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Charlevoix is known as “Charlevoix the Beautiful,” and for good reason. Each spring townspeople plant petunias along the streets leading into downtown, which is situated between Round Lake and Lake Michigan. A channel, Pine Channel, connects the two, allowing boats to pass safely through a busy area full of shops, galleries and restaurants.

Charlevoix is home to a plethora of festivals, art shows, and outdoor concerts. East Park, located along one side of Charlevoix’s main street, Bridge Street, is the setting for much of it. The Odmark Performance Pavilion is a perfect place for the Charlevoix Concert Series (weekly July through Labor Day), while on the other side of the park, an interactive fountain delights people of all ages, especially on a steamy summer day.

Speaking of hot summer days, Charlevoix is host to some of the best beaches in the area. And no other town nearby has as many: Mount McSauba, Ferry, Depot and Michigan. Visit them all to pick your favorite. It won’t be easy.

Fisherman’s Island State Park, no longer an island, is a rustic space for the nature-lover to explore and

G. Randall Goss/News-Review A view of downtown Charlevoix and Round Lake, looking east from Lake Michigan toward Lake Charlevoix.

camp. Other areas of exploration near Charlevoix include the Susan Creek Preserve with 1.5 miles of trails and the Charlevoix Township bike path, which is a northwest connection to the Little Traverse Wheelway into Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

The Venetian Festival is undoubtedly Charlevoix’s most popular summer event. Occurring annually in the middle of July, it showcases a full week of games, concerts, rides, food, street parade, fireworks and a nighttime boat parade, where boats of all shapes and sizes are decorated and lit up to awe and inspire thousands.

A farmers market downtown begins in the middle of June each summer and extends through the end of September. On Thursdays during this time, vendors from the area offer fresh produce, vegetables, flowers and even baked goods.

In the fall, the second weekend in October, a trip to Charlevoix’s Apple Fest is in order. There you’ll find more arts and crafts, family activities and food — including the stars of the show: more than 30 varieties of apples — in crisp tents along Bridge Street and throughout East Park.

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