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PETOSKEY & MACKINAC STRAITS 2018 EDITION

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NORTHERN MICHIGAN

BOYNE COUNTRY CROSS VILLAGE HARBOR SPRINGS MACKINAC ISLAND MACKINAW CITY PETOSKEY ST. IGNACE WALLOON LAKE

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Landmark Lodging and Waterfront Dining

Bay View inn, Bay View Victorian country inn on the shores of Little Traverse Bay. 800-258-1886

crooked riVer lodge, alanson Family-friendly lodge, overlooking the picturesque Crooked River. Indoor pool. 866-548-0700

Pier restaurant Waterfront dining at the marina in beautiful Harbor Springs. 231-526-6201

Perry Hotel, Petoskey Just off the bay in Petoskey’s historic downtown Gaslight District. 800-737-1899

weatHerVane restaurant True waterfront dining. On the channel at the drawbridge, downtown Charlevoix. 231-547-4311

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top 10 things to do

When in Petoskey & Mackinac Straits Area

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6 DRIVE THE US23 HERITAGE ROUTE

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Munch a bunch of Tom’s Mom’s Cookies (from-scratch cookies) in Harbor Springs.

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aboard a 50-foot custom-racing sailboat with SailMackinac or the Cal 39 sloop Sail Wild Honey.

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SET OUT BY PONTOON, KAYAK OR PADDLEBOARD

and enjoy drinks, dancing and even concerts at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey.

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GET SOME COOKIES

CRUISE THE MACKINAC STRAITS

to explore the 40-mile-long Inland Waterway that stretches from Crooked Lake, near Petoskey, all the way to Lake Huron.

EXPERIENCE BOYNE THUNDER

July 13–14. This thrilling poker run on high performance boats covers 150 watery miles on Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan.

The northern takeoff to the 200-mile “pathway to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast” along Lake Huron is in Mackinaw City.

feed the fish in the pond, fish the Crooked River from the dock, take a kayak for a spin and explore the quaint village of Alanson.

8 GET HIGH ON WATER

with Sky Dive Harbor Springs, Walloon Balloon Adventures or Mackinaw Parasailing.

9 LEARN ABOUT GREAT LAKES FISH

at the Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center—a state fish hatchery in Oden.

10 SEE BAGS BEING HAND MADE

from crazy-cool leathers (from croc to lizard) at B. May Bags in Harbor Springs.

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Blissfest July 13-15 A Night of the Arts Gallery Walk July 11 Shay Days July 20-21 LTYC Ugotta Regatta July 27-29 Harbor Springs Car Festival August 9 Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow August 11-12 Street Sales & Celebration September 1

Taste of Harbor Springs September 22 Harbor Springs Festival of the Book September 28-30 Harbor Stars Awards Dinner October 17 Ladies’ Night Out November 15 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting November 24 Merchants Holiday Open House December 1

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HARBOR SPRINGS

Back when this was a Northern frontier town predominantly made up of French and Native Americans, townsfolk raced shaggy Indian ponies down Main Street for sport. Later, the rough little outpost became a place for genteel resorters attracted to the picture-perfect scenery around Little Traverse Bay. Nowadays, all that wonderful history and the architecture that comes with it is the backdrop for boutiques, galleries, eateries and the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre, housed in a circa-1920s building on Main Street. harborspringschamber.com.

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BEACHES

The living is easy at downtown Zorn Park where there are lifeguards, a swimming raft and a sandy-bottomed swim area. A grassy knoll and shade trees provide a spot to roll out the picnic blanket and enjoy a take-out lunch from the town’s many eateries. 231.526.7999, harborspringschamber.com. Escape to 300 feet of sandy Lake Michigan beach tucked away in the 30acre Thorne Swift Nature Preserve. Also find 1.5 miles of easy hiking trails and boardwalks through dunes and cedar swamps, and an interpretive nature center for kids. M119 north to Lower Shore Dr.; four miles north of Harbor Springs. 213.526.6401, landtrust.org.

