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Old 02-28-2010, 08:10 PM
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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Cherry Festival
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:13 PM
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TC beats them all hands down, Ptown beats Marquette hands down, and Marquette is best left alone.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:18 PM
Location: Boyne Country
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I'd move to TC just for the Taco House on Garfield.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:54 PM
Location: Marquette, MI
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check out the thread Marquette or Traverse city?
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:14 PM
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Originally Posted by aquadejoe View Post
Any suggestions for great festivals/events in any of these towns during the upcoming summer and fall months to check out and see the areas first hand for myself?
Petoskey has the Festival on the Bay in late August. I normally go the first weekend of August for the Bay Harbor Art Fair and the Petoskey Antiques show. The Chamber of Commerce (petoskey.com) has an events calendar so you can scope out the events. Enjoy!
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:33 PM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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All those towns are nice, but marquette has the best scenery of any town in the state. Rocky cliffs, waterfalls, Lake superior, and of course the northwoods. Marquette is simply awesome. Traverse city and Petoskey are also very nice, with lots to do and great scenery on lake Michigan, but of the three I would choose Marquette. Having said that, anyone who lives near any of those towns is very lucky to live in those areas. Most Americans are forced to live in crowded urban enviroments far from natural beauty like that found in N. Michigan.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:42 PM
Location: Boyne Country
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Originally Posted by SunsetSky View Post
Petoskey has the Festival on the Bay in late August. I normally go the first weekend of August for the Bay Harbor Art Fair and the Petoskey Antiques show. The Chamber of Commerce (petoskey.com) has an events calendar so you can scope out the events. Enjoy!
The 4th of July is a great time to visit this area. Ptown has a parade, bbq, fireworks as does Boyne City. The entire northern tip of the mitt is loaded with fests every weekend. This in addition to boating, beachcombing, swimming, watching the million-dollar sunsets on white sugary beaches. Dang, I've got spring fever real bad.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:33 PM
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Originally Posted by YAZ View Post

World class mushrooms everywhere.
I miss mushroom hunting.

I spent most of my teen and adult years in SoCal. But I was born and raised in Cadillac,Mi.(raised in Selma township)
I still have Family in Mesick, Cadillac, Harrietta, Boon, Hoxyville and Warren Mi.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:46 PM
Location: In the land that is now.
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Originally Posted by Perferator View Post
The lake is still there but all else is changed

Plenty of big box stores are now on the south side of town along with the casino's. Great places to eat, year round outdoor fun for anyone. And when you come over the hill on 131....yeah...that view never changes.

I would hope the lake was still there.... Guess we'll have to take a ride up that way to check out the scenery. Haven't been there in a couple of decades if not longer......
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:33 PM
Location: Lakeville, MN
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Marquette is indeed a nice town situated in a beautiful area, but I would think the one negative is the profound isolation of the region.......unless that's what you're looking for, of course. I mean, stop and think about it: I live in what's considered the boonies here in Petoskey, and Marquette is a FOUR HOUR drive north and west from here by way of mostly secondary highways. Not discouraging you from Marquette at all, but just pointing out some basic facts. In the winter especially, it's pretty much Marquette and not much else for your daily life, whereas in the LP you are still within reasonable driving distance of all the bigger downstate towns, and even Chicago, plus the major airports if you need to fly. This is just an outsiders take on things.....the Marquette locals may be able to paint a different picture for you.

I have lived in Petoskey for nearly 3 years now, however, and can definitely recommend it for you. I happen to still be single, but just about all of my co-workers and friends are married with families, and every one of them is thrilled to live here, even if they're from here originally. It's been my experience that Petoskey, Michigan is quintessential midwestern small town, U.S.A., and all that implies, PLUS the advantage of living in a bonafide vacation spot, and all THAT implies! Tight knit community, strong family values, good schools, stunning natural beauty, and enough dining and shopping choices to keep a moderate diner/shopper satisfied. Now, don't get me wrong when I say that.......if you or your wife HAS to have all the big chain eateries and stores within a few minutes drive, then Petoskey isn't there yet, although we do have stuff like Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pizza Hut, Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, MC Sports, Dunhams, Sam Goody, the basic fast food joints, and soon to be Meijer......but there is no genuine "mall" here yet, and many of the locals would prefer it stays that way. Our downtown and Bayfront Park are awesome, and there's a paved bike trail called the Little Traverse Wheelway that literally runs from Charlevoix - through Petoskey - and up to the Harbor Springs airport (soon into HarborSprings downtown, I believe). It is a gift from God as far as I'm concerned, and my favorite way to experience our coastal region up here. The views of the water from this trail are truly awe inspiring, and the wooded sections add their own brand of beauty and tranquility to your ride. Biking through Petoskey via the LTWW on the 4th of July is my favorite thing to do.......seeing all the Victorian summer homes in Bay View decorated in Stars & Stripes.....Ol' Glory flying everywhere you look.......families cooking out on their porches or in their yards. In addition to Lake Michigan, the Petoskey region also boasts some of the recreationally best and most beautiful inland lakes in all of the midwest, including Crooked, Walloon, Pickerel, Mullet and Burt Lakes, as well as Lake Charlevoix.

