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Beautiful memories abound around every bend in the road and curve of the shoreline in this breathtaking region that boasts pristine Lake Michigan beaches, stunningly big, blue inland lakes, brimming fruit stands and sweet small towns. Add to this list hopping the ferry (or small plane) for a true Lake Michigan adventure on Beaver Island, 27 miles across the waves from Charlevoix. Find relaxed nightlife in this region, as well, from brew pubs to a vineyard and tasting room, meadery, distillery and even a new smokin’ Southern-themed restaurant. Want to unplug and relax in a very special way? Charlevoix and The Chain of Lakes is your ticket.

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ROCKY TOP FARMS

Pick up a jar of preserves at this familyowned farm and pay on the honor system. 11486 Essex Rd., Ellsworth, 231.599.2251, rockytopfarms.com.

BEE WELL MEADERY

Sip the fermented wonders of local honey, fruit and hops at Bee Well Meadery’s tasting room. 3533 S. Derenzy Rd. in downtown Bellaire. beewellmeadery.com.

TORCH LAKE WINERY

Taste the terroir of Torch at this familyowned vineyard’s rustic tasting room. 5245 Clam Lake Rd., 231.392.3114, torchlakecellars.com.

CRUISE THE BREEZEWAY

The Breezeway, a k a C48, is a rural highway that wends through East Jordan, Ellsworth and Atwood and past farms, orchards and lakes. Worth the drive! ridethebreezeway.com.

ART RAPIDS

A 15 day art competition and exhibition. June 10-24. artrapids.org.

JORDAN RIVER NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY

Visit the birthplace of 3 million brook trout and lake trout destined for the Great Lakes. A visitors center, self-guided tours through the production buildings, nature trails, pollinator garden and picnic area round out the experience. 6623 Turner Rd, Elmira, 231.584.2461.

GO CHARTER FISHING ON LAKE MICHIGAN

Charters run out of all the harbor towns in this region. To find your charter: michigancharterboats.com.

BRAKE FOR ROADSIDE FRUIT STANDS US31 north of Elk Rapids to Charlevoix is laden with fruit markets that make stopping irresistible, especially during cherry season.

FOOTGOLF AT SHANTY CREEK

Play this golf/soccer hybrid on fairways that run parallel to Shanty Creek’s beautiful Summit Golf Course. shantycreek.com.

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PADDLE ANTRIM

Paddle from 7 to 42 miles during this second annual two-day event on the Chain of Lakes. Day 1 is from Ellsworth to Bellaire. Day 2 is from Bellaire, through Torch Lake, to Elk Rapids. September 15–16. paddleantrim.com.

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BELLAIRE The Intermediate River runs through this charming village wedged between beautiful Lake Bellaire and Intermediate Lake—and beside the smaller Blair Lake. The grand, circa 1905 Antrim County Courthouse presides over the village creating a scene worthy of Norman Rockwell. But know that Bellaire has a rocking side—including the famous Short’s Brewing Company, the retro-cool Starlight Lounge (known for its specialty cocktails), a lively shopping district and the four-season Shanty Creek Resort. bellairechamber.org. MUST DO Rubber Ducky Festival: Get your lucky duck and race it against other quacks on the Bellaire River. August 19. bellairechamber.com. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com

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THE CHAIN OF LAKES Bellaire is centrally located within the 14 exquisite interconnected lakes and rivers that wend their way for 75 miles through this beautiful region, ranging from the 19-mile-long, aquamarine Torch Lake and smaller (though still big and

Grass River Natural Area: A 1,400-acre 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: Over 31 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking and skiing. The Michigan Mountain Biking Association developed the trails for intermediate to advanced riders. Find the trailhead on Eckhardt Road, off Bellaire Highway.

