The Village at Bay Harbor

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.

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.

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.

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.