Unveiling Petoskey’s Allure: Our Ferry Travel Guide to Petoskey

Embark on an enchanting journey to Petoskey, Michigan, aboard the ferry, and discover the vibrant blend of natural wonders, delectable treats, and cultural gems. As you step off the ferry, here are a few recommendations to make your visit memorable.

Stopping for an Hour?

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:

  • Kilwins Petoskey – Downtown: Indulge in handcrafted chocolates and creamy fudge at Kilwins. Location
  • American Spoon: Explore artisanal preserves and treats at American Spoon. Location
  • Murdick’s Fudge and Ice Cream: Treat yourself to the finest fudge and ice cream creations. Location
  • Moomers Homemade Ice Cream: Savor the richness of homemade ice cream flavors. Location

Quick Bites:

  • Petoskey Pretzel Co.: Grab a quick and savory bite for the ferry ride. Location
  • Symons General Store & Wine Cellar: Enjoy takeout from the back of the store. Location

Need Coffee? Who Doesn’t:

Going for the Afternoon?

Dining Delights:

  • City Park Grill: Don’t miss the biscuits at this historic eatery. Location
  • Duffy’s Garage & Grille: Casual dining with a relaxed atmosphere. Location
  • The Back Lot Beer Garden: A little longer of a walk from the dock, ideal for larger groups. Location
  • Palette Bistro: Indulge in fine dining with a touch of elegance and a view of the bay. Location
  • Noggin Room Pub (under Stafford’s Perry Hotel): Enjoy live entertainment in a cozy setting. Location

Other Activities

Hunting for Petoskey Stones:

  • Explore the beach near the marina for the elusive Petoskey stone. Burgess Rd Beach Access is a better location. You really have to get out of town to find them. Location

Discover a Hidden Gem:

  • Ok let’s be honest. The girls are living it up at all the clothing shops on Lake st while you and the boys are standing around out front. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. In the alley behind all the clothing stores is a real treasure., Ernesto’s Cigar Lounge and Bar. Location

Shopping Extravaganza:

Bookstores and Outfitters:

Art Stops:

Little Traverse Wheelway:

  • Enjoy the scenic Little Traverse Wheelway between Bay Harbor and Petoskey, bypassing the washed-out section. Bring your bike on the ferry for a 50-minute ride or explore further on both sides of the bay.
  • Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness – Close enough to walk to if you need to grab something Location


Indulge in the charm of Petoskey, Michigan, as you traverse the shores of Lake Michigan. We hope this guide to Petoskey helps you find some unforgettable experience, from delightful treats to cultural discoveries.



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