1. Join the community of Charlevoix for the Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade – Friday, November 27, 1 to 6 pm. A great way to kick-off the holiday season!
2. Entertainment in the Noggin Room Pub happens every weekend, including Thanksgiving weekend! Wednesday, November 25, 8 to 11 pm – Billy Jewel; Friday, November 27, 8 to 11 pm – Mike Ridley and Saturday, November 28, 8 to 11 pm – E Minor Band
3. Bundle up and scope out your spot for Stafford’s Annual Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade – Saturday, November 28, 10 am. This downtown Petoskey tradition includes floats, bands, Santa and lots of holiday cheer – a great family event!
4. Santa’s Workshop on Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel returns this year! Every Saturday, November 28 – December 19, 12 to 2 pm. Fun for all ages – Santa’s Workshop has hot chocolate, cookies and visits with Santa in his sleigh. It’s free – bring your camera!
5. Shop Small Business Saturday! Support local business and shop small on “Shop Small Business Saturday.” Stafford’s Art Gallery will be offering a drawing for a limited edition print, Petoskey Memories by artist Randall Higdon, with any purchase made this day.
6. Light up the town during the Harbor Springs Tree Lighting – Saturday, November 28, 6:30 pm. The community comes together to kick off the holiday season!
1. Grab some friends and enjoy a Tuesday Wine Tasting at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant – Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 to 7 pm! This month we feature wines of Italy. Come meet Rick Collett (Small Domaine Specialist/ Owner of Peerless Wine Selections). Discover a Chardonnay from the Piemonte region, Barbera d’Asti and Chianti. Let Rick take you and your taste buds around the beautiful country of Italy.
2. Back by popular demand, our Innkeeper’s Buffet returns on Saturday evenings at Stafford’s Bay View Inn from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy classic appetizers, entrees including fish, short ribs, shrimp alfredo, roasted chicken and chef’s choice dessert, just $19.95 per guest.
3. Send the guys off to the woods and set your sites on Ladies Opening Night in downtown Petoskey, Friday, November 13, 5 to 8 pm. Finish up with a Deer Camp menu in the H.O. Rose Dining Room, too!
4. Continue the fun with Ladies Night Out in downtown Harbor Springs on Saturday, November 14, 6 to 9 pm. It’s the perfect time to show your love and shop locally. More than 25 businesses will be open, so you can find it all. Dinner specials will be offered at local restaurants including Stafford’s Pier: buy one sandwich or entree, get one free! For more info contact the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce.
5. Let the creative juices flow during our next Cork & Canvas – A Creative Evening! Thursday, November 19, 6 to 8 pm. Local artist Katie Brines, will provide step-by-step instructions allowing you to create a one of a kind masterpiece on canvas. No painting talent required! Our fee includes all supplies, wine tastings and light hors d’oeuvres. Each guest will take home a finished piece of artwork. Reservations for this event are required – we fill up fast! $50 per guest. Contact our friendly Gallery staff to reserve your spot, 231-347-0142.
6. Take a lunch break with Manna Food Project’s Empty Bowl’s Luncheon – Monday, November 23 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Your donation buys a bowl and soup for lunch. Join us for this fun community event and Manna fundraiser!
7. A Thanksgiving For All – We invite you to come celebrate the warmth and togetherness of Thanksgiving at Stafford’s.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn – Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet
11:30 am to 4:30 pm; $27.95 adults, $13.95 children
Perry Hotel – Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet
12:30 to 5:30 pm; $29.95 adults, $13.95 children
Stafford’s Pier Restaurant
Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet – 12:30 to 5:30 pm
$28.95 adults, $13.95 children
Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant
Classic Holiday Buffet – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
$28.95 adults, $13.95 children
Turkey’s To Go
A complete Thanksgiving meal to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Serves 6 to 8 people, $139. Reservations are recommended, 231-547-4311. Available at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Pier Restaurant and Weathervane Restaurant.
Neighbors in Need
A charitable giving program. Donate a Thanksgiving meal to families in need in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. Please contact Lindsey at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant or MJ at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant to make a donation.
8. Kick off the holiday season with some small town celebrations. If there’s one thing we all love about our community – it’s the holiday cheer! Old friends, new friends, neighbors and family gather with love and camaraderie to continue these small town traditions.
- Charlevoix Parade & Tree Lighting – Friday, November 27, 1 to 6 pm
- Stafford’s Annual Holiday Parade – Saturday, November 28, 10 am
- Santa’s Workshop at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Saturday, November 28, 12 to 2 pm
This even is free for kids of all ages. Bring your camera and dress warm, the event is held on the Rose Garden Veranda and you can visit with Santa in his sleigh!
