About Hearthside Grove
The Rose Family
The history of Hearthside begins with two brothers, developers Craig and Kirk Rose. Native to Petoskey, this dynamic duo is well-schooled in the need to appreciate and preserve the beauty and natural environment of northern Michigan with its many lakes and waterways, its stunning viewscapes over rolling hills and forests, and the thriving culture unfolding in its midst.
Craig and Kirk have a rather unique and rich training for their current project through working with their parents Wayne and Lorene Rose in several successful family businesses, and they are no strangers to the RV industry. The Rose family built the local KOA campground in the early 1990s and developed this well-loved Petoskey destination into one of the consistently top-ranked and award-winning campgrounds in the nation, in both service and quality as well as in attention to the environment. The KOA Campground was an exciting challenge after their work with Kilwin’s Chocolates, which the Rose’s developed into a successful, national franchise familiar to and loved by resorters across the country.
Craig and Kirk are thrilled with the opportunity to take this further step in developing the motorcoach lifestyle, a lifestyle they have lived and known and loved, as it gives them the chance to provide the same high quality service that their extensive community has come to associate with their endeavors. And to do all this in the Little Traverse Bay area – a place that is as inviting as their resort is luxurious – is, well, a dream come true.
Craig and Kirk Rose
Craig Rose, Proprietor
Craig Rose, the senior sibling, received his degree in finance from the University of Miami at Florida. He spent a while in the sunshine state working outside the family business, which further developed his appreciation for the beauty, the ease and the inviting lifestyle of his Petoskey hometown. Craig enjoys skiing and the outdoors, has worked in the former family business and sweet life of ice cream and candy at Kilwin’s Chocolates, which then gave way in 1992 to the Petoskey KOA, consistently one of the top-ranked campgrounds in the nation. He combines a wealth of experience, including real estate sales and his own family life (together with his lovely wife they have three children) to ensure that every owner, every guest and every visitor to Hearthside Grove experiences the best and, thereby has the most memorable of vacations.
Kirk Rose, Proprietor
Kirk Rose received his degree in recreation closer to home, at Western Michigan University. Kirk learned early on that it’s wonderful to be involved in the business of making people happy, through the sweet life at Kilwin’s Chocolates, through the beauty of one’s environment at the Petoskey KOA, and through servicing their needs as they seek the ease and the thrill of living close to nature. Kirk is also a proud father of two and he enjoys woodworking, hiking, and the outdoors, when the engaging life of resort development allows.
The Hearthside Grove Team
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.”
– Babe Ruth
The success of Hearthside Grove is the result of our amazing team, wonderful owners and guests. Each person plays an important role in building the Hearthside community. Together we’ve created a truly special place in the heart of the north.
Discover Petoskey Michigan
Known for its scenic beauty, Petoskey, Michigan is found in the heart of the Midwest’s most popular four season resort area. Covering just over six square miles, with a population of 6,080, the area is located on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay.
Here you’ll find a small-town, friendly atmosphere with over 95 shops and boutiques in the famous Gaslight District.
When downtown, choose from 19 different eateries. Whether you fancy pizza, sushi, cold cuts or fine dining, this downtown has something for everyone.
With prestigious art galleries downtown Petoskey features ever-changing exhibitions and a variety of eye-catching performances year-round.History buffs can spend time at the Little Traverse History Museum for exhibits on Ernest Hemingway and a rich lesson on the local community.
The area is characterized by rolling hills, wooded terrain and inland lakes, including a 38-mile inland waterway. Petoskey was named by authors of The 100 Best Small Towns in America, The Great Towns of America as one of America’s 100 Best Places to Retire. Petoskey is home to some of the best medical professionals in the nation. Their high level of award-winning care keeps the area among the best places to be taken care of in many specialties.
Petoskey offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, boating, sailing, fishing, golfing and hiking in the warmer weather and skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and ice fishing in the winter. The area has five state parks: Petoskey, Burt Lake, Fisherman’s Island, Young and Wilderness. Most offer swimming, picnicking, hiking and boating. Petoskey is home to numerous award-winning championship golf courses. Choose from any number of these 9 or 18-hole picturesque golf sites.
If you’re looking for some excitement, head over to the Odawa Casino Resort. The gaming floor has 1,500 slot machines, 35 table games and a poker room. Live entertainment is regularly offered in the lower level of Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Or catch a live band and dancing at City Park Grill, Leo’s Lounge and Upstairs Club. The Crooked Tree Arts Center and Little Traverse Civic Theatre provide a captivating schedule of musical and theatrical productions throughout the year.