Petoskey is known to most Michiganders and out-of-staters for its famous stones and breathtaking turquoise bay. While the city is a must-visit in the summer, we would argue that it’s even better in the winter. Visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and more. With an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the snowy outdoors and great food and brews to boot, the Petoskey area makes for a great winter weekend destination.
There’s nothing like a Michigan winter. Petoskey makes it easy to enjoy the season, with two ski areas just outside of the city. Hit up the award-winning Nub’s Nob for skiing and snowboarding at all levels of expertise. Travel 20 minutes around the bay to find the winter playlands at Boyne Mountain. The two resorts boast a combined 115 runs, with an indoor waterpark, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking trails, a spa, zip-lining, horseback riding, tubing, and more. The Petoskey Winter Sports Park has free admission and offers ice skating, hockey, and snowboarding.
If your idea of a winter weekend getaway doesn’t involve extreme sports, hiking around the Petoskey area is another perfect way to enjoy the snowy scenes. Head to the Petoskey-Portage Trail or Old Baldy Trail in the city’s state park for an Instagram-worthy shot of the bay in the winter. Travel to the Bear River Valley Recreation Area to hike along a snowy Bear River.
Count us in for anything that combines wine with fun winter activities. The Petoskey area has several award-winning wineries that have beautiful views, fun things to do, and unique wine varieties to try. Visit Maple Moon Sugarbrush Winery to attend their wineshoeing events, where you can pair your snowshoeing with wine tasting, chili, and a bonfire. Head over to Petoskey Farms to enjoy your wine with a view of rolling hills and vineyards covered in snow.
Food and Brews
After spending the day on the slopes, head back to the city to find delicious food and brews. If you missed breakfast, indulge in delectable pastries and coffee at Johan’s Pastry Shop. For a laid-back lunch spot, choose Julienne Tomatoes for café-style food and beverages. Visit the Twisted Olive for a unique take on Mediterranean cuisine paired with a glass of wine, cider, or beer. For an evening of great food and cocktails, head to the Palette Bistro for a mix of seafood, classic American, and vegetarian. Locals and visitors alike come to Petoskey Brewing for delectable pub food and specialty brews.
Petoskey’s downtown is nestled alongside Little Traverse Bay and is as charming as it is chock-full of must-visit shops and galleries. With snow-covered streets and views of the bay, the area is the perfect break from the slopes. Stroll through the Gaslight District to view Michigan-made art at Somebody’s Gallery and browse unique Michigan-inspired gifts at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts.