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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!

Bay Harbor, MI – In January 2020, Bay Harbor Yacht Club embarked and broke ground on an expansive project to renovate and refurbish the entire Clubhouse – adding world-class amenities and premier services making BHYC one of the finest private clubs in the Great Lakes Region. The expansion of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s space, amenities and services will guarantee a variety of top-notch member experiences year-round. BHYC completed the project in June 2021, unveiling its changes in celebration of the Club’s 25th Anniversary.

BHYC’s renovation project was completed in three phases. The first phase, completed August 2020, included a 7,500 square foot Wellness Center, which has been ranked 12th in Club + Resort’s Top 50 Club Fitness and Wellness Centers since its grand opening. The Wellness Center now offers a full suite of cutting-edge cardio and resistance equipment by Technogym; Group Fitness Studio; Peloton Spin Bike Room; and a 72-course indoor Golf Simulator. In addition, BHYC opened their brand-new Kid’s Club, where junior members of all ages can enjoy games, crafts, and storytelling. The Kid’s Club serves as the hub for all junior member programming and camps.

Phase 2, completed in early-June, unveiled changes to the existing Bay View Dining Room, BHYC’s upscale dining experience as well as the addition of a brand-new Relaxation Spa, where members can enjoy massage therapy and other luxury spa services. Phase 2 also introduced The Grille Room, BHYC’s newest casual, all-season restaurant.

The third and final phase of the Club’s renovation project, completed late-June, introduced the Club’s newly redesigned outdoor amenities. This phase included the opening of BHYC’s new Aquatics Center, featuring a 25-yard competition-length infinity pool, an adjacent whirlpool, and children’s splashpad, as well as renovation to the existing Quarter Deck restaurant featuring an expanded Gazebo Bar and casual outdoor lounge seating, complete with firepits.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club is an award-winning, member-owned social club that has served as the social center of the stunning Bay Harbor community since 1996. Proudly offering exquisite amenities including three renowned restaurants, Racquets Center, private beach, and an active social calendar, BHYC’s rich history of recreation, relaxation, and outstanding services have earned BHYC Elite Status as a Distinguished Club of the World – an award granted to BHYC yearly since 2015. As BHYC celebrates these accomplishments, the Club is also continuously evolving to meet the needs of its members. BHYC serves over 600 members and their guests. Membership opportunities are available.

The astounding agility and power of the Great Lakes 52 series racing will be on display yet again, showcasing local and international talent. While the event first began from generations of TP52 yachts of the Great Lakes coming together to compete seasonally, the races now draw crowds from all over the world.

NORTH AMERICA’S SAILING GRAND PRIX

This year’s event will feature teams based out of both the east and west coasts as well as four teams based locally out of the Great Lakes. Tom Geisler, sailing extraordinaire, referred to the event as “the best Grand Prix racing series in North America right now.” According to Geisler, these teams will feature crew that compete on the international circuit of the Rolex 52 Super Series as the event is a branch off from the Mediterranean-based competition.

Each team will have to be ready to face off in extremely competitive waters. The variation in offshore and inshore racing requires teams to showcase the skill and expertise to control the large 52-foot vessels in a way that allows for precision to cut around buoys and speed to conquer competitors. The inshore racing entails yachts competing in several races back-to-back to showcase quick maneuvering and acceleration. Geisler explained that offshore racing will require teams to sail for extended periods of time over long distances.

CHICAGO TO MACKINAC ISLAND

The teams will travel almost 333 miles from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Racing will kick off with the Chicago NOOD Regatta before competing in a total of seven regattas. The season’s grand finale will be in Holland, Michigan at the Macatawa Championship in mid-September. The yachts will compete as part of multi-race regattas that will feature over 300 boats. However, Little Traverse Bay’s Bay Harbor Cup will feature the series’ only standalone 52 race.

This will be the second year the event will be held at Bay Harbor. Geisler spoke highly of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s involvement in the event previously. “The facilities were beautiful. The owners of the teams really enjoyed being at Bay Harbor.” Two members of Bay Harbor Yacht Club are owners of two of the racing vessels competing in the series. With each team racing with 14 crew members and 2-3 shore team members, the event is sure to bring crowds.

No matter if competitor, family & friends, or spectator, everyone is sure to be appreciative, as Geisler noted, of “the proximity [of the club] to the lake.”