- Harbor Springs Tree Lighting, 100th Anniversary – Saturday, November 28, 6:30 pm
9. Enjoy dinner out! Give your kitchen a break and enjoy our fabulous dinner features. Our Chef’s have come up with some dishes you won’t want to miss.
Take a step back to the Old English days and join us for the annual Madrigals Dinner – Petoskey High School’s award winning show! Tickets are $40 per guest which includes a three course gourmet dinner and live musical performances from the Madrigals throughout the evening. Guest arrival 5:30 pm, seating at 6 pm, show & dinner begin at 6:30 pm.
This year, we’re excited to feature these wonderful Madrigal singers at three of our locations!
Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant
Saturday, December 5, 5:30 pm
Smoked Whitefish Spread
Round Lake Salad
Bibb lettuce, dried cranberries, white cheddar cheese, walnuts, red pear and carrots with creamy cranberry vinaigrette
Tender chicken breast stuffed with cranberry pear compote and brie cheese baked in a puff pastry with chive beurre blanc, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus
Delicate chocolate mousse, fresh whipped cream and raspberries
Reserve your seat at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, 231-547-4311.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel
December 6, 10, 13 & 14; 5:30 pm
Vintner’s Goat Cheese Spread with crostinis
Holiday Kale Salad
Root vegetables, apples, red onion, white cheddar cheese with a cranberry walnut dressing
Medieval Short Rib of Beef
Potatoes with fresh parsley, french style green beans
Minted Chocolate Mousse
Reserve your seat at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, 231-347-4000.
Stafford’s Pier Restaurant
Thursday, December 17, 5:30 pm
Belgian Endive Salad
Blue cheese, cranberries, almonds, bacon, honey yogurt dressing
Carved mustard rubbed round of beef with port wine mushroom sauce and fresh rosemary, roasted brussels sprouts with glazed carrots and toasted pecans
Tiny chocolate mousse pies with raspberry sauce and mint
Reserve your seat at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, 231-526-6201.
A popular giving program, Neighbors In Need, is spreading through the northern Michigan communities of Harbor Springs and Charlevoix.
The staff at Stafford’s Pier and Weathervane Restaurant work closely with Salvation Army, The Manna Food Project, Harbor Springs Food Bank, Women’s Resource Center, Charlevoix Area Food Pantry and local churches. Last year, over 116 families enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, delivered by volunteers who prepare, package and deliver the meals, thanks to the generosity of Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, our staff and our guests.
“It is always our hope that the spirit of generosity will spread,” said Jody Ewbank, General Manager of Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. “The need is great, the obligation we accept, and we hope to reach more families in 2015.”
“Our staff wants to make this Thanksgiving special for everyone,” Marvin Morris notes, General Manager of Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant. “This year, we are pleased to accept a generous donation from the family of Jordan Raider, amongst other community members and businesses.”
To make a monetary or time donation, contact Lindsey Bur at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, 231-526-6201 or Marvin Morris at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, 231-547-4311.
We love fall in northern Michigan! Enjoy these spook-tacular Halloween events – there is something for every age!
Haunted Halloween Progressive Dinner
Friday, October 30, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
A wickedly good time! It all starts with appetizers at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, entree at City Park Grill, dessert at Jesperson’s Diner. $45 per person, reservations required, 231-348-0388.
Downtown Petoskey Trick or Treat
Saturday, October 31, 10 am to 12 pm
Dress up as your favorite character and join the parade to trick-or-treat your way through downtown Petoskey!
Halloween Buffet at the Noggin Room Pub
Saturday, October 31, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Join us at the Noggin Room Pub after downtown Petoskey trick-or-treating for a lunch buffet the kids will love! Macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and fruit. $1.99 per child with a paid adult from the regular menu.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, October 30, 6 pm & Saturday, October 31, 6 pm
Local detectives and out-of-town sleuths are invited to join us for a four course interactive murder mystery dinner. Murder Mystery entertainment provided by “Inspector Russell” with Murder Mysteries Ink. Just a few seats left, call today for reservations, 221-347-2771.
Visit Stafford’s Gallery of Art to browse our selection of art and accessories – fall is in the air!
Monday – Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm.
1. Call up some friends and enjoy a Tuesday Wine Tasting – Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 to 7 pm. Stafford’s Pier Restaurant offers these events the second Tuesday of each month. Guests enjoy a taste of select wines and Chef Britt’s complimentary appetizers! This month please your palette with a tour of South American wines.
