Horton Bay, Michigan

Horton Bay, Michigan, inspiration for Hemingway's earliest published stories and very little changed. Horton Bay General Store-on the Charlevoix-Boyne City Rd. in the village of Horton Bay. Established in 1876, this store has remained the center of business and social life in the village. Hemingway frequented the store as a boy and a young man. He described it in the story "Up in Michigan," and it seems to be the model for Mr. Packard's store in "The Last Good Country." Hemingway photos and memorabilia are still displayed here. The Red Fox Inn-Adjacent to the Horton Bay General Store. Built in 1878, this structure was one of the earliest homes in Horton Bay. In 1919 it was converted to a restaurant, and soon became famous for its family-style chicken dinners. John Kotesky, an area farmer who regularly supplied the Inn with fresh vegetables, is remembered for having driven Hemingway and his new bride, Hadley Richardson, from Horton Bay to Walloon Lake as they began their honeymoon. Ernest recalled this drive in "On Writing." The Red Fox Inn is now home to a bookstore that specializes in Hemingway titles and memorabilia.

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