Each year, our travel plans include a stop in Charlevoix, Michigan, home to art galleries, gift shops, cafes--and mushroom buildings.
Yes, you read correctly! Charlevoix features 26 unusual residential and commercial buildings designed and built by Earl Young, a local architect and real estate agent. The cozy-looking structures are built out of stone and feature low, curved rooflines.
We always stop at one of the buildings, Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant (106 Pine River Ln.; 1-231/ 547-4311). While you enjoy lunch or dinner, you can watch the Bridge Street drawbridge go up and down to allow high-masted boats to pass. Don't miss the magnificent stone fireplace and its massive 9-ton keystone!
Charlevoix is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 and State Highway 66 in north-central Michigan, 17 miles west of Petoskey. For more information, contact the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-231/547-2101.