Castle Farms of Charlevoix is one of Michigan’s premier historic tour attractions and destination wedding venues. This beautiful French Renaissance castle built in 1918 features soaring stone towers, romantic courtyards and magnificent gardens, plus Norm, the Castle’s very own dragon! Museum quality collections showcased throughout the Castle include antique toys, castles, and royalty memorabilia from around the world. The Castle’s Outdoor Model Railroad is the largest in Michigan, with 68 G-scale trains steaming across more than 1/2 mile of track. The Castle also provides the perfect venue for weddings, proms, corporate events, or private parties. Open year round, Castle Farms is listed on the National and State Historic Registries.
Jordan Valley Glassworks is a working art studio offering a range of glass items starting with delicate jewelry items, and goes all the way to large wall hangings. In between are free form sculptures and vases, stained and blown glass chandeliers, seasonal stained glass wall hangings and blown ornaments, one-of-a-kind paperweights with outstanding examples of torch work, lawn ornaments, custom stained glass chandeliers in both stained and blown glass; lamp shades; and in the more mundane artifacts are hand mirrors, baskets, and jewel/trinket boxes, and more. We can also take the cremation remains of loved ones or pets and encase them in glass so you can have them forever in a very special place.
You are invited to stop by Jordan Valley Glassworks to watch the artists work blowing glass. The gallery is open seven days a week. Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Items in the gallery are available for sale.
Keeping the history of East Jordan and the surrounding area alive.
Board / Membership meetings are 2nd Wednesday at 6:00 PM at various locations.
Downtown museum open during business hours of City Hall on Main Street.
Over the past 100+ years, the farm has seen a variety of commodities, and started with cherry trees, a couple hogs and a few head of cattle. Since then the farm has been home to acres of asparagus, apples, corn, soybeans, wheat, canola, peaches and even 500 head of beef cattle, just to name a few…
The farm started in 1914 (hence the name, Cellar 1914) by a gentleman named Vet Shooks. He drove by this property on a weekly basis on the way to church and noticed a cherry tree growing on the southwest side of the road. Up on the hill with Lake Michigan close by, the cherries were producing quality fruit due to the close proximity of the lake. Vet made the comment to his family that one day he would like to buy that property because of how well it had produced those wild cherries, so that is exactly what he did and the rest is history.
Flash forward into the fourth generation, the farm has a very different look and focus- less field crops and livestock and more fruit- cherries and grapes. Grapes, like cherries, benefit from the lake. The newest direction of the farm helps to bring the new (grapes/wine) in with the old (history). Our tasting room was designed with the history of the farm in mind. Placed at the heart of the farm, with views of Lake Michigan, the tasting room and production facility made sense.
We finished the interior work ourselves and incorporated several pieces of rich history from around the farm to help with the details. The back bar is constructed from barn wood that is over 100 years old, the crown molding is old boards that cattle have rubbed on for the past 40 years, something that is unique and hard to recreate. There is a breakfast table in the tasting room that three of the four generations have sat at for countless breakfasts made by Doris “Gram” Shooks who married Marvin Shooks (Second Generation). The décor is full or stories, including a trunk that carried our ancestors belongings from the old country, the deed framed and hung on the wall, cherry tanks with the original farm name embedded in the tasting bar, and cherry lugs that help to display the bottles of wine for purchase. The story is everywhere you look.
Come, taste and enjoy!
We are a small, hometown movie theatre in the heart of downtown Charlevoix. Stop in to see a movie, enjoy the popcorn and create some memories with some friends and family.
Sponsored by the East Jordan Garden Club, this long running Farmer’s Market is an important part of the East Jordan Community. Held every Thursday from 8:00 AM – Noon at the East Jordan Sportsman’s Park. Vendors of all kinds gather with their baked good, fresh picked fruits and veggies, crafts, honey, pure maple syrup and much more.
Our clubhouse – bar is open and we are serving food and drinks. Boxed lunches available. Our golf course is walkable and soon we will be allowing carts.
Please come out and see us soon!
Golf Course … Driving Range … Snacks
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The EJ legacy dates back to 1883 when William E. Malpass
and his father-in-law, Richard W. Round, established a
foundry on the shores of Lake Charlevoix in the town of
East Jordan. Known as East Jordan Iron Works for over 125
years, the company has become an international leader in
the design, manufacture, and distribution of access solutions
for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications, and utility
The Visitor Center features various exhibits about the history,
process, products, and global presence of the company.
Come visit us today.
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Other times by appointment
Kiersten’s Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help, hope, and healing through suicide prevention programs in Northern Lower Michigan. We are committed to raising awareness in our community so that future acts of suicide may be prevented.
Make your up north vacation the best one ever. Spend the day exploring the countryside and small towns and villages along C-48 the Breezeway.
The C-48 Breezeway is a well known scenic route connecting Atwood, Ellsworth, East Jordan and Boyne Falls. Not only is it the fastest route from point A (Atwood) to point B (Boyne Falls) but this 25 mile scenic rural ride is sure to please everyone. This scenic route offers everything from spectacular views, award winning cuisine, nature preserves, orchards, attractions, artisans, and much more. C-48 The Breezeway signs clearly mark its route through beautiful forests and valley vistas, drumlin carved hillsides dotted with orchards and various lakes along its way. Visit the website at www.ridethebreezeway.com
Scarecrows Across The Breezeway Contest
Gary Roberts of Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate – Non-Profit/Residential
East Jordan Shopping Guide – Business
County Wide Business After Hours – May 25, 2022 – 5:30 PM at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix
AREA FESTIVAL & EVENT DATES – 2021
September 25 – Fall Fest
September 25 – Jordan River Fall Raft Excursion
September 25, Oct. 2 & 9 – Breezeway Fall Color Cruises
September 25 – Charlevoix County Crop Walk
October 20 – Fall Pumpkin Festival
October 29 & 30 – Depot Teen Center Pumpkin Walk
November 13 – Jordan River Arts Council Holiday Art Fair
November 27 – Small Business Saturday
December 2 – Jan 2 – Lions Christmas Village
December 8 – Wooden Shoe Holiday Festival