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a fantasy island, magic ferries, trails and sails, shops where you’re welcome in your flops—vacations in the Petoskey/Straits of Mackinac region are nothing short of epic. We’ll drop some nouns to get you started: Mackinac Island, Colonial Michilimackinac, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Boyne, The Grand Hotel, Wilderness State Park and the Tunnel of Trees. And some verbs to go with: bike, hike, shop, swim, paddle, play, sail, golf, dine, relax. All you need now is this copy of MyNorth Vacation Guide to help you weave it all into one unforgettable narrative of your own!—The editors of MyNorth.com and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine
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Dark Sky Discovery Trail at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park! Mackinaw City, Emmet County
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The newest addition to the cultural interpretation of the night sky at the Headlands in Emmet County is now open to the public! The Dark Sky Discovery Trail is a 1-mile paved trail from the main entrance to the Dark Sky Viewing Area. It features cultural docents, indigenous artwork and regional photography that interpret humanity’s relationship to the night sky over the centuries and across a variety of cultures. The Headlands is one of just 7 International Dark Sky Parks in the U.S.! 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City • 7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr.
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The Good Stuff if you only have a few days In Little Traverse DO not miss: Lavender Hill Farms: With its rolling terrain and more than 8,000 lavender plants, this pesticide-free Boyne City farm is like something out of the French Provençal countryside. Stop by for a stroll through the fragrant fields, or to shop the lavender products (soaps, sachets, jellies and more). 231.582.3784, lavender
Dutch Oven Bakery: Folks have flocked to this cozy Alanson shop since the 1930s to get their sugar fix: cakes, traditional pastries, pies and lofty loaves of legendary cinnamon bread are just the start. Stick around for lunch in the cafe, and peruse treasures in the adjacent yarn shop. 7611 U.S. 31, Alanson,
Headlands International Dark Sky Park: There’s no camping at this Mackinaw City property, but as an official “Dark Sky Park,” it’s open for incredible stargazing, way into the wee hours of the morning. A perfect spot to catch the Perseids meteor shower, August 10 through 13. emmeT county.org/darkskypark.
Room for a View: For a great photo-op, there’s a little-known overlook in downtown Harbor Springs offering a knockout vista over Little Traverse Bay. To find it, head to the corner of Spring and Bluff Streets, where a wooden stairway tucked among trees leads up to the viewing platform. Pack a camera. harbor springschamber.com.
Mary Ellen’s Place: Sidle up to the counter on old-fashioned swivel stools at this real-deal soda shop, housed in a historic Harbor Springs newsstand dating back to 1928. Burgers, fries, and hand-dipped malts are a nostalgic treat for the whole family. 145 E. Main, Harbor Springs, 231.526.5591, maryellensplace.com.
Crooked Tree Breadworks: Stone-hearth baked breads, sweet and savory scones, legendary granola, and other delights have gained this artisan bakery a serious reputation. Our current obsession: the Pepper-Parmesan loaf for knockout BLTs. 2264 M-119,
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Cruise M-119: This 20-mile two-lane between Harbor Springs and Cross Village is one of the state’s most spectacular drives. Highlights include exploring Good Hart’s historic general store, driving under the canopy-like “Tunnel of Trees,” and finishing with kielbasa and pierogi on the patio at Cross Village’s storied Polish restaurant, Legs Inn.
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Petoskey State Park: This expansive beach on Little Traverse Bay is a slice of heaven smack between Harbor Springs and Petoskey, making it ideal for a swim after shopping in town. Play a game of volleyball in the sand courts, or take a short hike along the park’s trail system for the incredible views atop Old Baldy, a stable dune just behind the beach. 180 campsites. On M-119, four miles northeast of Petoskey. 231.347.2311. Zorn Park: Harbor Springs’ in-town MyNorth.com/vg-pm
park, next to the marina, is a favorite for families. The beach has lifeguards, a swimming raft, and a sandy-bottom swim area where you can take a dip in the clean, cold, spring-fed waters of this natural harbor on Little Traverse Bay. The grassy knoll along the beach is perfect for rolling out a blanket and enjoying a take-out lunch from one of the eateries just a couple blocks away. 231.526.7999, harborspringschamber.com.
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve:
This sweet Lake Michigan beach is a bit of a secret, tucked away in a pretty 30-acre preserve near Harbor Springs. It’s just 300 feet of frontage, but on most days you’re likely to have it all to yourself. Bonus: There’s also 1.5 miles of easy hiking trails and boardwalks through dunes and cedar swamps, and an interpretive nature center the kids will adore. On Lower Shore Drive, off M-119 four miles north of Harbor Springs. 231.526.6401, landtrust.org.
