Northern Michigan: The search for the “Prettiest Painted Places in America” is narrowing, with ten finalists from the North Central US named by the Paint Quality Institute, an informational entity whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings. Who is among these ten finalists? Petoskey's picturesque Bay View Association!

After further evaluation, two of the ten will be named the prettiest painted places in the North Central US, alongside winners from five other regions, to make up the twelve prettiest painted places in America. A “prettiest painted place” is a special town or neighborhood with exceptional community-wide “curb appeal” due to optically pleasing or creative use of exterior paint color, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute.

To see a complete list of the 60 finalists involved in the search, visit

Read more about the Bay View Association, also known as the Petoksey's "gingerbread cottages" in the article "Northern Michigan: Photographing Bay View Homes in Petoskey" originally featured in August/September 2012 Northern Home & Cottage.

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