adelson family and children enjoy bay harbor

Kendra Adelson is a proud Mom whose family purchased a home at Bay Harbor in 2016. But perhaps it was her daughter Tia, who really shed some light on what makes this lakefront lifestyle so special by sharing her thoughts about growing up in this cherished coastal community.

Tia kicked off the conversation. “We used to have a place in Charlevoix so when I came here there was so much more to do,” referencing the move to Bay Harbor. “I made more friends. We go boating a lot. We swim. We go to the beach. We do a lot of things.”

the adelson family kids at bay harbor

Kendra appreciates the uniqueness of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club lifestyle. “They have a great camp for the juniors here. They aren’t bored for one minute. They teach them how to sail, they teach them tennis, they teach them pickleball. And these kids are growing up together.” For the family, life has changed. “We come to Bay Harbor after the last day of school, and we go home the night before school starts. We just have our new life up here with these new families, and it’s amazing. And just watching them grow up together, it’s wonderful. So it’s a great place for families. It really is.”

Tia lends her thoughts. “It’s very kid friendly, from my perspective. At the beach you can go paddleboarding, kayaking or you can go on sailboats. There’s a restaurant on the beach. There are fun activities, there’s a playground and that’s not even including the day camp and the Yacht Club Kid’s Room here.”

adelson family at bay harbor pool

For those who thought Yacht Club living is just for adults, Kendra would disagree. “They make sure that everything we do is family oriented. We were one of the youngest members to join five years ago, and everybody made us feel welcome from the minute that we joined. And every event that we go to, they love having the kids. It’s just a great place.”

“We always say that this is like this ‘little pillow of perfection.’ Now we’ve had families that have come and stayed with us, who are now Members. So that’s really fun to merge those two worlds. Whether it’s new families that we met up here– some of our best friends and my closest friends now are the families up here. And now they come from all over–some who are year-round up here. It’s wonderful.”

adelson children in costumes

For Tia, her growing friend base is a big part of the attraction. “Our first summer here it was just like back-to-back family. Now, at least three of my friends who stayed up here, have places of their own up here.” And what do they do together? “Well, we just got a new boat a couple months ago, and so we’re still like getting used to it. But we day boat all the time. We go to Fisherman’s Island, Petoskey State Park and sometimes we go to other places to dock or anchor. But our favorite place is definitely the Yacht Club, just because there’s so much to do.”

Mom is thrilled. “When we say, “let’s go on vacation, let’s go to Florida.” “All the kids say ‘No, let’s go to Bay Harbor.’ It’s just cute to watch these little girls. It all started when they were 2 or 3. And now, they are 8, 9, 10. And you’re just watching them walk along the promenade or down at the beach. It’s like this is their home. They own it. You know, we’re just kind of spectators in their world.”

adelson family boating

For those wondering what happens after summer ends, the Adelson’s have that covered. “We spent about 60% of our time here and about 40% down state last year. So that allowed us to understand what winter is like. Tia took a few skiing lessons with my husband, and now she’s an avid skier.” And how has this changed the family’s perspective? “Now I feel like we have kind of merged those seasons together and learned what northern Michigan winter looks like. We’ve had a lot of fun with that.”

Tia agrees, “There’s just so much to do. Like my family and I like to joke around, and we say there’s almost too much to do. Like every day there’s a different party or event.” Kendra says “When I ask my kids, whether it’s December or it’s April or its the middle summer, ‘where do you guys wanna be today?’ It’s always Bay Harbor. And we’ve taken them all over the world- this is honestly their favorite place. So obviously we made a good decision.”

The Adelson family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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!

For one of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s newest Members, Kevin Hess, getting his friends from Florida to the shore of Lake Michigan is getting easier by the minute. “Well, you know it’s kind of funny because some of our neighbors from Fort Myers were just here yesterday. They got to see our new home at Bay Harbor…see the course, see the lake, the whole facility. It kind of blew their mind.” For Hess, that’s great news. “We were hoping to have a few more friends from Florida to be able to come up and see us. The way it works is they will tell some of our other friends about the trip, ‘Yeah- we’re at the Hess’s house and oh God you should see the views.’ Pretty soon, I’m sure someone else is going to say, ‘I heard about your house up there.’ So, the word’s going to spread pretty quick.”

aerial view of bay harbor marina on lake michigan

As an avid golfer, lake and golf views were high on the list of priorities. “We live on the golf course, and we’re on the 8th hole of the Links Course. So earlier in the summer they were playing golf at 9:45 pm, just finishing up. It’s just amazing.” But when it comes to the views, Hess has other thoughts. “It’s just so pretty, that you tend to gaze out onto the water all the time. It’s a very unique course layout. It’s incredibly challenging, but you know the views are just spectacular. The first time somebody plays up here, it’s like ‘oh my goodness this is ridiculous.’ I never realized how great it was and you know you get used to it. But we just had guests up here yesterday that have never played it, and they were just going out of their minds with how pretty it is. It was a really nice day.

