Stone Lodge Built in Resort Town with Views of Lake Michigan
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 in 1960. Located along Lake Michigan, the hotel resembles 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. The design benefits from the hotel’s picturesque setting—guests have to walk only a few feet to reach Lake Michigan or charming downtown Charlevoix.
For warmer waters, guests can head to the eight-person indoor hot tub, while couples on a romantic getaway can settle into a hot tub 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 is the ideal unit for a family.
Charlevoix, Michigan: Quaint Town Surrounded by Three Lakes
Located in the northern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the small town of Charlevoix is a popular resort town known for the petunias that line its 5-mile stretch of US 31 starting in May. A half mile from the Weathervane Terrace Inn lies Round Lake, a popular boating spot that surrounds a quaint shopping district. The third lake around the city is Lake Charlevoix, a nice spot for ice-fishing. Other winter activities range from skiing at several resorts within a one-hour drive, including Nub’s Nob and Boyne Mountain, and snowmobiling on trails through the Michigan terrain.
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.”
In addition to the great staff person, the location is wonderful - great view of the salt marsh, remote feel while still being walking distance from a nice grocery store and several restaurants in town, a short drive to other locations on the coast and in the area. Many good places to visit in town, even in the off-season. And the rooms themselves are like mini-apartments: full sized kitchen with stove, microwave, and fridge, separate bedroom at the back, decent sized bathroom, living room with couches and chairs and TVs, even a dining room table! Additionally, the main office has a pool, a nice workout room, and a library of games and books to check out.
Tim J. ·
October 10, 2013
Very nice room and set up.
Helene B. ·
October 10, 2013
beautiful room and great breakfast .. Nice people at the desk to heip you .. would go back again