When You're Ready
We are so excited to welcome you back to Charlevoix! For the past two months, we’ve joined public health officials in delaying travel as part of Michigan's response to Covid-19. Thank you to everyone who delayed their trip to Charlevoix, as it gave local businesses time to adapt and prepare for a phased re-opening. Before arriving, you should know what to expect. Lines may be longer and certain plans may need to change; we encourage you to be patient and flexible as we all navigate these unique and evolving circumstances. Remember: some experiences may have changed, but our town remains Charlevoix the Beautiful.
What to know about the VISITOR CENTER
The Visitor Center is opening June 8th to the public. We ask that you wear a mask when entering our building and maintain a social distance of 6ft from our staff and other guests. We ask that only one member of your group enter the building at a time to help maintain reduced occupancy. We also ask that you sanitize your hand upon entering the building and refrain from touching brochures, as our friendly front desk staff will happily provide any info you are looking for from the back stock. If you would prefer not to come into the building we can bring info outside for you, just give us a call! We pledge to keep our public spaces sanitized and our staff educated and equipped to follow health regulations.
Please feel to contact us via phone at 231-547-2101 or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
What to know about DINING
Restaurants are open or will be opening with a number of new public health protocols. Indoors, capacity will be cut to 50% to allow for social distancing, and surfaces are cleaned regularly. Call ahead for specific restaurant policies. Most restaurants are offering carryout menus as well.
What to know about ACCOMMODATIONS
Area accommodations are open to travelers and they are deep cleaning to ensure the safety of their guests. Please call ahead to learn more about each lodging property's policies.
What to know about ACTIVITIES and ATTRACTIONS
- CASTLE FARMS
Castle Farms is opening to the public on June 8th. The Castle will be offering self-guided tours of the building and gardens. At this time, they are not offering guided tours or use of the tram. Guests are asked to maintain 6ft of social distance from other guests and wear a mask. There are hand sanitation stations throughout the facility. 1918 Cellars and Bistro will be open for tastings, parties of four or more are asked to make a reservation prior to visiting.
- MUSHROOM HOUSE TOURS
A trip to Charlevoix would not be complete without visiting the Mushroom Houses. Take a guided gem car tour to learn more about these iconic structures. At this time, reservations (minimum two or maximum five guests) are required and guests are asked to wear a mask. Learn more about Mushroom House Tours.
- CHARLEVOIX HISTORICAL SOCIETY
At this time, the Historical Society remains closed to the public. However, if you wish to visit the gift shop or complete research about the Charlevoix, the Historical Society will be open via appointment. Click here to learn more.
- CHARLEVOIX PUBLIC LIBRARY
Beginning June 10th, the Public Library will be open. At this time, the building is not open to the public. However, you are able to checkout/return books, make copies, and use other vital resources. Click here for a complete list of guidelines and services.
- CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS
The Circle will remain closed until June 15th. Guests are asked to wear masks while visiting the Circle. Please check back for more information.
Area golf courses are open to the general public. Each course has new guidelines so be sure to check with each course to learn more about their specific policies.
Hiking is a great way to explore the Charlevoix area while easily maintaining distance from people outside of your group. Toilets at trailheads will be open, but hand sanitizer is not guaranteed.
Area beaches are open to the public to enjoy. Please remember to maintain a social distance while enjoying our public beaches. Playgrounds are open, but please use caution when using. The bathrooms are also open to the public. The fountain of youth is now open.
- FARMER'S MARKET
The Farmer's Market has officially kicked off the summer season. Vendors have been spaced 6ft apart from each other. Guests are asked to wear a mask while visiting the market. Please do not handle any products and communicate with the vendor about which items interest you.
- LAVENDER HILL FARM
Lavender Hill Farm has opened for the season. When visiting the farm, guests are asked to wear a mask while visiting the store, participating in classes or events, and remain 6ft apart from other guests.
- FRISKE ORCHARDS
Friske Orchards is open to the public Mon-Sat.
- ROYAL FARMS
Royal Farms is open for the season. The orchard asks that you wear a mask while visiting and maintain 6ft distance from other guests. Their tasting room is open at 50 percent occupancy per the governor's order.
- SUNSHINE CHARTERS
Sunshine Charters will be opening for public cruises of 15 people on June 20th. Private cruises are also available. Safety and sanitation precautions will be taken.
- SUMMERTIME RENTALS
Summertime Rentals is open for the season. You are able to book online or walk-in. Their staff is cleaning equipment regularly.
- WARD BROTHERS
Ward Brothers are open for the season and they are taking books for charter fishing or rentals. Staff is cleaning rentals and equipment regularly.
- IRISH BOATSHOP
Irish Boat Shop is open to the public. When visiting their store, guests are asked to wear a mask. Rentals remain available.
- SHULMAN PADDLEWORKS
Schulman Paddleworks retail store is open 11-3 Thurs-Sun. Rentals by appointment 7 days a week.
What to expect about shopping DOWNTOWN CHARLEVOIX
Downtown Charlevoix is open and welcomes you to explore all of the great shops and restaurants. Shopping downtown is going to be a little different this season. Guests are asked to wear masks when entering any store. Stores are offering hand sanitation stations as well. Please be patient and prepared to wait in case you are unable to enter a store right away. Per the governor's order, stores have reduced capacity at a time.
Help keep each other safe
The health and safety of our community and travelers is our top priority. As such, we encourage everyone to follow these guidelines: frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, wear a mask when asked, and keep a social distance of six feet from other people. Please be patient and respectful as our community begins to reopen. Be kind to others :)
We are so excited to welcome you back and we can't wait to see you again soon!