Maximize your summer in Charlevoix

June 04, 2019

Can you believe that summer has arrived? This year is flying by and we’re pretty excited about warmer temps, boating, flip flops, and hiking. As the summer draws upon us, here are seven things we are looking forward to doing this year.

  1. Enjoy a great event
    Summer would not be complete without all of Charlevoix’s great events. Whether you’re here for the Venetian Festival or listening to a free weekly concert at Live on the Lake, there’s always something happening in Charlevoix. There is also a great mixture of races, art and craft shows, classes, guest speakers, and so much more. Check our events calendar often because it’s always being updated.  
  2. Try a sweet treat or two
    We will be the first to admit we LOVE sweet treats! Charlevoix is host to great desserts, baked goods, fudge, ice cream, even more ice cream and more. You’re very likely to find us eating ice cream in the Visitor Center for research and development wink.  Whether you’re looking for soft served or hard packed ice cream, chocolate chip cookies or something else entirely, you will find so many tasty options in Charlevoix.
  3. Sweet smells of lavender  
    Tucked in Charlevoix county’s winding countryside, Lavender Hill Farm is a hidden gem. The farm is one of Michigan’s biggest lavender farm with sweeping fields of purple that are truly spectacular with relaxing aromatic smells. Another great bonus about this attraction, they host a great variety of events and classes for all ages.
  4. Livin’ the water life
    It’s no secret that Charlevoix has tremendous beaches and we encourage visitors to experience the natural beauty of our fresh water. Whether you choose to swim, kayak, stand up paddle board, boat, or some other activity altogether, you’ve got to experience our great lakes unsalted water.
  5. Get outdoors and sightsee
    Northern Michigan has numerous biking and walking trails that connect many different sections of the area together. Non-motorized, multi-purpose trails can be used for running, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating. Learn more about Charlevoix recreation opportunities here.
  6. Explore the arts and history
    While visiting downtown, we highly encourage you to check out the Cultural Corridor. This unique group of local organizations consists of the Harsha House Museum, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and the Charlevoix Public Library. Each of these organizations offers guests unique exhibits, classes, concerts, and guest lecturers. You could easily spend a day visiting each of these historic and artistic community partners.
  7. Take the kids on a great adventure
    If you’re traveling with kids, we’ve got several recommendations just for you! Stop by Friske’s Farm Market to experience a fun barnyard petting zoo, orchard tour, and wagon ride. For a hands-on learning experience, visit Raven Hill Discovery Center for science and reptile exhibits. Stop by the Public Library for weekly story time with Ms. Laura or enjoy a bike ride along the Lake to Lake Trail.