Having visiting guests is one of the reasons the Hess’s bought a home at Bay Harbor. “It was our goal to get up here and relax, but also to entertain. We’ve always been entertainers so we like having company. We started looking late last summer, and we were thinking really hard about waterfront property. Perhaps in Lake Charlevoix or Walloon Lake, but those were pretty difficult to find.

aerial view of courtyard - lake michigan

Hess saw the advantage to living in Bay Harbor. “We saw some really attractive homes in Bay Harbor, and you know the price points were a little better for us than they were on the lakefront property. We tend to get a lot of visitors, and we bought for that reason. It was one big advantage — we could get a lot more bedrooms and a lot more house for the money than we could on other lakefront properties.”

The Hess family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.
No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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!

Sitting down with Brett and Abby Mumy is quite exciting. The delightful couple and their two young children were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their newest sibling which may require a little more room on the yacht. “We’ve been a Member at the Yacht Club for the last 3 1/2 years,” Brett explains. “I think the first time we came, we stayed at the Inn for our anniversary 8 or 9 years ago now. And we fell in love with the area, and ever since we’ve been coming up.”

For Abby, it’s been quite an adventure “We were camping and kind of stumbled upon Bay Harbor Village. Later we discovered Brett worked with a Member here, so that’s how we kind of got involved with the Yacht Club.”

yachting in bay harbor

For the growing family from the Grand Rapids area, weekend time together takes a high priority. “We usually we shoot up on Thursday and stay for the long weekend. Depending on weather, we come home on Sunday or push it to Monday as much as possible,” explains Brett. “That’s one of my favorite parts that I’ve enjoyed here. We meet a lot of people. The kids make friends that they get sad to see leave at the end of summer. It’s kind of like a reunion every spring or late Spring when everybody starts back up here.”

For Abby, the surroundings are equally engaging. “I always say we have one of the best views. It’s beautiful.” The avid boaters were also drawn to the Caribbean blue water that you expect in the Florida Keys. Brett tells us “It’s freshwater so it’s a lot easier on the boat, and it’s always a little bit more refreshing. I think that’s one of our favorite things is kind of exploring. It’s like the going to the same place that we traveled to by car, by boat is it’s kind of an adventure.”

Together they take fun day trips. “We’ll go to Oyster Bay for portion of the day, and then go grab lunch somewhere on the way back. Or stop over to Harbor Springs….it’s actually quicker by boat than by car to go over to Harbor for lunch or dinner,” adds Brett.

mumy kids on boat at bay harbor

For Abby, it’s the Club environment for her children that’s a big draw. “I love the environment. They go into the Kid’s Club in the mornings, and it’s good for all ages. I like how they have activities and fun adventures, even tennis. And it’s all in one place.”

At Bay Harbor Yacht Club, the kids are always in a protected environment with the lifeguards on duty. “We can let our guard down I think a little bit more than most places when we’re in that similar situation. It’s nice because we can get food and drinks at The Beach Club too. We’re friends with a number of Legacy Members who are second generation families at Bay Harbor,” adds Brett. “They talk about how when they grew up here there were very few children, and now it’s like a complete switch. Even over the last three or four years since we’ve been here, the number of children and young families has like tripled or more. So, there’s a lot of life and a lot of energy always going on. The people here make the atmosphere so much fun. There’s always something to do. You don’t have to leave.”

Mumy Family at Bay Harbor on Independence Day

The Mumy family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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!

When the crisp white snow starts to cover the ground, there is an entirely new set of winter activities to enjoy and explore in Northern Michigan. The community of Bay Harbor is a hidden gem where locals and visitors alike enjoy the very best the winter season has to offer. From local traditions to days spent in the snow, Bay Harbor has winter activities to fit every lifestyle. Find out why these pastimes are among the best ways to enjoy winter in Northern Michigan.

