Northern Michigan Attractions: Petoskey and Charlevoix History

Northern Michigan Attractions: Head north to Charlevoix, just a quick drive from Traverse City, to learn more about Northern Michigan's rich history while enjoying a stroll through the idyllic town. The Beaver Island Boat Company will offer their Charlevoix Historic Walking Tour beginning June 20, every Wednesday-Saturday at 1:15 p.m. through September. On the tour, you will see and learn about the architecture of legendary Earl Young, the bridges that have helped make Charlevoix famous, Pine River Channel, East Park, Charlevoix lighthouse and the Harsha House Museum.  

Not only will the tours be educational, entertaining, and out in the fresh Northern Michigan air, they also support the continuation of historical awareness in Northern Michigan. The cost of the tour is $14/adult and $12/child, and a portion of the ticket sales goes to the Charlevoix Historical Society. The tour is approximately 1 ½ hours in length, and begins at the Beaver Island Boat Company offices. Sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and a camera are must-haves during this walk back through time.

To reserve a spot on a Charlevoix Historic Walking Tour, please contact the BIBCO office at 888.446.4095.  

After you've stopped in Charlevoix and stretched your legs, continue on to Petoskey (again, just a short trip from Traverse City) to participate in the 15th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference. Hosted by the Michigan Hemingway Society, the event is being held in the Petoskey area, a place which figured so prominently in Hemingway's writing, to return to the author's cherished Northern Michigan roots. Attend discussions and activities with the world's leading Hemingway scholars, or grab your copy of the Nick Adam's Stories and take a self guided tour of Hemingway's favorite spots, as detailed by the Michigan Heminway Society. Read, explore, and celebrate the man who lived impossibly large and irrevocably changed the way we think of literature in part with his descriptions of the Northern Michigan we all love so much.

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