WATERWAYVisitors come to Charlevoix for all kinds of reasons. Downtown is impressive year round with a wide variety of shops, galleries, eateries and hidden gems. The view of the lake alone is worth the trip. People can enjoy the boat traffic that passes right through town between Round Lake and Lake Michigan. Some people come here for the arts community and the festivals that seem to be happening every month. Others come for the history. This is Hemingway country and the home of those remarkable Earl Young Mushroom Houses. Then there is the natural beauty that is all around. There are more than 20 different trails and nature areas. The beaches and shoreline on Lake Michigan are prime locations for hunting Petoskey stones, while waiting for another incredible sunset. Whatever the reason that brings visitors here, nearly everyone agrees that Charlevoix is, in fact, beautiful.


It takes a little time to explore downtown Charlevoix. It isn't that the downtown district is huge or spread out. It is only a few blocks long, but those few blocks are packed with shops and businesses offering a variety of goodies that will delight everybody. You can get your candy fix in a number of shops including Northern Michigan fudge. The art galleries will not disappoint and the choices for fashion can make for a full day of shopping. When you need a break, downtown has any number of pubs and restaurants. Food choices range from fine dining all the way to really good affordable dining.  A favorite of locals and visitors is the Whitefish dinner at the Villager Pub.