1. Watch a Show at The Great Lakes Center for the Arts

the nutcracker play at the great lakes center for the arts

Standing as the region’s cultural hub, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts presents a series of holiday performances. Ushering in the season, Crooked Tree Arts Center’s rendition of The Nutcracker will take place December 11-12. Classical music lovers will enjoy Handel’s orchestral piece “Messiah” December 16-17, performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Discover the full calendar of events coming to the Great Lakes stage.

2. Explore Downtown

Decorated for the holiday season, the quaint streets of The Village at Bay Harbor are home to a variety of unique shops, fashionable boutiques, waterfront dining and more. Also within The Village, the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Village Suites Bay Harbor are two amazing hospitality options for guests visiting the area. Additionally, Petoskey’s historic Gaslight District features over 170 unique stores and restaurants. Fresh greens and twinkling lights adorn shop windows and streetlamps, offering plenty of charming spots for photos.

winter activities at bay harbor

Insider’s note: Check out the annual Petoskey Holiday Open House, a local favorite offering a great opportunity to stroll between stores, enjoy holiday treats and shop locally.

3. Have A Snowy Adventure

friends skiing in northern michigan

If you are a thrill-seeker, Northern Michigan is home to 160 different downhill runs between three of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. Expert and beginner skiers alike all meet up at Nub’s Nob to explore the 248 acres of skiable terrain. This Park delivers first-class ski and snowboard experiences day and night. For a variety of winter activities, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain both offer cross country skiing, zipline adventures, tubing, snowshoeing and biking. Boyne Highlands also features an Enchanted Trail on select weekends of the Winter season, guiding guests on a magical experience through a beautifully lit winter trail.

4. Enjoy Local Traditions

ice fest in downtown petoskey

One long-standing Northern Michigan tradition is the Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade in Harbor Springs. This year marks the 106th year where everyone will come together to light the tree, sing carols, and kick off the holiday season. Another “don’t miss” event is the Harbor Springs Ice Fest, featuring hand-carved ice sculptures on display throughout the town, a Chili Cook-Off, live ice carving demonstrations, and more. Browse the full calendar of events.

5. Spend A Day Ice Fishing

January and February are the biggest months for the time-honored sport of ice fishing. Traversing frozen waters allows anglers to reach the far corners of lakes that would otherwise only be accessible by boat. With dozens of lakes and rivers nearby, there are plenty of great locations to fish in Northern Michigan. Popular catches include bluegill, northern pike, walleye, and various trout species.

ice fishing in michigan

Explore Bay Harbor

After a day filled with winter activities, it’s easy to see why so many choose to call Bay Harbor home. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime.

During Spring and Summer, families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. For golf enthusiasts, the Bay Harbor Golf Club features a 27-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills. Bay Harbor Yacht Club, the social centerpiece of the Bay Harbor community, has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation. Members of this luxury private club are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the Member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular.

No matter how long you stay at Bay Harbor, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to request a complimentary digital copy of the newest edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the recent Club renovations, local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayharbor.com to find out more.

The Barron family has been calling Bay Harbor Home for more than a decade. “This is our lake home, we like to call it,” says Lissa Barron. “We commute back and forth between our home downstate, and this is our second home up here in Bay Harbor. We still work full time so we’re here as often as we can be, year-round.”

aerial shot of Barron family boating on Lake Michigan

For Bruce Barron, boating is where it began. “We started coming up in 2006 by boat and got very enamored with the place. We then bought a home and then kept the boat up here.” Gaining a new appreciation for Michigan’s unique destinations, the Barrons enjoy exploring. “We are a part of the BHYC Cruise Club, so we boat all over the Great Lakes. Last year we spent two weeks on Lake Superior and went up to Grand Marais, Marquette and Houghton. It’s gorgeous. We are very spoiled here in Michigan. There’s no other state that has all of this.” Lissa adds “We did Lake Superior last year. That’s pretty far up north, and it was just the most beautiful trip. We’ve been boating for over 20 years, and there’s never a shortage of places to discover from here.”

Yet for the Barron family, some of their fondest memories occurred closer to their homeport at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. “Our oldest daughter was married here three years ago. It was a beautiful event. Bruce recalls “They were married at the Catholic Church in Harbor Springs and then two boats brought the wedding party over to the Yacht Club. They landed right outside here on the Promenade with all of us, and our guests greeted them when they pulled in. That was really cool.”

