"My Hometown" Boyne City by mohn109
Boyne City Travel Guide: 0 reviews and 3 photos
If you a relaxing vacation to a small town, come to Boyne City. No matter the season there's something to do: in the spring tourists compete to find the most morels as part of the annual Morel Mushroom Festival; in the summer, the area offers great lakes for water sports and camping at Young State Park; in the fall people flock to the area to see the colors change, especially at Dead Man's Hill; and in the winter, there's skiing at Boyne Mountain and 45 minutes north of here in Harbor Springs, Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob--my favorite--ofter great skiing as well.
The restaurant selection in Boyne is small, but tasty ;) There's Lena's, an award-winning Italian restaurant; Red Mesa grill, a Mexican restaurant with a full bar; Thick and Juicy, a great place for a hamburger lunch; Lester's barbeque in the old Rail Road depot is always busy; Indochina Gardens is a small but pretty good Chinese/Thai restaurant; JD's Deli has tasty, fresh sandwiches, and my favorite--chicken salad with dried Michigan cherries on a croissant; Pippins is the restaurant where locals go for pecan rolls, pie and sandwiches; and the Sportsmen's Bar has good Chicken Caesar Salads and lake-view seating on the deck.
The cute village of Wallon Lake on one of the world's ten most beautiful small lakes is about 10 minutes north of Boyne City on M75. It has a beach for swimming, a small general store, and an upscale French restaurant, the Walloon Lake Inn, with a bed and breakfast upstairs. The bike trip from Walloon to Petoskey, another town about 9 miles to the north along Bear River Road, is relatively flat and good start to a nice summer morning.
There's not much night life in Boyne City, a town of 4,000, besides a couple bars and the bowling alley, but the greater Boyne area offers some more exciting night-time activities. Petoskey, 17 miles north of Boyne on Lake Michigan, has nice shopping downtown during the daytime, and more options for the evening as well.
Harbor Springs, fifteen minutes north of Petoskey, is another village on Lake Michigan with good shopping and restaurants. Don't miss the Fish restaurant, which serves fish fresh from the lake.
Seventeen miles west of Boyne City on Lake Michigan lies Charlevoix. It's horrible to drive through in the summer, because all the traffic is routed down one street, and a drawbridge opens every hour, but it's a nice town to visit. The shops downtown are classy. Don't miss the fresh fish and chips at the Villager Pub. It's the best I've eaten! Drive off the main road that goes through downtown toward the lake and you'll see the cute little stone houses. Fisherman's Island state park, on the south side of the city, offers good camping on Lake Michigan.
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