Got the Rainy Day Blues? Here are some Rainy Day ‘Dos’

As we all know, the weather doesn’t always cooperate with our plans here in northern Michigan. But as the saying goes – just wait a few minutes, it’ll change (wink, wink)! Try out these ‘rainy day dos’ do get rid of those ‘rainy day blues’ while you wait it out!

Make A Splash
Head to Stafford’s Crooked Lodge & Suites and jump into the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub. The waterfall feature is one-of-a-kind! We are pleased to offer Swimming Passes for our local friends. Daily rates are $8 per guest, per swim. Or, you can save by purchasing our 20 Punch Pool Pass (1 punch per guest, per visit) for $80. Call our friendly staff for more details, 231-548-5000. For pool hours and more information click here.
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Have A Sip
Visit a winery – or two, or three – along the Bay View Wine Trail! Each winery is unique in style, location and wine selection. Arrange your designated driver by calling By The Bay Transportation and arranging a Petoskey wine tour!
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Dine-In
Peruse some menus and make your way to one of Stafford’s Dining establishments throughout northern Michigan. The Drawbridge Bistro or Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix; The H.O. Rose Room or Noggin Room Pub at the Perry Hotel or the Bay View Inn located in Petoskey; The Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs.
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Watch A Movie
Catch a new movie at the Petoskey Cinema. Visit northernmicinemas.com to see what’s currently playing.

Indoor Family Fun
Head to Northern Lights Recreation to enjoy some bowling, time in the arcade or laser tag. Visit northernlightsrec.com for hours, rates and more information.

What’s on your rainy day to-do list?

9 Ways to Make a Splash Before Summer Ends: A Guest Blog Post

Northern Michigan - Make a splashBorn and raised in Michigan, I never thought I’d call the “great north” home. But alas, 8 years and counting, here I am — a marketing and tourism professional, raising a family in my true “happy place,” northern Michigan.

While it’s part of my job to encourage and help our guests take advantage of all things Stafford’s, summer is hands down my favorite time of the year. The small communities come to life, there is so much to do all season and do I even need to mention the sunsets? (Pictured below is a favorite spot to watch on Burt Lake – a quick drive from Alanson).

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There are so many things to experience during the summer months. And while we are in the middle of August already(!), there is still plenty of time to jump in and enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Here’s my list of things to do while in northern Michigan.

  1. Make a Splash at Petoskey State Park. We love this beach. It’s clean, big and lots of sandy shoreline. We spend a lot of time there splashing in the waves, building sand castles and searching for treasures! They even have kayak and paddle board rentals available!
  2. Walk Sanctuary Island. Where else can you find a hand-cranked ferry? Alanson! This is a neat spot and a regular one on our many walks as a family. We crank it over, walk around and take in the Crooked River like no place else!
  3. Hunt for Petoskey Stones. Always a “must-do” when company visits, we gather the buckets, spray bottles (they are easier to spot when they are wet) and head to the lakeshore to hunt. Magnus Park is a great spot to start.

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  4. Walk or Bike The Little Traverse Wheelway/North Western State Trail.The Little Traverse Wheelway, is a 26-mile paved path, stretches from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. There are many areas to park and walk/ride. Our favorite begins at the Waterfront in Petoskey heading west to Bay Harbor. The North Western State Trail, extends from Petoskey and soon to Mackinaw! There is a stretch of paved path from Alanson to Petoskey and it’s a great way to take in nature.
  5. Visit the Oden State Fish Hatchery in Conway. Nature, fish ponds, nature trails and a viewing chamber are some of our favorites here. Easy access right off the highway, and the North Western State Trail goes right by it!

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  6. Free Concerts. From strolling the streets in Boyne City to Street Musique in Harbor Springs, or pulling out a blanket for a concert in the park, northern Michigan is not short on talent! All kid-friendly, too!
  7. Day Trip to Mackinac Island. And get there early to catch a Mighty-Mac Departure from Shepler’s Ferry! This was such a cool ride, cruising under the Mackinac Bridge. There isn’t a better way to see this beautiful bridge up close.