GOLF Shanty Creek: This four-season resort boasts four courses: The Legend designed by Arnold Palmer, (named Condé Nast Traveler’s list of top golf resorts in the world); Cedar River by Tom Weiskopf; Summit by William Diddell and the Schuss Mountain course. 5780 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire, 800.678.4111, shantycreek.com. The Farm Golf Course: 18-hole public course on scenic rolling farmland. 3388 W. Eddy School Rd., Bellaire, 231.533.5200, centennialfarmgolfclub.com. Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort: Stay at this Bellaire golf resort, which offers full hotel accommodations onsite and an 18-hole championship layout course. 2620 Hawk’s Eye Dr., Bellaire, 866.868.8181, golfbellaire.com.

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CENTRAL LAKE With the opening of Mammoth Distilling tasting room, this friendly village on the Chain of Lakes has a nightlife. A handhewn whiskey on the rocks is just the topper for a day paddling the Chain’s no-wake zone that begins at this village. Other Central Lake treasures? Adams Madams gift shop and Kings Orchard Farm Market to name a few. Kids will love the old log cabin (that houses the chamber of commerce) and its adjacent museum of antique children’s toys and clothing. Dining in Central Lake runs from the homey, nonprofit The Front Porch to the gracious Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant. central-lake.com. MUST DO The Fourth of July festival kicks off with a pancake breakfast and then moves on to a strawberry social, bbq chicken dinner and fireworks; come on July 3rd to catch the boat parade on Intermediate Lake. centrallakechamber.com. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com

GET ON THE WATER Thurston Park on Intermediate Lake is the perfect place to put a boat in for a day on Intermediate Lake or a canoe or kayak for heading north in the no-wake Upper Chain of Lakes. You’ll also find picnic tables and a play area. centrallakemi.org.

GOLF Antrim Dells Golf Course: Catch views of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay as you play these Jerry Matthews-designed 18 holes. Enjoy après-golf cocktails and a bite to eat in the club. 12352 Antrim Dells Dr., 231.599.2679.

GET ON THE WATER Ellsworth Community Park: A sandy beach on quiet (no-wake) Ellsworth Lake, outdoor archery range, pavilion and playground, fishing and boat pier and labyrinth garden. villageofellsworth.com.

EASTPORT This tiny town sits at the northern tip of big and famously beautiful Torch Lake. Besides its beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan and Torch Lake, the newly opened Torch Lake Café—great food, libations and music—is another great reason to visit. MUST DO Petoskey Stone Festival, May 28: 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.

BEACH DAYS! Barnes Park: Big, sandy beach on Grand Traverse Bay with camping, a play area, and a network of hiking and biking trails. 12298 Barnes Park Rd., Eastport, 231.599.2712. Torch Lake Township Park: Pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms, a boat launch and swimming area. Eastern end of Public Dock Road off US31 just a few miles south of M88. 231.599.2036.

GET ON THE WATER Rent your ski boat or pontoon for a day on Torch Lake at Torch River Marine 231.322.4495, torchrivermarine.com. Also at Dewitt Marine, 231.377.6611, dewittmarine.com.

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Alden Evening Stroll: Live music, local farmers market and more. Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30, June 22-August 24.

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BEACH DAYS! The sandy-bottomed Alden Harbor swimming area on Torch Lake is adjacent to the boat launch in downtown Alden. Find it at the sharp dogleg on South East Torch Lake Drive (County Highway 593). visitalden.com.

The Alden Depot Park and Museum, a former train depot (with restored railcars on the grounds) is home to a museum and a public beach (with a playground) on Torch Lake. 10670 Coy St., 231.331.4274.

HIKING Coy Mountain: This pretty 1.4-mile hike, hidden away from the foot traffic in downtown Alden, is worth seeking out. Follow Coy Street south for 1/3 mile; turn east on Valley Street. The preserve is two blocks in.

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BEAVER ISLAND Adventure and a wealth of history intermingle on this, the largest island in Lake Michigan. The excitement begins with the 32-mile trip by small plane or ferry to the island. Once on the island, explore beaches, forests, two lighthouses and several museums. Choose from a well-rounded assortment of casual to upscale restaurants and bars and make time to take in the fun, eclectic shopping district. Once you’ve come this far, you’ll want to stay the night. Know that motel rooms only run about $100 per night even in peak season, and spacious Lake Michigan rental homes start at $1,000 per week. beaverisland.org.

