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Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix

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Address: Park Avenue District, Charlevoix, MI
Phone Number: 2314450770
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Earl Young designed this residence to resemble a mushroom.

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Nice walking tour! Unique houses!

We were in town fir the Shadowfest but enjoyed a walking tour of the Earl Young houses. They are unique, to say the least! The Charlevoix Historical Comm. has made and excellent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Holland MI
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Holland MI
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in town fir the Shadowfest but enjoyed a walking tour of the Earl Young houses. They are unique, to say the least! The Charlevoix Historical Comm. has made and excellent video about his life and creations!

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Haslett, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

VERY small amount of homes. Worth the stop ONCE. Take 2 min to look. Not worth a special trip. The view of the lake is ok. small beach parking.

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Thank 515any
Sevierville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These homes are spectacular from the outside, but even more impressive on the inside if you are lucky enough to rate an invitation. This collection of homes in the area known as Boulder Park is distinguished by being literally made out of boulders. The influence of this architectural feature is prevalent throughout the area as most fireplaces in the Little... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

VRBO rental .... one of a kind.... this home was completed Decwember 31st 2015, although it feels as if you are stepping back into the pages of a fairy tale.... every detail has been crafted by hand...unique.... and at sunset, breathtaking...

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Thank MichaelWSeitz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Cute architecture in a cute town. The locals that I encountered were more than happy to tell me stories about these houses.

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Thank Michelle S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix are well worth the stop and taking a walking tour with guide, Edith of Ellair & Company. She provides a fun and informative tour that helps you better appreciate the architect, Earl Young, and the uniqueness of his designs. The tour lasts about 50 minutes, starting and ending on the main drag in Charlevoix. We... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We had a lot of sights to see during our one day in the Charlevoix area, so although we had a brochure for guided tours of the mushroom houses, we decided to just go look at them ourselves. Fortunately our hotel had given us a map and directions, because otherwise I'm sure we would have missed many of them. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

You can take a driving tour of these cool homes built by the same architect. They have fascinating rooflines and one place had a really cool stone fence around it. Worth the little drive around town to see them. Charlevoix itself is a charming little town. Loved the park at the harbor.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

These houses are worth the short detour. They are a delight to see and each one is special. The roof lines all are different and I am pretty sure unique to this area.

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Grand Junction
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The houses were really cute. I felt like there should have been a gnome or hobbit coming out the door. This was an easy, fun drive. Well worth the drive. Check with your motel for a map. We took lots of pictures to share with our friends at home.

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