Fall brings beautiful colors to the Petoskey Area, along with thoughts of pulling out the skis and snowshoes. The crisp, cool weather also seems to bring on appetites. Comfort foods take the place of salads and hot dogs as temperatures go south along with the geese, making this a perfect time to showcase the region’s many wonderful diners, restaurants and pubs.

From now until October 24th, it’s Restaurant Week in Boyne City and beyond. For a tiny town, there is a surprising amount of dining options and the community is becoming known as a destination for foodies. 18 eateries including the area’s newest, 7 Monks Taproom and Boyne City Taproom, are participating in this week’s culinary event featuring two-for-one lunches and/or dinners for $35.00 or less.

Tantalizing options like scampi e capellini and tortellini verde bianco (cheese filled spinach pasta rounds with prosciutto, parmesan chesee, and pine nuts served in a cream sauce) await you at Bella Vita. Six miles away in Boyne Falls at Boyne Mountain’s Everett’s, choose from a selection of 3 course meals (salad, main course and dessert) at two for $35.00.

How about a fun option from Boyne Country Provisions/Wine Emporium and Market? Two gourmet dinners to-go complemented by a bottle of wine for just $25.00. Takeout never tasted this good and can be easily taken back to one of the local hotels, motels or resorts. And great tastes are always in season, so Fustini’s in Boyne City is offering a bottle of their wonderful oils or vinegars paired with a cookbook for $25.00. This is a great gift for the foodie in your life or for yourself with a chance to learn some terrific recipes. 

Check out the whole list of taste bud teasing selections at Boyneappetit.com. There’s always great dining experiences in Boyne City, but Restaurant Week only lasts until next Monday.

In nearby Petoskey, they’re also ready to feed into your need for great food with their version of Restaurant Week. Beginning this Friday, October 21, eleven dining establishments will be serving up three course dinners for $25.00 each and $15.00 lunches, as well as some two-for-one meals. Choose from a wonderfully prepared prime rib or salmon at Sage, the fine dining restaurant located within the Odawa Casino. Either are paired with soup or salad and a creamy crème brulee or pot de crème for $25.00. Looking for something more casual? Hit the Noggin Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel for special sandwiches at lunch or hand-tossed pizza for dinner. Recently opened Pour Public House steps out with some interesting offerings like a perfect fall salad – kale, roasted squash, fennel, candied pumpkin seeds, feta and pumpkin maple vinaigrette that is served with dessert and your choice of entrees such as pork belly or the Pour Sushi Roll.  And each of the three Wine Guys restaurants, upscale Palette Bistro, casual City Park Grill and Roast and Toast, known for their amazing soups, are offering lunch and dinner items designed to make you move within the trio of restaurants for an unmatched culinary experience.

A pallete of colors is surrounding the Petoskey Area and it’s a beautiful time to visit. Please your palate while you’re taking part in a Pure Michigan Scenic Tour with Boyne City’s Restaurant Week, going on now through October 24 and Petoskey’s Restaurant Week, October 21 – October 28.  Find lodging for your culinary excursion at PetoskeyArea.com.


About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all of the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. She strives to create informative content that gives potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.