FESTIVALS

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic: June 2 and September 8. Fourteento 30-mile bike tour that includes the scenic Tunnel of Trees or the paved Little Traverse Wheelway (which is closed to nonmotorized vehicles). 231.526.2151, birchwoodinn.com. Red, White and Brew!: June 30, 4 p.m. Wine festival and beer garden on the Harbor Springs waterfront. harborspringschamber.com. Night of the Arts: July 11. Gallery walk through downtown Harbor Springs. Harbor Springs Car Festival: August 9, 5:30 p.m. Cool cars, truck and motorcycles on display in Zorn Park. harborspringschamber.com.

PADDLE

Little Traverse Bay is a 45-square-mile heaven for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders, with plenty of protected shoreline begging to be explored. Paddle from downtown Harbor Springs to the historic lighthouse at the end of Harbor Point peninsula. Rentals, lessons, guided tours: The Outfitter in Harbor Springs. 231.526.2621, outfitterharborsprings.com.

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Classic Harbor Springs & Cross Village Whether by car or by bicycle, touring the 16-mile-long Tunnel of Trees (officially known as M119) is a slow-mo pleasure. The narrow blacktop road begins in Harbor Springs, meanders through tiny Good Hart and ends in Cross Village. Along the way, it spools out through thick forests and delivers occasional and stunning views from spectacular bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. At the Harbor Springs end, stop in at Pond Hill Farm—working farm, farm store, cafe, brewery, winery and petting zoo. And don't miss Primitive Images (a rustic home elements store). In and around Good Hart check out the Good Hart General Store, the Good Hart & Soul Tea Room, A Studio, Trillium Woods Antiques and the Northern Crêpe Cart. In Cross Village, don’t miss Old World Cafe, Three Pines Studio or the legendary Legs Inn—an authentic Polish restaurant in a cool stone-and-timber building with one of the best views around. MyNorth.com/TunnelofTrees.

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Wilderness State Park is the Lower Peninsula’s largest piece of contiguous undeveloped land encompassing 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. By foot or mountain bike, hit the trails, which include a five-mile section of the epic North Country Trail. Sturgeon Bay Dunes in the park offer nearly a mile of sandy Lake Michigan beach. Take M119 about five miles north of Cross Village, and turn left at Sturgeon Bay Trail. Cabins, bunkhouses and 250 campsites are available; reservations necessary. 903 Wilderness Park Dr., Carp Lake, 231.436.5381.

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Watch sailboats breezing across Little Traverse Bay from Petoskey’s downtown Historic Gaslight District where, besides a great view, the lovely Victoria-era storefronts are packed with fabulous shops, galleries, boutiques, eateries, pubs and one wine tasting room. Relax along the way at big green Pennsylvania Park or lovely Bayfront Park down on the bay. Read on to find out how this year-round city/ resort town hits every note on the Up North lifestyle register. petoskeychamber.com. BEACHES

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The expansive Petoskey State Park beach on Little Traverse Bay, set smack between Harbor Springs and Petoskey, is a local favorite. Find sand volleyball courts, campsites, hiking trails and more; be sure to climb the stairs to Old Baldy, a stable dune just behind the beach, for a fabulous view of the bay. Park pass required. M119, four miles northeast of Petoskey. Solanus Mission Beach Located on a small cove on Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. Accessed by the Little Traverse Wheelway bike trail. West of Ingalls Avenue.

Six miles north of Petoskey on US31, the Conway Township Park, on the western edge of meandering Crooked Lake, has a small beach with a bubbling artesian well.

FESTIVALS

Petoskey Rocks, July 6–August 10, with Friday evening carriage rides, ghost walks, music and movies in the park. petoskeydowntown.com. Concerts in the Park, June 6–August 24, brings live music to the little white gazebo in Pennsylvania Park downtown. Noon, Wednesdays and Fridays. petoskeydowntown.com. Antiques at the Fairgrounds: July 7 & 8 and August 4 & 5; 170 dealers from all around the country. antiquesatthefairgrounds.com. Summer Super Swirl: August 15, 5:30 p.m. Exhibitions, art demonstrations, wine tasting and appetizers. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. 231.347.3209, crookedtree.org. Taste of the North: June 16. Tastes from area restaurants, kids activities and history exhibits. Petoskey waterfront. Festival on the Bay: August 17–18. Live music, children’s activities, local wines and more. petoskeyfestival.com.

