Summer in Michigan is magic, because it’s so fleeting. It usually arrives sometime in June, and by the time you’ve attended a family get together and a wedding or two, it’s already August, and you’re wondering where the heck the time went…

If you’re like most, you manage to squeeze in a week of vacation, preferably near the water, maybe on a boat! There might be a campfire, a few drinks, starry nights and just enough of a breeze to keep the mosquitos at bay. For us, this week in Charlevoix was our summer vacation.

Charlevoix is a lovely little northern Michigan town, with a main street full of boutiques, restaurants and sweet shops. It overlooks Round Lake, a lively harbor connecting Lake Charlevoix to Lake Michigan.

We spent couple days exploring the town. I’m (Lauren) a total coffee snob with a terrible sweet tooth, so the fact that Harwood Gold — a cafe/coffee shop that sells their own maple syrup — was only a block from our boat was trouble. The public library proved a great spot to get work done.

The city provides free bikes for anyone to use around town. Kirk and I hadn’t ridden a bike since we sold our beach cruisers before leaving California, and we were elated to explore the area on bikes.

Two nights at the city marina meant the slip fees were adding up. A coworker of Kirk’s mom invited us to bring our boat over to Oyster Bay in Lake Charlevoix where her and her husband have a cabin on the water. We dropped our hook beside their 36’ Pearson and their friends Jon and Katerine’s 42’ Hinckley.

A splendid week with lovely people, and some gorgeous sailing to boot.

Hope you enjoy!

Lauren & Kirk

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