Peninsula Beach: A short walk from
downtown Boyne City, this little public beach on Lake Charlevoix is primo for parking a lawn chair for an afternoon or bringing the family for a picnic. It’s actually one of two Boyne City beaches; the other, Tannery Beach, is the perfect place to launch a canoe—and is also popular among dog lovers for letting the pooches jump in for a swim. cityofboynecity.com.
Crooked Lake: This quiet, meander-
ing inland lake northeast of Petoskey is part of the famous Inland Waterway—an interconnected series of rivers and lakes stretching from Petoskey to Cheboygan. On the lake’s western edge is the community of Conway, where the Township Park has a cute little beach for swimming and sunning, a bubbling artesian well, and a picnic-perfect grassy park. On Merritt Street/U.S. 31 in Conway. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 7
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For a laid-back day on the water, charter a sailboat with Little Traverse Sailors, a nonprofit sailing school on the waterfront in Harbor Springs. Climb aboard Exit Strategy, a 34-foot J/105 sailboat with room for you and five friends, and head to Charlevoix or Beaver Island, or just tool around Little Traverse Bay for an afternoon. (Or, our favorite: Stargaze from the water on a moonlit sail.) If you get bit by the sailing bug after your trip, Little Traverse Sailors offers classes and private instruction for all ages. HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.838.4484, LITTLETRAVERSESAILORS.ORG.
Paddle Little Traverse Bay
Spend a dreamy morning kayaking the protected inlet of Little Traverse Bay, exploring the shoreline from downtown Harbor Springs all the way to the historic lighthouse at the end of the exclusive Harbor Point peninsula. Rentals, lessons and guided tours available through The Outfitter in Harbor Springs. 153 E. Main St., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.2621, OUTFITTER-
Bear River Whitewater Park
Bear River Valley Recreation Area’s recent $2.4 million facelift included returning a spectacular stretch of the Bear River to its natural wild state. Dams were
removed, industrial areas were cleaned, and the result is one of Michigan’s few true whitewater experiences, with challenging drops and rapids to thrill experienced paddlers. Bonus: You won’t have to travel far to find it; the park is just steps from downtown Petoskey. Find the park’s main entrances off Lake and West Sheridan Streets. PETOSkEyAREA.COM.
the company whose name you might recognize from the Mackinac island ferry docks also offers cruises around the straits, where passengers can get close-up views of some of the area’s most remote lighthouses. each trip includes narration about Great lakes maritime history, shipwrecks, navigation methods and other cool facts. Cruises range between three and ﬁve hours each; reservations strongly recommended. 231.436.5023, SHEPLERSFERRy.COM.
Bear River Canoe Livery
For a slower journey down the Bear River, rent canoes or kayaks through this laid-back livery, which offers one-, two-, and four-hour paddling trips along a quiet stretch of the river. Perfect for new paddlers and families with young kids, with lots of scenery and wildlife sightings along the way. 2517 MCDOUGALL RD., 231.347.9038.
Boat the Inland Waterway
The meandering, 40-mile Inland Waterway is the state’s largest interconnected chain of lakes and rivers, stretching from Pickerel Lake, east of Petoskey, all the way to where the Cheboygan River empties into Lake Huron. Round up your friends and rent a pontoon for a leisurely day trip of fishing, swimming, and sightseeing; Windjammer Cove & Marina in Oden has rentals and can point you to the best spots for exploring along your trip. 231.347.6103, WINDJAMMERMARINA.COM.
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oUtdoor adVentUres avalanche Mountain Preserve this heavily wooded, 300-acre gem of a park in Boyne city is interwoven with a disc golf course, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a 462-step staircase to the top of the mountain, with a viewing platform to take in the spectacular vista overlooking lake charlevoix. cItYofBoYnecItY.com.
Wildwood Rush Zipline Canopy Tours explore the northwoods from a new, unforgettable perspective: the treetops. michigan’s longest zipline tour will have you wandering along aerial suspension bridges high in the trees, and soaring along lines up to 80 feet off the ground. located ¼ mile north of Young state park in Boyne city. 231.582.3400, WIldWoodrush.com.
