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April 1, 2016

Spring Break

Spring break has arrived for most northern Michigan communities, including the Petoskey area. It is not a secret that it gets a little quiet up north, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do for those opting for a 'staycation' or for those visiting the Tip of the Mitt. Most area schools began spring break on Friday, April 1st and are off until Tuesday the 12th. With most ski resorts officially closing on or before 4/2 and area golf courses not quite ready for the masses, finding activities just requires a little more poking around this time of year. 

Earlier today, you could even bowl down Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs, an annual event to showcase how mellow this time of year can be. This event has been held in ALL TYPES of weather over the years and the first weekend of spring break 2016 looks to be somewhere in the middle meteorologically speaking. So with that in mind, here a few ideas to help kick off spring break.

Saturday, April 2nd -

Raptor Program: Head over to Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake for another unique event, the Wings of Wonder presentation. This event features hawks, owls, and vultures. This free event is held in conjunction with the the Mackinaw Raptor Fest and is great for kids to see these amazing creatures up close. 10:30-11:30 at Camp Daggett located at 3001 Church Road, Petoskey. For more information, http://www.mackinawraptorfest.org/

Ongoing -

Laser Tag & Bowling: Northern Lights Recreation on M119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs offers dining, bowling, laster tags, and an arcade. When the weather looks rough, this venue is a great spot to hit with children or a group of adults. The bowling lanes are well kept and offer lots of competitive fun and bumpers for the little ones if needed. The multi-level laser tag venue is modern and offers tons of fun for all ages. The arena features a 'lost city' theme, so you can escape to another climate during your session. There is even a viewing area to watch friends and family play. For menu, bowling, and laser tag details visit http://www.northernlightsrec.com/ or call 231-347-3100. 

Water Park & Indoor Pool: Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls is always 84-87 degrees, so if the snow starts to fly, head on over. The park has a Spring Break Splash Deal for lodging/park access going on until April 9th. For more info visit the Avalanche Bay Water Park website

Kid's Eat Free: The Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City has a great offer running on Sundays now through May 29th. Kids eat free when an adult purchases a dine-in meal and beverage. This Latin American restaurant has become an area staple and never disappoints. This makes for a great incentive to take the family out for dinner over break. 

Hopefully next week brings back some sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures so we all can get out and enjoy some outdoor activities on the Little Traverse Wheelway and parks, maybe a little training too? A new marathon from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs will take place on the trail and will benefit the Trail Council and the Petoskey High School Running Teams. Scheduled for May 28th, to register visit http://www.trailscouncil.org, there is a 10k walk/run option as well.  

In addition to these activities, most restaurants and other activity centers are open, with just a few closing down to spend time with their families or do some serious spring cleaning. Expect a little more elbow room and little waiting at places that are open. 

Spring break can also can be a good time take a tour of a newly listed property. With many folks out of town, it could be to your advantage to look today. Give our search a try and find you new Petoskey area home today. Sign up for our email list well, so you can stay up to date whether your staying home for spring break or traveling to a far away land. 

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The Petoskey Area Home Search Team

Posted in Petoskey Lifestyle
March 19, 2016

Last Day of Winter. Tennis Anyone?

It is official. Sunday, March 20th is the first day of spring. Our recent discussions about spring activities are no longer wishful thinking as the spring vernal equinox has arrived here in the northern hemisphere.

One our of favorite spring times activities are accesible a little earlier than normal for those in the Petoskey area. The lower public tennis courts have the nets up for the season and there have already been some friendly matches taking place. The tennis courts are located on Hill Street on the Petoskey High School campus and are maintained by the city. Typically the courts are still snow covered in mid to late March. The lower courts are in overall great shape, however, there are no lights for night-time matches. The upper courts just across the street are lighted, but are in older shape. There is a plan to give the upper courts a full facelift in the near future. The Petoskey High School & Middle School Tennis Teams utilize the courts along with the city's programs, but there are almost always courts available for general play by the public.

A few of the great things about these courts are the proximity to several Petoskey neighborhoods, easy accessibility via sidewalks & trails, and the now centralized school athletic complex. Residents on East Mitchell Street have a non-motorized path connecting East Mitchell Street directly with Hill Street. The neighborhoods to the west have easy access the trail at the end of Hoffman Street and a trail head on Kalamazoo Street makes for a nice walk to the complex as well. Those living to the south of the complex can access via a boardwalk off of Northmen Drive. 

Construction continues around the courts and school campus this spring. A comprehensive plan was implemented last year. The project features many improvements including a new synthetic turf football & soccer field with stadium seating capacity for 2,000 fans, an eight-lane track, an additional natural turf soccer/lacrosse field, three multipurpose practice fields, a groomed 5K trail for running, skiing or snowshoeing, and various other infrastructure upgrades. All of these improvements will enhance the entire campus and it will end up being one of the premier athletic complexes in the state. With the majority of the facilities available for public use, all of the surrounding neighborhoods really are getting an upgrade as well. Imagine being able to XC-ski on 5k of trails, play tennis, run the track, walk the trails, attend all of your children's games or band performances just down the street from your new in-town home! With McDougal Road now connecting to Northmen Drive, improvements to Northmen Drive itself, and parking improvements there will be minimal increased traffic as the majority of traffic will still enter from Mitchell Street just outside of the city limits. 

