Colleen Stout

The iconic clock tower in Petoskey, Michigan. Petoskey isn’t just for beachgoers and boaters. History buffs will also enjoy this Northern Michigan town steeped in history. Here are just a few of the historic sites you can visit in Petoskey. A Brief History of Petoskey Petoskey's first re...
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Categories:  History

Traveling Northern Michigan’s Inland Waterway is a summer boating adventure you won’t forget. The Inland Waterway is a series of interconnected inland lakes that make up a route over 38 miles long. It begins just outside Petoskey on the west side of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Travel t...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love, Petoskey

The Petoskey stone is only found in Northern Michigan. Many visitors to the Petoskey area hope to find one on the beach to take home as a souvenir. To have a successful Petoskey stone hunt, you need to know what to look for and where to look. What is a Petoskey stone? A Petoskey stone isn...
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Categories:  Petoskey, Michigan Love

At the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, you’ll find the charming lakeshore town of Petoskey tucked away on Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. Petoskey is a great place to spend a summer weekend relaxing. With so many activities to choose from, there is something for everyone, from outdoor ...
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Categories:  Petoskey

Next time you take a spring walk in the Michigan woods, keep your head down. You might find an elusive morel mushroom if you train your eyes on the ground. In Michigan, morel mushroom season begins in early April and runs as late as early June in the northern most parts of the state. People are cr...
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Categories:  Travel

Pasties, (pronounced like “pass tea”) are something we eat. These meat and vegetable hand pies were brought to Michigan by Cornish miners who ate the portable delicacies on their lunch break. Think of them as homemade Hot Pockets that actually taste good. Now pasties are a delicious par...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love

First things first, let’s get the pronunciation correct. It’s not pay-stee, as in, "My legs are always pasty white after a long Michigan winter." It’s pass-tea. Got it? Good. We Michiganders are passionate about our pasties, and we want to make sure you get it right. Let's talk about the Michi...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love

Michigan winters are known for their cold and snow. Based on statewide averages, our state ranks as the sixth snowiest in the Union. On a list of snowiest U.S. cities with populations greater than 100,000, Michigan has the most with four cities in the top 25; Grand Rapids is highest at number four....
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Categories:  Michigan Love

Natural wonders abound in Michigan. Along our miles and miles of freshwater coastline and in our pristine forests, you'll find some of the most amazing naturally formed sites in the world.  The Great Lakes - Four out of the five Great Lakes have waters that touch Michigan. The largest group of fre...
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Categories:  Travel, Michigan Love

Winter is in full effect and children have continued hopes of getting a snow day or two off from school. There are a lot of legends and superstitions about “rituals” that will make it snow and keep the big yellow buses off the roads. We can’t guarantee any of these methods work, but if yo...
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Categories:  Michigan Love, General
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