Ernest Hemingway

Horton Bay & Walloon Lake, MICHIGAN

  • Photo of Horton Bay dock on Lake Charlevoix — Horton Bay, Michigan
    Horton Bay dock on Lake Charlevoix: leaping-off point for Hemingway’s adventurous life. — Horton Bay, Michigan
  • Photo of Horton Creek Nature Preserve — Horton Bay, Michigan
    Horton Creek Nature Preserve, whose clear water bulges like a meniscus. — Horton Bay, Michigan
  • Photo of trout in the Horton Creek Nature Preserve — Horton Bay, Michigan
    “Nick looked down into the clear brown water, colored from the pebbly bottom, and watched the trout keeping themselves steady in the current with wavering fins. As he watched them they changed their positions by quick angles, only to hold steady in the fast waster again. Nick watched them a long time.”
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Big Two-Hearted River”
    In Our Time, 1925
  • Photo of Grave markers at Greensky Hill Indian Methodist Church — Charlevoix, Michigan
    Grave markers at Greensky Hill Indian Methodist Church. Prudence Boulton, Hemingway’s first girlfriend, is believed to be buried there in an unmarked grave. — Charlevoix, Michigan
  • Photo of The Last Good Country sign at the Red Fox Inn — Horton Bay, Michigan
    Red Fox Inn. The owner of this establishment, which now sells all manner of Hemingway memorabilia, says his grandfather taught Hemingway how to fish. — Horton Bay, Michigan

    Fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing…. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal so that it can become a part of the experience of the person who reads it.
    Ernest Hemingway
    from a 1954 letter to Bernard Berenson
  • Horton Bay General Store, Horton Bay United Methodist Church, The Township School, Bay Township Hall. — Horton Bay, Michigan
  • Photo of old wooden boat — Horton Bay, Michigan
    Apparently Hemingway rowed a boat just like this one across Walloon Lake to transport his new bride, Hadley Richardson, to their honeymoon cottage. The moment is memorialized in the Nick Adams story “Wedding Day.” — Horton Bay, Michigan

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Appendix :: Literary Destinations

Ernest Hemingway


Horton Bay General Store
05115 Boyne City Road
Boyne City, MI 49712
Phone: (231) 582-7827

Little Traverse Historical Museum
100 Depot Court
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-2620

Stafford’s Perry Hotel
100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-4000

City Park Grill
432 East Lake Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-0101

Tour Hemingway’s Michigan (PDF)

Michigan Hemingway Society
Ernest Hemingway in Michigan

Greensky Hill Indian Methodist Church
Horton Bay General Store
The Red Fox Inn
The Township School
Pinehurst and Shangri-La
Horton Creek
The Charles Farm and Schulz Nature Preserve

The “Indian Camp”

Little Traverse Historical Museum
Penn Plaza Station
The Perry Hotel
Jesperson’s Restaurant
The Flatiron Building
The City Park Grill
The Harold Grant Building
The Carnegie Building
Potter’s Rooming House

THE LAST GOOD COUNTRY — Horton Bay, Michigan
STEADY TROUT — Horton Bay, Michigan

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