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PADDLE

The Bear River Valley Recreation Area in downtown Petoskey, offers a quarter-mile of whitewater on the Bear River with challenging drops and rapids to thrill experienced paddlers. Maps with launch sites available online. petoskey.us. Rent kayaks at Bahnhof Sport, 800.253.7078, bahnhof.com. For a slow, scenic paddle, rent canoes or kayaks through Bear River Canoe Livery, which offers one-, two-, and four-hour trips along a quiet, scenic stretch of the Bear River. Perfect for new paddlers and families with young kids. 231.347.9038, bearrivercanoelivery.com.

TRAILS

Thanks to the fabulously energetic Top of MichiganTrails Council, the Petoskey area is threaded with bike trails. Petoskey sits in the middle of the 26-mile-long Little Traverse Wheelway, which runs along Little Traverse Bay between Charlevoix and Harbor Springs. Access it at Bayfront Park, near downtown. Pedaling north takes you past Lime Kiln Pond (a popular spot for panfish angling), through the historic Bay View community, with its charming gingerbread cottages, to Petoskey State Park and all the way to Harbor Springs. Heading east leads you into the waterside shopping and dining district of Bay Harbor and then on to the city of Charlevoix. trailscouncil.org.

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One of Petoskey’s best-kept secrets, the 1.5-mile trail through the Bear River Recreation Area feels remote although it is just blocks from the downtown. The trail follows the Bear River, crossing it on a footbridge. Access the trail on West Lake Street, across from Petoskey’s fire station. trailscouncil.org. The North Western State Trail (along a former railway line)—begins in Petoskey and runs 32 scenic miles to Mackinaw City. The 7.5 miles from Petoskey to Alanson is asphalt. Find the trailhead at Spring Lake Park on M119.

KIDS

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers summer classes for kids in everything from pottery to dance, full and half days, for one-week sessions. Petoskey. 231.347.4337, crookedtree.org.

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There’s no end to fun at Great American Adventures Family Fun Park where you’ll find go-karts, mini-golf, water wars, batting cage and driving range. 231.347.9566. gaapetoskey.com. Pirates Cove Adventure Park: Putt under waterfalls, past pirate ships and more. 231.347.1123, piratescove.net.

BAY HARBOR

You don’t have to be from one of the yachts moored in the harbor of this tony Lake Michigan resort village located southeast of Petoskey to get in on the fun here. The public is welcome to shop, dine, golf and enjoy a number of events here including the Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival, June 15-17. bayharborfoundation.org.

GOLF

The exemplary Bay Harbor Golf Club, an Arthur Hills-designed course, is making its name as the Pebble Beach of the Midwest, with 27 holes designed as three distinct courses—The Links, The Quarry and The Preserve—all located atop sweeping Lake Michigan bluffs. 231.439.4028, bayharborgolf.com. Arthur Hills and his team recently finished a spruce-up of the Crooked Tree Golf Club, a beloved 18-hole course sculpted through old hardwood stands atop high bluffs overlooking Bay Harbor. Look for raised tee boxes and redesigned greens this season! 231.439.4030, boyne.com.

Classic Petoskey Belly up to the old mahogany bar at City Park Grill—just like Hemingway did. cityparkgrill.com. Come back in the winter to ski, skate and sled at the downtown Petoskey Winter Sports Park. Take in a concert at the historic resort community Bay View, known for its gingerbread cottages.

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MACKINAW CITY

This city at the base of the mighty Mackinac Bridge is where you cross from Michigan’s Lower to its Upper Peninsula and catch a ferry to Mackinac Island. But don’t be in a hurry to go. Mackinaw City is flush with shops (including the 50shop Mackinaw Crossing), eateries, historic sites, parks, waterfront and outdoor activities. mackinawcity.com.

history on the self-guided Historic Pathway that follows interpretive stations along a beautiful downtown walking path by the shore. Audio tours are available. mackinawchamber.com.

