20 Great Lakes Getaways
Families love Charlevoix, an easygoing beach town with a triple lakefront (Lake Michigan, Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix).
Five Fun Stops
1 The surprisingly quiet Fisherman's Island State Park encompasses a swath of Lake Michigan beach outside Charlevoix and is ideal for camping or picnics (231/547-6641; michigan.gov/fishermansisland).
2 The New England-style Whitneys Oyster Bar serves nautical-theme drinks and good fish in a festive atmosphere (231/547-0818; whitneysofcharlevoix.com).
3 With curved roofs, deep eaves and cottagey stone walls, Mushroom Houses by native son Earl Young echo the Lake Michigan landscape and look like homes for fairy-tale creatures. Walking tours and self-guided driving tours available (231/547-2101; charlevoix.org).
4 Murdick's Famous Fudge has been creating fudge on Charlevoix's Bridge Street since 1953. Try the classic chocolate (231/547-4213).
5 Designed by local architect Young, the fieldstone Weathervane Terrace Inn overlooks Lake Michigan in the heart of Charlevoix (800/552-0025; weathervane-chx.com).