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MUST DO Beaver Island Music Festival is a three-day outdoor event that features music of all traditions and art. Camping is available. July 20–22. beaverislandmusicfestival.com. Professional and student musicians from all over the country gather to perform classical music during Baroque on Beaver. July 28–August 6. baroqueonbeaver.org. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com

HISTORY Beaver Island’s history is one of the Great Lakes’ greatest stories. In the mid-1800s, a renegade Mormon leader and self-anointed prophet named James Strang led 300 devotees to the island, where he ruled over his independent Mormon “kingdom” until his assassination by followers in 1856. Following Strang’s death, Irish immigrants established a new enclave on the island. Relics of both the Mormon and Irish communities survive today: the Mormon colony’s former print shop is now a museum, and the island’s two Irish pubs are open year round.

GETTING TO THE ISLAND Round-trip fares to Beaver Island run approximately $60 on the ferry and $100 by plane. For details, check out the transportation companies. Beaver Island Boat Company 103 Bridge Park Dr., Charlevoix, 231.547.2311 or 888.446.4095, bibco.com. Fresh Air Aviation 06918 Old Norwood Rd., Charlevoix, 888.359.7448 or 231.237.9482, freshairaviation.net.

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Island Airways 111 Airport Dr., Charlevoix, 800.524.6895, islandairways.com. More on lodging, camping, restaurants, golf, bike, kayak and car rentals, boat charters and scenic bi-plane rides: Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, 26215 Main St., Beaver Island, 231.448.2505, beaverisland.org. 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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CHARLEVOIX With its famous US31 drawbridge across the channel between Lake Michigan and Round Lake renovated and spiffed up to last another 50 years or so, the City of Charlevoix is revved and ready for summer visitors. Needless to say, with three lakes, five stunning beaches, the downtown-waterfront East Park and a first-class marina, this city is for water lovers. But make time to discover new happenings this summer in the boutique- and gallery-filled historic downtown, including at least one new restaurant and an open-air crêpe stand along Van Pelt Alley. visitcharlevoix.com. MUST DO Venetian Festival, July 15–22: The 87th 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, the AquaPalooza boating party and much more. venetianfestival.com. Charlevoix Summer Concert Series: A wide variety of genres perform at East Park Performance Pavillion. Thursdays, 7 p.m., June 29-August 24. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

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BEACH DAYS! Ferry Beach: With its sand, playground, pavilions, grills, concession, volleyball and basketball courts, restrooms and boat launch, this beach on Lake Charlevoix has beach day written all over it. M66 to Stover Road and head east. 224 Ferry Ave., 231.547.3253.

Depot Beach: Lake Charlevoix, located next to the town’s renovated old train depot (now a historical museum) has lifeguards on duty during the summer, restrooms and a playground. 231.547.2101, charlevoix.org. Fisherman’s Island State Park: Seven miles of Lake Michigan beach (and 75 campsites). Located just south of Charlevoix off US31. 16480 Bells Bay Rd., 231.547.6641, michigandnr.com. Michigan Beach Park: A popular white-sand sanctuary with all the amenities, like lifeguards, concession stands, restrooms, picnic areas. 95 Grant St., 231.347.3253. Mt. McSauba: A pristine Lake Michigan beach waiting for your towel. 210 State Street. 231.547.3267.

BIKING Little Traverse Wheelway: Stretching nearly 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, the trail passes more than a half-dozen roadside parks and occasional beaches with direct access to the water. Find the Charlevoix trailhead at Charlevoix Township Hall, 12491 Waller Road, trailscouncil.org. Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail: Phase I, from Boyne City through Young State Park (3 miles), of this brand new trail was completed last summer. This year, Phase II opens: look for a spur off the Little Traverse Wheelway north of Charlevoix, cross US 31 and head toward Boyne City ending at the Pine Point Subdivision. Follow Eastern Avenue and find a public Lake Charlevoix beach. trailscouncil.org. Rentals at Revolution Bike & Boards: 102 Mason St., Charlevoix, 231.237.0900, revolutionbandb.webs.com.

