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It’s Time to Make Your Move Outside!

After living in seclusion for months on end, people have had more time to reevaluate how they spend their time, and what is really important in their lives.  This “new” psychology has started a wave of outdoor activities, with more visits to parks and waterfronts. After months of isolation, folks were ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and what better way to spend that time than with family in a gorgeous, natural setting.

Boating has never been as popular as it is now, and even boat sales have exploded in the last five months. And it’s one of the many reasons to visit the charming and luxurious resort community of Bay Harbor, MI. This community is hot in 2020, as folks are ready for wide-open spaces and endless fun. “We are finding that our rental requests have been high because people are trying to escape the suburbs and city. These are the same people who were unable to take a spring break with their family, so they are excited to vacation in northern Michigan,” says Pat Leavy of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate at Bay Harbor.  “Many of those renters have decided Bay Harbor is the place they want to be, and real estate sales momentum is building.”

A Lake Michigan Paradise

Residents relish in the natural beauty of the serene Lake Michigan, with views of Little Traverse Bay, the rich forests, and the star-filled sky. Visitors will enjoy the Village at Bay Harbor, with its unique specialty shops and tempting restaurants. Take a stroll and explore Bay Harbor Lake Marina and marvel at the many impressive boats preparing to head out on the lake.

A great round begins at the award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club. Showcasing 27 holes of spectacular Arthur Hills-designed golf, the Club is designed around the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. Its three distinct and varied courses feature breathtaking, cliffside vistas along Little Traverse Bay.  Named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play”, semi-private Bay Harbor Golf Club is a must for golf aficionados.  Residents also have peace of mind knowing they live in a secure, gated community. There’s so much to Explore at Bay Harbor, you just have to come and see for yourself.

Bay Harbor is Waiting for You

In this transformative time, Bay Harbor Real Estate is in high demand, in fact, Real Estate here is booming with 28 transactions worth $20 million so far in 2020, and $30 million pending to close this year. The average sales price is $1,797.672.  Indeed, 2020 is looking to be the strongest year for Bay Harbor.  What are some of the hottest communities?  Harborside, Lakeshore Village, The Ridge, The Shores, and Village Beach are easy favorites, with a total of 111 listed properties consisting of 64 from Single Family Homes, 10 Vacation Properties, 19 Condos/ Townhomes, and 18 Docks/Cabanas/Custom Storage properties.

While Bay Harbor has its share of native residents, new members are coming from IL, MD, FL, CT, and AZ, and the Yacht Club has welcomed 35 new members to date. While the average age of new members is 55, it’s also seen an influx of younger families. The Club’s new Boater Membership has been extremely successful.  This membership was designed with boaters in mind and is the Club’s only summer seasonal membership.

Property ownership is not a requirement for membership and there is a variety of other membership categories to choose from, designed to suit individual lifestyle needs. Members enjoy full access to the 63,000 square-foot Clubhouse amenities, as well as the Club’s Racquet Sports Center, private beach, and member-only programming and events.  The award-winning Club offers unrivaled fitness, wellness, social, and leisure amenities to suit every age group. Bay Harbor is so successful it even sees a few legacy purchases of children and grandchildren of members who are now homeowners in the community.

Where Lifetime Memories are Made

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other.  Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan, and walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway.  The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place? The fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream. But get ahead of the crowd because Bay Harbor is hot!

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your outdoor summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events, and tips for planning your trip.  Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!

 

 

Exciting things are on the horizon of Northern Michigan and Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a special place to be.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers a lot of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!

The 2020 Real Estate market in Northern Michigan has started off a bit different this year, for reasons we all understand. The same applies to the luxury resort community of Bay Harbor, an extraordinary Lake Michigan community that offers some of the finest Northern Michigan properties for sale. While the community is known for an impressive, deep-water marina, championship golf, two hospitality venues, and the community’s social centerpiece, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, no one can anticipate what the “new normal” will be. For homeowners and sellers, all the uncertainty might have them looking to the market for answers, but there is a silver lining of hope shared by Pat Leavy.