Nature Conservancy Hikes escape to the woods—or the meadows, wetlands, dunes, or shorelines— at one of the little traverse conservancy’s 164 nature preserves. the preserves range from pint-sized (like the less-than-half-acre shurtleff preserve in cross village, with amazing views of lake michigan) to big-time (such as the 750-acre sturgeon Bay dunes, a stunning spot to watch the sunset). all offer fantastic wildlife viewing, most have marked trails, and some are even open to kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and other adventures. find a full guide with maps and descriptions of each preserve online. landtrust.org.
Little Traverse wheelway: This turn-of-the-century former railway, stretching more than 26 miles along the bay between Charlevoix and Harbor Springs, now serves as one of the region’s most scenic nonmotorized trails—a haven for recreational riders. The wide, paved pathway makes it especially friendly for families with small children. The “East Segment” in Petoskey is a lovely section; start at the Little Traverse History Museum, and continue northeast along Bayfront Park (note: a perfect picnic spot) and through the gorgeous Victorian-era community of Bay View. Map available online, TRAILSCOUNCIL.ORG.
Boyne Highlands Resort: Hop the chairlift for a ride to the top of the mountain, where you’ll find a range of trails suited to all levels of riders. Crosscountry mountain bikers can test their skills on scenic downhill runs; for experts, there’s the experts-only Bike Park, where obstacles like ramps and jumps will challenge even the most aggressive riders. Bike rentals available on-site. HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.3000, BOyNE.COM.
wilderness state Park: This 10,000-acre park west of Mackinaw City has a vast network of trails, many of which are former two-tracks open to mountain biking. The terrain is mostly flat—great for beginner riders and those more interested in scenery than an adrenaline rush. For an easy 11K loop, follow these trails in succession: Swamp Line to South Boundary to Nebo to Wiikenhas. Maps and other loop suggestions available at the ranger station. CARP LAkE, 231.436.5381.
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kIDS kids Fishing Pond: kids will love tossing a line in this spring-fed trout pond in petoskey’s Bayfront park, stocked with “retired” trout from nearby oden state fish hatchery. the waterfront park also has a waterfall, marina, picnic area, and pedestrian tunnel to the shops in downtown petoskey—for when the kiddos inevitably get restless. petoskeYarea.com.
Pond Hill Farm: this working farm and market has a whole barnful of cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and geese for feeding and petting, plus the “squash rocket”—a giant slingshot for flinging squash into the fields—and hay rides every weekend from may through october. MyNorth.com/vg-pm
Fort Mackinac: A must-do on Mackinac Island, the 1780-built Fort Mackinac, perched high atop a limestone bluff, was a strategic outpost for British and U.S. armies for more than 115 years. Today, it’s one of the most scenic spots on the island—and a place where history comes alive daily. The parade grounds and historic buildings—some more than 225 years old—have been preserved as interactive exhibits, with costumed interpreters leading demonstrations to show what life was like within the fort for the soldiers and their families, who called this place home. Re-enactments include cannon salutes, rifle firing, bugle playing, medical treatments, children’s games, and even Victorian-era baseball. Stay for lunch in the fort’s Tea Room, where you’ll find spectacular views over downtown. 231.436.4100, MACkINACPARkS.COM.
Colonial Michilimackinac: From 1715 to the early 1780s, this fortified encampment overlooking
the Straits served as a fur trading post for French and British traders in the western Great Lakes. The Mackinaw City landmark is now on the National Register of Historic Places, serving as an open-air, liveaction museum and active archaeological site (more than a million artifacts have been unearthed here since excavation began in 1959). Many of the interactive exhibits are designed with kid-friendly participation in mind: Children can try their hand at soldier drills, crafts, Victorian dances, games, and even helping colonial women tend the vegetable garden and cook dinner over the open hearth. 231.436.4100, MACkINACPARkS.COM.
Michigan Fisheries visitors center: every year, more than a million rainbow and brown trout are raised at this cool facility—one of the most advanced of its kind—for release into michigan rivers. With tours, interpretive exhibits, and big ponds full of “retired” fish that you can feed, this is a great destination for a kid-friendly day trip. 8258 s. aYr rd., oden, 231.348.0996.
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GoLF 1. BoyNe MouNTaiN ResoRT Two championship courses, each with its own distinct character: The Alpine course offers stunning views and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards; the Monument is a dramatic ode to great course architecture, with each hole named for a golf luminary. BoYne cItY, 231.462.6963, BoYne.com.
