Petoskey is a charming lakeside community with unmatched beauty and charm. It is known for its breathtaking views, Victorian architecture, historic Gaslight Shopping District, and Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey Stone.
Speaking of Petoskey Stones, the nearby villages of Alanson and Walloon Lake Village are just, well, a stone’s throw away. Be sure to take the short trip from Petoskey to each while you’re here. The rustic appeal of Alanson and the 100-ft. waters that make Walloon Lake a fisherman’s delight will definitely add to your up north experience. Boaters especially like the Inland Waterway, the 38-mile long water trail that eventually leads all the way to Lake Huron.
Along with the spectacular views of crystal-blue Little Traverse Bay, one of the first things to catch your eye as you arrive in Petoskey is the elegant Victorian architecture in the homes and buildings. The Bay View community alone has more than 400 homes on the National Historic register. A walk through our neighborhoods and shopping districts is a return to a simpler, more refined time.
Petoskey is also a place where you’ll never run out of things to do. From browsing through the charming boutiques, to taking in live entertainment, to visiting intriguing museums and historical sites, it’s all here waiting to be explored. A great way to see the area is on a bike. The Little Traverse Wheelway is a beautiful route that can be picked up in a number of place and goes all the way from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. Separate trails will take you through the Bear River Recreational Valley and into Alanson - some of the routes are a part of the North Country Trail, which links seven states and covers 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota.
In the winter, be sure to check out the Winter Sports Park that offers outdoor hockey, ice skating, and sledding in a lovely setting featuring a log warming house. And in February, weather permitting, the very unique Viewing of the Crucifix draws hundreds of people out onto Little Traverse Bay to see the 11-foot submerged crucifix.
There are plenty of “can’t miss” attractions in Petoskey, too. Along with the Odawa Casino and Crooked Tree Arts Center, you can tour a chocolate factory, take a hot air balloon ride, and of course hit the pristine beaches in search of Petoskey stones.
All that activity can work up quite a hunger. No problem. Petoskey greets you with a wide choice of dining options. Enjoy a fine gourmet restaurant or a casual easy-going setting. Whatever kind of food you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here served with a smile. Several of the restaurants offer water views that are nearly as incredible as the food.
At the end of the day, relax in lodging with just the amenities you want. Whether you prefer an historic inn, a condominium, or a modern franchise hotel, you’ll feel right at home in Petoskey.
For even more information regarding Petoskey, visit the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Petoskey.