|View from our balcony on our second night|
|Fireplace in common area where we stayed the first night-an Earl Young creation|
|Pan of Bay Harbor|
|Sculpture in front of Charlevoix library|
|One of the mushroom houses that actually looks like a mushroom|
|Bay Harbor mansion|
|Cool sconces in our second place|
|Lobby of second place|
|Residents getting ready for Operation Petunia. Every spring, Charlevoix residents line 5 miles of streets with these. It was supposed to happen today.|
|My favorite mushroom house|
|Small office behind larger mushroom house|
|This one was for sale. 1.1 million for 2000 sq feet|
|What to do with used skis|
|Even the walls are interesting|
|miles and miles of trillium|
We visited Petoskey in the evening, a cute town full of restaurants and shops.
Our room featured a deck that overlooked Lake Michigan, if you craned your neck. It also had a fireplace, a jacuzzi, pillowtop mattress so we were comfy.
The forecast called for rain the whole time we were going to be away but it didn't come in until late the first night and didn't return until 2 or so the next day so we had some rain free time. However, this morning when I wanted to run, it was 34, pouring rain with a stiff 30 mph wind. I stayed in. At least I got a nice long run in Charlevoix It did clear up by noon but still was cold.
We stopped in Bay Harbor which is reclaimed land I believe from a cement factory. Unbelieveable houses, some pictured above that have been recently built. One is going for $6 million. Where did all this money come from? The houses are all gated up but are visible from the marina which we took a walk on.
We had stayed at the lodge in Alanson before last fall. I really like it even though we were kept inside by the rain. Our balcony was covered though so we sat outside watching the beautiful world huddled under a blanket. The room came with champagne and a jacuzzi (and a kitchen..didn't need that).
The rain finally stopped this morning right when we were going to leave. I did have time to feed the fish they keep in a pond. They were hungry. We drove through the Tunnel of Trees which are much prettier in the fall. I will be riding my bike through this in less than 2 months. The woods were filled with trillium and forget-me-nots. Very pretty. We ate at the Legs Inn. Unfortunately it was too early for their gardens to be at their full beauty.