Change – it’s inevitable. Even the Brady Bunch sang about it – remember?

Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.” Here in the Petoskey Area we think most places – and our guests – are doing a bang-up job of going with the flow.

Once the area technically “reopened” around Memorial Day, we saw businesses and organizations pivot, adapt, modify, adjust – it doesn’t matter which word we use – it all comes down to change. From restaurants who added outdoor seating and to-go options, to stores who altered hours so they could sanitize better than before, to retail locations who started online sales and curbside delivery, and offices who closed their doors and handled business via phone, email and Zoom, people pulled together to try and offer our locals and guests a great experience in spite of the curveballs Covid threw. And with some exceptions (that we’d rather forget), our guests responded accordingly and were happy to be out in a safe and fun environment.

It’s not over yet. Many of these practices and others, like wearing masks and social distancing, are ongoing. As much as we want to get back to “normal,” the lingering effects of the coronavirus continue to challenge the way many things are being and will be done. With winter, one of those businesses facing some big challenges is the ski industry. And true to form, our local resorts are stepping up to the chairlift and making sure that the downhill business doesn’t go, well, downhill.

Take a look and see what Boyne Highlands, Nub’s Nob and Boyne Mountain are doing to make sure you have an awesome winter experience on the slopes while staying safe. Then check out our lodging and start making plans for all kinds of snowy outdoor fun beyond compare in Michigan’s Winter Funland – the Petoskey Area! 

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Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern 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. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.