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inspired by local bounty. The wine list is practically endless—in addition to those on the menu, every bottle in the restaurant’s retail wine cellar is available for purchase with your meal. Reservations recommended. 23853 US31, CHARLEVOIX, 231.237.9300,

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In the 1970s, long before “farm to table” became a movement, this intimate, French country–inspired establishment opened with the mission to celebrate the local agricultural bounty. French cooking techniques and traditions, a menu that shifts with the seasons, and a spotlight on Michigan’s rich culinary offerings make for an unforgettable destination dining experience.

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The Lakeview at Shanty Creek: This upscale-casual restaurant at Shanty Creek Resort serves dinner with a heck of a view: namely, majestic Lake Bellaire sunsets. The dinner menu focuses on flights of small plates (ginger and lemongrass pork dumplings, bacon-alfredo mac ’n’ cheese, veal ravioli), but does offer larger-portioned “complete plates”—always with an eye toward locally sourced ingredients and regional craft brews. Award-winning desserts and stellar afterdinner drinks. 5780 SHANTY CREEK RD, BELLAIRE, 231.533.8621, SHANTYCREEK.COM.

Lulu’s Bistro: The ambiance at this hip bistro is laid-back and lively, with the dining room’s tin ceiling amplifying the happy sounds of clinking, clattering and chatter. The artfully prepared cuisine features artisan pizza, pasta, gourmet sandwiches and splurgey entrees like braised lamb shank and hangar steak. Patio seating, wines by the glass or bottle. Great destination for a date night. 231.533.5252, LULUSBISTRO.COM.

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen: A festive atmosphere and Bayou-inspired decor complement a menu starring the melting-pot flavors of Cajun-Creole cuisine: fried green tomatoes, jambalaya, blackened alligator and more. Of course, in the “laissez les bon temps rouler” spirit of the Crescent City, Pearl’s also offers plenty of unique libations and an entire menu devoted to bourbon. Fantastic Sunday brunch, too. 617 AMES ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.0530, MAGNUMHOSPITALITY.COM/PEARLS.

Siren Hall: Chef Michael Peterson traveled the coast of New England to gather inspiration for this elegant Elk Rapids bistro where shellfish take the spotlight. The interior is crisp and industrial; the menu boasts oysters from both coasts, plus pastas, pizza, steak and other temptations. Cocktails and patio dining invite lingering on warm summer nights. 151 RIVER ST., TODD ZAWISTOWSKI

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Cafe Esperance: This seasonal cafe feels like a neighborhood bistro you’d stumble upon during a European vacation. There’s a simple chalkboard menu, a patio for dining al fresco, and dishes 4 MyNorth.com

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Shopping Districts

Alden: Find everything from a kayak at Alden Outfitters to the perfect summer cocktail dress (PK’s Place!) in this picturesque village of 19th-century clapboard storefronts nestled on the Torch Lake shore.

Elk Rapids: Break from the beach to browse the boutiques along River Street in this charming harbor town. Plastic wine glasses for the cottage from Nifty Things, perhaps? A set of On the Rocks—real rocks to chill for Happy Hour bevvies—at the Nature Connection? Pack it all up in a Vera Bradley beach bag from Princess & The Pea and it’s back to the sand you go!

Charlevoix: Bridge Street’s Maison & Jardin and North Sea Gallery channel the Euro roots of this waterside city. Add a slew of other shops and restaurants with bon goût, including Scovie’s Gourmet and Edgewater Bistro, and you’ll be oo-la-la-ing all the way home. East Jordan: The savvy salvaged-furniture style of Deer Creek Junk adds a new allure to this shopping district that has long boasted the must-see Jordan Valley Glassworks and Busy Bridge Antiques and Gifts.

Bellaire: Cottagey home furnishings at Uniquely North blend with fun, eclectic goodies at Sassafras and collectable toys at Little Treasures to make shopping a special day on the town.

