The clubhouse located at Bay Harbor

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!

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

The coolest place to be this summer is Northern Michigan, and we don’t just mean the weather. With its full range of activities and amazing experiences, Michigan could be the hippest, best-kept secret among the 49 other states. No matter what you like to do, you can find it in here, and residents of Bay Harbor know this better than anyone. Here are a few things we love about our great state.

1. Fabulous History and Nature

Michigan’s storied past has developed over the years to establish itself as a cultural and natural center for the rest of the United States. As you travel through the state, you can about the area’s role in American History and the many natural wonders it holds. It even has a great lake named after it! Along the shores of Lake Michigan, residents and visitors are able to find rare pieces of history. Found only in Petoskey, Petoskey Stones are beautiful pieces of fossilized coral. It’s a favorite pastime here combing the beaches and shoreline in search of these unique gems.

2. Personable People

Part of what makes Michigan so family-friendly are the locals. People here are always ready to lend a hand, share a conversation, or suggest new local spots to try. Now is the time to check out Lavender Hill Farm, just a couple of miles from Bay Harbor. With the flowers in full bloom this time of the year, the locals are glad to give you a tour of this amazing place. When you see where they live, it’s easy to understand why they’re in such a good mood all of the time!

3. Live Music

Northern Michigan is the perfect spot to enjoy live music during the summer. The weather is great and there’s always someone new playing. Head over to the recently opened Great Lakes Center For The Arts in Bay Harbor. The first season is full of entertainment options for a rocking good time and the theatre is truly amazing.

4. Outrageous Outdoors

Part of Michigan’s pull for visitors is how gorgeous its seasons can be. Imagine carpets of wildflowers before you in the springtime, miles of leaves changing color come fall, and powdery white snow to jump in and ski on when winter arrives. Some say that summer here is the best of all. With cool lake waters to swim and fish, hiking, biking and tons more, there’s something here for everyone. Residents of Bay Harbor live in the heart of it all.

5. Fabulous Food

Dining in Michigan can’t be beat! You have a mix of comfort food such as shepherd’s pie and creamy potato soup, and health foods such as vegetarian and organic foods in this multi-flavored state. Try out the famous Knot, Just a Bar in Bay Harbor for waterside dining with a view! And if you’re feeling thirsty, Michigan is also known for its many breweries. Petoskey Brewing is a local favorite.

A charming lakeside escape, Bay Harbor embodies the best of Northern Michigan. Spanning five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the community offers a plethora of water sports and activities, golf courses and boat trips, shopping and dining all mixed together. In the summer, families here like to bike through the trails and take boats out onto Lake Michigan. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club is the social center of the community and the Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “the Pebble Beach of the Midwest.”

The coolest thing about this place is that the adventure 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 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 real estate market is always changing.

It can be hard to predict, but one thing is for sure, certain locations retain value better than others. Recent market analyses indicate that buyers are looking for walkable areas and waterfront properties to invest in. Many areas in Northern Michigan have the best of both worlds – a reason the market here is booming.

A key element that makes Northern Michigan a strong real estate investment is its permanent value. According to My North, waterfront areas are considered to have high valuation because the inventory is low. Proof of this can be found from local real estate team, Harbor Sotheby International Realty. They’ve reported low inventories for waterfront properties, meaning potential buyers need to act fast. The team also reported 2017 sales in Bay Harbor are up from 2016. Total property sales in Bay Harbor increased more than 16% from the last quarter in 2017. Interestingly enough, many of these buyers have been from new owners outside of Michigan, showing the value the entire nation is seeing in the area.

Realtors have also recently predicted that small towns are going to be ‘in’ for a variety of people. According to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, roughly 60% of individuals prefer a neighborhood that has both homes and stores and restaurants. It makes sense – The Brookings Institute performed a study on walkability in urban environments, and noted that residential areas in walkable districts held higher property values – up to $80 more per square foot in some places! Many people are looking to have a small community with a variety of interesting things to do close by.

Looking for more information on local real estate? Conveniently located in the heart of The Village at Bay Harbor, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty features on-site local experts who understand the unique attributes of the luxury Northern Michigan market. Endorsed as one of the Bay Harbor community’s preferred real estate brokers, Harbor Sotheby’s is a member of the world-renowned Sotheby’s International Realty network, known for representing luxury homes and properties of distinction throughout the world. Request a complimentary Explore Bay Harbor magazine for information on local listings and featured neighborhoods in the area.

