Ron’s Bar & Backyard
The irreverent dive bar just outside of town that celebrates Northern Michigan without taking itself too seriously. When you visit, ask Ron’s Bar staff about its predecessor, Don’s Bar.
City Park Grill
The classic Hemingway bar with the classic Northern Michigan hospitality experience; but wait, what’s lurking below? Ask about Petoskey’s tunnels…and about its hauntings.
McLean & Eakin
The local bookstore has something for everyone, and even if it’s not books you’re looking for (they have puzzles, board games, records, cards, notebooks, and more as well), a bookish adventure is going to find you either way. So, choose your adventure–will it be a local author? Will it be a graphic novel? Start in the basement–that’s our favorite spot.
The camp spot on the shores of Little Traverse Bay–a place to stay or just a place to explore along the Little Traverse Wheelway. Roll up your sleeves and wade into the water–find your Petoskey stone or just have fun rock hunting.
Roast & Toast
Voted the best breakfast in town! They roast their own beans and ask their customers the hard questions with their dueling tip jars, example: Freddie Mercury or David Bowie? Feel free to drop a tip in both jars, but just be true to yourself about your answer, and hey, treat yourself to a homemade scone while you’re at it.
Bear Cub Outfitters
Gear up for your next adventure! Whether you’re trying something new or you forgot a piece of equipment, this outfitter shop has everything you need for any NoMI rec activity.
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
We ARE the Great Lakes State and we care about our bodies of water and their ecosystems. Come on in to the Tip of the Mitt’s front room to learn how you can leave a positive impact while exploring the Petoskey area. Pick up a pamphlet on invasive species! Learn about leaving no trace!
Bear River Trail
Known as the place “where the bear walks” by the Anishinaabe, this nature valley offers tranquil trails, wildlife sightings, a rushing river, fishing spots, and proximity to downtown Petoskey. Make sure you cross both bridges so you can experience both sides of the trail…
This is a destination, but it’s really about the journey! Walk, bike, stroll, or drive here and you’ll get to see the Petoskey Wheelway, marina, playground, baseball & softball diamond, historical museum, and more!
Come witness Little Traverse Bay up close and imagine the 10 foot waves & 30-40 foot spray hitting the breakwall! Walk to the end, tap the lighthouse a friendly hello, and look back at downtown from the water. If you’re feeling brave, jump off the breakwall–it’s a Petoskey rite!
This meeting place is at the green space in the center of downtown’s Gaslight District. Enjoy a picnic, string up a hammock, explore the history, and most importantly, do it with a beer in your hand–this is a social district! Cheers!
Can you name all the areas that reference the people of the Waganakising?