EXPLORE BAY HARBOR

Located right 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 and it’s being unveiled this summer. This renovation brings a state-of-the-arts 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!

In the past year, Bay Harbor Yacht Club has undergone various renovations as part of its Building on Perfection renovation and expansion project. With over $13.5 million worth of renovations coming to completion this summer, there is no better way for this landmark club to celebrate its historic 25th-anniversary. Contemporary modern design has officially arrived in quaint Bay Harbor, Michigan, enhancing this magnificent setting even more. Bay Harbor Yacht Club has prioritized community and wellness throughout these renovations and has created a space for members to gather. Discover all of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s completed and future renovations!

An Elevated Dining Experience

The Bay Harbor Yacht Club is home to various dining venues for every occasion. For a more upscale experience, the newly transformed Bay View Dining Room, completed this past May, allows members to socialize in a relaxed ambiance with a specially crafted menu and a beautiful view of the Harbor. Enjoy a gathering lounge for sips and bites or host special celebrations in one of the private dining rooms. This lounge is the proud product of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s sense of comradery.

Completed June of this year, The Grille Room is the newest addition to Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s lively gathering spots. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, it provides the perfect location for a fun night out with friends and family. The Grille Room has a vast menu with classic takes on hamburgers and wings, premium wines and craft beers. With televisions streaming multiple sporting events, members will have a new favorite spot to grab a bite after a day out on the boat or golf course.

With a highly anticipated late-June debut, additions to the existing design of the Quarter Deck give members a comfortable atmosphere to soak up the summer weather. Listen to live music, roast marshmallows over fire pits, or have a cocktail at the new Gazebo Bar. Enjoy a diverse menu that enhances the ambiance of the breathtaking views of Bay Harbor Lake.

Capitalize on Health and Wellness

With the addition of a Relaxation Spa, members can treat themselves to soothing and tranquil amenities for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Features like steam rooms, massage rooms, facials, and other luxury spa services create a stress-relieving atmosphere. Members can order from a light menu consisting of healthy food and beverages as they relax at the outdoor spa lounge.

The Wellness Center, which reopened last August, is the perfect place for members to break a sweat. Housing brand new state-of-the-art equipment, the 7,500 square foot center has much to offer. The Wellness Center hosts classes both in person and on the nine-foot digital wall, Technogym equipment featuring touchscreen cardio units, and workshops and events for educating members about personal wellness. There is even an indoor virtual golf simulator that aids members in improving their golf skills.

Fun for the Whole Family

Start the summer off with a splash at the Aquatics Center, completed in late June. Relax on the sundeck on a poolside chaise or swim a few laps in the 25-yard recreation pool. Children will love playing in the designated splash pad, and members are encouraged to take advantage of the hot tub and spa area, as well as the aqua-fit programming. The Aquatics Center is the best way for members to spend sunny summer days at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club Celebrates 25 Years

Since 1996, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club has been a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy scenic Northern Michigan. There is no better way to celebrate the sense of togetherness than by updating spaces intended for people to congregate. These renovated spaces will serve as the backdrop of countless memories. Each space was intentionally updated to honor personal connections and the picturesque Bay Harbor area amongst members. It is no wonder why the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is referred to as the social epicenter of Bay Harbor.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing 5 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.” The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents can be found participating in community events and activities throughout the year.

The best 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, the community 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 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!

With summer around the corner, vacation season is revving up for Bay Harbor and its social marvel, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. This is the place to be to do everything you want with a stunning view wherever you go. Sitting along five miles of the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a cherished destination for vacationers and residents alike. Here are five anticipated summer events happening around Bay Harbor that you will not want to miss.

In-Water Boat Show

A great way to kick off summer is enjoying Bay Harbor’s 19th Annual In-Water Boat Show at the Bay Harbor Lake Marina beginning June 18, throughout the whole weekend. The boats are displayed both in-water and on-land, and information on each craft is available. Relish strolling the docks of the harbor as you view premier water vessels and boating accessories with live music from Chris Callaja and the Petoskey Steel Drum Band. Kids will have a blast, too with a free Bay Harbor Coloring book. It’s a festive evening for boat lovers alike!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Bay Harbor Yacht Club sponsors the annual fireworks display for the Bay Harbor area. Hosted at dusk on July 3, these fireworks are a can’t-miss event! Members and residents enjoy watching this spectacle in the comfort of the club’s property, and the surrounding community and guests are more than welcome to enjoy the display from the public areas in the Village at Bay Harbor. The Yacht Club is beyond ecstatic to host the firework show again this year and hope to continue an exciting summer with the annual Fourth of July Parade. With plenty of room to spread out and relax, this event is the best way to celebrate the holiday in patriotic fashion.

