This Charming City in Northern Michigan is A Finalist for 2018’s Happiest Seaside Town Explore Bay Harbor

Have you heard? Traverse City, Michigan has been selected as a finalist for the distinction of “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living Magazine!

Traverse City is the only Michigan city to be selected this year. It makes good sense as to why – the scenic Michigan shoreline and its quaint historic downtowns are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell’s art. Just a short drive from the beauty of Bay Harbor, discover these three reasons that make the area so happy.

Traverse City is known for it’s beautiful nature

In fact, residents here love to be outdoors in any weather – warm or cool! Residents and visitors of the area love snowshoeing, building snowmen, and sledding when the weather is chilly at Boyne Mountain Resort. Its ski lifts and trail system means that visitors can hike, snowshoe, ski, and snowboard all over all season long. When it’s warm, you can find them swimming, sunning, and boating all over Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan! Have you ever searched beaches for the famous Petoskey Stones? They’re only found here in this area.

There’s so much to do here in Northern Michigan

When residents aren’t enjoying the outdoors, they’re exploring the local shops and boutiques, along with the natural and social history that this fascinating area has to offer. Everyone loves to check out Fox Island Lighthouse, which helped ships locate Michigan’s shores since 1867. Lake Michigan also offers some of the best sailing and fishing around. Not to mention the many events the city hosts every year.

Traverse City, MI has the best neighbors!

Just minutes away from Traverse City, you’ll find Bay Harbor, one of Traverse City’s best neighbors. Many residents from Michigan and around the globe love to spend their weekends and vacations here, swimming in the lake, biking or hiking the area, or exploring the city’s boutique stores and restaurants. And to top it off, residents here are just a short drive away from one of Coastal Living’s happiest seaside towns!

Just spending a day here proves how Coastal Living nominated Traverse City as one of their Happiest Seaside Towns! And just s short drive away, Bay Harbor’s local scene consists of eclectic shops and fun activities that will charm you as well.

Located along five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community that offers a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Little Traverse Bay, shopping and dining at the many boutique stores and restaurants in the city, and staying at the Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Hotel.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip.

Explore Bay Harbor’s Waterfront Weddings

The location puts guests within walking distance of shops, dining, and recreation. Not only do couples have a stunning view of Lake Michigan, but the multiple on-site indoor and outdoor venues provide the opportunity to plan a dream wedding.

Explore Bay Harbor’s Sunset Beach

Stunning views and blue waters provide the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy as they witness you say your vows on the golden sand of the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Sunset Beach provides the ultimate fairytale setting to make your wedding dreams a reality. Located directly on the shores of Lake Michigan is the ideal spot to say “I do.” Couples are welcome to invite as many as 250 of their closest friends and family members to watch them start their forever, with the beauty and soothing sounds of the Lake Michigan’s behind them.

Explore Bay Harbor’s Observation Platform

For a truly unique nuptial occasion there is nothing more exceptional than the Observation Platform, say “I do” surrounded by Lake Michigan’s deep blue waters as the waves serenade you and your guests. This area is another outdoor venue that is excellent for a wedding ceremony of up to 250 guests. The bride and groom and all of their favorite people have unobstructed views of the harbor and ample first-look photo opportunities. The passing sailboats and yachts add a special touch to the wedding day backdrop.

Explore Bay Harbor’s Marina Lawn

Enjoy Michigan sunsets as you host your grand celebration on lush green lawn terraces, experience an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dining and dancing alongside Bay Harbor Lake. The Marina Lawn allows couples to enjoy the great outdoors while still having the protection of a tent. This space may be used for cocktail hours or full receptions. It is large enough to accommodate 300 people and has plenty of space for dancing. There are views of Bay Harbor Lake and the Bay Harbor Lake Marina.

Explore Bay Harbor’s The Loft

From casual to upscale affairs, this intimate space creates a unique experience. Your guests are sure to enjoy this venue in Bay Harbor, with its panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Village at Bay Harbor. For a more intimate rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour or reception venue, go with the Loft. This space welcomes 90 guests and affords 360-degree views of the marina and Lake Michigan for stunning Lake Michigan sunsets. Dancing is also an option in the Loft.