Given the drastic reduction in air travel, it might be easy to assume Bay Harbor completely lost rental requests from prospective visitors and buyers. Not so fast. “We are finding that our rental requests have been high because people are trying to escape the suburbs and city. These are the same people who were unable to take a spring break with their family, so they are excited to vacation in northern Michigan,” says Pat Leavy of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate.

While no one knows how persistent the situation will be, real estate remains a long-term investment and many buyers continue to move forward with housing interests.  In addition to the increased rental requests, there is also an increase in inventory within the Bay Harbor community due to downsizing and other life events, and it is evident prospective buyers are willing to travel to northern Michigan to explore and learn about Bay Harbor.  Many homeowners have felt the frustration of being stuck at home during the quarantine and the idea of having a second home or a vacation escape, could spark some transactions in Bay Harbor.

“Sellers need to stay aggressive on their price points to attract buyers. With interest rates being low, it should attract more potential clients to look around,” says Leavy. There are certain life events such as birth, marriage, and downsizing that call for home sales.  Leavy says he is optimistic there will be transactions in Bay Harbor, but the year could be similar to what happened in 2008 and 2009 when the market was tough, but then the community came out of it strong.

While society goes through social and cultural shifts, homeowners are truly recognizing the value of a home and its surroundings. Home is where we eat, sleep, play, work, and flourish with outdoor spaces, patios, and decks becoming a necessity. As safety and a sense of community become more important every day, Bay Harbor continues to lead luxury real estate in Northern Michigan with its distinct personality, the resort lifestyle, and natural wonders. Now is the chance to build and maintain Bay Harbor’s confidence in the market as real estate will be at its height once it shifts back into normalcy. In the meantime, all these silver linings of hope should keep buyers and sellers optimistic.

Northern Michigan is the kind of state that can surprise you. From the most amazing stones that you can find to incredible night sky views, Northern Michigan has it all. Check out these five fun facts below.

Petoskey Stones

They say that you can learn a lot about something by what is left behind. Petoskey stones serve as the ultimate proof of that. Made of fossilized coral and rock, Petoskey stones show what the world was like millions of years ago. Their beautiful tortoiseshell pattern means that they’re often used in jewelry or for collecting. They’re for sale in many shops around Petoskey, but you can also go to Petoskey Bay and hunt for them yourself. They are only found here!

Amazing Night Sky Views

You’ve never been to a park like Headlands International Dark Sky Park before. It was established to help guests see the night sky in a totally unfiltered way. Light is strictly controlled here – guests are asked to put a red filter over their flashlights, as to not prevent anyone from seeing the stars. And it’s all worth it, when you look up at the sky and spot the Milky Way stretching above you, comets streaking across, and planets in the heavens. On Observing Nights, staff help guests use telescopes to identify various heavenly bodies, or let them watch the night uninhibited. You’re even able to see the Northern Lights from here.

Hemingway Used to Live Here

As a child up until his twenties, Hemingway spent his summers at Walloon Lake in Michigan. And many of the shops that he would frequent are still open. Petoskey is even where The Torrents of Spring is located! Hemingway has left such an influence on the area that the Michigan Hemingway Society hosts a Hemingway Weekend in the Petoskey region, full of lectures, games, food, and fun!

Microbreweries Galore

Michigan is said to be the fifth most populated with microbreweries out of all 50 states. They have many to choose from, and they’re all fantastic! It’s one of the many ways that Michigan produces great food! One thing’s for sure – Michigan makes for a great brew. Taste it for yourself at Right Brain Brewery or Petoskey Brewing in Petoskey!

