Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, February 2, 2018

RV Park Review–Petoskey KOA (Petoskey, Michigan)

This is a nice KOA with nice facilities and lots of amenities.  We camped there in July and our first impression when we drove in was “wow, this place is busy!”  It is a very family-friendly park and you feel like every other site is having a family reunion with so many people at each site.
We were assigned a pull-thru in a spot where most of the campers were transients. (There is another section that appears to be most of the seasonal campers.)  Getting to the site in our RV was a little tricky because of all the trees, narrow roads, and cars parked everywhere.  We got a few stares from people as we slowly drifted our oversized supertanker into our site.  Luckily, it was in the middle of the afternoon when we arrived and people were out and about so we didn’t draw too much attention.  While this park does accommodate big-rigs we had to take it very slow and do some wiggling to get into our site.
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Our site was level, paved, and had a paved patio and was full hook-up with cable and WiFi (which worked well at our site). While the sites are fairly close together there was a nice grassy area separating us from our neighbors. Fire pits and picnic tables are included at every site.
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The park is a typical KOA with tons of amenities and things going on. We chose not to use the pool because it was overrun with kids and seemed way too small for the number of people in the park. There is an off-leash dog park but it was pretty small for our lab to get a good run in. The laundry was nice and clean but a bit expensive $2.25 per load. When we checked in the staff raved about the onsite KOA cafĂ©’s pizza but we didn't try it – too many other great places to eat nearby.
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The park is very convenient to downtown Petoskey but the traffic on Hwy. 31 can be horrible at peak times. It is also close to Petoskey State Park and the Oden State Fish Hatchery (which has trails and a great place to visit). There are lots of breweries in the area, a great farmers market, and really good restaurants. We personally loved Beards Brewery, Palette Bistro, and the Crooked Tree Bakery. There is a great paved biking trail located nearby that runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs.