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Visiting Charlevoix for a Northern Michigan vacation soon? From historic stays in Bellaire to campgrounds in Torch Lake Township, view our list of vacation rentals and lodging in the Charlevoix area.

Searching for more hotel, resort or camping options in towns across Northern Michigan? Visit our Northern Michigan Lodging page.

Historic Stays in the Charlevoix Area

The recent reopening of the Hotel Earl in downtown Charlevoix shines a spotlight on the historic-style lodging in this area. The hotel, originally designed in the last century by the famed local designer Earl Young—known for his genius stonemasonry—joins the landmark Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites as tributes to Young. In Charlevoix, several homes designed by Earl Young are also available for rent.

Complementing the Earl Young lodging are a slew of charming Victorian-era inns, vintage lodges and mom ’n’ pop resorts scattered throughout Charlevoix, East Jordan and Bellaire. In Grayling, the Hanson House, built in 1890 and once the home of lumber baron Rasmus Hanson, has lovely gardens, antique furniture, and offers a candlelit breakfast.

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Charlevoix Area Four-Season Resorts

Looking for the full menu of amenities, all in one place? Check out Shanty Creek Resort, Otsego Resort and Treetops Resort. Whether you are looking for skiing, golfing or on-site events, all three of these resorts feature fun activities for the entire family all year long.

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Views from the Golf Course at Otsego Resort.

Campsites in the Charlevoix Area

Two state parks—Young on Lake Charlevoix and Fisherman’s Island on Lake Michigan—together offer more than 300+ wooded sites to pitch your tent or park your RV. If you’re looking to get closer to nature, camping in the Charlevoix area is the perfect solution!

The Antrim County-owned Barnes Park, located in Torch Lake Township, offers wooded campsites on Grand Traverse Bay. Darling Thurston Park on Intermediate Lake in the town of Central Lake has waterfront sites and hook-ups.

Camping at Hartwick Pines State Park means getting to see one of Michigan’s last stands of majestic old-growth pine forest. Reserve up to six months in advance. Overnight lodging (cottages, safari-style tents, geodesic domes, cabins, yurts and lodges) and shelter reservations can be made up to a year in advance.

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The beach at Fisherman’s Island on Lake Michigan.

Island Escapes Near Charlevoix

A Beaver Island getaway is the ultimate antidote to stress. Don’t look for frills, but do look for friendly, unique and perfectly picturesque accommodations at the island’s several hotels and lodges. There are also three campgrounds on the island. Visit the official Beaver Island website for more information.

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Glamping on Beaver Island at Beaver Island Retreat. // Photo by Sam Brown

Private Vacation Rentals in Charlevoix

An abundance of privately-owned homes and cottages on lakes and in the woods are available through Airbnb, VRBO and other home rental sites. You can also visit our Northern Michigan Lodging page to find more vacation rental options. 

Find this article and more in the free, digital edition of MyNorth’s 2021 Northern Michigan Vacation Guide below; or get the Vacation Guide in print each year for free when you subscribe to Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, delivered to your door each month.

Photo(s) by The Weathervane Inn & Terrace