winter activities at bay harbor

When the crisp white snow starts to cover the ground, there is an entirely new set of winter activities to enjoy and explore in Northern Michigan. The community of Bay Harbor is a hidden gem where locals and visitors alike enjoy the very best the winter season has to offer. From local traditions to days spent in the snow, Bay Harbor has winter activities to fit every lifestyle. Find out why these pastimes are among the best ways to enjoy winter in Northern Michigan.

1. Watch a Show at The Great Lakes Center for the Arts

the nutcracker play at the great lakes center for the arts

Standing as the region’s cultural hub, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts presents a series of holiday performances. Ushering in the season, Crooked Tree Arts Center’s rendition of The Nutcracker will take place December 11-12. Classical music lovers will enjoy Handel’s orchestral piece “Messiah” December 16-17, performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Discover the full calendar of events coming to the Great Lakes stage.

2. Explore Downtown

Decorated for the holiday season, the quaint streets of The Village at Bay Harbor are home to a variety of unique shops, fashionable boutiques, waterfront dining and more. Also within The Village, the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Village Suites Bay Harbor are two amazing hospitality options for guests visiting the area. Additionally, Petoskey’s historic Gaslight District features over 170 unique stores and restaurants. Fresh greens and twinkling lights adorn shop windows and streetlamps, offering plenty of charming spots for photos.

winter activities at bay harbor

Insider’s note: Check out the annual Petoskey Holiday Open House, a local favorite offering a great opportunity to stroll between stores, enjoy holiday treats and shop locally.

3. Have A Snowy Adventure

friends skiing in northern michigan

If you are a thrill-seeker, Northern Michigan is home to 160 different downhill runs between three of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. Expert and beginner skiers alike all meet up at Nub’s Nob to explore the 248 acres of skiable terrain. This Park delivers first-class ski and snowboard experiences day and night. For a variety of winter activities, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain both offer cross country skiing, zipline adventures, tubing, snowshoeing and biking. Boyne Highlands also features an Enchanted Trail on select weekends of the Winter season, guiding guests on a magical experience through a beautifully lit winter trail.

4. Enjoy Local Traditions

ice fest in downtown petoskey

One long-standing Northern Michigan tradition is the Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade in Harbor Springs. This year marks the 106th year where everyone will come together to light the tree, sing carols, and kick off the holiday season. Another “don’t miss” event is the Harbor Springs Ice Fest, featuring hand-carved ice sculptures on display throughout the town, a Chili Cook-Off, live ice carving demonstrations, and more. Browse the full calendar of events.

5. Spend A Day Ice Fishing

January and February are the biggest months for the time-honored sport of ice fishing. Traversing frozen waters allows anglers to reach the far corners of lakes that would otherwise only be accessible by boat. With dozens of lakes and rivers nearby, there are plenty of great locations to fish in Northern Michigan. Popular catches include bluegill, northern pike, walleye, and various trout species.

ice fishing in michigan

Explore Bay Harbor

After a day filled with winter activities, it’s easy to see why so many choose to call Bay Harbor home. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime.

During Spring and Summer, families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. For golf enthusiasts, the Bay Harbor Golf Club features a 27-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills. Bay Harbor Yacht Club, the social centerpiece of the Bay Harbor community, has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation. Members of this luxury private club are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the Member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular.

No matter how long you stay at Bay Harbor, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to request a complimentary digital copy of the newest edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the recent Club renovations, local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayharbor.com to find out more.

The Barron family has been calling Bay Harbor Home for more than a decade. “This is our lake home, we like to call it,” says Lissa Barron. “We commute back and forth between our home downstate, and this is our second home up here in Bay Harbor. We still work full time so we’re here as often as we can be, year-round.”

aerial shot of Barron family boating on Lake Michigan

For Bruce Barron, boating is where it began. “We started coming up in 2006 by boat and got very enamored with the place. We then bought a home and then kept the boat up here.” Gaining a new appreciation for Michigan’s unique destinations, the Barrons enjoy exploring. “We are a part of the BHYC Cruise Club, so we boat all over the Great Lakes. Last year we spent two weeks on Lake Superior and went up to Grand Marais, Marquette and Houghton. It’s gorgeous. We are very spoiled here in Michigan. There’s no other state that has all of this.” Lissa adds “We did Lake Superior last year. That’s pretty far up north, and it was just the most beautiful trip. We’ve been boating for over 20 years, and there’s never a shortage of places to discover from here.”

Yet for the Barron family, some of their fondest memories occurred closer to their homeport at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. “Our oldest daughter was married here three years ago. It was a beautiful event. Bruce recalls “They were married at the Catholic Church in Harbor Springs and then two boats brought the wedding party over to the Yacht Club. They landed right outside here on the Promenade with all of us, and our guests greeted them when they pulled in. That was really cool.”