Barron family wedding

The family now has a second wedding on the horizon, and they have already reserved the Yacht Club for the reception. Lissa shared, “I was surprised that my youngest daughter would want to do the same thing that her older sister did…. come to the same place. But she grew up here, and Bruce always considered her his ‘first mate’ on the boat. When they thought about it, they just couldn’t think of a more beautiful place.”

Weddings and special events are a big part of life for the Barron family. “We have a group of 35 friends and family that were just here for July 4th,” says Lissa. “This is a gathering that we’ve been doing for over 10 years now. It’s a group of friends that we have from downstate. They don’t necessarily own places here, but since we’re based here, they would come up to visit.” Reminiscing about the year’s past, “Some stay at the Inn, and we accommodate as many as we can. We were just hosting them for the July 3rd party, which includes fireworks. It’s an annual family event that everyone looks forward to. It’s tradition now. We just love it.”

Barron Family celebrates at Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Bruce also celebrated his 60th birthday last year, and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club hosted a special evening centered around his passion for food and wine. “Well, special events if you want to have one here, they do a fantastic job,” says Bruce. “It was my 60th so it was a big one.
We did sort of like a wine pairing dinner. We had dinner for eight of us, and we chose all the wine and pairings, and the chef prepared a special menu.”

“We put together a special menu, a seven-course menu with wine pairings and the Sommelier came and introduced every wine and poured them for everybody. The kitchen staff came out and presented it all at once. I mean, it was really cool.” Bruce gives the Yacht Club’s new Chef Adam Hightower high marks. “He’s doing well. I think he’s brought some different nuances to the menu, interesting accompaniments, and different preparations. He has been exposing us to different things that haven’t been typical up here.”

Barron Family Wine Tasting

But for these wine aficionados, the Club is going above and beyond. “In terms of wine and wine tasting here at the Club, we are spoiled. We have had some fantastic vintners visit us here. Just a couple of weeks ago we were at the Venge tasting. We have an Adobe Road tasting coming up at the end of August. We had the Fisher Family here. Fred Fisher came himself for the tasting. Reilly Keenan from the Keenan Vineyards came to town. These are pretty big-name Napa guys and gals. We get them here for a group of 30 people for tasting and a pairing. I don’t want to miss them. If I can’t make one, I’m upset that I can’t make it. They are fantastic.”

The Barrons also have a deep appreciation for the staff at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Bruce says it best, “They’re great, and we’ve gotten to know them extremely well. Fortunately, most of the senior staff has been here most of the 12 years that we’ve been Members. It’s been a blessing to be able to be around them.” He adds “And you feel guilty sometimes because they’re like your friends and part of your family, but when you’re here they’re here to be hospitable and serve us. I would like to be serving them in the same way they serve me, but we know they get satisfaction out of a job well done, and the Members are very happy. I would still love to come in and give them a big hug to thank them.”

The Barron family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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!

Dianne and Wes Paisley have been members at Bay Harbor Yacht Club since 2007. Although they are avid boaters, it was the sport of cycling that brought them to northern Michigan. Wes tells us, “We started coming up on weekends from Detroit to cycle. We stopped by Bay Harbor one day, had lunch and said ‘wow, this place is beautiful. It wasn’t long until we decided to move here.” Although they were originally looking for a place in the woods, they quickly discovered Bay Harbor was alive with activity.

“We had friends up here, and they recommended that we take a look. One the biggest things for us is that this is a community unto itself, and we have made friends that will be our friends for life,” adds Wes. “Bay Harbor is the best place to be, and we love coming up here.”

Dianne tells us about the cycling that got it all started. “It’s such a great location because you’re right in the middle of the beautiful resort towns of Charlevoix on one side, Harbor Springs on the other and Petoskey in the middle. It’s easily accessible by bike or walking or running. There are a lot of back roads, and the nice thing is cycling in this area there isn’t a lot of traffic. It’s very hilly so it’s quite challenging, but there’s a lot of paths.”

