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Petoskey, Michigan

This week we take you along for our first visit to beautiful, historic Petoskey, Michigan! We'll share good restaurants, history, and fun things to do in Petoskey MI.

Even though we visited Petoskey in the shoulder season (early May), the weather was great and we found a ton of great things to see and do. After visiting Petoskey, we absolutely understand why thousands of visitors have flocked to this summer oasis for well over 100 years! We look forward to going back during the prime summer season when everything is open and the foliage is in full bloom!

As mentioned in the video, our basecamp for our time in Northern Michigan was Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort. They are offering a Buy One Night, Get One Night Free Special (up to 5 nights FREE) for our community. Be sure to check them out if you will be traveling to Northern Michigan in a Class A Motorhome!

If you missed our podcast episode with Craig Rose and Kirk Rose, the founders of Hearthside Grove, you can listen here.

Downtown Petoskey, Michigan reminded us of another historic destination, Steamboat Springs, Colorado with the amount of great food we enjoyed during our visit. Be sure to take the time to try out some of the local restaurants.

For us, our first visit to Petoskey, Michigan was all about learning the history of the area, seeing the town wake up and prepare for summer, and meeting a bunch of the wonderful people who live here. We met so many friendly, welcoming locals here who all seemed genuinely happy to have folks visiting their town.

Hearthside Grove

Mentioned In This Episode

Things to Do in Petoskey MI

Petoskey Yesterday History Tours

Michigan Hemingway Society Self-Guided Tours

Petoskey Brewing

Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen Chocolate Tour

Glass Lakes Photography Studio

Watch a "Million Dollar Sunset" or search for Petoskey Stones along the shores of Little Traverse Bay

More From Our Tour Guide, Chris Struble

Tales of Northern Michigan's Past Podcast

Arlington Jewelers

Places to Eat While in Petoskey MI

City Park Grill

Mim's Mediterranean Grill

Jose's Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Duffy's Garage and Grille

Full Moon Pizza

Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort, Petoskey MI
Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort, Petoskey MI

This is the first of our 3-part video series documenting this visit to Northern Michigan. Come back next week for our Bucket List Birthday trip to Mackinac Island!

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Free Things to Do in Petoskey, Michigan

Tour the Kilwin's Chocolate Kitchen to see how chocolate candies are made.

Stroll the streets of the Gaslight District in Downtown Petoskey following the story of Ernest Hemingway.

Search the shores of Little Traverse Bay for Petoskey Stones and other interesting rocks.

Walk along the lakeshore and watch a Million Dollar Sunset.

Get some exercise with a hike along the 1.5 mile trail of the Bear River Valley Recreation Area.

Or grab your non-motorized bicycle and go for a ride along the paved 23.25 mile Little Traverse Wheelway that runs along the shoreline between Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Charlevoix, Michigan.

Our Basecamp in Petoskey

πŸ“ Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort

For More Information on Visiting Petoskey MI

Visit the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau website.

Petoskey MI Fun Facts

Approximate Population




Year Founded

1855, Renamed Petoskey in 1879

Average Summer Temperatures

52Β° - 77Β°

Average Winter Temperatures

11Β° - 32Β°

Geographic Area

6.25 square miles

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A Few Photos from Our Visit to Petoskey

Chief Ignatius Petoskey Watching Over Little Traverse Bay
Chief Ignatius Petoskey Watching Over Little Traverse Bay
With Chris and Ernest Hemingway
With Chris and Ernest Hemingway
Meeting Joe at Duffy's
Meeting Joe of Glass Lakes Studio at Duffy's
With Russell at Full Moon Pizza
With Russell at Full Moon Pizza
Hunting for Petoskey Stones
Hunting for Petoskey Stones
Million Dollar Sunset
Million Dollar Sunset

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