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  8. Dine Al Fresco. Outdoor dining doesn’t last long in northern Michigan and the scenery never tires. My favorite spots include Jeff’s Deck in Charlevoix, Dudley’s Deck in Harbor Springs and Legs Inn in Cross Village (great Polish food)! Admiring the yachts, boats and scenery add to the ambiance and won’t disappoint.
  9. See the Area by Water. Exploring the area via water is pretty darn relaxing! I’ve taken three throughout my summers here and can personally recommend Riverboat Tours in Alanson, The Pointer Boat in Harbor Springs and Keewanaw Excursions in Charlevoix. The Riverboat Tours in Alanson is aboard a comfy pontoon and cruises the Crooked River. Capt. Gary is quite entertaining, and the scenery is the perfect painting of northern Michigan nature. The Pointer Boat in Harbor Springs is docked at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. It’s the only way to see Harbor Springs from the water (unless you rent or have your own boat)! You will see Harbor from a completely different perspective. And finally, the Keewanaw Star in Charlevoix explores Lake Michigan, the Pine River Channel and Round Lake. Cruising through the channel instead of watching the boats cruise by was so enjoyable.

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    Enjoy the rest of summer! ~ Becky

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Becky Babcock is a Central Michigan University Alumni (Fire Up Chips!) and is currently is the Marketing Director for Stafford’s Hospitality, Inc. A mom to a crazy-but-oh-so-lovable two year old and a wife to a hard working husband; she enjoys photography, being outdoors, drinking wine and spending time with family and friends.

Easy, Cheesey Fondue!

Fondue Executive Chef, Britt Beaumont of Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, shares an easy and simple summer appetizer, sure to please any of your guests!

Simple Fondue

  • 1 clove of garlic (whole)
  • 2 cups grated Ementhaller cheese
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 & 1/2 cups champagne
  • Crusty sourdough bread

Rub the inside of the pot with garlic clove. Add the champagne and bring to a simmer. Toss the cheese & cornstarch in. Slowly whisk in the cheese by handful batches until it is smooth and creamy.

Dip bread and enjoy!

11 Things To Do In August

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  • 1.Take An Adventure On The Water
    Kayak, tube, swim or walk along the many lakes and shorelines in northern Michigan. The water temperatures are pretty comfortable for swimming and recreational activities, enjoy it while it’s here!
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  • 3. Bliss Polo Club Match
    Enjoy a pretty drive to bliss and watch the polo match! These matches are free to watch, but don’t forget your lawn chair! The complete schedule can be found on their facebook page.
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  • 4. Create A Masterpiece
    Paint plein air style on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel on Tuesday, August 11, 3 to 6 pm.  This afternoon of art and wine with local artist Katie Brines will provide step-by-step instructions allowing you to create a one of a kind masterpiece on canvas. No painting talent required! Our fee includes all supplies, wine tastings and light hors d’oeuvres. $50 per guest. Reservations  231-347-0142.
  • 5. Movies In The Park
    A great way to enjoy a northern Michigan evening. Downtown Charlevoix offers Monday night Movies In The Park and Downtown Petoskey offers them in Pennsylvania Park during Petoskey Rocks! on Friday evenings.
  • 6. Visit The Harbor Springs Car Festival
    Thursday, August 13, 5:30 pm til dusk
    Enjoy an evening out in Zorn Park of Harbor Springs! Browse cars, trucks and motorcycles of all sorts. While you’re there, try out some of the fine restaurants downtown, including Stafford’s Pier Restaurant! View more information here.
  • 7. Alanson Riverfest
    Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16
    Celebrate the historic Inland Water Route with music and activities for the whole family all weekend! View all the details here. Be sure to visit Sanctuary Island while you’re there to try out the hand cranked ferry!DSC_6363
  • 8. Petoskey’s Festival on the Bay
    Enjoy some great family fun on the waterfront in downtown Petoskey Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15! Activities include: music, fun for kids, teen events, family night and more! Watch for details of the 2015 event here.
  • 9. Shop Till You Drop – Downtown Charlevoix Summer Sidewalk Sales
    Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15, 9 am to 6 pm
    You won’t want to miss the hottest deals of the season in downtown Charlevoix! Hint: shop early for the best selection! Details here.
  • 10. Enjoy a Tour of the Crooked River or Little Traverse Bay
    Two great boat tours to enjoy! Riverboat Tours, new this summer, offers stunning tours of the famed Inland Waterway. The hour and half tour is relaxing and filled with history and wildlife! View schedule and pricing at riverboatoursmi.com.For those wanting to experience Harbor Springs and Little Traverse Bay, the Pointer Boat is for you! Tours are available most days and are $20 per person. Originally built in 1934, this historic boat was restored in 1989 and extensively upgraded in 2014 to meet today’s United States Coast Guard standards. Tours will depart from the Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs. This tour hugs the shoreline of historic associations including Harbor Point and Wequetonsing. Tours can be catered by Stafford’s with hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and beverages. Guests of all ages are welcome to join us!
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Al Fresco Dining (Veranda and Server)

