Nestled on Michigan’s Northern Coast, Petoskey is a seaside town that beckons travelers with its charming Main Street, high-quality cuisine, and downright gorgeous views. After a quick visit this past May, this town has quickly earned on my list of favorite small towns. So, when the day comes that you find yourself Petoskey, use this itinerary to enjoy this gem of a town in all its glory.
If you’re in need of a java jolt to start the day, head to North Perk Coffee. This coffee shop churns out espresso, drip coffee, and a variety of pastries. I went for a mocha that turned out to be among the best I’ve ever had, and I’d recommend one to any espresso fan.
For a hearty breakfast, check out Julienne Tomatoes.
Yes, it really is a tomato-themed restaurant, and they’re everywhere; they even make for a cute and homey décor. Try the eggs or order the blueberry pancakes for a true Michigan experience. The juicy sausages here are also worth ordering.
If you’re a jam fan, you’ll want to visit American Spoon. The company sent me a jar of strawberry preserves that disappeared fast; it was just sweet enough without being overly sugary. If strawberries aren’t your thing, try the cherry preserves (Michigan produces 70 to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States) and go for the red raspberry, lemon curd, pear, or even the chocolate milk caramel. If you’re a souvenir fan, consider buying a Petoskey stone — the official state stone of Michigan — at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts.
Once you’re done buying knick-knacks, it’s time for a snack. Food lovers will especially enjoy Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars. This specialty olive oil and vinegar purveyor stocks what you’d expect, but also offers cooking classes. The restaurant showed me and a group of other travel writers how to create surprisingly sweet strawberry shortcake made with the shop’s lemon olive oil and balsamic. Plus, trying out funky flavors (lavender balsamic, anyone?) is always fun.
After all that eating, you’ll probably want to exercise for a bit. Petoskey is also home to a beautiful waterfront park, so you can spend a few hours soaking up the sun. Take the short walk over there, take photos, and just admire the water.
When dinnertime rolls around, try the Italian spot Twisted Olive Quattro. This restaurant overlooks the shore and serves up fresh Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. Try the fish; I had some impossibly fresh and tasty seared tuna at this spot. If fish isn’t your thing, Twisted Olive also has soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.
To finish your day, consider having a nightcap at Stafford's Perry Hotel’s Noggin Room. Be sure to walk around the historic hotel's lobby and then head downstairs. The Noggin is dark, laid-back, and an ideal place to end your night. Enjoy bar bites like fried pickles, fried oysters, chicken wings, salads, burgers, pizzas, and fish tacos. And then there are the drinks. Order a beer, cocktail, or one of the Noggin’s signature creations: the smooth-as-a-Thin-Mint Grasshopper. If it’s still daylight, consider watching the sunset and soak up those stunning vistas one last time.
Teresa K. Tobat is a travel writer and editor based out the Washington, D.C. area. Follow her tweets @ttobat88.
24 Must-See Michigan Beaches
This is a very short list and certainly not exhaustive. Locals have their spots, which they may or may not wish to disclose however, most are happy to share local insights, including to the best beaches around.
Whether you’re looking for a place to rejuvenate with the girls, a romantic spot to take in the summer day with your sweetheart, or a place to spend quality time with the kids, you will undoubtedly find it at one of these Michigan beaches.
One of the top things to do in Copper Harbor and only a quarter mile from the town, Hunter’s Point Parkhas gorgeous views and plenty of rocks ready to be skipped. A natural walking trail offers visitors a bit of exercise, as well as many chances to go meet the big lake in person. It’s handicap accessible, too, with a boardwalk leading from the parking lot to the viewing deck. Kids will love, though moms won’t, climbing the rock formations.
Black Rocks Beach, Marquette, is the spot for adventurous hearts, whether young or old. Located within Presque Isle Park, the 323-acre peninsula juts right out into Lake Superior. Don’t expect to find a white sand beach on which to throw out a beach towel. You’ll need the towel after you jump from either side of the short rocky cliffs. Rock hounds will love perusing smooth Lake Superior rocks and adding to their collections.
