rendering of the new Bay Harbor yacht club

There’s a lot of exciting changes taking place at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club! Building on the club’s incredible success, renovations and expansions are taking place now and throughout the coming year. If you haven’t visited lately, you’ll be amazed. Celebrated as an award-winning private club with first-class amenities, Bay Harbor Yacht Club has provided members with unforgettable experiences and memories year after year. And this year, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is delighted to announce an exciting renovation plan. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming!

Wellness Center is Now Open

Members are now enjoying the brand-new Wellness Center. This cutting-edge facility began welcoming members in August. The 7,500 square foot center is designed to help adult and junior members attain their fitness and health goals using state-of-the-art equipment and programming.

The virtual Golf Simulator from aboutGOLF is a big hit with golfers looking to improve their swing. The Center is all about combining high tech with a personalized fitness experience through the use of touch-screen machines, live and virtual fitness instruction, workshops, guest speakers, and special events.

The Kids Club is where “fun” is the name of every activity, also opened this August. This is the place where junior members come to unwind and relax in a supervised environment while adults enjoy other areas of the Club. All ages—youngsters, tweens, and teens—have their own spaces and special programs that are integrated within the Club’s junior programs and activities.

A New Dining Experience Ahead

Coming in 2021, the highly anticipated Harbor View Lounge will offer expansive views of Bay Harbor Lake, plenty of flat-screen TVs, and a horseshoe-shaped bar serving Club favorite libations.

The dining experience at Bay Harbor Yacht Club will be elevated in May 2021 with the opening of The Grille Room and the redesigned Bay View Dining Room. The new Grille Room will feature classic, casual fare, a premium wine selection, and a rotating selection of craft beers served on the covered terrace or indoors where multiple TVs stream favorite sporting events.

Always a favorite for both the menu and the views, the newly transformed Bay View Dining Room will debut additional private dining rooms for those special celebrations and a brand-new tapas lounge for inspirational sips and bites.

The seasonal Quarter Deck is the “it” place to enjoy a favorite beverage or casual meal al fresco. Changes are coming to this member summertime favorite, with the expansion of an octagon bar overlooking the lake, as well as a comfortable lounge featuring fire pits, soft seating and lake views.

Aquatics Center to Make a Splash

The summer season of 2021 kicks off with the opening of the new Aquatics Center. The Aquatics Center promises to be a family favorite and will feature a competition length lap pool with full sun shelf, a kids’ splash pad, a hot tub and spa, bathhouses, aquatic programming, and plenty of chaise lounges and umbrellas.

Relax at the New Spa

The new spa will elevate the luxury lifestyle and excellent service offered at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Also coming in May 2021 is a Relaxation Spa offering indoor and outdoor private retreat areas where one can relax while enjoying tranquil views. The Relaxation Spa will offer single or couples’ massages, men’s and women’s steam rooms, and a variety of spa treatments.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club is the social centerpiece for Bay Harbor. It’s just one of the reasons Bay Harbor has become one of the most prestigious private residential resort destinations in the Midwest. Delivering world-class real estate with a lifestyle to match, this community continues to pursue excellence and a one-of-a-kind lakefront experience.

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 Wheeleway. The Boat Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community and residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

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

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 Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

Located in Northern Michigan, right by Petoskey, is Bay Harbor, a one-of-a-kind town. Part of what makes this city so amazing is that as a resident of this town, within ten minutes of home, residents can be at some of Michigan’s best restaurants, museums and natural areas. So, what exactly can someone do within minutes of one of Michigan’s best towns to live in? Plenty – just check out our list below.

Great Lakes Center For The Arts

Established in 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts showcases live talent, all the while fostering an interest in the arts within the community. Whether they’re hosting folk music artists at their annual Great Lakes Music Festival or a showing of Star Wars: Episode V, patrons can be sure that they’ll receive a unique and interesting experience.

Little Traverse Wheelway

Known for its amazing views of the autumn leaves, the Little Traverse Wheelway is a local connection to area history. It replicates an old walking path from the 1800s that many early settlers took to guide them along the shores of Petoskey Bay. Today, it’s known for being an especially great running and walking trail that takes riders from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, with stops along the way.

Lake Michigan

Whether one’s passion is fishing, sailing, swimming, or simply exploring the waterfront, there’s no better place to do it than on Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor. Residents can drop by a nearby boat rental or marina to set out on the water within minutes, whether in their own watercraft or with a charter. For luxury boat owners, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is the hub of it all here. Located right at the water’s edge, members enjoy a lifestyle unparalleled by any other.

Beer and Wine Tasting

Michigan is widely known for its beer production, so much that Michigan State University reported that it brought over $1 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Within Petoskey, local breweries such as Burnt Marshmallow Brewing and Beards Brewery are within minutes of Bay Harbor. The trivia nights, open mic sessions, and local musicians that gather at these breweries help to enhance the experience. Residents will often gather some friends together for an impromptu pub-crawl and support the local economy as they sip! One of the area’s most popular breweries is the Petoskey Brewing Company. Locals come here to enjoy Sparkle IPA and participate in the tastings held here.