Visitors who come to Bay Harbor never want to leave. Located along five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community that offers a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer. Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip.

It’s no debate that Michigan is a beautiful state. From thickly wooded forests to placid blue lakes to bustling cities full of people, it has a landscape that’s worth photographing. Whether you’re a professional looking to get that amazing shot, or a rookie trying to exercise their skills, consider these top spots to get a great photo.

Sunset Park-Petoskey, MI

This is a wonderful spot to get great photos of what else-the sunset! While you’ll find people getting ready to snap photos of the sunset as soon as the sun starts to drop in the sky, we recommend getting as close as you can to the water’s edge for a shot that will stun everyone!

Kosequat Park- Harbor Springs, MI

This park is the perfect place for a practicing photographer. Whether you’re looking to get a good scenic shot of the lake or the trees or a fun action shot of children on the playground, you’ll always find something to perfect your picture taking. Try taking photos of kids playing basketball, or of someone catching a fish (all with permission, of course!)

Bay Harbor, MI

But the number one place that photographers can’t stay away from is Bay Harbor. Hotels such as the Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club are ready to help accommodate for any special occasion from weddings to family get-togethers. Whether that’s helping you find the perfect spot for you to tie the knot, planning the after party, or even photography. Bay Harbor even offers a wedding guide for the prospective couple to learn more about what Bay Harbor can offer their wedding.

The lakeside setting of Bay Harbor is perfect for other vacations, as well. The stunning scenery draws photographers of all ages and stages to its shore, where people practice their photography by taking photos of the shore, the sunset, or of families and friends having fun on the water. Think you captured the perfect shot? Share it with Bay Harbor to possibly use in future issues of Explore Bay Harbor magazine or on the Explore Bay Harbor Facebook page. Just seeing the photos of how beautiful Bay Harbor is making summer vacation spots fill up, so book hotel spaces before they’re gone! Interested vacationers can access more photos and area information by signing up for our free guidebook.

There is simply nothing better than a warm summer day on Lake Michigan. The boat is cruising along providing a fresh, crisp breeze, your favorite tune is jamming over the speakers and your favorite beverage is in hand. Surrounded by friends and family, the laughs are nonstop and the good times are rolling. This is how we live every day at Bay Harbor.

Three tips for boating on Lake Michigan:

1. Make a List & Check it Twice
There’s nothing worse than setting out for your destination and having to turn around. Make a list, check it twice, and make sure you have all of your necessities. Plenty of snacks and water are always must-haves. Other beverages, adult or otherwise, are a nice touch, too. Towels, extra clothes, water toys and a great playlist are a good start.

2. Safety, Safety, Safety
Make sure your boat is up-to-date with required paperwork and all of the necessary safety measures are on board. A healthy number of life jackets, and an emergency driver are the first two boxes to check off on your list.

3. Leave Your Worries on Shore
Now that all the necessary safety precautions have been taken and all your favorites are on board, it’s time to let loose and have a great time. The beauty of Lake Michigan is truly amazing and provides a perfect setting for fun with friends and family. Kick back, relax and enjoy the day.

The fun doesn’t end when head back to shore, in fact at Bay Harbor, the fun is just beginning.

Nestled amongst the western shoreline of Bay Harbor, discover the world-renowned Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Recently named a Distinguished Emerald Award recipient as one of the finest private clubs in the world, the Yacht Club serves over 500 members and their guests.

The social center of the Bay Harbor Community, the Clubhouse and adjacent Lange Center is the scene of all sorts of fun, from weddings to birthday celebrations, swimming parties and holiday festivities. A year-round calendar of more than 1,000 social events, programs and activities is offered for the entire family. From the Quarter Deck to the eclectic Marina Lounge or the laid-back Beach House, the Yacht Club’s restaurants offer delicious dining options. The Club’s private sandy beach allows ample opportunity to swim, sail, paddle-board and kayak. Members enjoy our newly renovated fitness center, pool, pickle ball and tennis courts and other award-winning amenities as well.

Whether it’s a pair of toddlers splashing in the shallows, a weekend regatta or a family setting off to cruise the Great Lakes, the Yacht Club is where it all happens.

If you are interested in learning more about a Bay Harbor Yacht Club Membership and the lifestyle that comes with it, contact Megan Nickerson at 231.439.2123 or mnickerson@bayharboryc.com.