beer. Check out each of these locations to find more awesome Michigan beer.
Official Press Release
Charlevoix, MI -- Visit Charlevoix is excited to announce that the global travel company Expedia has recognized Charlevoix, MI as the best place to travel to in October 2018. Only one destination is chosen each month; recognized as the most noteworthy place to visit. This year, for the month of October, Charlevoix was named a premier fall destination attributable to the city’s dazzling fall colors, vibrant downtown, abundant recreational opportunities, and delightful attractions.
Fall in Charlevoix is one of Michigan’s best-kept secret. According to Expedia, “The natural color palate in this neck of the woods can be admired all around, whether you decide to cruise Lake Charlevoix or hoof it on the trails of Charles Ransom Nature Preserve—yes, that’s Lake Michigan and Beaver Island in the distance! Better yet, rent a pair of wheels from Revolution Bike and pedal along the Little Traverse Wheelway’s wetland boardwalk.” Take a driving tour through Charlevoix’s scenic countryside to experience its award-winning fall color. Tour maps are available on visitcharlevoix.com or stop by the friendly Visitor Center.
Celebrate the fall harvest, October 12-14, with Charlevoix’s annual Apple Festival. As the name implies, Apple Festival has more than thirty different varieties of apples from nearby orchards. Apple Festival hasa tremendous farmer’s market to stock up on locally sourced produce, honey, maple syrup and delectable baked goods. Finally, stroll through the art and craft show, located in East Park and Bridge Park, where 150 vendors will be showcasing their exceptional handmade craft goods.
Visit Charlevoix is ecstatic that they were recognized by Expedia’s as the best place to travel in October 2018. Amanda Wilkin, Executive Director for Visit Charlevoix explains, “Being recognized as Expedia’s Best Place to Travel in October 2018 is a tremendous recognition for Charlevoix and all of Northern Michigan. There is a growing awareness of the gorgeous fall colors in Michigan and there is no better place to view the beauty than in the Charlevoix area.” She continues, “Autumn is truly my favorite time to be in Charlevoix.”
Visit Charlevoix is a non-profit organization that promotes Charlevoix as a vibrant year-round travel destination. The organization wishes to thank Expedia for the tremendous honor and recognition that they have bestowed upon the Charlevoix community. To learn more about this award visit expedia.com or to request a Free Travel Planner!