It’s no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way we think, dine and travel. But rest assured, we are here for you with plenty of room to be outdoors, roam, explore and stay safely. We are open and ready to greet you with that warm hospitality we are known for. Here are just a few of the things you can do on your visit to northern Michigan.

Hike & Explore
The Little Traverse Conservancy has hundreds of miles of protected land to walk, jog and explore. These preserves are located all across northern Michigan and anyone is welcome to visit. Or visit Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites and discover our nature trails through the wooded areas and along the Crooked River.

Search The Shores For Treasures 
Petoskey Stones, beach glass, drift wood and more! Did you know? The Petoskey Stone is actually fossilized coral that lived 350 million years ago! Petoskey Stones – our state stone – may be found anytime of year, it’s best to look after a storm. However, a search in the early days of spring is most likely to yield the best results! Don’t forget a basket for your collection. Remember: while a dry Petoskey stone may blend in with the crowd, a wet Petoskey stone will be distinct. Here in northern Michigan, we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful beaches all along the shores of Lake Michigan – some of our favorites include Petoskey State Park, Magnus Park and Michigan Beach in Charlevoix. 

Enjoy Al Fresco Dining
Whether it’s lunch, dinner or cocktails with friends, you won’t want to miss your chance to enjoy the last days of Al Fresco Dining! Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs is a summertime favorite and you can dine on the deck by the water or on the upper deck as well. Also try Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in downtown Charlevoix to watch the boats cruise by on the Pine River Channel. Admiring the yachts, boats and scenery won’t disappoint. In addition, the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel is open daily at 4. You can order and enjoy outdoors (carry-out style)! 

On The Water
Check out Oden State Fish Hatchery – one of the most advanced fish culture facilities of its kind! At Big Bear Adventures in Indian River families may canoe, kayak, raft and tube down the river. Whether it’s a first, or you have seasoned professional, rent a kayak or paddle board for hours of fun! Guests of the Crooked River Lodge also have access to the kayaks. Please check with the front desk. 

Pack your bike for a leisure ride all around our area. The Little Traverse Wheelway is a 26-mile paved bikepath that stretches from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix (please note, a portion of the trail is closed due to erosion this summer). 

Safety Notice
Before you travel or dine with us, we encourage you to read our additional safety and sanitation measures we are taking. 

We look forward to welcoming you to northern Michigan, soon!






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