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Petoskey, Michigan

Bayfront Park Petoskey is nestled in the rolling hills overlooking Little Traverse Bay. The surrounding countryside is beautifull and the sunsets over Lake Michigan are nothing less than spectacular. The area combines small town charm with many of the advantages of a larger city.

Shopping in Petoskey is excellent. Department stores and nationally known retailers are just the beginning. In the downtown Gaslight District there is a wide variety of specialty shops. Many have a local flavor while others have their origins from coast to coast. Every summer the sidewalk sales are a favorite.

There are many cultural and educational opportunities to be found in Petoskey. The Virginia McCune Community Arts Center has a performing arts theater, display galleries, and studios for teaching. The McCune Center also sponsors outdoor concerts and local art shows. On the north side of town the Bay View Association is host to concerts, theater, opera and dance programs. The Little Traverse Bay History Museum, in the old railroad depot on the Petoskey waterfront, exhibits displays of local and regional history. The Bay View Assosiation offers adlut classes during the summer in a variety of subjects or you can earn credit toward your degree at North Central Michigan College.

The Petoskey area has over 60 hotels, motels, inns, condos, and bed and breakfasts. They range from historic old hotels with scenic views to modern inns with all the amenities you would expect, including indoor pools, saunas, and nightly entertainment. There are numerous camping facilities in the area as well.

Bear River Outdoor activites are year round. Petoskey is just minutes away from some of the finest skiing in the midwest and there are miles of snowmobile trails. The many golf courses in the area offer a challenge for every skill level. There is great fishing here as well, from charter trips on Lake Michigan to wading the shallows of the Bear River and everything in between. Nearby inland lakes like Crooked Lake, Pickerell Lake, and Walloon Lake are great for fishing, boating, and swimming.

Petoskey's parks offer a wide range of opportunities. Bayfront Park has a full service marina facility, a historical museum, and fastpitch softball field, and picnic area. Visitors can search the shore for Petoskey stones or just sit back and enjoy a postcard perfect sunset.

Magnus Park provides a playground and a swimming beach for those brave at heart. It is available for day use or overnight camping.

Between Bayfront and Magnus is Bear River Park. It is a rustic natural park which follows the river for over a mile upstream and the fishing is excellent. You can almost forget that it is in the middle of a city.

The Petoskey Winter Sports Park has a hill with a tow rope for sledding or skiing. Two of the most popular features are an ice hockey rink and a large outdoor skating rink. The Park is the focus of the Winter Carnival which is held in February.

No matter what your interests are, no matter what the season, Petoskey has something for everyone.

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