The Little Traverse Bay region is filled with beautiful coastal towns and limitless ideas for fun. Here are eight ideas to add to your list for a visit to Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and the Little Traverse Bay area, including biking, art, shopping, raptor watching, and much more.
Pedal your bicycle 23 miles on the dedicated, mostly asphalt trail stretching between Charlevoix and Harbor Springs. 231-348-8280, TRAILSCOUNCIL.ORG.
Flock to SEE-North’s Center for Outdoor Studies to look at and learn from live hawks, eagles, falcons and owls native to northern
Michigan. SEVEN MILES NORTH OF HARBOR SPRINGS, 231-348-9700, SEENORTH.ORG.
Take 54 downhill runs, dogsled rides, X-C trails, a halfpipe and a hot outdoor pool. Add three peaks, 53 downhill runs, a superpipe
and a killer terrain park across the street. You got? Neighbors: Boyne Highlands (800-GO-BOYNE, BOYNE.COM) and Nub’s Nob
(800-SKI-NUBS, NUBSNOB.COM). If it's summer, it's all about golf at Boyne USA. Check out their eight, yes, eight courses.
Cherry-red Depression erabuilt Good Hart General Store is also a post office, deli, bakery and real estate office that lovers of nostalgia and chicken pot pies must not miss. M-119 IN GOOD HART, 231-526-7661, GOODHARTSTORE.COM.
See brown and rainbow trout through underwater windows at the Oden Interpretive Center (ON U.S. 31, EAST OF CONWAY); learn how they hatch at the Oden State Fish Hatchery just up the road (NORTHWEST OF ODEN). 231-348-0998.
104-year-old W.W. Fairbairn & Sons, Inc. hardware store is a poke-around paradise full of all the doohickeys and thingamajigs a person needs—and some you just plain want. ALANSON, 231-548-2244, WWFAIRBAIRN.COM.