So Much To See and Do!

Happy Children Sledding in Snow
Wine
Kayaking into Sunset
Hiking Boots

Area Events

Northern Michigan is a year-round vacation destination.  There is always something to do around the area!

Petoskey (20 minute drive)

Petoskey is such a fun town!  There are so many things to do and see in the downtown area.  Our favorites include coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and ice cream!

Harbor Springs (20 minute drive)

Harbor Springs is so cute!  This is definitely a harbor town with lots to see and do.  Our favorites include shopping, dining, and looking at all of the beautiful houses and boats.

Mackinac Island (30 minute drive, then ferry to the island)

Mackinac Island is an iconic place in Northern Michigan.  Drive to the ferry docks to park your car and hop on the ferry to Mackinac Island.  Enjoy the day biking, shopping and sampling some of the famous fudge found there!

Dining

These are some of our recommendations.  Let us know if you find something you love- we want to hear about it!

Michaels Tavern and Steakhouse  (10 min away) - This is a great steak house close to Bear Cabin  (they take reservations)

Teddy Griffins Roadhouse (20 min away) Highly recommended Apres Ski.  Located right outside the ski resorts.  (reservations recommended, good for large groups) 

Damsite Inn (15 min away)- This is an establishment around these parts- To call it old school is an understatement! (Closed Mid October Through May) Call ahead for seating (no reservations)

Pierson's Grille (20 min away) - Great restaurant in Harbor Springs- perfect for après ski:

Tap 30  (20 min away)- Cool tap room and restaurant in Petoskey- great beer selection:

Petoskey Brewing (15 min away) - Great Local Brewery and food!  Very close to ski hills:

Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse (20 min away) - Fantastic Steakhouse on Douglas Lake.  Reservations highly recommended, closed November - May

Noggin Room (20 min away)- Great pub atmosphere- try the pizza:

Staffords Pier (20 min away) - Fantastic harbor view in Harbor Springs on the water with a nautical theme  (Reservations suggested)

BC Pizza (6 min away) - Delivery available to bear cabin.

Vivos - Excellent Italian!  (wait times can be long in season, no reservations available)

Ice Cream

Drost Chocolates - Indian River

Kilwins Petoskey (multiple locations)

Area Events and Attractions

Top O Michigan Outboard Racing Club - Host an outboard race that goes through the Crooked River, Burt Lake, Crooked Lake, Mullett Lake and Indian River the second weekend in August.

Inland Waterway Water Trail - Did you know you can boat all the way to Lake Huron from Bear Cabin?  Check out the amazing inland waterway trail.

Inland Waterway

Skiing Skiing and snowboarding in Northern Michigan is a blast!  Snowshoeing, XC Skiing and tubing are also available.

Boyne Highlands 

Boyne Mountain

Indoor Recreation There is still lots to do in the area on those days the weather is not cooperating.

Northern Lights Recreation (Petoskey) Bowling alley

Petoskey Ice Arena

Mini Golf

Big Bear Adventures - Indian River

Pirates Cove - Petoskey

Rafting tours / Paddling tours

Big Bear Adventures

Sturgeon River Paddle

Boat Rental

Windjammer Marina Jetskis Available 

Indian River Marina

Indian River Sports Center

Snowmobile Rental
Trails are a short ride directly from Bear Cabin

231 Adventures - Harbor Springs / Petoskey

Indian River Sports Center

ATV / ORV Trails

Info and Trail Maps

ATV / ORV  Rentals

231 Adventures

Big Bear Adventures

Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Snowmobile Trail Maps

Harbor Springs

Petoskey

Indian River

Ski Rental - Rentals are available at local resorts.  For convenience and to save time on multiple days you can rent from these local shops.

Bahnhoff

Websters Pro shop

Bike Rental

Latitude 45 - Petoskey

Bahnhoff - Petoskey

Touring Gear - Harbor Springs

Bike Trails - Note: some ski resorts turn ski trails to mountain bike trails in the summer

Boyne Highlands

Farms / Orchards

Pond Hill Farm

Farmers Markets - Shop for local fruits, vegetebles, pies and other locally made products

Local Orchards - There are many different types of orchards in the area.

Hiking and Driving Tours

Tunnel Of Trees Tour

Hiking Guide

Wineries

Crooked Vine

Farmhouse Vineyards

Gabriel Farms

Mackinaw Trail Winery

Boyne Valley Vineyards

Breweries

Petoskey Brewing

Beards

Northland Brewing Co.

Golf

Boyne Golf - (Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain)

Charlevoix Country Club

Chestnut Valley

Belvedere Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Course)

Harbor Point

Hidden River Golf and Casting Club

Springbrook

Bay Harbor

Grocery / Supplies Delivery

Stocked / stocked-up.com (Bear Cabin Preferred Partner)
Add more time to your vacation by getting your groceries purchased and put away before your arrival. 

 

Shuttle / Car Transportation

Up North Rides      231-350-1248
Car service anywhere in the area.  Also Winery and Brewery tours 

 

There is so much to do and see in Northern Michigan Year-round.  Cruise the Inland Waterway on your boat, head all the way to Mackinac Island and take a horse-drawn carriage ride.  View the beautiful Historic Homes and ride around to see the amazing views.  Don't forget to pick up some of the legendary fudge.  In the fall, cruise the amazing Tunnel of Trees.  Be sure to stop at Pond Hill Farm and select your pumpkin and take a look around.  Hit up one of the festivals in the surrounding villages of Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Indian River.  When Mother Nature turns the weather cold, take advantage of the Lake Effect and hit up the thousands of miles of Snowmobile trails, right from the front door.  For another kind of speed, head to the local ski resorts of Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob (home of the midwest's best snow).  After a day of adventure hit up one of the local restaurants for an amazing Northern Michigan Dining experience!  There is something for everyone, on your Northern Michigan Vacation, at Bear Cabin!