Bay Harbor Arts Festival

Come see one of the most lauded venues in Northern Michigan at the 21st Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival July 23-24. The art is showcased on over 5 miles of Lake Michigan shores and the deep-water harbor of Bay Harbor Lake, creating a stunning canvas for visitors. Preview night begins Friday, where visitors can mingle with the artists while they enjoy jazz music by the Katherine Ryan Trio, and Saturday is a full day of art. It’s a delightful way to spend those soft summer nights while surrounded by captivating culture.

Balloons Over Bay Harbor

What is a summer without balloons? Balloons Over Bay Harbor at the Village at Bay Harbor lifts off September 17 – 19 for our second annual High Soaring event. Imagine glowing balloons lifted high in the sky as they reflect over the Little Traverse Bay. On Friday evening, the magnificent hot air balloons are flown by expert pilots as flights occur throughout the weekend, and breathtaking “nightglows” showcase a beautiful light show on the marina lawn Friday and Sunday evenings. Other events are still being planned, but they are sure to make this community event a thrilling summer adventure.

3K Autumn Glory Color Run

Are you ready to make a splash of color at the 3K Autumn Glory Color Run? Taking place September 18, Bay Harbor’s second annual color run begins on Saturday morning at 10am in the Village. Participants are encouraged to show their creativity and celebrate art, and it is suggested that runners either wear all white or dress in costume. There is no timed racing as it is a local event intended for friends and family to enjoy while supporting a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the McLaren Northern Michigan Pediatrics Department to help fund patient and family support for families in need.

With exuberant events and gorgeous sights to take in at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, now is the summer to visit Bay Harbor in Northern Michigan. Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing 5 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. 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 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. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!

Imagine teeing up along the Lake Michigan shore, just in time to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the green — members of the Bay Harbor Golf Club enjoy these unmatched experiences every day. Seasoned residents marvel at not only Bay Harbor’s vivid scenery, but also its three distinctive golf landscapes – The Links, The Quarry, and The Preserve. With the 2021 season about to begin, Bay Harbor neighbors are eagerly grabbing their clubs. Discover why tee times are going fast at these one-of-a-kind courses.

The Links

Taking its lead from the dramatic courses that hug Ireland’s North Atlantic coastline, The Links is situated on the beautiful Lake Michigan shore, with miles of uninterrupted views up and down the lakefront. Accented by towering bluffs and windblown dunes, The Links 9 demonstrates Arthur Hills design at its finest, combining the course’s unique topography with the native environment to achieve golf’s greatest promise as both a sport – and a lifestyle. Beautiful Michigan weather and an offshore breeze, matched with the course’s careful design will make any day on The Links one to remember.

The Links golf course located at Bay Harbor with views of lake michigan

The Quarry

Like The Links,The Quarry epitomizes Arthur Hills’ unique ability to leverage existing terrain in the creation of something distinctive and brilliant. Located in and around the remains of a massive shale quarry, this unrivaled course claims some of the golfing world’s most dramatic features. From 40-foot gorges and stone cliffs to natural ponds and a gentle waterfall, each hole will leave players with more than exquisite views. But beyond the scenery, The Quarry rewards well-planned tee shots, and approaches that truly hit their spots.

The Quarry golf coarse located in Bay Harbor

The Preserve

Nestled into the hardwood forest that hugs the distinctive Lake Michigan shore, The Preserve is a favorite that is nothing short of a sanctuary. One round on this course will take players winding through a classic northern Michigan landscape, through wildflowers, lush grass, and native wetlands filled with an abundance of wildlife. Just imagine the sounds of breaking waves and bustling flora and fauna throughout, with the most notable views awaiting at the finish. In typical Arthur Hills fashion,The Preserve leaves players with a spectacular par-3 situated right on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

beautiful greens of The Preserve gold course at Bay Harbor Michigan

Bay Harbor Golf Club provides members with unmatched benefits to enjoy the natural wonders amongst a “guilty pleasure” game of golf. For the current 2021 season, BHGC is offering 20% off application fees when new members join both Bay Harbor Yacht Club and Bay Harbor Golf Club, including the following benefits – complimentary Cart Plan for the 2021 Golf Season, custom engraved wooden bag tag, points for your application fee, and one complimentary GEARS fitting or lesson for the 2021 Golf Season. Learn more about the Golf Club here.

