The Michigander is always full of fantastic sights and fun stops in popular Michigan tourist towns. This year is no different. Each night, Michigander riders will have a chance to explore several Northern Michigan towns, each one a popular summer destination among travelers. Throughout the next few weeks, we’ll bring you information on the exciting destinations we’ll be visiting throughout our Michigander ride. This is to get your ready and have you look forward to everything we’re preparing for the 2013 Michigander.
Our first stop is in Charlevoix, Michigan, where the two and seven-day riders will check in and start their tour by traveling 28 miles along the Little Traverse Wheelway to Harbor Springs. Charlevoix is surrounded by four bodies of water and their beaches and boating scenery is unlike any other. Many travelers enjoy taking the ferry to Beaver Island, sailing on beautiful Lake Charlevoix, camping in their State park, or golfing on some of their fabulous championship golf courses.
During the weekend of July 13 and 14 when our 2-day and 7-day riders will be passing through town, the 45th Annual Charlevoix Arts & Crafts Show will be taking place. Described as, “one of the most picturesque settings in the state with a gathering of 150 artists and craftsmen from around the country,” the show will take place in Downtown Charlevoix in East Park. There is something for everyone whether its acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, hand blown glass beadwork, clothing, or even furniture; take a chance to walk around and admire some of the one-of-a-kind works of art. Show hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.
Be sure to check out Charlevoix’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Facebook Page and Twitter for more upcoming events even if you will be in the area anytime other than on the Michigander. Also, visit their website for more ideas and things to do.
Another city Michigander riders will be passing through on their tour is Harbor Springs, a short twenty-eight mile trail ride north of Charlevoix. This charming 100-year old waterfront community is home to some spectacular views and crystal clear water. Harbor Springs has long been a port for visitors arriving via water as its marina welcomes vessels of every variety. Harbor Springs hosts the annual Ugotta Regatta.
6 and 7 day Michigander cyclists will have the chance to go through the Tunnel of Trees on the last day of the tour, the #1 scenic spot in Michigan. Beginning just north of Downtown Harbor Springs, it continues along Lake Michigan through the communities of Good Hart and Cross Village.
While in Harbor Springs, feel free to venture to the downtown area which houses more than 20 different art galleries. Stroll through the streets and peruse the specialty stores and boutiques, many proudly selling Made in Michigan products. If you’re in the Harbor Springs area any other time during the summer, check out the Springs Farmers Market, hosted every Wednesday and Saturday downtown throughout the summer, as well as enjoy a selection of live music every Thursday from 7-9 PM starting June 27 and lasting through August 29.
Whatever your desire, whether it’s strolling through town, biking along the paths along the water front, or taking in the sights, Harbor Springs has
We hope you’re looking forward to traveling to these fabulous Northern Michigan towns as much as we are and are getting excited for another successful Michigander!