Surrey Lane Cottage Guidebook--Ideas for things to do, places to go, and where to eat and drink.

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Surrey Lane Cottage Guidebook--Ideas for things to do, places to go, and where to eat and drink.

Things for children and adults to do.

These things for children to do are worth Googling to see if the place, activity, or experience is right for your family.
Check out the pig races, teepee climbing wall, the sandbox, slides, and swings. The livestock barn is open year-round to visit their goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and geese. The big sheep is named Speckles and she will come to her name. No one is ever too old for the Squash Rockets, their massive slingshots that let you fling fruits and vegetables out into their fields! There are also adult things such as the brewery and cafe. It' about 30 minutes by car--with some stunning views of the Bay and the surrounding countryside.
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Pond Hill Farm
5699 South Lake Shore Drive
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Check out the pig races, teepee climbing wall, the sandbox, slides, and swings. The livestock barn is open year-round to visit their goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and geese. The big sheep is named Speckles and she will come to her name. No one is ever too old for the Squash Rockets, their massive slingshots that let you fling fruits and vegetables out into their fields! There are also adult things such as the brewery and cafe. It' about 30 minutes by car--with some stunning views of the Bay and the surrounding countryside.
This is on our list of things to do for both children and adults because they have treats for everyone--even maple wine!
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery
4454 Atkins Rd
This is on our list of things to do for both children and adults because they have treats for everyone--even maple wine!
We have a family mini-golf tournament every year there because it's such a fun and unusual miniature golf experience.
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
1230 US-31
We have a family mini-golf tournament every year there because it's such a fun and unusual miniature golf experience.
When hitting the beach is not possible, it's a great way to escape the wintery surroundings.
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Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
1 Boyne Mountain Road
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When hitting the beach is not possible, it's a great way to escape the wintery surroundings.
You have to take the tour. If you're a chocoholic, you must add this to the list of stuff to for kids and bigger kids!
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Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen
1050 Bay View Rd
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You have to take the tour. If you're a chocoholic, you must add this to the list of stuff to for kids and bigger kids!
Our kids went to the hatchery at least once a year while they were growing up--and they looked forward to it. You can feed the fish (only with the food pellets available for sale), at the Big Fish Pond and observe them underwater at the Viewing Chamber, walk the nature trail, explore and souvenir hunt at the Visitor Center. Adjacent to the visitor center sits the re-created 1914-1935 Wolverine train car. This historic exhibit depicts how employees of the old Michigan Department of Conservation lived on the train while transporting and stocking fish across the state. Displays include the sleeping berths, a kitchen, and several uniquely designed stewardship messages. The Oden Hatchery Visitor Center, located on the grounds of the Oden State Fish Hatchery, is the site of the original fish hatchery building which began operations in 1921. In 2002, a new hatchery was built one quarter-mile northeast of the current visitor center. Adults and kids find this self-directed tour of the hatchery a fun way to get to know more about the Great Lakes fishery.
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Oden State Fish Hatchery
8258 S Ayr Rd
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Our kids went to the hatchery at least once a year while they were growing up--and they looked forward to it. You can feed the fish (only with the food pellets available for sale), at the Big Fish Pond and observe them underwater at the Viewing Chamber, walk the nature trail, explore and souvenir hunt at the Visitor Center. Adjacent to the visitor center sits the re-created 1914-1935 Wolverine train car. This historic exhibit depicts how employees of the old Michigan Department of Conservation lived on the train while transporting and stocking fish across the state. Displays include the sleeping berths, a kitchen, and several uniquely designed stewardship messages. The Oden Hatchery Visitor Center, located on the grounds of the Oden State Fish Hatchery, is the site of the original fish hatchery building which began operations in 1921. In 2002, a new hatchery was built one quarter-mile northeast of the current visitor center. Adults and kids find this self-directed tour of the hatchery a fun way to get to know more about the Great Lakes fishery.
The museum is located in one of the original train depots serving the summer resorters seeking relief from the city during the summer months. You'll find this modest museum worth the time as it provides a historical perspective on this area's culture and history. If you're a Hemingway fan, you'll enjoy this section of the museum. Growing up, Ernest Hemingway spent his summers at the family cottage on Walloon Lake, a few miles south of Petoskey. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, he returned to Petoskey in the winter of 1919-1920. Several of the Nick Adams stories take place in nearby Horton's Bay, and the satirical The Torrents of Spring is set in downtown Petoskey.
Little Traverse Historical Museum
100 Depot St
The museum is located in one of the original train depots serving the summer resorters seeking relief from the city during the summer months. You'll find this modest museum worth the time as it provides a historical perspective on this area's culture and history. If you're a Hemingway fan, you'll enjoy this section of the museum. Growing up, Ernest Hemingway spent his summers at the family cottage on Walloon Lake, a few miles south of Petoskey. After serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, he returned to Petoskey in the winter of 1919-1920. Several of the Nick Adams stories take place in nearby Horton's Bay, and the satirical The Torrents of Spring is set in downtown Petoskey.
Swimming, beach activities, and Petoskey Stone Hunting-that should be the headline! You cannot miss this gem! Swimming, sandy beach and dunes, Petoskey Stone hunting, volleyball courts, swings, concession stand with kayak and paddle board rentals. It's the local favorite! The pictures here do not do this amazing park justice. We go to this beach, as do most locals, because it is simply gorgeous! You won't regret the trip. Five stars out of five.
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Petoskey State Park
2475 Michigan 119
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Swimming, beach activities, and Petoskey Stone Hunting-that should be the headline! You cannot miss this gem! Swimming, sandy beach and dunes, Petoskey Stone hunting, volleyball courts, swings, concession stand with kayak and paddle board rentals. It's the local favorite! The pictures here do not do this amazing park justice. We go to this beach, as do most locals, because it is simply gorgeous! You won't regret the trip. Five stars out of five.