Explore Bay Harbor’s Conference Center Ballroom

The Lake Michigan Room expanses 2,000 square feet of meeting space overlooking the Village at Bay Harbor, featuring comfortable seating and newly updated state of the art audiovisual equipment.  Offering complete privacy and comfort for the most important discussions. There are several options when booking the Conference Center for your wedding reception. Together the Bay Room and the Harbor Room seat over 150 guests. There’s also a furnished lobby that is ideal for a cocktail hour.

Learn more about Northern Michigan’s most cherished resort destination by grabbing this complimentary Northern Michigan Area Magazine by clicking here.

Click here for a complimenatry Explore Bay Harbor Wedding Guide.

The Village at Bay Harbor is delighted to celebrate the 2018 Bay Harbor Arts Festival, now its 19th year.

As usual, the fine arts portion of the festival is juried, and monetary prizes will be awarded. New this year is the addition of a “Green Market” category. The Arts Festival Committee also recognizes and celebrates the talents and creativity of those who create one-of-a-kind high-quality food and similar items. The “Green Market” is a non-juried component that intended for artisan items; soaps, lotions, items produced with commercially available beads, essential oils, specialty food mixes, and similar items. Children are encouraged to make their own artwork in the popular “Make and Take Tent,” open both days during the festival. Music and child-friendly entertainment are also scheduled. Artists can submit an application in the category of their preference, now through April 15, 2018. A fee of $40.00 is required for applying. In the juried category, there will be cash prizes awarded for the artistic quality of the artist’s displayed body of work. First prize will be $600, second place $400, and a third place award of $200.

The Bay Harbor Arts Festival will be held on the waterfront lawns Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm.

Bay Harbor is a unique destination which attracts visitors from across the country throughout the year. The festival is set along our beautiful waterfront and celebrates the talents of the finest local and national
artists. The Bay Harbor Arts Festival encourages the creation of high-quality art and artisans demonstrating creativity, innovation, and an appreciation of the arts. Bay Harbor residents, boaters, locals and visitors from across the Midwest converge to the festival to celebrate the arts while enjoying great music and performances. The festival is extensively marketed through regional advertising in many publications, newspapers,
social media, e-newsletters, and websites. Amenities for the artists include overnight security, onsite parking and a beautiful waterfront resort locale.

To register, click here.

Bay Harbor is an award-winning development best known for its environmentally sensitive communities and homesites, designed in ecological harmony with the land. Bay Harbor is situated on 1,200 picturesque acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline and exceeds previous standards for planning, quality, and world-class luxurious amenities. For more information, contact Bay Harbor at 231- 439-2500.

Fall is the perfect time to explore Bay Harbor golf. Between the great offers and complimentary upgrades you won’t find a better deal in Northern Michigan! There are golf courses that, no matter the weather, no matter your mood, you look forward to playing. Bay Harbor Golf Club in Michigan’s Boyne Resorts is one of those courses.

It’s been billed as the “Pebble Beach of the Midwest,” but the comparison really isn’t necessary. Because this 27-hole resort course, which ranks among the top golf courses in the country, is more than just a few holes perched above Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor has three distinct nines that all feature fun, well designed golf holes.

The stage set here for golf is truly spectacular – whether it’s the Irish-like coastal setting of Bay Harbor’s Links Nine, the innovative routing of The Quarry course or natural feel of The Preserve Nine. It’s easy to see that over the last decade, Bay Harbor has only gotten better as it matured.

Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor
By the time you hit your approach shot on the first hole, a dogleg right par 4, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s in store over the next few hours. To the left is Lake Michigan, which on a sunny day can appear to be a deep blue ocean; in front of you is a well-protected green, several stories above the water. And off the fairways, which comes more into play on the difficult 420-yard par-4 second hole, is high fescue much like that on the Irish courses Bay Harbor imitates.

There are lots of terrific holes on The Links Nine, but the signature hole has to be the seventh – a reachable par 5 that narrows off the tee the longer you hit it. At 490 yards, this uphill hole often plays into the wind, with the “ocean” on the right and fescue on the left. Both the tee shot and approach are somewhat blind if you attempt to reach it in two, a gamble worth taking if you’re feeling lucky.

