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Good morning! The birds are singing, the orange glow of sunlight is beginning to creep through the gap on the side of the window blinds, and you think to yourself, I can't wait to get up and experience the day. I grew up in the Metro Detroit area, which I still love. I've been fortunate to live in several beautiful parts of the country including Boston and Phoenix, however, nothing compares to life in Northern Michigan. Jobs and real estate: People are generally kind. There is a sense of community that I haven't found in other parts of the country. Neighbors actually do bring you pies and pastries when you move in. Finding work can be tough as there are numerous seasonal jobs, not as many large companies, and real estate prices are higher than in other parts of Michigan and the United States. Residents of the area would love for more companies to move to the area while maintaining the beauty and charm of this quaint town.Weather: Depending on your viewpoint of winter, it's the best place you've ever lived or potentially the worst. We do get snow up here and lots of it! Winter tires are more common up here than many other parts of the state--it's hilly here and we need them. It's amazing to think that you can paddleboard on Lake Michigan in the summer and a few months later you can snowmobile across it. I'm looking out at a frozen over Little Traverse Bay that people will be swimming in three months from now. Summers are mild to warm. I love winter, however, most people I know feel the need to take a trip somewhere warm around February or March. Being close to the water, breezes keep things comfortable. This is a part of the country where you get to experience the best and worst of each season. Fall leaves have the most beautiful colors and the town seems like the perfect movie set.Activities: There is no shortage of things to do up here as a local. We have skiing, fishing, golf, sled hills, water sports, hiking trails, local breweries, eclectic food choices and more. We don't have a large shopping mall and many people travel to Traverse City or Gaylord to do heavy shopping at the stores there. That being said, there is a Walmart, Meijer, JC Penny, Home Depot, Lowes, grocery stores both regular and co-op, and several boutiques and small businesses to purchase your needed items. We like it that way--it adds to the charm.Life in general: Life in Petoskey is a little slower paced than other parts of the country. Most live here because they want to, they enjoy the beauty of the area, and with these characteristics, people are generally happy. I describe Petoskey as a place that seems half a decade behind with a modern flair. Ultimately, living in Petoskey has the best balance of weather, things to do, and charm. I can't imagine living anywhere else.