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I Love This Place: Petoskey

I Love This Place: Petoskey

My daughter and I recently visited the town of Petoskey and we didn’t have enough time to enjoy it all. We’ve been here many times and every time we see or do something new. From shopping the historic gaslight district to playing at Bayfront Park to riding the bike path past Victorian homes, there are plenty of fun things to do in Petoskey!

This trip we shopped for a bit and had to stop at Grandpa Shorter’s. As a third-generation owned business, it has plenty of historic charm and fun gifts. You’ll find my new Petoskey Bucket List gifts there too!

Grandpa Shorter's in Petoskey, MI. Tandem For Two

Another favorite that my daughter always insists we stop at is Symons General Store. She loves the chocolate covered cherries and I love to poke around and find fun treats. When lines are long for lunch elsewhere or you want something on the go, head to the back of the store. Their sandwiches are so good and they have a great selection of cheese and deli items!

This time we had lunch at the American Spoon Cafe and what a treat it was! We had delicious sandwiches and sides and finished with out-of-this-world homemade gelato. Everything they serve is grown from local farms. It was a beautiful day, so their outdoor seating was perfect as we overlooked Pennsylvania Park. This park is a clever use of space - it was an old railroad right-of-way and is now a lovely green oasis for anyone taking a break from the downtown activities.

Pennsylvania Park in Petoskey, MI. Tandem For Two

This town is loaded with beautiful outdoor spaces, and Bayfront Park is no exception. Have fun at the playground or marina, catch a hometown baseball game, fish in Lime Pond, or continue on the path to the Waterfall Area and Sunset Park where the views of Little Traverse Bay are fantastic. If we had our bikes we could continue riding the path through the historic cottages of Bay View and around past the State Park toward Harbor Springs or south through Bay Shore towards Charlevoix. Or if we had more time we could hike the path to the lesser know Bear River Park, which I have still been meaning to get to.There is so much more to explore, but we had to save it all for another trip. Petoskey is one of those places you can come back to again and again. Do you think a trip is in your future?


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