Mitten Favorites & Farmers Markets

Shop Local, Eat Fresh & Taste the Difference
Avoid the lines at the grocery stores, hit the streets instead! We are lucky to have many local and fresh options to stock our kitchens. The Petoskey Farmers Market happens every Friday, 8:30 am to 1 pm. The Harbor Springs Farmers Market happens Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. The Charlevoix Farmers Market happens Thursdays, 9 am to 1 pm. Take your pick or visit them all!
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Smitten With The Mitten At Our Restaurants
With so many wonderful local options, we couldn’t resist including them on our menus throughout Stafford’s.

A long-time regional favorite, our specialty since 1961! Fresh water whitefish from John Cross Fishers is key to our Oak Planked Whitefish served at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant and Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant.

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Chef Britt at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant created a fabulous treat for our dessert menu with must-try cookies from My Sister’s Bake Shop in Harbor Springs. You’re likely to see him picking up fresh ingredients during the Harbor Springs Farmers Market each week. Look for him and say hello!

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Chef Rob at The Drawbridge Bistro has selected some of the finest Michigan ingredients for his menus. We’d love to have you for breakfast, lunch or dinner – view our hours and menus here.
• Double smoked bacon, breakfast sausage and fresh burger from Circle M. Ranch in Wolverine
• Granola from Crooked Tree Breadworks in Petoskey
• Cherry Butter from Rocky Top Farms in Ellsworth• Pure Maple Syrup from Korthase Brothers Sugar Bush in Boyne City
• Preserves and spiced mango salsa from American Spoon Foods in Petoskey
• Goat Cheese from Meadow View Farm in Fremont
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Chef Ken at Stafford’s Perry Hotel uses beef hot dogs from Dearborn, Michigan on the Noggin Room menu. Stop by to try the BLT Dog, Pub Dog, Chicago Style or Mac N’ Cheese Dog! View the menu here.

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Stafford’s Bay View Inn provides house-made cuisine to all our restaurants including Inn-baked Cottage Dill Rolls, salad dressings, Stafford’s Seafood Chowder and Chilled Cherry Soup!
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Over in Charlevoix at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, Chef Rob uses fresh smoked whitefish from John Cross Fisheries in their delicious Great Lakes Chowder, along with desserts made at Stafford’s Bay View Inn – including our Peanut Butter Pie. It’s hard to resist!

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We’d love to know, what’s your favorite local or Michigan treat?

#CharlevoixTheBeautiful

DSC_0777It just doesn’t get any better than this in the summertime! Whether we call this place home all year, spend the summers here or just visit once in a while, we’re all pretty lucky to know this place we call ‘Charlevoix The Beautiful!’

