Summer Getaways in Michigan's Little Traverse Bay
Charlevoix spotlight: Hobbit houses
Architecture buffs journey to Charlevoix to see native son Earl Young's Mushroom Houses. These 26 midcentury homes with curved roofs, deep eaves and cottagey stone walls echo the Lake Michigan landscape and look like homes for fairy-tale creatures. They're privately owned, but the Chamber of Commerce offers a self-guided driving tour brochure. Young, who only built in Charlevoix, also designed Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant and the adjacent Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites, a budget-friendly hotel with a memorable lobby and an appealing outdoor pool.
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