If you’re traveling on U.S.-2, also known at the Lake Michigan Scenic Highway, definitely make a stop near Naubinway at the Northernmost Point of Lake Michigan. Don’t let the rest stop appearance dissuade you. What you’ll find is a gem, a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach and grassy dunes. Besides the beach, you’ll find a large lawn and picnic tables. As a fun fact, the northernmost point was historically the mark of the western boundary of the new frontier back in 1805.
Inland, you can enjoy the beaches at the trio of lakes – North Manistique, South Manistique, and Manistique Lakes – at Curtis. This gorgeous retreat is an easy drive from the Mackinac Bridge as well as many other Upper Peninsula attractions such as the Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, Seul Choix Lighthouse, and Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Cross Village Beach, Cross Village, is truly off the beaten path. Cross Village is a tiny, quiet hamlet and one of many towns you’ll encounter if you drive the Tunnel of Trees in the fall. Yet the drive is serene and beautiful in every season. Cross Village Beach offers unbelievable views of Lake Michigan and a tranquil atmosphere.
Fisherman’s Island State Park, Charlevoix, is one of those “don’t miss” parks. Despite its name, it’s not an island in its entirety (there is a small island off the coast), but it does have five miles of sandy, unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. Since it’s so large, there’s plenty of space for visitors to explore and lounge. Or, you can choose to walk the easy hiking trail through the woods and along the beach. It’s the ideal place to spend a day.
Even the name evokes a sense of magic: Christmas Cove Beach, located in the Leelanau Peninsula near the town of Northport. This peninsula was ranked among the top peninsulas in the United States by Readers Digest in 2020. Christmas Cove Beach is part of the reason. It’s a narrow beach of mostly sandy, getting rocky as you get closer to the water. It’s comfortable enough to lay down and get a tan or to search for beach glass. The parking lot is within easy walking distance of the beach. If you’re looking for a secluded spot, this is it.
Duck Lake Park, Interlochen, may not reside on one of the Great Lakes, but it’s still a great inland lake at which to prop an umbrella – historically, it was the first state park established. A popular choice for locals who know what’s what and those fortunate visitors who want to get away from bustling tourist town Traverse City during the summer, Duck Lake is a warm, clean inland lake with a sandy swimming area. It’s not large, of course, but there’s plenty of room for all. A playset and a small general store make it more fun for the kids, and there are three launch sites for boats if you want to do some fishing.
It isn’t called the “sunrise side” for nothing. Lake Huron gets a lot of morning sunshine, but the afternoons are just as pleasant. Beaches across the region, which stretches from the Mackinac Bridge to the base of Michigan’s thumb, give visitors a splendid view at first light. Starting from the north, you will want to visit Cheboygan State Park Beach, Cheboygan.One of the most popular beaches around, Cheboygan State Park is expansive and frequent destination for fishing in Duncan Bay and Elliott Creek. There are also several trails around, which are never longer than three-quarters of a mile.
Lakeside Beach, Rogers City, is a public beach on the shores of Lake Huron that is well-worth a visit. It has every amenity possible, from a kiddie park to volleyball courts to a pavilion, not to mention its 10 acres of waterfront. A stunning park that often gets accolades from visitors, Lakeside Beach offers families of all sizes and kids of all ages the chance to spend a quality day at a Michigan beach.
McGraw County Park, Port Austin,is a bit of a hidden gem, although its reputation is starting to grow. The thumb of Michigan isn’t an accidental destination – you intend to visit this area of the state. So, make the effort! McGraw County Park is among the area’s best public beaches. The picnic tables are in wooded areas for decent shade, and the gorgeous stretch of Lake Huron shoreline is sandy and clean. And don’t forget to visit an interesting natural formation nearby, Turnip Rock.
