Petoskey, MI, USA

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Petoskey, MI, USA

Petoskey vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.