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Michigan Cuisine Is Calling. And I Must Go Eat.

Enjoy summer’s last hurrah by heading Up North for stunning views and amazing cuisine.

Michigan is known for magical summer memories. From Mackinac Island through the Lower Peninsula, visitors to the Great Lakes State can bask in the sun along stunning shorelines, boat their way through the region, and take in the local history with countless museums and cultural centers.

And food. So. Much. Food.

Start your culinary tour of Michigan’s best by parking in Petoskey and then eating your way through the area. We promise it’ll make your summer memories sweet, savory, and everything wonderful in between.

WHERE TO STAY

Petovsky RV Resort

Petoskey RV Resort

Visit Petoskey RV Resort

Discover the perfect getaway at Petoskey’s stunning 26-acre resort, featuring spacious, full hookup RV sites, an on-site store, lodge, outdoor swimming pool, spa, and putting green. Located closer to Petoskey than Walloon, the resort is a stone’s throw from world-class hiking and fishing—and minutes from historic restaurants, shops, and breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan in downtown Petoskey. Just a short drive from some of the most iconic restaurants in Michigan, Petoskey is your perfect place to park.

Amenities include:

  • Gated Property
  • Controlled Access
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Cable TV Access
  • Recycling Available
  • Restroom/Shower Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities ($)
  • On-Site Store ($)
  • Campfires Permitted
  • Firewood for Sale ($)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Clubhouse
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Horseshoes
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room
  • Library

WHERE TO EAT

Palette Bistro

Palette Bistro

Visit Palette Bistro

Grab a corner table or lounge outside for a great view of Little Traverse Bay, and enjoy the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Palette Bistro. (Yes, we said Mediterranean!) There for happy hour? Don’t miss their Old World wine list (especially the Granbazan albariño—an I Heart RVing favorite) and pair a glass with their famous seafood paella. The space features local and regional Michigan artists, so you can do a little shopping while you dine in or wait for your takeout.

Barrel Back

Barrel Back Walloon

Visit Barrel Back

Situated on what locals call “the foot” of Walloon Lake, Barrel Back can be reached by boat or by foot, making it the perfect after-lake destination for good eats. With a mixed American menu, there’s something for everyone — but don’t miss the delicious smoked whitefish paté. Michiganders (that’s a thing) and their visitors consume it by the pound, and for good reason. It’s one of the best things to come out of the state, which is saying a lot because Michigan is pretty great.

Legs Inn

Legs Inn

Visit Legs Inn

Drive thirty minutes north to Cross Village to experience one of the most iconic restaurants in Michigan. Featuring truly amazing Polish cuisine and draft beer, the Legs Inn is like stepping into a fairytale setting, making the experience of dining there as enjoyable for your eyes as it is your stomach. The inn was created by Polish immigrant Stanley Smolak in the 1920s. Named after the row of inverted stove legs used to make the decorative railing on the roof, the building is an architectural wonder, and has been honored in countless regional and national publications and best-of lists.

American Spoon

American Spoon

American Spoon

Grab some bites at American Spoon before you hit the road on your next adventure. With a wide array of preserves, salsa, nut butter, fruit butter, pancakes, toppings, and granola, there’s something for everyone at the Spoon. Grab their whitefish dip to go if it’s in stock and relive your delicious summer memories from Up North all year long.

City Park Grill

City Park Grill

Channel your inner novelist and head to the City Park Grill in downtown Petoskey. Originally called McCarthy Hall, this landmark historic building was constructed in 1875 as a billiard hall and male-only establishment that offered cigars, wine, and liquor. The building and business has changed hands and names several times, and when Ernest Hemingway made Northern Michigan his summer home in the early 1900s, it was one of his favorite places. It is confirmed that he sat in the second seat from the end of the bar, and wrote his ideas for short stories and books. His short story “Gentlemen of the World” makes mention of The Annex, otherwise known today as City Park Grill. Stop in for a historic photo op, amazing drinks, and delectable American cuisine.

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