bay harbor northern lights

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!

 

 

The 2020 Real Estate market in Northern Michigan has started off a bit different this year, for reasons we all understand. The same applies to the luxury resort community of Bay Harbor, an extraordinary Lake Michigan community that offers some of the finest Northern Michigan properties for sale. While the community is known for an impressive, deep-water marina, championship golf, two hospitality venues, and the community’s social centerpiece, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, no one can anticipate what the “new normal” will be. For homeowners and sellers, all the uncertainty might have them looking to the market for answers, but there is a silver lining of hope shared by Pat Leavy.

Given the drastic reduction in air travel, it might be easy to assume Bay Harbor completely lost rental requests from prospective visitors and buyers. Not so fast. “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.

While no one knows how persistent the situation will be, real estate remains a long-term investment and many buyers continue to move forward with housing interests.  In addition to the increased rental requests, there is also an increase in inventory within the Bay Harbor community due to downsizing and other life events, and it is evident prospective buyers are willing to travel to northern Michigan to explore and learn about Bay Harbor.  Many homeowners have felt the frustration of being stuck at home during the quarantine and the idea of having a second home or a vacation escape, could spark some transactions in Bay Harbor.

“Sellers need to stay aggressive on their price points to attract buyers. With interest rates being low, it should attract more potential clients to look around,” says Leavy. There are certain life events such as birth, marriage, and downsizing that call for home sales.  Leavy says he is optimistic there will be transactions in Bay Harbor, but the year could be similar to what happened in 2008 and 2009 when the market was tough, but then the community came out of it strong.

While society goes through social and cultural shifts, homeowners are truly recognizing the value of a home and its surroundings. Home is where we eat, sleep, play, work, and flourish with outdoor spaces, patios, and decks becoming a necessity. As safety and a sense of community become more important every day, Bay Harbor continues to lead luxury real estate in Northern Michigan with its distinct personality, the resort lifestyle, and natural wonders. Now is the chance to build and maintain Bay Harbor’s confidence in the market as real estate will be at its height once it shifts back into normalcy. In the meantime, all these silver linings of hope should keep buyers and sellers optimistic.

When the long months of winter stretch out before you, there’s no better way to live them to the fullest than by taking a little vacation. No need to leave the country to see something that you’ve never seen before – just take a road trip around Northern Michigan. Mountains, rivers, lakes and forests fill the state, along with a history and culture that you won’t forget. See it up close with these three road trip routes.

Lake Charlevoix Circle

The road around historic Lake Charlevoix features plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, no matter what their interest is. As you drive around Boyne City Road, you’ll catch sight of the waterfront, drive through Young State Park, and see the nature that Michigan is famed for up close. Keep your camera on you and be open to adventure – you never know when a visit to the park or a restaurant will lead to the next great picture!

C-48 From Atwood to Boyne City

As the sister of the M-119, C48 is just as beautiful as its famed Tunnel of Trees, while also blissfully secluded. As you’re travelling, keep your eye out for the Malpass Family Nature Preserve along St. Clair Lake, and the Beach House Restaurant by Deer Lake. This trail lets you support small businesses that populate Northern Michigan as well as witness its natural beauty up front.

M-119’s Tunnel of Trees

Known for its amazing fall color, you can drive this scenic Northern Michigan route and enjoy its beauty all year long. As you head west from Petoskey State Park, make sure to stop by some of the sightseeing opportunities scattered throughout, such as Petoskey Brewing, the Little Traverse Historical Museum, and Bear River. Need a place to stay? Finish off your driving trip with a stop at Bay Harbor.

Part of the fun of a road trip is discovering new and exciting things together. And there’s no more perfect place to finish your road trip than at Bay Harbor. This coastal town has everything that you need for the perfect vacation, from trails to wander to a bustling downtown. Or just kick back and enjoy each other’s company.

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 five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families often enjoy golfing, leaf peeping, nearby skiing 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 Bay Harbor Village Hotel 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 next 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!

When the long months of summer stretch out before you, there’s no better way to live them to the fullest than by taking a little vacation. No need to leave the country to see something that you’ve never seen before – just take a road trip around Northern Michigan. Mountains, rivers, lakes and forests fill the state, along with a history and culture that you won’t forget. See it up close with these three road trip routes.

Lake Charlevoix Circle

The road around historic Lake Charlevoix features plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, no matter what their interest is. As you drive around Boyne City Road, you’ll catch sight of the waterfront, drive through Young State Park, and see the nature that Michigan is famed for up close. Keep your camera on you and be open to adventure – you never know when a visit to the park or a restaurant will lead to the next great picture!

C-48 From Atwood to Boyne City

As the sister of the M-119, C48 is just as beautiful as its famed Tunnel of Trees, while also blissfully secluded. As you’re travelling, keep your eye out for the Malpass Family Nature Preserve along St. Clair Lake, and the Beach House Restaurant by Deer Lake. This trail lets you support small businesses that populate Northern Michigan as well as witness its natural beauty up front.

M-119’s Tunnel of Trees

Known for its amazing fall color, you can drive this scenic Northern Michigan route and enjoy its beauty all year long. As you head west from Petoskey State Park, make sure to stop by some of the sightseeing opportunities scattered throughout, such as Petoskey Brewing, the Little Traverse Historical Museum, and Bear River. Need a place to stay? Finish off your driving trip with a stop at Bay Harbor.

