There is simply nothing better than a warm summer day on Lake Michigan. The boat is cruising along providing a fresh, crisp breeze, your favorite tune is jamming over the speakers and your favorite beverage is in hand. Surrounded by friends and family, the laughs are nonstop and the good times are rolling. This is how we live every day at Bay Harbor.
Three tips for boating on Lake Michigan:
1. Make a List & Check it Twice
There’s nothing worse than setting out for your destination and having to turn around. Make a list, check it twice, and make sure you have all of your necessities. Plenty of snacks and water are always must-haves. Other beverages, adult or otherwise, are a nice touch, too. Towels, extra clothes, water toys and a great playlist are a good start.
2. Safety, Safety, Safety
Make sure your boat is up-to-date with required paperwork and all of the necessary safety measures are on board. A healthy number of life jackets, and an emergency driver are the first two boxes to check off on your list.
3. Leave Your Worries on Shore
Now that all the necessary safety precautions have been taken and all your favorites are on board, it’s time to let loose and have a great time. The beauty of Lake Michigan is truly amazing and provides a perfect setting for fun with friends and family. Kick back, relax and enjoy the day.
The fun doesn’t end when head back to shore, in fact at Bay Harbor, the fun is just beginning.
Nestled amongst the western shoreline of Bay Harbor, discover the world-renowned Bay Harbor Yacht Club. 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.
The social center of the Bay Harbor Community, the Clubhouse and adjacent Lange Center is the scene of all sorts of fun, from weddings to birthday celebrations, swimming parties and holiday festivities. A year-round calendar of more than 1,000 social events, programs and activities is offered for the entire family. From the Quarter Deck to the eclectic Marina Lounge or the laid-back Beach House, the Yacht Club’s restaurants offer delicious dining options. The Club’s private sandy beach allows ample opportunity to swim, sail, paddle-board and kayak. Members enjoy our newly renovated fitness center, pool, pickle ball and tennis courts and other award-winning amenities as well.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about a Bay Harbor Yacht Club Membership and the lifestyle that comes with it, contact Megan Nickerson at 231.439.2123 or email@example.com.
Bay Harbor has scheduled the perfect pair of weekends to kick off the summer season the right way! Fully stocked with gorgeous boats and even cooler cars, Bay Harbor will be the place to be for Father’s Day weekend. Check out these cool events heading to the area this month!
• 15th Annual In-Water Bay Harbor Boat Show
June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Bay Harbor Lake Marina will host the 15th annual In-Water Boat Show over Father’s Day weekend – June 16th – 18th. The show will feature the finest in watercraft from pleasure boats to yachts and everything in between! Diverse land displays will also be a part of the show including a dynamic showing of Cars and GEM cars from Fox Motors and others.
Times for the In-Water Boat Show are as follows:
Friday, June 16 – Noon – 8pm
Saturday, June 17 – 10am – 8pm
Sunday, June 18 – 10am – 3pm
• 19th Annual Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival
June 22, 2017 to June 24, 2017
The Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival kicks off the summer in Bay Harbor with a fantastic collection of classic cars and wooden boats. The highlight of Vintage Weekend is the Parade of Vintage Cars and Display of Vintage Boats, held Saturday starting at 10:00 am, and followed by the awards ceremony at 2:30 pm. The parade is free to the public and every year thousands of people, both locals and visitors from across the Midwest, bring their families to this elegant gathering of vintage cars and motorboats. It will be an exciting opportunity for our spectators to see these one-of-a-kind cars, and our exhibitors will enjoy the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying fantastic social events.
Whether you are a boating enthusiast, a car aficionado, a nature lover, or something in between, there’s never been a better destination for making memories with your family or traveling with friends. At Bay Harbor, you have found a destination for everyone. Residents and visitors from all across the world cherish Northern Michigan’s scenic waterways, rolling fairways and picturesque trails. And with great events year-round, there’s always something new to do with the ones you love.
It’s happened many times before. Visitors come to vacation in Bay Harbor and never want to leave. Learn more about Bay Harbor’s local area, impressive community and fun activities through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.
