This is the time of year we start to plan ahead for the summer months. I find this planning process something of a survival tactic for getting through tougher winters with sub-zero, polar vortex action. The kind of deep freeze that won’t even allow for short runs, skiing, or winter biking…
We’ve got our Airbnb condo in northern Michigan; specifically, Charlevoix, Michigan. Year one is in the books and from a money standpoint, we met our goals. This year should be that much richer, now that we’ve gotten past the upfront setup costs of year 1. A post wrapping-up the Airbnb experiment is coming later this month. For now, the focus is all about the fun activities we enjoy in Northern Michigan during our week-long visits, typically in August.
Charlevoix, Michigan: A Beautiful Little Town With Water All Around
What makes this little gem of a place special is its position, tucked between the majestic sandy shores of Lake Michigan to the west, and the impressively large recreational Lake Charlevoix to the east. No wonder that summer temps stay nice and moderate. While much of the Upper Midwest swelters in hot humid summer weather, Charlevoix enjoys the cooling effects of the freshwater bodies that surround it.
No surprise then that folks from Chicago, Detroit, and parts much farther have been calling Charlevoix their summer retreat for well over a century. In the early days they arrived by train. Massive and ornate summer “cottages” were built in exclusive neighborhoods. Each of these grand Victorian cottages, even today, have to be shut down each fall as they weren’t built for year-round living. So yeah, some old money went into making this town the destination that it is today.
Read the rest of this post over at one of my favorites: The Rich Miser, to see my Charlevoix Summertime Top 10!