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Families will love:

  • Gorgeous, clean beaches and trails
  • Activity choices both wild and urbane
  • Hotels, eats in all price ranges

About a century ago, the writer Ernest Hemingway knew what we know now: Michigan's cottage country "up north" offers a bounty of things to do and places to sleep and eat in a surreal natural setting. (The main cluster of "Hemingway Country" encompasses the small cities of Petoskey and Boyne City, as well as the village of Walloon Lake, where the Hemingway family ... more
About a century ago, the writer Ernest Hemingway knew what we know now: Michigan's cottage country "up north" offers a bounty of things to do and places to sleep and eat in a surreal natural setting. (The main cluster of "Hemingway Country" encompasses the small cities of Petoskey and Boyne City, as well as the village of Walloon Lake, where the Hemingway family still keeps "Windemere," the same cottage at which the great writer spent the summers of his childhood and youth.)

Today, Hemingway is still present in area diners, bookstores, museums, and even sandwiches (try the Hemingway sandwich at Jesperson's Restaurant and Pie Shoppe!), but the area also lures folks for the blue topaz waters of local lakes.

Families can take wakeboarding lessons on Walloon Lake, bike past Lake Charlevoix on an award-winning "wheelway" trail, and hunt for the area's famous Petoskey stones on the beach. On rainy days, there's an old-timey general store and museums to explore, plus don't miss the Pied Piper Skatery, a roller rink housed in an old log dance hall, or a tour of the chocolate kitchen at the original Kilwin's in Petoskey.

Places to sleep range from luxury resorts and hotels to quirky inns and lodges tended with TLC by local owners. These offer such uncommon amenities as free limo and driver (the Apple Tree Inn) and free food all day plus free haircuts in the lobby (@Michigan Inn and Lodge)! Dining establishments boast a similar diversity -- families can eat upscale or on the cheap, with many places offering million dollar views of various lakes.

Back to Hemingway: Swim, fish, eat and sip coffee where he did, and you'll know exactly why he pined for his summer home from the cafes of Paris -- the place he wrote about in "Up in Michigan" is simply magical for all ages.

Written by Lorilee Craker less

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