choose Petoskey, Michigan for your vacation home or year-round residence?
lies nestled amid one of the most scenic resort areas our country has
to offer. With Charlevoix to the south and Harbor Springs to the north,
Petoskey is a truly special place to visit or live in northern Michigan.
Lakes and streams abound in the Petoskey area. Lake Michigan, Walloon
Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Crooked Lake and many others are just minutes away
from Petoskey and provide a host of northern Michigan water activities
during the summer months. Concerts occur throughout the summer at nearby
Bay View Association. Biking and hiking trails are fully developed in
the Petoskey area and include a paved trail stretching from Charlevoix
to Harbor Springs.
Northern Michigan’s unparalleled “leaf peeping” opportunities
abound during the fabulous fall season. Trips to northern Michigan’s
local wineries and shops in both Petoskey and Bay Harbor are just minutes
Northern Michigan’s winter season offers a variety of sport and
spectator activities including downhill skiing at Boyne Mountain. Northern
Michigan in general, and the Petoskey area in particular, also offer a
plethora of cross country skiing trails.
Petoskey is accessible from both the Traverse City and Pellston Airports
– as well as direct access from both state and interstate highways.
For those lucky enough to access northern Michigan and Petoskey by watercraft,
the area offers several marina options.
If you love the outdoors and seek a peaceful, beautiful area to recharge,
Petoskey is the perfect choice.
a publication of the
Petoskey Chamber of Commerce:
Petoskey: A Destination Transcending Generations
Illuminated by unmatched natural beauty, culture, and contemporary pleasures,
Petoskey has lured generations of visitors to share its charmed lifestyle.
It's where "light shines through the clouds," in the language
of its original inhabitants, the Odawa. Living between Harbor Springs
and Cross Village, they once represented the largest concentration of
natives in Michigan.
The region's strategic location along the Great Lakes drew early traders
and later its natural splendor attracted settlers and resorters, including
the United Methodist Church who in 1875 founded Bay View, a Chautauqua
institution. As many as seven generations of original members maintain
cottages at the colony and return each summer to enjoy the region's
The family of American literary icon Ernest Hemingway was also among
early vacationers. Hemingway spends his youthful summers exploring area
woods and waters and later used those experiences in his Nick Adams
stories. In the mid-1990s, the region captivated a modern company when
developers reclaimed an abandoned cement plant site to create the four-season
luxury resort community Bay Harbor and its world-class recreational
facilities and shopping.
Join the ranks of those who have already discovered the region's unparalleled
charm and make Petoskey your destination.