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immigrants established a new enclave on the island; by the late 1800s, 95 percent of the islanders were Irish, and Gaelic was the common language. (Of the 881 residents in 1880, there were 141 Gallaghers, 123 Boyles, and 90 O’Donnells.) Relics of both the Mormon and Irish communities still survive today: the Mormon colony’s former print shop is now a museum, and the island’s two Irish pubs are the only establishments open year-round. Of course, Beaver Island offers plenty more to make for a memorable trip, including a pair of historic lighthouses, charter fishing, rustic camping,

remote beaches, and a biological station run by Central Michigan University. Hiking the island’s extensive network of trails is a great way to check out the interior (trail maps are available at the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce; 26215 Main St., Beaver Island, 231.448.2505, beaverisland.org), but a day in a kayak will allow you to explore the shoreline, shipwrecks and many other smaller islands that make up the Beaver Island archipelago (find rentals and guided trips through Inland Seas School of Kayaking; 25860 Main St., Beaver Island, 231.448.2221, inlandseaskayaking.com). MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 5


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Bike Routes Family Cruise: Stretching nearly 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor

Springs, the coastline-hugging Little Traverse Wheelway (trailscouncil.org) makes exploring the region as easy as riding a bike. On your trip you’ll find more than a half-dozen roadside parks to take in a picnic lunch, and numerous beaches with direct access to the water. Find the Charlevoix trailhead, plus parking and restrooms, at Charlevoix Township Hall, 12491 Waller Road. Find rentals at Revolution Bike & Boards. 102 MASON ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.237.0900, REVOLUTIONBANDB.WEBS.COM.

Mountain Bike: The well-groomed singletrack system at the Glacial Hills Pathway & Natural Area was developed with help from the Michigan Mountain Biking Association—so you know it’s gonna be good. A fun and beautiful ride for the intermediate to advanced set, with a nice mix of climbs

Breakfast The Lunch Box: The name may or may not be a nod to the size of this cozy joint, beloved by locals and vacationers alike. Breakfast, served all day, is nothing fancy but always delicious: omelets, French toast, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, freshly made baked goods. Don’t miss the “country-style” eggs Benedict, served over a sumptuous housemade potato pancake.

Road Bike: For serious road warriors, your ticket to one of the best rides in the region is simply to follow the eastern shore of beautiful Torch Lake, which, at 19 miles, ranks as Michigan’s longest inland lake. The curvy, tree-lined route along East Torch Lake Drive offers relatively flat terrain and intermittent pops of Torch’s bright blue waters. Just be ready to be a little assertive, as the shoulder is thin in places. Our suggestion: Start your ride in Alden on the southeast end of Torch, and bike 17 miles to Eastport at the top of the lake, where the beach at Barnes Park is a great place to spend the afternoon before heading back south. Early mornings and weekdays offer lowest traffic.

Harbor Cafe: This Elk Rapids’ hometown cafe is one of the region’s best breakfast joints. The dishes here are creative and crave-worthy: stuffed hashbrowns, banana-nut pancakes, a bacon-cheeseburger omelet, blueberries-and-cream French toast. Closed Wednesdays. 129 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.8700, THEHARBORCAFE.ORG.

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for a grab-and-go breakfast or for those wanting something on the lighter side. Homemade scones, muffins, pastries and quiche complement a full menu of expertly crafted espresso drinks and teas. 102 N. BRIDGE

Charlevoix spot with waterfront views. The options here include traditional breakfast favorites, like steak and eggs, frittatas and several types of eggs Benedict, in addition to some adventurous choices: breakfast pizza, an egg bake with fresh oysters, and the “hangover helper” (a friedegg-topped, half-pound burger served with a chocolate shake). 100 MICHIGAN AVE.,

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Jordan River Pathway: This rugged 18-mile trek threads through the scenic Jordan River Valley. Great destination for a weekend backpacking trip; stay overnight at the rustic, hike-in Piney Bridge Campground. Day hikers can do the three-mile Deadman’s Loop; main trailhead off Deadman’s Hill Road, six miles north of Alba on US131. 989.732.3541, MICHIGANDNR.COM.

