Charlevoix, A Beautiful Beach Town, Episode 2 (On a Budget)


Episode 2:
I'm an adventurous gal whose always looking
for new found treasures. Fisherman's Island State
Park just outside Charlevoix is a jewel of a park for
camping and it's only $17.00 a night for a campsite.


Not all those that come to vacation in Charlevoix are affluent and wealthy. There are ways to enjoy this beautiful beach town without spending a fortune. My go to place is Fisherman's Island. For only $17.00 a night you can camp at this breath-taking state park. It's very primitive; no flush toilets, no sinks, no showers....just an outhouse but there are those of us that are okay with roughing it. I discovered Fisherman's Island State Park last year. I was subletting my apartment in Traverse City for a couple of nights and needed someplace to stay and that place was Fisherman's Island.  



   
                                              Marvelous beach shoreline at Fisherman's Island


Fisherman's Island State Park sits on 2,678 acres. With six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline you couldn't ask for a better paradise. The rustic campground is close to the beach and hiking trails. You can camp or park your trailer here and enjoy true wilderness for only $17.00 a night and the best part is that the glitter of downtown Charlevoix is only minutes away by vehicle.

In a mood for shopping? The nearby Rainbow Thrift Shoppe is a one of a kind shop with hundreds of items to choose from all under one roof at ridiculously low prices. Located at 6480 Old US 31 South the Rainbow Shoppe is a non-profit thrift shop and the proceeds go to local outreach needs. Accessories,Books, Clothes, Hardware, Housewares, Linens, Shoes.....it's all here.


Rainbow Thrift Shoppe

6480 Old US 31 South
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-2815

The staff here is friendly and helpful and you can really find some good items.


How about some cultural stimulation?


                                     Harsha House Museum on State Street


Harsha House Museum (Charlevoix Historical Society) is worth the $5.00 suggested admission. The Victorian house was built in 1891. Exhibits include the original marriage license of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, a player piano, a reed organ, artwork by Charlevoix artists, an eight foot tall, 200 story Petoskey Stone tower and much more. Current hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


Harsha House Museum

103 State Street (in a quiet neighborhood)
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-0373

Craving some comfort food?




                                        Affordable Comfort Food!

Pigs Eatin' Ribs is known for Smokehouse style flavors of the south. Brisket sandwiches, burgers, wings, ribs, fish tacos, mac & cheese, cornbread...you can really fill up on the food and bring the leftovers back to your campsite at Fisherman's Island State Park.


Pigs Eatin' Ribs

1418 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(221) 547-7447

Don't miss out on a sunset over Lake Michigan. The view is priceless and cost is free!!!

Enjoy Charlevoix on a budget!










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