Bear River Valley Recreation Area

When Bay Harbor residents want to experience nature’s best, they don’t have to go far from home – they just head to Bear River Valley Recreation Area. Right in the heart of this small town, adventurous types can experience unpaved trails, unique rockhounding, and fantastic fishing. For those who prefer to stay on the beaten path, paved trails, simple hiking paths and an environmental education program let them enjoy their time here as well.

Bayfront Park

This little park is full of big surprises. The on-site Little Traverse Historical Society History Museum explains how the Little Traverse area came to be in a fun and informative way, and the nearby Slip Marina gets boaters out onto the lakefront in minutes. Guests will always keep an eye out for the waterfalls that flow freely throughout the park. They make excellent spots to take a dramatic selfie. When they’re ready to hit the town, they head down the Midway, which connects the park to the Gaslight District.

Downtown Petoskey Farmers’ Market

It’s no secret that Michigan’s climate grows some of the best food in the country. Residents can experience it at the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market, where they can grab locally grown produce, crafts, and foods all the while enjoying a day out in the fresh air! Residents meet family here to support local farmers and artists, all the while enjoying the live music being played.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Since 1971, CTAC has served as Petoskey’s go-to cultural institution. Residents can take a class to learn about a certain school of art, view the works of local residents while tasting local wines at Swirl Wine Tastings, and see live performances that are put on as part of CTAC’s Concerts in the Park series. There’s always something going on here.

Downtown Petoskey

This historic downtown area features local businesses, trendy boutiques, and an energetic dining and entertainment scene. Residents will often find a unique housewares piece at a store such as Cheekadee Meekadee, discover their new favorite drink at North Perk Coffee, and explore their way throughout the Gaslight District! They’ll make sure to be here for Petoskey Rocks, where they can hear live music in the park, see a film, and enjoy free carriage rides throughout the Downtown area.

Lavender Hill Farms

When guests close your eyes and inhale the herbaceous scent of lavender flowers, they’re surprised to know that they’re not in France, but in Northern Michigan! The staff at Lavender Hill Farms continues this tradition with their acres of lavender fields, which they turn into bath products, cooking ingredients, and sachets. They also host community events every month in the Summer, such as Movie Night Mondays and barnyard dances. Residents meet with friends at the farm for Lunch & Lavender, where they can enjoy a meal prepared by a local catering company, or take a tour of the farms and learn how the lavender is grown.

There’s nothing like Bay Harbor. Its proximity to the best of Northern Michigan, it’s amazing array of activities and its spot right on the shores of Lake Michigan help designate this Northern Michigan town as a great place to live.

The best thing about this town is that it’s located right in the heart of the action. 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 here often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

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

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

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

Petoskey Stones

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

Amazing Night Sky Views

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

Hemingway Used to Live Here

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

Microbreweries Galore

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

Bay Harbor

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Boyne Resorts on their recent expansion.

The mountain resort company has just acquired six mountain resorts and a scenic chairlift attraction to add to their impressive portfolio. As distributed on PRWEB and covered by the PE Hub Network, Boyne Resorts issued the news below:

PRESS RELEASE

BOYNE FALLS, MICH. (PRWEB) MARCH 12, 2018

Boyne Resorts today announced an agreement with Ski Resort Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate, to acquire six mountain resorts and a scenic chairlift attraction currently leased by the resort company. As operator of the assets and owner of additional resorts, Boyne Resorts has a 70-year history of ski industry innovations and is the third largest mountain resort company in North America.

Included in the transaction are Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah; Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, B.C.; Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River resorts in Maine; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle, Washington. The transaction is expected to close later this year and well ahead of the 2018/19 ski season, once regulatory approvals are granted.

“Our intention all along has been to regain and acquire ownership of these resorts,” said Stephen Kircher, president and chief executive officer of Boyne Resorts. “We are pleased to see this come to fruition and also really proud of our long-term achievements and diligence that primed us for this acquisition. Boyne Resorts has been a long-term operator of these assets—some for decades. This transaction, therefore, poses no business interruption or integration risk. This opportunity now at hand will enable us to accelerate and fine-tune the execution of our reinvestment plans for these spectacular properties, which will boost our competitive advantages and support our focus on continuous enhancement of the guest experience.”

“Boyne Resorts is a world-class owner and operator of ski resorts and attractions,” said Steven E. Orbuch, founder, and president of Oz Real Estate. “We have enjoyed our association with them during our ownership of these properties and wish them continued success in the future. We look forward to the consummation of this mutually beneficial transaction as it allows for Boyne Resorts to again fully control these resorts while resulting in a positive outcome for our investors.”