Bay Harbor

Most people who drop by and visit Bay Harbor are struck by the area’s natural beauty, and endless list of activities. This coastal community reflects the sort of lifestyle that people thought didn’t exist anymore. Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a place where families gather to connect. The Club is a recipient of the Emerald Award, earned from the quality of service and dedication offered to its 550 members. Among its offerings are four restaurants, and 100 slips to accommodate members’ yachts. Families meet at the private sand beach to play on the shores, kayak in the waters, and enjoy the summer sun. If there’s anything close to perfect, it’s Bay Harbor Yacht Club.

Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor.

It’s not too late to plan your adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!

When the long months of summer stretch out before you, there’s no better way to live them to the fullest than by taking a little vacation. No need to leave the country to see something that you’ve never seen before – just take a road trip around Northern Michigan. Mountains, rivers, lakes and forests fill the state, along with a history and culture that you won’t forget. See it up close with these three road trip routes.

Lake Charlevoix Circle

The road around historic Lake Charlevoix features plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, no matter what their interest is. As you drive around Boyne City Road, you’ll catch sight of the waterfront, drive through Young State Park, and see the nature that Michigan is famed for up close. Keep your camera on you and be open to adventure – you never know when a visit to the park or a restaurant will lead to the next great picture!

C-48 From Atwood to Boyne City

As the sister of the M-119, C48 is just as beautiful as its famed Tunnel of Trees, while also blissfully secluded. As you’re travelling, keep your eye out for the Malpass Family Nature Preserve along St. Clair Lake, and the Beach House Restaurant by Deer Lake. This trail lets you support small businesses that populate Northern Michigan as well as witness its natural beauty up front.

M-119’s Tunnel of Trees

Known for its amazing fall color, you can drive this scenic Northern Michigan route and enjoy its beauty all year long. As you head west from Petoskey State Park, make sure to stop by some of the sightseeing opportunities scattered throughout, such as Petoskey Brewing, the Little Traverse Historical Museum, and Bear River. Need a place to stay? Finish off your driving trip with a stop at Bay Harbor.

Part of the fun of a road trip is discovering new and exciting things together. The long months of summer are perfect for that, and there’s no more perfect place to finish your road trip than at Bay Harbor. This coastal town has everything that you need for the perfect vacation, from trails to wander to a bustling downtown. Fish on Lake Michigan, relax on the beach, or kick back and enjoy each other’s company.

Located right in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

There’s a lot that Northern Michigan to offer. While the Great Lakes get all the glory, you’ll be surprised at what other treasures you can find here as well. Fun fact: Lavender Hill Farms, located just minutes down the road from Bay Harbor, is one of the biggest lavender farms in the entire state. Step past the gates here and enjoy a day of food, fun, and beauty.

With the 25 varieties of lavender grown here, almost every part of the plant is utilized for everything from bath products to honey and preserves. From teaching visitors about how lavender is grown to hosting fun events that bring everyone together, Lavender Hill Farm is fun for everyone. And their gift shop is almost paradise.

Summer is the peak of Lavender season! Many enjoy the Lavender Fest Fridays, where families can play on swings, make a craft, and dance to the music, while others partake in yoga classes and lavender planting programs. In that traditional Northern Michigan way, Lavender Hill Farm has made themself into a social spot, where families and friends can meet, catch up with each other, and make new memories.

There’s no place like The Great Lakes State. Many families choose Northern Michigan as their vacation destination every year. The beauty of the mountains and lakes compel adventure seekers, while the lavender fields at places such as Lavender Hill Farm allows folks who seek out a slower pace of life. And for all types, there’s Bay Harbor.

Located right in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other.  Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheel-way.  The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. .

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

The cherry has served as a symbol of Michigan’s economy and culture ever since French settlers planted cherry seeds along the St. Lawrence River. From there on, when America needed tart cherries for their pies, jams, and meats, they would turn to Michigan. The cherry had become so important to Michigan’s economy that in 1910, farmers who grew cherries in the Grand Traverse area had taken to performing a ‘blessing of the blossoms’ around May. Give or take about 90 years, and this ceremony became what we recognize today as North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival. Running from June 29th to July 6th and held in Traverse City, Michigan, this festival is jam packed (if you’ll pardon the pun) with the best of the history, culture, and cherries that make Northern Michigan what it is today.