Wes uses his knuckles to visually represent the area, “So if you go north and south you go over the humpbacks. There’s Camp Daggett and Resort Pike. You actually ride to Boyne City, so it’s aggressive, but we have some friends that like to ride as well.” When the weather isn’t ideal or other challenges arise, the couple turns to the new Bay Harbor Yacht Club Wellness Center. “As a cyclist, the Pelotons are great. I had back surgery last September and had to ease back into it. It’s amazing.”

paisley family out for a bike ride at Bay Harbor

Dianne tells us when they aren’t traversing the land, they love to hit the lake. “We’re boaters, and we have a wonderful cruising club at Bay Harbor. In fact, we’re leaving tomorrow to go to Wisconsin on our boat. There are about six boats going. We’ll be gone for two weeks. We schedule maybe four trips a year with our cruising club, and it’s fun.”

bay harbor michigan dock and marina

“So, we’re Cruise Captains,” says Wes. “We’re part of the committee, so we planned two back-to-back weekends in Traverse City. Dianne and I organized that trip in the middle of July. We had so much demand. People wanted to go to Traverse City. We also head out to South Manitou Island, Beaver Island, but mostly city ports.” The couple plays an active role in making the weekends memorable for everyone who travels, “We organize the slips, the dinners, winery visits and those activities. Each couple takes responsibility for organizing one of those trips. It’s a great group.”

And how does the rest of the family enjoy Bay Harbor. “Our family comes frequently, especially the week of 4th of July. That’s such a big celebration here for that entire week,” says Dianne. “So, they come up, and there’s fireworks. There are all kinds of games on the beach for the kids and of course, barbecues. They love it, and they look forward to it every year.

paisley family smiling in front of bay harbor yacht club
plated dish at bay harbor dining venue

And after a difficult year for restaurants in the region, the Paisley’s have a special appreciation for the Bay Harbor Yacht Club food and beverage staff. “There are several really nice restaurants in Petoskey. You call you make a reservation, but you better call two weeks in advance. You just can’t show up,” says Wes. “I’m really sensitive to the challenge of Clubs and their ability to provide first-class food on demand for Members. It’s one the most difficult jobs. And here, because we’re Members, we can just walk in any time. It’s one of the reasons there’s so much demand because of this Club.” Wes recognizes what it takes to fulfill that promise. “The staff here are terrific, and we’ve known several of them for 13 years. They are the best.”

The Paisley family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

aerial image of bay harbor and the community

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our upcoming activities!

Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, the community of Bay Harbor is home to a variety of exceptional cuisines. This lakeside town is not only filled with picturesque views but also one-of-a-kind dining experiences that keep visitors and foodies returning year after year. Here is an insider’s look into dining opportunities in the area that will not disappoint.

Exquisite Eateries

Lining the streets of The Village at Bay Harbor are elegant shopping and dining options, as well as seasonal retailers and premium services. While in town, visitors make it a priority to dine at the Vintage Chophouse located within the Inn at Bay Harbor. Serving as a steakhouse and wine bar, a meal at this luxurious restaurant is unforgettable. If you are looking for tasty drinks, weekly specials, and marina views, stop by Knot…Just A Bar.

Just recently opened, Maple + Batter has already turned heads as one of the best new breakfast and brunch places in town. Their unforgettable pancakes and great atmosphere make this one of the newest favorites at Bay Harbor. If you are searching for farm fresh ingredients, Local is your go-to restaurant. From locally sourced ingredients to locally crafted cocktails, this restaurant offers a variety of menu items while dining along the beautiful Bay Harbor Lake Marina.

For an intimate atmosphere and stunning views, The Links Grille overlooks The Quarry’s final hole at the Bay Harbor Golf Club and is perfect for lunch, light bites, or cocktails after your round.

aerial image of bay harbor yacht club

Top-Notch Tastes

One of the finest private clubs in the world, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, offers five outstanding restaurants for members to choose from. Adam Hightower, the Club’s new executive chef, has curated diverse menus that members find refreshing and delicious.

Celebrating a special occasion? Overlooking Bay Harbor Lake and Little Traverse Bay, the elegant Bay View Dining Room provides formal dining, warm hospitality, and unparalleled views. Members look forward to dining here year-round and attending the seasonal special events and exclusive wine dinners.

family eating at bay harbor yach club

Seasonal Selections

When visiting Bay Harbor Yacht Club during the summer months, outdoor dining is a must. When club members are looking for casual fare and one-of-a-kind views, they hit the Quarter Deck. We highly recommend catching a sunset from the Gazebo Bar! The Beach House is another perfect place for members to have a bite after a long day in the sun. This beachfront restaurant offers light meals in a laid-back, waterfront setting. Plus, there is often live music and game nights hosted here.

outdoor dining experience on Lake Michigan - bay harbor

Year-Round Favorites

Completed this summer as part of the club’s expansive renovations, the Harbor View Lounge and The Grille Room are the two newest spots to drink and dine year-round. These locations provide the perfect place to grab a drink, watch televised sporting events and share appetizers with friends.

