Spring has sprung and if you haven’t already done it, you’re hopefully starting plans for a summer getaway. I hope that you will take a break from what may be a ridiculously busy schedule and make time for family and friends. We need to make memories – to relax and to have fun. The Petoskey Area is a perfect place to do all of that.

The places that make up the Petoskey Area – Harbor Springs, Alanson, Boyne City/Boyne Falls, Bay View, Petoskey and Bay Harbor – are all small communities where you don’t need to rush from one spot to another. Instead, you can browse in quaint boutiques, linger over an aromatic cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry or stroll along the teal-blue waters of Little Traverse Bay, gently flowing rivers, and sparkling Lake Charlevoix.

Get the whole family together and ride on a beautiful bike path, or hike a trail complete with scampering squirrels, a feeding fawn, sand cranes or other wildlife you may not see at home. Laugh at the fish jumping in the ponds of the Oden State Fish Hatchery and tee it up together on bucket-list golf courses.

Looking for something with more excitement in your day? Speed down ziplines at Boyne Mountain or The Highlands, make waves together on a jet ski in Boyne City, or hit the trails on an ATV.

Whether you want to travel with friends or family, or just as a couple, Petoskey stone hunting is a fun way to spend the day. Sip and sample at wineries and breweries dotted throughout our town and say goodnight as you’re being mesmerized by a million-dollar sunset capping off your day.

There are so many beautiful backdrops where you can snap a selfie in the Petoskey Area. Capture the moments on your phone, or just take a good picture in your mind and file it away. The last two years have been pretty tough for many of us. This year, get back to smiles and sunshine and make some amazing memories in the Petoskey Area with the people you care most about.

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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.