These talented young people work their hearts out to provide a wonderful evening of family entertainment and an excellent meal. The Young Americans summer at Boyne Highlands from June 21 to August 24 in 2019. Kids and adults love this two-hour concert and dining experience.
Young Americans Dinner Theater
600 Boyne Highlands Dr
These talented young people work their hearts out to provide a wonderful evening of family entertainment and an excellent meal. The Young Americans summer at Boyne Highlands from June 21 to August 24 in 2019. Kids and adults love this two-hour concert and dining experience.
Petoskey’s Escape Room is a thrilling form of interactive entertainment for your group of friends, family or co-workers. Your group has 60 minutes to work your way through a meticulously themed and highly detailed environment, working as a team to discover the clues, solve the riddles, and finish the puzzles that will lead you all to victory. Think of it as “Ultimate Sports for the Mind”– adrenaline rush included. Your brain is put to the ultimate test, challenged to work and think way outside the box as the sixty-minute timer relentlessly breathes down your neck in a perfectly safe, yet thrilling environment. So, if you’re ready to put your wits, brain, nerves, and teamwork skills to the test, check out Know Way Out. At a new location, re-opening Tuesday, June 18th at 1691 US 131 (next to the Holiday Inn Express.)
Know Way Out
622 Howard St
Petoskey’s Escape Room is a thrilling form of interactive entertainment for your group of friends, family or co-workers. Your group has 60 minutes to work your way through a meticulously themed and highly detailed environment, working as a team to discover the clues, solve the riddles, and finish the puzzles that will lead you all to victory. Think of it as “Ultimate Sports for the Mind”– adrenaline rush included. Your brain is put to the ultimate test, challenged to work and think way outside the box as the sixty-minute timer relentlessly breathes down your neck in a perfectly safe, yet thrilling environment. So, if you’re ready to put your wits, brain, nerves, and teamwork skills to the test, check out Know Way Out. At a new location, re-opening Tuesday, June 18th at 1691 US 131 (next to the Holiday Inn Express.)
The 25 Cent Family Favorites Movies are nearly free--see their website for the schedule. The Met Live (HD) are streaming events on select dates. The Lyric Theatre is a non-profit organization offering first run, foreign, classic & family favorites movies on Main Street in Harbor Springs, MI. Our three unique theaters each have their own theme & state of the art equipment.
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Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre
275 E Main St
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The 25 Cent Family Favorites Movies are nearly free--see their website for the schedule. The Met Live (HD) are streaming events on select dates. The Lyric Theatre is a non-profit organization offering first run, foreign, classic & family favorites movies on Main Street in Harbor Springs, MI. Our three unique theaters each have their own theme & state of the art equipment.
Year-round fun! A wonderful amenity in Petoskey, the Bear River Valley Recreation Area touts a 1.5 mile path along the beautiful Bear River. Walk, bike or cross-country ski and birding is popular here and along the Petoskey waterfront. Pedestrian observation decks and restrooms are available in a few spots. In the winter, bring your snowshoes. This beautiful facility also includes a 1/4 mile long whitewater course - the only one of its kind in the lower peninsula. To google a starting point, enter 101 East Lake Street. The path runs between Lake and Sheridan streets.
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Bear River Valley Recreation Area
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Year-round fun! A wonderful amenity in Petoskey, the Bear River Valley Recreation Area touts a 1.5 mile path along the beautiful Bear River. Walk, bike or cross-country ski and birding is popular here and along the Petoskey waterfront. Pedestrian observation decks and restrooms are available in a few spots. In the winter, bring your snowshoes. This beautiful facility also includes a 1/4 mile long whitewater course - the only one of its kind in the lower peninsula. To google a starting point, enter 101 East Lake Street. The path runs between Lake and Sheridan streets.
This is listed only for the concert series, but we walk or run through Bay View since our cottage is located next to the Country Club! Please check out the Bay View Association Performance Schedule online. For most performances, you'll need to get your tickets well in advance, so plan accordingly. The scheduled June, July, and August concerts are well worth the advance purchase!
Bay View Association
1715 Encampment Ave
This is listed only for the concert series, but we walk or run through Bay View since our cottage is located next to the Country Club! Please check out the Bay View Association Performance Schedule online. For most performances, you'll need to get your tickets well in advance, so plan accordingly. The scheduled June, July, and August concerts are well worth the advance purchase!
Here is the Petoskey Regional Chamber's latest digital Visitor's Guide. https://www.harborhouse.com/digital/petoskeyvisitorsguide/
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
401 E Mitchell St
Here is the Petoskey Regional Chamber's latest digital Visitor's Guide. https://www.harborhouse.com/digital/petoskeyvisitorsguide/
You'll enjoy the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day. Visitors are welcome to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities, but camping is not permitted. Here is their events page: https://www.midarkskypark.org/programs-events/ Many evenings are "open" event nights for observing the night sky, special presentation nights for kids, and special speakers. The Park is always open. It is always cooler by the lake, so dress accordingly.
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Headlands International Dark Sky Park
15675 Headlands Road
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You'll enjoy the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! The grounds, trails, and viewing areas at Headlands are open 24 hours a day, every day. Visitors are welcome to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities, but camping is not permitted. Here is their events page: https://www.midarkskypark.org/programs-events/ Many evenings are "open" event nights for observing the night sky, special presentation nights for kids, and special speakers. The Park is always open. It is always cooler by the lake, so dress accordingly.
Seeing Little Traverse Bay from the water is something we strongly recommend. This is a wonderful memory and selfie adventure. Each cruise is an hour and a half. We love it! Purchase your tickets online--$27 each: https://tickets.pointerboat.com/
The Pointer Boat
102 E Bay St
Seeing Little Traverse Bay from the water is something we strongly recommend. This is a wonderful memory and selfie adventure. Each cruise is an hour and a half. We love it! Purchase your tickets online--$27 each: https://tickets.pointerboat.com/

