Happy Life In Michigan

Ever carried around an extra sweater? Gone “Up North” to get away? Pointed to your hometown on your hand? You most likely live in Michigan! Michigan’s climate, culture and people all affect the lifestyle of those who live here. Whether you’re in bustling Ann Arbor, enjoying all of the cultural landmarks, or swimming, playing, and staying at Bay Harbor on Little Traverse Bay, you’ll see Michiganders following these “rules.”

Keep A Smile On

Michiganders are known for their warm personalities and friendly demeanor towards everyone. Whether you’ve lived in town for years or you’re new to the area, you can always expect a pleasant greeting and a big smile. The way that we see it in Michigan, that positive attitude is a great way to know our neighbor and forge connections. If you’re lost or looking for the best fun in town, a Michigander can help!

I’m From **Here**

You’ve got to give Michigan a hand when it comes to its unique formation-it really does look like a hand or a mitten. As a result, many Michiganders don’t really need a map to show people where they’re from. All they have to do is hold out their left hand and point to their hometown!

Choose the Lake

Michiganders recognize the value of their beautiful Great Lakes beaches. The clean, white sands and peace and quiet make these beaches the best place to be when it gets warmer. Plus they’re salt-free! A real Michigander chooses the lake over the ocean any day. A favorite beach past time is collecting Petoskey Stones. They’re only found here.

Enjoy Winter Fun

As soon as the days get shorter and colder, Michigan natives know that it’s time to get ready for winter fun! Not only are there so many winter sports in the area, Michigan’s natural beauty shines when the area is covered in snow. You’ll find people cleaning off their ice skates, searching for the best nature trails to take their snowshoes through, prepping their snowboards, and even kids searching for cookie sheets to turn into makeshift sleds!

Be Sweet!

Michigan is the home of Mackinac Island fudge, which is known for being very creamy and very sweet. Some people say the locals’ nature makes it that way, while others connect it to the cream used in the recipe. Whatever makes it so good, people will pay a lot to have it shipped to where they live, which is why us Michiganders are so lucky to have it here in our state. In fact, it’s one of our favorite treats to give our loved ones come Sweetest Day!

Head “Up North”

Michiganders get tired from being so amazing all of the time. Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, shopping and eating can wear you out. So, when we need to get away, we head “up north.” Although “up north” means something different to everyone, it always includes relaxation, natural beauty and plenty of family time.

Bay Harbor is one of Michigan’s most treasured up north destinations. With its direct proximity to Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan and its small town charm, there’s nothing about Bay Harbor that isn’t uniquely Michigan!

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 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 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 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!

 

Every place in the world has a unique set of rules that the locals follow to adjust to the weather, move around more quickly, or just because it’s the way its always been done.

This especially applies in Michigan, a truly special place with its own set of unspoken rules. Whether you’re in bustling Ann Arbor, enjoying all of the cultural landmarks, or swimming, playing, and staying at Bay Harbor on Little Traverse Bay, you’ll see Michiganders following these “rules.”

1. Show Where You’re From On Your Hand

You’ve got to give Michigan a hand when it comes to its unique formation-it really does look like a hand or a mitten. As a result, many Michiganders don’t really need a map to show people where they’re from. All they have to do is hold out their left hand and point to their hometown!

2. Enjoy The Beach

Michiganders recognize the value of their beautiful Great Lakes beaches. The clean, white sands and peace and quiet make these beaches the best place to be when it gets warmer. Plus they’re salt-free! A real Michigander chooses the lake over the ocean any day. A favorite beach past time is collecting Petoskey Stones. They’re only found here.

3. It’s Called Pop

You’ll hear many names for this carbonated beverage – soda and cola, for example. But here in Michigan, we know that it’s called pop. No question.

4. Never Depend on a Weather Report

Weather technology has changed drastically within the past few years, but us Michiganders will always be suspicious of whatever the weather report says. You never know what you’re going to get. Dressing in layers is a safe practice.

5. If You Need A Break, Head “Up North”

Michiganders get tired from being so amazing all of the time. Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, shopping and eating can wear you out. So, when we need to get away, we head “up north.” Although “up north” means something different to everyone, it always includes relaxation, natural beauty and plenty of family time.

Bay Harbor is one of Michigan’s most treasured up north destinations. With its direct proximity to Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan and its small town charm, there’s nothing about Bay Harbor that isn’t uniquely Michigan!

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. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Little Traverse Bay, shopping and dining at the many boutique stores and restaurants in the city, and staying at the Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. 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.

For a while now you and your friends have talked about a golf trip to Northern Michigan, but you haven’t planned it yet. Well today can be that day! You don’t want to wait to book your summer trips because most places will be fill up quickly. Before you know it, summer will arrive and golf season will be in full swing! Here are a few tips on planning your best golf trip to Northern Michigan:

1.Designate one person in charge of planning and booking. Everyone can make suggestions, however it’s much easier to have one person make the final decision on each detail of the trip.

2.Research the area before booking accommodations and tee times. Travel guides and online browsing are great resources for your entire trip needs.

3.Decide where you are going. Situated on the shoreline on Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor Golf Club is a “must play” offering three unique nine hole courses and 27 holes of Arthur Hills gold.

4.Schedule your tee times in advance. The sooner, the better!

5.Purchase a durable well-made travel bag for traveling with your golf clubs and if you do use a soft-sided bag, don’t forget to pack a golf club protection device so your clubs don’t get damaged.

6.If you’re traveling via airplane, don’t forget that golf bags are considered oversized check-in luggage.

7.Accommodations can make or break the trip. Stay at Bay Harbor’s Village Hotel or the Inn at Bay Harbor. Within close proximity to the Bay Harbor Golf Club, these accommodations are a stone’s throw away and provide access to a great game of golf with your friends!

Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a week, a month, or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer, and the fun doesn’t stop off of the golf course.

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. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!

Is the winter season giving you a case of cabin fever? Here are a few fun and different ideas to get out of the house, but still keep you out of the cold.

1. Take a Tour – And a Sip!

Luckily for residents and visitors here, winemaking and micro brewing are well established throughout Northern Michigan, so there are tons on options for winery and brewery experiences. Petoskey Brewing, Mackinaw Trail Winery and Petoskey Farms Vineyard are all great choices. Try the “Sparkle American Lager,” a Bay Harbor favorite from Petoskey Brewing.

2. Relax and Unwind

Looking for a spa getaway that’s close to home? The Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor will not disappoint. The Spa offers a wide range of services from body treatments and massage to manicures, pedicures and a full-service salon. Grab your girls for a cozy day of pampering.

3. Get Artsy

The Crooked Tree Arts Center features four galleries, a theater, dance studio, classrooms, a culinary arts kitchen and much more. Located in downtown Petoskey, the art galleries are free and open to the public. Enjoy the offered exhibits and displays for a fun afternoon out of the house. Or, take a class to learn something new. They offer everything from photography, crafting, painting and more. The talent is amazing and the people are as friendly as can be.

4. Warm up

Nothing is better on a chilly day than a cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Dripworks or North Perk Coffee, both in Petoskey, for the best javas around.

Located along five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is an idyllic resort community in the heart of it all. Located just minutes from both downtown Petoskey and downtown Charlevoix, Bay Harbor grants residents and visitors the chance to really experience the Northern Michigan area.

Looking for other things to do in the area? Get your complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine, now. This comprehensive travel guide can help you plan your Northern Michigan vacation with its local information and insider tips.