On our recent drive into northern Michigan, we made an overnight stop in Traverse City, which sits at the base of Grand Traverse Bay, a huge inlet from Lake Michigan that is bisected by the long, narrow Old Mission Peninsula. We had been looking forward to touring the area and walking around the compact downtown, but we awoke to a cold, blustery, and rainy day. After driving around a bit we decided to run out the rain by continuing northward.
|Old Mission Peninsula, Looking Westward from the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay|
Petoskey sits on the southeastern shore of Little Traverse Bay, a large inlet of Lake Michigan. The town is full of neat old buildings in a thriving downtown. Its growth at the turn of the 20th Century was fueled by summer residents coming up north from Chicago and Detroit. Nearby is the Chautauqua-like settlement of Bay View, which I suspect was one of the attractions, along with the woods, streams, and inland lakes, that drew people like Earnest Hemingway’s parents to summer in this particular area of northern Michigan. The summer people first came by lake steamer, then by train, and now by automobile and airplane.
|Little Traverse Bay from the Southern Shore near Petoskey, Looking Northwest out to Lake Michigan|
|The Petoskey Marina on Little Traverse Bay|
|Mackinac Bridge, with a Cargo Ship in the Distance, Looking Westward on a Calm Day|
|The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island|
|View of the Straits and the Bridge from the Grand Hotel Porch|
|The Main Street on Mackinac Island|
|An Island Hotel and Waiting Taxi|
The entire series is here.