Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to visit the traditional resort town of Petoskey, Michigan. The summer crowds are gone; the weather is cool and comfortable; and the autumn leaves are gorgeous. Petoskey is located along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, in the northern Lower Peninsula. This autumn visitors’ guide to Petoskey can help you find something for everyone in your family to enjoy while visiting Petoskey. From the scenic waterfront views to Petoskey’s famous “Million Dollar Sunsets,” the area’s natural beauty is awe-inspiring.
Autumn Visitors’ Guide to Petoskey, Michigan: For The Parents
Mom can be pampered at Bay Harbor’s The Spa at the Inn. It’s just a short drive from Petoskey. The Spa is a full service facility with massages, skin care, nails, hair, and makeup.
Dad can relax by golfing at one of the many public golf courses in the Petoskey area. A list of these golf courses, with information about each, can be found here.
The Gaslight District in downtown Petoskey offers shoppers a variety of unique boutiques, shops, food, and art galleries. The old-fashioned gaslights and buildings’ architecture make shoppers feel like they’ve taken a step back in time.
For those who like to gamble, the Odawa Casino Resort opened in June 2007. It is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Visitors can gamble at 1,500 slots, table games, bingo, and a poker room.
Autumn Visitors’ Guide to Petoskey, Michigan: For The Whole Family
The Crooked Tree Arts Center has art exhibits, lectures, concerts, and classes for the whole family. Located at 461 E. Mitchell Street. For more information visit their website or call 231-347-4337.
Bayfront Park offers visitors a paved, mile-long waterfront trail. Kids love the underground tunnel that connects downtown Petoskey to the park. You can picnic, visit the playground, watch boats at the marina, bicycle, walk, hunt for Petoskey stones on the beach, visit the waterfall, or visit the Little Traverse History Museum! The museum is located in the former Chicago and West Michigan Railroad depot. It is operated by the Little Traverse Historical Society. A highlight of the museum is the Ernest Hemingway exhibit. Open Memorial Day weekend through October 16, 2010. For more information visit the museum website or call 231-347-2620.
Autumn Visitors’ Guide to Petoskey, Michigan: For The Kids
Kids will enjoy a visit to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. It is located on US 131 North, and is open until mid-October. Check their website for more information.
The Riverbend Park, situated along Bear River, has a picnic area, volleyball pits, running track, and hiking trail. The outdoor skate park offers some awesome ramps for kids. The park is located at 120 W. Sheridan Street.
Autumn Visitors’ Guide to Petoskey, Michigan: Places To Eat
For casual family dining, visit the Mitchell Street Pub in downtown Petoskey. Their grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade onion rings are the best! The pub offers reasonably priced, delicious food.
To experience the elegant by-gone era of the early 1900’s, visit Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 100 Lewis Street. Visitors can choose from 3 dining options: elegant, casual, or outdoors. If you decide to stay at this historical hotel, many of the 79 rooms have views of the bay.
Hopefully, this autumn visitors’ guide to Petoskey, Michigan will help make your visit unforgettable!
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