Very few places have as many diverse wonders as Bay Harbor in Northern Michigan. Charming towns dot the coastline – each with its distinct personality and quaint downtown district. This lakefront resort retreat is full of natural wonders waiting to be explored. One of the area’s grandest summer traditions is the search for the historic Petoskey Stone.
As the official state stone in Michigan, the Petoskey stone is fossilized coral from over 350 million years ago during the Devonian period. This was a time when Michigan was covered by warm seawater and located near the equator. The stone’s hexagonal pattern makes it stand out when lying in the sand. When holding one in your hand, it’s amazing to think that you are holding a fossil of colonial coral, which predates humans by 300 million years.
Below are three Petoskey Stone hotspots that will help you dig up your own piece of history:
- Petoskey State Park – In addition to a wonderful sandy beach, the Petoskey State Park offers hiking trails, restrooms, biking on interior roads, picnic facilities, sand volleyball courts and a small playground. A concession stand is even open (limited hours) during the summer for when you need a break.
- Magnus City Park Beach – Located on Little Traverse Bay, Magnus City Park Beach offers 1,000 feet of shoreline and is just a short drive from Downtown Bay Harbor.
- Right in Your Own Backyard – The best part about being in Bay Harbor is that the shoreline is never far away. Hunting for the stones in Bay Harbor is about as enjoyable as it gets. Searchers are able to explore the entire shoreline while marveling at the beautiful landscape of The Bay Harbor Golf Club, gorgeous architecture of the lakeside homes, or enjoying a day at The Inn at Bay Harbor or The Village Hotel.
Whether you are an outdoor adventurer or a boating enthusiast, a self-proclaimed foodie or a sports lover, making memories with your family or traveling with friends – you have found a destination for everyone at Bay Harbor. Residents and visitors from all across the world cherish Northern Michigan’s scenic waterways, rolling fairways and picturesque trails. And with something as special as the Petoskey Stones here, there’s always a new treasure to discover.
It’s happened many times before. Visitors come to vacation in Bay Harbor and never want to leave. Learn more about Bay Harbor’s local area, impressive community and fun activities through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.
Great play begins at the award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club, showcasing 27 holes of Arthur Hills’ best. Its three distinct and varied courses feature breathtaking, cliffside vistas along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, aptly earning it the title “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest.” Ranked 8th in the United States by Golf Magazine, Bay Harbor Golf Club was also named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses,” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play.”
The three 9-hole Bay Harbor courses offer consistently challenging play in a range of distinctive settings that encompass shoreline bluffs, rock formations, natural dunes and lush woodlands. Together, they boast the longest coastline of any course in the United States. The courses can be combined into one seamless experience, or paired to form three unique 18-hole routings that test and reward every player and skill level.
The Links, with its towering bluffs and dunes, was the first course completed at Bay Harbor and is a stunning achievement in the game of golf. Its play is reminiscent of great Scottish seaside courses, set along miles of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline.
The Preserve was designed to showcase the natural beauty of northern Michigan, with dense hardwoods, lush greens, wildflowers, wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. The final hole is a dramatic par 3 with a spectacular lakeside view.
The Quarry has rightly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most unique courses. The ruggedness of an existing shale quarry was preserved to give the course a rough, industrial edge as it winds its way through 40-foot gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. Its finishing holes along the lake are some of the most picturesque you’ll find anywhere.
Bay Harbor Golf Club’s 114 high-tech golf carts are equipped with USB ports to recharge mobile phones and rangefinders. And before you tee off, you’ll want to download the Bay Harbor Golf Club app – available from Google Play and the iTunes Store. Its complete suite of tools is designed to give you all the information you need to devise the perfect strategy for each hole, including comprehensive yardage guides utilizing GPS mapping and 3D scaling, audio descriptions, flyover visuals and yardage information.
Before and after your game, you’ll appreciate Bay Harbor Golf Club’s first-class amenities. Warm up at the expansive practice facility, where complimentary practice balls come with every round. Take advantage of expert PGA professional instruction, available right on site. If you don’t have your clubs, you’ll find a wide selection of top-of-the-line equipment available for rent.
And what would a game be without the 19th hole? Relax at the Club’s Links Grille, a casually comfortable venue that serves up panoramic lake views with some of the best pub fare anywhere.
