Barron family making memories at Bay Harbor Yacht Club

The Barron family has been calling Bay Harbor Home for more than a decade. “This is our lake home, we like to call it,” says Lissa Barron. “We commute back and forth between our home downstate, and this is our second home up here in Bay Harbor. We still work full time so we’re here as often as we can be, year-round.”

aerial shot of Barron family boating on Lake Michigan

For Bruce Barron, boating is where it began. “We started coming up in 2006 by boat and got very enamored with the place. We then bought a home and then kept the boat up here.” Gaining a new appreciation for Michigan’s unique destinations, the Barrons enjoy exploring. “We are a part of the BHYC Cruise Club, so we boat all over the Great Lakes. Last year we spent two weeks on Lake Superior and went up to Grand Marais, Marquette and Houghton. It’s gorgeous. We are very spoiled here in Michigan. There’s no other state that has all of this.” Lissa adds “We did Lake Superior last year. That’s pretty far up north, and it was just the most beautiful trip. We’ve been boating for over 20 years, and there’s never a shortage of places to discover from here.”

Yet for the Barron family, some of their fondest memories occurred closer to their homeport at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. “Our oldest daughter was married here three years ago. It was a beautiful event. Bruce recalls “They were married at the Catholic Church in Harbor Springs and then two boats brought the wedding party over to the Yacht Club. They landed right outside here on the Promenade with all of us, and our guests greeted them when they pulled in. That was really cool.”

Barron family wedding

The family now has a second wedding on the horizon, and they have already reserved the Yacht Club for the reception. Lissa shared, “I was surprised that my youngest daughter would want to do the same thing that her older sister did…. come to the same place. But she grew up here, and Bruce always considered her his ‘first mate’ on the boat. When they thought about it, they just couldn’t think of a more beautiful place.”

Weddings and special events are a big part of life for the Barron family. “We have a group of 35 friends and family that were just here for July 4th,” says Lissa. “This is a gathering that we’ve been doing for over 10 years now. It’s a group of friends that we have from downstate. They don’t necessarily own places here, but since we’re based here, they would come up to visit.” Reminiscing about the year’s past, “Some stay at the Inn, and we accommodate as many as we can. We were just hosting them for the July 3rd party, which includes fireworks. It’s an annual family event that everyone looks forward to. It’s tradition now. We just love it.”

Barron Family celebrates at Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Bruce also celebrated his 60th birthday last year, and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club hosted a special evening centered around his passion for food and wine. “Well, special events if you want to have one here, they do a fantastic job,” says Bruce. “It was my 60th so it was a big one.
We did sort of like a wine pairing dinner. We had dinner for eight of us, and we chose all the wine and pairings, and the chef prepared a special menu.”

“We put together a special menu, a seven-course menu with wine pairings and the Sommelier came and introduced every wine and poured them for everybody. The kitchen staff came out and presented it all at once. I mean, it was really cool.” Bruce gives the Yacht Club’s new Chef Adam Hightower high marks. “He’s doing well. I think he’s brought some different nuances to the menu, interesting accompaniments, and different preparations. He has been exposing us to different things that haven’t been typical up here.”

Barron Family Wine Tasting

But for these wine aficionados, the Club is going above and beyond. “In terms of wine and wine tasting here at the Club, we are spoiled. We have had some fantastic vintners visit us here. Just a couple of weeks ago we were at the Venge tasting. We have an Adobe Road tasting coming up at the end of August. We had the Fisher Family here. Fred Fisher came himself for the tasting. Reilly Keenan from the Keenan Vineyards came to town. These are pretty big-name Napa guys and gals. We get them here for a group of 30 people for tasting and a pairing. I don’t want to miss them. If I can’t make one, I’m upset that I can’t make it. They are fantastic.”

The Barrons also have a deep appreciation for the staff at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Bruce says it best, “They’re great, and we’ve gotten to know them extremely well. Fortunately, most of the senior staff has been here most of the 12 years that we’ve been Members. It’s been a blessing to be able to be around them.” He adds “And you feel guilty sometimes because they’re like your friends and part of your family, but when you’re here they’re here to be hospitable and serve us. I would like to be serving them in the same way they serve me, but we know they get satisfaction out of a job well done, and the Members are very happy. I would still love to come in and give them a big hug to thank them.”

