Petoskey Knows How to Celebrate with Charming Annual Festivals
The Petoskey area is full of old fashioned festival fun year round. We happened to hit two during our visit. It’s always a good idea to see what special events might be happening while you’re visiting a new place!
Taste of the North is an annual festival that celebrates local restaurants. Several local restaurants had tables with a sampling of one of their dishes. Tastes were $2 a piece and it was a great way to try a little bit of everything . My favorite was the paella from Palette Bistro and my husband loved the authentic Polish food from the iconic Leg’s Inn .
The festival also included free admission to the Little Traverse Historical Museum and there were fun activities and games outdoors for the kids too!
The Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show is also an annual event that was also going on during our stay. Dozens of beautiful, humongous boats park themselves in the marina for all to admire. You can slide your shoes off and peek around the boats (most of which cost more than my home-no joke).
The event was free and there was plenty of fun stuff for kids to do like fly down a wet bouncy slide and a get a balloon animal from a man on stilts. The balloon dinosaur was my son’s favorite part of the whole trip!
Space for the Whole Family With Condo Lodging Options
There is no shortage of lodging options for the Petoskey area. Between vacation rentals, hotels, and ski lodges–you definitely have plenty of choices. We stayed just outside of Petoskey, in a condo in Harbor Springs.
Staying at Trout Creek Condominium Resort was perfection for our family. Trying to sleep two littles and two grown-ups in one hotel room is stressful. We loved having space to relax after the kids were in bed.
And my kids loved sharing a room for the first time! It was also great to have our own kitchen; we enjoyed breakfast at “home” before exploring the day away.
Trout Creek offers hotel amenities like a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, hiking trails, and saunas.
Despite all the fun activities we did, my kids both thought swimming was one of the best parts; we had a hard time getting them out of the pool!
Eating Out or Ordering In Around Petoskey – Your Taste Buds Will Be Delighted
We did a bit of eating in and a bit of dining out on our stay. Restaurants tend to be a little bit pricier than they are in the Grand Rapids area, so we tried to indulge accordingly.
Petoskey Brewing came recommended by a fellow mama-friend and it was so great for our family! It’s kid-friendly (for a brewery) with great outdoor seating.
There’s no kids’ menu, but our kids happily shared a hamburger. I was thrilled to find gluten-free bread/buns available and my husband was excited to try a local brew.
We ordered in pizza from local spot Piper’s on Saturday. They offered free delivery to our condo which was a great perk. They have a lot of creative pizza options (crab rangoon pizza anyone?) and offer gluten-free and vegan options, too.
While in downtown Petoskey, we had to try the handmade gelato from American Spoon. This is the cutest little gelato shop (and be sure to check out their market next door). The coffee flavor was delightful and my toddler loved the “pink one” (strawberry).
This area is filled with wineries so we had to check out a couple. Most places are about $10 for 5 tastes (again, a little more expensive than wine tasting around Grand Rapids).
Wine tasting with kids along can be tricky, but the staff at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery were truly happy to have them there. They had plenty of board games, outdoor bag toss, and a few farm animal friends, too!
Whatever the Weather, Petoskey Delivers Big on Family Fun
I was initially worried about our fall-like forecast for a summer visit to a beach town, but Petoskey is just full of surprises. We found plenty to do in the rain and with chillier than average temperatures.
If the weather had been nicer, I think we would’ve spent some time visiting a beach, searching for Petoskey stones , or hiking one of the many area trails .
If we had some June snow (anything is possible in Michigan), I think we would’ve been set with major ski resorts like Nub’s Nob and Boyne Mountain nearby.
What does your family love most about Petoskey? Did we miss anything? Leave a comment and let us know!