Boyne Resorts and its eleven resorts and attractions are ideally positioned for continued and notable growth within the ski, outdoor recreation and resort industries. Founded in 1947, Boyne Resorts has maintained a heritage of innovation, highlighted by its recent unveiling of plans to install an eight-seat, high-speed chairlift at its Big Sky Resort in Montana—the first in North America. Development of patented and proprietary snowmaking systems, installation of the world’s first triple and quad, America’s first high-speed six-place chairlifts, and being the first to transform ski resorts into four-season operations are just a few examples of a lengthy list of additional innovative launches exemplifying the pioneering spirit that has been celebrated throughout the company’s history.

About Boyne Resorts – Boyne Resorts is the third largest mountain resort company in North America; founded in 1947 by Everett Kircher. A Michigan-based corporation, Boyne Resorts’ award-winning mountain and golf resorts and attractions located throughout the United States and Canada include Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia, the official freestyle skiing and snowboard venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Sugarloaf and Sunday River Resort in Maine, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Inn at Bay Harbor – Autograph Collection and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark in Michigan, Big Sky Resort in Montana, Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Tennessee, Brighton in Utah, and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington. For more information on Boyne Resorts, please visit https://www.boyneresorts.com.

About Oz Real Estate – Oz Real Estate, the real estate platform at Oz Management, was founded by Steven E. Orbuch in 2003 to make investments in real estate and real estate-related assets across North America and Europe. The principals of Oz Real Estate have invested in over $9.0 billion of private real estate assets, including direct equity investments, preferred equity structures, mezzanine financing, and senior loans. Oz Real Estate’s portfolio has included over 20,000 hotel rooms, over 30,000 multifamily and residential units, and over 20 million square feet of retail and office properties. In addition, Oz Real Estate has developed expertise in certain niche real estate asset classes including gaming, healthcare, senior housing, cellular towers, ski resorts, and land development. For more information on Oz Real Estate, please see https://www.ozm.com.

Bay Harbor is proud to be a part of Boyne Resorts’ portfolio with properties such as the Inn at Bay Harbor. With a 70-year history of ski industry innovations, Boyne Resorts is the third largest mountain resort company in North America.

Spanning five miles along 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 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.

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Brian Chermside and his wife regularly traveled from the Saginaw area to northern Michigan for winter sports. Then they stayed put. Chermside said they fell in love with the area and decided to buy a condo at the Village at Bay Harbor, a resort community in Petoskey, about 20 years ago.“We started to explore our retirement destination and found Bay Harbor to be a perfect match,” he said. “The views are awesome.”

The Village at Bay Harbor

The village at Bay Harbor in Petoskey includes a few retail businesses, shops and restaurants that are open to visitors throughout the year.

Chermside said the nearby bike trail — which connects Bay Harbor to Charlevoix— helps blend nature with the town setting. Visitors can stay at one of the two hotels and walk to the shops and restaurants downtown. Businesses include a hair salon, photography studio, women’s clothing stores and more.“It’s a great way to meet people and get engaged,” he said. “It’s a really nice lifestyle. It’s relaxed and it’s energizing.”

Recurring summer activities include a concert series, car and boat shows and the 18th Bay Harbor Arts Festival, which occurs from July 28-29.

Abbey Neerken, a festival coordinator, said they usually host 50-60 artists and are capping participation at 75 this year. The public can view international and national artwork along the village’s main street and near the marina during the two-day festival.Additionally, people can search for stamps to fill an “art passport.” Neerken said a different artist each day will have stamps, so people should visit as many booths as possible to find them.

Bay Harbor Golf Club

The Bay Harbor Golf Club offers golfers a view of Lake Michigan and the residential neighborhoods at Bay Harbor in Petoskey.

The Bay Harbor Art Festival will feature live music both days and a magician on Saturday. One of the artists from last year will be performing, Neerken said.The public will later have access to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, which is currently under construction. The facility is set to host its first performances in the summer of 2018, with the grand opening in July.

“It’s designed to bring all kinds of diversified entertainment into northern Michigan.” Chermside said.  “We’re all really excited because it’s right here in our backyard.”

Published by Stephanie Brzezinski. Check out Grand Traverse Scene Summer 2017 Part 2

Copyright 2017 GT Scene, Edition 7/26/2017

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.

CROOKED VINE
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.

PLEASANTVIEW WINERY
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.

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

You’ve decided to make a stop in Bay Harbor and you want to make the most of your visit.  Where do you begin?  The Village at Bay Harbor, of course.

Located on the Marina waterfront, The Village at Bay Harbor is filled with boutique shops, restaurants and specialty services.  Meet friends for coffee, browse our fashionable merchants, stay for dinner or just enjoy a stroll along the docks.  There’s always plenty to do in The Village.