2. Bay HaRBoR GoLF cLuB an acclaimed golf club, consistently ranked among the best in the nation, featuring three distinct arthur hills–designed courses atop sweeping lake michigan bluffs. Incredible views and challenging play for all skill levels. BaY harBor, 231.439.4085, BaYharBorGolf.com.
3. wawasHkaMo GoLF couRse Michigan’s oldest continuously run golf course also happens to be a Mackinac Island gem, tucked away on the site of an 1814 battle between the British and the Americans. Ask for hickory golf clubs for an authentic throwback experience. mackInac
Island, 906.847.3871, WaWashkamo.com.
LiTTLe TRaveRse Bay GoLF cLuB A favorite among locals, this public course is known for its stellar views of Little Traverse Bay. Its smart design across Harbor Springs’ hilly terrain includes elevated tees, a rolling back nine, and a mix of open and tight tree-lined fairways. harBor sprInGs, 231.526.6200, ltBaYGolf.com.
1. BoyNe HiGHLaNds ResoRT Four courses set against a pristine Northwoods backdrop offer a wide range of play. The Moor is suitable for all skill levels, with challenging doglegs and marshes; the smartly designed Arthur Hills keeps experienced golfers on their toes with traps and hazards; Donald Ross Memorial is a composite of re-created classic holes designed by its namesake; and The Heather is an elite course that should be a bucket-list item for any serious golfer. harBor sprInGs, 231.462.6963, BoYne.com.
enough challenges to keep seasoned golfers engaged—all set to a stunning backdrop befitting the course’s name. mackInaW cItY, 231.537.4973, GolfWIlderness.com.
THe JeweL aT GRaNd HoTeL Roam the links amid the lush quietude of Mackinac Island. Two 9-hole courses: The Grand, built in 1901 and updated in 1987 (plentiful water); The Woods, set within the island interior (hilly views), built in 1994. mackInac Island, 906.847.3331, Grandhotel.com
cHesTNuT vaLLey GoLF couRse Named for the ancient American chestnut tree found between holes 10 and 11, this club is a scenic retreat among rolling hills and hardwoods. The 18-hole course has a bonus 19th hole and a newly remodeled, log cabin–style clubhouse. harBor sprInGs, 231.526.9100,
THe MackiNaw cLuB A round at this Jerry Matthews–designed course is laid-back and scenic—and a bargain to boot. Natural water elements and a blend of traditional Michigan tree-lined and open-meadow fairways. mackInaW cItY, 231.537.4955,
HiddeN RiveR GoLF & casTiNG cLuB Fly-fish after your round on this demanding but fair 18-hole course along the Maple River. The linksstyle layout features dunes and water elements, and an elevated back nine through massive pines.
cRooked TRee GoLF couRse A short but spectacular 18-hole course sculpted out of mature hardwoods atop high bluffs overlooking Bay Harbor. The back nine is a highlight, opening to sprawling views of Little Traverse Bay. petoskeY,
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wiLdeRNess GoLF couRse With no tee times required, this wonderful walking course is great for a leisurely game. Well-suited for beginners but peppered with
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lage overlooking Little Traverse Bay is home to the century-old Gaslight District—named for the historic gas lamps that line its streets—where you’ll find nearly 200 independent shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. petoskeydowntown.COM.
Shopping Districts Bay Harbor: Though many ameni-
ties of this bayfront resort community are exclusive to its residents, the downtown strip—home to boutiques, galleries and restaurants—is always open to the public. villageatbayharbor.com.
SAMPLER Cheek-a-dee Meek-a-dee: Cute shop catering to kids, with clothing, books and games. Galley Gourmet: Foodie favorites like specialty jams, sauces, and fine wines, plus a deli in the back. Mettlers American Mercantile: Timeless, luxurious clothing and homewares, including handtooled leather accessories and smartly curated vintage pieces. b.may bags: Gorgeous, minimalist handbags and accessories handmade by a local designer.
Boyne City: This former logging town on the east end of Lake Charlevoix has a variety of eclectic shops and restaurants. SAMPLER Inspired Living: Books, candles, tea, yoga and meditation tools, and other gear for mindful living.
