Our Favorite Spots in Petoskey

Our Favorite Spots in Petoskey

Located on Lake Michigan’s shore, the quaint small town called Petoskey has always had our hearts. Learn from a local, our favorites spots in Petoskey.

Petoskey Breakwall: The Petoskey Breakwall is a must-see in Petoskey. A popular hang out for teens and families on sunny, calm water days. You can walk right out and take in the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and if you’re brave enough, take a jump into the water (at your own risk, of course).

Little Traverse Wheelway: This paved bike path runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs and is a whopping 26 miles long. Pack a backpack with some snacks and water, grab the bikes, and take a ride along Lake Michigan for a trip you’ll never forget.

Pennsylvania Park: Located in the center of Petoskey’s Downtown, this grassy park is great for a family picnic, a game of catch, or to visit with friends. The park has public restrooms, picnic tables, a gazebo, and several war memorials.

Magnus Park: Located on Lake Michigan, this campground is a hidden treasure within walking distance of Petoskey’s Downtown. The park has a sandy beach on Lake Michigan to swim or search for Petoskey Stones.

Ed White Field: Located on Lake Michigan, this softball field hosts many baseball and softball tournaments throughout the summer. It’s a fun place to grab some snacks from the concession stand and watch a ball game at.

Bayfront Park: At Bayfront Park, there’s a fishing pond, playground, marina, a history museum, and much more. All located on Lake Michigan, It’s a special place to enjoy the day!

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Fall in Northern Michigan

Fall in Northern Michigan

The leaves are quickly changing colors, the air is cool, and the days are shorter; it’s officially fall in Northern Michigan.

There are many things to do in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and the surrounding cities during the cooler fall months. Here are a few ideas that will keep you busy this season.

Pumpkin Patches/Farms:

Traverse City: Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery have plenty of pumpkins to pick from right in front of the old farmhouse. The bakery has all the yummy treats you’ll ever need and lots of in-season produce. Stop by for fall farm fun.

Petoskey: Bill’s Farms Market is located on East Mitchell St. in Petoskey. Bill’s offers hayrides, fresh cider, lots of apples, and a well-organized pumpkin patch that’s perfect for fall photos and picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Charlevoix: Friske Farm Market is located just south of Charlevoix and is one of our favorite farms in Northern Michigan. Friske’s has a U-Pick apple orchard, a small cafe, bakery, and gift shop inside. Outside you’ll find fall activities, a playground, tours, and events to partake in.

Fall Color Tours:

Traverse City: Take a drive out to Old Mission Peninsula for some beautiful fall colors along the lake. Make sure to bring a camera because you’ll want to capture Northern Michigan’s beautiful fall colors.

Petoskey: Michigan’s #1 scenic drive is just past Petoskey, from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. This 20+ mile drive is not one you will want to miss; the trees’ branches drape over the road, making a beautiful canopy or tunnel of trees to enjoy.

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Charlevoix: Take a ride along Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix to see some beautiful fall colors along the water. Stop at some apple orchards and farms along the way and make a full day of it.

The Best Caramel Apple:

Traverse City: Kilwins is a staple in Northern Michigan so don’t be surprised when the answer in all 3 towns is Kilwins. Here are a few caramel apple options to try at all three locations.

Try a milk chocolate sea salt caramel apple in Traverse City, you won’t regret it.

Petoskey: In my opinion, you can’t beat the classic caramel apple, try this in Petoskey.

Charlevoix: Try a turtle caramel apple in Charlevoix and head down to the water to eat it.

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Our Favorites Spots in Charlevoix

Our Favorites Spots in Charlevoix

Northern Michigan has so many cute little towns, unique shops, and great local restaurants. So it’s hard to choose our favorite spots in Charlevoix, but we’ll do our best!

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station: A great view on the water or from the shore, the Charlevoix South Pier Light Station is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. You can fish off the channel, watch the bridge go up, or catch a beautiful sunset; Charlevoix never disappoints.

Sunglass-Shoppe: The original Sunglass Shoppe was – and still is – located in Charlevoix. The Sunglass Shoppe offers a wide variety of lenses; they include the newest frames from Maui Jim Sun and Optical, Tom Davies bespoke, Lafont, Ovvo Optics, OGA, and the timeless designs from California based SALT Optics. Stop in and try on a pair for yourself.

The Taffy Barrel: With a 5 star rating, this candy shop is no secret. The gourmet salt water taffy is never-ending, and the bulk candy is not only fun to look at it, but just as fun to purchase and eat. You can buy as little or as much of each flavor as you’d like.

Beaver Island Ferry: Located on Bridge St. in Charlevoix, the Beaver Island Ferry will take you on a 2-hour boat trip over to Beaver Island. Take your friends, pets, and/or vehicles over for a day of hiking, biking, or some leisurely fun.

Northern Michigan has so many cute little towns, unique shops, and local restaurants that are great. So it's hard to choose our favorite spots in Charlevoix, but we'll do our best!

