Bay Harbor Yacht Club is a Special Place Explore Bay Harbor

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 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 to find out more!

Explore Bay Harbor’s Waterfront Weddings

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

Explore Bay Harbor’s Sunset Beach

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

Explore Bay Harbor’s Observation Platform

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

Explore Bay Harbor’s Marina Lawn

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

Explore Bay Harbor’s The Loft

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

Explore Bay Harbor’s Conference Center Ballroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One day, in the no-so-distant future, Bay Harbor, Michigan may very well be the next, must-see, event destination in the United States. With the already luxurious reputation, extraordinarily serene resorts and unparalleled beauty, Bay Harbor was only missing a state-of-the-art facility to attract the top names in show business to its front door. As the old saying goes, if you build it, they will come…and Bay Harbor is building the finest performance center in the Midwest.

In July 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will host its Grand Opening Gala and begin its premier season of programming. This world-class $25 million venue features a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater, community engagement space for education and receptions, rooftop deck overlooking Lake Michigan and an exclusive donor lounge.

When the curtain goes up, the Center will usher in a new era of top-notch, year-round entertainment in Northern Michigan, featuring internationally acclaimed artists and companies ranging from concerts, theatrical productions, music and dance series to movies and films, comedy, lectures, festivals and events.

Founding Artistic Director and lead consultant for all areas including mission, vision, program planning, and leadership, Michael M. Kaiser, President Emeritus of the Kennedy Center in Washington and Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, is providing the expertise, knowledge and experience to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts ensuring its sustainable success.

Guests will enjoy social spaces in the building, adding to the dynamic energy of the Center’s mission to serve as a community cultural and social hub. Affordable ticket pricing for performances will allow year-round and seasonal residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and benefit from the Center’s resources.

Tucked along five pristine miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a prime destination for vacationers and residents alike. Stunning views, unrivaled recreational opportunities and a calendar, rich with exciting seasonal events provide the perfect place to mix business with pleasure, connect with friends and family or simply unplug and enjoy leisure time. Opportunities for year-round and seasonal living range from luxury homes to building sites to condos and yacht docks.

Visit to learn more about the exciting addition of The Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the future of Bay Harbor.