Insider’s Look at Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Northern Michigan

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.

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