Also of note this spring, the city of Petoskey sections of the Little Traverse Wheelway are snow free & more or less ready for you to enjoy. Sections outside of the city may not be totally clear as they are maintained by the county & volunteers. In recent years, snow has covered parts of the trail until May.  

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We hope you are getting out there and enjoying the Petoskey area and if it's not home yet, sign-up for an account with our search to find your new Petoskey home today. Follow us on Facebook for a glance into what's going on around the area. 

Love living up north,

 

The PetoskeyAreaHomeSearch.com Team

 

Posted in Petoskey Lifestyle
March 11, 2016

Petoskey Area Spring Activities

 

Petokset is Spring Ready

Springtime in the Petoskey area is our favorite time of year. Wait, we say that about every season. Springtime in Petoskey is truly a highlight. If we are lucky, downhill skiing and hitting the links on the same day is not out of the question. It's true... skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and all of the winter beauty are coming to end. This year it seems like spring-like weather has arrived early and with the snow melting, we can't help but look forward to all the great activities, events, and programs. 

Mid-March brings lots of excuses to get out and enjoy the breaking weather. There are also some great indoor events scheduled as well. This weekend (March 11th-12th) the Northern Michigan Home Show is going on at North Central Michigan College. Show hours are 11-7 on Friday and 9-5 on Saturday. This home show features area builders, home improvement specialist, and contractors. It's a great event to find some inspiration so when you find new home on PetoskeyAreaHomeSearch.com, you will have some great ideas to install a new patio, add a deck, or have some great contacts for a bigger project. 

Major Upcoming Events

  • March 12th is the 7th annual Brew-Ski Festival at Boyne Highlands. The beer tent is open 12-5 P.M. for those over 21 years of age and the slops are open 9-9 P.M. 

  • March 12th there is a 6 P.M. beer dinner at Mackinaw Trail Winery in Petoskey. This is their third seasonal dinner, tickets may be purchased from the winery. If you haven't been to the winery, it's defiantly worth checking out. 

  • March 18th-20th is Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands. Events and fun for the whole family including face painting, skiing over the pond, live music, and of course skiing or riding. 

  • March 19th is Mardi Gras at Nub's Nob Ski Area. Another great family event. The Soaker's Cup, skiing & riding, costume contest and of course the Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs live on the deck.

  • March 19th the Blissfest Concert Series at Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey. These concerts sometimes fly under the radar, but the level of talent is extraordinary and can sell out easily. Tickets are available as of this post.

The City of Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation offers awesome programs for kids and adults. Most programsSpring in Petoskey are now available for online registration and there is an in-house registration scheduled for March 23rd from 8A.M.-6P.M..

  • Soccer (Kindergarten) 

  • Soccer (Grades 1-5)

  • Tee Ball (Coed - Ages 5 & 6)

  • Tennis (Ages 3 - Adult | Many Sessions and Themes)

  • Minor League Softball (Girls born in 2006, 2007 or 2008)

  • Major League Softball (Girls born in 2003, 2004, or 2005)

  • Sailing Lessons at Crooked Lake Sailors (Ages 9 - Adult)

  • Sand Dig Volleyball Tournament at the Petoskey State Park (Ages 16 - Adult) 

Another terrific area program is the Little Traverse Sailors hosted by the Little Traverse Bay Yacht Club. This learn to sail program is extremely popular and fills up quickly. Registration just recently opened up. Check their website for details.  

Beyond organized programs, there is a seemingly unlimited amount of opportunities to get out and have fun in the Petoskey area. The Little Traverse Wheelway, aka the bike path, slowly appears out of nowhere when the snow melts and quickly fills up with joggers, cyclists, and strollers. The Bear River begins to flow at a higher rate due to the snowmelt and paddlers can be found in the whitewater. Yes, there is a white water paddling park right in the middle of town. The Bear River Valley Recreation Area also features additional bike paths and hiking trails. City parks and playgrounds become meeting places for friends and family once again as green starts to replace grey. Grounds crews at the Petoskey area's 20 golf courses are out in full force (time to practice that swing). It's all happening, and hopefully winter has let go until December. 

While downtown merchants begin to sweep up their doorsteps and local restaurants prep their outdoor dining area, we can't wait to get out and enjoy the beauty that is northern Michigan. We hope you get out there and enjoy it all too. Get your last ski turns and toast to spring! 

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Love living up north,

The PetoskeyAreaHomeSearch.com Team

Posted in Petoskey Lifestyle
March 4, 2016

Petoskey at a glance

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Feb. 15, 2016

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Petoskey and the surrounding communities of Alanson, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Pellston define Northern Michigan. The city of Petoskey is without question the hub of the Little Traverse Bay area and is the official seat of Emmet County.

Petoskey offers a quality of life that is hard to match. It's a community that revolves around quality schools from a plethora of pre-k programs to graduate programs via the University Center at North Central Michigan College. Cultural events that delight all tastes are hosted by the Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. There are virtually endless year round recreational opportunities provided by local units of government, private enterprises, and Mother Nature herself. Our blog will feature details of many of the offerings listed above and more as we share what is like to live, work, and play in northern Michigan. We encourage you to bookmark our blog to learn more about living in and around Petoskey. Also Sign-up for an account to help find your new home with PetoskeyAreaHomeSearch.com. We will post a new blog every Friday evening at 7 P.M. and around major area events. Follow us on Facebook for a glimpse into the northern Michigan lifestyle as well. We hope to help you find your new up north home or getaway today. Comment below and we can help answer any questions you have about calling Petoskey home. 

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