Visit Charlevoix is excited to announce that the global travel company Expedia has recognized Charlevoix as the best place to travel to in October 2018.

Expedia only chooses one destination each month; recognized as the most noteworthy place to visit. Charlevoix was named a premier fall destination due to the city’s dazzling fall colors, vibrant downtown, abundant recreational opportunities, and delightful attractions.

Fall in Charlevoix is one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets. According to Expedia, “The natural color palate in this neck of the woods can be admired all around, whether you decide to cruise Lake Charlevoix or hoof it on the trails of Charles Ransom Nature Preserve—yes, that’s Lake Michigan and Beaver Island in the distance! Better yet, rent a pair of wheels from Revolution Bike and pedal along the Little Traverse Wheelway’s wetland boardwalk.”

Take a driving tour through Charlevoix’s scenic countryside to experience its award-winning fall color. Tour maps are available online and at the Visitor Center (109 Mason St.).

Michael Murphy IV Photography

Celebrate the fall harvest, October 12–14, with Charlevoix’s annual Apple Fest. As the name implies, Apple Fest has more than 30 different varieties of apples from nearby orchards. Apple Fest has a tremendous farmer’s market to stock up on locally sourced produce, honey, maple syrup and delectable baked goods. Finally, stroll through the art and craft show, located in East Park and Bridge Park, where 150 vendors will be showcasing their exceptional handmade goods.

“Being recognized as Expedia’s Best Place to Travel in October 2018 is a tremendous recognition for Charlevoix and all of Northern Michigan. There is a growing awareness of the gorgeous fall colors in Michigan and there is no better place to view the beauty than in the Charlevoix area,” says Amanda Wilkin, Executive Director for Visit Charlevoix.  “Autumn is truly my favorite time to be in Charlevoix.”

Here is a full list of 2018’s top destinations from Expedia:

  • January: Anchorage, Alaska
  • February: Saranac Lake, New York
  • March: Macon, Georgia
  • April: Columbia, South Carolina
  • May: Laguna Beach, California
  • June: Lyons, Colorado
  • July: Williamsburg, Virginia
  • August: Long Beach, Washington
  • September: Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • October: Charlevoix, Michigan
  • November: Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • December: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Visit Charlevoix is a non-profit organization that promotes Charlevoix as a vibrant year-round travel destination. The organization wishes to thank Expedia for the tremendous honor and recognition that they have bestowed upon the Charlevoix community.

Click the cover to plan your Charlevoix vacation—beaches, biking, must-visit spots …


Can’t wait to visit? Check out these September events near Charlevoix.

Petoskey Brewing Anniversary Party | September 1
Join Petoskey Brewing as we celebrate our anniversary with a great night of music, beer and food. Featuring live music by Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Juice and more. We will be having a pig roast and discounted beer available all night long.

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents our Composer-in-Residence, Gwyneth Walker. Widely performed throughout the country, her work is beloved for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama and humor. The Orchestra commissioned Walker to compose the Great Lakes Overture, which is part of a larger work, a cantata for chorus and orchestra entitled The Great Lakes. The overture was composed to celebrate the opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor.

Petoskey Area Northern Home & Cottage Tour | September 15
Tour eight stunning homes that run up Northwest Michigan’s gold coast from just south of Elk Rapids to Charlevoix and Harbor Springs. You’ll also want to visit Twisted Fish Gallery along the way for a lovely party.


Things to Do & See Near Charlevoix

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