There’s no better time to take a vacation than in the summer, but before you pack you pack your bags, remember you live next to some of the best places to visit, especially in the summer.
Pick a Northern Michigan city and the My North Vacation Guide basically plans your trip for you.
We took a trip to Petoskey where the core of the downtown area is the gaslight district and since the 1800s, it’s been known for shopping.
When it comes to food, there’s plenty to choose from in the downtown area, but the exterior of roast and toast will draw you in.
They roast their own beans and never brew coffee more than two weeks old.
This café is a local’s favorite, a visitor’s destination and a place you may even spot the mayor.
“Petoskey is a great place to visit, we welcome tourists. Whether you’re here for a short period of time, a day, or you decide to move up here and live up here we’ve got great opportunities here,” said Petoskey Mayor, John Murphy.
From souvenir stores, art stores, to an award winning bookstore and even a photography studio, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Petoskey.
Petoskey is full of history.
Legend has it, Ernest Hemingway was a frequent visitor at City Park Grill.
The second chair from the left is where is liked to sit.
There’s also an adventurous side to Petoskey.
“We have a great walkway going up Bear River, which is about a three mile walk. Great time. See, wildlife, it’s it’s very safe right next to the river,” said Mayor Murphy.
Once known as one of Northern Michigan’s ‘best kept secrets’ is Bear River Canoe Livery.
Hop in a kayak, canoe or on a paddle board and the easy winding current of the Bear River allows for ample time to sit with nature and take in the scenery and wildlife.
Before you head back downtown , quench your thirst at Petoskey Brewing.
“There’s not a better place that I can think of to enjoy a cold beer and enjoy the local environment in nature in Northern Michigan,” said Tyler Köstinger the Operations Manager. “Petoskey brewing started in 1898 and it closed down five years prior to prohibition when our county here went dry so there’s a lot of history. We do have 18 beers on at all times, so we also have seltzer’s, we have our liquors or cocktails and we just have always had great response to our burgers.
End your trip to Petoskey by taking a trip to the Bayfront Park. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery, enjoy the water, look for petoskey stones and take a walk on the break wall.
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