Area Restaurants

When it comes to dining out, Alanson has one of the best restaurants in the area.  Bob’s Place has been a staple in Alanson for 30 plus years. Both are located across the river in Alanson.
Northwood Family Restaurant for a late breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We make everything from scratch. Daily Happy Hour & Specials. Just north of Petoskey in Oden.
If you are looking to venture a little farther, our area has many great places to dine. Stafford’s Hospitality has many great restaurants including The Pier in Harbor Springs and Weathervane in Charlevoix.


There are 25 plus golf courses in the area. There’s no shortage of great golf in northern Michigan. Visit the Petoskey Area and you could play a different course every day for more than two weeks – and never have to travel more than 30 miles!

Inland Waterway Museum

The Inland Water Route Historical Society was founded in August of 2004.

Summer Hours of Operation are: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm M-W-F-Sa-Su.

We are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of northern Michigan. We have nice displays that include photos and artifacts on each community along the entire water route, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan.

Color Tours

Color tour drives make great day trips, but fall in Emmet County is worth a full weekend. Here are a few insider tips for your autumn getaway.


There is nothing like a day on the lake or river fishing.  We have the best of the best right here at Crooked River RV Park.  With access to Crooked and Pickerel Lake to the south and Burt Lake to the north, we have fishing heaven waiting for you.

For more information check out the links below.

Northern Michigan Fly Fishing Guide


Kayaking & Canoeing

Spend the day on the water kayaking. We are a short paddle to Crooked Lake.  We have racks allowing you to store and lock you kayak.

Mushroom hunting

Elusive and delicious, morel mushrooms are a wonderful spring time delicacy in Pure Michigan. When you add hiking and the recent opening of trout fishing, you have more than a weekend of outdoor fun awaiting you.

Boyne City hosts the National Morel Mushroom Festival which includes a carnival, music, seminars on morels, food and much more.


Downtown Petoskey, Michigan is one of the most treasured downtowns in the United States. Nestled on the shores of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, residents and tourists enjoy over 170 unique shops and fine restaurants in the famous Gaslight Shopping District. The downtown area of Petoskey, Michigan serves as a hub for resorters from Bay Harbor, Bay View, Harbor Springs, Walloon Lake, and the surrounding Emmet County region.

Visit Petoskey Downtown for more infomation.

Located on the Inland Water

The Inland Waterway is a 40-mile stretch of interconnected lakes and rivers running from Pickerel Lake, just east of Petoskey, to Lake Huron’s shores in Cheboygan, the inland waterway is the longest continuous water route in the state. The best way to melt into its sleepy summertime pace: a lazy drift—water lapping, line trolling—as you putter away the day.

Great Lakes Center for the Arts

The Center’s mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate through the performing arts with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing, and robust educational programming, and to serve as a cultural and social hub for Northern Michigan.