Hotel at a Glance: Apple Tree Inn
Just a short stroll from Little Traverse Bay, The Apple Tree Inn looks like an oversized country home. This laid-back, family-friendly hotel features spacious rooms and water views, and is close to the shops and restaurants downtown Petoskey. You’ll also be within 10 miles of several ski resorts and snowmobile trails, making this inn perfectly suited for a trip in the upcoming months.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms include a private balcony with views of Little Traverse Bay. King spa rooms come with an in-room two-person spa
- Breakfast is served: A complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served each morning, compete with pastries, a waffle bar, hot items, and coffee.
- Go skiing: Boyne Highlands Resort—a downhill ski resort—is just 10 miles north.
- Relax in front of the fire in the welcoming parlor, or de-stress in the inn’s spa
- Splash in to the indoor heated pool
- Go shopping in style: Ask the front desk about the hotel’s limousine service.
Petoskey, Michigan: Land of the Million-Dollar Sunsets
In 1873, Petoskey played host to a Grand Rapids reporter who wrote that the town’s sunsets look like a million bucks. It’s been known as the “land of the million dollar sunsets” ever since. For some of the best views, head to one of the parks lining the shores of Little Traverse Bay. Here you’ll find sandy beaches and part of the 26-mileLittle Traverse Wheelway, a paved trail that’s open to bikers, walkers, and joggers. Also nearby is the Little Traverse History Museum, where exhibits chronicle early life in northern Michigan and showcase some of the famous figures who’ve passed through the area, including Ernest Hemingway, who spent a lot of time here when he was growing up.
Petoskey’s historic Gaslamp District is also worth a visit. It’s lined with Victorian homes and small shops selling everything from local wines to boutique clothing to handmade jewelry. Just west of here, Bear River bisects the town. The river is good for whitewater rafting, but if you’d rather see the rushing waters from solid ground, you can set out on one of the scenic walking paths.