2. Head to downtown Petoskey and enjoy the festivities of A Moveable Feast – Friday, October 16 – 18.
Paying tribute to the many years that Ernest Hemingway spent growing up in Petoskey, A Moveable Feast is a weekend full of fun fall activities modeled around Hemingway’s hobbies.
3. Petoskey Restaurant Week (Friday, October 16 – Friday, October 23) happens twice a year. Take advantage this fall and enjoy your favorite restaurants and discover new ones at an affordable price! The best restaurants of Petoskey and Bay Harbor have joined forces for Petoskey Restaurant Week. Be sure to visit us in the Noggin Room Pub, too!
4. Live Music at the Noggin Room Pub is a local favorite! Stop by to catch up with friends over dinner and drinks! Local musicians play Friday and Saturday evenings, 8 to 11 pm. View the schedule of entertainers here.
5. Take a scenic color tour through northern Michigan! Mother Nature is putting on a great show this year – peak color is expected next weekend, October 16 – 18! Check out PetoskeyArea.com for a list of scenic routes in our area. Happy trails!
As the weather slowly changes from summer to autumn, the colors of fall surround us! It happens every year, we know it’s coming – still, we continue to be amazed! This spectacular show of colors is a must-see palette and a sight one will not soon forget. Of course we find the rich autumn colors beginning to pop up in nature all around us but also in some one-of-a-kind works of art (by Michigan artists!) and in the charming and unique decor of the hotels.
Just take a look at these pieces we are lucky enough to house at Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History! Thomas LeGault’s original oils will have you wishing you were there while Jim Jacoby’s photography will have you thinking you are there! What better way to keep the color inspiration alive all year long than by filling the vases with Lynda Marnon’s paper mache flowers. Connie McEwan’s Oil paintings (below) fill a room with awe!
Fall is one of our favorite seasons in northern Michigan (but who are we kidding, we say that about every season)! The colors of fall are sensational at the Crooked River Lodge. There’s still time to get out on the river for an up-close-and-personal view of Mother Nature’s show – grab a kayak and go (complimentary for our guests)! Cozy up by the indoor or outdoor fire and take in the picturesque view of the Crooked River. The fish pond is fun, too! Little ones love dropping food in (available at the front desk) and watching the fish.
Some of our guest rooms are even perfectly suited to fall getaways. Enjoy the color show in and out of doors! This Aster Suite at the Bay View Inn is a guest favorite. The Arlington room at the Perry Hotel offers a private balcony with a view of Little Traverse Bay. The River House at The Crooked River Lodge is perfect for families – featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and covered porch overlooking the Crooked River.
Every season in northern Michigan is filled with delicious foods and drinks – fall is no exception! Whether you’re looking to warm up with a cup of hot tea, sip on glass of red wine, enjoy a tasty treat or just give your kitchen a break – the options are endless. These are a few of our favorites at Stafford’s!
We hope you’ll have the chance to experience a northern Michigan fall – the activities, hospitality and memories await!
Northern Michigan hosts an array of activities and events year ’round. Here is a list of 102 Things Do This Fall In Northern Michigan! All these activities can be enjoyed in the quaint communities of northern Michigan including Alanson, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw City, Petoskey and Walloon Village.
1. Feed the fish in our pond, explore and hike our 20 acres, splash in our pool, relax in our hot tub or kick back next to our indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.
2. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center in Oden on US-31.
3. Head to Indian River and visit the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and museum.
4. The Hillside Gardens in downtown Alanson are planted by local volunteers and are free to visit year round.
5. Kayak, tube or canoe on the Sturgeon River at Big Bear Adventures.
6. Take a walk on Sanctuary Island. Enjoy the hand cranked ferry and beautiful views of the Crooked River (seasonal).
7. Walk, run or bike the new North Western State Trail.
8. Explore the Crooked River with a cruise on the Alanson River Boat Tours through September.
9. Visit the Historic Inland Waterway Museum in downtown.
10. Rent a boat and cruise the famed Inland Waterway, connecting you to a chain of lakes and rivers.
11. Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swing bridge. Walk or drive over it, or boat underneath it.
12. Uncle Frank’s Apple Town in Brutus has apples, cider and homemade donuts – open weekends in September & October – located 5 miles north of alanson on US-31.
13. Catch a sunrise over the Crooked River.
14. Boyne City offers shops and restaurants all year long.
15. Stroll the Boyne City marina.
16. Soar high with Wildwood Rush Zipline Canopy Tours, open mid-May through October.
17. Dine al fresco on Jeff’s Deck or indoors at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in the Earl Young inspired building.
