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“Neat Thing to Do!”

Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Charlevoix
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: We offer a spectacular GEM car tour of all 28 of these magical structures. You can also visit the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce to pick up a map and do a self guided tour.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took the Gem electric car tour and enjoyed seeing the houses and hearing the stories. The guide was very friendly and informative, stopping at each house so we could snap a picture. The tour is only 50 minutes and is the perfect amount of time. The homes are close to Lake Michigan and even though it was a sunny afternoon in the low 70s, the breeze off the lake was very cool. Perhaps take a jacket, if it's not a hot day. The tour starts at a small waiting area behind the Elements Gallery on Bridge Street and is easy to find.
We are glad we booked the tour (super easy website) and recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and/or unique homes. We did not need to leave the Gem car during the tour, which makes it nice for those who prefer minimum walking.

Thank MrsStapes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the GEM tour online, easy to do and met at a gallery in downtown Charlevoix. This is a privately owned company, owner Edith does the tours. Tour is $18pp with seating for 5 and takes 45-50min. The Mushroom houses by Earl Young are interesting; Edith is very knowledgeable and gives you interesting info about each house and about Young himself. You don’t get to go inside as most are privately owned. Our tour was a bit rushed as Edith seemed very busy and checking her phone a lot, but our questions were answered. You can get a map and drive on your own to see the houses, but it was nice being driven around to see them and actually hear the history.

Thank pasherry
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The houses are very interesting. Guide is informative and very knowledgeable. The town of Charlevoix is well worth the stop. Scenery is spectacular.

Thank tonymsrad
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I had a terrific time! This is a must do when in Charlevoix! Edith is so knowledgeable and so fun. Thanks, Edith!

Thank kkrisniski
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Edith is so easy going and is a wonderful guide. The houses are all so unique. I highly recommend this interesting tour!

1  Thank Lovegr8lk
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