What is the background picture? (Charlevoix, MI)

Charlevoix Michigan

= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlevoix,_Michigan

Located in Northern Michigan

= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Michigan

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If you want to know more, I found a bunch of pics on google image search and inserted them below alongside informative captions.

ZOOMING IN TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Michigan is shaped like a mitten. The people downstate (Detroit and Grand Rapids) say, “Up North” when referring to northern michigan.

NORTHWEST MICHIGAN AND TRAVERSE AREA

The left coast of Northern Michigan is the best part — also known as Northwest Michigan (hashtag = #NWMI). Charlevoix is on the shoreline in the picture below, between the Grand Traverse Bay (where Traverse City is) and the Little Traverse Bay (where Petoskey is). Traverse City is the location of the main airport (code:TVC) and shopping mall (Grand Traverse Mall). Mackinaw is up at the tip of the mitten.

THE CHARLEVOIX HARBOR

Charlevoix has a natural harbor that links Lake Michigan to a very large inland lake known as Lake Charlevoix. As a result of its beautiful location, Charlevoix attracts boats and tourists. They walk around and buy tee shirts and fudge. The biggest event of the year is the annual Venetian festival, so named because Charlevoix is a “city on the water” like Venice Italy. http://www.venetianfestival.com/

ZOOMING BACK TO MY SOUTHERN HOME

It is a 14 hour drive to get to Charlevoix From Richmond

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