18. Visit the downtown Farmers Market Thursday mornings through October 1.
19. Our new restaurant, The Drawbridge Bistro, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Michigan products and impeccable views of the drawbridge.
20. Paved sidewalks on both sides of the Pine River in Charlevoix make for a scenic and relaxing walk to Lake Michigan.
21. Stroll the Charlevoix marina.
22. Take a tour of Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses (charlevoix.org).
23. Play life-size chess on Castle Farms giant chessboard or take a guided tour of the grounds.
24. Friske Orchards has fresh apples, cider and a petting zoo!
25. East Park features a ‘Fountain of Youth’ and has spectacular views.
26. Enjoy a journey of history with a cruise on the Keewanaw Star.
27. Set sail with a private or group tour by Sunshine Charters.
28. Wine & dine at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, indoors or outdoors!
29. Enjoy a chair lift ride or zip line adventure at Boyne Highlands.
30. Hop in your car and take a narrated tour to Cross Village through the Tunnel of Trees – CD’s available for purchase.
31. Visit the Farmers Market Saturday mornings through mid October.
32. Browse through the Andrew Blackbird Museum.
33. Visit Boyer Glass Works in downtown for one-of-a-kind items.
34. Peruse the Harbor Springs History Museum in downtown Harbor Springs.
35. Sweet tooth? Tom’s Mom’s Cookies in Harbor Springs is a great treat.
36. Connect with nature during a visit to Deer Park.
37. Stroll the Harbor Springs marina.
38. For an adventure, sky dive with Sky Dive Harbor Springs.
39. Take a ride on the historic Pointer Boat. Call 231-881-8048 for reservations.
40. Visit Pond Hill Farms for fresh produce and sample their wines in the tasting room.
41. Take the family to bowl a few frames at Northern Lights Recreation.
42. Go horseback riding! Take a one or two hour adventure through groomed trails at Boyne Highlands.
43. Enjoy a famous Awesome Coffee in the Wheelhouse Lounge at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.
MACKINAW CITY / MACKINAC ISLAND
44. Cruise the Straits of Mackinac with a lighthouse cruise on Shepler’s Ferry.
45. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island.
46. Drive over the world’s 6th longest suspension bridge, the Mackinac Bridge!
47. Visit Colonial Michilimackinac & Mill Creek.
48. The Headlands is an International Dark Sky Park and the perfect place to watch the night sky.
49. Tour the U.S.C.G.C. Icebreaker Mackinaw.
50. Explore Wilderness State Park.
51. Sturgeon Bay is a local favorite and known for its miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, north of Harbor Springs.
53. Grab a drink in the Noggin Room Pub, complete an around the world tour of over 30 brews and add your name to the “Hall of Foam.”
54. Visit the downtown Farmers Market Friday mornings through September.
55. Hike the picturesque sand dunes at Petoskey State Park.
56. 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).
57. Browse the boutique shops of Petoskey’s Historic Gaslight District.
58. The Little Traverse Historical Museum features Hemingway artifacts, train memorabilia and other facts from the past.
59. Try your luck at Odawa Casino.
60. Walk through the winding community of Bay View and enjoy the gingerbread Victorian cottages.
61. Enjoy the ever changing exhibits and performances at Crooked Tree Arts Center.
62. Play outdoor putt-putt golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure.
63. Great American Adventures offers go karts, driving range, water wars, miniature golf and batting cages.
64. Petoskey is home to Kilwin’s quality confections – take home a delicious treat or tour the kitchen. Petoskey is where the company was founded.
65. Pick up some new reading material at the award winning McLean & Eakin Booksellers in downtown.
66. Canoe, kayak or stroll the Bear River Recreation Area. Rentals nearby.
67. Take home some jam & sauce from American Spoon Foods – Petoskey is where the company was founded.
68. Stroll the Petoskey marina and waterfront park area.
60. Stop by Symon’s General Store in downtown for gourmet treats.
70. Sample oils and vinegars from Fustini’s in downtown Petoskey.
71. Catch a flick at the Petoskey Cinema.
72. Visit Lavender Hill Farm, just a few miles south west of Petoskey.
73. Peruse our collection of Michigan art and history at Stafford’s Art Gallery, located behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel (staffordsgallery.com).
75. Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall.
76. Visit a northern Michigan brewery. Beards Brewery located in downtown Petoskey or Petoskey Brewing Co. located on M-119.
77. Enjoy live entertainment from local musicians in the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel Friday & Saturday evenings.
78. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.
79. Enjoy a treat from Maple Moon Family Sugary.
80. Sturgeon River Pottery offers a great selection of homemade pottery and gifts, some items are made right in the store!