Members will have the best seat in town on any given night at the Harbor View Lounge. Marvel at the panoramic views of the harbor while enjoying your favorite libations. For classic, casual dining, members enjoy The Grille Room. Although families are more than welcome here, parents also have the option to bring their kids next door to the Kid’s Club where child care is offered select evenings throughout the year. This area provides a safe and protected area kids can play in while parents enjoy their meals and libations.

family dining inside of bay harbor yacht club

Beyond the unique dining opportunities, there are so many reasons to love Bay Harbor. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 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!

Summer is a magical time on the shores of Lake Michigan, and it is a great place to settle down for life. It is that time of year when families reflect on their summer adventures and already start planning their winter trips. No matter what time of year you prefer, Bay Harbor remains at the top of the list for a gathering place to make memories with family and friends. The lake is beautiful any time of year, and here are six reasons people return as faithfully as the tides.

bay harbor michigan lake shoreline with umbrellas

1. The Beautiful Sandy Beaches

The pristine beaches of Lake Michigan often leave visitors in awe. This well-maintained shoreline is composed of large dunes caused by many years of western-blowing wind. Some of these dunes tower 400 feet above the water, so there will never be a shortage of sand! The Beach Club at Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers Members a family-friendly beach day experience. Put your mind at ease with lifeguards on hand to keep everyone safe and assist in setting up sailboats, paddleboats, kayaks and other water toys. Grab some ice cream from the beachside restaurant and spend the day lounging under a big umbrella.

bay harbor michigan sunsetting of the lake

2. Sunsets Over Lake Michigan

If you have never seen a Lake Michigan sunset, you are in for a wonderful visual spectacle. Ask any resident at Bay Harbor what they appreciate most, and more often than not, you will hear “Sunsets.” You never know what colors you will see, as the formation of clouds in the sky provide inspirational azure and orange hues in distinctive shapes that are forever changing. Enjoy dinner at the Vintage Chop House at the Inn at Bay Harbor and catch these magnificent views as you dine.

father and son kayaking on lake michigan

3. Endless Outdoor Activities

Perhaps more than any other reason, people love the outdoor recreation on the Lake. At the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Members have so many choices. The Club’s deep-water yacht docks are the perfect place to tie-up before getting the day started. For parents, a pickleball or tennis match, or after a round of golf, perhaps lounging by the new infinity edge pool overlooking the harbor. For kids, the list is even greater. Whether they partake in the planned activities from the convenient Kid’s Club or spend the day at the beach sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, playing volleyball, building sandcastles or jumping off the floating pier – the days are never long enough. And there’s always a myriad of excursions and outdoor social events for Members, such as concerts, holiday celebrations, or even mushroom hunting.

4. Migratory Birds

Maybe the biggest secret is that Lake Michigan’s shoreline is a quaint lakeside oasis attracting birds of all species. Millions of geese, hawks, seabirds, and owls stop in the Great Lakes Basin as part of their migration patterns. This makes the area one of the most spectacular bird-watching sites. The surrounding wetlands and forests provide unique habitats for birds to feed before continuing their journey north or south.

interior stair case at bay harbor

5. A Choice for Everyone

Even the residents who live here often say it is the perfect place for everyone because there are many ways of life to explore. This is one of the reasons so many plan their vacations to Lake Michigan, and eventually, make it their permanent home. Here, you can find fine dining and contemporary shops in The Village at Bay Harbor. Take advantage of one of the country’s finest performing arts centers at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, and on that occasional rainy day, a visit to the Spa at the Inn or the Bay Harbor Yacht Club are just what’s needed for the mind, body and soul.