The day use area portion of the beach at Lakeport State Park, Fort Gratiot Twp., is well-known, but there is a mystery path at the north end that leads to a secluded portion of public beach. It’ll feel like it’s all yours thanks to the dense tree line behind you and the open expanse of Lake Huron before you.
Oval Beachnear antiquing town Saugatuck has been rated as one of the 25 best shorelines in the world by Conde Naste Traveler. It’s easy to see why. The beach is fine white sand set between blue-aqua water and grassy dunes. Get away from the crowds by setting up your spot early or by walking down to the narrow portion of the beach instead. Or, visit during sunset for a truly spectacular show.
West Michigan is very hospitable when it comes to dogs. Kirk Park, West Olive,has an off-lead section of beach just for four-legged pals. The entire beachfront stretches a third of a mile, while the park covers 68 acres of diverse lakeshore habitat. There is a two-mile network of trails, most of which are quite short, and spectacular views of Lake Michigan, including from an overlook deck. Of course, there’s a children’s playground that will help younger children break up a beach day as well as picnic tables. But a large beach blanket and a picnic basket is probably all you need.
Augusta Parkon Eagle Lake sits within the Fort Custer Recreation Area, located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The water is calm and the beach is secluded. The recreation area is a favorite for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
Markin Glen County Park near Kalamazoo is a favorite spot that is just five minutes from downtown. You can see the beautiful town from the top of a hill, which you can reach by trail. The beach isn’t large, but the water warms up early in the season and is a great stopping point for hikers to have a refreshing dip.
Pinckney State Recreation Area is only 17 miles away from Ann Arbor. There are two public beaches, on Halfmoon Lake and on Silver Lake, within the recreation area. They are the best spots to relax after traversing some of the area’s 40 miles of trails or spending some time casting a line in these excellent fishing lakes.
Near Brighton, you’ll find a taste of “Up North” when you visit two beaches within Island Lake Recreation Area: Kent Lake and Spring Mill Pond. Spring Mill Pond is spring-fed and has more than 100 feet of sandy beach. This park also has some great options for canoeing as well as several hiking loops of various distances.
Onsted is home to W.J. Hayes State Park, which shares a border with the southern shore of Wamplers Lake and includes another body of water, Round Lake. The swimming area is on Wampler’s Lake. You can enjoy a picnic at the picnic area, or put in a watercraft for some fishing or lazy rowing. This area of the state is known as the Irish Hills because of its resemblance to the Emerald Isle.
You may not be able to go swimming or lie on a sandy beach, but you can dip your toes in the stream and spring-fed ponds at McCourtie Park, Somerset Center. Historically the location of the McCourtie Estate, the park has 17 unique bridges made of sculpted concrete that was carved to blend in with the natural elements as logs, planks, and ropes. You can easily enjoy some sunshine and quiet while being among such art.
Clover Beach, Linden, is on Bryam Lake, in Genesee County. There is plenty of seating and a sandy beach. Afternoons can be quiet, making it an ideal retreat from the busyness of metropolitan areas. Since it’s an inland lake, the lake water warms up sooner and stays warm throughout the summer. Stroll down to the Ice Cream Garage for a refreshing treat if you’re visiting on a hot day.
Marine City Beach, Marine City,is situated on the banks of the St. Clare River, a primary passageway for transporting ships. In fact, you might just see a mighty freighter. When the ships go by, the beach turns into a wave pool. There is plenty of shade and a nice pavilion at which to enjoy a picnic.
Thelma Spencer Park, Rochester Hills, has one of the safest beaches for families with younger children. The beach sits on the edge of a 38-acre, calm inland lake, and there’s a lifeguard on duty. Behind the beach is a long stretch of thick green grass that is ideal for setting up a picnic or playing a game of catch. The town of Rochester Hills is fun to walk through, too, and there are several museums worth visiting.