Bay Harbor, Michigan, a coastal resort and golf community, offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing 5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Village Suites Bay Harbor.

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. It truly is a destination for all seasons. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about membership 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 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 places are more beautiful in the summer than northern Michigan, but at this time of year, we look to the sky to celebrate nature’s beauty. You may spend your days enjoying the spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline at Bay Harbor or picking cherries at King Orchards, but there’s only one way to enjoy a clear, crisp Michigan night: watching the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a result of solar winds breaking through a magnetic field and colliding with Earth’s atmosphere. These captivating hues of green, pink and purple (sometimes even red) are a rare sight, and Michigan is one of the few states in which they can be seen. While it’s never guaranteed that the Northern Lights will be visible, there are a few factors you should consider when planning to catch a glimpse of this spectacular nighttime performance. Keep reading to learn more about the best times and places to view the Northern Lights in Michigan.

Best Times to View the Northern Lights

While the viewing season runs from August through April,the best months for seeing the phenomenon include April,October and November. You’ll want to be watching the sky between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight for the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. It’s also important to look at the predicted weather conditions before your Aurora Borealis adventure. Check the forecast throughout the day to ensure there will be cold temperatures and no clouds. To view space weather forecasts and sign up for aurora alerts, visit Spaceweather.com.

view of northern light in michigan

Best Places to View the Northern Lights

When picking your viewing location, you must find a spot with little to no light sources interfering with the sky’s visibility. Although many Bay Harbor residents enjoy the show from their backyard visitors often enjoy The Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP), is located about an hour north of Bay Harbor. According to the International Dark-Sky Association, an IDSP is a certified land that meets a “set of guidelines based on land management, size, and sky quality”. All IDSPs meet strict requirements to ensure they are preserving the natural night sky. This makes them the perfect viewing spots for space phenomena such as the Northern Lights.

the headland park sign in front of park in michigan

In addition to the Northern Lights, Michigan is home to endless picturesque scenes of nature. Located near Petoskey and Little Traverse Bay 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 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 Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the exclusive social centerpiece for this community of golf and boating enthusiasts. The Village at Bay Harbor offers many options for unique shopping and delicious dining, and is home to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts which will be returning to action this summer. 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. 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 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.  Go to ExploreBayHarbor to find out more!

 

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.

The Northern Michigan boating scene is second to none, and there’s no better way to get the inside scoop than from a local boating expert. Tom Ervin, President of Walstrom Marine, gave us some insight into all things boating in the area.

Popular Big Water Destinations

“Boating in Harbor Springs and Petoskey is easily some of the best in the Midwest, if not the country. With open but protected space and close proximity to so many boating destinations, it’s easy to see why it’s a hot spot for boaters on large and small craft alike,” said Ervin. “Many are sticking close to home this summer, but day trips are an ever-popular way to enjoy our area. Destinations like Traverse City, Charlevoix, Mackinac Island, the Les Cheneaux Islands, De Tour, and Drummond Island are all in a day’s reach and great places to explore with your loved ones while still being able to make it back to port for dinner.”

Inland Lake Spots

He continued, “In addition to the big water spots, the endless inland lakes like Lake Leelanau, Torch, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon, Burt, and Mullett Lakes are awesome spots to put in for the day. The endless blue skies and sunshine this summer have made daytrips that much easier. And with what is shaping up to be a beautiful fall, we hope you’re able to enjoy at least a few outings before it’s time to turn in for the winter.”

How To Get Out On the Water

Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other, is in the heart of it all. Bay Harbor Lake Marina, just off Main Street in the Village at Bay Harbor, offers slips and docks for easy access to these big water destinations. Fishing charters are also available. Here, Bay Harbor Lake, a stunning deep-water harbor, provides a protected start before you leave the inlet to venture out to Lake Michigan.

Be sure to check for any ramp closures before you head out for the day. Give Walstrom Marine a call for other Northern Michigan dock and ramp locations or if you’re in town, stop by their Bay Harbor location.

An Inside Look

As the social centerpiece of the Bay Harbor community, Bay Harbor Yacht Club overlooks Bay Harbor Lake and is home to over 100 slips. Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers fantastic dining, club activities, events, fitness, pickleball and so much more. Not just for boaters, there’s something for everyone.