We can’t mention a cherry festival without talking about food, and boy, does this festival aim to please. North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival brings in chefs, bakers, and candy makers who know how to use the sweet-yet-tart fruit’s unique flavor to bring you some of the best bites in the state. On June 29th, chow down for a cause at the Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast, where the pancakes soar through the air like trapeze artists. The admission price you pay to enjoy your flapjacks helps support the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship, so you can pour on the extra cherry sauce without guilt. It’s not the only way to enjoy the eats at the festival – running throughout the entire festival, the Cherry Farmer’s Market hosts some of the most beloved producers of cherry products, including Six Lugs, Deering’s, and Naturally Nutty. If there’s a place at the cherry festival to grab your jams, sauces, and snacks, this is it!

The National Cherry Festival isn’t known just for its great food – it’s also well recognized for the amazing experiences that you can have there, too. The Arnold Amusement Midway provides all of the excitement and fun that you can expect from North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival, with everything from Ferris wheels to carnival games. The festival is also known for its air show, which shows off stunts and spectacles performed by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Finally, families can enjoy not one, but three parades that the National Cherry Festival hosts. Make your pick and attend the Junior Royale parade, the DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade, or the Consumers Energy Heritage Parade presented by Hagerty. Better yet, make a plan to do all three of them!

With so much to do, it’s a blessing that the National Cherry Festival runs for so long. That means that you can work in everything that you want to do, while enjoying the pure Michigan landscape that surrounds you. Stay close to the festival so that you don’t miss a thing, or stay close to Michigan’s nature, when you stay at Bay Harbor. Whether you’re staying for only a short while or for the whole summer, Bay Harbor has a way of making itself your home away from home.

Located right in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other.  Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway.  The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

Summer is here! From car shows to art festivals, Bay Harbor is the small town with the big activities list. Some you won’t want to miss below.

In-Water Boat Show

As one of Northern Michigan’s most beloved events, this is one you won’t want to miss. Taking place over Father’s Day weekend, make Dad’s day as you view over 80 of the finest examples in watercraft, from mega yachts to pleasure boats. For the kids, there will even be a helicopter that’s on site, an inflatable skill course with slide, and an appearance by a Michigan stilt walker!

Vintage Car & Boat Show

Hosted by the Bay Harbor Foundation, travel back in time as you view the cars and boats of yesteryear at the Vintage Car & Boat Festival! This “rolling museum” takes place on June 21st through the 22nd down Main Street at Bay Harbor, and consists of the famed car parade. Everyone looks forward to seeing the automobiles in their glory, and they celebrate them with an awards ceremony later in the day.

20th Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival

When July 26th and 27th come around, everyone in Northern Michigan gets ready for the big art festival that’s coming to town! Main Street and the Marina Lawn will be packed with tents featuring paintings, sculptures, and pieces by artists from around the block to around the globe! There will be live music, dance performances, speed painting, and a green market for those in search of handmade soap, jewelry, food mixes, and more!

You won’t want to miss a second of the action here in Bay Harbor this summer. Stop by and see for yourself all of the fun here. One thing’s for sure – once you’re here, you might not ever want to leave.

Located right in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

The coolest thing about this place is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many festive events happening in Northern Michigan this December that it can be difficult to decide where to start. We went through our list of our favorite things to do here in Michigan come the holiday season, and picked a few of our favorites.

Annual Madrigal Show

The Petoskey High School students return to Stafford’s Perry Hotel for this esteemed holiday tradition. Listen to Old English Christmas Carols sung by the students dressed in period costumes as you enjoy a four-course meal provided by Stafford’s! Occurring on the 10th, and the 11th of December, the shows will be $45 per guest. A day show running on the 16th will be $15 for adults, and $10 for children.