The Quarry doesn’t take a back seat at Bay Harbor
While The Links Nine is what you’re likely to see in Bay Harbor’s brochures, The Quarry Nine might be just as worth playing. It was on the 15th hole (Links usually plays as the back nine in an 18-hole configuration) where Phil Mickelson, in a Shell Wonderful World of Golf match against Tom Lehman, pulled off a shot even remarkable by Lefty’s standards.
The par-4 hole, which is just 312 yards, is drivable, but the green is pretty much an island, with wetlands surrounding it on two sides and rock behind it. Mickelson drove his ball left and long of the green, then played a flop shot out of the rocks, which he nearly holed for eagle.

The Quarry has other interesting holes, as well. The 14th is 478 yards, and unless you drive it well over 300 yards, laying up on this par 4 is probably the best strategy, considering it’s all carry on the second shot over water to a shallow, firm green. The par-4 16th features an intimidating tee shot where the carry over wetlands looks farther than it actually is. And the 17th, which plays back into the lake (and you thought you were done with the lake) is one of the most picturesque par 3s in the Midwest.

You can also play The Preserve, which probably sees more member play than resort traffic. While The Preserve doesn’t get the publicity of the other two nines, it’s certainly up to the standards of the rest of the course. You get more hardwood trees on this nine, and like the 17th on The Quarry, the final hole on The Preserve also opens up to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

What’s not to like about Bay Harbor Golf Club? Pretty much every feature and every hole are instantly memorable. So what are you waiting for? To learn more about special weekend Golf Packages at Bay Harbor, simply click the link.  If you enjoyed this article, you can also subscribe to our blog at

Thank you: staff writer Mike Bailey

Experience the Romance and Charm along with Northern Michigan’s true colors with a Picnic on the Bay.

We invite you to experience the unforgettable views of Bay Harbor and explore the beauty of autumn in Northern Michigan with our Picnic on the Bay.


  • Two-nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast for two in the morning
  • Picnic for two of your choice, nestled inside a classic picnic basket, complete with silverware, plates, napkins, and blanket
  • Insiders’ guide to the best places to picnic around the bay, and other great stops to explore in Northern Michigan
  • Valet parking
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary range balls at Crooked Tree Golf Club
  • Shuttle service to the Village at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor Golf Club and downtown Petoskey
  • Beach cruiser bike rentals

Package available September 4 – October 31. Start planning your fall escape today, call 888.598.3490 or click here.

All rates are subject to tax and resort fees. Restrictions may apply. Gratuities and service charges are additional.


Northern Michigan will leave you breathless. Whether you’re looking for a new vacation spot, the ideal setting for a destination wedding, perhaps a location for your new business, or you’re searching for the perfect place to put down your roots, here are 5 reasons why you should drop everything and move to Bay Harbor.

1. A Destination for All Seasons

Summertime paints the story: the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan, the emerald green of fields and fairways, the shimmering crimson of million dollar sunsets. Yet true connoisseurs of the area know it offers a changing and amazing palette of scenery and adventure throughout the year. And each season is beckoning for you to create one-of-a-kind memories no matter what time of year.

2. The Food

This is a foodie heaven and the dining options are as varied as the guests. In Bay Harbor, we’re right in the middle of the Little Traverse Bay Triangle where three delightful water-front villages of Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and more offer a wide variety of dining experiences. Check out a full list of local favorites here.

3. The Entertainment

Endless events and arts & entertainment from galleries to museums, performing arts centers to outdoor concert series, there are many options here for the culturally minded. The new Great Lakes Center for the Arts, a 500-seat landmark facility is currently under construction and will be opening early next year. Check out our calendar of events here.

4. The Marina

There is something special about Bay Harbor. Boaters at the marina are attracted by more than the first-class amenities the marina offers – they enjoy being a part of the community. Shared cookouts, dock parties, and day trips make the marina feel more like a neighborhood. Named one of the “Top Ten Ports in North America” by Motor Boating Magazine, and one of “10 Best Family-Boating Resorts” by Boating Life, Bay Harbor Lake Marina is also a certified Michigan Clean Marina. With the expertly trained staff to provide docking assistance and waterside concierge services, boaters can enjoy a stay either seasonally or as a transient. Learn more.