Sterling State Park, Monroe, is the state’s only state park on Lake Erie and is about as far south as you can get. Sunbathers and swimmer will love the mile-long sandy beach, as well as the warmer water temperature. There are plenty of trees that offer shade, making this an easy spot to spend an afternoon.
10 Tips to Find More Petoskey Stones
Photo(s) by Jon-Paul Allgaier
Kevin Gauthier, the owner of gem and jewelry store Korner Gem in Traverse City, is a seasoned rock hunter and a pro at finding Petoskey stones. He was kind enough to share his best advice with us and fellow Petoskey stone hunters. (Even experienced rock rounds may not know some of these!)
1. First, on the internet, find and study both a wet image and a dry image of a Petoskey stone, so you know what they look like—there’s a big difference.
2. Hunt immediately after or while it’s raining (if there’s no lightning). The rocks are much easier to spot when wet.
3. Know that Petoskey stones are scattered around everywhere, like salt and pepper all over Northern Michigan. There is no secret spot, no Petoskey stone mine.
4. Look where earth has been disturbed, like at a road cut, a washout or a newly excavated place.
6. Go where people don’t go: beaches that are a good walk from a parking area. Look where people don’t look: right inside a stump washed up on the beach, dig down in the sand by big things like logs washed up on the beach.
7. Petoskey stones are known as relatively soft stones, so they get bruised when banged around against other rocks in the surf. Look for that bruising, which appears as little white spots when the stone is dry.
8. If hunting a beach, go after a big windstorm, when waves have moved the sand around.
9. There are no Petoskey stones north of Harbor Springs because the northern rim of the coral reef is there, and the glaciers pushed rocks south.
10. Michigan law says you can take no more than 25 pounds of rocks a year from the Great Lakes.
Visit Korner Gem
Find a world of Petoskey stones, gems, minerals and jewelry made from all the above (custom orders encouraged) at Kevin Gauthier’s Korner Gem, 231.929.9175.
Tips for Summer Fun In The Petoskey Area
Don’t have a set itinerary. One thing I have found in Michigan is that every time we have a set itinerary for traveling and seeing specific things, we end up changing plans. Why? Because there is just so much to see and do here! For our family, it includes last minute stops at roadside attractions, taking in a movie at a local theater, or stopping and enjoying a foodie destination along the way. We’ve found that in all travels in Michigan, you will find more than expected. Give yourself flexible time in your itinerary. While you may head to Petoskey to enjoy time on the water, you’ll likely find that shopping, hiking, and foodie adventures take up some of your time as well.
Heading downtown for dinner may often result in hours of shopping and browsing local haunts. Trust me when I say, the downtown area has enough to do to keep you busy all day long. So, while you may plan to have dinner and go back to the lake, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying a leisurely stroll to check out the shops and views along the way.
Stop by the visitor center. When I was a kid, I dreaded stopping at visitor centers with my parents. I always thought they were boring. Now, I realize how amazing they are. These people know the area better than anyone else. They are there to guide you to the right places to see, eat, explore. A few minutes of your day needs to be spent at The Petoskey Area Visitor Center. Guide books, suggestions, maps, and sometimes special events happening will be at your fingertips. What better way to start your vacation?
Find the right lodging. Nothing is more important to me than a great place to lay my head at night after a long day of exploring. Petoskey has amazing stops for you to choose from, but our personal favorite is the Elvyn Lea Lodge. They bring modern day comforts to you while keeping the atmosphere of a time from the past. Whether you enjoy a rocking chair around the fire pit with a cup of coffee to talk about your day, or you settle into the home like rooms for sleep, it feels like you’ve come home. Their setup is ideal for a group travel adventure, reunion, or even to host a workshop with business people. For bloggers like myself, retreats with friends are always a great way to learn, and this would be a perfect place to gather.
Don’t be afraid to explore. The Petoskey Area includes a large region of small towns and lake front property. There are many things to do in Petoskey proper, Harbor Springs, and Boyne City. This region has been home to many influential individuals over the years and is a popular destination for travelers. From checking out the infamous Petoskey stones found on the shores to checking out places author Ernest Hemingway once visited, you have something for every person in your family to get excited about discovering.
