20 Great Lakes Getaways
Set on a hill above Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey is a postcard-pretty town full of historic cottages and high-end shopping.
Five Fun Stops
1 The Little Traverse Wheelway bike trail (pictured) follows the Lake Michigan shore from Charlevoix 26 miles north to Harbor Springs (231/348-8280; trailscouncil.org).
2 Sweeping Lake Michigan views and a sophisticated yet familiar menu have made Twisted Olive Cafe a welcome arrival on the dining scene (231/487-1230; twistedolivecafe.com).
3 Victorian charm at the sprawling Stafford's Bay View Inn draws couples and girlfriends for memorable stays along the shore (231/347-2771; staffords.com).
4 Housed in a 120-year-old church, Crooked Tree Arts Center has been home to northwest Michigan's cultural development for almost half a century, offering art exhibits, classes, and dance and music performances (231/347-4337; crookedtree.org).
5 In Bay Harbor's marina, choose among 60-plus beer varieties in the fun, faux-nautical saloon Knot Just a Bar (231/439-2770; knotjustabar.com).