Favorite Restaurants.

If you're visiting in the summer months, it's best to make a reservation. Scroll down for Pubs and other interesting food options.
Fine Dining-Chandler's kitchen prepares progressive American cuisine. The menu varies daily with regard to seasonality, incorporating local fare and fresh cuts of fish and beef. An excellent wine list and craft cocktails.
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Chandler's A Restaurant
215 Howard St
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Fine Dining-Chandler's kitchen prepares progressive American cuisine. The menu varies daily with regard to seasonality, incorporating local fare and fresh cuts of fish and beef. An excellent wine list and craft cocktails.
Up Scale-Lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. The small plates menu is perfect for tapas and adult beverages! If you are looking for a great view of the bay and food to match the million dollar sunsets, this is a fine choice. Check out their Happy Hour where they often offer 40% off their small plates menu.
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Palette Bistro
321 Bay Street
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Up Scale-Lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. The small plates menu is perfect for tapas and adult beverages! If you are looking for a great view of the bay and food to match the million dollar sunsets, this is a fine choice. Check out their Happy Hour where they often offer 40% off their small plates menu.
Fine Dining to Casual--A chophouse, a wine cellar, and a sports bar with outdoor patio seating, and yet they do all of it well. In addition to their varied menu, they are known as a Wagyu steakhouse.
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Vernales Restaurant
3018 M-119
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Fine Dining to Casual--A chophouse, a wine cellar, and a sports bar with outdoor patio seating, and yet they do all of it well. In addition to their varied menu, they are known as a Wagyu steakhouse.
Up Scale--One of Stafford's family of restaurants and hotels, this charming Inn has great views of the bay with an outdoor deck for alfresco dining. If you click on their web link, click on Stay and then Bay View Inn. Their Sunday Brunch is famous for many yummy reasons. You'll also find several excellent and guest-recommended Murder Mystery Dinners at the Bay View Inn.
Stafford's Bay View Inn
2011 Woodland Ave
Up Scale--One of Stafford's family of restaurants and hotels, this charming Inn has great views of the bay with an outdoor deck for alfresco dining. If you click on their web link, click on Stay and then Bay View Inn. Their Sunday Brunch is famous for many yummy reasons. You'll also find several excellent and guest-recommended Murder Mystery Dinners at the Bay View Inn.
Fine Dining--It's a bit of a drive, but it is so worth it! The "DLB", as we locals call it, is in a rustic log building overlooking Douglas Lake. The two giant fieldstone fireplaces offer the perfect dining ambiance during the spring and fall seasons. Summer guests enjoy dining on the lakeside patio or the screened-in porch. I'm hooked on their Shrimp Lenny and the DLB Steak Au Poivre. Make reservations!
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Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse
10990 Douglas Lake Road
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Fine Dining--It's a bit of a drive, but it is so worth it! The "DLB", as we locals call it, is in a rustic log building overlooking Douglas Lake. The two giant fieldstone fireplaces offer the perfect dining ambiance during the spring and fall seasons. Summer guests enjoy dining on the lakeside patio or the screened-in porch. I'm hooked on their Shrimp Lenny and the DLB Steak Au Poivre. Make reservations!
Casual. Great food! They are committed to great food. Fresh baked goods, housemade soups and service with a smile every time. Julienne Tomatoes participates in the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities 
"Taste the Local Difference" campaign & support over 20 Michigan Companies and 15 Local Farms.
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Julienne Tomatoes
421 Howard Street
