When you think of the perfect summer getaway, what does the destination include? Maybe a beach, ocean or lake views, outdoor activities, historical attractions and delicious local restaurants? If so, why not add Petoskey, Michigan to your summer bucket list! Located in Northwest Michigan, along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, the Petoskey area is comprised of several lakeshore resort communities. Welcoming visitors to experience the gorgeous lake views and natural surroundings, the warm hospitality of the locals and the rich history of Michigan’s lake side towns, it’s the perfect location for relaxing summer fun! Here are a few ideas to help you to start planning your summer getaway to Petoskey, Michigan!
Hit the Beach:
There is just something about visiting a beach that makes me feel relaxed and rejuvenated! With miles of pristine beaches, the shores of Little Traverse Bay welcomes visitors to relax, sunbath, frolic in the water or stroll along the shoreline to find Petoskey stones.
Explore the Great Outdoors:
There’s nothing better than enjoying the beauty of your natural surroundings! The Petoskey area’s outdoor treasures are abound. From miles of nature trails where you can cycle, hike or take a leisurely stroll, water activities like boating, renting jet skis, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing or viewing wildlife and birds at one of the areas protected natural habitats, nature lovers will adore Petoskey’s natural splendor!
Other area outdoor activities include; 18 golf courses, Segway rentals, horseback riding, zip-lining, skydiving and stargazing!
Travel Back in Time:
With historic neighborhoods, local museums like the Andrew Blackbird Museum and the Harbor Springs History Museum, historical walking tours, historical trolley rides and a homage to Ernest Hemmingway (he spent many childhood summers in the area), history lovers will enjoy stepping back in time!
Enjoy the Local Flavors:
One can work up quite an appetite after a day exploring the outdoors or relaxing at the beach! In my travels, I prefer to only eat at local restaurants to get the true flavors of the region. Sourcing from local farmers and farm markets and catching fresh fish straight from the lake, restaurants in Petoskey share their passion for local ingredients and delicious dining. With casual restaurants to gourmet fine dining, I’m sure you will find the perfect restaurant to savor the local flavors!
Grab A Drink:
Whether you prefer a cold brew or a glass of wine, grabbing a drink at a local brewery or winery is another great way to enjoy the flavors of the region! The local wine trail has ten wineries welcoming visitors to sip on the flavors of northern Michigan. Whether visiting a brewery, winery or both, I’m sure you will find a local libation to satisfy your palate!
*Several local tours and driving services are available, so please don’t drink and drive and enjoy your libations responsibly!
Where to Stay:
If you love the outdoors and rustic charm, Elvyn Lea Lodge is the perfect accommodation for you! Twenty cozy guest rooms with varied bed configurations, two indoor lounge spaces with a central fireplace and log-beamed ceilings and pine walls, the Elvyn Lea Lodge offers a quiet retreat with rustic charm.
Several outdoor areas include an outdoor fire pit, garden patio with outdoor kitchen and 44-acres of woods and trails, the lodge welcomes nature lovers to explore the beautiful natural surroundings of northern Michigan!
Petoskey, Michigan is a welcoming and relaxing Midwestern location to enjoy the picturesque natural environment, explore the area’s historical past, dine on local flavors and sip on local beer or wine! Whether looking for an affordable family friendly destination or romantic escape, Petoskey, Michigan is the perfect summer getaway!