From infancy to the age of 22, the famous author spent his summers on Walloon Lake and Horton Bay (except his well-publicized year in Italy during World War I.) The Nobel Prize winner actually stayed at Eva Potter’s rooming house at State and Woodland Streets to get away from his parents and to do some serious writing. He was also a frequent visitor to the Noggin Room located in the Perry Hotel (now Stafford’s Perry Hotel.) In 1916, Hemingway returned to the area after a fishing trip that formed the background to his classic short story, “The Battler.”
Hemingway married Hadley Richardson in Horton Bay in 1921 and immortalized many area places and friends in “Up in Michigan,” “The End of Something,” “Torrents of Spring” and the Nick Adams stories.
Petoskey Yesterday offers Hemingway themed tours.