Ernest Hemingway 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 got 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 .
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.
This is the fourth stop on our Michigan Trail!
Rebecca Blake Beech