As we have spent time over the last year getting to know our new state, we’ve discovered many areas like this are chock full of history. This is ideal for a homeschooling family or anyone who loves learning unique things about a region. You can enjoy the Tunnel of Trees as a beautiful way to learn about the cost of Lake Michigan. Exploring the area for historical points of reference and even learning about the wine making process are all things that the Petoskey area brought to our family.
Pack for any weather. Michigan weather, to our family, is ideal. The winters are long, the Spring is gorgeous, and the summer is typically mild. Especially in the Northern Michigan area of Petoskey and surrounding cities. This means that you may have a beautiful warm summer day and a chilly evening. While this is a lake and beach destination for many, that doesn’t mean you want only bathing suits. Make sure to grab that light jacket and a pair of pants for your travels. Evenings on the beaches can bring a breeze, even in the hottest days of summer, that cools you down in an instant.
Leave room for dessert. You know my love of food. So, I have to tell you that The Petoskey Area has some amazing foodie hot spots to enjoy. If you are a beer or wine drinker, you will love the flavors of the local breweries and wineries. If you are like me, and prefer the sweet side of things, stopping downtown for some fudge, chocolate, or a sweet drink is going to be a must. Leave room for dessert. You won’t regret that decision.
Visiting Northern Michigan is a family favorite for us. We are close to home, but still feel like we have gotten away. This region is ideal for the outdoorsman but is also a great destination for a history buff, homeschooling family, or just a foodie. There is no end to the fun to be had here, and the affordability of this location can’t be beaten!
Michigan Cherries and Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
One of the more popular products made from sour cherries is tart cherry juice concentrate. It takes the juice of about 100 tart cherries to make just one ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate. The tart cherry juice concentrate is a supercharged way of getting the natural health benefit of cherries.
Here are a few of the health benefits of tart cherry juice concentrate:
- Helps maintain healthy joint function
- Helps ease joint pain
- Helps soothe sore muscles
- Aid in a more restful night’s sleep
- And more…
Michigan cherries, especially the sour cherry variety is packed full of amazing health benefits. In addition, no-added sugar cherry juice is also vital to those watching their sugar in take, too. In fact, just one ounce of no added sugar cherry concentrate delivers an amazingly low amount of just 15 grams of naturally occurring sugar.
So the next time you are looking to enjoy great taste combined with natural health benefits reach for some Michigan cherries or a glass of Montmorency tart cherry juice.
26 FREE Things To Do in Petoskey
- Hunt for the famous Petoskey Stone
- Stop by Mclean and Eakin Bookstore Petoskey and browse around. Or stay a read a book. Be sure to say hi to Sweetie Edie!
- Take a self-guided tour of the historic Bay View Association – the whole community is on the National Historic Register
- Say “Hi” to the bucks and does at Deer Park in Harbor Springs
- Download a free app (search LTC Explorer) and tour the acres and acres of Little Traverse Conservancy properties within each of our towns
- Window shop in Petoskey’s Gaslight District and the downtowns of Boyne City,Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs
- Visit the International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City
- Grab a brochure and explore (Ernest) Hemingway haunts on your own
- Visit the famous National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River
- Take advantage of some beautiful beaches (non-state park) that do not have admission fees
- Catch a free outdoor movie in Harbor Springs or Petoskey (seasonally)
- Skateboard parks in both Petoskey and Harbor Springs are free to the public
- Tour Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen in Petoskey
- Take a tour of Maple Moon Family Sugary in Petoskey
- Enjoy live entertainment in the downtown districts of Harbor Springs (Street Musique onThursdays), Petoskey (Petoskey Rocks on Fridays) and Boyne City (Stroll the Streets on Friday) throughout the summer
- Hunt for morels and other mushrooms
- Ride the 23-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway (Charlevoix to Harbor Springs) or any of the other bike trails within the region
- Climb the 462 steps to the top of Avalanche Preserve in Boyne City for awesome views
- Bring your own kayak for a rush on Petoskey’s mile-long whitewater trail –class one to class 3
- How about a self-guided tour of the Earl Young Homes in Charlevoix
- Learn the history of Boyne City at their history museum
- Bring the whole family to Oden (just NE of Petoskey) to the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center
- Kids (16 and under) fish for free all over Michigan and there’s lots of great spots to do that in our area
- Take in an outdoor concert in Petoskey (Concerts in the Park) and Boyne City (Evenings at the Gazebo) during the summer
- Learn about Native American history at the Andrew Blackbird Museum in Harbor Springs
- Drive the beautiful Tunnel of Trees scenic route from Harbor Springs to Cross Village (lovely in any season)
- Free Admission to Winter Sports Park Place
And if you have traveled to the Petoskey area or live there and have something to add to this list, leave me a comment below!