No Boundaries: Gifts, gear and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts (and anyone who likes to dress like one). The Birds Nest: A sweet children’s boutique, with shoes and clothing for infants, toddlers and older kids. Alpine Chocolate Haus: A dream come true for chocoholics, with chocolate-covered everything, plus gourmet popcorn, candy, and hand-dipped ice cream
Harbor Springs: Postcard-pretty Harbor Springs has an artsy vibe and a ton of great shops, galleries, eateries and antiques shops in its four-block downtown. harborspringschamber.com. SAMPLER L’Esprit: Gorgeous French country antiques from Provence and Burgundy, plus modern home goods like luxurious soaps, glassware and linens. Rocking Horse Toy Company: A sweet toy shop with puzzles, games, books, crafts, dolls, kites, and much more. Spice Harbor: Culinary boutique with locally made Alden Mill House spices, Polish Pottery,
SAMPLER McLean & Eakin: Cozy indie bookseller with great service and a big selection of Michigan reads. Cutler’s: A gourmand’s dream, with kitchenware, culinary accessories, cookbooks and more. Symons General Store: Historic purveyor of specialty foods and wines. Bearcub Outfitters: Outdoorsy clothing and gear for hiking, paddling, and other Northern adventures. Threads: Casual, hip clothing for women— and a warm, helpful staff to help you find just the right thing. Robert Frost Fine Footwear: Irresistible, splurge-worthy designer shoes and accessories.
fine cookware, and other kitchen tools and treats. American Spoon: Locally handcrafted artisanal fruit preserves, condiments and gifts, plus a gelato and sorbetto bar for a tasty post-shopping treat. Christians Greenhouse & Garden Center: A great selection of gifts and wares for home and garden.
Mackinaw City: Home to hundreds
of shops, this bustling downtown is a fun shopping destination in itself, or while you’re waiting to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island. mackinawcity.com. SAMPLER Island Bookstore: Warm and welcoming indie bookshop with local titles and a great selection for kids. Bell’s Fishery: A Mackinaw City fixture with legendary smoked whitefish. Coffman Hardware: Cool historic hardware with an eye-popping collection of Swiss Army knives. Mackinaw Crossings: An outdoor shopping center with 50 Victorian-style retail shops, plus a five-screen cinema, a haunted house, and nightly laser light shows. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 17
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Crooked Tree Arts Center
The Little Traverse Region has long been a haven for artists—and in Petoskey, the heart of that community is Crooked Tree Arts Center. Housed in an 1890-built Methodist church (in itself a work of art, with incredible architectural details and original stained glass), the center is a vibrant hub for creative and cultural happenings—from exhibits to live music to classes in art, music and dance. After wandering through the galleries, catch a performance in the 235seat theater or peruse the Art Tree Gallery, a year-round shop with jewelry, pottery, paintings and other works for sale by local artists. This summer brings a special salon-style exhibit from Oil Painters of America, featuring lectures, workshops, and more than 400 works from some of the best oil painters in the nation. A must-stop on Petoskey’s annual Gallery Walk, held this year on June 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 461 E. Mitchell St., 231.347.4337, crookedtree.org.
Bay View Music Festival
Since its founding in 1875 as a Methodist retreat camp, the Bay View community has always had its roots in the fine arts and education. Each summer brings nine full weeks of entertainment—nearly a performance every single night—ranging from live music to theater arts to comedy. Visit Bay View online for performance dates and ticket information, and to learn more this season’s visiting artists series. bayviewfestival.org.
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art and culture is a highlight of the summer for its tight community of long-time attendees. Known for showcasing American roots and world music, the festival also features art and music workshops, a plethora of activities for kids, a juried arts and crafts show, rustic camping, and lots more. Cross Village, July 12-14, blissfest.org. MyNorth.com/vg-pm
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MUSIC AL FRESCO Four spots to enjoy free outdoor concerts all summer long: Street Musique: Every Thursday night through Labor Day, the sidewalks of Harbor Springs’ downtown are turned into stages for regional musicians. Kids can participate in face painting, magic shows, sidewalk-chalk art and more. HARBORSPRINGSCHAMBER.COM.
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Evenings at the Gazebo: This free concert series brings live music to Boyne City’s Old City Park, at the corner of Park and River Streets, every Wednesday night from June 19 through August 14. A local pizzeria is on hand, too, selling soft drinks and pizza by the slice for picnickers. BOYNECHAMBER.COM. Concerts in the Park: The Charlotte Ross Lee concert series has been a Petoskey tradition for more than 30 years. Located along a historic former railroad corridor in Pennsylvania Park, on Lake Street between Howard and Division Streets. Schedule online. PETOSKEY.COM. Petoskey Rocks!: Friday nights in the summer from 6 to 9 p.m. Street music, carriage rides, trolley rides, movie in the park, special store events and more. Full schedule at PETOSKEYDOWNTOWN.COM.