MORE THAN JUST A CLUB
If you love golf, you’ll love being a member at Bay Harbor Golf Club. Your membership starts with unparalleled golf including preferred tee times and no greens fees – at Bay Harbor and on 10 additional Boyne golf courses, including Big Sky, Montana and Sugarloaf, Maine.
But golf is only the beginning. The moment you enter Bay Harbor Golf Club, you know you have arrived. Quiet elegance and gorgeous vistas surround you. The 14,000 square foot Fuller Nichols-designed Clubhouse sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, beckoning you to relax and take in the spectacular views.
You’ll enjoy exclusive member tournaments, social events, league and couples play. Plus preferred member pricing on snow sports, lodging, dining, shopping, spas and more. Your membership is transferrable and refundable with no assessments and no minimums.
Join us at Bay Harbor Golf Club – the perfect setting to gather with family, friends or business associates to create lasting memories.
Welcome to our home, one of the most breathtaking and pristine waterfront settings in the world. Nestled along the North shore of Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor is an extraordinary resort community where the water and the air are crystal clear, the recreational opportunities are boundless, and the people are warm and friendly. Here, residents and guests gather year round to enjoy the one-of-a-kind beauty of Northern Michigan as well as our wonderful Bay Harbor amenities.
You’ll discover all the things there are to love about Bay Harbor, from family-friendly happenings and competition on the golf links to boat races and exceptional dining experiences. No matter if you’re young or young-at-heart, there’s fun, relaxation and most of all, new friends to be found along our shore.
Whether you’re looking for a new vacation spot, a wedding or conference venue, a new business location or you’re searching for the perfect place to put down roots, we invite you to visit—anytime. Spring is a time of awakening here with anticipation in the air. Summers are – of course – sensational with an abundance of special events and water activities. We know you’ll admire our spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan. Fall offers time to reflect and enjoy the beautiful colors of the scenery while still enjoying boating, hiking, and biking. Winter ushers in a quieter, peaceful pace—unless you’re hitting the nearby ski slopes. Every season offers its own special magic here on Little Traverse Bay.
We look forward to sharing our wonderful home with you as well as the exciting plans for our community’s future. Come visit us soon and welcome to Bay Harbor!
There is nothing else like golfing at Bay Harbor. The pristine fairways and greens on the immaculate shores of Lake Michigan set the backdrop for a true one-of-a-kind experience. Often referred to as “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest,” the Bay Harbor Golf Club offers three distinct and varied Arthur Hills courses with 27 holes of championship golf. While the courses and setting may be gifts in themselves, the health benefits of golfing at Bay Harbor are also worth exploring. Here a few more reasons why golf at Bay Harbor should top your bucket list:
Exposure to the outdoors – The nature of playing golf on courses as large as 200 acres requires players to be outdoors. Basking in nature provides us many health benefits for our mind and body. Studies have shown that constant exposure to green areas relaxes the body, reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety. Furthermore, exposure to sunlight allows the body to soak up vitamin D from the sun, promoting bone growth in youth and reducing the risk of depression, heart disease and certain cancers
Good for your brain – As your heart rate increases, so will blood flow to the brain, which can stimulate and improve nerve cell connections. This can delay mental illnesses such as dementia. While competing against others, golfers will also compete with themselves for personal best scores. This type of challenging boosts confidence and self-esteem, while the mental alacrity involved in tallying scores, improving strategy and fostering hand-eye coordination will keep the brain active in logical functions.
Better sleep – Since you are getting quite a bit of exercise, your tired body will thank you at night when it’s time for some long deserved rest. Golfers will fall asleep faster, sleep more profoundly, and are able to remain in a deep sleep for longer periods of time due to the amount of energy expended. Deeper sleep is necessary for your body to regenerate cell and repair any muscles and tissues.
A good night’s rest is sure to be on the docket after conquering Bay Harbor’s three distinct courses. The Links, with its towering bluffs and dunes, is reminiscent of great Scottish seaside courses, set along miles of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline. The Preserve was designed to showcase the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, with dense hardwoods, lush greens, wildflowers, wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. The Quarry has rightly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most unique courses. Carved out of a shale quarry, the course winds its way through 40-foot gorges, surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. You’ll also enjoy the Club’s expansive practice facilities, expert PGA instruction and wide selection of top-of-the-line equipment for rent.
