One of the area’s most famous residents was Ernest Hemingway. The author spent his first 22 summers at the family vacation home on Walloon Lake – or Lovely Walloona, as his sister, Sunny called it. The family cottage still overlooks this glistening lake, but is a private residence now, only rarely opened to the public.
If you’ve read The Torrents of Spring, you’ve read about Petoskey; the story and locales are based on the town. Some of the businesses young Hemingway frequented still grace the area – Horton Bay General Store, Jesperson’s, and Stafford’s Perry Hotel to name a few.
A must visit for Hemingway fans is the Little Traverse Historical Museum which is housed in one of Petoskey’s two former railroad stations. The Hemingway exhibit housed in the museum is a testament to Hemingway’s attachment to the area and the people here. A minimal donation will allow you to visit the museum from Memorial Day through early October at 100 Depot Court.
The Michigan Hemingway Society annually hosts a Hemingway Weekend in the Petoskey Area. The weekend, usually in October, brings visitors from across the country who come to take part in readings, tours and exhibits regarding the Nobel Prize-winning author. Applications for the event go online in advance and guests are welcome to enjoy all, or just part of the weekend’s activities.
The Michigan Hemingway Society is also responsible for the production of a well done brochure, Hemingway’s Michigan, which may be downloaded here or picked up at the Little Traverse Historical Museum.
If you’d like to walk in the writer’s footsteps, so to speak, we suggest a guided tour with Petoskey Yesterday.