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Area Description

The communities of Petoskey, Bay View, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs and Boyne City are small lakeside communities best known as multi-generational summer cottage communities for some of the Midwest's wealthiest families of the late 19th century.
The community of Bay View, established in 1875, is a National Historic Landmark for its Victorian architecture preservation and continues as a summer Chautauqua; Bay Harbor is the areas newest development (1994) on the site of an abandoned cement factory which now is home to an ultra high end resort community with resort shopping district, yacht club, equestrian center, hotels and championship golf courses; the area is also well known for its 18 championship golf courses, beaches, bike trails, resort shopping districts and 3 downhill ski areas.

Includes Cities/Towns: Alanson, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Walloon Lake.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Bay View Association is a summer Chautauqua with musical, cultural and educational programs throughout July and August; there is always some type of community event going on in the spring, summer and fall although we stay active throughout the winter too.

Cultural Activities

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts opened July, 2018 and produces a year around series of performing arts and educational programming.

Public transportation

The Friendship Center bus offers on-call rides for seniors.

Medical Facilities

McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital is a fully staffed and equipped regional referral medical center.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  14.0  20.8  27.5  2.2 "  31.8 "
 Feb  13.5  22.0  30.5  1.5 "  21.4 "
 Mar  20.5  30.0  39.5  1.9 "  10.7 "
 Apr  33.0  43.0  53.0  2.5 "  3.3 "
 May  43.0  54.0  65.0  2.9 "  0.2 "
 Jun  52.5  63.5  74.5  2.9 "  0.0 "
 Jul  58.0  68.5  79.0  2.6 "  0.0 "
 Aug  57.0  67.3  77.5  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Sep  50.5  60.5  70.5  3.7 "  0.0 "
 Oct  40.0  48.5  57.0  3.8 "  0.6 "
 Nov  31.0  37.8  44.5  2.8 "  9.9 "
 Dec  21.5  27.0  32.5  2.5 "  33.1 "

The worst that happens are winter snowstorms which are quickly cleared by our road commissions.

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Cost of Living for Petoskey Area, MI

Petoskey Area, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Petoskey Area, MI

Petoskey Area, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

We have an RSVP program and any number of area nonprofit organizations who utilize senior volunteer talent.

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