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weekend in Petosky

My lovely wife and I are coming to Petosky the first weekend in Oct...have a pachage at Odawa casino and hotel...3 days, 2 nights...any suggestions/thoughts...THANKS

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1. Re: weekend in Petosky

Hey Socrog,

Glad to hear you're coming up to Petoskey! What are you guys into? Will you spend a lot of time in the casino? Are you looking for more natural, outdoorsy type activities or more like shopping, dining, staying in town, etc?

The fall colors should be just getting started and you have a very good chance of having nice weather.

I can suggest tons of stuff for you to do, just give me an idea of what you're into.

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proly looking for more shopping, sight-seeing, realxing things....maybe a good place with live music also...how is the hotel here?

THANKS

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3. Re: weekend in Petosky

Take a drive around the bay through Harbor Springs and up 31, through the 'tunnel of trees' to Leggs Inn at Cross Village. It's a cool place to have lunch, or catch live music at night, but will be a longer drive back to Petoskey in the dark (1 hour)

Take another ride in the opposite direction to Charlevoix.

The Noggin Room downstairs in the Perry Hotel has fun local music.

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4. Re: weekend in Petosky

The drive to Harbor Springs and then on to Leggs Inn is M 119 and an excellent choice. For shopping I'd hit Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, and Charlevoix. They'll all be reducing inventory and you'll find some great bargins.

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5. Re: weekend in Petosky

If you like history, the Little Traverse Bay Museum is a nice little museum to visit. Take RedRox and Rono's advice on the scenic drives, an absolute must in this area. Leggs Inn is lots of fun. The park the museum is located in is a nice place for a picnic or a walk, provided the weather is nice. DH is fill you in on the rest of Petoskey, his specialty!

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6. Re: weekend in Petosky

Rono, thanks for the correction on the route number. I just know it as State Rd.

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7. Re: weekend in Petosky

thanks everyone, a great drive sounds good....

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8. Re: weekend in Petosky

I just got back from Petoskey. I spent Sept. 4th at the Holiday Inn Express, which is down the street from the Odawa hotel. It rained for two days. I had a Presidential suite, that was a great room, but on the highway side, which was so loud. Why put a Presidential suite, with supposed "VIEWS" on the side of a 4 lane hwy?

The Odawa hotel is down the street from the Casino, you need to drive to and from, or they have a shuttle. The Casino looks cool from the outside, I didnt' go in. You could go down to Bayfront Park, by the waterfront off Lake St. They have a walk way with benches by the large clock, and you could walk over to the little lighthouse and see if you want to walk out to it. It also has an under the street tunnel, to walk thur to get to the stores or go have a drink. Keep going on US31 to M119 and follow it around to the tunnel of trees, as others have suggested. You can stop in Good Hart and get some pot pies or fruit pies, then continue on to Legs Inn for polish food. Hope you have better weather than I did!

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My husband and I were in Petosky for two days/nights in July and the 2nd night we ate at the City Park Grill. Oh my goodness....we wish we would have known about it the first night too! It was so good.......everything we had was so delish and the biscuits they periodically bring around were mouth watering!

I ditto what everyone has said about the Tunnel of Trees, Good Hart and Leggs Inn at Cross Village. You have to do it all!

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10. Re: weekend in Petosky

Hi agian socrog,

You've gotten some really good advice already, obviously by now you know you can't miss the drive up M-119 to Cross Village and Legs Inn...if it's a nice day, head up in the afternoon and take in a beach then head to Legs for dinner and catch the sunset. The fall colors should be coming on by then, so it should be beautiful for you. There's a lot more to do that you could possibly fit into a weekend, but here are a few highlights that might interest you.

You mentioned shopping, I don't know how avid a shopper you are, but the Crooked Tree Art Center's having their 2008 "shopping scramble" on Saturday...it's a shopping event styled after a golf scramble, you can get info here:

www.crookedtree.org/general.phtml?catid=543

The CTAC is very cool on it's own too, might well be worth checking out.

If you're not into such a scheduled shopping event, the downtown area's great for bumming around and shopping for a few hours. Some of my favorite stores are: The Rocking Horse Toys, Bearcub Kidfitters (not just kid's stuff) Roast & Toast (awesome coffee) McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Ethnic Creations, Cutlers (for great kitchen stuff) Shorter's, Symon's General Store, Dave's Boot Shop (check the basement for killer sales), etc, etc, etc...the entire area's great little shops, restaurants, etc.

Most of the lunch joints and bars are good, but here are a few favorites...Lunch: Thai Orchid, Roast & Toast, Gelato Cafe, Flatiron Deli, Julienne Tomatoes, etc. For bars, I like: The Noggin Room, Mitchell St. Pub and City Park Grill...not too crazy about Fat Daddies or Leo's but that's just me.

For live music check out the City Park Grill (which someone already mentioned is a great lunch or dinner spot). They often have music on Saturday and pull in some pretty good regional acts...not sure about the dates you're there, it's kind of an "off" weekend...there's nothing posted on their website yet but I'd look into it for sure.

The Noggin Room in Stafford's Perry Hotel will definitely have music on Friday and Saturday. They have a small stage and have 1-3 person acts. Friday will likely be Michelle Chenard or Mike Ridley, both are good but Ridley's one of my favorite one man acts...tell him his favorite deadhead said hi and to play "friend of the devil". Saturday will be Sean Ryan, a local favorite playing kind of Folkie/Irish music...think "whiskey in the jar" type tunes. He's pretty fun to see, though the bar's not exactly built for live music, poor accoustics, etc. The Noggin Room has very good pub food and a lively atmosphere.

If you're looking to get outdoors a bit, the Little Traverse Wheelway's great...a paved walking/biking trail that parallels the shoreline from Charlevoix through Petoskey all the way to Harbor Springs. You can walk, or there are several places in town to rent bikes.

If you want to get out of town and into nature, there are great hiking trails around that will likely be beautiful with the fall colors. Just ask around and somone will point you in the direction of their favorite nearby trail.

Bill's Farm Market is very nice and just a couple of miles out of town on East Mitchell, they'll likely have wagon rides, pumpkin patch, fall harvest goods, etc.

Be sure to pick up free copies of The Graphic or Northern Express when you get into town, there you'll find event listings, happenings, coupons, etc. They'll be in restaurants, your hotel, etc.

Also, nearby Boyne City's having their Fall Harvest and Heritage Festival this weekend, here's the link for that info:

www.boynechamber.com/index.php…

As for the Odawa, the casino's only one year old and really nice. The accompanying hotel hasn't yet been built, so they're still using their old facility that's down the road. It used to be a Holiday Inn and I've not been in it since it's been owned by Odawa, but I've not seen good reviews. It's a short drive from downtown and even shorter to the Casino. Are you locked in there, or were there several hotels to choose from? If not, no big deal, I'm sure you won't spend a ton of time in your room anyway.

Hope this info helps, thanks for coming to Petoskey and have a great weekend!