Grass River Natural Area: A 1,400-acre Antrim County oasis offering a peek into the upland, wetland and aquatic ecosystems of the Chain of Lakes. Seven miles of easy walking trails, plus a wheelchair-accessible pathway. Classes and guided hikes at the interpretive center. 6500 ALDEN HWY., BELLAIRE, 231.533.8576, GRASSRIVER.ORG. Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area: More than 25 miles of trails wind through 12 distinct habitats in this spectacular preserve. Find one of the preserve’s three trailheads on Eckhardt Road, off Bellaire Highway, 2.5 miles west of downtown. 231.929.7911, GTRLC.ORG.

Coy Mountain: This pretty 1.4-mile hike, hidden away from the foot traffic in downtown Alden, is worth seeking out. The 17-acre tract encompasses a 140-foot ridge forested with virgin hardwoods. From downtown Alden, follow Coy Street south for 1/3 mile; turn east on Valley Street. The preserve is two blocks in. Sleepy Hollow Nature Preserve: A simple, mile-long trail circles through this pint-sized preserve, home to a lovely secondgrowth forest of maple, beech and ash, and a spring-fed trout stream that empties into Lake Charlevoix. Turn left onto Sleepy Hollow Lake off M66 south of Charlevoix; parking is 1/8 mile in. LANDTRUST.ORG.

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FISHING SPOTS From fly fishing the world-class Jordan River to angling for big game fish in the deep waters of Torch Lake, this region is nothing short of a fisherman’s paradise—even Ernest Hemingway, an iconic outdoorsman, cut his teeth angling the lakes and streams here. (“Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country,” he penned to a pal in 1919.) A favorite spot is Lake Charlevoix, with multiple arms sprawling out across 17,000 acres to varying depths (about 120 feet max in the main basin; just

shy of 60 feet max in the south arm) to support both warm- and cold-water fish. Smallmouth and walleye hunker down near the East Jordan launch in the South Arm; perch and steelhead can be found at the Ironton narrows; the steep dropoff near Young State Park is a haven for rainbow trout, brown trout and walleye; and warm water at the mouth of the Horton Creek tributary attracts northern pike in springtime and salmon in the fall. The 75-mile-long Chain of Lakes is another epic angling destination. For trophy-worthy fish,

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Golf

Dunmaglas: A spectacular, challenging course inspired by the spirit of the great Scottish links. The course winds through the region’s glacial hills, with views overlooking both Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 50 upscale courses in the country.

Charlevoix Country Club: This Northern Michigan country club, open to the public, got a makeover in 2012 that left it sparkling. Amenities include a renovated clubhouse, steakhouse, fitness center, and a challenging course that plays to the strengths of the region’s natural beauty. 9600 CLUB

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Belvedere Club: A challenging, minimalist course that opened in 1927

Ye Nyne Olde Holles: One of Northern Michigan’s first golf cours-

during the first golden age of American golf course design. Belvedere has hosted the Michigan Amateur Championships a record 39 times—this year marks the 40th—and was ranked by Golfweek Magazine as the top classic course in the state. 5731 MARION CENTER RD., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2611,

es, carrying on the Old English spirit of the sport with thick rough, hilly terrain, and a philosophy that enjoyment of nature is part of the experience. The must-visit clubhouse is a beautifully restored 1876 farmhouse. 6386 FERRY RD., EAST JORDAN, 231.582.7609.

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Shanty Creek: This four-season resort just minutes from the shops

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and restaurants of downtown Bellaire boasts four courses, including the hilly and scenic Legend course designed by Arnold Palmer, (name in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of top golf resorts in the world) and the acclaimed Cedar River, by Tom Weiskopf. 5780 SHANTY CREEK RD., BELLAIRE, 800.678.4111, SHANTYCREEK.COM.

