Petoskey, Michigan, is located at the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on Little Traverse Bay. Experience the natural beauty of this charming destination through ferry rides, hiking, biking, and unique agricultural excursions.
Cross Little Traverse Bay on the Little Traverse Bay Ferry, a 30-and passenger ferry named “Miss Lauren” that travels between Petoskey, Bay Harbor, and Harbor Springs. After a 25-minute cruise between ports, groups can explore unique lakeside communities, stopping into boutique stores and restaurants and enjoying street festivals during the warmer months. A new 149-passenger ferry, the “Harbor Princess,” made its maiden voyage from Bayfront Park in downtown Petoskey in July 2023. The double-decker vessel has indoor and outdoor seating and offers a range of catered food, beer, wine, and spirits on both private and public cruises.
Located in nearby Boyne City, Lavender Hill Farm will enrich all five senses with its 33 acres of fresh-grown lavender. The farm grows 30 varieties of lavender, nurtures Italian honeybees, hosts private gatherings and public events, and plays live music at its century-old barn. Groups can stop by for a self-guided walk throughout the property or register for a guided tour. Sign up for yoga classes and crafting workshops or visit the Lavender Hill Farm boutique, which sells lavender-infused goods, local foods, and homemade gifts.
Traverse the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge at the new Skybridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain. The exhilarating 1,200 foot-long pedestrian bridge towers over the treetops and rolling hills of Boyne Mountain Resort in nearby Boyne Falls. Ride Boyne Mountain’s Hemlock Chairlift to the top before strolling the skybridge to see sprawling views during peak foliage season and equally remarkable views in the winter and warmer months.
Main Image: Bayfront Park, Credit: Michigan Barefoot Memories