Venetian Festival

The event of the season! What began as a candle lit boat parade 85 years ago is now a week full of exciting events, attracting tens of thousands of visitors! Golf, tennis, Artisan’s Market, Horseshoes Tournament, Beach Volleyball, AquaPPalooza, Beach Bash Basketball, Venetian Jam: Bikes, Blades & Boards, Worship on the Water, Swim Meet, Venetian Vision Castle Garden Games, 4H Youth Sailing, Disc Golf Doubles, 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament, Tiki Tent, Venetian Rhythems, Arnold Carnival, Kids Day, Fireworks, Foot Race, Street Parade, Class Reunion, Block Party & Boat Parade! Find the complete event schedule and map here.

Earl Young Mushroom Houses
These are a must-see during a visit to Charlevoix – Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses! Famed local architect, Earl Young, designed these homes from stones and boulders. Grab a self guided map from the Visitor’s Center (109 Mason Street) and enjoy a walk through town. You’ll be amazed by the ‘Gnome Homes’ and ‘Hobbit Houses’ along the way!DSC_0841

Life’s A Beach
There is no shortage of beach frontage in the Charlevoix area, the shores are almost endless! Choose from Michigan Beach, Fisherman’s Island State Park, Mt. McSauba Recreational Area, Depot Beach, Ferry Beach and Young State Park. We hope you find a new favorite!
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Enjoy the Water
Take it all in during a relaxing sailing trip with Sunshine Charters. These tours offer stunning views of Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake and Lake Michigan in the morning hours, during the day or a romantic sunset cruise. View their schedule and more information at sunshinecharters.com.

Enjoy a wide range of cruises with Keweenaw Excursions from mid May through mid October including sunset tours, sight-seeing tours, and 1 to 5 day lighthouse and ship watching cruises. Enjoy cocktails, friendly staff, quiet drifting waters, informative dialog, and unparalleled beauty as we cruise out into Michigan’s majestic waterways. View their schedule and more information at keweenawexcursions.com.

Or, stick to your own schedule and rent a boat from Summertime Rentals!
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Fore!
There’s always time for 18 holes, right? Check out Antrim Dells Golf ClubBelvedere Golf Club, Charlevoix Country Club, Charlevoix Golf Club and Dunmaglas Golf Club.

Charlevoix Farmers Market
Happening every Thursday morning throughout the summer months, stock your kitchen with fresh, local produce and other goods from the Charlevoix Farmers Market!
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Spread out a blanket or pull up a chair, music is in the air! Every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day in downtown Charlevoix’s beautiful Odmark Performance Pavilion. Enjoy local, regional and nationwide musicians playing a variety of genres. View the schedule of musicians here.
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For more things to do in northern Michigan visit our 103 Things To Do In Northern Michigan blog post or the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Get Those Toes In The Sand – Northern Michigan’s Best Beaches

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Charlevoix the Beautiful!

It’s not summer unless you spend a day at the beach! Whether you are there to build sand sculptures, searching for vacation treasures, taking a relaxing walk with family and friends or cherishing a sunset – Northern Michigan offers a beach for everyone! Here are a few of our favorites.

Alanson Area

  • Burt Lake State Park: Just 9 miles east of Alanson in Indian is Burt Lake State Park. A family-friendly and clean beach – with great view of the lake.
  • Crooked Lake: A smaller beach that is great for families, just off the highway in Conway.

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    Lake Michigan

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  • Michigan Beach:The picturesque south pier lighthouse is here, along with family-friendly amenities: Playground, snacks, restrooms, lifeguards and more.
  • Ferry Beach: A sandy swimming area located right in Charlevoix! A fun and relaxing day with a concession, restroom, picnic area, playground and more.
  • Fisherman’s Island State Park: Just south of Charlevoix, Fisherman’s Island State Park offers six miles of shoreline, hiking trails and gorgeous sunset views.

