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The Mountain
The Highlands
The Nob
Petoskey offers skiers more lodging than any other resort in the region. But some careful advance thinking is needed. If slopeside lodging is a priority, the Highlands offers the best array of rooms, condos and chalets (above) in either brand new or 50 year old styles. The Main Lodge (not to be confused with the Day Lodge, housing food services, stores, ski school and rental outlet) is an old, rambling, elegant hotel in the European mode. Facing it across the circle is the Heather Highlands, a condominium complex. A smaller facility to the left of the Day Lodge is Bartley House. Far over to the right, in the valley between the old and new slopes, is Alpine Village, a neighborhood of ski in ski out rental chalets. And construction is now beginning on a new string of townhouses up along the left side slopes.

If brand new is appealing, try Boyne Mountain’s Grand Lodge. The Mountain also offers 1950s vintage Boynehof Lodge and Edelweiss Lodge, Mountain Villa condos, and another ski in ski out rental neighborhood at Disciples Ridge. Nub’s Nob has no rooms or condos, but the deep forest all along the base is filling up with chalets, most of which are for rent for three, five or seven days.
Anyone coming up for a two day trip at the Highlands and the Nob might consider the Best Western just down the road from both. It lacks a restaurant, indoor pool or restaurant, but offers a correspondingly lower rate, and there are several top restaurants within two miles.

However, the major appeal of a Petoskey trip is the chance to ski all three resorts, so staying in town is a sensible strategy for the central location and the variety of nearby restaurants.
Couples on a romantic getaway should investigate the Bay View Inn (right) and the Perry Hotel. Magnificent old hotels looking out over the harbor, both include superb restaurants. They’re not building hotels like these anymore. They served the wealthy industrialists and their families, who came to Petoskey on passenger trains and Great Lakes steamships.
Youth groups or families should check out The Appletree Inn. It sits high on the hill looking out over the town and the harbor, right on the main street. Good restaurants are across the street and up and down the street. Gas stations, a drug store and a grocery are within a block. The Appletree itself offers a fine indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, which are certainly enjoyable after a day on the slopes. The complementary breakfast includes waffles, fresh fruit, cereal, and various beverages and breads. The Appletree features recently remodeled rooms, moderate rates, and a very hospitable staff. In driving time, it is almost exactly halfway between the Mountain, the Highlands and the Nob. Its ample parking lot with both front and side entrances is especially amenable to 15 passenger vans and school buses.
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