Home of the Million Dollar Sunset – Top 5 Sunset Spots in Northern Michigan

As soon as you experience a sunset in Northern Michigan you understand why the phrase ‘Million Dollar Sunset’ is so fitting for our area! Watching the sun fade into the horizon is breathtaking from any view – but we’ve compiled a list of our top five sweet-spots in the area!

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Sunset Park – Petoskey, MI

#1: Sunset Park, Petoskey
Whether you pull off 31 into Sunset Park for just a few minutes, or you pack a picnic and make an evening out of it, you’ll watch in amazement while the glorious colors stretch the horizon and blend with Lake Michigan.

#2: Rose Garden Veranda, Petoskey
Sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite beverage on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – all while watching the sun fade into the waters of Little Traverse Bay.


Charlevoix Pier – Charlevoix, MI

#3: Jeff’s Deck, Charlevoix
Locals and tourists alike would agree, you just can’t beat Jeff’s Deck at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant for a view of the sunset. While you’re waiting you may even see the bridge raise as the Beaver Islander cruises through the Pine River Channel. Or, take a walk along the Charlevoix Pier and enjoy the view near the lighthouse.

#4: The Bluff, Harbor Springs
Strap on your tennis shoes and head for high ground in Harbor Springs. Just a short walk from downtown Harbor Springs you’ll find the perfect frame for a northern Michigan sunset.

#5: East Park, Petoskey
Near Bay Harbor, enjoy the breathtaking view along with a brand new playground. Enjoy some time on high ground, then follow the path toward the shore and skip stones into Little Traverse Bay.

Did we miss one? Where is your favorite spot to enjoy a ‘Million Dollar Sunset’ in northern Michigan?

Stafford’s Wine Collection

S Wines 3Last summer, we introduced our first three wines in our private label collection. Today we are pleased to introduce our fourth wine – a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford Napa Valley!

Our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford Napa Valley, was chosen for Stafford’s Bay View Inn. This wine is a crisp, flavorful wine with refreshing acidity with notes of orange blossom, melon and a tropical pineapple finish.

A full bodied, jammy and slightly tannic wine is our 2011 Pinot Noir from Carneros. This was selected specifically for Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix to complement their salmon, chicken and pork tenderloin entrées.

Chosen for Stafford’s Perry Hotel is our Chardonnay from Russian River. This wine has notes of lemon, pineapple and balanced with a long finish. This wine was selected to pair with our classic whitefish entrées.

Third, we introduce our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. This wine is a classic Napa grape with great cherry preserves and snappy! This wine was specifically chosen for Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs to complement our all-natural steak selections.

Our wines are available at each of our dining locations and offered on our banquet menus for weddings and special events. Our wines are also available at a special retail price at Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History in downtown Petoskey, along with wine gifts and accessories. Cheers! Pinot Noir Wine

Live Music & Festivals in Northern Michigan

The Annual Blissfest Music Festival takes place this weekend

The Annual Blissfest Music Festival takes place this weekend

Local and talented music festivals and musicians fill our northern Michigan communities with fantastic entertainment in the summer months. If you haven’t had the chance to experience the events below – you’re missing out! Be sure to mark your calendar and catch one of these fun-filled events.


  • 34th Annual Blissfest Music Festival
    Friday – Sunday, July 11 – 13, 2014
    A celebration of music! If you find yourself in northern Michigan – this is a must do. The weekend can be shared with families and friends of all ages, with cultural and diverse music featuring: Bluegrass, Blues, Zydeco, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic and World music. View a full schedule here. Full weekend and day passes are available at the gate. All events take place at Blissfest Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740.



  • Annual Alanson Riverfest
    Wednesday – Sunday, August 6 – 10, 2014
    A celebration of the Inland Water Route! Fun for the whole family, this festival features live music in the entertainment tent beginning on Friday, August 8. View entertainment schedule here. All events take place in downtown Alanson and feature an arts and crafts fair, antique flea market on the hillside, bouncer carnival, river stories, a lighted boat parade and more!


  • 12th Annual Festival on the Bay
    Thursday – Sunday, August 14 – 17, 2014
    Another family-friendly festival filled with blues, funk and steel drum entertainment, right on the bay in Petoskey. Festival on the Bay also includes a children’s area, youth fishing derby, arts and crafts fair, chalk & chocolate festival, petting zoo and so much more! All events take place on the waterfront in Petoskey. A complete entertainment schedule can be found here.
Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park

Weekly Music Around Northern Michigan

  • Harbor Springs Community Band
    Monday evenings, 8 to 9 pm through August 25, 2014
    Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this group of local musicians. They play on the lawn next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.




  • Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park
    Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s throughout the summer
    Grab a blanket and head to Pennsylvania Park Gazebo in downtown Petoskey to enjoy the return of this concert series.  Tuesday’s (12 pm), Wednesday’s – Kid Themed (12 pm) and Friday’s (12 and 7 pm).


  • Petoskey Rocks!
    Friday’s through August 1
    Continuing its third season, this Friday night program is fun for the family! Browse downtown shops and catch the great line-up of concert series!

    Bay View Association -  John M. Hall Auditorium

    Bay View Association – John M. Hall Auditorium

  • Bay View Vesper’s Concerts
    Sunday’s through August 10, 8 pm
    A Bay View Association tradition, the Sunday evening Summer Sunset Vespers Concerts continues the ongoing tradition of evening music, a staple since the 1800’s when families gathered at the end of the day to sing hymns. Complete details here.

    Petoskey Steel Drum Band

    Petoskey Steel Drum Band

  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band
    The local and talented Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs all around northern Michigan. Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with performance dates.Noggin Room
  • Noggin Room Pub
    Nightly, 8:30 to 11:30 pm
    Local musicians fill the pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Grab your friends and come on down. View our schedule here.


Have you attended any of the above? Share with us your favorite experience!

The Drawbridge Bistro, Downtown Charlevoix – Now Open

The Drawbridge Bistro in Downtown Charlevoix

The Drawbridge Bistro in Downtown Charlevoix

We are pleased to share that The Drawbridge Bistro in Downtown Charlevoix is now open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails! Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed setting with beautiful waterfront views of Round Lake and gracious hospitality in a community rich with history. 10429235_474262516053577_7137050179489951600_nLocated next to the drawbridge on the east side at the Edgewater Inn, The Drawbridge Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails and Michigan Craft Beer. We will begin dinner service late this summer season.

Our menus feature Michigan products and signature cuisine sure to please any palate.

Pictured here is breakfast item North n’ South: Fresh granola from Crooked Tree Breadworks, organic yogurt from Thomas Organic Creamery and assorted berries. North and South 2

A few of our lunch items include: Tomato & Watercress Salad – Heirloom tomatoes, pickled red onion, goat cheese, EVOO and balsamic. Heirloom Salad 2

Great Portobello – Sauteed spinach, roasted red peppers, melted fresh mozzarella, house dill bun and housemade chips.Portobello

View our full menus here – The Drawbridge Bistro Menus. MenusConnect With Us!
Facebook: facebook.com/drawbridgebistro
Instagram: instagram.com/staffordshospitality
Website: drawbridgebistro.com

Celebrate the red, white and blue!

Stafford's Bay View Inn is decorated for the holiday.

Stafford’s Bay View Inn is decorated for the holiday.

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate in northern Michigan! We hope you’ll enjoy any and all of our local activities in celebration of our nation’s birthday!

Parade: 11 am

Bay Harbor
Steel Drum Band: Thursday, 8 pm
Parade: Friday, 11 am

Bay View
Parade: 10 am
Reading of the Declaration of Independence: 11 am
Evening Festivities: 8 pm

Boyne City
Parade: 10 am
Fireworks: 10:30 pm

Parade: 10 am

Harbor Springs

Paul Revere Run: 8 am
Parade: 1 pm
Beer Garden & Live Music: 2:30 to 5:30 pm
Fireworks: Dusk

Mackinaw City

Fireworks: 10 pm

Fun in Pennsylvania Park: 4 to 6 pm
Parade: 6 pm
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social: 6 to 7:30 pm
Fireworks: Dusk

And of course, in between all of the fun, feel free to join us for lunch, dinner or cocktails at any one of our properties!

Our Top Ten Kid-Friendly Things To Do List


Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park

Whether you are a local resident or visiting from out of town, there is always something to do in northern Michigan! Here is our “Top Ten Kid-Friendly Things To Do” list.

  • Walk or bike miles upon miles of paved trails! Two of our favorite trails are The Little Traverse Wheelway - which goes along the water and stretches from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs (26 miles). Connecting to that is the Northwestern State Trail. From the Little Traverse Wheelway you can connect to this on M-119, or you can catch the trail in Alanson. Both of these trails expose the beauty of northern Michigan and have spectacular views. View trail maps and more here.