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort & Antrim Dells: The name, meaning “on the shore” is appropriate: This lovely resort is situated on a strip of land between East Grand Traverse Bay and Torch Lake. The links-style Sundance course is loved for its spectacular vistas; the Jerry Matthews-designed Antrim Dells has been an area favorite for more than 30 years. 627 AGAMING DR., KEWADIN, 231.264.5081, A-GA-MING.COM.

Centennial Farm: An 18-hole public course on more than 100

Mallard Golf Club: A laid-back, inexpensive nine-hole course located

acres of Bellaire’s scenic rolling farmland, featuring a wide-open front nine and a wooded, hilly, scenic back nine. A good option for high handicappers and bargain hunters. The onsite restaurant, Helen’s, hosts a fish-fry every Friday. 3388 W. EDDY SCHOOL RD., BELLAIRE, 231.533.5200, CEN-

near scenic East Jordan, featuring a casual dining room, full bar and a quintessential Northern Michigan Friday night fish fry. 9569 BAILEY RD., EAST JORDAN, 231.536.3636, MALLARDGOLF.COM.

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Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort: Stay a whole week at this Bellaire golf resort,

Charlevoix Golf Club: Dating back to 1883, this city-run nine-hole

which offers full hotel accommodations onsite and an 18-hole championship layout course that was voted among the best in the state by readers of Michigan Golf Magazine. 2620 HAWK’S EYE DR., BELLAIRE, 866.868.8181, GOLFBELLAIRE.COM.

course was one of the earliest regulation courses in the United States. It also offers some of the most laid-back and inexpensive golfing in the region. The only tough part is deciding whether to cool down in Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix after your round, as both are within walking distance from the clubhouse. 400 FAIRWAY DR., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.3268, CHARLEVOIXGOLFCLUB.COM.

Elk Rapids Golf Course: A great choice for beginners and highhandicappers, this nine-hole course—designed by the legendary golf architect Donald Ross—offers spectacular views of scenic Elk Lake. 724 AMES, ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.8891, GOLFELKRAPIDS.COM.

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Kids

Kids Fishing Pond: Little anglers will love tossing a line into Elk Rapids’ family friendly “Kids Pond” for panfish and bass. A boardwalk surrounding the pond provides easy access. Off Dexter Street just below the spillway. 231.264.8202, ELKRAPIDSCHAMBER.ORG. Brownwood Acres: A summertime tradition for generations of Torch Lake/Central Lake kiddos: Filling a paper lunch sack full of saltwater taffy, jawbreakers, gummies and other penny candy at Brownwood Acres’ historic general store. This five-generation, family-owned enterprise is also home to a gift shop, historic one-room schoolhouse, and a weekly Sunday flea market where homemade doughnuts are made fresh all morning. 2493 SE. TORCH LAKE DR., CENTRAL LAKE, 231.544.3910.

Charlevoix Fountain of Youth: An interactive, heated fountain in Charlevoix’s East Park designed as a playscape for young children. Open for play every day between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.; there’s a nightly display at 9:30 p.m., when the water is programmed to “dance” to a music and light show. Next to the Harbor Master Building. 100 E. CLINTON, CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2101, VISITCHARLEVOIX.COM . Ironton Ferry: Kids will delight in a ride on this historic four-car cable ferry, which takes just 10 minutes to cross the south arm of Lake Charlevoix at one of its narrowest points. $3.25 per car, a buck if you’re on a bike, 50 cents for pedestrians. Off M66, six miles south of Charlevoix.

MOVIE THEATERS Charlevoix: The 1970s-era Charlevoix Cinema III underwent major renovations last year, including new seats, digital projectors and a 3D screen. 107 ANTRIM ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.4353, CHARLEVOIXMOVIES.COM.

Bellaire: The Bellaire Cinema has been a fixture since the early ’40s, and happens to be located less than a block from one of the best dairy twists around. 112 N. BRIDGE ST., BELLAIRE, 989.731.9766, NORTHERNMICINEMAS.COM.

