What to pack:
A girlfriend of mine had given me a gift card to Trader Joes for my birthday to I took this opportunity to use it.
-bag of apples
-quinoa black bean tortilla chips
-whole wheat pita chips
-greek yogurt dip
-sea salt brownies
Then we also packed up some water, adult beverages, fancy flavored hot chocolate, and fixings for two turkey sandwich's (turkey, bread, lettuce, onion, cheese, mustard - all packed separately to prevent getting soggy).
Where to stay:
We stayed at the Apple Tree Inn. It was a perfect location, the Inn keepers were exceptionally nice, and the room was clean.
What to do:
Petoskey is an awesome place to vacation. We've now been several times and I think the winter in my favorite.
-Winter Park: they have a huge outdoor ice skating rink and skate rental is only $5. There is a nice building for warming up and concessions. They also have sledding here.
-Shopping: There were a lot of cute little shops to look through.
-Downhill skiing: Boyne Highlands, Nub's Nob, & Boyne Mountain are all within a 20 minute drive. We hit up Nub's Nob for night skiing and had a blast. I'm sure it was just the timing, but it almost seemed like we had the place to ourselves! We've both skied before and really enjoyed the black diamond runs at the front of the mountain.
-Running: We drove up to Harbor Springs and ran some of the roads there. The town is pretty empty in the winter and we hardly saw any cars. Afterwards a trip to the Stained Cup coffee shop was in order for some warm-up tea.
-Cross-country skiing: Same as downhill. We had a great experience at Boyne and I'd definitely go back. There are also places in town that rent the skis (and snowshoes!) so you could really do this just about any where!
-Dining: City Park Grill and Roast & Toast were my favorites. We'd been to Chandler before and while it was good, it's a little out of our budget comfort level.
Other things to note:
Hemingway spent a lot of time here. The Michigan Hemingway Society list 9 places that he used to frequent.
If you like beer, Beards Brewery was pretty impressive. They don't serve food (other than a few snacks that you can buy), but you can bring in your own.