Boyne City in Six Hours (A Pure Michigan Resort Town)
9:00 am Arrive in Boyne City and park wherever you wish for free. Boyne City doesn't have parking meters like other cities. How nice is that?
9:05 am Time for Breakfast! Breakfast options? My favorite is Boyne City Bakery owned by chef Gildas Berrou who was born and raised in France. Outstanding breads, crepes, pastries, and sandwiches to choose from and a friendly staff. What a magnificent way to start your day.
10:00 am Boyne City might be small but there's no shortage of unique shopping options. Here's a partial listing:
Alpine Chocolat Haus; boxed chocolates, fudge, caramel corn, ice cream, & other sweet treats.
Boyne City Hardware; everything from beach chairs to garden supplies, to tools under one roof.
Country Now & Then; artwork, glassware, furniture, pottery, jewelry and more.
Forgotten Treasures; consignment shop with an array of items.
Grain Train; natural foods grocery market (there's one in Petoskey too).
Inspired Living; lots of yoga inspired treasures.
Local Flavor; book store and internet cafe.
Peninsula; action sports retailier.
11:15 am Visit Boyne District Library at 201 East Main Street. This two level library has lots of good books and comfortable seats for reading. The staff is friendly and helpful.
12:30 pm Lunch at Lake Street Market, 306 South Lake Street. This place is bustling with people at lunch time for good reason. Lake Street Market is known for their delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, and baked goods. They have free samples too. Don't miss out on the brownies made with shortbread crust or the famous chicken salad. There's outdoor seating out front or you can get carryout and head to the beach.
1:15 pm Peninsula Public Beach on the shores of Lake Charlevoix has a pleasant sandy beach and picnic tables under shady trees. Relax, or take a swim.
Boating on Lake Charlevoix is extraordinary and another way to enjoy nature.
Boat Rentals: Boyne Watersports, 1 Water Street
It's 3:00 pm and you've been in Boyne City six hours. From Boyne City you can take a short drive to Boyne Mountain Resort, Petoskey, Young State Park, or Walloon Lake.
If by miss Boyne City you can always come back for dinner. Two outstanding restaurants are Boyne River Inn and Cafe Sante.