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Experience Summertime in Northern Michigan - Named One of the Best Small Towns by USA Today

The Petoskey Area earned recognition of one of the Best Small Towns in the Midwest by USA Today. Known for its pristine lakes, natural beauty, and the charming small communities, Northern Michigan transforms into a luxurious paradise in the summer months. From boating adventures to exploring vibrant farmers markets, attending exclusive events, and dining at top restaurants, here’s your guide to making the most of your summertime in Northern Michigan.


Home to some of the finest golf courses in the country, the Northern Michigan regions rolling terrain and stunning vistas provide a picturesque backdrop for multiple rounds of golf. Renowned courses like Bay Harbor Golf Club, Harbor Point Golf Club, and Crooked Tree Golf Club offer challenging play with impeccable service.

Culinary Delights

Northern Michigan's culinary scene is a delightful blend of local flavors and upscale dining. The region is known for a farm-to-table approach, sourcing fresh ingredients from local farms and fisheries including Traverse City cherries, artisan cheese, fresh-caught whitefish, and American Spoon products. Don't miss dining at Chandlers - a Restaurant, Nomad, Spring and Porter, Cafe Sante, and Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse.


Discover the unique cold-hardy grapes grown in our region are the secret behind our popular local wineries that make up the Petoskey Wine Region. With over 64 unique wineries along Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan, you won't be disappointed.

Exploring Farmers Markets

A treasure of fresh, locally sourced produce, and artisanal goods. These markets are perfect for those who appreciate high-quality ingredients for their kitchens.

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm

Thursdays, 8 am to 1 pm

Fridays, 8:30 am to 1 pm


Great Lakes Center for the Arts has a fabulous year-round line-up of world-class events of all genres of the performing arts. This beautiful theatre is in the heart of downtown Bay Harbor with state-of-the-art features. Audiences can enjoy everything from classical concerts and shows to dance performances, speakers, and award-winning artists. Whether you're a local resident or visitor, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a premier destination for enriching entertainment and artistic excellence.

Summer in Northern Michigan is a haven for visitors and locals alike, offering a captivating blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, exquisite dining, and cultural experiences, all framed by the breathtaking Great Lakes. Northern Michigan provides a perfect backdrop for unforgettable summer moments.


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