Hey, nice to see you! Thank you for joining me on day two of our trip into northern Michigan. If you joined us on Monday you may have noticed that we posted all about Boyne Mountains. If you missed that post you can check it out here. Today, however, I am sharing the second part of our adventures as we drive further north into the beautiful city of Petoskey, Michigan.
As we headed out onto the wooded back roads of America northwards from Boyne Falls towards Petoskey, we were immediately greeted by breath-taking landscapes, fresh air and yes, even a few wild turkeys.
The drive between these two cities is a short one, only about 20 minutes, and I would say that both the drive and the town are definitely worth your time. As we headed down the hilly and wooded back roads in our minivan towards the next city, we found that the colors and views only enhanced. There were cool vintage buildings, tiny one building downtowns and a railroad track that followed the roadside for miles.
As we came over the last hill and around the last corner into downtown Petoskey, we found ourselves face to face with the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan. These waters, combined with the abundance of fall color was a sight to be seen and we were ready to take it in! We decided that the first thing we wanted to do was to head down the pier to get a better look and the landscape. At the end of the pier we sat to reminisce about my husbands’ grandfather who used to sit and tell us stories about his childhood summers spent in this town. I am sure that a lot has changed in this area since then, but we each remembered him speaking of this lighthouse specifically, which still stands here today the same as it did when our grandpa used to visit it. That moment was pretty fun for all of us to experience together.
After watching the waves crash up and down over the rocks and the seagulls fly above us, we headed back up the pier to try our luck at finding a Petoskey stone among the many stones laid out along the beach. We had no luck. Do you see any Petoskey stones?
We next decided to take a short walk into the downtown area. Here we spent the day shopping, eating and drinking amazing beverages at the Roast and Toast Cafe’ and enjoying all of the fun art found along the downtown streets. I loved that the streets were still bustling with people even into October.
Through this trip, Petoskey has definitely charmed it’s way into my list of the coolest Michigan cities to visit. What I loved most was their eclectic vibe, vibrant colors, gourmet food and funky street art. Overall, Petoskey, MI is a great place to visit, especially in the fall.
Want to know more about visiting Petoskey, MI? Check out their website at www.petoskeyarea.com/.
Up next, we are finishing out our Northern Michigan tour with a stop in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Be sure to watch for more photos and stories coming to the blog soon.