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Biking in the Petoskey Area is a Beautiful Thing

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 11:16:29 AM

As summer coasts into fall and temperatures become more moderate, cruising the bike lane is a great place to be. The spectacular natural beauty and variety of trail systems in the Petoskey Area make it a one-of-a-kind destination for cyclists of all abilities. Bike rentals are available at a number of places, so if bringing your own bike is an inconvenience, you’re covered.

Where to ride:

Little Traverse Wheelway: Connecting five distinct communities – Charlevoix, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Bay View, and Harbor Springs - this 26-mile mostly paved trail offers incredible vistas. There are several places to access the trail and a number of places to stop for something to drink or use a restroom. East Park near Bay Harbor is a popular spot to start if you’re heading towards Charlevoix.  The first hill is a doozy if you haven’t quite got your bike legs yet, but after that it’s molehills, not mountains, that you will need to conquerIf you head the other way to Petoskey, you will ride on what the locals call "the Miracle Mile." This section of the Wheelway probably has the most breathtaking views of the Little Traverse Bay on the entire trail. Allow extra time for filling your senses with the sights and sounds of this scenic escape. 

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Topics: Bicycling, Cycling

Great Tastes are Trending in the Petoskey Area

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

For everyone from the casual gourmet to the sophisticated foodie, the Petoskey Area is a diner’s paradise. In addition to the many top-notch restaurants and eateries in the region, there are also several establishments that offer farm-to-table freshness and tastes that can’t be found anywhere else. These make up the Petoskey Area Culinary Trail.

Farm markets

Several of our communities host farm markets during the summer. Get a taste of just-picked fruits and crisp locally grown vegetables while you are in town. Boyne City’s market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to noon, while Harbor Springs’ is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. In Petoskey, the traditional market is open on Fridays from 8:30am-1pm, and a Summer Artisans Market only a block away features even more artisanal goods and foods. Further north, on the beautiful Tunnel of Trees, Good Hart Market Days are held on Saturdays through color season from 2pm – 5:30pm.

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Topics: Culinary, Wineries, Breweries, Farm Markets, Dining

Get Ready for Some Excitement in the Petoskey Area

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The sun-drenched beaches in the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan are the perfect way to relax and unwind. Then, add the Victorian charm and easy-going pace found in our communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City and it’s easy to see why the Petoskey Area is known as a Michigan treasure.

But what if you are looking for a little more adventure? You’ve still come to the right place. The Petoskey Area has a multitude of adrenaline-pumping activities and high-flying fun.

Zipline Adventures are available at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. You can choose routes that take you through the treetops on tours up to 3 hours long. These tours will take you on a series of lines that travel up to 4300 feet in length and as high as 50 feet in the air. Or you can challenge your friends to a twin zip race. Here you will travel 780 feet while flying 25 feet above the ground on side-by-side ziplines.

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Topics: Things To Do, Attractions, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Adventure

Music in the Petoskey Area Hits all the Right Notes

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 10:38:55 AM

Whoever said the best things in life are free must have been a music lover who visited the Petoskey Area. Summer sings along in our towns with free music in Boyne City, Petoskey and Harbor Springs – and on a regular basis, too. Pick up something to nibble on from one of our area delis, restaurants, cheese or sweet shops and listen as the band plays on.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park – Named for the woman who started the series more than 25 years ago, these concerts are held throughout the summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Downtown Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park. The Crooked Tree Arts Center organizes the event and brings in a wide variety of entertainers including some who cater specifically to the tastes of children. Concerts continue through August 12th.

Petoskey Rocks – This Friday night event has a new twist with a stage set up in Pennsylvania Park (instead of smaller duos along the streets) to host live bands through August 12th. Concerts run 7-8:30pm, and this year’s lineup is fantastic.

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Topics: music

The Petoskey Area is Home to the Midwest’s Best Golf

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For the perfect golf getaway, whether for a weekend or a week, take a swing up to the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan. Golf Digest has called our area #2 in the country for concentrated golf quality. Not only is the quality of our courses exceptional, there are more to choose from than you can swing a stick at. There are 18 courses in the area, all within an easy drive of one another.

Lake Michigan and numerous inland lakes add to the beauty of the courses and offer absolutely stunning vistas. And virtually all the golf holes are separated from each other — no bowling alley back and forth golf! You’ll remember the beauty of where you played long after forgetting your score. 

When you consider the spectacular landscape and the fact that architects such as Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Arthur Hills have designed courses here, it’s no surprise that the Petoskey Area is home to so many prestigious tournaments.