BEACHES

Tour the 145-year-old McGulpin Point Lighthouse, one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the Straits. While you are there, take the Discovery Trail, where costumed re-enactors interpret Straits history. Admission is free to both the lighthouse and the trail. mcgulpinpoint.org.

Swim in the warm, inland waters of French Farm Lake or find big water downtown at Mackinaw’s Municipal Bathing Beaches. West of Mackinaw City, Cecil Bay Park, on Lake Michigan, offers a secluded sandy beach where you can walk the shore to the mouth of Carp River. Find it 5 miles southwest of town at the intersection of Cecil Bay Rd. and Wilderness Park Dr. emmetcounty.org. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park has 2 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline with stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge and the Upper Peninsula.

BIKE

Get pedaling! The 32-mile North Western State Trail runs from Mackinaw City to Petoskey (along a former railway line)—a sweet route that passes through Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, and Carp Lake. The 24.5 miles between Mackinaw City and Alanson are packed crushed limestone, while the 7.5 miles from Alanson to Petoskey are asphalt. trailscouncil.org. The North Central State Trail also begins in Mackinaw City. It runs 61 miles south to Gaylord, past the Sturgeon River and Burt Lake and through the towns of Wolverine and Indian River. The trail has a crushed limestone surface. Find trailheads for both trails in downtown Mackinaw City. trailscouncil.org.

HISTORY WAS NEVER THIS FUN

Red coats, fur traders, cannon smoke, musket firing and more come alive at Colonial Michilimackinac, the Great Lakes fur trading hub from 1715 to the early 1780s. Children can participate in soldier drills, crafts, Victorian dances, games, and can even help tend the vegetable garden and cook dinner over an open hearth. The annual Fort Michilimackinac Pageant, featuring the reenactment of a Native American siege of the fort, every Memorial Day Weekend (fmpcfestival.org), is a great way to get acquainted with this icon of Great Lakes history. 231.436.4100, mackinacparks.com. LEFT & MIDDLE, KELLY R EWA | R IGHT, CONNOR GR AY

» TAKE A HIKE NEAR MACKINAW CITY

Watch a historic sawmill in action and then take the Adventure Tour and see the forest from the treetops on a zipline or from atop a five-story climbing wall at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Located 3 miles east of Mackinaw City on US23. mackinacparks.com. Learn about everything from shipwrecks of the Straits to Native American

Cross the Mackinac Bridge on a trolley tour of the Straits; cross the Big Mac bridge as the sun sets. mackinactrolley.com.

LIGHTHOUSES

Tour the lighthouse keepers quarters, climb to the top of the tower, and check out the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. mackinacparks.com. Shepler’s Ferry offers boat tours of the numerous lighthouses in the Straits area. Choose from Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Les Cheneaux Islands cruises that (combined) take you past more than a dozen lighthouses, including the seldom seen Spectacle Reef Lighthouse and the St. Helena Island Light. sheplersferry.com.

GOLF

The Mackinaw Club: This Jerry Matthews-designed course is challenging, reasonably priced and beautiful. 231.537.4955, mackinawclub.com.

KIDS

Zip four stories over Mackinaw City for a bird’s-eye view of two waterfalls at Animal River Adrenaline Falls Adventure Zipline 231.436.5630; Learn about wildlife of the northern forest while playing mini golf at Trappers Creek Adventure Golf. 231.436.7183.

Classic Mackinaw City Headlands International Dark Sky Park, one of only a handful of premier stargazing parks in the world, hosts a full program of star-gazing activities, many at the new Waterfront Event Center. No camping, but visitors are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, chairs and blankets and enjoy the heavens all night long. emmetcounty.org/darkskypark. Check out the vintage cars on display at Antiques on the Bay Car Show, June 22–23; Take a sunset cruise under the Mackinac Bridge with Ugly Anne Boat Tours. mackinawtour.com.

