Welcome to Pellston Michigan… What was once the "icebox of the nation" has been re-calibrated to become "the coolest spot in the North".

Based on drop-dead temperatures of -53F (-43C) in the 1933, Pellston has traditionally shared the "Icebox of the Nation" status with other Northern towns. Although in 2014 the coldest day was -31F (-35C), now with global climate change Pellston is much warmer and more pleasant place to visit and live. After decades of warming temperatures, Pellston now finds itself simply "The Coolest Spot in the North".

Pellston is the geographic center of Northern Lower Michigan, 18 miles south of the Mackinaw Straits, at the gateway to the International Dark Sky Park. Located along the Maple river, situated in a valley past the coastal foothills, Pellston frequently has temperatures 10 to 15 degrees (F) cooler than it's neighbors, and the coolest temperatures in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Conversely, in the summer season the unique terrain often makes Pellston the hottest spot in the North.

Visit Historic Downtown Pellston!

Historic Downtown Pellston along scenic route US 31 between Petoskey and Mackinaw City hosts a park-side Depot Museum, Information Kiosk, and river-side nature walk. On Saturday's don't miss the Pellston Farmers Market in memorial park.

Directly across the street from the depot -- in the restored 1800's shopping district -- you will find the Cool Spot Square courtyard. Located next door to the famous Antiques Art & Collectibles store, in the summer, Cool Spot Square is open as a beautiful pocket garden! But in winter, Pellston's cold wind and low sun makes Cool Spot Square truly "the coolest spot" in the "Coolest Spot in the North"!