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Topics: Golf

Petoskey Area Beaches Are Sure to Bring a Smile

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Now that summer has found its way to Michigan — finally — it’s time to hit the beach. And there are no better beaches to head for than those in the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan. Whether you prefer the sandy beaches along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay (be sure to be on the lookout for souvenir Petoskey stones), or the serenity of one of our many inland lakes, the water fun brings one smile after another.

What’s really cool is that the fun doesn’t end when the beach towel is put away. The lakeside communities that make up the Petoskey Area are chock full of things to see and do that are the perfect way to cap off the day.

But beaches are what’s in the headline here. So grab your water wings, slather yourself with sunscreen, don your favorite shades, check out the list below and enjoy the beaches that make our area a Michigan treasure.
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Topics: Beaches

Petoskey Area Vacations Give You More to Smile About

Posted on May 26, 2016 1:35:23 PM

Ready for a vacation with more to do than hit the beach? Then make plans this summer to visit what has been called a Michigan treasure: The Petoskey Area of northern Michigan.

The resort communities that make up the Petoskey Area have earned quite a reputation for their stunningly beautiful beaches and spectacular lakeside settings. Whether you like strolling the soft sand looking for souvenir Petoskey stones, diving into crystal-clear Lake Michigan, hopping on a paddle board or jet ski, or catching a gentle breeze and sailing across the bay, water fun here is unmatched.

But what makes the Petoskey Area even more special is all there is to do when the beach towel has been put away for the day. While the lakeside communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City each have a quiet, relaxed charm, within that laid-back environment are countless things to do from leisurely to full-speed ahead.

You’ll find more ways to relax, more ways to have fun, more to smile about.

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Topics: Vacation Guide, Summer

Morel Mushroom Recipes You’ll Want to Try

Posted on May 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

By now, you might have already been to the National Morel Mushroom Festival up here in Boyne City. With a little luck, you’ve taken home a basket full of those delicious delicacies — or at least a bag full. Even if you couldn’t make it to the festival this year, you can still hit the woods for another couple weeks with a good chance of finding some.

Once you’ve found your morels, it’s time to enjoy them!

Love morels, but didn’t find any? No worries – Michigan Mushroom Market can set you up with morels as they become available and other wild mushrooms found throughout the area. Owners Ken and Ashleigh are recognized “mushroom experts” in the State of Michigan. 

Here are some really great tips on preparing morels, along with a few of Ashleigh's favorite recipes.

Preparing your fresh morel mushrooms

Mushrooms are made mostly of water, so soaking them is discouraged and unnecessary (they will absorb liquid & lose flavor). Use a pastry brush or towel to remove any soil/debris & trim as needed. A quick cold water rinse just before cooking is fine, but be sure to pat them dry before adding to your pot. Keep mushrooms cool & dry in refrigerator until used. Most fresh mushrooms will keep for 4-8 days in the fridge, depending on when picked or purchased. They are best stored in paper or cloth bags, never in plastic!

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Topics: Morel mushrooms

Petoskey Stone Hunting is Treasured by All Ages

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 9:11:37 AM

For some, glancing outside and seeing a robin pecking at the ground is the first sign of a northern Michigan spring. For others, the bright yellow daffodils poking their heads above the remaining glisten of snowfall signals warmer days ahead.

For me, it’s my first foray along Petoskey’s Little Traverse Bay in search of Petoskey stones. That’s when I know for sure that soon the days will be longer, warmer and filled with the sounds of laughter as the waves rush to shore.

Petoskey stones, Michigan’s state stone, are the fascinating stones that aren’t really a stone at all. Instead, these delightful little gems are actually fossilized coral left over from the glaciers that covered the Petoskey Area and surrounding region during the Devonian period. Their distinctive “eyes” make identifying them fairly easy, but when the stones, or Hexagonaria Percarinata, are wet is when it’s easiest. I suggest that if you can’t make it to the beach after or during a gentle rain, or when the morning dew still veils the stones, that you bring a spray bottle or cup of water to bring out the hexagon shape of each cell of the coral.

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Topics: Petoskey Stone Hunting, Petoskey Stones

Boyne City Hosts 2016 National Morel Mushroom Festival

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Boyne City, a charming resort town on the shores of Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan, will host the National Morel Mushroom Festival for the 56 th straight year. This year’s festival will be held on May 11 – 15.

And what a festival it will be!  For a few days, everything in Boyne City will be all about these elusive delicacies.

Restaurants will prepare morel-laden entrees, craft beer block parties will celebrate them, seminars will teach about them, songsters will sing about them and a championship will give out awards for them.

Did I forget anything? Oh, yeah. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to taste them and see why they draw so many visitors and foragers to our corner of northern Michigan each and every year.

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Topics: Culinary, Morel mushrooms, Festivals

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