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WINERIES, BREWERIES AND ONE CIDERY

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Beards Brewery: Boutique brewery in downtown Petoskey. From live music to trivia, there is always something going on. beardsbrewery.com. Bièr de Mac: Sip your microbrew within sight of the Mackinac Bridge. bieredemac.com. Boyne City Tap Room: Full bar featuring American craft beer. 220 S. Lake St., Boyne City, 231.459.4487, bctaproom.com.

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Chateau Lake Charlevoix: Boyne City’s newest winery and tasting room. FB. Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery: Charming vineyard and winery set in the Emmet County countryside. crookedvinewinecom. Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery & Tunnel Vision Brewery at Pond Hill Farm: Grapes, apples, hops (and other good stuff) turn into wine, hard cider and beer at the ever-amazing Pond Hill Farm. harborspringswinery.com. Mackinaw Trail Winery and Mackinaw Trail Brewing Company: Familyowned vineyard, winery, brewery and even an onsite bistro.mackinawtrailwinery.com. Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery: America’s first and only maple winery—also makes an array of other maple products including ice cream. mmsyrup.com.

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Pleasantview Winery: Estate vineyard and winery that specializes in American varietal grapes. pleasantviewwinery.us.

Petoskey Brewing: Housed in a 19th-century building that started its life as a brewery. petoskeybrewing.com. Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery: Taste the wines of this vineyard from a rustic covered porch that looks over the 22-acre estate—located just three miles east of downtown Petoskey. petoskeyfarms.com. Resort Pike Cidery and Winery: A variety of hard ciders, bubbly wine and a handful of still wines at this fun, new kid on the winery block. resortpike.com Rudbeckia Winery & Burnt Marshmallow Brewery: Wine tasting, seven rotating beer taps and more at this working vineyard and hops farm. 3379 Lake Grove Rd., Petoskey, rudbeckiafarm.com. Seasons of the North: Locally made wine, a patio and a popcorn bar in Indian River. 231.548.1280. Seven Monks: 46 beers on tap—from local to international. 202 S. Lake St., Boyne City. 7monkstap.com. Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen: Boyne City’s newest brewery. stiggsbrewingcompany.com. Walloon Lake Winery: Specializing in cold-hardy grape varieties, with a stateof-the-art tasting room. walloonlakewinery.com.


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In the 20 minutes it takes to ride the ferry to Mackinac Island you’ll be transported back to a time when travel was by horse, foot or one of those new-fangled bicycles. Motorized vehicles are banned on this gorgeous island where Victorian cottages and huge lilac bushes seem to grow together out of the landscape and the azure waters of the Straits of Mackinac lap the shoreline. Kids can help shoot a cannon at Fort Mackinac, where history lessons come bundled with fun. Read on for more about this must-do Great Lakes vacation spot. mackinacisland.org.

Snap a photo by Arch Rock, Mackinac’s one-of-a-kind limestone formation that rises 150 feet on the island’s southeast shore.

FESTIVALS

Be at the Mackinac Island finish line for two the Great Lakes’ most revered yacht races, the Port Huron to Mackinac and the Chicago to Mackinac. The races are in July and run a week apart.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival: June 8–17. This island extravaganza includes a Taste of Mackinac, 10K run, carriage tours and more. But mostly it is about glorying in the blossoms on Mackinac’s historically famous bounty of lilac trees.

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Classic Mackinac Island Take a carriage tour of the island’s beautiful Victorian homes. Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, the oldest and largest continuously operating horse-and-buggy livery in the world, offers narrated tours of landmarks and historical points of interest. mict.com. Ride a bicycle built for two on the 8-mile paved road (the state’s only highway that doesn’t allow cars) that circles the island. Rent one for the two of you at any of the bike rental shops near the ferry docks downtown.

Gorge on fudge, Mackinac Island’s signature treat since the 1800s. (Just follow your nose, you’ll find the shops where it is made!) Hop aboard a cruise on either Shepler’s (sheplersferry.com) or Star Line (mackinacferry.com) ferry services for special cruises that range from touring lighthouses to getting up close and personal with the Big Mac bridge at sunset. Tour the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., starting June 6 to August 29.