Harbor Springs Area

  • Zoll Street Beach: Between Wequetonsing and Walstrom’s marina is a dog friendly beach! Great for swimming with your furry friends, watching sailboats and taking in the scenery of Harbor.
  • Zorn Street Beach: “The Beach” of Harbor Springs – the perfect beach scene. Located 1 block from downtown, this sandy shoreline awaits.
  • Sturgeon Bay: North of Harbor Springs near Cross Village is Sturgeon Bay – many northern Michigan’s locals favorites! Surrounded by miles of sand and dunes, this is a great and relaxing spot to unplug for the day.
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Petoskey State Park

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  • Petoskey State Park: Swimming, recreational rentals, beach stand, restrooms and miles of sandy shoreline – a picture perfect beach on Little Traverse Bay.

Where is your favorite beach?

Get Out On The Water – Explore The Beautiful Lakes & Rivers of Northern Michigan

Here at the tip of the mitt we are surrounded by all things WATER! Whether it’s Lake Michigan, Crooked Lake, Burt Lake, the Historic Inland Waterway, Round Lake, Pickerel Lake, Lake Charlevoix or South Arm – if it’s water you desire, you’ll find it here! Below are a few of the ways to explore these charming lakes.

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Riverboat Tours – Alanson
A new northern Michigan experience! Hop aboard with Captain Gary for a unique tour of the Crooked River, part of the famed Inland Waterway. The tour begins in the Village of Alanson, travelling towards Burt lake. Guests will most likely see wildlife including: Geese, ducks, birds, eagles, deer, turtles, and even a few jumping fish. The hour and a half tour varies slightly depending on boat traffic. Captain Gary shares interesting history of how the trade on the Inland Waterway was developed, the Hotels that used to be along the path, and this was the ‘original route’ to Mackinaw island for those coming to Northern Michigan by Train. View schedule and pricing at riverboattoursmi.com, and come on board to experience this beautiful river of Michigan that can only be enjoyed from the water!

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Captain Gary – River Boat Tours on the Crooked River

Historic Pointer Boat Tours – Harbor Springs
After many years of rest, the Pointer Boat is once again available for harbor cruises in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Originally built in 1934, this historic boat was restored in 1989 and extensively upgraded in 2014 to meet today’s United States Coast Guard standards. Tours will depart from the Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs. This tour hugs the shoreline of historic associations including Harbor Point and Wequetonsing. Tours can be catered by Stafford’s with hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and beverages. Pricing and tour times available at pointerboat.com. Guests of all ages are welcome to join us!DSC_0030

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The Pointer Boat Tours – Great For Guests Of All Ages!

Sunshine Tours – Charlevoix
Take in all that “Charlevoix the Beautiful” with a relaxing sailing trip on Sunshine Charters. These tours offer stunning views of Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake and Lake Michigan in the morning hours, during the day or a romantic sunset cruise. View their schedule and more information at sunshinecharters.com.

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Sunshine Charters

Explore With Colorful Kayaks
Kayaking is another great way to explore our lakes and rivers. There are many places to rent kayaks including: Bahnhof Sports (Petoskey), The Outfitter (Harbor Springs) or Windjammer Marina (Oden). Exploring the Harbor in Harbor Springs, Little Traverse Bay, the Crooked River, Crooked Lake and Bear River are a few of our favorite places to go. If you are a guest of Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites, we offer complimentary kayaks for overnight lodging guests to use.

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River Tours at Big Bear Adventure – Indian River
A great way to explore the picturesque Sturgeon River in Indian River. Guided tours allow you to explore by kayak, raft, tubing or group rafts. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for a fun adventure up north! Reservations are strongly encouraged. View pricing, schedule and contact information at bigbearadventures.com.

Keewanaw Excursions – Charlevoix
Since 2000, Keweenaw Excursions has been offering outstanding sunset and sightseeing tours along the various waterways of our beautiful state. They offer a wide range of cruises from mid May through mid October including sunset tours, sight-seeing tours, and 1 to 5 day lighthouse and ship watching cruises. Enjoy cocktails, friendly staff, quiet drifting waters, informative dialog, and unparalleled beauty as we cruise out into Michigan’s majestic waterways. Whether you’re out for an informative tour or romantic excursion, whether you’re creating a photo essay of Great Lakes lighthouses or simply relaxing and enjoying the view, you’ll enjoy your cruise on the Keweenaw Star (read more of their story and find pricing and schedule details at their website – keweenawexcursions.com.)

