Petoskey, Mi – Travel
On our way home from our weekend trip up north we managed to squeeze in one last stop for a bit of sight seeing and some lunch in Petoskey!
Petoskey is a very scenic town with several points of interest. The first of which is Bay View. Bay View is a community on the east side of Petoskey that is filled with Victorian homes. It is fun just to drive through to look at all of them as they are quite beautiful. An interesting tidbit about Bay View is that it was founded in 1875 by a group of Methodists who initially used the area as a retreat. The retreat grew into the community it is today and you must actually belong to a Christian based faith in order to have a house there. The community does close up in the Fall and Winter so during that time the houses are boarded up and not in use.
After we drove through Bay View we made our way to Petoskey’s Bay Front Park. It is a must stop when you are in Petoskey as it offers great views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. In addition to great views, the park has playgrounds, walking paths, baseball fields, volleyball courts, a marina and so much more! From the Bay Front Park you can take the Pedestrian Tunnel to Petoskey’s downtown area called the Gas Light District.
The Gas Light District is home to many stores and restaurants unlike any that you will find anywhere else as a majority of them are independent and not affiliated with any chain. It is so refreshing to go somewhere and experience something outside of the typical chain stores and restaurants. Not to mention the Gas Light district is very scenic and pedestrian friendly. It really is a great place to spend an afternoon!
Betsy: Petoskey was pretty much a second home to me growing up because we would go there to do some shopping and to eat out at restaurants. As I got older I attended a community college in Petoskey and my jobs that I had while in college were in Petoskey as well. I had always been a fan of the Bay Front park and would sometimes stop in if I had extra time between classes or before work. Back then I took those views for granted but now I know just how lucky I was to see all of that beauty on a daily basis.
Chris: While I don’t feel the same connection that Betsy does to Petoskey, it still holds a special place in my heart. We visited here 2 years ago on our first trip together and we spent the day walking hand-in-hand by the water and searching for the ever elusive Petoskey stone. We took this photo and I’m still as very much in love with her now as I was back then. Every time I see this photo I can still transport back to that very moment in my head and it makes me feel warm inside.