The Barron family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the 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 members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought 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.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure 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!

Dianne and Wes Paisley have been members at Bay Harbor Yacht Club since 2007. Although they are avid boaters, it was the sport of cycling that brought them to northern Michigan. Wes tells us, “We started coming up on weekends from Detroit to cycle. We stopped by Bay Harbor one day, had lunch and said ‘wow, this place is beautiful. It wasn’t long until we decided to move here.” Although they were originally looking for a place in the woods, they quickly discovered Bay Harbor was alive with activity.

“We had friends up here, and they recommended that we take a look. One the biggest things for us is that this is a community unto itself, and we have made friends that will be our friends for life,” adds Wes. “Bay Harbor is the best place to be, and we love coming up here.”

Dianne tells us about the cycling that got it all started. “It’s such a great location because you’re right in the middle of the beautiful resort towns of Charlevoix on one side, Harbor Springs on the other and Petoskey in the middle. It’s easily accessible by bike or walking or running. There are a lot of back roads, and the nice thing is cycling in this area there isn’t a lot of traffic. It’s very hilly so it’s quite challenging, but there’s a lot of paths.”

Wes uses his knuckles to visually represent the area, “So if you go north and south you go over the humpbacks. There’s Camp Daggett and Resort Pike. You actually ride to Boyne City, so it’s aggressive, but we have some friends that like to ride as well.” When the weather isn’t ideal or other challenges arise, the couple turns to the new Bay Harbor Yacht Club Wellness Center. “As a cyclist, the Pelotons are great. I had back surgery last September and had to ease back into it. It’s amazing.”

paisley family out for a bike ride at Bay Harbor

Dianne tells us when they aren’t traversing the land, they love to hit the lake. “We’re boaters, and we have a wonderful cruising club at Bay Harbor. In fact, we’re leaving tomorrow to go to Wisconsin on our boat. There are about six boats going. We’ll be gone for two weeks. We schedule maybe four trips a year with our cruising club, and it’s fun.”

bay harbor michigan dock and marina

“So, we’re Cruise Captains,” says Wes. “We’re part of the committee, so we planned two back-to-back weekends in Traverse City. Dianne and I organized that trip in the middle of July. We had so much demand. People wanted to go to Traverse City. We also head out to South Manitou Island, Beaver Island, but mostly city ports.” The couple plays an active role in making the weekends memorable for everyone who travels, “We organize the slips, the dinners, winery visits and those activities. Each couple takes responsibility for organizing one of those trips. It’s a great group.”

And how does the rest of the family enjoy Bay Harbor. “Our family comes frequently, especially the week of 4th of July. That’s such a big celebration here for that entire week,” says Dianne. “So, they come up, and there’s fireworks. There are all kinds of games on the beach for the kids and of course, barbecues. They love it, and they look forward to it every year.

paisley family smiling in front of bay harbor yacht club
plated dish at bay harbor dining venue

And after a difficult year for restaurants in the region, the Paisley’s have a special appreciation for the Bay Harbor Yacht Club food and beverage staff. “There are several really nice restaurants in Petoskey. You call you make a reservation, but you better call two weeks in advance. You just can’t show up,” says Wes. “I’m really sensitive to the challenge of Clubs and their ability to provide first-class food on demand for Members. It’s one the most difficult jobs. And here, because we’re Members, we can just walk in any time. It’s one of the reasons there’s so much demand because of this Club.” Wes recognizes what it takes to fulfill that promise. “The staff here are terrific, and we’ve known several of them for 13 years. They are the best.”

The Paisley family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the 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.

aerial image of bay harbor and the community

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought 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.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure 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 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our upcoming activities!

