Petoskey, MI, is a quaint resort community sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan with an historic shopping district, fine dining, outdoor activities, and a thriving school district.
This charming Victorian-era town is the perfect place to vacation or to call home. What started as a logging community in the late 1800s developed into a resort community when passenger trains and steamships brought thousands of visitors from cities like Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit to the area for fresh air. By the 1900s, there were 14 hotels, and Petoskey was known for its clean air and million-dollar sunsets.
Visitors such as the famous Ernest Hemingway called Walloon Lake, just south of Petoskey, his home away from home. His first novel, Torrents of Spring, was set in Petoskey.
As tourism grew in Petoskey, so did the activity and development. In 1947 the first ski resort was opened by Everett Kircher, now known as Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, both a short drive from downtown Petoskey.
The allure of Petoskey still holds today with the unparalleled beauty and charm of the area. There’s something for everyone who enjoys the four seasons. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, and snowshoeing are all popular activities enjoyed by residents and visitors.
For history buffs, visit these historic locations in Petoskey: Little Traverse Historical Museum Perry Hotel Symon’s General Store Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church