Petoskey Area Blog

Head to northern Michigan for spring break. Really.

My friends sometimes share their stories of spring break vacations and occasionally, I’ll admit, I’m jealous. By April I’m ready for some warmer temps. But honestly, I hate the crowds that pack Florida beaches this time of year. What I want most when I can get away by myself, or with just my husband or a couple of friends, is the chance to simply BE – and not have to cater to anyone else’s...

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Topics: Spring, Spring activity, Spring Break

Posted on March 26, 2019

A Hunting We Will Go – Morels, Petoskey Stones & Great Deals

As the winter white fades away in the Petoskey Area, it will soon be replaced by lush green golf courses, blankets of trillium and morels popping up just waiting to be picked.

Petoskey stones, Michigan’s State Stone, are pieces of fossilized coral that can be found along the Lake Michigan shoreline in many places – prominently along the water’s edge in Petoskey, but also inland, especially in...

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Topics: Culinary, Spring activity, Things To Do, Events

Posted on April 06, 2015

A little wine makes the best even better

One of the great things about the Petoskey Area is that the important things don’t change. The scenery remains beautiful, the people hospitable and the pace relaxed. One thing that has changed, however, is the addition of wineries to an already long list of things to partake in while visiting.

The first local vineyard, Pleasantview Winery, actually started back in 1994, in Harbor Springs....

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Topics: Winter, Culinary, Spring activity, Wine, Fall in northern Michigan

Posted on October 23, 2014

Enjoy northern Michigan beauty at a Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserve

Remember Mort Neff? For 20 some odd years Mort came into our homes on Michigan Outdoors via that big box (that was never going to catch on) and encouraged us to get out and enjoy nature. He lived to see the development of the Little Traverse Conservancy, but Neff would undoubtedly have been thrilled to see how this passionate organization has grown since his passing in 1990.

The 270 Little...

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Topics: Sports, Trails, Spring activity

Posted on July 24, 2014

Tour the Tunnel of Trees

Beginning in the lovely resort town of Harbor Springs and heading north to Cross Village, you will find the Tunnel of Trees.  This route on Lakeshore Drive (M-119) is beautiful any time of the year, but now is the time when things are really coming to life for the season.  If you are visiting anywhere in the Petoskey Area, be sure to make time to explore this route.

So why would you want to...

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Topics: Romantic Getaway, Driving Tour, Spring activity

Posted on May 30, 2014

Memorial Day – It’s More Than the Beginning of the Summer Season

Memorial Weekend is quickly approaching – how do you plan on spending it? For some, it’s a long weekend out of town playing golf, a family picnic, maybe time to get the yard work done. Many consider the holiday the beginning of the summer season and pull out the flip flops and hit the beach.

Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day, is defined in the dictionary as:  the last Monday in May that...

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Topics: Holiday, Spring activity, Memorial Day 5K

Posted on May 22, 2014

Springing to Life in the Petoskey Area

It’s a new season now that the record snowfall has (almost) completely melted in the Petoskey Area. It’s time to put away the downhill and cross country skis, the snowshoes, sleds and snowboards.

So what’s next for outdoor fun?

How about hunting for the morel mushrooms that have begun to pop up? (Don’t forget the National Morel Mushroom Festival will be held in Boyne City from May 15 -18).

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Topics: Spring activity

Posted on May 12, 2014