5 Hidden Real Estate Gems in Northern MichiganPhoto(s) by David Weidner
Whether it’s on the big water, on a quiet lake, away from it all or in the heart of downtown, you can call Northern Michigan home (or your home away from home)! Local real estate experts give us candid advice on premier Up North properties.
America is having its aha moment about our area, says Wally Kidd, Associate Broker and Partner at Kidd & Leavy Real Estate in Petoskey. He credits Pure Michigan ads running on both coasts and the Good Morning America vote for the “Most Beautiful Place in America” as the sparks. Oh, and our beautiful fresh water.
Says Kidd: “Word of mouth has spread to places like Texas, New York and California. And people want to see firsthand what they’ve heard so much about. They’ll come up with extended family and friends and rent a place for a couple days … and a vast majority of them will return again. Word is spreading about Michigan!”
But, Kidd adds, Northern Michigan is still the land of real estate opportunities. Here, Kidd and other top-producing real estate professionals reveal the diverse hidden gems this area has to offer.
1. WATERFRONT WITHIN REACH
Wherever I vacation, I always check on the cost of real estate. As far as paradises compare, I think ours is a real value. You can find pretty special waterfront deals here, and they are a bit more affordable. I’m a big fan of all the waterfront properties in Grand Traverse County, but as for undiscovered gems, in particular Arbutus Lake. Arbutus Lake is actually a string of five winding lakes—residents identify them by number. I was just out there looking at a property for a client and was struck by how tranquil and beautiful it is. This particular property used to be a boys’ camp—and being there is like going back in time. Also, many know we had a record year for real estate in 2016. Business thrived. Based on our numbers as of June 2019, this year is on pace to do that again. You hear in the news that the real estate market is down, but that is not the case for us.
—Mark Hagan of Coldwell Banker Schmidt is the 2018 #1 selling Realtor in the Traverse Area Association of Realtors.
Downtown Manistee // Photo by Taylor Brown
2. MANISTEE COUNTY’S MARVELS
We definitely have WATER! Manistee County actually has three ports: Manistee Lake, Portage Lake and Arcadia Lake. Bring your large boats and channel out from your home or condo to Lake Michigan. And our prices are some of the best around. For some reason, we are still a hidden gem. To be able to walk out your door to the sandy beachfront for under $600,000 seems crazy—but we have it! And views galore of freighters coming in off Lake Michigan into the Big Manistee River—a sight everyone needs to witness at least once. Even after living here for 25 years, I still stumble on some incredibly special locations—back along the Manistee River, trails there are overlooks beyond belief. And do you really know how special it is to have the North Country Trail right out our back door? Again, if you haven’t experienced it yet, you definitely want to add that to this summer’s to-do list.
—Suzanne Riley, Owner/Broker of CENTURY 21 Boardwalk, Manistee/Onekama
3. A FIND ON THE FRINGE
At the tip of the mitt, Douglas Lake is a very affordable and wonderful lake. It’s still a little remote—yet you are not far from Harbor Springs, Cheboygan and Indian River—and because the University of Michigan owns a significant amount for their research and teaching facility, much of the southern shoreline remains undeveloped and in its original condition.
