Along with beautiful beaches, spectacular waterfront settings and an easy-going attitude, our resort communities offer countless things to do and see. They range from laid-back to full-speed ahead, and are sure to bring smile after smile. More than just another pretty place, this is a Michigan treasure. The Petoskey Area is located along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, home to the waterfront communities of Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Alanson, Charlevoix, and Bay Harbor. While each has its own unique appeal, they all share in the area’s spectacular natural beauty, relaxed pace and genuine hospitality. On your vacation here, be sure to visit them all.
Mackinaw City Area
Known as the gateway to Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula, the Mackinaw City Area offers an abundance of things to do. Located on the Straits of Mackinac (where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet) on I-75 at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Mackinaw City is steeped in history. With historic attractions like Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Old Mill Creek, and modern day fun like Parasailing, Pirate Ship Adventure, Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum, there is something for everyone! With many choices for accommodations, a thriving downtown, entertainment and numerous dining options, Mackinaw City is a great vacation destination.
Located in the exact center of Northern Michigan on the 45th parallel, Gaylord literally offers something for everyone. Known as Michigan’s Alpine Village, our Alpine themed shopping district offers visitors a quaint, clean setting with a multitude of Downtown Shopping experiences. Our downtown pavilion is a gathering place for community events and entertainment, a twice weekly farmers market and a vast array of events and activities. Well known as a Recreation seekers paradise, you will want to experience all that Gaylord has to offer including the North Central State Trail which goes from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. This trail is a great hiking and biking trail in the summer and part of our 300 mile snowmobile trail system.One of Gaylord’s prime features is the area’s 15 championship caliber Golf courses. With numerous courses receiving national rankings and hotels and resorts offering spectacular packages, Gaylord is known as America’s Summer Golf Mecca.
The quaint waterfront community of Harbor Springs has had a magnetic appeal to visitors since the turn of the century. It offers an inviting array of art galleries, culinary attractions and the deepest fresh-water harbor in the Great Lakes. The list of things to do is almost without limit. Along with golf, swimming, boating, hiking and biking, there is a calendar full of festivals, as well as gallery exhibitions, concerts and theater performances. Things keep jumping in the winter with two ski resorts, Nub’s Nob and Boyne Highlands, right in the town’s back yard. Miles of snowmobile trails can be accessed, too, and cross-country skiing is available in a number of places. One of the most popular attractions in Harbor Springs is the M-119 Tunnel of Trees, an icon for the area’s natural beauty. This stunning drive along bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan is a four-season, colored filled experience—trillium in the spring, green trees and blue water in the summer, vibrant fall foliage, and winter white. Of course, that’s just one of many on a list that also includes Boyne Highlands ski and golf resort, a nature preserve and many fine wineries.