Elk Rapids: The Elk Rapids Cinema retains many of its historical details from when it first opened in 1940, and boasts the world’s largest black-light ceiling design. 205 RIVER ST., 231.264.8601, ELKRAPIDSCINEMA.COM.

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Kids are encouraged to dive right into the hands-on exhibits at this interactive science, history and art museum. Outside, kids can explore a music garden, wetlands boardwalk, labyrinth and accessible treehouse; indoor attractions include a fiber studio, print shop, one-room schoolhouse and even a live animal room for learning about native wildlife. Check online for additional programming and classes. 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan, 231.536.3369, ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 13


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On the Water

Pontoon Torch Lake: On sunny days, when Torch Lake’s turquoise waters glow like the Caribbean, it’s not hard to see why a myth keeps circulating that the lake was once named third most beautiful in the world by National Geographic. Rent a pontoon to explore this 19-mile-long, finger-shaped gem; head to the southern end to find a lively party scene at the sandbars, or putter up to the northern stretches for a peaceful, scenic afternoon. Find everything from pontoon to powerboat rentals at Dewitt Marine near Bellaire. 6509 CRYSTAL SPRINGS RD., BELLAIRE, 231.377.6611, DEWITTMARINE.COM. Explore Lake Charlevoix: This beautiful Northern Michigan lake placed second

only to Lake Tahoe in a 2012 USA Today reader poll of America’s best lakes. A boat tour of the lake will make it clear why: The 18-mile-long, multi-armed lake is clean and crystal-clear, with access to beaches, natural harbors and three of the North’s best small towns: East Jordan at the end of the lake’s south arm; Boyne City at the eastern edge of the north arm; and Charlevoix on the lake’s western edge. A shallow ledge, which outlines the entire lake, invites you to drop anchor and relax the day away. Find rentals at Northern Michigan Boat Rentals, which delivers to several boat launches on the lake. 231.437.3008, NMIBOATANDRVRENTAL.COM.

Stand-Up Paddleboard: For a fun family adventure, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, the craze that’s taken hold Up North. Find rentals at Schulman Paddleworks, whose location at Depot Beach in Charlevoix gives you easy access to exploring either sprawling Lake Charlevoix or littler Round Lake to the west. 204 BRIDGE ST., CHARLEVOIX, 231.437.3157, SCHULMANPADDLEWORKS.COM.

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For those who love the serenity of a kayak or canoe, the scenic and wild Jordan River Valley is hallowed ground. The high bluffs that cradle the river reach nearly 500 feet in some places, and are particularly gorgeous during fall color season. The current can range from smooth in places to swift in others, so true beginners may prefer a guided group trip with Jordan Valley Outfitters (311 N. Lake St., East Jordan, 231.536.0006, jvoutfitters.com). For more experienced paddlers, Jordan Valley Outfitters offers rentals, as does The Swiss Hideaway (1953 Graves Crossing, Mancelona, 231.536.2341, jordanriverfun.com).

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Cruise a Lake Michigan: A sunset cruise on Lake Michigan? Put it on your short list for Best Summer Ever. Keweenaw Excursions offers two-hour sunset cruises aboard the 110-foot Keweenaw Star; the boat departs from downtown Charlevoix and cruises Round Lake before peacefully sailing into Lake Michigan underneath the Charlevoix drawbridge. Departure times vary; call ahead. 109 BRIDGE PARK DR., CHARLEVOIX, 231.237.9365, KEWEENAWEXCURSIONS.COM.

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ELK RAPIDS

Beaches Veterans Memorial Park, on the eastern shore of East Grand Traverse Bay, is Elk Rapids’ in-town oasis. The waters are shallow and warm, the beach is pristine, and kids love splashing around at the spot where the mouth of Elk River empties into the bay. Other amenities include basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables, a play area, grills, and trees for finding respite from the sun. On River Street in downtown Elk Rapids. 231.264.8202, elkrapidschamber.org. Barnes Park: A gem just beyond Torch Lake’s northern tip, dishing up a huge, sandy beach on Grand Traverse Bay. This is a fabulous spot to spend an entire beach day, or come in the evening just to catch the sunset. Amenities include camping, a play area, and a network of hiking and biking trails. 12298 BARNES PARK RD., EASTPORT, 231.599.2712.

