Park your car and enjoy Boyne City pedestrian style. Walk to our favorite deli and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Boyne City is my hometown and more than a winter ski town! The population quadruples in size during the summer months. The restaurant scene is ramping up and the water views are breathtaking! Boyne City's newest addition, Wildwood Rush Zip Line Tour, is the adrenaline soar you've been looking for! This zip line canopy tour flies through the forest with expansive views of Lake Charlevoix. Watch our video for the full experience!
This isn't your grandma's zip line! Get ready to soar through the forests and explore the wilds of Northern Michigan! Fly down over 5,000 feet of zip lines, cross 5 sky bridges, and take in amazing views of Lake Charlevoix from tree platforms high above the forest floor. The tour has been designed to educate, entertain and inspire adventurers of all ages. The passionate staff at Wildwood Rush is extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. Many of the staff helped build the zip lines! Guides explain the zip line process while giving you a full history on the building of Wildwood Rush and details about the local ecosystem
To say we had a blast is a serious understatement. This was AWESOME! The Wildwood guys have done it right, from the hand carved railings on the sky bridges and platform landings with tree stump elevators. Upon arrival, you'll head into the basecamp yurt to sign your life away. Then suit up and jump into the back of their mud-bogging pickup truck to ride up to the top of the backwoods tour. Don't worry, the bed of the pickup is fully equipped with plastic chairs and seat belts! I felt like I was riding through Jurassic Park! Duane and Dustay, guided us safely and excitedly through all 9 forest zips. We did the Full Canopy Tour, which includes a final 40 miles per hour, 1200 foot triple racing zip line!
Thanks to Wildwood Rush for letting us be one of the first groups to test out their new zip line tour. We are behind you 100%!
If you could take two small handfuls of heaven and smash them in a french baguette it would be called Lake Street Market. Swing by early morning for a to-die-for scone (seriously I would give my left foot for one). If you're not an early bird, call ahead and reserve a few scones because they sell out almost every Saturday morning! You can also take pastries home frozen and bake them yourself!
Stop in for lunch, grab a sandwich, enjoy the SOBO (South of Boyne) street traffic and relax. Co-owner Chris is always around to help assist you in the wine cellar, he'll pick the perfect tannins for your palette. Co-owner Liz will help you pick your sandwich, whip up a homemade pizza for you to take home, or sell you an amazing piece of her personal photography. Resident dog Bang greets you at the door and gladly cleans up your scraps dropped on the sidewalk as you devour lunch. You can't go wrong with sandwich names like Inflector Gadget, The Duby Project and Hazardous Waist. Each sandwich is carefully crafted with the freshest ingredients. Dylan always goes for Mr. Wubbly’s Fat Bass, which is cranberry chicken salad on a wheat wrap. I prefer my own vegetarian creation named Chatarunga: French baguette, honey mustard, hummus, lettuce, tomato, extra avocado, pickles, & cucumber.
"600 steps to a willow tree, Lake Charlevoix those painted leaves, sandy paths that drip inside of me" -Silence & Color by local musician, Josh Hall. It's a strenuous hike to summit Avalanche "mountain" but at the top, you forget the sweat drips on your forehead and simply enjoy the breathtaking view. Think panoramic, clear blue water, miles of beach and endless sky. The view of Lake Charlevoix all the way to Lake Michigan from the top is simply amazing.
Walk for ten minutes up the several hundred stairs for a quick view or take a 30-45 minute gradual hike through the woods on the well traveled path. Avalanche is dog friendly area, including a doggie water fountain at the top! Watch out for disc golfers (frisbee golf). The 18-hole disc golf course crosses the hiking and biking paths at various points. Mingle with the locals, walk with the cottagers or get your heart pumping with the midweek $5 boot camp sessions at 8:30am year round! Avalanche will become a frequent stop on your travels.
Finding good lodging in Boyne City without a weekly minimum is a challenge. Our first choice is always to find a friendly cottage with an extra room but we like to stay right in the mix once in a while. Water Street Inn was completely booked so we were unable to photograph the rooms. By peeking in the windows it looks like every room faces the water of Lake Charlevoix and has a fireplace. The front desk said that the rooms are waterfront condos with one bedroom and a fold out couch. Water Street's location is perfect for walking to everything downtown and their private beach is beautiful.