Spanning more than five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor, Michigan is a cherished destination for vacationers and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for the best golf around, Lake Michigan vacation rentals, waterfront homes for sale, or simply the best place to visit in Northern Michigan, you’ve found it at Bay Harbor.
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The unofficial kick off of summer is finally upon us and there is only one place to be this Memorial Day Weekend – Bay Harbor, Michigan. The beautiful, lakeside town provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday weekend. Gorgeous waterfront homes, unrivaled championship golf, delicious dining options and plenty of boutique shopping options – all in the center of Michigan’s best Memorial Day festivities. Here is a quick preview of why Bay Harbor is the only place to be this weekend.
VILLAGE AT BAY HARBOR SIDEWALK SALE SUMMER KICKOFF
Stroll the charming streets of the Village at Bay Harbor and enjoy the shopping bliss of Bay Harbor’s Sidewalk Sales. Bay Harbor boasts some of the finest and fun shops in Northern Michigan.
Propellers offers a wide variety of colorful resort wear, footwear, nautical gifts and accessories, carrying brands such as Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Sperry. J. Phillips provides classic women’s apparel and accessories for every occasion including stylish brands such as Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Brighton, Bylyes and Mary Francis Handbags. At the Bay Harbor Logo Store, you’ll discover an extensive collection of apparel and accessories with the signature Bay Harbor logo. Enjoy seasonal retailers like Tulips Little Pop-Up Shop featuring brands like Trina Turk, Calypso, Cortland Park, Linda Richards, Joseph Ribkoff, Elan and more – you never know what treasures you might find.
STAFFORD’S TOP OF MICHIGAN COMMUNITY MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K
For all their many differences, the communities of Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs have one big thing in common: location on Little Traverse Bay That connection has proved key to the foundation of a road race that is uniting all four communities and bringing increased attention to the area: the Stafford’s Community Marathon, scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 27.
The race, now in its second year, runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, and includes a marathon, half-marathon and a 10K race/walk, as well as a team marathon.
PEDAL ALONG LAKE MICHIGAN
Families can pedal the day away as they bike the Little Traverse Wheelway, the 26-mile bike path along the blue waters of the bay from Harbor Springs through Petoskey and on to Charlevoix. This Northern Michigan bike path is a mostly-asphalt dedicated surface that winds from one downtown to another, with lots of perfect places to stop along the way.
Start your day at East Park near Bay Harbor, and cruise along the breathtaking bluff views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Bring a backpack and pause to snack along one of the trail’s benches, or take the steps to the rocky beach for a quick dip in the lake. Head back toward Bay Harbor for a bite to eat outside at Knot Just A Bar, where you can watch the boats bob and the sun start to set in Bay Harbor Marina.
If you’re still looking for other things to do this weekend, check out the Crooked Tree Arts Center Artisans and Farmers Market. Stop by Crooked Tree Arts Center Friday from 10:00am until 1:00pm to see a wide variety of locally grown and handmade goods. On Monday, honor our Veterans by attending one of our local Memorial Day Parades. The Petoskey service beings at 9:00am and the Harbour Springs service begins at 10:00am.
It’s happened many times before. Visitors come to vacation in Bay Harbor and never want to leave. Learn more about Bay Harbor’s impressive community and fun activities through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.
It’s your special day. All eyes will be on you and everything needs to go perfectly. We have complied this specific list to help you make sure the plan is on the right track. These are a few of the top wedding trends of 2017 to make sure your day is unforgettable:
Location, Location, Location:
Today’s couples want a wedding that will blow their guests away, and one of the key elements to an unforgettable event is the choice of venue. Advice: Bay Harbor Michigan. Sweeping elegance and beauty combined with state-of-art venues combine to make Bay Harbor the absolute go-to wedding destination in 2017 and beyond. Bay Harbor is an incredible year-round setting for a destination wedding. It’s picture perfect and loaded with charm. It’s a great place to keep your guests entertained with excellent golf, fishing, skiing, shopping and a luxury spa, And best of all, no matter what size, budget and type of wedding you’re planning, Bay Harbor has a perfect location for your special day. Just ask Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee. To learn more click here!
