Fav Destination: Petoskey in the Summer

For Michiganders, lakes = life, particularly in the summer, and with good reason! For two summers in a row now, and certainly with the hopes of making this an annual tradition, I’ve visited the tiny lakeside Northern Michigan town of Petoskey with a couple dear friends. It’s a perfect place for a 3 night vacation, but you have to book early to get a more affordable place to stay.

The Facts:

  • Petoskey is a great base to use to explore the area. It’s a little cheaper and more intimate than Traverse City, it’s got great access to beaches and nature centers, and a good selection of lodging and restaurants.
  • Downtown Petoskey is just a few blocks filled with cute shops, including some wonderful coffee shops, and a quick walk down the hill to the pier, which even has covered picnic areas at the end of it. We found this was a lovely place to walk to with our morning coffees…
  • You can search for the famed Petoskey stones (and find them!) on the rocky beach area right by the pier.
  • There’s a nice looking bike trail that connects Petoskey to the next cute town down, Charlesvoix. We didn’t rent bikes, but were very tempted. Maybe next year?
  • Make it a beach day! Turns out, Lake Michigan is gorgeous – and their motto is “No salt, no sharks”. The beach at Petoskey State Park was perfect, and just north of town.
  • The whole area is filled with farms, cideries, wineries, breweries, orchards, farmers markets, etc etc etc. YUM.

The Photos:

Downtown Petoskey - quaint feel, but with nice shops and great vibrancy.
Downtown Petoskey – pretty classic quaint little downtown!
The park that runs through Downtown Petoskey. There are evening concerts, weekend art festivals, and all sorts of fun summertime activities here!
The park that runs through Downtown Petoskey. There are evening concerts, weekend art festivals, and all sorts of fun summertime activities here!
Seriously - look at this gorgeous water! This is Lake Michigan, from the pier in Petoskey.
Seriously – look at this gorgeous water! This is Lake Michigan, from the pier in Petoskey.
The morning sun and perfect breeze off the lake felt lovely with our coffees from town.

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