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Casual. Great food! They are committed to great food. Fresh baked goods, housemade soups and service with a smile every time. Julienne Tomatoes participates in the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities 
"Taste the Local Difference" campaign & support over 20 Michigan Companies and 15 Local Farms.
Casual--Think Deli. Two people can split their Ruben. They specialize in unique sandwiches, tasty soups, and tantalizing desserts. All of their breads, soups, salads, and desserts are made on location.
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Cormack's Deli
2569 Charlevoix Ave
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Casual--Think Deli. Two people can split their Ruben. They specialize in unique sandwiches, tasty soups, and tantalizing desserts. All of their breads, soups, salads, and desserts are made on location.
Casual--Super close to the Cottage. Voted #1 Best Burger and #2 Casual-Themed restaurant in the Best of the Northwest reader poll. Check out the Quesadilla selection also.
The Side Door Saloon
1200 US-31
Casual--Super close to the Cottage. Voted #1 Best Burger and #2 Casual-Themed restaurant in the Best of the Northwest reader poll. Check out the Quesadilla selection also.
Fine Dining--The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers an eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay's waterfront. They feature fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. The New York restaurant opens daily at 5:00 PM and features nightly appetizer and dinner specials. They offer an Early Bird, buy one-get one, discount on regular menu entrees from 5-5:30 each day. Please come as you are, we do not enforce a dress code.
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The New York Restaurant
101 State Street
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Fine Dining--The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers an eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay's waterfront. They feature fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. The New York restaurant opens daily at 5:00 PM and features nightly appetizer and dinner specials. They offer an Early Bird, buy one-get one, discount on regular menu entrees from 5-5:30 each day. Please come as you are, we do not enforce a dress code.
Casual Dining--One of the area’s favorite après ski spots! Pierson’s has a casual, family friendly vibe with a vintage ski lodge feel. Their menu features a variety of gourmet pub fare and homestyle comfort foods with an impressive drink selection. Between the full bar, arcade games, shuffleboard and extensive menu there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
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Pierson's Grille & Spirits
130 State St
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Casual Dining--One of the area’s favorite après ski spots! Pierson’s has a casual, family friendly vibe with a vintage ski lodge feel. Their menu features a variety of gourmet pub fare and homestyle comfort foods with an impressive drink selection. Between the full bar, arcade games, shuffleboard and extensive menu there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Casual/Up Scale--Great food in a casual romantic atmosphere, the Villa offers affordable Regional Italian cuisine with over 30 tempting menu selections. An excellent wine selection for paring.
Villa Ristorante Italiano
887 US-131
Casual/Up Scale--Great food in a casual romantic atmosphere, the Villa offers affordable Regional Italian cuisine with over 30 tempting menu selections. An excellent wine selection for paring.
Casual/Upscale If you find yourself near Walloon Lake Village, you won't regret stopping here. Barrel Back has something for everyone, as well as great indoor and outdoor seating with views of one of the most beautiful lakes in Michigan. They have a great food and beverage menu--check out the Principal Dishes section of their menu.
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Barrel Back Restaurant
4069 Michigan 75
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Casual/Upscale If you find yourself near Walloon Lake Village, you won't regret stopping here. Barrel Back has something for everyone, as well as great indoor and outdoor seating with views of one of the most beautiful lakes in Michigan. They have a great food and beverage menu--check out the Principal Dishes section of their menu.