Wine-and-cheese pairings have become a familiar site at cocktail receptions, but the idea of matching different foods with different drinks is being carried over to other types of beverages and appetizers. It elevates the guest experience by keeping guests active and engaged. Some duets to consider: wine and pasta, cake and craft beer, margaritas and guacamole, or for a wedding brunch, try mimosas and pastries.
Setting a mood
Lounge areas have been an important decor element at wedding cocktail hours for years, but as after-parties come into fashion, wedding pros find themselves setting up more lounge-style seating vignettes closer to the dance floor.
Reaching new heights
Couples can’t get enough of the unique perspectives offered by drone technology for both videos and aerial stills, and pros are following suit, offering packages that include drone footage as an add-on option. Poised for take-off: professional-quality, user-friendly drones for non-pros (and perhaps a wedding guest).
The beautiful drone footage on the shores of the majestic Lake Michigan, the perfect wine and cheese combination and a lounge that would make even Sinatra proud can all be accomplished with just a click of a mouse. If you are looking for the perfect wedding ceremony and reception venue in Northern Michigan, check out all the great selections in Bay Harbor. From the country club feel at the Bay Harbor Golf Club to the elegant Inn at Bay Harbor, from a ceremony right on the beach at The Bay Harbor Village Hotel to a nautical wedding at the Yacht Club, you can find the perfect venue for a wedding of any size and budget, right here in Bay Harbor.
To get started, check out our website at ExploreBayHarbor.com where you can register for an insider’s look at the area. Chock-full of local information, this publication offers insights into what makes Bay Harbor, Michigan unlike any other place in the world.
Bay Harbor offers a wide selection of golf, waterfront and preserve homes with prices, sizes and views to match your lifestyle. From lavish estates on a private peninsula to stylish condos located right in the Village, there are many varied ways you can live here. Choose from luxury single family and multi-family residences to building sites and yacht docks. Single family homes typically range from $350,000 to $8 million with condominiums ranging from $95,000 to $2 million. Building sites are offered from $25,000 to $1.2 million. A big part of how you live depends upon where you live.
With over 30 unique neighborhoods, Bay Harbor provides a myriad of opportunities for year round and seasonal living with family-friendly, resort-style amenities. Gated neighborhoods are also available for those seeking ultimate privacy. Here are the community’s four major lifestyle areas:
• For golf enthusiasts, nothing is better than a relaxing view of any one of Bay Harbor’s 27 magnificent holes of golf. That’s why we call this area Fairway Living. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of neighborhoods, ranging from condos with incredible, cliffside views to large, architecturally distinctive custom homes. One asset they share, however, is that whether they are tucked in the area’s lush woods, resting beside a perfectly groomed green or overlooking the dramatic shores of the lake, they all offer spectacular views and close proximity to some of the best golf courses you’ll ever experience.
• The incredible Lake Michigan vistas are one of the biggest draws to Bay Harbor. Whether residents arrive in a yacht or not, Harbor Living provides an elegant, nautical way of life. The magnificent homes in neighborhoods such as The Shores, Harborside and The Peninsula, allow residents to enjoy the Bay Harbor Lake Marina’s impressive amenities and active social life, including day trips, cookouts and more. First, they are within walking distance of all the fun and excitement of this resort town. If they want to grab a cup of coffee, shop for a gift, go to the Fitness Center or relax by the pool, they are just steps away. And, they have access to incredible lake views—a pretty great combination!
• For those individuals who are looking for a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of this ancient hardwood forest, Woodland Living is the perfect choice. Here, in neighborhoods such as Preserve and Preserve South, they can enjoy large homesites with magnificent views of the golf course, the woods and the lake. Life here is serene and private—just the way these residents prefer.
Learn more about Bay Harbor’s impressive real estate options through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.
For those unfamiliar with northern Michigan, wine might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but there’s a unique microclimate along Michigan’s northwest coast – a product of the exposed bluffs and the winds off the bay – that makes this a welcoming place for grapes to grow.
For years, most of the region’s winemaking has been concentrated in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, but Bay Harbor and the Bay View Wine Trail is quickly become a new destination for wine connoisseurs.
