Great Lake Trip – Day 8 – Michigan
The next morning we traveled a little bit further North to Petoskey, Michigan. Petoskey is a lovely old town situated on the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. It is a popular stop for those on their way to Mackinac Island.
Since it was so close to Traverse, we had plenty of time to tour the city and the neighboring town of Harbor Springs. Below you can see the United Methodist Church, now the Crooked Tree Art Gallery. The building has been well restored and the stained glass windows are lovely. It is open to the public.
Next to the former church is the Carnegie Public Library. Ernest Hemingway had a tremendous influence on this town. In 1898 his parents to be purchased some land south of Petoskey. Ernest spent his first 21 summers here, growing up, fishing, drinking, and gathering tales and characters for his books.
We decided on lunch at the historic City Park Grill. This was a frequent haunt of Ernest Hemingway.
The interior of the restaurant still has the same bar and tin ceiling and Ernest Hemingway’s photo continues to grace the bar, although this one is tied down. According to the bartender, the original picture left the premises with an all-too-happy patron who reached up and quickly snatched the picture on his way out. The second, third or fourth seat at the left of the bar was Ernest’s favorite, depending on who’s telling the story.
The simple entrance to the cafe.
We had a really nice lunch at the City Park Grill. Our server, a clean-cut young man, was the epitome of good service. We sat at the elevated portion at the front of the restaurant. On nights when there is music, this area is used as the stage.
Some history of the cafe.
Meyer Hardware first opened in 1935 and is still running. It has been open for 82 years at this same location and is still owned by a Meyer.
Right in the middle of the city, near the shoreline, is the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, where the river runs into the Little Traverse Bay. Note the yellowish tint of the water. This comes from the iron minerals in the area.
All over northern Michigan, you can see traces of rust in the concrete. Here’s an example.
No trip to Petoskey would be complete without a quiet walk through the streets of the neighboring town, Harbor Springs. We walked for miles looking at the beautiful architecture of these old homes.
This is the History Museum in Harbor Springs.
A noted inhabitant of Harbor Springs was Ephraim Shay, the inventor of the Shay locomotive. His home is completely sheathed in steel plates.
We are only spending one night here, then we move on to Mackinaw City where we will take a day-tour to Mackinac Island. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express up on a hill above the city of Petoskey. It was one of the best properties we stayed at. I wish other IHG properties would take some lessons from them.
See you at tip-of-the-mitt tomorrow.