Wednesday (8/9) rolled around and it was once again time to lift our jacks and make another move, and once again it was a short move south of only 55 miles, our kind of travel day. Oh, and it would have only been a 42 mile travel day but we had to take the long way around because of a road closure on HWY 31 due to road construction LOL!!
So once again we found ourselves dragging our feet breaking camp so we wouldn’t arrive at our next stop any earlier than need be but this time with such a short day it really didn’t help. We rolled into the Petoskey RV Resort 1 hour before check in and they told us there would be a $20 early check in fee if we wanted to check in right then (even though our site was empty). SAY WHAT!!!! $20 for 1 hour LOL!! OH Hell NO!
They did say we could leave the coach parked at the gate until 1 if we wanted to avoid the fee which was nice I guess and I don’t think they really expected us to do that but guess what, we did. Yup, we opened the windows and made lunch and sat. Shortly after we ate I went in to see if they had any brochures about the area and at that point they decided to let us check in about 15 minutes early without the $20 charge. Oh, such good customer service that was, thank you so much. And to top it off this is one of those parks that you can’t even wash your windshield. At $79 per night I would think they could afford the water it would take to wash a windshield but I guess not.
Now look at that, we wouldn’t have even mentioned the windshield thing if they just would have provided good common sense customer service in the first place and not try to gouge us for $20 to check in 1 hour early.
First off the town of Petoskey has a population of 5749, even though it feels much larger because of the small towns that border it, so it is a great size. And Petoskey is located in Emmet County that covers 882 square miles and has a population of about 35,000. So again, it’s not jammed packed with people.
Beyond not being over populated the weather is about as perfect as anywhere we have traveled so far during the summer months (especially without having to deal with high altitude) with the average high in August being 75 degree’s. In fact feast your eyes on the average high & lows.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High 25 26 36 48 61 71 77 75 67 56 42 30
Avg. Low ? 1 7 17 30 40 50 57 55 58 38 28 16
Granted, there is no way in hell we would want to spend a winter here but you just can’t beat the average temps for June, July and August. And May and September are not too shabby either. Oh, and the record high for Petoskey is 99 which was set way back in 1955. So for a guy who does not like hot weather this is great.
Oh wow, are we starting to sound like the Petoskey Welcome Wagon yet? Well you just wait LOL!!
Not only is Petoskey a nice clean town sitting right on Lake Michigan with a quaint downtown area with nice shops, breweries and restaurant’s but there are a number of other small town’s very much like it within 15 miles or less in all direction that offer their own flavor and twist, and we spent time in all of them.
Towns like Harbor Springs, Bay View, Charlevoix and Boyne City are the main fun little towns that we spent time exploring but there are others scattered along the Lake Michigan shoreline and around Lake Charlevoix that I’m sure would have some nice things to offer if we took the time to explore them but we wanted to hit the hot spots with only a week to do it in.
All of these towns have pretty harbors filled with boats and quaint downtown areas. And all of the towns had their own schedule of events that could keep you busy almost every day during the summer months with everything from boat races, concerts, art fairs, live music, car shows, golf courses, farmers markets and a variety of festivals to attend.
And of course you can’t overlook the miles of bike trails and shoreline there is to explore. Heck you can spend hours on end just walking the shoreline looking for Petoskey stones like Diane has no problem doing LOL!! OK, now do we sound like the welcome wagon!!??
One of the things we wanted to do while in the area was tour a RV resort we heard about called Hearthside RV Resort. After doing some research it sounded like a very nice resort with activities, something we seem to have a hard time finding while traveling during the summer, in park activities that is. And it has Casita’s which is something we really want if we ever decide to buy into a place. We are not ready to buy into anyplace just yet but like we have mentioned before, we keep our eyes open everywhere we go.
We attended an Art Fair that probably had the most talented bunch of people gathered in one spot of any we have attended before. Another one of those stops that made me happy we don’t have a house or that Diane does not care for jewelry or we would have dropped some serious coin.
We took a walking tour of the Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix.
Here is a tip, if you find yourself in this area on a Sunday be sure to stop in at 7 Monks, and if you get there by 1PM you can join in while they say the Pledge of Allegiance and the live music starts right after.
Another tip, we had the Steak Nacho and it just might have been the best Nacho we have had.
And while there be sure to stop in at a quirky little shop called Freshwater Art Gallery. We guaranty you will get a chuckle at some of the things they have in the shop and maybe even fall in love with a few pieces like we did.
Good thing we don’t have a house or it would have been a costly stop as well LOL!!
We also found a great Market just a few miles outside of Petoskey called Bill’s Farm Market and would highly recommend it if you are in the area and need fresh vegies or fruit.
And we spent hours with our feet in the water walking the shoreline of Lake Michigan looking for Petoskey Stones. We found a few but nothing big like we had hoped, maybe next time.
Did we say “maybe next time”? Well if you haven’t figured it out yet, (come on it doesn’t take an Einstein), we really enjoyed out stay in Petoskey and the surrounding area’s and have already started talking about coming back “maybe” next summer to spend 3 or 4 months. Not just in Petoskey but bouncing around to maybe 2 or 3 spots. We will see how we feel by the time we drop out of Michigan in late September.
The downside is that it’s not cheap here so we need to take that into consideration. But we wouldn’t need to treat it like a vacation like we have been treating this entire summer so that would help some.
Ok, enough about this area, Wednesday (8/16) will be another short move day. We will lift our jacks and head 82 miles south to our next stop in Empire Michigan which is just 20 miles west of Traverse City. This entire area is another huge hot spot in Michigan and we are hoping we love it just as much as we have the Petoskey area.