Destination guide

Bays, beaches, and boats in Petoskey

Situated on the banks of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey exudes a laid-back charm, and boasts beaches, innovative dining, and a rich history that you can explore through the area’s numerous museums. It’s where Ernest Hemingway spent his first 22 summers, and his cottage still stands on the shores of Walloon Lake. Today, Petoskey is as inspiring as it was when Hemingway chronicled it in 1926’s Torrents of Spring, and visitors will find plenty to appreciate in this timeless Midwestern gem. Whether you want to take a boat tour, hit the slopes, or catch up with literary history, booking a Petoskey vacation rental will put you close to everything.

Things to do

Museums, tours, and the great outdoors in Petoskey

A Petoskey vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of history, and you can catch up on local Native American lore with a stop at the Andrew Blackbird museum. Lovers of literature can take a self-guided Hemingway tour, while those seeking a bit more direction can book a guided cruise. Foodies will enjoy hitting the local restaurants and breweries. If you’re visiting during the mid-summer months, a free trolley services the downtown and stops at Magnus Park and the Marina, which is connected to the historic gaslight district via a pedestrian tunnel.


Petoskey, a place for all seasons

Summers in Petoskey are idyllic, and the sun-dappled days are perfect for BBQs, playing a round of golf, or relaxing on the beaches. Adventurous visitors can try everything from hot-air-balloon rides to skydiving and white-water kayaking. If you’re looking to take in the fall foliage, book a Petoskey vacation rental near beautiful Boyne Mountain, or cycle along the North Western State Trail, which offers a stunning backdrop. Winter in Petoskey brings ice-skating, skiing, and even dog-sled rides—the perfect opportunity for a one-of-a-kind family outing.


Highs and lows in Petoskey

Petoskey’s climate runs the gamut from humid summers and pleasant springs, to snowy winters and crisp falls. Summer’s the most popular time for visitors, and with highs in the mid-70s, it’s a great time to hike or hit the beaches. Autumn days are crisp and sweet, and the area hosts several beer and pumpkin festivals. If you’re visiting in the winter, try to book a Petoskey vacation rental with a fireplace, as the average lows are often below freezing, making for invigorating days on the slopes and cozy nights spent around the hearth.

Natural features

Petoskey puts you on the doorstep of the Great Lakes

Petoskey is situated on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, at the mouth of the Bear River, which offers great smelt fishing and serene canoeing. The area has a rich Native American history, and the town’s name comes from an Odawa term that translates as “where the light shines through the clouds.” Petoskey State Park offers sandy beaches and shaded hiking trails, while skiers head to nearby Boyne Mountain.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Petoskey

The nearest airport is in Pellston, MI (PLN-Pellston Regional), located 15.9 mi (25.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Petoskey?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,017 vacation rentals near Petoskey. From 413 Houses to 170 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Petoskey for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Petoskey?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Petoskey. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Petoskey State Park: 1,088 vacation rentals
  • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital: 1,081 vacation rentals
  • Bay Harbor Golf Club: 1,037 vacation rentals
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club: 1,042 vacation rentals
  • Odawa Casino: 1,062 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Petoskey listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Petoskey?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 413 Houses in Petoskey. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Petoskey include:

  • Cabins: 170 rentals available
  • Cottages: 170 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 323 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Petoskey?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 274 vacation rentals with pool available in Petoskey. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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