I won't lie to you about winter. If you're not a winter person, don't move here.....period. The season is long, and most of the time, quite brutal. This year (2010) has been the exception to the rule. We had a couple big storms in December, and that's been pretty much it. Snowfall has been way below average, and temps way above. However, most winters you can expect well over 100 inches of snow, often riding fierce winds off of the lake, and temps can bottom out well below zero (and I'm talking 10, 15, 20 below) especially the further inland you are. Last winter was more in the mold of the "Up North" legend, and one place down near Grayling reported 34 below zero one morning.....I am not kidding. The landscape - even this year - is usually completely white from about mid November through at least the end of March......sometimes sooner, sometimes later. There are thaws once or twice a winter, but that too depends on what one consideres an actual "thaw".

Of course, winter sports are plentiful up here as a result. Snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating......all readily available to the winter outdoor enthusiast. I don't even do any of those things, but I'm still able to survive up here because I love having a true winter, and I don't mind being cold. Cabin fever is sometimes a problem for me from, say, February until spring arrives, but the thought of northern Michigan's warm season is more than enough to get me through it....plus I always make it a point to travel down south to visit family and friends several times each winter to break things up a bit.

Nightlife up north is obviously nothing like it is in the big metros, so don't come here expecting anything close to that. Petoskey has the Odawa casino, which is very nice, and has a nightclub, plus two restaraunts (one's a buffet, one's kind of upscale). They even have big name concerts and comedians there every so often. We have a decent movie house and a few bowling alleys within a reasonable drive. The bowling alley out toward Harbor is especially nice. A lot of what's considered "nightlife" in these parts consists of just going to the nearest restaraunt or watering hole and sitting at the bar. This leads to a LOT of drunk drivers on the roads, so I'm always very cautious when driving, especially at night......and before anyone flames me for that last observation - I work at the hospital and my experiences there certainly back up my claims.

Cost of living depends on what you're dealing with. Gas and groceries are very expensive in Petoskey...usually amongst the highest prices in the state. Housing, of course, has come way down, and deals you couldn't have imagined 10, 20 or 30 years ago are now there for the taking. Like anywhere, the upscale sections inside the city limits are more expensive, as is anything along the coast or on a lake/river. The best deals, though, are on the inland homes outside of town. Some good friends of mine just bought a very nice 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a gigantic basement and LONG front porch for $130,000....right outside the Petoskey city limits last year.

Eh....I've rambled quite a bit by now.....but take it from me, Petoskey is a great place to live, and I often stop to thank God for the opportunity. Traverse City is basically the same, but about 3 times more people, traffic, buildings, many more food and shopping choices, and just overall hustle & bustle........still a paradise compared to any major metro area, though. Many people prefer TC to Petoskey because of the reasons I just listed. It's the closest thing to a big town you'll find up here.

The biggest drawback to making a living up north is just that.......making a living. The unemployment rate is very high, not because the area is completely undesirable as some frequenters of the Michigan forum would have you believe, but because these places are in a very remote region, most of them well off of the interstate, and all of them subject to the winters I spoke of, which makes for a tourist dependent economy that suffers in the winter months because of legions of snowbirds heading south. As great a place as this is, there are just not enough jobs to go around for all the folks that want to live here, and so it is highly recommended that one possesses the skills of an in demand trade, or else has a healthy nest egg set aside to sustain themselves and/or their families with.

Good luck with whatever....and wherever you decide on!

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