Stone Lodge Built by Eccentric Local Architect
Famous for building the fairytale mushroom houses of Charlevoix, Michigan, whimsical architect Earl Young had an equally fanciful plan when he designed the Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites in 1960. Located along Lake Michigan, the hotel 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 only have a few feet to walk to reach Lake Michigan, where they’re welcome to dive in. For warmer waters, head to the indoor eight-person hot tub or the 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.
Though all of the Weathervane Terrace Inn’s guest rooms welcome with luxurious touches, each seems to complement a specific type of traveler. For couples on a romantic getaway, choose the jacuzzi room for its 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 and its two beds make for an ideal family unit.
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 U.S. 31. A half-mile from the Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites lies Round Lake, a popular boating spot that surrounds a quaint shopping district. For a sunset canal cruise, inquire about a ride on one of the yachts or sailboats bobbing along the marina.
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 pint-size dwellings, which have been described as “hobbit houses” and “elf cottages.”