Stone Lodge Built by Eccentric Local Architect
Whimsical architect Earl Young was famous for building the fairy-tale mushroom houses of Charlevoix, Michigan. He had an equally fanciful plan when he designed the Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites in 1960. The hotel, located along Lake Michigan, was designed to resemble a European castle, with turreted towers, a predominately stone façade, and leaded windows ordered from a Polish estate. Inside the lobby, the quirky designer constructed a boulder fireplace that artistically illustrates the surrounding area's natural attractions.
Guests have to walk only a few feet to reach Lake Michigan. For warmer waters, head to the indoor eight-person hot tub or the seasonal heated outdoor pool, where a sun deck overlooks charming downtown Charlevoix. The deck also looks into the breakfast room, where guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.
All of the Weathervane Terrace Inn’s guest rooms have luxurious touches. For couples on a romantic getaway, there's the jacuzzi room, which has a white soaking tub and glowing electric fireplace. The Lake Michigan suite's private balcony looks out over beautiful lakefront views, and the large Harbor suite makes an ideal unit for a family.
Charlevoix, Michigan: Quaint Resort Town Surrounded by Three Lakes
Located in northern Michigan, the small town of Charlevoix is a popular resort town known for the petunias that line its 5-mile stretch of US 31. A half mile from the Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites lies Round Lake, a popular boating spot that surrounds a quaint shopping district. It's worth it to take a sunset canal cruise here; you can sometimes join one just by asking around at the marina, which is lined with yachts and sailboats.
To learn more about Earl Young's whimsical designs, take a walking tour through his mushroom houses, located less than half a mile from the hotel. Stonework façades and frosted stone chimneys characterize the pintsize dwellings, which have been described as “hobbit houses” and “elf cottages.”
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