Hemingway Doll, photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs
Hemingway Doll, photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

Ernest Hemingway, Major American Author Who Loved Michigan

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and came to Petoskey, Michigan, often and for extended periods of time because his family had a vacation cabin there. He first went there as a baby and continued going regularly until he married there in 1921. He loved the beauty and adventures associated with his time in Michigan and his experiences found their way into his writing.

His Writings

Among the top tier of US writers of the 20th century, a list of Ernest Hemingway books and more background on the author can be found here: https://www.biblio.com/ernest-hemingway.

The Little Traverse History Museum

The Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey is the best place to go to find out all about Hemingway’s life in Michigan. You can see photos and artifacts and also take a tour of the local spots which have a connection to his history there.

One of the places which Hemingway is known to have visited regularly is the Horton Bay General Store in the nearby town of Boyne City, Michigan. It is still open for business and serves food and old-fashioned malted sodas at the soda fountain.

Learn more about Ernest Hemingway by visiting our Florida, IdahoIllinois, and South Carolina pages.

This is the fifth stop on our Michigan Author Adventures Trail.

Rebecca Blake Beech