Smithsonian Magazine profiled Petoskey in its April issue as part of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.” The monthly magazine, a publication of the Smithsonian Institution museum and research network, covers the arts, history, sciences and popular culture.
The profile of Petoskey notes downtown features such as vintage architecture, concerts and Friday-night festivities, as well as long-running businesses such as Jesperson’s Restaurant and Stafford’s Perry Hotel and the literary events offered by McLean & Eakin Booksellers. The Little Traverse History Museum, Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Bay View Association also were among the cultural attractions Smithsonian noted.
The profile also noted the local Native American heritage, the time famed author Ernest Hemingway spent in the area during his younger years and the popularity of Petoskey stone hunting on local beaches.
“It’s terrific,” said Peter Fitzsimons, executive director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. “Any time you can get positive press like that from a well-respected national publication and website, it’s fantastic.”
Petoskey was the only Michigan community included on this year’s Smithsonian list of top small towns to visit.
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