Petoskey is a classic among genteel Midwestern towns. Luxuriant forested hills and farmlands surround this lively little city on a picturesque bay of Lake Michigan. Settlement began before the Civil War thanks to forests, fish and furs. But, more than a century ago, the village’s role as a major recreation destination was already clear.
The great lake’s timeless appeal, the natural beauty and winter recreation prospects of surrounding hills, and Petoskey’s original heritage remain intact. From the remarkably preserved Victorian community of Bay View to lavish new resort developments at Bay Harbor, places for fun and culture are well represented. Downtown, the handsome Gaslight Shopping District and a landmark century-old hotel are near charming lakefront parks. Many stores specialize in regional art, crafts, antiques and gourmet foods. Several restaurants feature fresh Michigan fish and farm products. Contemporary lodgings in town are augmented by elaborate condo hotels along the lake and in nearby ski resorts.
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