Seven-Day Itineraries

Short Days

  1. Day 1     Power island & Sutton’s Bay – While sailing north, visit Power Island (1-2 hrs away), a nature preserve with hiking trails and great beaches.  Stop off for a quick swim or explore the island.  For the overnight, take a slip in Sutton’s Bay (3-4 hr sail).  This quaint little town has a great selection of restaurants and shopping.  Power Island and Sutton’s Bay both offer great anchorages as well.
  2. Day 2     Northport / Old Mission – The Village of Northport is a quiet town with several restaurant options and a few really good bakeries and coffee shops.  You can take in the amenities at the full service marina or anchor off the pristine shoreline of Northport Bay.  Old Mission Bay offers a quiet, pristine anchorage and a long stretch of sandy beach.
  3. Day 3     Charleviox – Head outside of the bay to the storybook town of Charlevoix (3 ½ – 4 ½ hr sail from Northport or Sutton’s Bay).  Truly a unique setting; a short channel runs through Charlevoix which connects Lake Michigan to Round Lake.  Another short channel connects Round Lake to Lake Charlevoix which opens up many more cruising opportunities.  Great live music and restaurants abound in Charlevoix.  Anchor Out – Charlevoix offers Round Lake right outside the village which makes for a well protected anchorage.
  4. Day 4     Omena Bay / Northport – The Village of Northport is a quiet town with several restaurant options and a few really good bakeries and coffee shops.  You can take in the amenities at the full service marina or anchor off the pristine shoreline of Northport Bay.  Omena Bay offers a fun restaruant and wine tasting room right on the water and is a very scenic anchorage.  Great Lakes Sailing has recently installed 3 permanent moorings here for the fleet so you won’t have to worry about your anchor dragging over night.
  5. Day 5     Elk Rapids – A quiet little harbor town on East Grand Traverse Bay, Elk Rapids’ Grace Memorial Harbor is one of the nicest in the area.  Just stick to the channel on your approach, East Bay can get shallow!
  6. Day 6     Sutton’s Bay – For the overnight, take a slip in Sutton’s Bay.  This quaint little town has a great selection of restaurants and shopping and has a nice anchorage outside the marina.
  7. Day 7     Traverse City

Power Island

Omena Bay


Moderate Days

  1. Day 1     Omena Bay / Northport – Omena Bay is a pristine setting on the Leelanau Peninsula.  You’ll find a fun restaurant on the water with an adjacent wine tasting room.  There is no marina in Omena Bay so you’ll have to dinghy in to shore.  Northport is a quiet little town with a few restaurant options and a full service marina.  If you prefer to stay “off the grid”, just outside of the village, the anchorage to the north offers a sandy bottom and a quiet setting.
  2. Day 2     Charleviox – Head outside of the bay to the storybook town of Charlevoix (3 ½ – 4 ½ hr sail from Northport or Sutton’s Bay).  Truly a unique setting; a short channel runs through Charlevoix which connects Lake Michigan to Round Lake.  Another short channel connects Round Lake to Lake Charlevoix which opens up many more cruising opportunities.  Great live music and restaurants abound in Charlevoix.  Anchor Out – Charlevoix offers Round Lake right outside the village which makes for a well protected anchorage.
  3. Day 3     Petoskey / Harbor  Springs / Boyne City – you have three great options from Charlevoix.  Petoskey and Harbor Springs are great little towns with marinas.  Harbor Springs has a perfect natural harbor for anchoring also.  Boyne City is a 14 mile sail to the east end of Lake Charlevoix and provides protected, scenic inland lake sailing in deep, clear water.  Boyne city also has marinas and great restaurant options.
  4. Day 4     Oyster Bay – this is a nice anchorage just outside of Charlevoix Village limits on Lake Charlevoix.
  5. Day 5     Northport – Northport is a quiet little town with a few restaurant options and a full service marina.  If you prefer to stay “off the grid”, just outside of the village, the anchorage to the north offers a sandy bottom and a quiet setting.
  6. Day 6     Elk Rapids / Bower’s Harbor
  7. Day 7     Traverse City

Charlevoix

Harbor Springs


Spirited Days

  1. Day 1     Charleviox – Head outside of the bay to the storybook town of Charlevoix (3 ½ – 4 ½ hr sail from Northport or Sutton’s Bay).  Truly a unique setting; a short channel runs through Charlevoix which connects Lake Michigan to Round Lake.  Another short channel connects Round Lake to Lake Charlevoix which opens up many more cruising opportunities.  Great live music and restaurants abound in Charlevoix.  Anchor Out – Charlevoix offers Round Lake right outside the village which makes for a well protected anchorage.    
  2. Day 2     Beaver Island – Discover the “Irish Island”
  3. Day 3     Mackinac Island
  4. Day 4     Mackinac Island / Round Island – Spend a day on Mackinac Island or explore nearby Round Island
  5. Day 5     Petoskey / Harbor Springs –   Harbor Springs has a perfect natural harbor for anchoring and a great boating scene with marina options.  Petoskey has one of the best waterfront parks by the marina and a hiking trail that follows the river which is accessible from the marina also.
  6. Day 6     Charlevoix – Head for the storybook town of Charlevoix.  Truly a unique setting; a short channel runs through Charlevoix which connects Lake Michigan to Round Lake.  Another short channel connects Round Lake to Lake Charlevoix which opens up many more cruising opportunities.  Great live music and restaurants abound in Charlevoix.  Anchor Out – Charlevoix offers Round Lake right outside the village which makes for a well protected anchorage.
  7. Day 7     Traverse City

Mackinaw City

Mackinac Island


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