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CANOPY TOUR Feel the RUSH as you fly down our 11 zip lines and 5 sky bridges spanning over 1-1/2 miles. Tour the forest canopy with AWESOME views of Lake Charlevoix, or race your friends on the Midwestâ€™s only 1,200-foot TRIPLE zip line.
Wildwood Rush is independently owned and operated, and is not affiliated with Boyne Mt. or Boyne Resorts
For reservations call 855.ZIP-INFO or visit WILDWOODRUSH.COM. Located 2 miles from downtown Boyne City, across from Young State Park. Wildwood Rush is independently owned and operated, and is not affiliated with Boyne Mt. or Boyne Resorts
By the Bay Nautical Fine Art Gallery: Fine art
with a nautical theme, including paintings, relief maps, model ships, weather instruments, and more. 172 E. MAIN, HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.3964, ByTHEBAy.COM.
Witty Gallerie: Owner/artist Trisha Witty’s original oil
paintings of inspiring landscapes—including her native Northern Michigan—are full of light, color and emotion. 236 E. MAIN ST., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.1112, WITTyART.COM.
Art Cats Gallery: This new addition to the Petoskey arts scene is both a showroom for artist/owner Louise Hopson’s fanciful clay pieces, plus a gallery with works from more than 40 artisans. 308 HOWARD ST., PETOSkEy, 231.622.8626, ARTCATSGALLERy.COM.
Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History: Tucked behind
Three Pines Studio: An eclectic gallery focusing on work by local artists in all mediums: mixed media, paintings, ceramics, fiber arts, traditional Native American quill boxes and totem poles, and much more. 5959 W. LEVERING, CROSS VILLAGE, 231.526.9447, THREEPINESSTUDIO.COM.
Becky Thatcher Designs: Exquisite jewelry inspired by the
Lake Michigan landscape, often starring locally acquired stones— Petoskey stones, beach stones, fossils. 117 W. MAIN ST., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.9336, BECkyTHATCHERDESIGNS.COM.
Belle Aquatic: Original jewelry featuring natural, earthy aquamarine and turquoise alongside other gems to mirror the rich blues of water and sky. Housed in Harbor Springs’ historic train depot. 111 W. BAy ST., HARBOR SPRINGS, 734.255.8805, BELLEAQUATIC.COM.
Boyer Glassworks (shown above): Husband-and-wife
artists Harry and Kathleen Boyer run this working studio and gallery, featuring Harry’s signature glass pieces and Kathleen’s original paintings. 207 STATE ST., HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.6359.
Tvedten Fine Art: Showcasing owner/artist Margaret
Tvedten’s striking oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, alongside works by more than a dozen other artists. 284 E. THIRD, 231.526.2299, shea haddad
HARBOR SPRINGS, TVEDTENFINEART.COM.
Pierre Bittar Gallery:Renowned French Impressionist artist Pierre Bittar showcases his luminous paintings of Michigan and European landscapes. 188 E. MAIN, HARBOR SPRINGS, 231.526.6750, PIERREBITTAR.COM.
the Perry Hotel’s rose garden, this cool warehouse is home to a variety of fine art by Michigan artists, plus antiques and regional historic photos. 410 ROSE, PETOSkEy, 231.347.0142, STAFFORDS.COM.
Northern Michigan Artists Market: Representing some of the best creative work from Traverse City and points north. 445 E. MITCHELL, PETOSkEy, 231.487.0000, NMAM.US.
W.A.R.D. Gallery: This gallery above a home and garden shop features paintings, furniture, and other pieces by local artists, with a focus on regional scenery. If you’ve ever wanted to commission a painting of your summer home, this is the place to ask. 409 E. LAkE, PETOSkEy, 231.622.4105, CIAOBELLASHOP.COM. BoyNe ciTy
Freshwater Studio: Find rustic furniture, pottery, Petoskey stone art, jewelry, musical instruments and other eclectic pieces at this gallery and live music venue. 217 S. LAkE, BOyNE CITy, 231.582.2588, FRESHWATERARTGALLERy.COM.
Sweet Grass Framing & Gallery: This custom frame
shop is also home to paintings, photography, stained glass, and other pieces of original art. 114 E. MAIN, BOyNE CITy, 231.582.2620, SWEETGRASSFRAMING.COM.
Boyne Arts Collective: A gallery hosting seasonal
exhibits, workshops, and other community events, the BAC is the hub of Boyne’s artistic community. Open May 1. 210 S. LAkE, BOyNE CITy, BOyNEARTS.ORG.