Few experiences match the thrill and excitement of attending a live performance at a state-of-the-art venue. That’s never been truer than the summer of 2021. The time has once again arrived for us to celebrate the magnificent talents who have been silenced for more than a year. At Bay Harbor, patrons are once again being immersed in the sights and sounds of artisans from across the globe through a spectacular lineup of events. Bay Harbor is a quaint resort community that spans 5 miles of the Little Traverse Bay shoreline in Michigan, and the entire community is proud to have the Great Lakes Center for the Arts taking center stage once again.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts exterior

With a mission to inspire, entertain and serve Northern Michigan residents year-round, GLCFA has added multiple live shows and performances to its calendar. Believing in providing full-spectrum entertainment and educational experiences, there are few places better suited to explore than the one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

From expert piano recitals courtesy of renowned Chaojun Yang, a tribute to the downtown humor of Patsy Cline or the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir, the Great Lakes CFA calendar is full of impressive performances fit for all to enjoy. Explore all the events and ticket-buying options here. Educational Programs such as Next Gen and The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program are also offered by the center as a way to offer impactful educational opportunities to the surrounding region and community youth.

Bay Harbor Great Lakes Center for the Arts Lobby Architecture

Supporting Bay Harbor’s Great Lakes Center for the Arts is as enjoyable as it is enlightening. With their mission to entertain, inspire and serve the community through performing arts, the center is welcoming visitors and guests from around the world.

While you’re in town for a performance, explore the Village at Bay Harbor adjacent to the theatre in picturesque Bay Harbor. A myriad of shops and restaurants overlook the Lake Marina offering a delightful place to stroll before or after the performance.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Stage

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 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’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven. 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 earlier this summer. This spectacular Yacht Club provides members with a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and a wide variety of Member dining experiences. Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to get to know the community while enjoying the lifestyle and staying updated on the newest real estate offerings.

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. 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!

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!

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!

 

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

Great Lakes Center For The Arts

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

Little Traverse Wheelway

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

Lake Michigan

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

Beer and Wine Tasting

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

Bear River Valley Recreation Area

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

Bayfront Park

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

Downtown Petoskey Farmers’ Market

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

Crooked Tree Arts Center

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

Downtown Petoskey

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

Lavender Hill Farms

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

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

The best thing about this town is that it’s located right in the heart of the action. Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families here often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

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

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

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

Petoskey Stones

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

Amazing Night Sky Views

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

Hemingway Used to Live Here

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

Microbreweries Galore

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

Bay Harbor

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

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

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

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

Some places look like they were made for a photoshoot. Imagine it: a classic, red-roofed hotel in the middle of forested Northern Michigan, that hosts exemplary service and activities that highlight the area. Waking up to powdery snow drifts outside of your window, and spending the day exploring the outdoors. Returning to a picture-perfect scene. It could be too good to be true if it weren’t the Inn at Bay Harbor. Situated in a small town with plenty of charm, the Inn at Bay Harbor makes the most of your vacation. Start planning your trip – the fall and winter are great times to visit.

Northern Michigan has a history and an arts culture that is unlike those anywhere else. Learn all about it with a tour that takes the famous Bay View Wine Trail. Discover how this area produces some of the best wines, and what it has in common with wine regions such as Bordeaux and Piedmont. Take a trip downtown to see some of the area’s best gallery pieces and performance arts, such as the ones hosted by the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. A full season of music, comedy sketches and dramas grace the stages, leaving you with your choice of shows to enjoy. If you’re feeling adventurous, forge it on your own with the trails that run throughout the Inn’s property. The Inn at Bay Harbor can connect you to local winter sports rentals so that you can explore the wintery world as soon as you can. Give snowshoeing a try – it’s a favorite local activity.

Looking for a little relaxation? Having completed its renovations earlier this year, the Spa at Bay Harbor’s new layout incorporates an ergonomic and natural design, allowing healthy energies to circulate around the area. Treatments incorporate products from the Kerstin Florian skin and body care line, which use natural elements like lavender and ginger to restore and rejuvenate. Unique to the spa itself is the Hot Petoskey Stone Massage, which uses the stones that line the shores of Bay Harbor itself to restore circulation and relax stiff muscles.

The fresh Northern Michigan air can work up an appetite. Fortunately, the climate here grows some of the best ingredients in the region. On the property, Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar uses local beef and produce to grill up tender steaks, whether you like Filet Mignon or New York Strip. Warm up after a chilly day with the afternoon tea and miniature sandwiches, served every day at 2:00.

Home to the Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles.) Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers 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 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!