6. The Best Place to Live

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, Michigan is home to some of the finest waterfront areas to live. Luxury resorts like Bay Harbor offer a lifestyle like no other. The community relishes the boundless vistas of Lake Michigan while enjoying all that coastline living has to offer. There has never been a better time see why so many visit Northern Michigan and never want to leave.

couple enjoying lake michigan shoreline

Located in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing 5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

aerial exterior of the bay harbor yacht club on lake michigan

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation that was unveiled this summer. This renovation brings a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings. A great way to move to the top of the waiting list is to own a home at Bay Harbor.

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 Village Suites Bay Harbor 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 digital copy of the 2021 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!

Few experiences match the thrill and excitement of attending a live performance at a state-of-the-art venue. That’s never been truer than the summer of 2021. The time has once again arrived for us to celebrate the magnificent talents who have been silenced for more than a year. At Bay Harbor, patrons are once again being immersed in the sights and sounds of artisans from across the globe through a spectacular lineup of events. Bay Harbor is a quaint resort community that spans 5 miles of the Little Traverse Bay shoreline in Michigan, and the entire community is proud to have the Great Lakes Center for the Arts taking center stage once again.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts exterior

With a mission to inspire, entertain and serve Northern Michigan residents year-round, GLCFA has added multiple live shows and performances to its calendar. Believing in providing full-spectrum entertainment and educational experiences, there are few places better suited to explore than the one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

From expert piano recitals courtesy of renowned Chaojun Yang, a tribute to the downtown humor of Patsy Cline or the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir, the Great Lakes CFA calendar is full of impressive performances fit for all to enjoy. Explore all the events and ticket-buying options here. Educational Programs such as Next Gen and The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program are also offered by the center as a way to offer impactful educational opportunities to the surrounding region and community youth.

Bay Harbor Great Lakes Center for the Arts Lobby Architecture

Supporting Bay Harbor’s Great Lakes Center for the Arts is as enjoyable as it is enlightening. With their mission to entertain, inspire and serve the community through performing arts, the center is welcoming visitors and guests from around the world.

While you’re in town for a performance, explore the Village at Bay Harbor adjacent to the theatre in picturesque Bay Harbor. A myriad of shops and restaurants overlook the Lake Marina offering a delightful place to stroll before or after the performance.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Stage

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 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’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation that was unveiled earlier this summer. This spectacular Yacht Club provides members with a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and a wide variety of Member dining experiences. Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to get to know the community while enjoying the lifestyle and staying updated on the newest real estate offerings.

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. 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 Village Suites Bay Harbor 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 digital copy of the 2021 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!

It is a well-known fact that Bay Harbor, Michigan is a gorgeous destination along the Little Traverse Bay shoreline of Lake Michigan in the lower peninsula. This cherished year-round destination for residents and visitors alike is a picture-perfect setting for endless adventures. Here are 15 facts you might not have known about Bay Harbor and the surrounding area that will have you booking a trip to visit!

1. Hemingway Vacationed Here

During his youth, American Novelist Ernest Hemingway vacationed at Michigan’s Walloon Lake in his family’s waterfront home near Petoskey. Here, he learned many outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and camping in the woods. Explore eleven sites where Hemingway traveled on a marked tour.

2. The Land Is Reclaimed

Bay Harbor’s beautiful site used to be mining operations and cement manufacturing before the industry faded out. Many tried salvaging the land before, David V. Johnson took ownership in 1993 and transformed it into the luxurious residential community we know today as Bay Harbor, Michigan. This went on to be North America’s largest land reclamation project and won awards for its visionary planning and development.

History of Bay Harbor Land Reclamation

3. Fossils Can Be Found

You may have heard of the Petoskey Stone, but did you know it is actually a fossil of coral? The unique hexagon pattern we see today comes from the prehistoric rugose corals that used to make up reefs decorating the lake floors. The best areas to find these stones are on rocky beaches or in surrounding areas near uprooted trees.

4. Revitalized Castle

A short drive away sits a castle just outside of Charlevoix. Castle Farms was built in 1918 and was briefly used as a concert venue in 1969 with performers such as Bob Dylan and the Police. It has been brought back to its original grandeur so guests can tour the grounds and view the beautiful gardens, castle towers, and even get married in this magical location.

5. Tour a Hobbit Home

Experience Hobbiton without having to travel all the way to New Zealand! Right in the charming town of Charlevoix, Michigan is a collection of mushroom houses designed by Earl Young. Transport yourself into the world of The Lord of the Rings by touring these homes that have dotted the town since before the Great Depression.

