Petoskey At A Glance

Posted by Kyle Lieberman on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 8:32am.

Petoskey at a Glance:

  • Year-Round Population: 6,000
  • Summer Population: Roughly 40,000
  • History: Europeans missionaries have established missions around Little Traverse Bay by the 1850’s. Jesuit, Catholic, Mormon, and Presbyterian missionaries were all in the area and settled various parts of Northern Michigan. Once the railroad was built in 1873, the area experienced rapid growth.  A newspaper reporter from Grand Rapids, described the area as “the land of million-dollar sunsets” a phrase that is still used today in the area, and was a large selling point to early tourism in the area.
  • Name:  Originally called Bear River when missionaries first arrived in 1855, the town was later renamed Petoskey after Chief Petosega.
  • Industry: In the 19th and 20th century, the main industry was lumber.  So much in fact, that lumber from this area was used to rebuild most of Chicago after the Great Fire. Towards the turn of the 20th century, tourism became a larger and larger portion of the economy in the area, and currently is the largest industry in Northern Michigan.
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Signature Features and Events:

  • Festival on the Bay: Festival in August at the Petoskey Waterfront. 
  • Art in the Park: Art show held in downtown Petoskey each summer.
  • Sidewalk Sales: Huge discount prices on downtown merchant’s products held late in late July.       

Shopping and Dining:

  • Meijer: 1201 Lears Rd, Petoskey. Grocery Store and Gas Station.
  • Walmart Supercenter: 1850 Anderson Rd, Petoskey.
  • Grain Train Natural Food Market220 E Mitchell St, Petoskey.
  • ALDI: 2130 Anderson Rd, Petoskey. Grocery Store.
  • Palette Bisto: 321 Bay Street, Petoskey.  Mediterranean Inspired Cuisine. 
  • Chandler’s: 215 Howard Street, Petoskey. Fine Dining. 
  • City Park Grill: 432 East Lake Street, Petoskey. American/Pub style.
  • Roast and Toast: 560 West Mitchell Street, Petoskey. Café style.
  • Beard’s Brewery: 215 East Lake Street, Petoskey.  Pub style. 
  • Tap 30: 422 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey. Pub style. 
  • Huntington Bank: 1201 Lears Rd, Petoskey
  • First Community Bank: 930 Spring St, Petoskey
  • Chemical Bank: 919 Spring St, Petoskey
  • Citizen’s National Bank: 308 State St, Petoskey
  • Fifth Third Bank: 500 Madison St, Petoskey
  • Chase Bank: 320 Howard St, Petoskey
  • PNC Bank: 401 Bay St, Petoskey
  • BP Gas Station: 807 Spring St, Petoskey
  • Marathon Gas: 411 W Mitchell St, Petoskey
  • Shell: 1320 N US Highway 31, Petoskey
  • Mobil: 1087 US-31, Petoskey
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital: 416 Connable Avenue, Petoskey



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