Part of the fun of a road trip is discovering new and exciting things together. The long months of summer are perfect for that, and there’s no more perfect place to finish your road trip than at Bay Harbor. This coastal town has everything that you need for the perfect vacation, from trails to wander to a bustling downtown. Fish on Lake Michigan, relax on the beach, or kick back and enjoy each other’s company.

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

There’s a lot that Northern Michigan to offer, especially in the summer. While the Great Lakes get all the glory, you’ll be surprised at what other treasures you can find here as well. Fun fact: Lavender Hill Farms, located just minutes down the road from Bay Harbor, is one of the biggest lavender farms in the entire state. Step past the gates here and enjoy a day of food, fun, and beauty.

With the 25 varieties of lavender grown here, almost every part of the plant is utilized for everything from bath products to honey and preserves. From teaching visitors about how lavender is grown to hosting fun events that bring everyone together, Lavender Hill Farm is fun for everyone. And their gift shop is almost paradise.

Summer is the peak of Lavender season! Many enjoy the Lavender Fest Fridays, where families can play on swings, make a craft, and dance to the music, while others partake in yoga classes and lavender planting programs. In that traditional Northern Michigan way, Lavender Hill Farm has made themself into a social spot, where families and friends can meet, catch up with each other, and make new memories.

There’s no place like The Great Lakes State. Many families choose Northern Michigan as their vacation destination every year. The beauty of the mountains and lakes compel adventure seekers, while the lavender fields at places such as Lavender Hill Farm allows folks who seek out a slower pace of life. And for all types, there’s 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 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 Wheel-way.  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. .

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.

The cherry has served as a symbol of Michigan’s economy and culture ever since French settlers planted cherry seeds along the St. Lawrence River. From there on, when America needed tart cherries for their pies, jams, and meats, they would turn to Michigan. The cherry had become so important to Michigan’s economy that in 1910, farmers who grew cherries in the Grand Traverse area had taken to performing a ‘blessing of the blossoms’ around May. Give or take about 90 years, and this ceremony became what we recognize today as North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival. Running from June 29th to July 6th and held in Traverse City, Michigan, this festival is jam packed (if you’ll pardon the pun) with the best of the history, culture, and cherries that make Northern Michigan what it is today.

We can’t mention a cherry festival without talking about food, and boy, does this festival aim to please. North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival brings in chefs, bakers, and candy makers who know how to use the sweet-yet-tart fruit’s unique flavor to bring you some of the best bites in the state. On June 29th, chow down for a cause at the Very Cherry Flying Pancake Breakfast, where the pancakes soar through the air like trapeze artists. The admission price you pay to enjoy your flapjacks helps support the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship, so you can pour on the extra cherry sauce without guilt. It’s not the only way to enjoy the eats at the festival – running throughout the entire festival, the Cherry Farmer’s Market hosts some of the most beloved producers of cherry products, including Six Lugs, Deering’s, and Naturally Nutty. If there’s a place at the cherry festival to grab your jams, sauces, and snacks, this is it!

The National Cherry Festival isn’t known just for its great food – it’s also well recognized for the amazing experiences that you can have there, too. The Arnold Amusement Midway provides all of the excitement and fun that you can expect from North Michigan’s National Cherry Festival, with everything from Ferris wheels to carnival games. The festival is also known for its air show, which shows off stunts and spectacles performed by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Finally, families can enjoy not one, but three parades that the National Cherry Festival hosts. Make your pick and attend the Junior Royale parade, the DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade, or the Consumers Energy Heritage Parade presented by Hagerty. Better yet, make a plan to do all three of them!

With so much to do, it’s a blessing that the National Cherry Festival runs for so long. That means that you can work in everything that you want to do, while enjoying the pure Michigan landscape that surrounds you. Stay close to the festival so that you don’t miss a thing, or stay close to Michigan’s nature, when you stay at Bay Harbor. Whether you’re staying for only a short while or for the whole summer, Bay Harbor has a way of making itself your home away from home.

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 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.

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.

Summer is here! From car shows to art festivals, Bay Harbor is the small town with the big activities list. Some you won’t want to miss below.

In-Water Boat Show

As one of Northern Michigan’s most beloved events, this is one you won’t want to miss. Taking place over Father’s Day weekend, make Dad’s day as you view over 80 of the finest examples in watercraft, from mega yachts to pleasure boats. For the kids, there will even be a helicopter that’s on site, an inflatable skill course with slide, and an appearance by a Michigan stilt walker!

Vintage Car & Boat Show

Hosted by the Bay Harbor Foundation, travel back in time as you view the cars and boats of yesteryear at the Vintage Car & Boat Festival! This “rolling museum” takes place on June 21st through the 22nd down Main Street at Bay Harbor, and consists of the famed car parade. Everyone looks forward to seeing the automobiles in their glory, and they celebrate them with an awards ceremony later in the day.

20th Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival

When July 26th and 27th come around, everyone in Northern Michigan gets ready for the big art festival that’s coming to town! Main Street and the Marina Lawn will be packed with tents featuring paintings, sculptures, and pieces by artists from around the block to around the globe! There will be live music, dance performances, speed painting, and a green market for those in search of handmade soap, jewelry, food mixes, and more!

You won’t want to miss a second of the action here in Bay Harbor this summer. Stop by and see for yourself all of the fun here. One thing’s for sure – once you’re here, you might not ever want to leave.

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 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. 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 Bay Harbor Village Hotel 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 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.