Turn of the Century Petoskey Tour

Before the railroad arrived in 1873, only a handful of families lived in Petoskey.  But by 1900, there were approximately 6,000 full time residents and 125,000 summer visitors.   The New Arlington Hotel was larger and grander than Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel and the rail stations handled over 100 trains and over 5000 passengers per day in the peak season.

This walking tour explains why and how the city grew while visiting historic sites from that time period.  It lasts approximately 90 minutes and focuses on the city center (Pennsylvania Park, Lake Street, Mitchell Street, and Howard Street).

This tour involves an approximately two-mile walk up and down gently sloping hills.  Please wear appropriate shoes!

The cost of this tour is $15 per person.

 

Nick Adams’ Country

Ernest Hemingway summered in northern Michigan between 1899 and 1921.  Using his experiences here as inspiration, he wrote a number of short stories that featured a Hemingway-like character named Nick Adams.

This 2-hour tour visits Walloon Lake and Horton Bay locations described in the stories while explaining Hemingway’s personal experiences that inspired them.

Transportation needs to be arranged for this tour.  The cost of this tour is $20 per person.

 

The Hemingways’ Petoskey

The Hemingway family frequently visited Petoskey and Ernest lived here in 1919.  This tour describes the Hemingways’ Petoskey connections while visiting places they would have known.  It also explores how Ernest used his experiences here as inspiration for his first novel, The Torrents of Spring, and other writing.

This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.  It does involve an approximately two-mile walk up and down gently sloping hills. Please wear appropriate shoes!

The cost of this tour is $15 per person.

 

Haunted Petoskey

There are many buildings and locations in Petoskey where unexplainable happenings have and do take place.  Visit these places and hear about the multiple occurrences of sightings and activities and learn about initial happenings that may be responsible for them.

This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.  It does involve an approximately two-mile walk up and down gently sloping hills. Please wear appropriate shoes!

 

The cost of this tour is $15 per person.