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Keewanaw Excursions

Rent or Learn to Paddle Board – Harbor Springs
Add this to your bucket list! Harbor Springs Paddle Board Club has teamed up with Red Paddle Co. offering top notch rental boards, paddles, and leashes. They offer a high end SUP rental package and several amazing launch locations in Harbor Springs including Zorn Park, Ford Park right off Bay Street and Zoll Street Beach. Guided paddle board tours are just over 2 hours long and include an ASI accredited SUP instructor, music, go pro footage, and photos. A guide takes all the pressure from somebody in the group having to “be responsible” for every body’s safety and well being. Rather than rent a paddle board, try a paddle board tour. The tour is an awesome experience and a better value. Learn more details on their website – harborspringspaddleboardclub.com.

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Rent A Boat
If boating is your style, there are a few places to rent boats as well. In Oden, we recommend Windjammer Marina, they offer a variety of Pontoons, ski boats and paddle boards. They will deliver to local lakes (for an additional fee – please see their website for details). In Charlevoix, Summertime Rentals offers a variety of pontoons, jet skis, fishing boats and more. View their website at summertime-rentals.com for pricing and availability.

sunsetphotoLooking for more? Check out this video on a few Historic Boat Tours in northern Michigan, too!

The Month of Our Independence – Northern Michigan Style!

Land of the free, home of the brave! Whether you’re here for an Independence Day celebration over the long weekend or you’re here for the whole month, we’re just glad you’re here in Northern Michigan with us! Each of our quaint communities host an exciting lineup of events to honor this remarkable time in our nation’s history. And, stick around, the whole month is full of fun! Read on for a list of holiday happenings and events throughout the whole month of July.
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ALANSON
Saturday, July 4
Parade: 11 am

BAY HARBOR

Friday, July 3
Petoskey Steel Drum Band: 8 to 11 pm
Fireworks: Dusk

Saturday, July 4
Parade on Main Street: 11 am to 12 pm

BOYNE CITY
Friday, July 3
39th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show: 10 am to 5 pm
Inflatable Alley: 10 am to 9 pm
Stroll the Streets: 6 to 9 pm

Saturday, July 4
Inflatable Alley: 9 am to 7 pm
39th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show: 10 am to 5 pm
Grande Parade: 10 am
Children’s Pie Eating Contest: 11:30 am
Soap Box Derby: 2 to 4 pm
Fireworks: 10:30 pm

INDIAN RIVER
Friday, July 3
Burt Lake Fireworks: Dusk

Saturday, July 4
Parade: 11 am

HARBOR SPRINGS
Thursday, July 2
Street Musique: 7 to 9 pm

Saturday, July 4
Farmers Market: 9 am to 1 pm
Parade: Saturday, July 4, 1 pm & Bagpipers at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant immediately follow the parade.
Red, White & Brew: 4 to 7 pm, $5 per guest, 21 and over.
Young Americans at Shay Park: 3 pm.

PETOSKEY
Friday, July 3
Farmers Market: 8:30 am to 1 pm
Ghost Walk: $15 per guest
Live Music at The Noggin Room Pub: 8:30 to 11:30 pm

Saturday, July 4
Antiques at the Fairgrounds: 9 am to 5 pm
Parade: 6 pm
Fireworks: Dusk

But, that’s not all! We hope you’ll stick around all month – July is packed full of wonderful things to do! Check out some of our favorite July events below. For a complete list of area events visit the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau‘s website.
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Movies in the Marina
Mondays, Dusk
Enjoy an outdoor movie in downtown Charlevoix! Movies begin at dusk. View the schedule of movies here.

Charlevoix Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm
Every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day in downtown Charlevoix’s beautiful Odmark Performance Pavilion! Enjoy local, regional and nationwide musicians playing a variety of genres. View the schedule of musicians here.