—Wally Kidd, Associate Broker and Partner at Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, Petoskey
4. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Let the Betsie River be your year-round “basecamp” to enjoy Northern Michigan. You will fall in love with the privacy, the endless wildlife and the quiet, peaceful surroundings. Look for non-bluff Betsie River frontage and you can literally kayak or canoe right outside your door. The wildlife enjoys calling this property home also—there are endless salmon swimming in the river, beautiful bald eagles soaring above, deer and turkey roaming the land and most of all, peaceful quiet. The Natural Rivers Act protects the natural beauty of the Betsie River and creates value for those who truly appreciate and enjoy nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation.
—Jon Zickert, Lead Realtor, The Jon Zickert Group at Real Estate One, Beulah
5. STELLAR SMALL-TOWN SCHOOLS
Leland, Michigan, is a dream coastal town, known for its charming fishing village vibe. It wows visitors, summer residents and full-time locals with its unmatched beaches. But many might not know about its excellent education opportunities. Leland Public School houses grades K-12 in one building and prides itself on nurturing children as they evolve in school and the community. LPS is an International Baccalaureate World School for kindergarten through 10th grade and is well known for its outstanding academics and extracurricular activities. Leland also provides life-long learning with its library, the Leelanau Historical Society Museum and the Leelanau Community Cultural Center (the Old Art Building)—all of which are neighbored on the picturesque Leland River.
Petoskey’s Historic Highlights
Ernest Hemingway spent his summers at Walloon Lake and Horton throughout his youth.
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Little Traverse Bay Fun is Close to Petoskey
Petoskey is a gorgeous city that is settled along the southeastern shores of Little Traverse Bay, which is where the Bear River meets Lake Michigan. It is located near a variety of Little Traverse Bay attractions such as quaint little shops, cozy restaurants, and beautiful natural sights such as those in Petoskey State Park. Here are some other fun things to do in the Little Traverse Bay area while staying in a Petoskey Bed and Breakfast.
Odawa Casino Resort
1760 Lears Road
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
1 (877) 442-6464
This modern and elegant casino is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, whose ancestors have lived in the area since long before the arrival of the Europeans. The casino was voted the best in the state of Michigan, and with over one thousand slot machines, a variety of table games, and a luxurious poker room, it is easy to see why. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained as well. Visiting this casino to try your luck is a fun thing to do any day or night in Little Traverse Bay, and it is so close to basically any Petoskey Inn. Just make sure you leave the kids at home for this trip.
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club and Restaurant
995 Hideaway Valley Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
For all of you golf fans taking a trip to Petoskey, the Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is a must-visit. The club is open every day of the week, but only from May 3rd until October 23rd, so plan your visit accordingly. The golf course itself boasts incredible, picturesque views which are especially beautiful during the fall, when you can enjoy the brightly colored trees in the distance for which Northern Michigan is famous. The club also has a nice golf shop as well as a quality restaurant which is perfect for when you want to take a break from golfing. Weekend golfing prices are more expensive than weekday prices, and golfing during spring or fall is cheaper than golfing during summer. If you plan to go with the whole family, you may want to take advantage of the Sunday, Family Day Special. After 4 PM every Sunday, kids can play for free, which is a great deal, especially if you have a lot of kids.
Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 East Mitchell
Petoskey, Michigan 49771
Because this part of Michigan is so beautiful, it has been the inspiration for many artists, musicians, and writers. You and your family can enjoy the finished results of many of these creative people at the Crooked Tree Arts Center. Every year they host a number of visual arts exhibits, performances, and concerts. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is also hosting an art exhibition called North of the Bridge, which will display the works of talented artists from Northern Michigan. Visiting this center is a great way to not only enjoy the local art, but also to support it.