Charlevoix, Michigan is a four-season destination, its particular charms as varied as the seasons themselves. Summer is active, vibrant, busy, and ultimately fleeting; enjoy it while it lasts. But there is so much more to the Charlevoix experience.

Try the quiet seasons. You’ll like them; we guarantee it. A variety of special lodging rates and incentives, plus wintertime activities make a weekend trip even more attractive.

Temperatures cool, snow flies, and a new season takes over. Lake-driven winds send waves crashing over the Lake Michigan pier and around the lighthouse, slowly but relentlessly creating layers of ice that soon overtake the structures. Surrounded by water, winter in Charlevoix is full of a certain type of awesome beauty that makes one take notice. Nature can be unforgiving, but this city knows how to make the most of it. Downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, skating, and snowmobiling are big attractions for those who enjoy playing outside. When temperatures cooperate, as they did last winter, Lake Charlevoix becomes a smoothly perfect venue for iceboating.

For those seeking a more relaxed winter escape, Charlevoix is the ideal locale for a leisurely breakfast at the crêpery or local diner, a daytime gallery tour around Lake Charlevoix, and an evening out at one of several quaint eateries and brew pubs. Bring a date, celebrate a special occasion, plan a girls’ weekend — ahhh…the options are endless.

Sometimes the wait seems interminable, but when spring finally arrives, it presents Charlevoix visitors a new array of possibilities. If the snow pack lasts, winter activities can still be enjoyed in milder temperatures. At the same time, the grass appears, trees bud, early flowers bloom, and the forested hills yield delicate trilliums and the coveted morel mushroom. The Charlevoix Depot and Castle Farms are perfect for checking spring garden growth, while cherry and apple blossoms can be spotted throughout northern Michigan.

Charlevoix is a vacation town, and that means activities removed from the daily routine. And, sometimes, simple is better. Visit a destination or choose an activity and feel yourself relaxing.

For more, check — you’ll find a seasonal blog with varied activity tips, a calendar of events, and contact information for lodging facilities from hotels to condominium-suites, from bed-and-breakfasts to waterfront homes. Truly, Charlevoix has it all.