From Petoskey east to Alanson and then back west to Harbor Springs, Emmet County’s Bay View Wine Trail offers eight wineries that aim to bring visitors the best of new northern Michigan wines. Here’s our guide to the Trail.
WALLOON LAKE WINERY
Est. 2014 3199 Intertown Road, Petoskey – 231-622-8645 – walloonlakewinery.com
Located on the 60-year-old Dennis Farms, this winery is a mere mile from placid Walloon Lake, with a production facility surrounded by 36 acres of cold-hardy grapes. A new tasting room is in the works for summer 2015, as is the return of several popular summer wines: End of the Pike Peach, North Arm Noir, Randall’s Point Red and Wildwood White among them.
MACKINAW TRAIL WINERY
Est. 2004 3423 US Hwy 131, Petoskey – 231-487-1910 – mackinactrailwinery.com
With the goal of becoming a mainstay of the Michigan wine industry, the Stabile family has been awarded more than 500 medals for their wines, including their classic Big Red. Other standouts are their vidal blanc ice wine, a wine crafted from vine-frozen grapes with honeysuckle notes, and the North Shore Red Port, an International Wine Competition bronze medal winner.
PETOSKEY FARMS VINEYARD AND WINERY
Est. 2014 3720 Atkins Road, Petoskey – 231-290-9463 – petoskeyfarms.com
Just 3 miles from downtown Petoskey’s shopping and dining, Petoskey Farms features a covered patio overlooking their vineyards, where glasses of their crisp Petoskey White and lightly-oaked Petoskey Red wines are local favorites. Another highlight is Petoskey Farms’ unique apricot wine, a distinctive and refreshing counterpart to spicy foods like Thai or Mexican.
MAPLE MOON SUGARBUSH AND WINERY
Est. 2015 4454 Atkins Road, Petoskey – 231-487-9058 – mmsyrup.com
Maple Moon started as a maple syrup business, but the Petersen family began experimenting with turning their maple syrups into wine – fermenting the syrup and sap – and these unusual wines have been earning raves for their tone and sweet crème finish, especially the aptly named Maple Gold. Bonus: maple ice cream, candy and syrup are all still available.
SEASONS OF THE NORTH
Est. 2012 9090 Michigan 68, Alanson – 231-548-1280 – seasonsofthenorth.com
Utilizing premium hybrid grapes specially designed for the northern climate, Seasons of the North focuses on intriguing handcrafted wine flavors that complement local foods. Located just minutes from I-75, these medal-winning wines include The Cabin, a dry red wine made from Michigan Marechal Foch grapes, and Burt Lake Breeze, from imported seyval blanc.
Est. 2013 8370 Lakeview Road, Alanson – 231-881- 6582 – crookedvinewine.com
With a name inspired by their surroundings, Crooked Vine makes the best of the breezes from Crooked Lake to develop the flavor of their grapes. The results include wines like Tip of the Mitt Red and the more complex dry red Marquette. The Peach Sangria, a light refreshing pour made from peach wine with mango and lime notes, is just the thing for outdoor summer dining.
Est. 1994 6769 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs – 231-526-8100 – pleasantviewwinery.us
The most interesting character at Pleasantview Winery isn’t an element of the wine itself, but of the proprietor. Jerry Perrone makes it his mission to educate visitors about Pleasantview’s wines with a quirky sense of humor. Try their unique Enaj wine (Perrone’s wife Jane’s name spelled backwards) and other crisp varietals made from cold-hardy grapes.
HARBOR SPRINGS WINERY
Est. 2010 5581 S. Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs – 231-526-3276 – harborspringswinery.com
This year-round working farm and vineyard offers a new wine tasting room and local cafe right on their grounds and features award-winning pinot gris and chardonnay, among other varieties. Their complex Cottage White is the perfect summer sipping wine and their Sweet Riesling is a delicious accompaniment to goat cheeses and northern Michigan salmon dishes.
With so much to do and see in the area, you’ll definitely want to spend time here in Bay Harbor. Download the exclusive Explore Bay Harbor Magazine for insider tips and information and schedule your visit to this very special place. One thing’s for sure, no matter how long you are here, you’re going to want to grab a glass and stay longer.