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Charlevoix: An Escape to Northern Michigan

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A June 2005 trip to Charlevoix by Mr. Wonka

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Quote: A week of fishing, fudge, and relaxation in one of northern Michigan's most popular summertime getaways.

Charlevoix: An Escape to Northern Michigan

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Charlevoix Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Relaxing! If that’s not a worthy highlight, I’m not sure what is. We were ecstatic to escape the everyday grind of New York City, trading honking taxi cabs and throngs of tourists for rolling hills, local diners, walks along the shores of Lake Michigan, and bass fishing… lots and lots of bass fishing. I can’t reveal my spot since it’s a private lake with no public access, but let’s just say that the best bass-fishing lake in all of Michigan didn’t disappoint. Between Trixie and I, we probably pulled in about 40 bass in all, many of them measuring between 14 and 18 inches long, and between 5 and 7 pounds a piece. Sitting in a small fishing boat on a quiet, peaceful lake… getting into a cast, ree...Read More

Chee Peng

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Chee Peng Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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There aren’t many ethnic restaurants in Charlevoix—two, to be exact—so maybe I’ll excuse a comment I overheard from the chimney, I mean woman, sitting behind us at Chee Peng, a "Chinese, Thai, and American" restaurant located on the outskirts of downtown. Following a series of tobacco-induced coughs and hacks, and after coaching her husband on the puzzlingly forgotten art of how to place an order, she growled in a parched, raspy voice, "If I can eat this, I can eat anything." Hmmm… yes… anything. Here, at Chee Peng, the peak of ethnicity with its fine selection of fried rice, chicken, and… New York strip steaks. Decked out in decor straight from the ‘70s, with brown-orange toned window shades, w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Chee Peng
1411 Bridge St.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-6060

Juilleret’s

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Juilleret’s Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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At $3.50 per slice, I was expecting Juilleret’s whole-wheat French toast to be the thickest, freshest, most indulgent French toast this side of the Mississippi. I wanted each slice to come on its own plate, with the waitress blowing a trumpet to herald its arrival at my table. In short, since my breakfast usually consists of either a bowl of farina or Go Lean cereal—both about as exciting as Goldie Hawn’s film career—I wanted a slice of French toast that I would never forget. Luckily for Trixie and I, Juilleret’s did not disappoint. To quote the beautiful Trixie: "Gooey inside, crisp outside… it was the best French toast I’ve ever had in my life!" We should have known that Charlevoix’s br...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Juilleret’s
1418 Bridge St.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-9212

Oma’s Breakfast Club

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Oma’s Breakfast Club Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Life in New York City must be making my lungs soft. Whenever I travel to an area that hasn’t yet banned cigarette smoking from restaurants, bars, etc., it always comes as a shock when I smell the foul stench of someone’s smoldering Marlboro Light burning down in an already loaded ashtray. Hey, don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a cig from time to time, but not in between bites of pancakes and eggs. Call me crazy, but that’s a combination I can do without. And so it was that Trixie and I stepped into Oma’s Breakfast Club, located in downtown Charlevoix. It’s on the end of a tiny strip mall that also boasts Olson’s grocery store and The Shire, an Internet-ready shop where you’ll find gamers arguing the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Oma’s Breakfast Club
100 Antrim St.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-9722

Village Inn Pizza

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Village Inn Pizza Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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If there’s one home-decorating trend I’d like to see come back from the ‘70s, it’d be the excessive proliferation of pirate ships. Miniature replicas, bronze models, huge paintings… you just don’t see enough of it these days. It wouldn’t be hard to reintroduce them into society, either; chances are your local Goodwill or Salvation Army is itching to get rid of the 20 pirate ships they’ve had on the shelves since 1983. C’mon now—just flick on any episode of "The Hardy Boys Mysteries" (now available on DVD) starring Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevens...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Village Inn Pizza
227 Bridge St.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
(231) 547-4405

Murdick’s Famous Fudge Kitchen

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Murdick’s Famous Fudge Kitchen Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Over 100 years after N. Jerome Murdick invented the now-famous marble-slab style of making fudge, I’d like to thank him. Thank him for that half slice of chocolate mint fudge I had on Thursday, that quarter slice of chocolate peanut butter fudge I demolished on Saturday, and that nearly whole slice of chocolate black walnut fudge I inhaled on Monday. I’d also like to thank him for enabling me to completely wipe out a week’s worth of busting ass in the gym because of said fudge binge. The Murdick’s, Henry F. and N. Jerome, opened Mackinac Island’s first candy shop sometime in the 1880s, and about 40 years later, trademarked their name. Then, in the 1950s, N. Jerome passed the "Murdick’s Famous Fu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Murdick’s Famous Fudge Kitchen
230 Bridge St.
Charlevoix, Michigan
(231) 547-4213

The Villager Pub

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The Villager Pub Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Who needs to scroll through pages and pages of CD covers in a jukebox when a blackboard above it tells you what’s in there? That was one of the many surprises we discovered at The Villager Pub and Restaurant, located in downtown Charlevoix across from Round Lake harbor. From the outside, the Villager looks small, dark, and unspectacular, but step inside and you’ll find high ceilings and a cavalcade of American pop-culture memorabilia throughout the huge, airy space. A grungy dive bar in this affluent community? I think not. After being shown to our table near the back, in front of a mid-sized performance stage where local bands play on the weekends, we sat down and surveyed the eye candy hung on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

The Villager Pub
427 Bridge St.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49727
(231) 547-6925

Day Trip to Torch Lake

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Torch Lake Photo, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Trust me when I say that Torch Lake holds some of the freshest, cleanest, most aqua-blue waters you’ll find in the great state of Michigan, much less North America. Sure, Lake Superior gives it a run for its money, but don’t drive all the way through the Upper Peninsula just to take a dip in the northernmost (and coldest) of the Great Lakes—besides, my last memory of swimming in Lake Superior is of my dad whipping a leech off my foot with a towel. No, with Torch Lake just 18 miles from Charlevoix down 31-South, plan for a peaceful day in relative seclusion on the shores of this gorgeous lake. From Charlevoix, travel down 31-South until you hit M-88, just past an IGA/gas station on your right. If...Read More