5. Golf

The Bay Harbor Golf Club offers three distinct 27-hole championship courses stretched along miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Each individual course was designed by the well-renowned golfer, Arthur Hills and set amongst the most incredible topography in northern Michigan. For tee times and more information, click here.

Bay Harbor’s vibrant year-round schedule of events is packed with active outdoor activities, festivals, antiquing, area farmer’s markets and so much more. There’s something for everyone to do in this Northern Michigan Resort Community.

Meet the Artisans – Sari’s Spa
August 14th
Come meet some of the artisans that hand make the products in our gift shop! This week you can meet the folks that create our lovely bath and spa products.

Annual Summer Super Swirl
August 16th
Mingle among the beautiful backdrop of our summer exhibitions as you stroll through the indoor and outdoor spaces of the arts center. Enjoy live-art demonstrations and music by multiple performers and sample fine wines and food from our friends at D & W Fresh Market.

Petoskey’s 15th Annual Festival on the Bay
August 18th – Saturday, August 19th
The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Festival on the Bay, August 18-19, 2017 at the Petoskey, Michigan waterfront. Every year, visitors enjoy great music inside the Entertainment Tent and a fun Children’s Area all weekend. Other activities include, the Silent Disco, a Cardboard Boat Race, Waganakasing Bay Day, The BIG Art Show, a Petting Zoo and so much more!

The 2nd Annual Bay Harbor – Boyne Pro-am Charity Golf Classic
August 20th-21st
Calling all golfers! Please reserve the date and join us for a spectacular day of golf at the Bay Harbor Golf Club to benefit the Little Traverse Bay Community! The 2nd Annual Bay Harbor – Boyne Pro-am Charity Golf Classic will be held on August 21, 2017 and we want you there with us to join in the fun and help make a difference in the lives of your neighbors in Northern Michigan. Last year’s inaugural event was a success, and with you participation, we can make this year even better.

The Great American Solar Eclipse
August 21st
The eclipse will peak over the Bay Harbor area at 2:20:52 pm EDT, with the moon obscuring 72.5% of the sun.

Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair
August 22nd – 27th
The 110th annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair will welcome new events and old favorites to the Petoskey Fairgrounds Aug. 22 – 27, including country music star Chris Young, MXR Supercross motorcycle racing and the return of the always-popular Monster Truck Shootout!

Michigan Mountain Bike Festival
August 25th – 27th
Individual adult registration includes unlimited weekend shuttle service to trails and clinics, buffet breakfast with special guest appearance Saturday, chair lift ride for the Eagles Nest Mountain Top Happy Hour and BBQ dinner Saturday, and a complimentary ticket for the Ragbirds show at Aten Place on Saturday evening. Accommodations for the weekend are not included.

September 3rd
A beautiful venue, incredible cause, and a yet to be determined, significant prize purse await you! Funds raised from this event support Team Lucky Seven, Inc. and its mission of ‘Racing to Fight Brain Disease’. In the first four years $18,000 was granted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for the express purpose of Neurological research only. Funds have supported research in Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Bay Harbor Home Tour 2017
September 16, 2017 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tickets Now Available for this event. Cost is $45.00 per person.
The Bay Harbor Foundation’s Bay Harbor Home Tour is a two-hour guided tour of four classic Bay Harbor homes. Participants enjoy learning about the history of Bay Harbor as they are driven through Bay Harbor on old-fashioned trolleys, and then are shown through the fabulous homes by knowledgeable and experienced guides.

Little Traverse Bay Half Marathon and 10k Walk/Run
September 30, 2017 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Join us next autumn for the fifth annual LittleTraverse Half Marathon and 10K– a point-to-point adventure like no other around Little Traverse Bay. What sets this race apart? An incredible course (FAST, flat and fun) with big-race logistics and a small-town feel.

To stay up-to-date with everything happening at Bay Harbor, sign-up for our e-newsletter here.

Discovering a summer playground in and around Northern Michigan resort area

They came by the thousands every summer.

