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Bachmann’s Store Celebrates 80 Years in Business!

Bachmann's Store is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a street party this July. Learn more about the festivities and Bachmann's impressive...

Red Hot Best 2022: The Best of Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes

You voted, and the results are in! Dive in for the best of the best in Antrim and Charlevoix counties. From restaurant to local nonprofit (and...

Dining Al Fresco: Best Charlevoix Region Outdoor Dining Spots

Dining outside on a beautiful day with a stunning view is a vacation in itself. Here’s your go-to list for outdoor dining in the Charlevoix and...

Paddle Northern Michigan’s Beautiful Chain of Lakes Water Trail

100-plus miles. 84 access sites. 12 interconnected lakes and rivers. 1 inspired mission to create the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Get out there and...

10 Things To Do in Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes Region

The Charlevoix and Chain of Lakes Region is full of activities for the entire family. From exploring some of Northern Michigan's best golf courses...

Northern Michigan Fall Color Map: Last Chance for Peak Color!

2021 Fall Color Map Coming Soon! Check back on September 17, and then watch each week for updated, current conditions.  We're partnering with Tom...

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Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!