Rock out in a rocking chair on Grand Hotel’s 660-foot-long-porch with its view of the Straits of Mackinac—well worth the $10 admission for nonhotel guests. grandhotel.com Catch a movie in the historic theater at Mission Point Resort. missionpoint.com. Walk with butterflies at the Butterfly House originalbutterflyhouse.com; Wings of Mackinac, wingsofmackinac.com. Take a guided kayak or paddleboard tour of the island shoreline with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, mackinackayak.com.

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Just across the Mackinac Bridge, this beautiful waterfront city is a home port for trips around the Upper Peninsula and the Straits. Or go ahead and stay put. Vacations in St. Ignace are the stuff memories are made of. BEACHES

The long, luxurious Lake Michigan Sand Dunes that line Lake Michigan along US2 beg for a beach day. Move over California. stignace.com. Kiwanis Beach on Moran Bay in downtown St. Ignace. Kid-friendly beach, pavilion and picnic area. stignace.com.

Bay, June 28 launches Car Show Weekend; August 3 VW Bugs gather for the Beetle the Mac Blues & Brews Festival; the summer winds up with Beauty & the Bridge – Porche on the Mac rendezvous August 17. Climb the steps 200 feet to Castle Rock for a view of Mackinac Island and Lake Huron. 906.643.8268, castlerockmi.com. Bring the family for Fireworks over the Bay Saturday nights from July 7–September 1. Thursday evenings are alive from July 5–August 3 with Bayside Live! Free Waterfront Entertainment. Take in Outdoor Movies By the Bay! Sunday evenings, July 1–Sept. 2.

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This city is all about classic cars. Check out these events: The classic cars of the pan-Michigan Back to the Bricks Car Show converge on St. Ignace on June 11; June 22 brings old-timey cars for Antiques on the

St. Ignace Fish Feast: July 21. Along with fish dishes prepared by local restaurants, enjoy live music, beverages, kids games and a kids trout pond. stignace.com.

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With lapis-hued Lake Charlevoix in its front yard and the Boyne River running through it, Boyne City has the makings of a classic resort town. Add a downtown blossoming with parks, brewpubs, shopping and dining—a scene lovingly nurtured by the community-based Boyne City Main Street Program—and it all adds up to an unforgettable destination vacay. Six miles northeast of Boyne City, tiny and perfect Walloon Lake Village, set on the shores of gorgeous Walloon Lake, exudes a similar vibe. Find a marina, a classic hotel, a fabulous restaurant, relaxed boutiques and fun pop-up shops in this childhood summer home of Ernest Hemingway. BEACHES

The downtown Peninsula Beach on Lake Charlevoix is the place to lounge away a sunny afternoon. Tannery Beach is a great spot for a swim, to launch a canoe or let your dog play in the water—doggie bags and scoops on site. Sweet Walloon Lake Beach in Walloon Lake Village is close to village amenities and outfitted with a picnic area, playground and restrooms. At the fabulous 560-acre Young State Park on Lake Charlevoix, use the beach for a day or snag a campsite and stay the night.

Charlevoix County’s Whiting Park offers a half-mile of public beach on Lake Charlevoix. You’ll also find 13 universally accessible campsites, most of which have electric hookups.

Classic Boyne Country Spread a blanket and enjoy Evenings at the Gazebo, 6:30 p.m., Old City Park on the Boyne River in Boyne City. Wednesdays June 21, August 15. Learn to waterski and wakeboard on Walloon Lake from Tommy’s Ski & Wake School in Walloon Village Marina. 231.535.6039, tommyswalloon.com. Zip through the treeline on ziplines at either (or all!) Boyne Mountain, 231.549.7256, boyne.com; Boyne Highlands, 231.526.3835, boyne.com; Wildwood Rush, 231.582.3400, wildwoodrush.com. Surf on Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark RipZone surf simulator. Or maybe you’re up for the waterpark’s Big Couloir, a superloop slide with a fearfully awesome drop. 855.688.7046, boyne.com. Let Boyne River Adventures set you up to kayak the Boyne River. 231.459.6990.

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