Econo Lodge South
1859 US 131 South
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 348-3324
Fax: (231) 348-3521
As the name suggests, Magnus City Park is a municipal park. The waterfront of the park provides for a scenic beach area which facilitates various recreational activities. A popular camping site, the Magnus City Beach offers a 1000 feet stretch of bathing area, a play area, biking trails and other such picnic locations. Located by the Little Taverse Bay, its Wayside Point offers a fascinating view of the calm waters. Also, this beach is extremely popular for the special Petoskey stones that can are found here.
Small and simple is how you would describe St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church at first glance. It was built in 1859 by Jean Baptiste Trotochard and assumed its current name in 1884 after the Indian missionary St. Francis Solanus. Being the oldest in the Petoskey area, the church is replete with cultural heritage unlike any other. Although the church is closed and cannot be viewed by the public, it opens its doors on some rare occasions. Instead of waiting for a festive opportunity to visit this tiny church, you could drive by and have a look.
Providing a storehouse of knowledge and other services, Petoskey District Library is a valuable facility for the people of the city. The large selection of books, periodicals and magazines belonging to various genres will amaze you. The library consists of two buildings: the old Carnegie building dating back to 1909, and the 2004 structure. The Carnegie building is majestic and beautifully built with intricate designs. It is an architectural marvel and a delight to the eye. The library is surrounded by spacious grounds where several events are held. Besides books, it is abuzz with activities such as movie screenings, storytelling for children, and other programs. Drop in and visit this beautiful structure.
A white marble crucifix was sent down 65 feet (20 meters) deep into Torch Lake to honor skin diver Charles Raymond who lost his life here. However, the location of the crucifix was later moved to its current location in the Little Traverse Bay. Each year for a day in late February, a peep-hole is drilled through ice to view the crucifix, thereby giving the site the name “Skindiver's Church”.
Owned by the Dennis family since 1954, this farm and vineyard outside of Petoskey is a delight for visitors. Walloon Lake Winery is situated on 36 stunning acres (15 hectares) of pristine rolling hillsides with vineyards as far as the eye can see. Located just one mile from Walloon Lake, the winery makes for a great countryside outing. Enjoy the unique flavors of cold climate grapes in one of their varietals including a red blend, sparkling white, frontenac, sweet riesling and others.
Situated on the coast of Little Traverse Bay, the Bay View Historical Area has changed little except its size since its establishment in 1875. The cultural ethos of Bay View has survived the transition from a three-tent encampment to a 440 Victorian cottage hamlet through the frequent cultural and social heritage events put on for visitors and residents. With music festivals, theater performances, lectures and workshops, Bay View Historical Area is a lovely place to observe a tight-knit community of local homeowners in idyllic, welcoming surroundings.
Spend an afternoon tasting wines made with locally-grown cold hardy grapes at Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery. The owners can tell you all about what it takes to grow these grapes (and other fruit) and make them into the delicious wines you're sampling. This 22-acre (9-hectare) property is set in the beauty of Northern Michigan, and features beautiful trees and scenic hills. Be sure to pick up a bottle of wine to take home as a souvenir of your visit.
The Petoskey State Park is a one-of-a-kind park located at the northern edge of Little Traverse Bay. One can swim, hike, camp or participate in the famous stone hunting here. The park also houses the Petoskey Stone, popularly known as Michigan's 'state stone.' Filled with mature forests, hiking and biking trails, beaches and more, this park is a must see for all first-time Petoskey visitors. The park also features two campground facilities.
Established in 1898, this local brewery has been crafting beer for over century! Obviously doing something right, the Petoskey Brewery offers visitors a bevy of craft beer choices at their tasting room. Pair your cold brew with a bite to eat from their bar menu, from hot dogs and paninis to salads and sandwiches.
Located at the end of the Zoll street, the Zoll Street Beach is known for being a dog-friendly beach. The beach is a perfect family hang-out with a special area allotted to every member of the family including pets. It has a dog-play area, a kids area where kids can enjoy at minimum water levels, an adventure sports zone and a picnic area with grassy patch and picnic tables. Swimming and kayaking are the two water activities carried out here on a large scale. Besides, sailing is also done here with a special launch section for the sailboards.
The beauty of Round Lake Nature Preserve is unparalleled by any other natural preserve in Emmet county. Spread over an area of sixty acres, this preserve offers an amazing view of the Round Lake and boasts of featuring some exotic flora and fauna growing in its vicinity. Managed by the trust Little Traverse Conservancy, this natural preserve is marked by Hardwood and Conifer forests, Lowland Cedar swamps and marshlands. An ideal place to go hiking and be amidst the nature, Round Lake Nature Preserve is quiet a tourist attraction.
Located by the Little Taverse Bay on the Harbor Springs front, Zorn Park is a complete recreational place. Its pleasant surroundings and calm locales make it one of the popular picnic spots in the city. Recreation facilities for kids as well as outdoor sports facilities for volleyball and other such games, can be availed here. It is a perfect space for a fun family picnic.