The Christmas Schooner

The Little Traverse Civic Theater will be performing this classic Christmas play December 7th through December 10th, and December 14th through December 16th. Based on a true story that took place in the 19th century, it tells of a Great Lakes Schooner determined to deliver fir trees from the Upper Peninsula to the German immigrants in Chicago. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children, and $12 overall for the Sunday matinee.

Gingerbread House Decorating

Meet your friends at The Inn at Bay Harbor on December 9th to decorate a gingerbread house worthy of the Gingerbread Man! Candy and icing decorations are provided, so all that you need to bring is your imagination! There will be 50 houses in total, so houses will be limited to two per child. Each house is $20.
CTAC School of Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

What are the holidays without this classic? Students from the Crooked Tree Art Center will reenact the story of how a young girl receives a nutcracker and all the magic that comes with it for Christmas. There will be two matinees, on December 16 & 17 with tickets being $15 for adults and $5 for students. The evening show will run $20 for adults and $10 for students, and reserved seats will run $50 total.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Inn at Bay Harbor

What’s better than ringing in the New Year with a four-course meal and a sparkling wine toast surrounded by the elegant settings of the Inn at Bay Harbor? This intimate dinner consists of tenderloin filet, foie gras, and chocolate napoleon. Reservations are highly recommended.

Out of all the places that you could go, Michigan truly knows how to celebrate the holidays. The small town atmosphere of Northern Michigan gives you all the time in the world to catch up with family and friends.

In the heart of everything lies Bay Harbor, only minutes from Petoskey. Here, you’re sure to find the best holiday gift at one of the eclectic shops in the area.

Give someone the gift of time, and meet with them for high tea or a spa treatment at The Inn At Bay Harbor, or a delicious dinner at one of the restaurants at the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. You might grant someone the gift of an experience as you explore the snow covered grounds. Whatever you do, you’re sure to embrace the spirit of the season. Start planning your holiday spirit by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Through it’s pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip.

People come from all over the world just to see the scenic Lake Michigan Circle Tour. But did you know one of the most impressive parts of the Tunnel of Trees Tour begins right in Petoskey?

Voted in the top 10 Motorcycle Rides in North America by the Discovery Channel, the Tunnel of Trees Tour is a can’t miss for all. Experience spectacular views while driving or biking along this scenic route. From Mackinaw City to Petoskey, there is plenty to see so make sure you relax and take it slow to catch all of the fall beauty.

While feeling the cool fall breeze on your face, you will witness the changing of the leaves into beautiful tints of reds, yellows and oranges like you have never seen before. No wonder tourists continue to come back every year to this all-American destination.

If you need to take a pit stop, there are many little coffee shops and scenic spots along this 27.5-mile route.

Need a place to stay after experiencing The Tunnel of Trees? Check out one of the award-winning hotel options just down the road at Bay Harbor. With beautiful waterfront views, the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel are both great choices for your accommodation in Northern Michigan.

Recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of “The World’s Best Hotels” and distinguished as a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, The Inn at Bay Harbor will blow you away with its uncompromising levels of elegance, detail and service. With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and world-class amenities and service, the Inn is a renowned destination, offering 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites.

Overlooking the Bay Harbor Lake Marina, the Bay Harbor Village Hotel offers a collection of rooms, suites and penthouses. Dedicated to the highest level of hospitality and known for its “Boutique Distinction,” there is no accommodation that can compare to the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. It’s the perfect location for travelers who love to be in the center of activity, just steps from a variety of shops and dining options.

Both hotels are currently offering special rates for this time of the year. Visit Explore Bay Harbor’s website more information and how to book your stay.

Looking for other things to do in the area while you’re there? Request a complimentary Explore Bay Harbor Magazine to find out why Bay Harbor, Michigan is a place like no other. With information on local events and activities, it’s your all-inclusive guide to Northern Michigan.