Petoskey Michigan Visitors Guide

Petoskey has long been known as a resort town, located directly on Lake Michigan. Petoskey is home to countless Ernest Hemingway stories and memories, wineries, breweries and eateries. Only a 15 minute drive from Hotel Walloon, Petoskey features many different shops for a day of exploring the town. Petoskey offers something for everyone, any time of the year.

Use this Petoskey Guide for a reference point of things to do in the area before coming to stay at Hotel Walloon. For more information about a specific shop, restaurant or activity mentioned, please contact the Concierge at Hotel Walloon for assistance.

Hotel Walloon is located only 15 minutes from Downtown Petoskey, located on beautiful Lake Michigan. Petoskey offers something for everyone during every season. We’ve rounded up some local favorites for your time here exploring the Petoskey.

Things to Do in Petoskey, Michigan

Little Traverse Wheelway Petoskey Michigan

Little Traverse Wheelway Petoskey

Little Traverse Wheelway Petoskey Michigan

The Little Traverse Wheelway

The Little Traverse Wheelway is the perfect way to get outside and explore the local area. The Little Traverse Wheelway is accessible from Bayfront Park. Bicyclists can either ride the trail along Lake Michigan north to Harbor Springs or south to Charlevoix.

Escape Room Petoskey: Know Way Out

A newer addition to Downtown Petoskey is Escape Room Petoskey: Know Way Out. For sixty minutes, teams are locked into a room and must figure out the puzzles, clues, codes and challenges in order to beat the game. This activity is perfect for family and friends looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon or later in the evening.

Events in Downtown Petoskey

Petoskey is also always having fun events and things to do when you are visiting Northern Michigan. For more information on what is happening when you are staying with us, please visit our Concierge Desk or Petoskey Downtown’s website. When you’re on their website, check out information on the Trolley that seasonally runs making stops at various places in Petoskey.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

If you are interested in seeing local art on display, stop in to the Crooked Tree Arts Center, which offers various art classes and events for all to enjoy. With art always on display, you never know what beautiful creativity you might stumble upon.

Kilwin’s: Northern Michigan’s Favorite Ice Cream

If you’ve already stayed with us at Hotel Walloon, you know that the tasty treat on your bedside each night is from a local favorite, Kilwin’s. If you are visiting Downtown Petoskey and want to try more of their chocolatey treats or delicious ice cream, you might want to consider visiting their shop! Another fun thing to do is visit their factory on US 31 for a tour of the kitchen.

Places To Eat in Petoskey, Michigan

City Park Grill Petoskey Michigan

Chandler’s Restaurant

If you are looking for an elegant and intimate restaurant with an extensive wine selection, Chandler’s Restaurant is an impeccable choice for lunch or dinner while you are downtown exploring Petoskey.

Julienne Tomatoes

Julienne Tomatoes offers daily specials with as many local ingredients as possible. Located in Downtown Petoskey, this little space offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert options for a quick little bite during the morning or early afternoon.

City Park Grill

All Hemingway fans should head over to City Park Grill to wine and dine where Hemingway did, back in his day. City Park Grill offers traditional bar food for lunch and dinner daily.

Thai Orchard Cuisine

In the mood for some Thai food? All the locals love Thai Orchard Cuisine and its authentic dishes. Their chef, Chef Thomas grew up in Laos and now serves the Petoskey area his signature dishes. · Palette Bistro overlooks Lake Michigan and is a must-try café for Sunday brunch or any meal, really.

Simply Sweet by Jessica

Simply Sweet by Jessica, a local bakery and candy store is a must visit while walking around town. Treat yourself to a delicious cupcake, cake ball or root beer float for the perfect afternoon sweet treat.

For more suggestions on restaurants to dine at while staying at Hotel Walloon, please see the Concierge Desk for our complete listing of area restaurants and their menus.

Breweries in Petoskey, Michigan

Beard's Brewery Petoskey Michigan

Beard’s Brewery

Beard’s Brewery recently went through an expansion project and has now turned into a brewery and restaurant. Dining at Beard’s Brewery includes a fun night of sipping on Beard’s own beer, playing board games (located on the second floor) and watching the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Petoskey Brewing

Petoskey Brewing is located on the bike trail section that spans from Petoskey – Harbor Springs. Make this brewery a stop on your day’s adventure. The architecture of the building is something to marvel at, as the building is over 70 feet tall, but only 20 feet wide. Their Pub Menu contains some classic items that have been perfected into a delicious bite for you to enjoy while trying on of their many beers on tap.

Wineries in Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey Winery

Petoskey Winery, located just outside of Downtown Petoskey, offers views of the rolling hills and is a great spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and the beautiful scenic area. Be sure to head out to Petoskey Winery on Thursday evenings for “Evenings on the Patio” featuring various food trucks each week to be paired with a wine or hard cider from the winery.

Mackinaw Trail Winery

The Mackinaw Trail Winery is only five minutes away from Hotel Walloon. Just recently, their Blueberry Wine was awarded the best fruit wine by the Mid-American Wine Competition.

Walloon Lake Winery

Walloon Lake Winery, located on the other side of Walloon Lake, is just a short 10 minute drive from Hotel Walloon. This winery offers fun events such as Music Meets Canvas, Yoga in the Wines and Di Arte & Vino.