Petoskey Rocks! & Movie in the Park at Dark
Fridays, beginning July 10, 7 to 9 pm (movie at dark)
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is a Friday evening event in downtown Petoksey. This year marks its 4th season! Get out and enjoy all that downtown has to offer then stick around for a movie in the park at dark. Visit the Downtown Petoskey website to view the theme of the evening, selected movie and approximate show times.

Meet the Artist – Thomas Legault
Friday, July 10, 2 to 8 pm

Watch this Michigan artist at work! He will set up a studio at Stafford’s Gallery creating original pieces on canvas, along with a new collection of paintings to select from.

Harbor Springs Night of Arts
Friday, July 10, 6 to 9 pm
A celebration of fine art, adornments and antiques! All the details here.

BlissFest Music Festival
Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 12
This is a celebration of music, culture, art and community for families of all ages! Enjoy diverse and innovative folk, world and roots music and dance at the Festival Farm. Learn more here.
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Boyne Thunder
Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11
Watch the high performance boats slicing through Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 150 mile trek! Stroll the streets of beautiful Boyne City and this great downtown! View the schedule of events here.
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Indian River SummerFest
Monday, July 13 – Sunday, July 19
Enjoy a week full of events – food, music, fun and sun! Bring the whole family! Read all about it here.

Cottage Walk 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 10 am to 4 pm
Explore beautiful, historic Bay View!  The walking tour features nine private cottages and four campus buildings.  Musical and dramatic performances throughout the day. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 the day of the event. Free guest parking at Petoskey High School and shuttle to and from Bay View. For more information or for advance tickets, click here.
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Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm
Enjoy musical delights while strolling Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs – every Thursday evening from June 25 through August 27, 7 to 9 pm! Visit the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce website for details.

Shay Days
Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 10 am to 2 pm
Join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society as they celebrate the life and work of  Ephraim Shay. Fun for the whole family, featuring small scale live steam locomotives in Shay Park, kids games and self-guided tours of the Shay Hexagon House, crafts at the Harbor Springs History Museum and more! Details here.

Art in the Park
Saturday, July 18, 9 am to 4 pm
Peruse the artists from near and far for a wide variety of items from pottery to jewelry, from paintings to photographs, and much more! For more information, click here.

North American Indian Art Fair
Saturday, July 18, 9 am to 4 pm
In the park next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, showcasing culture, history and native American Indian tradition through the works of Native American artists and artisans. Featuring demonstrations of copper bowl making, wood spoon making, black ash basketry, natural dyes, beadwork and more. Read more here.

Venetian Festival
Saturday, July 18 – Saturday, July 25
This local tradition began 85 years ago as a simple candle-lit boat parade. Now, it’s grown into an entire week packed with fun. There is something for everyone at every age! Read all about it here.
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Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Engine & Craft Show
Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26
Fun for families of all ages! Enjoy the history, flea market, arts, crafts and music! Read more about it here.

Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Ugotta Regatta
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Get out and watch some of the best sailboat racer in the county on Little Traverse Bay! For more information, click here.
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Bay Harbor Arts Festival
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26
Now in its 16th year, stop by to check out the high quality art. Learn more about the festival here.

50th Annual Sidewalk Sales
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 1
Enjoy bargains, entertainment, food and fun this downtown Petoskey tradition! Click here for all the details!
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Looking for more to do? Check out our 103 Things To Do In Northern Michigan or visit the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.

Sip Along In ‘Up North’ Wine Country + Events

DSC_0317The Bay View Wine Trail is a collaborative effort of the 9 wineries in “Up North” Wine Country. Sip award-winning wines, enjoy gracious hospitality and experience these beautiful destinations!

Northern Michigan Wineries & Tasting Rooms

Harbor Springs Annual Waterfront Wine Festival
Set for Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 4 to 7 pm, the festival takes place on the lawn right next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. It’s a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting, live local music, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of event. You can purchase a ticket by visiting the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce website. For more information, follow the Waterfront Wine Festival on facebook!DSC_0346

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