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Charlevoix: Lake Michigan Beach in Charlevoix is a popular

white-sand sanctuary with all the amenities: lifeguards, concession stands, restrooms, picnic areas. It’s also the place to catch a gorgeous sunset, and is home to great rock hunting—especially for Petoskey stones. For calmer, warmer waters, take the family down to Depot Beach on Lake Charlevoix, located next to the town’s charming old train depot (now a historical museum).

East Jordan: Elm Pointe, formerly a pioneer homestead, is

one of East Jordan’s loveliest parks. Monroe Creek winds its way through the 11 acres of parkland, which includes beach frontage and a picnic area on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix. 1787 N. M66, EAST JORDAN, 231.536.3381, EASTJORDANCITY.ORG.

Torch Lake Township: Despite being Michigan’s second-

largest inland lake—and one of the state’s loveliest at that—Torch doesn’t offer many public access sites. But if you’re looking to dip your toes into these gorgeous waters, the pretty little beach at William K. Good Day Park in Torch Lake Township is the place to be, with pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms, a pier and swimming area. Find it at the eastern end of Public Dock Road, on US31 just a few miles south of M88. Call Torch Lake Township Clerk for info. 231.599.2036.

Alden: Sidled up to the Torch Lake waterfront, adjacent to the pier in downtown Alden, you’ll find what’s really just the barest sliver of beach. But it’s got all you need: A sandy-bottomed swimming area, and just enough shoreline to park a picnic blanket. Because this spot faces due west, it’s the perfect place for a sunset dip. Find it at the sharp dogleg on South East Torch Lake Drive (County Highway 593). VISITALDEN.COM.

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Towns & Festivals Elk Rapids A little harbor town on a thin strip of land between Elk Lake and Lake Michigan. Home to a fantastic in-town beach and great shops, galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. Every Wednesday night starting June 25 for live music and more during the weekly Evening on River Street.

River Valley, an 18,000-acre paradise laced with old-growth forest and the pristine Jordan River. EJCHAMBER.ORG. Don’t miss: Portside Arts Fair, August 2 & 3 Peruse works by Michigan artists at this juried fine arts fair, celebrating its 51st year. PORTSIDEARTSFAIR.ORG.

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Don’t miss: Harbor Days, July 30–August 2 Elk Rapids’ big summer shindig, featuring live music, parades, a carnival, sandcastle building, fireworks and other fun. ELKRAPIDSHARBORDAYS.ORG.

Alden This picturesque Torch Lake village packs a lot into just a few blocks: boutiques, cafes, an old-fashioned ice cream counter (in the back of Higgins General Store; 9105 HELENA RD.), and more. VISITALDEN.COM. Don’t miss: Father’s Day Strawberry Social, June 15 Eat your fill of sweet local strawberries and shortcake at this charming annual community event on the waterfront in Depot Park. VISITALDEN.COM.

Charlevoix This lively lakeside village recently outlawed big box stores, preserving the locally owned shops and restaurants in its quintessential Up North downtown. Beautiful marina and a waterfront park with a bandshell for outdoor performances. Kids love watching the drawbridge, which opens every half hour to let big boats through. VISITCHARLEVOIX.COM. Don’t miss: Venetian Festival, July 19-26 The 84th annual Venetian Fest will have it all, including live music, kids’ games, a boat parade on Round Lake, a local battle of the bands, a midway, two nights of fireworks, and much more. VENETIANFESTIVAL.COM.