GOLF Dunmaglas: A challenging course inspired by the spirit of the great Scottish links with views overlooking both Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. 09031 Boyne City Rd., Charlevoix, 231.547.4653, dunmaglas.com. 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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Belvedere Club: This challenging, minimalist course was designed by renowned golf course architect William Watson in 1927. Look for a redo that takes it back to its historic roots this summer. 5731 Marion Center Rd., Charlevoix, 231.547.2611, belvederegolfclub.com.

Charlevoix Golf Club: This city-run, nine-hole course offers some of the most laid-back and inexpensive golfing in the region. 400 Fairway Dr., Charlevoix, 231.547.3268, charlevoixgolfclub.com.

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort & Antrim Dells: 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.

TAKE THE KIDS At the Charlevoix Fountain of Youth kids splash and play in an interactive, heated fountain in Charlevoix’s downtown waterfront East Park. The fountain is 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. 231.547.2101, visitcharlevoix.com. Skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers are all welcome at the Community Skate Park. 401 W. Carpenter Avenue. 231.675.4505.

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At Charlevoix Community Pool kids (and their parents and grandparents) can take lessons, exercise classes or just splash around in open swims. Punch card passes are available. 231.547.0982, charlevoixpool.org.

GET ON THE WATER Anyway you rig it, Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and Round Lake are made for fishing, sailing, paddling, power boating or relaxing on a pontoon. Here’s how to access this city’s endless aqua!

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Schulman Paddleworks: Easy kayak or stand-up paddleboard access to Lake Charlevoix or tiny Round Lake to the west. Located at Depot Beach on Lake Charlevoix. 231.437.3157, schulmanpaddleworks.com. Ward Brother Charterboats: Charter fishing, powerboats, pontoons. 231.547.2371, wardbrothersboats.com. Summertime Rentals: Jet skis, ski boats, pontoons, paddle sports, water trampolines and more. 231.547.7700, summertime-rentals.com. Sunshine Charters: Private sails, groups and daily tours aboard the catamaran The Sunshine II. Headquartered at the kiosk, 109 Bridge Park Dr., 231.547.0266, sunshinecharters.com.

MORE FUN STUFF Earl Young Houses: These whimsical stone buildings were designed by Earl Young in the early 1900s. Maps available at the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, 109 Mason St., 231.547.2101. Castle Farms: This sumptuous chateau-styled architectural landmark built in 1918, has been many things—an experimental farm, a concert venue, and now it is a downright fabulous place to spend a day. Play lawn chess, see the largest outdoor railroad in Michigan, wander the gardens and much more. 231.237.0884, castlefarms.com. Charlevoix Circle of Art: This hub of all things creative in Charlevoix offers exhibits, classes in art, dance and music, and enlightening events. 231.547.3554, charlevoixcircle.org.

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ELK RAPIDS This little harbor town set on a thin strip of land between Elk Lake and Lake Michigan rolls out charming as a storybook. Stroll a footbridge over the Elk River to the town library, don your swimsuit and water shoes to shoot the old sluice that stretches across where the river runs downtown, find your place in the sand on the Lake Michigan shore, stroll the 270-slip marina and browse the shopping district with its boutiques, galleries, restaurants (both relaxed and upscale) and well-stocked wine shop. elkrapidschamber.org. MUST DO Evenings on River Street, June 21-August 2: Summer Wednesdays the downtown hosts music, kids games and more. elkrapidschamber.org. Harbor Days, August 2-5: Elk Rapids’ big summer shindig, featuring live music, parades, a carnival, sandcastle building, fireworks and other fun. elkrapidsharbordays.org. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

BEACH DAYS! Veterans Memorial Park: Elk Rapids’ in-town oasis on Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay. Kids love playing where Elk River empties into the bay. Basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables, grills and a playground round out a perfect beach day. On River Street in downtown Elk Rapids. Elk Rapids Dam Beach: A sweet little in-town spot of sand (perfect for soaking your feet after shopping!) on East Grand Traverse Bay and next to the Elk Rapids Dam. Find it off Dexter Street.