Wealthy city dwellers from Chicago and cities as far as the East Coast traveled to Northern Michigan to escape the choking smoke, stifling heat and industrial grit plaguing urban areas at the end of the 19th century. Lake steamers docked along Little Traverse Bay, south of the Straits of Mackinac, and when the railroad arrived in 1873 the population of the tiny town of Petoskey took off. By the turn of the last century it had grown to 6,000 full-time inhabitants, swelling to 125,000 in the summer as trains unloaded as many as 5,000 passengers a day.

And they’re still coming.

The preferred mode of transport isn’t a boat or train these days, but the family auto loaded with golf clubs, beach blankets and other gear needed for a summer getaway in one of Northern Michigan’s most popular resort areas.

While the epicenter lies in Petoskey, this vacation playground encompasses a cluster of resort communities, some still sporting their Victorian roots in graceful mansions and grand hotels, others showing off modern resort amenities.

Take Bay Harbor, for instance. This luxury community sits on the site of a cement factory that churned out 80 percent of the concrete in the Mackinac Bridge. The factory came down in 1995 in what was the nation’s largest land reclamation project at the time. Up went a yacht club and marina, upscale shops and restaurants, and the Bay Harbor Golf Club, one of the top three public courses in Michigan. The Inn at Bay Harbor, part of Marriott’s prestigious Autograph Collection, looks like a grand Victorian hotel sprawled along the shoreline, but it and its rental cottages sit squarely in the 21st century. Travel & Leisure magazine lists it among the top 500 hotels in the world.

On the opposite shore of Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs dates back more than a century. This old-money community, built by the captains of industry back in the day, remains an affluent enclave. Its private neighborhood on Harbor Point is so exclusive, motorized vehicles are banned. Even in this day and age anyone permitted onto the point must take a horse and carriage. In Harbor Springs’ small downtown the hoi polloi are welcome to browse the shops but won’t be grabbing lunch at a fast-food restaurant — they’re not allowed.

Petoskey’s larger downtown takes a step back in time at its Gaslight Shopping District where real gaslights illuminate summer nights. Independent shops and boutiques beckon, including the Rocking Horse Toy Company, Symons General Store housed in the town’s oldest brick building, and Ward & Eis Gallery where the fine handicrafts of Native American artisans figure prominently in displays. The gallery gives a portion of its sales to local charities.

Just one of 20 of Petoskey’s grand old hotels still stands a short walk away. Stafford’s Perry Hotel dates from 1899, but its 79 rooms have been updated with such modern amenities as air conditioning and Wi-Fi. An old-fashioned trolley departs from the hotel on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in summer for free tours of Petoskey with a stop at Bay View a few miles east of town.

Chautauquas, those traveling shows and cultural assemblies that were all the rage in the 19th century, live on in Bay View. Founded in 1875 as a Methodist campsite, the community’s 440 Victorian cottages make it a National Historic Landmark. Visitors take self-guided walking tours to admire these colorful painted ladies. Two museums open to the public during the summer when the Bay View Association hosts its music festival and program of lectures, concerts and adult education classes. The eight-week season includes music from classical to pops, jazz to opera with the musical “Pippin” and opera “Carmen” on the program this summer.

Of course, summer means trips to the beach and in the Petoskey area vacationers divide their time between lolling in the sand and hunting for Petoskey stones. Michigan’s official state stone looks like the surface of the moon in miniature, but the circles on its surface aren’t craters, but bits of fossilized coral. One of the best places to search for them is the 1,000 feet of Little Traverse Bay shoreline at Magnus City Park Beach, walking distance from downtown Petoskey.

Visitors who leave Little Traverse Bay behind for other forms of recreation find a pair of ski resorts, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, that turn to horseback riding, hiking, biking and, of course, golf in summer. Michigan tops the nation in numbers of golf courses and more than half in northwest Michigan have a PGA slope rating of 120 or above.

Visitors who’d prefer to take in the scenery on a drive rather than walk a fairway head into the countryside. They might motor along Walloon Lake where Ernest Hemingway spent much of his boyhood in a summer home still in the author’s family. An old-fashioned general store in nearby Horton Bay has memorabilia related to the novelist, a frequent customer.