Pubs, Bars, Food Trucks

Adult beverages, entertainment, and great food.
You'll find a variety of food trucks and a bar with lots of taps and other adult beverages. Inside or out, it's one of Petoskey's favorite places to chill, people watch, and of course, eat and drink.
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The Back Lot Beer Garden
425 Michigan St
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You'll find a variety of food trucks and a bar with lots of taps and other adult beverages. Inside or out, it's one of Petoskey's favorite places to chill, people watch, and of course, eat and drink.
A one-of-kind local favorite--and a place where "expats" gather when they "come back home" to Petoskey. When locals say they are going to the Pub, they are going here. You'll find its eclectic decor quirky, campy, and a reason to return. They famous for their Pub burger, white chili, and killer nachos, but their variety spans to salads, desserts, entrées and some of the best jalapeño poppers around. A rotating selection of on-tap beer and excellent cocktails.
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Mitchell Street Pub
426 E Mitchell St
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A one-of-kind local favorite--and a place where "expats" gather when they "come back home" to Petoskey. When locals say they are going to the Pub, they are going here. You'll find its eclectic decor quirky, campy, and a reason to return. They famous for their Pub burger, white chili, and killer nachos, but their variety spans to salads, desserts, entrées and some of the best jalapeño poppers around. A rotating selection of on-tap beer and excellent cocktails.
Petoskey's craft beer headquarters. Tap 30 also has a curated selection of wine and spirits. The staff has the knowledge to help you find a craft beer you'll enjoy based on your favorite beverages and flavors. Much of the seating is communal, so it's a great place to mingle. They have great food and if you're in the mood for comfort food, try the Tater Tots with jalapeno beer cheese--Yum! If someone in your party prefers cocktails, Pour is their companion bar next door. We have never had a problem floating between the two.
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TAP30
422 East Mitchell Street
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Petoskey's craft beer headquarters. Tap 30 also has a curated selection of wine and spirits. The staff has the knowledge to help you find a craft beer you'll enjoy based on your favorite beverages and flavors. Much of the seating is communal, so it's a great place to mingle. They have great food and if you're in the mood for comfort food, try the Tater Tots with jalapeno beer cheese--Yum! If someone in your party prefers cocktails, Pour is their companion bar next door. We have never had a problem floating between the two.
An exciting wine and cocktail bar, POUR Public House is in Downtown Petoskey. POUR Public House offers a distinctive dining experience. Enjoy this fun, relaxing setting while exploring the new world of draft wine and signature craft cocktails. See the Tap 30 listing here, it's their craft beer side of the house.
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Pour
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An exciting wine and cocktail bar, POUR Public House is in Downtown Petoskey. POUR Public House offers a distinctive dining experience. Enjoy this fun, relaxing setting while exploring the new world of draft wine and signature craft cocktails. See the Tap 30 listing here, it's their craft beer side of the house.
A great local favorite located in Stafford's Perry Hotel. If you've traveled for a living and grimace at the idea of a hotel bar, let us put you at ease. It's a fun hangout with good food and a varied beverage selection, and it's a super fun place for catching some great live music. This place holds fond memories for me. It's where I met Dave Brubeck, the consummate jazz musician, for a radio interview. He was generous with his time and very kind man. Although the Noggin Room is not a jazz club, Dave loved its vibe!
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Noggin Room Pub
118 Lewis St
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A great local favorite located in Stafford's Perry Hotel. If you've traveled for a living and grimace at the idea of a hotel bar, let us put you at ease. It's a fun hangout with good food and a varied beverage selection, and it's a super fun place for catching some great live music. This place holds fond memories for me. It's where I met Dave Brubeck, the consummate jazz musician, for a radio interview. He was generous with his time and very kind man. Although the Noggin Room is not a jazz club, Dave loved its vibe!
The closest place to grab food and drink to Surrey Lane Cottage. This Side Door is known for good food, sassy and classy servers, and its relaxed vibe. They can be busy at times, so order a drink at the bar and relax! :) Their world-famous Olive Burger and their chicken quesadillas are on our favorites list. The chili is always on! Even though you'll see a lot of sports action on the big screens, it's not a typical sports bar--you'll be able to have a conversation. During the warm weather, check out their patio.
The Side Door Saloon
1200 US-31
The closest place to grab food and drink to Surrey Lane Cottage. This Side Door is known for good food, sassy and classy servers, and its relaxed vibe. They can be busy at times, so order a drink at the bar and relax! :) Their world-famous Olive Burger and their chicken quesadillas are on our favorites list. The chili is always on! Even though you'll see a lot of sports action on the big screens, it's not a typical sports bar--you'll be able to have a conversation. During the warm weather, check out their patio.
If you're going to Harbor Springs, (and we recommend it), you might find yourself thirsty. Bar Harbor is an institution with a reputation for great burgers and fries. It's located across the street from the marina downtown.
Bar Harbor
100 State Street
If you're going to Harbor Springs, (and we recommend it), you might find yourself thirsty. Bar Harbor is an institution with a reputation for great burgers and fries. It's located across the street from the marina downtown.

Relaxing Things To Do.