    North Western State Trail

    North Western State Trail

  • Head to Harbor Springs and visit Zorn Park Beach to swim, play in the sand or take in the views. There is also a playground nearby. Here is a complete list of beaches in the northern Michigan area.
  • Visit Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. Feed the animals, hike the trails and take a hayride! Great family fun for all.
  • Petoskey is famed for the “million dollar sunset.” A few of our favorite spots to watch: Petoskey State Park, Petoskey Waterfront, Sunset Park or The Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

    Petoskey Sunset

    Petoskey Sunset

  • Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall and take in views of Little Traverse Bay, Bay Harbor and Petoskey.
  • Visit the Oden State Fish Hatchery on US-31 in Oden. The Fish Hatchery has nature trails, exhibits and hatchery tours daily.
  • Enjoy some of the talented music and musicians in northern Michigan! Here is a list and links for complete information:
    Downtown Charlevoix Concert Series (and movies) are every Thursday, 7 to 9 pm in the East Park Performance Pavillion. Schedule and information here.
    – At Crooked Tree Arts Center, the new outdoor Bidwell Plaza hosts a Singer/Songwriter series on Thursday’s, June 5 – July 24 at 12 pm. View complete event line up.
    - Downtown Petoskey is now home toRed Sky Stage, hosting Blissfest Jam Sessions every Sunday, 1 to 4 pm.
    – Harbor Springs Street Musique returns Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, June 26 until Labor Day. From 7 to 9 pm, stroll the streets of Harbor Springs and listen to local and musicians.
    Charlotte Ross Lee Concert series at the Pennsylvania Park Gazebo in Downtwon Petoskey return on Tuesday’s (12 pm), Wednesday’s – Kid Themed (12 pm) and Friday’s (12 and 7 pm).
    – The Petoskey Steel Drum Band has performances all around northern Michigan! Mark your calendars for these upcoming performances: Wednesday, July 2 (Stafford’s Perry Hotel); Thursday, July 3 (Bay Harbor); Friday, July 4 (Downtown Petoskey); Thursday, July 10 (Charlevoix Summer Concert Series); Sunday, August 10 (Alanson Riverfest); and Friday, August 15 (Festival on the Bay, Petoskey). *These dates are scheduled to change without notice.

    Street Musique - Harbor Springs

    Street Musique – Harbor Springs

  • The Charlevoix marina is a fun place to walk around and look at the boats, watch the Beaver Island Ferry or splash around on the splash pad.
  • Kilwins Chocolate Factory offers free Chocolate Tours! Located on US-31 just 1 mile from Downtown Petoskey.
  • Take a treasure home and hunt for Petoskey Stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay.

Have you experienced any of these events or attractions? What was your favorite thing? View our complete 100 Things To Do In Northern Michigan list.

Northern Michigan Wineries & Events

Wineries are up and coming around the Charlevoix, Petoskey and Alanson area. We suggest adding these wineries on the Northwest Bay View Wine Trail to your summer “must do” list, and sample some award winning wines right here from northern Michigan!

“The Bay View Wine Trail region is centered in the exposed shale of the geological Devonian formation which encompasses Charlevoix and Emmet counties. These unique outcrop areas fold and crimp exposed bluffs and river gorges along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Coupled with thewarm breezes off of Little Traverse Bay, the Bay View Wine Trail region has unique micro-climates providing for a young but flourishing wine region.”- Bay View Wine Trail

Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery

Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery

Area Wineries
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery
8370 Lakeview Rd., Alanson, MI 49706

Seasons of the North
9090 W. M-68 Highway, Indian River, MI 49749

Pleasantview Winery
6769 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery
5581 S. Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Mackinaw Trail Winery
3423 US 131 South, Petoskey, MI 49770
Tasting Room – Downtown Petoskey

The Cellars of Royal Farms
10445 N. US-31, Atwood/Ellsworth, MI 49729

Harbor Springs Annual Waterfront Wine Festival

Harbor Springs Annual Waterfront Wine Festival

Save The Date
The Harbor Springs Annual Waterfront Wine Festival is set for Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm. The festival takes place on the lawn right next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. It’s a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting, live local music, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of event. You can purchase a ticket by visiting the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce website. For more information, follow the Waterfront Wine Festival on facebook!

The 2nd Annual Beer & Wine Festival in Alanson is set for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites. This exciting event will not only feature local wines but also micro-brews and appetizers. Visit their website for complete details.

