Charlevoix HotelsBrave cold waters of an inland lake to swim in the scenic bay, stroll from bookshop to antiques store discovering trinkets from a bygone era, and hike the trails of local nature reserves as you explore the landscape of Charlevoix, an idyllic rural town in the heart of Michigan’s Great Lakes. It’s got a relaxed air to its blossoming streets, with family markets, local farm shops, and quaint gift stores in abundance. Enjoy an evening stroll past the harbor, with the reflection of yacht lights bobbing on the water, or head across the beach to dip your toes in the lapping surf of Lake Charlevoix, before your cozy guesthouse welcomes you in for the night.Things to seeThe term Charlevoix Beach can be a little misleading, although you’ll hear people heading to the warm sands that line this little American town use the phrase themselves, but there are actually 4 beaches to choose from here, 2 that straddle the stretch of land between the town and the lapping waters of Lake Charlevoix, and 2 on the other side, enjoying superlative views across the waters of Lake Michigan. Head for the beach by the lighthouse at North Point – it’s on the Lake Michigan side – for on-duty life guards, tree-lined walkways, and great facilities including cafés, and toilets. Lake Charlevoix Depot Beach on the other side has a fabulous long, sloping beach, and gentle waters that makes it a permanent family favorite. Not only that, but the water temperature is warmer here and far more comfortable for taking a dip. If you enjoy the arts then this is the town for you, and on a stroll through its pretty, shaded avenues you’ll come across galleries, antiques stores, and old fashioned bookshops where a browse through dusty shelves might uncover a gem or two. Hotels in
CharlevoixHotels in Charlevoix sit in the heart of the town, where views over Round Lake are a fashionable accessory for any self-respecting inn. It’s not the sort of town where you’ll find luxury accommodation though, no glamorous high-rises or extensive spa retreats here. Instead, you’ll find charming guest houses with welcoming hosts, comfortable rooms with homely interiors, and sunny breakfasting rooms with cheery staff. Typically, guest bedrooms have private bathrooms, televisions, and comfortable seating, in keeping with the style and design of the town.Where to stayCharlevoix is built around a main street, a long boulevard where traffic lights still hang suspended overhead, and colorful awnings overhang the shop fronts. The marina on Round Lake is a focal point, and on sunny days locals and visitors make their way to the green sloping grassland that surrounds it to enjoy a picnic or barbeque overlooking rows of boats glinting in the sunlight. Hotels in Charlevoix put you right in the heart of what life is all about here, with wine tastings, laid-back harvest festivals, and art exhibitions taking place throughout the year.How to get to CharlevoixCharlevoix is connected to other towns and cities in the US state of Michigan by bus, although sadly there’s no rail service operating in the area. There are 3 airports within driving distance that accept international flights, and MBS International Airport, while not the closest, is certainly the most practical. Onward travel from here is a 3 hour drive by car, but it takes in 3 State Parks, a National Forest, and a wonderful lakeside road with fabulous views.