East Park: Located in the heart of Downtown Charlevoix, East Park is home to many shows and events at the Odmark Performance pavilion. A nice splash pad for the kids or those young at heart is on the north side and favorited by locals and tourists alike. You can watch the boats pull in and out of the marina or catch a beautiful sunrise over Lake Charlevoix.

Cherry Republic: If you want cherry candy, you got it. Cherry soda? It’s yours. Jams, Nuts, and Salsa? You get the point. Cherry Republic has all the cherries.

The Lake House: Stop by The Lake House in Charlevoix for unique gifts, home accessories, items for your cottage or boat, or something for your furry friend. It’s such a neat place to shop while you are in town.

Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant: Choose to sit inside or on the patio overlooking the channel in-between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. The service is always fantastic, and the food is even better. Try the fresh local planked whitefish, fish and chips, or the spicy cherry chipotle BBQ ribs.

What are your favorites in Charlevoix? Let us know!

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Northern Michigan Fall Activities

Northern Michigan Fall Activities

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Fall Color Tour: Grab your camera and hop in the car with your family or friends to check out Northern Michigan’s Fall colors. If you’re traveling north, check out the Tunnel of Trees; if you’re heading south, check out Old Mission Peninsula. Whatever one you pick, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Apple Orchards: Fall is the perfect time to visit an apple orchard; Friske’s is one of our favorites. You can walk through the orchards and pick your own apples; there are several different kinds to choose from. Make sure to grab enough apples to bake a pie or make some homemade applesauce.

Fishing: September and October are a great couple of months to stop by the mouth of the Bear River in Petoskey for some salmon fishing. Grab your poles, a net, and all your fishing gear for a fun day fishing.

Camping: Book a cabin on the lake and enjoy the beautiful fall colors, kayaking, and a night around the bonfire.

Hiking: Another way to enjoy the beautiful changing colors and the outdoors this fall is with a nice hike. Don’t forget a light coat or a hat; you may need it this time of year.

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The Best Sights in Petoskey

The Best Sights in Petoskey

Put on a pair of shades, because we are about to share with you, the best sights in Petoskey.

If you’re in Petoskey, there are lots of beautiful sites to see but if you’re crunched for time, here’s 4 you don’t want to miss.

The Petoskey Breakwall: On a day where the water is calm, take a walk out on Petoskey’s Breakwall. You will find lots of locals jumping off the end of the break wall to cool down on a hot day. Try a dip in the water, or you can fish, watch a sunset, and if you’re lucky, you might even find a Petoskey Stone near the shore.

Bear River Recreation: Take a walk along the Bear River in Petoskey. You can choose to take the bike path or the beautiful trails along the river. There’s bridges to walk over, fishermen/women to watch, and beautiful sights to see.

Petoskey State Park: The Dunes here are simply amazing. While they’re not the largest, they are a lot of fun to climb. With Lake Michigan views in front of you, you’ll want to bring your swimsuits, jump in, take a bucket to collect Petoskey Stone, or simply bring a camera for sights you’ll never want to forget.

Little Traverse Bay Ferry: New in 2020. For only $10 for a round trip ticket or $20 for the day, it’s an affordable and fun way to enjoy a ride on Little Traverse Bay. The ferry connects Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Bay Harbor. Enjoy the views, the fresh air, and local shopping and dining.

What sights are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Fisherman’s Island State Park: This public recreation area is not actually an island but a state park with miles of unspoiled Michigan lakeshore. There are rustic campgrounds and many sand dunes for a fun-filled trip.

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station: This beautiful lighthouse is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. Stop by to watch the fishing boats or a beautiful Northern Michigan sunset.

Mushroom House Tour: Steps from the beach, you’ll love the mushroom houses of Charlevoix. There are 28 of these amazing structures, and they can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Michigan Beach Park: This beautiful scenic park offers a sandy beach, basketball courts, restrooms, a swimming area, etc. within walking distance to downtown Charlevoix.

East Park: Centered in downtown Charlevoix, this park offers a beautiful view of the lake and marina and hosts many festivals and shows in the pavilion.

John Cross Fisheries: This hidden gem is located on Round Lake. John Cross Fisheries catches 10,000 lbs of fresh fish daily that is served at local restaurants in Northern Michigan.

Petoskey and Charlevoix Stones: Search the beaches of Lake Michigan for a treasure of your own. You can spend hours on the beaches of Fisherman’s Island and Lake Michigan beaches.

Shop Charlevoix: With many unique stores to choose from, you’ll find fantastic shopping in Charlevoix. From The Sunglass Shoppe to The Lake House, you’ll love every treasure you find.

Enjoy the Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, and Round Lake are all on the coast of Charlevoix. Enjoy a day on the boat, paddleboarding or kayaking.

Enjoy a day or long weekend in Charlevoix, it won’t be disappointing.

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