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Chili Cook-off Feb. 17
Cars in the Park Aug. 8
Waterfront Wine Festival June 29
Odawa’s Native American Homecoming Pow Wow August 10 – 11th
Fine Art Gallery Tour June 27
Taste of Harbor Springs Sept. 21
Street Musique, Thursday evenings 7-9pm June 27-Aug. 29
Travel the Tunnel of Trees Peak Fall Color Season
Summer’s Farmers Market Each Wed & Sat (9am-1pm)
Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 30
Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Annual ‘Ugotta Regatta’ July 26 – 28th
Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House Dec. 7
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Musts on Mackinac Island
Bike the island The island’s original 1898 ban on cars was looking out for the livelihood of carriage drivers—but it opened the door for bicycle culture to flourish, too. Pedaling Mackinac’s eight-mile perimeter is a sweet way to explore the landmarks, all with the sparkling Straits at your side. Find the bike rental shops near the ferry docks downtown. MACKINACISLAND.ORG.
Tour the Governor’s summer home Originally built as a private summer cottage, this pristine Victorian mansion was sold to the State in the 1940s and converted to be used as the governor’s summer residence. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open for free public tours every Wednesday throughout the summer. mackinacparks.com.
Fudge Candymakers here have been whipping up this sweet confection since the late 1800s. Most of today’s fudge vendors still use the time-honored, laborintensive technique of paddling the warm, liquid fudge on marble slabs until it cools. A slice or two is the ultimate souvenir.
Afternoon Tea at Grand Hotel Experience the renowned elegance of the historic Grand Hotel by partaking in afternoon tea—a century-old Grand Hotel tradition. Tea, sherry, Champagne, finger sandwiches, scones and other delights, all set to live chamber music; open to non-hotel guests with $10 admission fee. grandhotel.com.
Nightlife Stay overnight to experience a different side of the island, where historic saloons buzz with energy and music after sunset. Be sure to start the barhopping at the
Pink Pony, a legendary watering hole for sailors, or Horn’s Gaslight Bar, allegedly the first Michigan establishment to gain a liquor license post-Prohibition.
Butterfly House An 1,800-square-foot enclosed tropical garden where you can meander or sit back while hundreds of butterflies flutter peacefully around you. It’s not only magical, but a great educational trip for small ones, too—stop by the interactive Insect World exhibit for some hands-on learning after your butterfly tour. originalbutterflyhouse.com.
Carriage Rides A horse-drawn buggy tour is a quintessential Mackinac experience—and a fitting way to view the island’s gingerbread Victorian homes. Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, the oldest and largest continuously operating horseand-buggy livery in the world, offers narrated tours of landmarks and historical points of interest. mict.com.
Lilac Festival The romance of Mackinac Island is arguably at its peak during this 10-day festival, a tradition that began with a horse-drawn parade more than 60 years ago on “Lilac Sunday.” Music, walking tours, wine tastings and more, all set to the backdrop of thousands of lilac trees in bloom. June 7-6 mackinacislandlilacfestival.org.
Arch Rock Mackinac’s unique geologic history created dramatic limestone landmarks, the most famous of which is Arch Rock, a rare formation rising 150 feet out of the pristine waters on the island’s southeast shores. A must-stop photo op. MACKINACISLAND.ORG. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 23
Vacation! Al Fresco Dining & Drinks CHANDLER’S The street-side courtyard dining at this revered Petoskey establishment, housed alongside a historic general store, is a wildly romantic experience—one of the best places around for an intimate date. Fabulous wine list, creative cocktails, elegant fare, live music on weekends. 215 HOWARD ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.2981, LAKEANDHOWARD.COM.
DINING OUT Cafe Sante: This casually refined, European-style bistro dishes up its unique breakfast options every day till 3 p.m., making it a great go-to for a late, lingering brunch. Simple classics like eggs Benedict and quiche Lorraine mingle on the menu with treats like the tiramisu Belgian waffle; lunch items include smoked salmon salad, steak and frites, and escargot. 1 WATER ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.582.8800, MAGNUMHOSPITALITY.COM/CAFESANTE.
The Original Pancake House: The hardest part about breakfast here is making your selection from the lengthy, tempting menu: omelets, corned beef hash, waffles, crepes, and of course, flapjacks—a dozen different kinds, from coconut to bacon-filled to lacy Swedish pancakes served with lingonberry sauce. Don’t miss the signature Apple Pancake, a baked beauty heaped with sautéed apples and a cinnamon-sugar glaze. 4165 MAIN ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.439.9989, ORIGINALPANCAKEHOUSE.COM.
