Seniors Enjoy Strolling in Petoskey

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Do you have your coffee, senior friends, we’re going to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula this morning.

Overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay in the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula seniors will find Petoskey, a quaint resort community with unmatched beauty and charm.

The name “Petoskey” means “where the light shines through the clouds” in the language of the Odawa Indians.  Known for its inland lakes, rolling hills and wooded terrain, Petoskey has been a destination for resorters for more than 100 years.

Discover an area in and around Petoskey that’s been called “A Michigan Treasure.” The Petoskey Stone is a beautiful fossil stone taken from coral that lived approximately 350 million years ago in a sea that once covered Michigan.

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Not large, 6,000+, but with a ton of amenities, Petoskey is a coastal resort town that runs along eight miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. It is nestled along Little Traverse Bay and is steeped in history, scenic beauty and an area that is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.

In the warmer months visitors enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities. Lake Michigan and the surrounding 38-mile inland waterway provide endless entertainment for anglers and boating aficionados.

Petoskey joins 19 other cities with populations of 15,000 or less that have excellent museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural gems.

Historic Gaslight District Draws Seniors

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Victorian architecture and the historic Gaslight Shopping District have held a magnetic appeal to senior visitors for generations. A shopping area for more than 100 years, this district is bursting with independent shops, boutiques, and galleries. Downtown Petoskey is one of the most treasured downtowns in the US.

Nestled on the shores of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, residents and senior tourists alike enjoy over 170 unique shops and fine restaurants in the famous Gaslight Shopping District.

The downtown area of Petoskey serves as a hub for resorters from Bay Harbor, Bay View, Harbor Springs, Walloon Lake and the surrounding Emmet County region. Downtown also features great views of Little Traverse Bay, fine dining, and streets lined with historic gas lights.


It’s a historical fact that Ernest Hemingway spent the first 18 summers of his life sailing and fishing on nearby Walloon Lake, and the area features prominently in several of his stories.Pick up a brochure that will take you on tour of Hemingway’s Michigan.

History buffs love the varied historic architecture of Petoskey and its neighbor, the Bay View Association, an area so unique that the entire community has been declared a National Historic Landmark.

The Odawa Casino is in town with nearly 1,200 slots, dozens of table games and a poker room. Golfers will enjoy playing on any one of the numerous championship courses in town.

So pack your bags, head to northern Michigan and enjoy Petoskey and Little Traverse Bay.  It will be a fun visit.  jeb

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