Up the road, Lavender Hill Farm makes a worthwhile stop in July and early August when its 25 varieties of lavender usually reach full bloom.
Guests tour the grounds, walk a seven-circuit labyrinth, sip lavender lemonade and enjoy scoops of lavender ice cream. The gift shop stocks all manner of lavender items, including essential oil made with a still on site. During Fridays on the Farm, through Aug. 25, visitors can try their hand at making a lavender handicraft and enjoy live musical performances on Friday, Aug. 4.

A drive along Lake Charlevoix ends in the city of Charlevoix on Lake Michigan. Among its claims to fame are the Hobbit-like Earl Young houses. A brochure from the Chamber of Commerce takes travelers past about two dozen of these distinct buildings dubbed “mushroom houses” for their undulating lines, curvy cedar shake roofs and rustic stone walls. Young studied architecture in college for just one year before moving on to a 60-year career in real estate, designing the whimsical homes on the side. Most date from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Drivers on the main route through town can’t help but notice the petunias lining the roadside. When the weather warms in late spring between 800 and 1,000 Charlevoix residents launch Operation Petunia. In just a few hours they put 70,000 of the plants into the ground along five miles of U.S. Route 31. The idea grew out of a 1982 beautification campaign and enthusiasm for it shows no sign of wilting these many years later.

Planting petunias, it seems, remains just one of many traditions in the Petoskey area.

For more information about Bay Harbor and the Petoskey area, please get a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine, here.

Original content published by Katherine Rodeghier, Daily Herald Correspondent

The Club Is The Hub, The Bay Harbor Yacht Club That Is

Nestled into the eastern shoreline of Bay Harbor Lake stands the renowned Bay Harbor Yacht Club with its signature stone facade, lovely plantings, pillared arches and white picture-window frames.  This gracious, architectural focal point overlooking Lake Michigan is the social center of the Bay Harbor community for boaters and non-boaters alike.  The luxury private club offers a beautiful deep water marina with a wide variety of boating, recreational activities and year-round family programming.  Recently named a Distinguished Emerald Award recipient as one of the finest private clubs in the world, the Yacht Club serves over 500 members and their guests. Whether it’s a pair of toddlers splashing in the shallows, a weekend regatta or a family setting off to cruise the Great Lakes, the Yacht Club is where it all happens.

The stately Clubhouse and adjacent Lange Event Center are the scene of all sorts of landlubber fun from weddings to birthday celebrations, swimming parties, fashion shows and holiday festivities.  Of course, there are those members and guests who just want to relax by the pool with a good book or nap.  Four outstanding restaurants await them, offering dining choices from casual to epicurean in an indoor or outdoor environment.  Dine alfresco on the Quarter Deck or sample gourmet regional cuisine in the elegant Bay Room.  The eclectic Marina Lounge is the scene of weekly In-Towners Nights throughout the year.  Of course, the laid-back Beach House with its Caribbean-themed cuisine is always popular with all ages.  Members love the Club’s farm-to-table fall dinners, cooking classes with Chef and family-favorite Pasta Nights.   From the festive New Year’s Eve Gala to delicious summer clambakes at water’s edge, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a year-round favorite.

The Yacht Club is a popular venue for weddings, social and business events of all types and sizes, where world-class catering includes an acclaimed wine cellar, stellar cuisine and attentive service.  Whether planning an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, an exotic themed event or entertaining guests on a private yacht, the Yacht Club exceeds expectations.  Seating for groups of only a few to 250 is available within the 23,000 square foot Clubhouse.  Large groups up to 530 can be accommodated in the 40,000 square foot Lange Event Center.”

The Yacht Club’s stunning deep water marina has over 100 slips, hosting a wide variety of sleek motor-yachts and sailboats. Able to accommodate yachts up to 200 feet, the marina is the scene for exciting Club outings, parties and rendezvous with other yacht clubs throughout the season. Members can drive their electronic GEM cars to the Promenade Dock and directly to their slips where fun, socializing and adventures ensue. The Club’s active Boat Cruise group plans several overnight cruises each summer, along with several day trips. In addition, the Club plans unique cruise themes such as the Epicurean Cruise to Traverse City and Music Fest weekend on Beaver Island.