Barron family wedding

The family now has a second wedding on the horizon, and they have already reserved the Yacht Club for the reception. Lissa shared, “I was surprised that my youngest daughter would want to do the same thing that her older sister did…. come to the same place. But she grew up here, and Bruce always considered her his ‘first mate’ on the boat. When they thought about it, they just couldn’t think of a more beautiful place.”

Weddings and special events are a big part of life for the Barron family. “We have a group of 35 friends and family that were just here for July 4th,” says Lissa. “This is a gathering that we’ve been doing for over 10 years now. It’s a group of friends that we have from downstate. They don’t necessarily own places here, but since we’re based here, they would come up to visit.” Reminiscing about the year’s past, “Some stay at the Inn, and we accommodate as many as we can. We were just hosting them for the July 3rd party, which includes fireworks. It’s an annual family event that everyone looks forward to. It’s tradition now. We just love it.”

Barron Family celebrates at Bay Harbor Yacht Club

Bruce also celebrated his 60th birthday last year, and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club hosted a special evening centered around his passion for food and wine. “Well, special events if you want to have one here, they do a fantastic job,” says Bruce. “It was my 60th so it was a big one.
We did sort of like a wine pairing dinner. We had dinner for eight of us, and we chose all the wine and pairings, and the chef prepared a special menu.”

“We put together a special menu, a seven-course menu with wine pairings and the Sommelier came and introduced every wine and poured them for everybody. The kitchen staff came out and presented it all at once. I mean, it was really cool.” Bruce gives the Yacht Club’s new Chef Adam Hightower high marks. “He’s doing well. I think he’s brought some different nuances to the menu, interesting accompaniments, and different preparations. He has been exposing us to different things that haven’t been typical up here.”

Barron Family Wine Tasting

But for these wine aficionados, the Club is going above and beyond. “In terms of wine and wine tasting here at the Club, we are spoiled. We have had some fantastic vintners visit us here. Just a couple of weeks ago we were at the Venge tasting. We have an Adobe Road tasting coming up at the end of August. We had the Fisher Family here. Fred Fisher came himself for the tasting. Reilly Keenan from the Keenan Vineyards came to town. These are pretty big-name Napa guys and gals. We get them here for a group of 30 people for tasting and a pairing. I don’t want to miss them. If I can’t make one, I’m upset that I can’t make it. They are fantastic.”

The Barrons also have a deep appreciation for the staff at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Bruce says it best, “They’re great, and we’ve gotten to know them extremely well. Fortunately, most of the senior staff has been here most of the 12 years that we’ve been Members. It’s been a blessing to be able to be around them.” He adds “And you feel guilty sometimes because they’re like your friends and part of your family, but when you’re here they’re here to be hospitable and serve us. I would like to be serving them in the same way they serve me, but we know they get satisfaction out of a job well done, and the Members are very happy. I would still love to come in and give them a big hug to thank them.”

The Barron family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital 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!

Dianne and Wes Paisley have been members at Bay Harbor Yacht Club since 2007. Although they are avid boaters, it was the sport of cycling that brought them to northern Michigan. Wes tells us, “We started coming up on weekends from Detroit to cycle. We stopped by Bay Harbor one day, had lunch and said ‘wow, this place is beautiful. It wasn’t long until we decided to move here.” Although they were originally looking for a place in the woods, they quickly discovered Bay Harbor was alive with activity.

“We had friends up here, and they recommended that we take a look. One the biggest things for us is that this is a community unto itself, and we have made friends that will be our friends for life,” adds Wes. “Bay Harbor is the best place to be, and we love coming up here.”

Dianne tells us about the cycling that got it all started. “It’s such a great location because you’re right in the middle of the beautiful resort towns of Charlevoix on one side, Harbor Springs on the other and Petoskey in the middle. It’s easily accessible by bike or walking or running. There are a lot of back roads, and the nice thing is cycling in this area there isn’t a lot of traffic. It’s very hilly so it’s quite challenging, but there’s a lot of paths.”

Wes uses his knuckles to visually represent the area, “So if you go north and south you go over the humpbacks. There’s Camp Daggett and Resort Pike. You actually ride to Boyne City, so it’s aggressive, but we have some friends that like to ride as well.” When the weather isn’t ideal or other challenges arise, the couple turns to the new Bay Harbor Yacht Club Wellness Center. “As a cyclist, the Pelotons are great. I had back surgery last September and had to ease back into it. It’s amazing.”

paisley family out for a bike ride at Bay Harbor

Dianne tells us when they aren’t traversing the land, they love to hit the lake. “We’re boaters, and we have a wonderful cruising club at Bay Harbor. In fact, we’re leaving tomorrow to go to Wisconsin on our boat. There are about six boats going. We’ll be gone for two weeks. We schedule maybe four trips a year with our cruising club, and it’s fun.”

bay harbor michigan dock and marina

“So, we’re Cruise Captains,” says Wes. “We’re part of the committee, so we planned two back-to-back weekends in Traverse City. Dianne and I organized that trip in the middle of July. We had so much demand. People wanted to go to Traverse City. We also head out to South Manitou Island, Beaver Island, but mostly city ports.” The couple plays an active role in making the weekends memorable for everyone who travels, “We organize the slips, the dinners, winery visits and those activities. Each couple takes responsibility for organizing one of those trips. It’s a great group.”

