Charlevoix is a beautiful small town sitting between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. The canal between the two was very busy with large boats coming and going. In the 1920s Earl Young, a famous eccentric builder/architect built over 20 houses that are right out of a fairy tale. They are now called the Mushroom Houses, and a major attraction in the area. Some of them are available for vacation rental. Another quirky site in town is the World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan. It was built and used in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. A sign next to it lists the huge amount of ingredients it took to make this Guinness World Record Cherry Pie.
We discovered that Earnest Hemmingway's family had a cottage on a nearby lake. Hemingway used the cabin to recover from injuries he sustained in WWI, and it was from Petoskey that he left to go to New York to begin his writing career.
One afternoon, we drove over to Gaylord just to visit one of our favorite places to eat, Gobblers of Gaylord. We discovered this place years ago and anytime we are in or near the area we stop in for a Turkey dinner with all the fixings.
We Ducked our first Jeep in a town parking lot.