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Quick Facts
Ernest Hemingway:

Ernest Hemingway spent his youth in northern Michigan. More of his short stories are set here than anywhere else.

Petoskey Stone:

Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey stone, is actually fossilized coral over 350 million years old. The Petoskey Area is one of the few places where these can be found.

Inland Waterway:

The Inland Waterway is a series of lakes and rivers once used by Indians, French voyageurs, loggers and fishermen. Today, this 38-mile water route provides leisurely boating fun.

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

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  • Family Resorts & Vacation Destinations

Essential Information

Address 401 E. Mitchell St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone800-845-2828
Website URL www.petoskeyarea.com

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, the beauty, charm and relaxed pace of our northern Michigan resort towns will bring you a vacation dreams are made of. This, indeed, is where daydreams become lifelong memories.

Stroll the beautiful beaches searching for the best souvenirs of all – Petoskey Stones that wash up on shore. While you’re collecting the stones, you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Little Traverse Bay. For the more adventurous, there’s also jet skiing, sail boating and kayaking on the big lake and area inland lakes.

For a break from the beach, browse through the charming shops in the Village at Bay Harbor, and experience the charm of Petoskey’s famous Gaslight District and the downtown areas of Harbor Springs and Boyne City. You’re sure to discover that ‘special something’ you can’t find anywhere else.

Festivals and events add to the fun. Whether you’re a fan of sports, arts & crafts, classic cars and boats or food, there’s something for you. Check the event calendar on our website for dates.

Sometimes the best thing of all is to just grab an ice cream cone, a park bench and let the day unfold at its own leisurely pace.

If you’d like to really explore that natural beauty the area is famous for, our hiking and biking trails lead through breathtaking terrain with spectacular vistas.

For some indoor excitement, splash into Avalanche Bay™ – Michigan’s largest indoor water park. You’ll find water slides, a surfing wave, lazy river, two hot tubs and more – even an arcade.

For more information, including lodging assistance, contact the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau at 800-845-2828 or visit our website.

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At the end of the day, you'll often be treated to the incredible red, yellows, oranges and pinks that have made this area known for "Million Dollar Sunsets."

At the end of the day, you'll often be treated to the incredible red, yellows, oranges and pinks that have made this area known for "Million Dollar Sunsets."

Steeped in tradition, the Petoskey Area offers visitors first-class recreation and abundant natural beauty in a variety of distinct waterfront resort communities.

Steeped in tradition, the Petoskey Area offers visitors first-class recreation and abundant natural beauty in a variety of distinct waterfront resort communities.

The crystal-clear waters of Little Traverse Bay, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake and the 38-mile Inland Waterway are perfect for taking a dip, setting sail, casting a line or simply relaxing.

The crystal-clear waters of Little Traverse Bay, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake and the 38-mile Inland Waterway are perfect for taking a dip, setting sail, casting a line or simply relaxing.