Roast & Toast: Breakfast is quick and satisfying at this eclectic café. All the classics—pancakes,
This Boyne City restaurant and pub is all about the locavore movement—so it’s not uncommon for 10 of the 15 rotating taps to be devoted to regional breweries like Founders, Short’s, New Holland and Keweenaw. Enjoy a beer on the patio; stay late to catch live local music and the nightlife scene. 220 LAKE ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.268.4628, THIRSTYGOAT.COM.
KNOT JUST A BAR Located in Bay Harbor’s marina, this restaurant is refined yet still casual—to be expected from a place where patrons often arrive by boat. Sip a cocktail from the waterfront deck, order from the seasonally inspired menu, and spend the evening yacht-watching. 820 FRONT ST., BAY HARBOR, 231.439.2770, KNOTJUSTABAR.COM.
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French toast, egg sandwiches—but with a few delicious twists: cumin-crusted home-fries, bagels with Sirracha cream cheese, a slow-cooked oatmeal bar. Other delectables include freshly made pastries, granola, bread, and in-house roasted coffee. 309 E. LAKE ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.7767, ROASTANDTOAST.COM.
Julienne Tomatoes: The sandwiches at this charming Petoskey cafe and deli are the stuff of foodie dreams: there are more than a dozen to choose from, each crafted from super fresh, locally sourced ingredients and specialty breads from nearby Crooked Tree Breadworks. Housemade soups, salads, and desserts too. 421 HOWARD ST., 231.439.9250, JULIENNETOMATOES.COM. Guerney’s Harbor Bottle Shop: Tucked in the back of a wine store in downtown Harbor Springs, Guerney’s no-frills sandwich counter has developed a passionate following for its fresh-sliced meat-and-cheese delights on super-soft, house-baked bread. Two tips: Do order the deli sauce (it’s divine), don’t ask for tomatoes (the owners are anti, claiming tomatoes ruin their spectacular bread). 215 E. MAIN ST., 231.526.5472.
Good Hart General Store: The spectacular drive along M-119 is made better with a stop at the deli inside this 1930s-era general store. Order up some hot or cold made-to-order sandwiches, then ask for directions to the nearby beach—a secluded Lake Michigan oasis just waiting for you and your picnic. 1075 N. LAKE SHORE DR., 231.526.7661, GOODHARTSTORE.COM. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 25
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mer paradise and harbor town on the northern shores of Little Traverse Bay, with an authentic soda fountain, fine antiques shops, casual and fine dining, and great galleries and boutiques. Fine Art Gallery Tour: June 27 Waterfront Wine Festival: June 29
banks of the Crooked River, along the Inland Waterway, with historic charm and stalwart shops in its downtown. Alanson Riverfest: Aug. 9–11
Petoskey: This vibrant town overlooking Little Traverse Bay is home to a bustling marina, lots of green space, and a great collection of independent boutiques and galleries in its historic Gaslight District. Historic Festival & Taste of the North, June 15 Art in the Park, July 20 Festival on the Bay, August 16–17
Pellston: A point of local pride: This rugged town is one of the coldest places anywhere in the Lower 48. Come summer, though, it’s pure bliss, home to sweet
Cross Village: One of Michigan’s oldest settlements, this tiny Lake Michigan town is nestled between the scenic Tunnel of Trees and the gorgeous beaches of Sturgeon Bay. Blissfest: July 12–14
Bay Harbor: World-class shopping, golf, a spa, and an equestrian center are just a few of the highlights at this resort between Petoskey and Harbor Springs. In Water Boat Show: June 14–16 Vintage Car & Boat Festival: June 22 Bay Harbor Arts Festival: July 27–28
Mackinaw City: The gateway to Mackinac Island is a destination in itself, with more than 100 shops, a historic fort, and, of course, killer views of the Bridge. Antiques on the Bay Auto Show: June 21–22 Arts & Craft Show: Aug. 24–25 Beer & Wine Festival: Sept. 6–7
Boyne City: Not just a ski town, this village on the shores of Lake Charlevoix has destination-worthy shopping and dining, plus a welcoming community full of energy and warmth. SOBO Arts Festival: June 28–29 Fetivals, events and more! Find your ticket to fun at
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Published on May 1, 2013
Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.