It took us a little while to get on the road in Traverse City, but luckily Petoskey isn't too far away - just about an hour or less. On the way we stopped in Charlevoix for lunch and browsing. It was such a cute little town! It was a bit on the cold side as we got up there... After about 20 minutes of driving out of Traverse City we were headed right into a small snow squall, which let up a bit over Charlevoix but not much. Still it was fun to meander the main street of town in the snow. We enjoyed poking around the shops.
Then it was on to Petoskey and the historic Terrace Inn, a place where Collin's family had stayed over 20 years ago and where Collin has some of his earliest memories. It was fun to see which parts of the building he remembered. The area that the Inn is in (haha) is essentially entirely summer residences, giving the neighborhood a bit of an abandoned feel. This also means that it is interesting trying to even get in to the neighborhood, as they close most of the roads to avoid extra plowing work. Again, smart phones are only so smart. But we were able to make it and settled into another lovely cozy room. The building is gorgeous -- definitely has the feel of being potentially haunted... but that's as far as I'll entertain that thought. :P