Propellers offers a wide variety of colorful resort wear, footwear, nautical gifts and accessories, carrying brands such as Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Sperry. 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.   Need a precision haircut, exceptional color or fabulous blowout? Ilaria Hair Studio provides hair and nail care in an upscale, contemporary setting with top-of-the line products. You’ll feel your very best with a soothing Swedish massage or therapeutic deep tissue treatment from Grega’s Massage Therapy.

Fox Motors offers handy on-site rentals, sales and service of GEM electric vehicles for Bay Harbor residents and visitors. This fun, easy-to-use vehicle is a great way to experience the Bay Harbor community. Find your perfect yacht at Walstrom Marine Yacht Sales, representing the finest American manufactured boat lines such as Tiara, Chris Craft, Pursuit and Hatteras Yachts. Lake Michigan Yacht Sales offers new boats from Riviera, Rampage and Larson as well as a list of brokerage boats. Boat rental is also available for a wide variety of water activities, including water skiing, fishing and cruising.

Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty is located on Main Street, right in the Village. From waterfront mansions to Cliffside condos, Harbor Sotheby’s can help you find the perfect Bay Harbor home. Elisabeth Meda Interior Design, Meda Painting, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Looby Baumgarten CPA and Devon Title Agency also provide convenient specialty services.

The Bay Harbor History Exhibit tells the fascinating story of the community’s creation. You’ll want to see how Bay Harbor grew to become one of the country’s best residential developments and the important role the community plays in the Little Traverse Bay region. Also located in the Village is the independent non-profit Bay Harbor Foundation. Supported by Bay Harbor’s residents, business owners and employees, the Foundation provides donations, grants, scholarships and programs to area non-profit organizations serving our Northern Michigan neighbors in need

Just next door, with an incredible location on Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor Lake Marina is one of the area’s most popular destinations. In fact, the marina was named one of the “Top Ten Ports in North America” by Motor Boating Magazine, and one of the “10 Best Family-Boating Resorts” by Boating Life. Here, boaters are treated like kings, with waterside concierge services and docking assistance. And the boating community offers a great social life, with dock parties, cookouts and day trips. For visitors, it’s fun to walk along the docks and peer into the impressive collection of boats.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, The Village offers plenty of delicious dining options.  If you have a taste for pancakes, omelet and other breakfast favorites, nothing satisfies like The Original Pancake House.  For a mid-day boost, stop by The Coffee Beanery, a warm and friendly shop with all your favorite java creations.  Time for Happy Hour?  Knot, Just A Bar is the place to be with great drinks, a large selection of craft beers and casual lunch and dinner fare right on the waterfront.

If you prefer a more elegant atmosphere, head to the Inn at Bay Harbor where you’ll find great options including The Inn Cafe and The Vintage Chophouse I Wine Bar.  Or enjoy live entertainment, drinks and dinner in The Links Grille at Bay Harbor Golf Club.

Looking for even more shopping? Bay Harbor is located in the middle of the Little Traverse Bay Triangle, surrounded by the three charming lakeside towns of Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs. These villages have an extensive collection of unique retailers, restaurants, art galleries and antique shops just minutes away. Threads, Hilda’s, Craig Ryan and Robert Frost offer fine apparel and shoes. If you seek terrific independent bookstores, check out nationally award-winning McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Between the Covers and Horizon Books.

Cutler’s, Ciao Bella, Lake Affect, The Quiet Moose, Huzza, Savoir Faire and Sky Iris carry an upscale eclectic mix of home goods. Buy your perfect one-of-a-kind necklace at Barbara Box Boutique and Douglas Bacon Jewelry, where exquisite original designs dazzle. For the art lovers in the crowd, there are dozens of art galleries. Be sure to try these local favorites: Tvdeten Fine Art, Ward and Eis Gallery, James Peery Art, Elizabeth Pollie, Knox Galleries, Hramiec Hoffman and Pierre Bittas Galleries. And don’t miss the Northern Michigan Artist’s Market and Northgoods for more local artwork and gifts.

With so much to offer, you’ll definitely want to spend time here in The Village at Bay Harbor.  Visit this very special place, browse our boutiques, check out the harbor and enjoy a delicious meal.  One thing’s for sure.  No matter how long you are here, you’re going to want to stay longer.”

It’s happened many times before.  Visitors come to vacation in Bay Harbor and never want to leave.  Conveniently located in the heart of The Village at Bay Harbor, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty features on-site local experts who understand the unique attributes of the luxury Northern Michigan market.  Endorsed as the Bay Harbor community’s preferred real estate broker by the Bay Harbor Community Council, Harbor Sotheby’s is a member of the world-renowned Sotheby’s International Realty network, known for representing luxury homes and properties of distinction throughout the world.  Browse Harbor Sotheby’s listings in Bay Harbor on ExploreBayHarbor.com or stop by the agency’s Main Street office in The Village.