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A quiet Chain of Lakes hamlet on the shores of Ellsworth Lake, named for the first Union officer to die in the Civil War. Home to a lovely public park with a fishing pier, labyrinth garden and Michigan’s largest public outdoor archery range. Don’t miss: Ellebration, July 4 & 5 An all-American festival featuring a parade, fireworks, historic trolley tours, pancake breakfast, pork roast, and much more. ELLEBRATION.ORG.

East Jordan Home to an artsy, outdoorsy community, East Jordan is perhaps best known as the gateway to one of the North’s best wildernesses: the Jordan

Central Lake This friendly Chain of Lakes village has a classic small-town feel. Downtown gems include a historic hardware, antiques store, and homeand-garden shops. CENTRAL-LAKE.COM. Don’t miss: Fourth of July festival, July 4 Central Lake puts on a great Independence Day celebration, including a pancake breakfast, strawberry social, BBQ chicken dinner and fireworks; come on the 3rd to catch the boat parade on Intermediate Lake. CENTRAL-LAKE.COM.

Bellaire Old meets new in Bellaire, where longtime hometown businesses, like the beloved Ruthie’s Chicken & Dairy Twist (201 N. Bridge St.) share the main street with hip bistros, cafes, boutiques, and Short’s Brewing Co., arguably the North’s most destination-worthy brewery. BELLAIRECHAMBER.ORG. Don’t miss: Rubber Ducky Festival, August 16 The main event is a rubber ducky race on the Bellaire River; there’s also a parade, arts and crafts show, and more. BELLAIRECHAMBER.COM.

Mancelona A sleepy village at the crossroads of US131 and M88, whose claim to fame is being the starting point for the Midwest’s premier annual marathon cross-country ski race, the White Pine Stampede. Don’t miss: Mancelona Bass Festival, May 29–June 1 The 58th annual Bass Fest features a parade, carnival, barbeque and much more. MANCELONABASSFEST.ORG.

Eastport The population of this town at the northern tip of Torch Lake was just a squeak over 200 at the last census. Home to the beautiful Barnes Park beach and campground, and Torch Bay Beach, a lovely preserve with hiking trails. Don’t miss: Petoskey Stone Festival, May 24 Celebrate Michigan’s state stone with stone skipping, a stone hunt, kids activities and more. At Barnes Park. 12298 BARNES PARK RD., EASTPORT. PETOSKEYSTONEFESTIVAL.COM. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 19


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Bear River

Holms Rd

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Essex Rd

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Lee Rd

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Metz Rd Lacroix Rd

Jordan

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Steele Lake

Clair EllsworthSt. Natural Area

Moblo Lake

Dye

Young Whiting State Park Park

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Antrim Dells

Ridge Rd

Fineout Rd Clut e Rd

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Best Rd

Boss Rd

Loomis Rd

B rac ey Rd

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Walloon Lake

Township Park

Walloon Lake

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ho r e Rd

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Torch Lake

Atwood

Flag Rd

131 Rd Eric k son

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Royal Farms

Harbor

Mitchell Lake

Brown Rd Little

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Richardson Rd

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Harwood Lake

Skinner Lake

Saunders Rd

Nowland Lake

Phelps Rd

Ironton Ferr y Rd

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Gennett Rd

Lake Marion

Skiel Rd

Raycraft Rd

Lake Charlevoix

Shaw Rd

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Beck Rd

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31

Twin Lakes

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Church Rd

Boy ne C it y R d

Adams Lake

Kloost e

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66

Veenstra Rd

Ferr y Rd

Stolt Rd

Dunmaglas

B la

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630

Belvedere

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Winery

Charlevoix City Marina

Rd

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Fisherman’s Island State Park

Quarterline

Municipal Airport

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Hyek Rd

Charlevoix Susan Golf Club Lake

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Shrigley Rd

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Charlevoix Light

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Little Traverse Wheelway

Charlevoix Country Club

Petoskey

Bay Harbor

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Maple Grove Rd

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Pedigrew Rd

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Six M ile Lak e

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Slough Rd

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