The temperatures are starting to warm up and the sun is shining on a regular basis which is great news for the Petoskey area. When visiting in the spring there are a lot of great activities for both young and old.
Golf is a big part of life in the Petoskey area. There are many award winning public and private courses you can take a crack at while visiting the area.
BOYNE is centered in the prime golf environment of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. The 171 holes of world-class golf are the products of some of the game's masters including Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross. All the courses at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and The Bay Harbor Golf Club, lie within an easy drive of each other and promise a richly diverse offering of golf courses in northern Michigan for any vacation length. Your one stop shop for finding a Michigan golf resort, course, lesson, vacation, tournament, or package; BOYNE offers an extensive array of golfing resort destinations and resources. For more information visit www.boyne.com
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club is a great place to discover impeccable course conditions, exceptional service and a great menu. Hidden River is a unique course unlike others in Northern Michigan. The course setting’s tranquility is easily noticed as are the towering pines and attention to detail. Be sure to visit the clubhouse and have a bit in the Rainbow Room restaurant, where the patio overlooks the Maple River, which meanders through the property. For more information visit www.hiddenriver.com
Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched high on the bluffs above Bay Harbor just outside Petoskey. The course was sculpted for centuries-old hardwoods – with the back nine opening to breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. For more information visit www.boyne.com
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is open to the public seven days a week form May through mid October. With ingenious routing and breathtaking views of the make for the ultimate choice in great golf. For more information visitwww.ltbaygolf.com
SEARCHING FOR PETOSKEY STONES
A great activity for both young and old is taking a walk along the lakeshore in search of your very one Petoskey stone. Some great places to search for them are at Magnus Park right near downtown Petoskey, at the Petoskey State Park and along the waterfront at Bayfront Park. If you aren’t able to find your own there are many great shops in the area which have the hexagonal patterned stones in raw form, polished or maybe you fancy a piece of jewelry with the stone inlayed.
BIKING / HIKING
Take a spin along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The "Bike Path", as it is locally called, runs 23 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The trail is mostly dedicated and mostly asphalt. It is currently the best developed and most suburbanof our trunk line trails. The part between Petoskey's Bayfront Park to Petoskey State Park follows closely the path of the original LTW that stretched from Petoskey to Harbor Springs in the 1880s and 90s. A gate over the trail at the east end of Bayfront Park replicates the original gate that stood at nearly the same spot. Two other identical gates have been built to the west on Petoskey's portion of the trail. For more information or a map of the trail visit www. http://trailscouncil.org
If it’s a bit more adventure you’re looking for dust off your hiking boots and head out to one of the many properties of the Little Traverse Conservancy. They have many paths around the Petoskey area you can travel along to see the beauty of nature. Before you arrive download Little Traverse Conservancy’s wonderful smart phone app. This handy little tool puts LTC’s nature preserve information at the tip of your fingertips, providing users with accurate, detailed information and interactive maps about LTC nature preserves that are best suited for outdoor recreation. The app is live and available on both and the . Simply search: LTC Explorer. For more information on the Little Traverse Conservancy visit www.landtrust.org
SHOPPING / DINING / THE ARTS
A place everyone must stop is beautiful Downtown Petoskey. With over 120 shops, boutiques and restaurants there is surely something for everyone in your group. For more information visit www.petoskeydowntown.com. While you are out and about in the downtown area make a stop at the Crooked Tree Arts Center for a walk through one of their galleries or for a performance. For gallery showings and an event schedule visit www.crookedtree.org.
Along with the activities mentioned here there are countless other activities and sights to see and do in the Petoskey Area. Click on the digital copy of our visitors guide to find out more information on the Petoskey Area.
We hope that your visit to the Petoskey Area will create memories of a lifetime. Take a tour through our website to find your accommodations and more, or call us here at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Office at (231) 347-4150. See you on the Bay!