The BHYC Cruise Club is one of the Yacht Club’s many clubs within the clubs and is comprised of a very active and adventurous group of members. The group travels to different destinations on the Great Lakes including beautiful stops in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. They normally plan four excursions each summer during the months of June-August, with some additional day trips, dinghy rides and other meet ups closer to their home port of Bay Harbor.

In 2020, they explored popular Michigan cities including Traverse City, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island and Boyne City. For their August trip, their original destination was to visit Killarney, Ontario and the North Channel, however with travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the “Cruise Captains” quickly changed directions and headed north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and explored the beautiful natural beauty of the Pictured Rocks, Marquette and Copper Harbor as well as the impressive workings of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. Boating, hiking, biking and outdoor exploration provide great options to social distance, while discovering the beauty of the Great Lakes region.

This is 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.

Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyle. In addition to boating, families often enjoy 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 Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining.

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. Start planning your visit today by requesting a complimentary copy of the Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more.

It’s Time to Make Your Move Outside!

After living in seclusion for months on end, people have had more time to reevaluate how they spend their time, and what is really important in their lives.  This “new” psychology has started a wave of outdoor activities, with more visits to parks and waterfronts. After months of isolation, folks were ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and what better way to spend that time than with family in a gorgeous, natural setting.

Boating has never been as popular as it is now, and even boat sales have exploded in the last five months. And it’s one of the many reasons to visit the charming and luxurious resort community of Bay Harbor, MI. This community is hot in 2020, as folks are ready for wide-open spaces and endless fun. “We are finding that our rental requests have been high because people are trying to escape the suburbs and city. These are the same people who were unable to take a spring break with their family, so they are excited to vacation in northern Michigan,” says Pat Leavy of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate at Bay Harbor.  “Many of those renters have decided Bay Harbor is the place they want to be, and real estate sales momentum is building.”

A Lake Michigan Paradise

Residents relish in the natural beauty of the serene Lake Michigan, with views of Little Traverse Bay, the rich forests, and the star-filled sky. Visitors will enjoy the Village at Bay Harbor, with its unique specialty shops and tempting restaurants. Take a stroll and explore Bay Harbor Lake Marina and marvel at the many impressive boats preparing to head out on the lake.

A great round begins at the award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club. Showcasing 27 holes of spectacular Arthur Hills-designed golf, the Club is designed around the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. Its three distinct and varied courses feature breathtaking, cliffside vistas along Little Traverse Bay.  Named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play”, semi-private Bay Harbor Golf Club is a must for golf aficionados.  Residents also have peace of mind knowing they live in a secure, gated community. There’s so much to Explore at Bay Harbor, you just have to come and see for yourself.

Bay Harbor is Waiting for You

In this transformative time, Bay Harbor Real Estate is in high demand, in fact, Real Estate here is booming with 28 transactions worth $20 million so far in 2020, and $30 million pending to close this year. The average sales price is $1,797.672.  Indeed, 2020 is looking to be the strongest year for Bay Harbor.  What are some of the hottest communities?  Harborside, Lakeshore Village, The Ridge, The Shores, and Village Beach are easy favorites, with a total of 111 listed properties consisting of 64 from Single Family Homes, 10 Vacation Properties, 19 Condos/ Townhomes, and 18 Docks/Cabanas/Custom Storage properties.

While Bay Harbor has its share of native residents, new members are coming from IL, MD, FL, CT, and AZ, and the Yacht Club has welcomed 35 new members to date. While the average age of new members is 55, it’s also seen an influx of younger families. The Club’s new Boater Membership has been extremely successful.  This membership was designed with boaters in mind and is the Club’s only summer seasonal membership.

Property ownership is not a requirement for membership and there is a variety of other membership categories to choose from, designed to suit individual lifestyle needs. Members enjoy full access to the 63,000 square-foot Clubhouse amenities, as well as the Club’s Racquet Sports Center, private beach, and member-only programming and events.  The award-winning Club offers unrivaled fitness, wellness, social, and leisure amenities to suit every age group. Bay Harbor is so successful it even sees a few legacy purchases of children and grandchildren of members who are now homeowners in the community.

Where Lifetime Memories are Made

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 enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan, and 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? 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. 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. But get ahead of the crowd because Bay Harbor is hot!

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your outdoor 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 ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!