307 E. Lake Street
Petosky, MI 49770
They don't call Michigan a water wonderland for nothing. The state is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and is the only state to border four of the five Great Lakes giving it over 3,000 miles of fresh water coastline, more than any other state. Stand anywhere in my beautiful home state, and you will not be farther than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.* I bristle when I hear people refer to my state as "fly-over country" as though living here were some sort of penance. Such people have obviously never been to Petoskey, an enchanting small town gracing the shore of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay. Beyond its natural beauty, the area has the distinction of being home to Windemere, the Hemingway family cottage on nearby Walloon Lake. Yes, that Hemingway! Petoskey's distinguished literary connection does not end there. Not long ago, best-selling author, Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder), made a reluctant trip to the town and fell in love with it. Read her article for the New York Times, in which Patchett discusses a book tour which took her to the area, specifically to McLean & Eakin, a marvelous bookstore that I recently had the good fortune to visit as well.