Anyone who has grown up in Michigan knows the beauty that is throughout our state. But outside of the state lines, the hidden gems are little known. Michigan is the Great Lake State and filled with wonders created by the lakes that surround and speckle our landscape. And within a quick drive, you can be in a different world, reset your mind and soul and be completely surrounded by nature.
Traveling throughout Michigan you can find everything from adventure parks, hiking, great areas for deep woods camping, skiing, swimming and more. Just a few hours north from the metro-Detroit and even from Ohio there is adventure waiting and so many places to visit and explore. And while a trip “up north” can mean different things to different people, we love how easily accessible everything is.
This past winter we took a bit of time to explore some of the things that Petoskey had to offer in a winter get away to Boyne Mountain Resort and Spa, but there is a lot more to do in the area, don’t think of it as just a winter get away.
Petoskey is said to be named after the son of a French fur trader and Ottawa princess. He was named Petosegay. The translation of the name is “rising sun,” “rays of dawn,” or “sunbeams of promise” due to the bright light that shone on his face near the Kalamazoo river when he was born. – Michigan.org
It is the same name that has been given to the ancient stones that we love to find on the beach. The fossilized coral create the star burst pattern and can still be found on the beach if you look hard enough. This is one of our favorite things to do in the area, and is great to not only teach kids about history of the area and even about the Great Lakes as you do walk the lake shores.
We all like to celebrate summer in different ways, and Petoskey offers so many different ways you can do it. Dip your toes in the lakes, grab a boat and go fishing, find those Petoskey stones and more as you explore the area. Don’t forget to visit some unique local shops and bring home a souvenir or two to remember your stay.
To find your perfect get away, plan out what to do on your summer get away, visit the Petoskey Area Visitor Center. Summer is waiting, where will it take you?
For a unique place to stay check out the Elvyn Lea Lodge near Walloon Lake! It is a unique lodge offers rooms for individual travelers and it’s available to be reserved in its entirety by groups, making it a wonderful destination for retreats, workshops, or family reunions. You’ll find more information about Elvyn Lea Lodge here.