Here are some suggestions about things to do that are must-see--some are free!.
The Harris Sculpture Gardens are well worth your time. A beautiful gift from local philanthropist Jack Harris, Harris gardens touts more than 25 sculptures dotted throughout the college campus. Information on each sculpture is available by dialing 231.439.6400 and typing in the sculpture number while touring the gardens. https://www.ncmich.edu/community-events/harris-gardens.html
North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard St
The Harris Sculpture Gardens are well worth your time. A beautiful gift from local philanthropist Jack Harris, Harris gardens touts more than 25 sculptures dotted throughout the college campus. Information on each sculpture is available by dialing 231.439.6400 and typing in the sculpture number while touring the gardens. https://www.ncmich.edu/community-events/harris-gardens.html
No trip would be complete without a visit to our waterfront park. Walk or bike the Little Traverse Wheelway locals call the Bike Path. It's part of the 26 miles of bike path/walking trail connecting Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs. You'll also connect with the area's history at the Little Traverse Historical Society Museum. Stroll the docks at one of the Great Lakes prettiest marinas, take in a little league or softball game, grab a snack at the concession stand, or fish in the quarry pond. Bike rentals are available in several shops along or near the trail. The museum and the bike path are separately listed in this guidebook.
Water Front Park
No trip would be complete without a visit to our waterfront park. Walk or bike the Little Traverse Wheelway locals call the Bike Path. It's part of the 26 miles of bike path/walking trail connecting Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs. You'll also connect with the area's history at the Little Traverse Historical Society Museum. Stroll the docks at one of the Great Lakes prettiest marinas, take in a little league or softball game, grab a snack at the concession stand, or fish in the quarry pond. Bike rentals are available in several shops along or near the trail. The museum and the bike path are separately listed in this guidebook.
The “Bike Path”, as it is locally called, runs 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The trail is mostly dedicated and paved in asphalt. It is currently the best developed and most suburban of our trunk line trails. The part between Petoskey’s Bayfront Park to Petoskey State Park follows closely the path of the original Little Traverse Wheelway that stretched from Petoskey to Harbor Springs in the 1880s and ‘90s. A gate over the trail at the east end of Bayfront Park proclaims “No Teaming or Driving,” and replicates the original gate that stood at nearly the same spot. This gate is a reminder of a time when people were prohibited from riding horses or horse-drawn carriages on the trail. Two other identical gates have been built to the west on Petoskey’s portion of the trail. You'll find several access points with parking and bike rentals on or near the trail.
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Little Traverse Wheelway
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The “Bike Path”, as it is locally called, runs 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The trail is mostly dedicated and paved in asphalt. It is currently the best developed and most suburban of our trunk line trails. The part between Petoskey’s Bayfront Park to Petoskey State Park follows closely the path of the original Little Traverse Wheelway that stretched from Petoskey to Harbor Springs in the 1880s and ‘90s. A gate over the trail at the east end of Bayfront Park proclaims “No Teaming or Driving,” and replicates the original gate that stood at nearly the same spot. This gate is a reminder of a time when people were prohibited from riding horses or horse-drawn carriages on the trail. Two other identical gates have been built to the west on Petoskey’s portion of the trail. You'll find several access points with parking and bike rentals on or near the trail.
Founded in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey features four galleries, a theater, dance studio, classrooms, a culinary arts kitchen, and much more. They are located in downtown Petoskey, and the galleries are free and open to the public Monday - Saturday.
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Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 East Mitchell Street
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Founded in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey features four galleries, a theater, dance studio, classrooms, a culinary arts kitchen, and much more. They are located in downtown Petoskey, and the galleries are free and open to the public Monday - Saturday.
This is not a cost-free experience, but who knows, you might get lucky! Table games and slot machines. Snacks to Fine dining venues are in the casino.
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Odawa Casino
1760 Lears Road
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This is not a cost-free experience, but who knows, you might get lucky! Table games and slot machines. Snacks to Fine dining venues are in the casino.
Experience one of Petoskey's best-kept secrets - one of the Midwest's best whitewater recreation areas right in the heart of Petoskey. In 2010, the City of Petoskey undertook over $2 million dollars of improvements in the Bear River Valley Recreation Area including a .25-mile whitewater boating area in the Bear River. This improved whitewater course flows through an area that was once home to multiple dams and various industries - the Bear River has more fall than any river in the lower peninsula of Michigan. Today, you will find a river that has been beautifully restored, with walking paths and lookouts that will keep even experienced whitewater kayaks entertained and coming back for more.
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Bear River Valley Recreation Area
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Experience one of Petoskey's best-kept secrets - one of the Midwest's best whitewater recreation areas right in the heart of Petoskey. In 2010, the City of Petoskey undertook over $2 million dollars of improvements in the Bear River Valley Recreation Area including a .25-mile whitewater boating area in the Bear River. This improved whitewater course flows through an area that was once home to multiple dams and various industries - the Bear River has more fall than any river in the lower peninsula of Michigan. Today, you will find a river that has been beautifully restored, with walking paths and lookouts that will keep even experienced whitewater kayaks entertained and coming back for more.
The easy winding current of the Bear River allows paddlers and passengers a chance to see beaver, turtles, ducks, and other wildlife. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars as the banks are inhabited with scores of wild birds including a Blue Heron who never fails to return every year. If it's fishing that interests you bring your poles. The Bear River houses Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout. The season opens in April and runs into September. To ensure your safety, a canoe is provided with coast guard approved cushions. Life jackets are provided for the little ones. So bring the entire family, get away from it all and enjoy some of the relaxing rustic beauty Northern Michigan is noted for.