Extensive activity programming is available for the entire family with over 1,000 activities scheduled throughout the year.  Tennis, swimming, sailing and beach volley-ball lessons are among the dozens of activities provided for members.  Silky-soft sand awaits swimmers and sunbathers on the Yacht Club’s private beach, where generations of children race one another to the swimming raft.  Complimentary kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats are available for members and their guests – all continually supervised by certified lifeguards.

Recreational facilities also include tennis, platform tennis, pickle ball and bocce ball courts. In addition to active outdoor activities, the Yacht Club offers a wide range of programs for hobby enthusiasts including a book club, collectible car club, cruise club, wine club, mahjong and bridge.

The Club’s annual members-only Summer Concert Series Series brings world-class talent to Bay Harbor in an intimate Lange Center setting. Headline performers have ranged from superstar Sheryl Crow and Grammy-winning The Band Perry to chart-toppers Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw. A complimentary Indie Music Fest highlights rising independent artists in a beautiful beach locale.

A high performance Fitness Center offers a comfortable, spacious environment filled with state-of-the-art cardio and stretch machines. More than 35 pieces of weight-training equipment help members achieve their fitness goals.  Certified trainers are available to instruct in proper equipment use and assist members of all fitness levels. During season, energizing fitness classes range from Total Body Fitness to stretch, Jim Karas Personal Training classes to yoga and Pilates.

It’s great to be a Bay Harbor kid! The Club offers a wide variety of children’s programs and activities from Junior Camp, TNT Camp, Time for Tots, Beach Camp and Golf, Sailing, Basketball and Tennis camps. Wacky Wednesdays offers an educational evening program for kids including art classes, conservation programs, animal activities and off-site field trips. Thankful Thursdays features children’s projects to benefit those supporting needy people in the community. Teen events include parasailing, traveling to baseball games and a Mackinac Island trip.

The resident-managed and operated Yacht Club focuses on continually improving, renewing and responding to the lifestyle needs of Bay Harbor families.  The Club’s Legacy Membership program allows adult children and grandchildren of members to enjoy all Yacht Club facilities, events and programs for a small annual fee. With so many amenities and activities awaiting, the Yacht Club is the place to enjoy the best of Bay Harbor, connect with family and build lifelong friendships.

For more information about Bay Harbor Yacht Club membership, please click here.

Brian Chermside and his wife regularly traveled from the Saginaw area to northern Michigan for winter sports. Then they stayed put. Chermside said they fell in love with the area and decided to buy a condo at the Village at Bay Harbor, a resort community in Petoskey, about 20 years ago.“We started to explore our retirement destination and found Bay Harbor to be a perfect match,” he said. “The views are awesome.”

The Village at Bay Harbor

The village at Bay Harbor in Petoskey includes a few retail businesses, shops and restaurants that are open to visitors throughout the year.

Chermside said the nearby bike trail — which connects Bay Harbor to Charlevoix— helps blend nature with the town setting. Visitors can stay at one of the two hotels and walk to the shops and restaurants downtown. Businesses include a hair salon, photography studio, women’s clothing stores and more.“It’s a great way to meet people and get engaged,” he said. “It’s a really nice lifestyle. It’s relaxed and it’s energizing.”

Recurring summer activities include a concert series, car and boat shows and the 18th Bay Harbor Arts Festival, which occurs from July 28-29.

Abbey Neerken, a festival coordinator, said they usually host 50-60 artists and are capping participation at 75 this year. The public can view international and national artwork along the village’s main street and near the marina during the two-day festival.Additionally, people can search for stamps to fill an “art passport.” Neerken said a different artist each day will have stamps, so people should visit as many booths as possible to find them.

Bay Harbor Golf Club

The Bay Harbor Golf Club offers golfers a view of Lake Michigan and the residential neighborhoods at Bay Harbor in Petoskey.

The Bay Harbor Art Festival will feature live music both days and a magician on Saturday. One of the artists from last year will be performing, Neerken said.The public will later have access to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, which is currently under construction. The facility is set to host its first performances in the summer of 2018, with the grand opening in July.

“It’s designed to bring all kinds of diversified entertainment into northern Michigan.” Chermside said.  “We’re all really excited because it’s right here in our backyard.”

Published by Stephanie Brzezinski. Check out Grand Traverse Scene Summer 2017 Part 2

Copyright 2017 GT Scene, Edition 7/26/2017