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Inn at the Bay Harbor Hotel

View from our balcony

Lake Michigan is very clear

Our "cottage"

Trees lining the street of Charlevoix

Beautiful blossoms

White Birch used by indians for canoes

Great sculpture

Gardens everywhere

Another view of butterfly sculpture

Metal sculpture. Notice the star constellations

Loved this bear

The map is of the Great Lakes

Mushroom House

Very unique

Another view

The fragrant lilacs are in bloom

A more modern Mushroom House

The back of this more modern home

This one was small but cute with the red trim

Notice the roof line and chimney of snow

This bench was in the library garden

Notice the turtle pulling

The gnomes are picking up the rear

This sculpture was very detailed...the fawn is sniffing a frog

These house are really cool...beautiful grounds

This was one of my favorites and it is for sale....only $1.95...

This is a shot of the back of the house for sale

These painted benches are dotted around town...later they will be auctioned off

The water in the marina of Round Lake is very clear

The most spectacular Mushroom House on Round Lake

Lake Michigan in the distance feeds this inlet to Round Lake which...

Another Mushroom architecture but it is a restaurant on the inlet to...

This restaurant had some great finger deep fried smelt

The marina near Bay Harbor

J.C., Gerry and Kathy

Mom and Teresa

The Payoff...congrats J.C.

Sunset on Lake Michigan from our balcony

Tuesday, June 2nd, was spent setting up the coach, laundry, pedicure, and packing for a 10 day vacation. Yup, we are leaving the coach at J.C.'s sister's "farm" aka "Amber Oaks". Our vacation group consists of Kathy & Gerry, sister & brother-in-law, Teresa, another sister and Marie, their mother, J.C. and me.

Wednesday we left at 3:30 am. It is some 480 miles to our first destination. We are staying in a resort area called Bay Harbor. Our accommodations is a wonderful 3 bedroom condo at the 'Inn at Bay Harbor'. This is a New England style hotel and "cottages". It is a really pretty spot right on Lake Michigan. If the water was warmer I would have walked about ten paces out our door and dipped my feet in.

The inn is located about 10 miles north of the pretty town of Charlevoix and 1 mile south of Petoskey. This area is upscale, expensive and dotted with wonderful golf courses. J.C. and I have to keep reminding ourselves that we are on vacation.

The day we arrived it was cold and windy. The temperature got down to 39 at night. The next day was perfect. Cool and sunny. The boys played golf and the girls went shopping and sight seeing. There is a beautiful marina on Round Lake which flows into Lake Charlevoix, picturesque golf courses, a huge equestrian club, wonderful restored victorians. The town hosts many craft fairs, art shows and seasonal festivals. One of the most interesting and magical sights was the "Mushroom Houses". These houses were a gift to the city, designed and built by Earl Young starting in 1918. Some people call them "Hobbit Houses". They definitely remind you of the hobbit houses in the Lord of the Rings.

There is a self-guided tour of the homes, but you are not allowed on any of the properties. One of my favorites, was right on the lake and for sale at a paltry $1.95 million. The town public library featured some very unique artwork. This town also had planted 50,000 petunias of various colors on the side streets as well as the main drags. Can you imagine, 4 miles of Annuals! A group of volunteers plants them in one hour. Needless to say, I think this town has some money. Spring here is so beautiful, my photos just can't capture all of it.

After the mushroom houses, shopping, lunch, and more shopping we took a drive from the shores of Lake Michigan inland around Lake Charlevoix to Boyne City and the country side. Next, we took a drive through the town of Petoskey just for a peak. We will have to explore this little town another time.

We met up with the boys and went to dinner at a casual, fun place on the lake called "Knot ...Just A Bar". We were all deliciously tired from having such a wonderful day. J.C. even outplayed Gerry in golf. This never happens. I took a picture of Gerry paying off J.C. a whopping $5.

Kathy and Gerry have an early tee time on Friday the 5th. Then about noon we are all off for Mackinac Island which is less than two hours away.

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