The unofficial kick off of summer is finally upon us and there is only one place to be this Memorial Day Weekend – Bay Harbor, Michigan. The beautiful, lakeside town provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday weekend. Gorgeous waterfront homes, unrivaled championship golf, delicious dining options and plenty of boutique shopping options – all in the center of Michigan’s best Memorial Day festivities. Here is a quick preview of why Bay Harbor is the only place to be this weekend.
VILLAGE AT BAY HARBOR SIDEWALK SALE SUMMER KICKOFF
Stroll the charming streets of the Village at Bay Harbor and enjoy the shopping bliss of Bay Harbor’s Sidewalk Sales. Bay Harbor boasts some of the finest and fun shops in Northern Michigan.
Propellers offers a wide variety of colorful resort wear, footwear, nautical gifts and accessories, carrying brands such as Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer and Sperry. J. Phillips provides classic women’s apparel and accessories for every occasion including stylish brands such as Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Brighton, Bylyes and Mary Francis Handbags. At the Bay Harbor Logo Store, you’ll discover an extensive collection of apparel and accessories with the signature Bay Harbor logo. Enjoy seasonal retailers like Tulips Little Pop-Up Shop featuring brands like Trina Turk, Calypso, Cortland Park, Linda Richards, Joseph Ribkoff, Elan and more – you never know what treasures you might find.
STAFFORD’S TOP OF MICHIGAN COMMUNITY MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K
For all their many differences, the communities of Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs have one big thing in common: location on Little Traverse Bay That connection has proved key to the foundation of a road race that is uniting all four communities and bringing increased attention to the area: the Stafford’s Community Marathon, scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 27.
The race, now in its second year, runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, and includes a marathon, half-marathon and a 10K race/walk, as well as a team marathon.
PEDAL ALONG LAKE MICHIGAN
Families can pedal the day away as they bike the Little Traverse Wheelway, the 26-mile bike path along the blue waters of the bay from Harbor Springs through Petoskey and on to Charlevoix. This Northern Michigan bike path is a mostly-asphalt dedicated surface that winds from one downtown to another, with lots of perfect places to stop along the way.
Start your day at East Park near Bay Harbor, and cruise along the breathtaking bluff views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Bring a backpack and pause to snack along one of the trail’s benches, or take the steps to the rocky beach for a quick dip in the lake. Head back toward Bay Harbor for a bite to eat outside at Knot Just A Bar, where you can watch the boats bob and the sun start to set in Bay Harbor Marina.
If you’re still looking for other things to do this weekend, check out the Crooked Tree Arts Center Artisans and Farmers Market. Stop by Crooked Tree Arts Center Friday from 10:00am until 1:00pm to see a wide variety of locally grown and handmade goods. On Monday, honor our Veterans by attending one of our local Memorial Day Parades. The Petoskey service beings at 9:00am and the Harbour Springs service begins at 10:00am.
It’s happened many times before. Visitors come to vacation in Bay Harbor and never want to leave. Learn more about Bay Harbor’s impressive community and fun activities through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.
Bay Harbor offers a wide selection of golf, waterfront and preserve homes with prices, sizes and views to match your lifestyle. From lavish estates on a private peninsula to stylish condos located right in the Village, there are many varied ways you can live here. Choose from luxury single family and multi-family residences to building sites and yacht docks. Single family homes typically range from $350,000 to $8 million with condominiums ranging from $95,000 to $2 million. Building sites are offered from $25,000 to $1.2 million. A big part of how you live depends upon where you live.
With over 30 unique neighborhoods, Bay Harbor provides a myriad of opportunities for year round and seasonal living with family-friendly, resort-style amenities. Gated neighborhoods are also available for those seeking ultimate privacy. Here are the community’s four major lifestyle areas:
• For golf enthusiasts, nothing is better than a relaxing view of any one of Bay Harbor’s 27 magnificent holes of golf. That’s why we call this area Fairway Living. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of neighborhoods, ranging from condos with incredible, cliffside views to large, architecturally distinctive custom homes. One asset they share, however, is that whether they are tucked in the area’s lush woods, resting beside a perfectly groomed green or overlooking the dramatic shores of the lake, they all offer spectacular views and close proximity to some of the best golf courses you’ll ever experience.
• The incredible Lake Michigan vistas are one of the biggest draws to Bay Harbor. Whether residents arrive in a yacht or not, Harbor Living provides an elegant, nautical way of life. The magnificent homes in neighborhoods such as The Shores, Harborside and The Peninsula, allow residents to enjoy the Bay Harbor Lake Marina’s impressive amenities and active social life, including day trips, cookouts and more. First, they are within walking distance of all the fun and excitement of this resort town. If they want to grab a cup of coffee, shop for a gift, go to the Fitness Center or relax by the pool, they are just steps away. And, they have access to incredible lake views—a pretty great combination!
• For those individuals who are looking for a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of this ancient hardwood forest, Woodland Living is the perfect choice. Here, in neighborhoods such as Preserve and Preserve South, they can enjoy large homesites with magnificent views of the golf course, the woods and the lake. Life here is serene and private—just the way these residents prefer.
Learn more about Bay Harbor’s impressive real estate options through the pages of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Request your free copy for all of the area’s insider information.