Bay Harbor in the Fall

Fall in Northern Michigan is something truly magical. It’s no wonder why it has dominated our social scene. From social media posts highlighting the beauty of the changing leaves, to pumpkin spiced everything, to weekend-long Halloween movie marathons, people get excited when the air gets a chill and the leaves start to change colors. Fall offers something fun for everyone, especially here in Bay Harbor.


There’s no better example than M-119, the Michigan state road that takes you through the Tunnel of Trees. Become the envy of your social media feed and take a trip through here – you won’t be disappointed.


Get your phone ready! The entirety of the Tunnel of Trees makes for the perfect Instagram photo. It’s not just fall leaves – the road also goes past Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve. Take some time to pull over for photos at this park – you might catch a glimpse of animals such as deer and rare birds, or find the Five-Mile Creek running through the park. Mid October has been predicted as the best time to visit to pack up the car and hit the road!


When you reach the end of M119, you’ll find yourself at the best place of all. Bay Harbor is the center of fall fun. Hot apple cider and ghost stories shared around a fire are just the start of the fun here. Restaurants such as Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar are cooking up lots of fall flavors and whipping up cozy dishes for you to enjoy. Best of all, no matter how you spend your fall, whether that’s finding the largest pumpkin to turn into a pie or enjoying the crisp, cool air at the farmer’s market, the fiery colors of the changing leaves are right in the background, topping off your experience.


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. 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 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. Go to to find out more!