While in Petoskey this past weekend on my #MittenTrip with my boyfriend, we had a big surprise come our way in the form of weather. Originally, when we headed up north, we were certain we’d be spending the weekend outside enjoying the perfect autumn temps. However, as we pulled into town on Friday night, snow was beginning to fall on Walloon Lake and the next morning we found ourselves surrounded by a blanket of snow.
I will say, on one hand, being there for the first snow of the year was thrilling because it was so fresh and beautiful! On the other hand, I definitely did not pack all of the gear necessary to be hiking through the snow. This meant that the plans we’d originally made for our weekend getaway needed to be flexible. Because of this little blessing in disguise, it gave us time to explore Petoskey’s downtown a little more and appreciate the time we got to spend indoors.
If you read my visitor guide-style post on my #MittenTrip to the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area, you will remember that on our second day I came down with a horrible sore throat. When I went to the doctor he informed me I had strep and that I needed to take it easy. After that, we became fast friends and he told me all about how amazing Petoskey was and all of the great places I needed to see while I was there!
One of the places on the top of his list was McLean & Eakin Booksellers. I am always a sucker for a bookstore, but when it is a small, independent bookseller, I am no doubt a fan. When we walked in from the wet and snowy street, I fell in love instantly. It was the perfect way to warm up and relax after our amazing Zipling Adventure.
My boyfriend and I gravitated to the Hemingway section, which is the first thing you’ll see when you walk in. Ernest Hemingway spent many summers in Petoskey and there is so much you can learn about his time there all around the small surrounding towns.
The shop is so cozy, and the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful! All of the people who work there have read most of the books, and if they haven’t, they’re happy to refer you to someone who has. I had a great conversation with the guy who helped me check out about Elizabeth Gilbert and her new book, Big Magic, which I purchased while in the store. We had a genuine conversation about the things we loved about her writing and things we maybe didn’t. He had great suggestions as far as other authors I should explore, too!
There is something really special about the small town feel and the authentic interactions that we had with everyone in the store. If you head to the McLean & Eakin Booksellers website, they provide staff picks and a list of what each of them are currently reading. Head over and I promise you will feel welcomed right away!
If you are a book lover who finds yourself up north any time soon, you need to make a stop at this adorable shop! This impromptu adventure to avoid the cold turned out to be one of the most meaningful stops we made. I hope you are able to make the visit sometime in the near future too, it will be well worth it!