Annual Beer & Wine Festival in Alanson

Annual Beer & Wine Festival in Alanson


100 Things To Do In Northern Michigan This Summer

The Colors of Summer

Northern Michigan hosts an array of activities and events year ’round. Here is a list of 100 Things Do This Summer In Northern Michigan!

1. Take a walking tour of historic architecture in Petoskey.

2. Petoskey is home to Kilwin’s quality confections – take home a delicious treat or schedule a tour of the kitchen (1 mile from downtown Petoskey).

3. Wine and dine at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs.

4. Grab a drink in the Noggin Room Pub, you may even try to complete an around the world tour of over 30 brews and add your name to the “Hall of Foam.”

5. Bicycle along the shore of Little Traverse Bay on the Little Traverse Wheelway, a 26 mile paved bike trail from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix. Bike rentals are nearby.

6. Hike the picturesque sand dunes at Petoskey State Park (located off of M-119).

7. Voted Northern Michigan’s Best Brunch, Stafford’s Bay View Inn serves brunch every Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (May – October).

8. Browse the boutique shops of Petoskey’s Historic Gaslight District.

9. Enjoy a scenic chair lift ride or zip line adventure at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.

10. Browse through our collection of area hotel history and Michigan artists at Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History – located behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

Top left: Sunday Brunch; Bottom left: Concerts in the park; Top right: Stafford's Gallery; Middle right: Oak Planked Whitefish; Bottom right: Petoskey stones

Top left: Sunday Brunch; Bottom left: Concerts in the park; Top right: Stafford’s Gallery; Middle right: Oak Planked Whitefish; Bottom right: Petoskey stones

11. The Little Traverse Historical Society Museum features Hemingway artifacts, train memorabilia and other facts from the past – located on the Petoskey waterfront (open seasonally).

12. Try your luck at Odawa Casino – located in Petoskey.

13. Walk through the winding community of Bay View and enjoy the gingerbread Victorian cottages.

14. Enjoy the ever changing exhibits at the Crooked Tree Art Center – located in downtown Petoskey.

15. Golf at one of the areas numerous world class courses.

16. Play outdoor putt-putt golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure – located in Petoskey.

17. Feed the fish in our pond at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites (fish food available at the front desk).

18. Search for Petoskey stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay, or purchase one in our gift shops.

19. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center – located in Oden on US-31.

20. Cruise the Straits of Mackinac with a lighthouse cruise (sheplersferry.com).

21. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island.

22. Head to Indian River and visit the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and museum (9 miles East of Alanson).

23. Canoe, kayak or stroll the Bear River Recreation Area in Petoskey. Kayak rentals nearby.

24. Take home some jam & sauce from American Spoon Foods – Petoskey is where the company was founded.

25. Dine at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant on Jeff’s Deck and watch the boats cruise under the bridge.

26. Take a walk on Sanctuary Island in Alanson. Enjoy the hand cranked ferry and beautiful views of the Crooked River (seasonal).

27. Hop in your car and take a narrated tour to Cross Village through the Tunnel of Trees – CD’s available for purchase at Stafford’s Bay View Inn,
Perry Hotel & Crooked River Lodge.

28. Sample oils and vinegars from Fustini’s in downtown Petoskey.

29. The Hillside Gardens in downtown Alanson are planted by local volunteers and are free to visit year round.

30. Browse through the Andrew Blackbird Museum in Harbor Springs (open seasonally).

31. Dudley’s Deck at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant was voted the best outdoor dining in Harbor Springs. Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails seasonally.

32. Catch a flick at the Petoskey Cinema (northernmicinemas.com).

33. For the adventurous type, sky dive with Sky Dive Harbor Springs.

34. Visit Lavender Hill Farm, just a few miles West of Petoskey.

35. Paved sidewalks on both sides of the Pine River in Charlevoix make for a relaxing walk.

36. Tour the unique guest rooms at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. Not one is alike!

37. Walk through the unique Village of Bay Harbor.

38. Sail Lake Charlevoix or Lake Michigan with Sunshine Charters (sunshinecharters.com).

39. Sweet tooth? Tom’s Mom’s Cookies in Harbor Springs is a great treat.

40. Visit Pond Hill Farms for fresh produce and their new wine tasting room(north of Harbor Springs on M-119).

41. Play life-size chess on Castle Farms giant chessboard in Charlevoix or take a guided tour of the grounds.

42. Take a tour of Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix. Maps are available at the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce.

43. Relax on the front porch of Stafford’s Bay View Inn or Stafford’s Perry Hotel on our comfortable wicker furniture.

44. Pamper yourself with a day of relaxation at one of the areas renowned spas.

Pond Hill Farm; Crooked Tree Art Center; Petoskey State Park

Pond Hill Farm; Crooked Tree Art Center; Petoskey State Park

45. Enjoy live entertainment from local musicians in the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel every Friday & Saturday evening.

46. Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall.

47. Go kayaking, tubing or canoeing on the Sturgeon River at Big Bear Adventures in Indian River (9 miles East of Alanson).

48. Our indoor pool and hot tub at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites in Alanson is open for public swimming!

49. Friske Orchards in Ellsworth has fresh apples, cider and a petting zoo! (10 miles south of Charlevoix).

50. Try Stafford’s Oak Planked Whitefish – a specialty since 1961!

51. Listen to Street Musique by local musicians Thursday evenings in Harbor Springs (late June – August).

52. Morgan Trout Fishing Farm in Alanson is a perfect afternoon activity – located 1 mile north of Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.

53. Peruse the Harbor Springs History Museum, located in downtown Harbor Springs.

54. Gather local produce from Petoskey’s Downtown Farmers Market or Harbor Springs Farmers Market throughout the summer.

55. Visit the Historic Inland Waterway Museum, located in downtown Alanson.

56. Hike the picturesque trails of Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves – locations throughout northern Michigan (landtrust.org).

57. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cupcake from Sweet Maria’s Confections in downtown Petoskey.

58. Take the family to Great American Adventures to enjoy go karts, driving range, water wars, miniature golf and batting cages – located in Petoskey.

59. Catch a performance of The Young Americans (youngamericans.org).

60. Go fishing on one of the many local lakes.

61. Take a dip in Little Traverse’s Bay at the Petoskey State Park Beach.

62. Pull up a blanket and enjoy a concert in the park in downtown Petoskey (petoskey.com).

63. Take a short drive to Mackinaw City and drive over the world’s 6th longest suspension bridge (35 miles north of Petoskey, 20 miles north of Alanson).

64. Watch local performers at the Crooked Tree Arts Center (crookedtree.org), Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center (harboraha.org) or by the Great Lakes
Chamber Orchestra (glorchestra.org).

65. Visit a northern Michigan brewery. Beards Brewery located in downtown Petoskey or Petoskey Brewing Co. located on M-119.

66. Visit one of the many antique shops in northern Michigan.

67. Visit one of the areas signature fudge shops – locations in Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey.

68. Go horseback riding.

69. Catch a Vespers Concert Sunday evenings throughout the summer at John M. Hall Auditorium in the Bay View Association (bayviewassociation.org).

70. Take the family to play a few frames of bowling at Northern Lights Recreation (located on M-119).

71. Read one of our many books or magazines in one of our libraries at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge or Perry Hotel.

72. Visit the historic sites Colonial Michilimackinac and Mill Creek in Mackinaw City.

Petoskey Breakwall

Petoskey Breakwall

73. Explore and hike on the 20 acres surrounding Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites (maps available at the front desk or view one here).

74. East Park in downtown Charlevoix features a Fountain of Youth and has spectacular harbor views.

75. Sturgeon Bay is a local favorite and known for its miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters (north of Harbor Springs).

76. Rent a boat and cruise the famed Inland Waterway, connecting you to a chain of lakes and rivers.

77. Learn to fly fish with a local fly fisherman.

78. Fly high above the water with a parasailing adventure in Boyne City (boyneparasail.com).

79. Take the little ones to Busy Bodies Bodies Bounce Town for some indoor fun – located in Petoskey (busybodiesbouncetown.com).

80. The Headlands in Mackinaw City is an International Dark Sky Park and the perfect place to watch the night sky (emmetcounty.org).

81. Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swinging bridge. Walk or drive over it, or boat underneath it.

82. Enjoy lunch on the Lewis Street Porch or lunch in the H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel (open seasonally).