81. Play of game of croquet on the lawn at Stafford’s Bay View Inn.
82. Take the little ones and spend some time at Busy Bodies Bounce Town.
83. Red Sky Stage is a coffee house style performing arts venue in downtown Petoskey.
86. Whirl around on roller skates at Pied Piper Skatery.
87. Spend some time on the beach and enjoy the nearby playground, too.
88. 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.
89. Bike, blade, jog or stroll along the North Western State Trail from M-119 in Petoskey to downtown Mackinaw City.
90. Sit back, relax and take in the views of our beautiful corner of northern Michigan.
91. Pamper yourself at one of the areas renowned spas.
92. Visit one of the areas signature fudge shops.
93. Try Stafford’s Oak Planked Whitefish – our specialty since 1961!
94. Experience exceptional northern Michigan wines along the Bay View Wine Trail.
95. Take a hike! Little Traverse Nature Conservancy offers more than 172 nature preserves across northern Michigan.
96. Skip stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.
97. Fish on! Whether you want to fly fish, hire a charter or toss a line from the dock, get out and spend some time on our Great Lakes.
98. Golf at one of the areas numerous world class courses.
100. Go antiquing at one of the many shops in northern Michigan.
101. Search for Petoskey stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay, or purchase one in our gift shops.
102. 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.
We’d love to know! What’s your favorite thing to during in northern Michigan during the fall?
Michigan has a long-standing history of brewing beer – dating back to the 1800s when mining, fishing, lumbering and other company towns set up local pubs to service their workers and the community.
In the Little Traverse area, the first brewery of note was the original Petoskey Brewing Co.—which operated north of downtown from 1898 until 1915. Today, that big brick building has once again becoming a brewing hub as the home of the new Petoskey Brewing. Since opening in 2012, this brewery continues to craft a variety of unique blends for pub patrons as well as a limited portfolio available in 16-ounce (one pint) cans at retail outlets and on draft at bars and restaurants around the state. Among the more recognizable beers is Sparkle, an American lager, based on a recipe from the original brewery.
Tucked into downtown Petoskey, Beards Brewing has been welcoming visitors to its intimate space for three years. Growing slow and steady, the brewing team here is focused on making original brews with obscure names, unique flavors and loads of passion. Now up to 10 taps, you can sip a pint or order up a sampler board, grab a bite from Happy’s Tacos (which often shares production space) and catch live local entertainment on select nights. A production brewery is in the works in Charlevoix, which will allow Beards to expand its presence in the retail world around northern Michigan.
Pond Hill Farm, north of Harbor Springs, is the ultimate agricultural destination in the area—with a farm market, garden café, winery and brewery complimenting each other in a rustic and rural setting. Tunnel Vision Brewing (located on the M-119 “Tunnel of Trees”) aims “to brew avant-garde beers that find their origins in the traditional style” by using local ingredients whenever possible. Since opening in 2014, the master brewers have taken to growing and harvesting their own ingredients whenever possible, meaning the farm to barrel experience delivers the flavors and natural nuances of the local soil.
The Mackinaw Trail Brewing Company, located inside the Mackinaw Trail Winery on US-131 south of Petoskey, opened during the summer of 2014. Visitors will find eight beers and two hard ciders or cysers on tap at all times, with a fresh rotation of styles and flavors throughout the year including many seasonal offerings fitting for Northern Michigan. Order a sampler, a pint, a snifter or fill a growler to go. Of course, wines are also available for sampling. Mackinaw Trail also operates a Bistro, with charcuterie, salads, snacks, sandwiches and desserts—perfect for beverage pairing!
The area’s newest operation is Lake Charlevoix Brewing, overlooking Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix. Located at 111 Bridge Park Drive (in the south end of the building which houses the Keweenaw Star and Beaver Island Boat Company), the 1200-square-foot pub offers 60 inside seats and an additional 50 in the outside Beer Garden, where grilling and live music are offered—weather permitting. Eight beers are on tap each day, including four rotating recipes crafted by the four-man brewing team on a 5-barrel system, purchased from Psycho Brew in Greenville (fabricated entirely in Michigan, from all American stainless steel).
For more about Michigan, “The Great Beer State,” visit the official website of the Michigan Brewers Guild—the trade association currently representing more than 170 breweries around the state.
Upcoming Craft Beer Events
September 26—Hops ‘n Highlands, Boyne Highlands Resort
October 10—Harbor Springs Beer Festival
Submitted By: Dianna Stampfler, President – Promote Michigan