6. Natural Surrounding Beauty

This coastal community exemplifies a lifestyle that many people assumed was long gone. Most visitors to Bay Harbor are astounded by the area’s natural beauty. Without nearby light pollution, experience the awe-inspiring Northern Lights and a breathtaking star-gazing opportunity in Headlands Dark Sky Park. The best time to view these spectacular sights is August through April.

7. Tie the Knot

With its scenic vistas and poignant beauty, Bay Harbor is a popular destination wedding location including 15 unique venues. Offering breathtaking lake views, nestled along Little Traverse Bay, it is the storybook fantasy location to marry your best friend!

Photo of wedding at Bay Harbor

8. Memorable Scuba Diving

Lake Michigan’s fresh water has provided great preservation of the many shipwrecks littering the Great Lakes. This makes Michigan home to the only freshwater shrine in the world. In honor of local scuba divers and all who have perished at sea, a memorial was built in 1962 right off the shore of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey. Aside from diving, there is a chance during winter for visitors to walk out to see the shrine.

9. Can’t-Miss Microbreweries

Ranked fifth in America, Michigan has some of the best breweries with over 200 throughout the state and is widely known for its beer production. Along with great brews comes trivia nights, open mic sessions, and local musicians to enhance the experience. Open year-round, the microbreweries host special events and offer plenty of options for sampling their craft beverages.

10. A Golf Destination To Remember

Bay Harbor received accolades and a myriad of global awards for “Top 50 Best Resort Courses” by Condé Nast Traveler, “America’s 20th Top Golf Resort” by Golf Digest, and “Best Residential Development USA” by CNBC. The Bay Harbor Golf Club is often called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” for its three extraordinary courses, The Links, The Quarry, and The Preserve, designed by Arthur Hills. Totaling 27 holes, the Golf Club celebrates 25 years of exceptional play and extraordinary views.

Bay Harbor's breathtaking golf destination

11. Amazing Annual Events

There is always a fun event happening at Bay Harbor. Whether visitors and residents are attending annual events such as the In-Water Boat Show, Vintage Car Show, Sailing Races or Hot Air Balloon Festival, there is always something to celebrate. The Fourth of July firework display is one of Bay Harbor’s most notable events and always brings a patriotic crowd together. And you won’t want to miss the exciting 52 Super Series race on August 20 through August 22. Two of Bay Harbor’s very own will be making an appearance out on the water!

Picture of balloons over Bay Harbor

12. Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Open since July 2018, The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art theater amongst the Village at Bay Harbor. Hosting many live events including music, film, theater and dance, this art center always has a dynamic performance happening. Check out the list of upcoming performances.

Picture of piano on a stage at Great Lakes Center for the Arts

13. Spa at the Inn

The Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor serves as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This upscale spa provides a plethora of high-end services including luxury body treatments, therapeutic massages, and rejuvenating facials. Relax and unwind in pure tranquility.

14. Dining Galore

There are plenty of dining options in the Village at Bay Harbor. Between bars, traditional restaurants, sweet shops and convenience stores, there is a place that will capture everyone’s interest. Knot…Just a Bar is a popular dining destination with lunch and dinner menus overlooking the marina. A sweets lover’s dream, Candy Harbor specializes in homemade ice cream, chocolates, and other sweet confections. There is even a quick service store, Salvatore’s Grocery Kitchen, that provides hot meals as well as everyday items. With all types of cuisine options, there is a place for everyone to eat. Explore all the restaurants located in the Village at Bay Harbor.

15. Welcoming Marina Docks

Bay Harbor Lake Marina open for residents and visitors alike. Simply cruise up, dock your boat, and stretch your sea legs with a bit of shopping and dining at Bay Harbor. With such an easygoing, welcome invitation, it’s a destination that needs to be visited often. Experience quaint, lakeside living at the breathtaking Lake Michigan Village at Bay Harbor.

Picture of the Lake Marina at Bay Harbor

Last but certainly not least? The lifestyle of your dreams doesn’t have to end when the day does. It’s never been a better time to visit Bay Harbor, and in the summer months things are heating up in northern Michigan. Located in the heart of the action is Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing 5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation that was unveiled this summer. This renovation brings a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings. A great way to move to the top of the waiting list is to own a home at Bay Harbor.

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 Village Suites Bay Harbor 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 digital copy of the 2021 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!