Bear River Canoe Livery
2517 McDougal Rd
The easy winding current of the Bear River allows paddlers and passengers a chance to see beaver, turtles, ducks, and other wildlife. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars as the banks are inhabited with scores of wild birds including a Blue Heron who never fails to return every year. If it's fishing that interests you bring your poles. The Bear River houses Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout. The season opens in April and runs into September. To ensure your safety, a canoe is provided with coast guard approved cushions. Life jackets are provided for the little ones. So bring the entire family, get away from it all and enjoy some of the relaxing rustic beauty Northern Michigan is noted for.
Explore Petoskey's Wine Region. Vine Ride specializes in small group tours of the Petoskey Wine Region. Reserve a handful of seats in their 9-passenger van, or book the whole van for a private group experience. Vine Ride will chauffeur you to several wineries and help create joyful memories along the way.
Vine Ride--Petoskey Wine Tours
Explore Petoskey's Wine Region. Vine Ride specializes in small group tours of the Petoskey Wine Region. Reserve a handful of seats in their 9-passenger van, or book the whole van for a private group experience. Vine Ride will chauffeur you to several wineries and help create joyful memories along the way.
Much of the ride is along the Lake Michigan Shoreline. If you follow the road to Cross Village, a stop at Legs Inn is a no brainer. (You'll see our Legs Inn recommendation in this Guidebook under Restaurants.) This is one of the most scenic roadways in Michigan, and it is particularly beautiful during Fall's color season. You can hop on M-119 by turning right on Country Club Road, then left Manvel Road, then left on US 31 North, then make a quick right at the light--you'll see the Michigan State Police Post on M-119.
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Tunnel of Trees
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Much of the ride is along the Lake Michigan Shoreline. If you follow the road to Cross Village, a stop at Legs Inn is a no brainer. (You'll see our Legs Inn recommendation in this Guidebook under Restaurants.) This is one of the most scenic roadways in Michigan, and it is particularly beautiful during Fall's color season. You can hop on M-119 by turning right on Country Club Road, then left Manvel Road, then left on US 31 North, then make a quick right at the light--you'll see the Michigan State Police Post on M-119.
Lavender Hill Farm is open seasonally from May 10th - October 27th, 10AM-5PM daily. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore and experience the sight, scent and taste of lavender. One of the largest lavender farms in Michigan, They are home to 25 varieties of lavender, honey bees and a restored historical barn where lunches, movies, weddings and live music performances are held. Ask about tours, yoga, crafts, classes and photography. Check out the gift shop for locally produced culinary delights and dozens of handcrafted gifts. Cut your own lavender, watch lavender oil being distilled or simply enjoy time with family and friends amidst the beautiful scenery. The farm is about 15 minutes away. See their website or Facebook for a full schedule of classes, concerts and events.
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Lavender Hill Farm
7354 Horton Bay Rd N
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Lavender Hill Farm is open seasonally from May 10th - October 27th, 10AM-5PM daily. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore and experience the sight, scent and taste of lavender. One of the largest lavender farms in Michigan, They are home to 25 varieties of lavender, honey bees and a restored historical barn where lunches, movies, weddings and live music performances are held. Ask about tours, yoga, crafts, classes and photography. Check out the gift shop for locally produced culinary delights and dozens of handcrafted gifts. Cut your own lavender, watch lavender oil being distilled or simply enjoy time with family and friends amidst the beautiful scenery. The farm is about 15 minutes away. See their website or Facebook for a full schedule of classes, concerts and events.
This is listed only for the concert series, but we walk or run through Bay View since our cottage is located next to the Country Club! Please check out the Bay View Association Performance Schedule online. For most performances, you'll need to get your tickets well in advance, so plan accordingly. The scheduled June, July, and August concerts are well worth the advance purchase!
Bay View Association
1715 Encampment Ave
This is listed only for the concert series, but we walk or run through Bay View since our cottage is located next to the Country Club! Please check out the Bay View Association Performance Schedule online. For most performances, you'll need to get your tickets well in advance, so plan accordingly. The scheduled June, July, and August concerts are well worth the advance purchase!
You'll want to devote a day to this excursion. For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, unique shopping and diverse dining. Unforgettable sunsets, awe-inspiring sunrises and extraordinary nightlife befit "The Island's" ranking as a Top 10 U.S. Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today.
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Mackinac Island
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You'll want to devote a day to this excursion. For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, unique shopping and diverse dining. Unforgettable sunsets, awe-inspiring sunrises and extraordinary nightlife befit "The Island's" ranking as a Top 10 U.S. Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today.
Sturgeon River Pottery of Petoskey, Michigan offers the finest selection of pottery, Petoskey Stones, and hand-crafted gifts in Northern Michigan. With a collection of work from over 150 artists and craftspeople from all over Michigan and the U.S., Sturgeon River has been an icon in Northern Michigan and the life’s work of the Andrews Family for over 34 years. They also have unique hand-crafted gifts, garden decor, outdoor accessories, Amish furniture, and wild birding supplies.
Sturgeon River Pottery
3031 Charlevoix Ave
Sturgeon River Pottery of Petoskey, Michigan offers the finest selection of pottery, Petoskey Stones, and hand-crafted gifts in Northern Michigan. With a collection of work from over 150 artists and craftspeople from all over Michigan and the U.S., Sturgeon River has been an icon in Northern Michigan and the life’s work of the Andrews Family for over 34 years. They also have unique hand-crafted gifts, garden decor, outdoor accessories, Amish furniture, and wild birding supplies.

