Quaint, functional, good location
This was our first time to rent in Petoskey -- and we enjoyed our stay. On the plus side, the location is terrific for accessing any form of entertainment -- with the Bear River walking/biking trail to downtown and the bayfront just a stone's throw away, and the main highway at the end of the street. To be quite honest, the accessibility of the trail was this cottage's best asset. The immediate area, however, felt a bit less attractive. The cottage itself served our family very well. All rooms were highly functional: a working kitchen, dining room, den, living room, two bedrooms upstairs, two full bathrooms, and a loft area. Wifi and TV were great (although channel details were sketchy -- but you're in Petoskey in the summer...who's watching TV?) The cottage itself was quaint and quirky with fun little nooks and crannies that gave the space a lot of texture and personality. Windows galore that offered good views and plenty of fresh air. We had ample space for our group (myself, my wife, our adult daughter, and one-year old grandson). The owner even provided some "classic" entertainment options including a old Hi-Fi, old 45s (which my one-year old grandson loved to dance to), puzzles, card games and the like. However, the washer/dryer did not work, and the host left some dirty clothes still in the machine. No towels onsite, so bring your own (we had to run to WalMart). The space, while inviting, needs a good, thorough deep cleaning. We found numerous cobwebs in the corners, stains in the carpet, and the bathroom fixtures needed an additional cleaning upon our arrival. The proprietor was very nice, welcoming, and interested in our well being, so kudos there. Although plenty of space, the beds were a bit uncomfortable (mushy, in fact)...but once again...this is a vacation cottage, not the Plaza. We recommend, but with some reservations. This was a fine, appropriate, and fun introduction to the area for us. The cottage served its purpose for us in a quaint way.
Petoskey: Stone's Throw Away from All Season Recreation/Art.