The Great Life at Bay Harbor, Northern Michigan

For the Marriott family, it all started with a game of golf. “We first discovered Bay Harbor on a trip to the Charlevoix/Harbor Springs area. A friend suggested we try a new golf course that was rated highly in Golf Digest. The course was
Bay Harbor Golf Club. The next day, as we traveled to Harbor Springs, we came across the Village at Bay Harbor. That evening we had dinner in the Village and realized that something special was happening here,” recounted Sue Marriott.

The Marriotts were intrigued by Bay Harbor and decided to return. “We traveled to Bay Harbor in the spring of 1999 and stayed the weekend at the Marina Village Condos. We purchased our lot that weekend,” she said. For the Marriott family it was an easy decision. “The beauty of Bay Harbor brought us from Wisconsin to Upper Michigan, but it’s the people and friendships that we have built with other Bay Harbor residents that have kept us coming here, year after year, during the summer and holiday seasons. We have ‘family’ in Bay Harbor now, and that’s what makes Bay Harbor unique.”

Buying a home in Bay Harbor was a great decision for this family. They love being a part of an active and involved community.

“If you want to stay active, there’s always something to do in Bay Harbor. The Yacht Club does an amazing job planning activities that our whole family loves! Our boys grew up going to the Youth Sport Camps and have made so many friendships through this journey. The Yacht Club also has a full calendar of events/classes that keep me busy during the summer months, such as exercise classes, a variety of social events and the Cruise Committee.”

The whole family loves their home in The Shores neighborhood. “We chose to live in The Shores because of how beautiful our view is. As boaters, we also like how close we are to the channel that goes out to Lake Michigan. We love the location of The Shores and how close it is to the beach and Yacht Club. We knew that when we had children, being close to all the activities would be very important.”
“We treasure our summers here at Bay Harbor. We love boating, fishing, walking, eating out at the many restaurant choices in the area, social events and kid’s activities. We especially love the Fourth of July celebration and the Vintage Car and Boat Festival.”

“Bay Harbor is one of the most beautiful places to be. I wake up every day and pinch myself that I can call Bay Harbor home,” Marriott concluded.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community residing in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. This small town located along the shores of Lake Michigan has established itself as a great vacation destination to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. Shopping, dining, and exciting events for both young and the young at heart, offered with plenty of Northern Michigan hospitality make this a great family destination.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find more stories on other Bay Harbor families as well as information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish that it could be longer. Go to to learn more about local real estate offerings and about opportunities to become a Bay Harbor neighbor.