83. Stroll the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs Marinas.

84. Visit Deer Park in Harbor Springs.

85. Tour the U.S.C.G.C. Icebreaker Mackinaw in Mackinaw City (themackinaw.org).

86. Kids can catch and release fish at the waterfront in Petoskey (petoskey.us).

87. Experience northern Michigan wines along the Bay View Wine trail (bayviewwinetrail.com).

88. Take in the views in our Adirondack chairs at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge or Perry Hotel.

89. Visit Cross Village and eat at the famous Legs Inn, a Polish restaurant.

90. Explore Wilderness State Park (wildernessstatepark.net).

91. Play of game of croquet on the lawn at Stafford’s Bay View Inn.

92. Catch a local baseball game at the waterfront in Petoskey.

Noggin Room Pub; Little Traverse Bay; Charlevoix River Walk

Noggin Room Pub; Little Traverse Bay; Charlevoix River Walk

93. Sturgeon River Pottery offers a great selection of homemade pottery and gifts, and they make it right in the store (sturgeonriver.com).

94. Catch a sunrise over the Crooked River at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge.

95. Gather the family and take them to the kid-friendly park in downtown Alanson.

96. Enjoy a Kilwin’s ice cream cone in downtown Petoskey, Charlevoix or Harbor Springs.

97. Boyne City has shops, restaurants and events year round (boynecity.com).

98. Discover Geocaching in our area (geocaching.com).

99. Skip stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

100. Petoskey is known as the “Land of the Million Dollar Sunsets.” Stop by Sunset Park or the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel and watch the sun slowly fade into the water.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Northern Michigan? Download our complete 100 Things To Do In Northern Michigan list.

Sunset in Petoskey

Sunset in Petoskey

Stafford’s Celebrates Michigan Wine Month

Michigan Wine Month

April is Michigan Wine Month! We invite you to celebrate the best of Michigan Wineries with these culinary specials and events this month.

Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Downtown Petoskey
Our features include:

  • 2 Lads Cabernet Franc/ Merlot – $6 per glass
    This wine pairs great with our Beef Brisket
  • Chateau Grand Traverse Sillouette Red – $5 per glass
    Enjoy with Noggin Room House Lasagna
  • Black Star Farms Arcturos Barrel Aged Chardonnay – $5.50 per glass
    Perfect with our Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant – Harbor Springs
Enjoy Chef’s featured entree creation accompanied with a glass of Michigan wine for $16.95. Entree selections will be changing daily, join us!

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During the month of April, we will be offering 30% off bottles of select Michigan wines.

Black Star Farms Wine Dinner
Friday, April 11, 6:30 pm
Featuring wines from Black Star Farms with wine maker Lee Lutes. Six course dinner paired with six wines from Black Star Farms. $50 per guest. Seating is limited, please make your reservations at 231-547-4311.

Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History – Downtown Petoskey behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Come in and browse our large selection of Michigan Wines and enjoy 20% each Michigan bottle you purchase. Offer ends April 30, 2014.

Michigan Wine Tasting Event
Friday, April 18, 5 to 7 pm
Guests will enjoy appetizers and tastings of select Michigan wines along with Stafford’s Private Wine Collection. $15 per guest.

We hope to see you soon – cheers!

Stafford’s Perry Hotel Annual Titanic Dinner

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All aboard! Join us for our Annual Titanic Dinner on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6 pm at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in downtown Petoskey. Models, original newspapers and artifacts will be on display as well as table settings representing the first, second and third class. Your ticket will include a historic presentation from local historian David Kaplan, Butlered Hors d’ Oeuvres and a five course dinner.

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The menu for the evening includes:

  • First Course – Soup
    Barley Soup with Morels
  • Second Course – Fish
    Poached Salmon with Watercress Sauce
  • Intermezzo
    Lemon Sorbet
  • Third Course – Meat
    Filet Mignon, Glace di’ Viand over Goose Liver (Fois Grois), Chateau Potatoes, Tourne Vegetables, Herb Bun & Herb Bundle
  • Fourth Course – White Star Salad & Rolls
    Mixed greens, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, carrots, tomato supremes, broccoli buds and shaved radishes with red wine vinaigrette
  • Fifth Course – Flight of Desserts
    Petite Eclairs
    Strawberry Ice Cream
    Chocolate Mousse Shooters
    Chocolate Cordial Cups in Syrup

Costumes are not required but are encouraged! Tickets are $65 per guest inclusive. 

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Weekend Lodging Package at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Friday – Sunday, April 11 – 13, includes:

  • Two nights lodging
  • Breakfast vouchers each morning of your stay
  • A special Titanic dinner and presentation Saturday evening
  • $30 in Downtown Petoskey Merchant Money (redeemable at shops in downtown Petoskey)
  • $20 in Steerage Bucks for the Noggin Room Pub

$399, based on two guests per room (plus tax and gratuities)

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Reservations are required for Titanic events. Please call 231-347-4000 to reserve your seat!


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