Thumbnail portrait: Petoskey

Hit the sand and water at Petoskey State Park, then head into this downtown and treat yourself to the galleries, boutiques and hip eateries of the Gaslight District. Don’t miss: taking a seat at the bar in the City Park Grill à la Ernest Hemingway when he lived here as a young man; an out-of-this-North meal at trendy old-brick-walled Chandler’s; en plein air concerts in Pennsylvania Park; a cupful of creamy, fresh-flavored gelato from American Spoon Café.

Whatever you do, wear comfy strolling shoes because this town was made for walking. Once you’ve done the uphill-downhill downtown circuit with its Little Traverse Bay views, cut over to play “which one is your favorite” as you mosey through the Victorian gingerbread-lined neighborhoods of the Bay View Association.