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Elk Rapids Golf Course: A great tB rid choice for beginners ge and high-handicappers, 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. oo sF

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GET ON THE WATER At the beautiful Elk Rapids Harbor in downtown Elk Rapids (and on Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay), you’ll find a full-service marina outfitted with a slew of amenities, including shuttle service to restaurants and shopping. Seasonal, transient and short-term docking. Boat ramps on to East Grand Traverse Bay and into Elk River and the Chain of Lakes. A day (or days) boating beautiful Elk Lake is unforgettable. Rent everything you need from the boat (pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats) to skis and tubes at Elk River Marina. 231.264.9500, elkrivermarina.com. 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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EAST JORDAN Spend the day on Lake Charlevoix, paddle the Jordan River, and hike the Jordan River Valley. Blend those experiences with time in this friendly downtown. The shopping district includes boutiques, gift shop and three excellent up-cycled/antique home décor shops. Dining runs from homey to the new and trendy Southerninspired Blue Smoke restaurant and the freshly renovated The Landing—a restaurant you can boat right up to. ejchamber.org.

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MUST DO Freedom Festival, June 27-July 1: Friday night block party, carnival and parades. eastjordanfreedomfestival.org. South Arm Classics, July 8: Boat and car show. ejchamber.org. Portside Arts Fair, August 5-6: Works by Michigan artists at this juried fine arts fair, celebrating its 55th year. portsideartsfair.org. Music in the Park: 7 p.m. Fridays, mid-June through mid-August at Memorial Park on Lake Charlevoix. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

BEACH DAYS! Sweet Monroe Creek winds its way to Lake Charlevoix at Elm Pointe beach and picnic area. 1787 N. M66, East Jordan, 231.536.3381, eastjordancity.org. Find 500 feet of Lake Charlevoix frontage, marked swim area, pavilion, beach volleyball court and campsites at the downtown East Jordan City Tourist Park. 218 N. Lake Street, East Jordan. 231.536.2561, eastjordancity.org.

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The current on the bluff-lined Jordan River ranges from placid to swift. Canoe and kayak rentals: Jordan Valley Outfitters, 311 N. Lake St., East Jordan, 231.536.0006, jvoutfitters.com). Swiss Hideaway, 1953 Graves Crossing, Mancelona, 231.536.2341, jordanriverfun.com.

It’s worth the 10 minutes just to take the historic four-car cable ferry across 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 and six miles north of East Jordan.

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East Jordan Municipal Marina and Memorial Park: Within walking distance of the shopping and eating district. Lovely Memorial Park, outfitted with picnic tables, grills and a band shell (Friday evening concerts in the summer) is adjacent to the marina. 231.536.2166 or 231.536.3381, eastjordancity.org.

The rugged 18-mile Jordan River Pathway threads through the scenic Jordan River Valley. Great destination for an easy 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.

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The Dressel/ Jordan River/ Rogers Family Homestead Preserve has a 1.5-mile hiking trail and 2 miles of Jordan River shoreline located just downstream from a public boat launch. From downtown East Jordan, northeast and then south on M32 for 1.3 miles to Rogers Road. Turn right. Preserve is a half-mile on your right. landtrust.org.

Charlevoix Yacht Charters: Be your own skipper on one of these dream sailboats and spend a week cruising Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. 1748 Lalonde Rd., 231.340.0508, cxssail.com.

Summertime Rentals: Jet skis, ski boats, pontoons, paddle sports, water trampolines and more. 231.547.7700, summertime-rentals.com.

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