Shopping in Petoskey, Michigan

Cutlers Shopping Petoskey MI

Shopping in Downtown Petoskey is the perfect afternoon trip from Hotel Walloon. The local, boutique shops in Petoskey, Michigan, (located only 15 minutes away from Hotel Walloon) will not disappoint and the best part? There are stores that everyone in your entourage will love! Whether it’s the unique finds from Grandpa Shorter’s, the inventive kitchen item you never knew you needed in Cutler’s or the toy that your child simply must have at Rocking Horse Toy Company, Downtown Petoskey Shopping will be a great memory for all. When planning your stay at Hotel Walloon, take a few hours and explore the shops in Petoskey.

Specialty Stores

Petoskey features over 170 shops and restaurants in their Gaslight Shopping District. While there are many fantastic stores not mentioned in this post, continue reading for an overview of Petoskey’s most popular stores.

Grandpa Shorter’s

Grandpa Shorter’s, a store with unique finds, is a great stop for the entire family. Grandpa Shorter’s has a little of everything: housewares, Northern Michigan apparel, Petoskey stones and more. You’ll find yourself spending a long time wandering the aisles and filling your hands with fun finds and presents for friends, family and of course- yourself!

Before you leave Grandpa Shorter’s, ask the cashier about putting a pin on the map, located behind the check-out counter, of where home is for you! Don’t miss this chance to leave your mark on Grandpa Shorter’s for years to come.


Cutler’s of Petoskey offers gifts, home décor and numerous household items for the kitchen. Venture inside to find the perfect gift for that next bridal shower or a family member’s birthday.

Cutler’s also features specialty Michigan home décor, such as wall signs, cutting boards and coasters. A Michigan Wall Sign is the perfect memento to remind you of the fun and relaxation of your recent Northern Michigan getaway.

You never know what you might find that you never realized you needed, so don’t miss this stop during your afternoon excursion of Petoskey.

Rocking Horse Toy Company

The Rocking Horse Toy Company features the latest and greatest toys, but also the best classic toys. Wander into this store for classic toys like Legos, puzzles and kites but also fun and creative new toys.

Make this stop the first on your list because it’s a store the whole family can agree on, with finds for kids of all ages. Who knows, perhaps even Mom and Dad might leave with a toy or two.

Symon’s General Store

Located in the heart of Petoskey, this iconic storefront has been operating since the 1950s. Step inside Symon’s and you will find yourself stepping back in time with their “penny” candy display that sells itself! Symon’s offers specialty grocery items, a fresh deli and as mentioned their candy display, which makes this the perfect stop for a mid-afternoon snack!

Symon’s is located above Chandler’s, a fine dining Petoskey restaurant. These two businesses offer wonderful service, with Chandler’s offering an exquisite menu that will keep you coming back again and again.

Petoskey Cheese

Petoskey Cheese is your one shop stop for all artisan cheese lovers! This newer shop has impressed all who have visited with their friendly service and level of knowledge on what types of cheese they offer. Petoskey Cheese is the perfect place to find a new favorite type of cheese. Once you find that new taste you love, purchase some and bring it back to Hotel Walloon’s Hearthroom to be paired with some wine for a delectable evening snack.

American Spoon Foods

American Spoon Foods is your local source for all jellies, spreads and salsas to make any meal complete. American Spoon Foods offers wonderful recipes that feature their products in creative and inventive ways. Leave the store feeling confident about the delectable meal to come.

Don’t forget to bring a little Northern Atmosphere home with you! Buy American Spoon Foods’ Sour Cherry Fruit Spread that will leave you remembering summer days in Northern Michigan all year long!


Clothing Stores

Along with all of the specialty shops located in Petoskey, there are many high-end fashion storefronts in the Petoskey Gaslight Shopping District. While only a few have been listed, take time to peruse all the fashionable Petoskey shops!


Vintage To Vogue, a boutique storefront located in only four U.S. cities, offers exclusive brands such as Quinn, 222 and Jim & Selina, while also carrying brands such as Free People, White and Warren, Splendid, Lucky Brand and more high end quality clothing. Stop in for the latest trends and to see what new outfit you might find!

Lake Affect

Lake Affect fully encompasses the Northern Michigan experience in their retail store. Lake Affect carries an assortment of accessories and home décor. They also carry beautiful Walloon Lake necklaces which would be the perfect treasure to remember your trip to Hotel Walloon and the memories made on the lake during your stay.

Plan Your Trip to Petoskey Today!

Before departing from Hotel Walloon for your Petoskey Trip, stop by the Concierge Desk in the Lobby to ask about hours of operation for the different stores in Petoskey, as some do vary depending on season and day of week.

When you’re done with all the shopping, enjoy some of Downtown Petoskey’s fabulous dining options before returning to Hotel Walloon for some drinks from the Lobby Bar and dessert in the Hearth Room. We can’t wait to hear about your Up North Shopping Trip and see what treasures you found!

If you have not yet booked reservations for your trip to Northern Michigan, call Hotel Walloon’s Front Desk at (231) 535-5000 to reserve your stay today!


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