Fishing

Whether you want to fly fish, hire a charter, toss a line from a dock or bring your own fishing boat and spend the day on the lake, the Petoskey Area is a fisherman’s dream. Each of the local lakes has an interesting collection of fish from bass, to perch, pike, and walleye. Petoskey’s Bear River plays host to brook trout, salmon and steelhead. And those who hit the colder waters of Little Traverse Bay will likely pull in trout, salmon, bass, and steelhead. Of course, there are also a bunch of lesser-known lakes and streams around where you can try your luck. Let us know if you're interested in a fly fishing lesson or guide, a boat rental, or want to hire a charter.
The Chamber and Visitor's Center has many recommendations for charters, guides, and boat rentals.
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
401 E Mitchell St
The Chamber and Visitor's Center has many recommendations for charters, guides, and boat rentals.

Skiing

Two of the Midwest's best ski resorts are within a 12-minute drive.
A local fav, with a free ski run for children (and adults) located near the "Barney Lift" as we call it because of its purple color. Nubs has spectacular views of Little Travers Bay and plenty to keep skiers and boarders happy--check out their terrain park. Nub’s Nob is still the only Midwestern area ever to garner North American Gold Medals from SKI Magazine when it was voted #1 for terrain parks and #4 for grooming in 2007 and into the Top Ten of all the US and Canada ski resorts for snow, grooming, and value in 2002.
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Nubs Nob Ski Resort
500 Nubs Nob Road
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A local fav, with a free ski run for children (and adults) located near the "Barney Lift" as we call it because of its purple color. Nubs has spectacular views of Little Travers Bay and plenty to keep skiers and boarders happy--check out their terrain park. Nub’s Nob is still the only Midwestern area ever to garner North American Gold Medals from SKI Magazine when it was voted #1 for terrain parks and #4 for grooming in 2007 and into the Top Ten of all the US and Canada ski resorts for snow, grooming, and value in 2002.
At Boyne Highlands, winter visitors have access to 55 beautifully groomed and maintained downhill runs, and a wide variety of terrain parks suited to riders and skiers of every ability, all served by a network of lifts designed to make the most of each and every day. With tubing, snowshoeing and a host of other activities available, you'll find more than enough fun to chase away the winter blues.
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The Highlands at Harbor Springs
600 Highland Road
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At Boyne Highlands, winter visitors have access to 55 beautifully groomed and maintained downhill runs, and a wide variety of terrain parks suited to riders and skiers of every ability, all served by a network of lifts designed to make the most of each and every day. With tubing, snowshoeing and a host of other activities available, you'll find more than enough fun to chase away the winter blues.
Boyne Highlands sister resort is only 25 minutes away and is a wonderful alternative experience. You might be interested in the resort's history and how its founder, Everett Kircher, created a ski empire and helped transform the United States ski resort industry. His biography is titled, "Everett Kircher: Michigan's Resort Pioneer."
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Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road
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Boyne Highlands sister resort is only 25 minutes away and is a wonderful alternative experience. You might be interested in the resort's history and how its founder, Everett Kircher, created a ski empire and helped transform the United States ski resort industry. His biography is titled, "Everett Kircher: Michigan's Resort Pioneer."

Golf

There are many golf courses that will match your game and your wallet within a 20-mile radius. You'll need to book tee times before you arrive to assure your preferred course is available during your stay. $ to $$$
Famed golf course architect Arthur Hills developed 27 spectacularly diverse holes on three distinct and varied courses along Lake Michigan's coastline giving birth to the Pebble Beach of the Midwest. The design strikes a balance between the stunning natural beauty and what was once an abandoned shale quarry. The courses are typically played in pairs - each with a different finishing nine - to form three unique 18-hole course routings to test and reward every player and skill level. $$$
Bay Harbor Golf Club
5800 Coastal Ridge Dr
Famed golf course architect Arthur Hills developed 27 spectacularly diverse holes on three distinct and varied courses along Lake Michigan's coastline giving birth to the Pebble Beach of the Midwest. The design strikes a balance between the stunning natural beauty and what was once an abandoned shale quarry. The courses are typically played in pairs - each with a different finishing nine - to form three unique 18-hole course routings to test and reward every player and skill level. $$$
Carved through stands of centuries-old hardwood, and perched on bluffs high above Little Traverse Bay, the fairways of the first nine holes are lined by old-growth trees - creating stunning sightlines from one hole to the next. The course is characterized by undulating greens that require careful, consistent putts for par. $$+
Crooked Tree Golf Club
600 Crooked Tree Dr
Carved through stands of centuries-old hardwood, and perched on bluffs high above Little Traverse Bay, the fairways of the first nine holes are lined by old-growth trees - creating stunning sightlines from one hole to the next. The course is characterized by undulating greens that require careful, consistent putts for par. $$+
Nestled above the bay for which it is named, Little Traverse Bay Golf Course and Restaurant exemplifies Harbor Springs at its best. This unique public golf club provides superior golf and dining in a peaceful and harmonious setting. $ to $$
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club and Restaurant
995 Hideaway Valley Dr
Nestled above the bay for which it is named, Little Traverse Bay Golf Course and Restaurant exemplifies Harbor Springs at its best. This unique public golf club provides superior golf and dining in a peaceful and harmonious setting. $ to $$
At Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, you’ll discover why it's ranked among Golfweek's “Best Courses You Can Play” in 2013-2017. You will immediately recognize that Hidden River is unique to other courses in northern Michigan. When I golfed more regularly, I was a member. It's worth the 20-minute drive from the cottage. $$
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
7688 Maple River Rd
At Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, you’ll discover why it's ranked among Golfweek's “Best Courses You Can Play” in 2013-2017. You will immediately recognize that Hidden River is unique to other courses in northern Michigan. When I golfed more regularly, I was a member. It's worth the 20-minute drive from the cottage. $$
This is a fun and challenging public course. My friends and I have played this course and enjoyed it. $
Chestnut Valley Golf Course
1875 Club House Dr
This is a fun and challenging public course. My friends and I have played this course and enjoyed it. $
10 Championship-Caliber Courses--please Google "Boyne Golf." Some of the courses listed in this Guidebook are among the 10. $$ to $$$
Boyne Golf Highland
10 Championship-Caliber Courses--please Google "Boyne Golf." Some of the courses listed in this Guidebook are among the 10. $$ to $$$