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Watersports and lakeside village living.

Travel + Leisure
May 16, 2012

Set between Round Lake and Lake Michigan, Charlevoix is built around a central 67-slip marina, making all sorts of watersports—from boating to fishing—the most common pastime. That said, the area—amid blazing heat or blustery blizzards—offers ample opportunities for activity (skiing, golfing, and hiking) and entertainment (concerts in the park, movies at the marina, architectural tours). There’s a walkable downtown, but you’ll need a car to get around easily.

Juilleret's

The sweet French toast is worth the wait (ask for a loaf of the cinnamon bread to go).

Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites

This hotel provides fireplaces, kitchenettes, and lake views at reasonable prices. Don’t miss the pool on summer stays.

Stafford's Weathervane

This restaurant offers the town’s only true waterfront dining; enjoy regional cuisine and a table near the fireplace or window.

Jordan Valley Outfitters

Embrace the charms of the cold with a winter raft trip through snowy woods along the Jordan River.

Dunmaglas Golf Course

In warmer months, play a round in the scenic woods.

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