And how does the rest of the family enjoy Bay Harbor. “Our family comes frequently, especially the week of 4th of July. That’s such a big celebration here for that entire week,” says Dianne. “So, they come up, and there’s fireworks. There are all kinds of games on the beach for the kids and of course, barbecues. They love it, and they look forward to it every year.

paisley family smiling in front of bay harbor yacht club
plated dish at bay harbor dining venue

And after a difficult year for restaurants in the region, the Paisley’s have a special appreciation for the Bay Harbor Yacht Club food and beverage staff. “There are several really nice restaurants in Petoskey. You call you make a reservation, but you better call two weeks in advance. You just can’t show up,” says Wes. “I’m really sensitive to the challenge of Clubs and their ability to provide first-class food on demand for Members. It’s one the most difficult jobs. And here, because we’re Members, we can just walk in any time. It’s one of the reasons there’s so much demand because of this Club.” Wes recognizes what it takes to fulfill that promise. “The staff here are terrific, and we’ve known several of them for 13 years. They are the best.”

The Paisley family are just a few of the wonderful Members that make the Bay Harbor Yacht Club such a special place to be a part of. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

aerial image of bay harbor and the community

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital 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 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our upcoming activities!

Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, the community of Bay Harbor is home to a variety of exceptional cuisines. This lakeside town is not only filled with picturesque views but also one-of-a-kind dining experiences that keep visitors and foodies returning year after year. Here is an insider’s look into dining opportunities in the area that will not disappoint.

Exquisite Eateries

Lining the streets of The Village at Bay Harbor are elegant shopping and dining options, as well as seasonal retailers and premium services. While in town, visitors make it a priority to dine at the Vintage Chophouse located within the Inn at Bay Harbor. Serving as a steakhouse and wine bar, a meal at this luxurious restaurant is unforgettable. If you are looking for tasty drinks, weekly specials, and marina views, stop by Knot…Just A Bar.

Just recently opened, Maple + Batter has already turned heads as one of the best new breakfast and brunch places in town. Their unforgettable pancakes and great atmosphere make this one of the newest favorites at Bay Harbor. If you are searching for farm fresh ingredients, Local is your go-to restaurant. From locally sourced ingredients to locally crafted cocktails, this restaurant offers a variety of menu items while dining along the beautiful Bay Harbor Lake Marina.

For an intimate atmosphere and stunning views, The Links Grille overlooks The Quarry’s final hole at the Bay Harbor Golf Club and is perfect for lunch, light bites, or cocktails after your round.

aerial image of bay harbor yacht club

Top-Notch Tastes

One of the finest private clubs in the world, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, offers five outstanding restaurants for members to choose from. Adam Hightower, the Club’s new executive chef, has curated diverse menus that members find refreshing and delicious.

Celebrating a special occasion? Overlooking Bay Harbor Lake and Little Traverse Bay, the elegant Bay View Dining Room provides formal dining, warm hospitality, and unparalleled views. Members look forward to dining here year-round and attending the seasonal special events and exclusive wine dinners.

family eating at bay harbor yach club

Seasonal Selections

When visiting Bay Harbor Yacht Club during the summer months, outdoor dining is a must. When club members are looking for casual fare and one-of-a-kind views, they hit the Quarter Deck. We highly recommend catching a sunset from the Gazebo Bar! The Beach House is another perfect place for members to have a bite after a long day in the sun. This beachfront restaurant offers light meals in a laid-back, waterfront setting. Plus, there is often live music and game nights hosted here.

outdoor dining experience on Lake Michigan - bay harbor

Year-Round Favorites

Completed this summer as part of the club’s expansive renovations, the Harbor View Lounge and The Grille Room are the two newest spots to drink and dine year-round. These locations provide the perfect place to grab a drink, watch televised sporting events and share appetizers with friends.

Members will have the best seat in town on any given night at the Harbor View Lounge. Marvel at the panoramic views of the harbor while enjoying your favorite libations. For classic, casual dining, members enjoy The Grille Room. Although families are more than welcome here, parents also have the option to bring their kids next door to the Kid’s Club where child care is offered select evenings throughout the year. This area provides a safe and protected area kids can play in while parents enjoy their meals and libations.

family dining inside of bay harbor yacht club

Beyond the unique dining opportunities, there are so many reasons to love Bay Harbor. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. 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 price ranges 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 never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital 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 experiences match the thrill and excitement of attending a live performance at a state-of-the-art venue. That’s never been truer than the summer of 2021. The time has once again arrived for us to celebrate the magnificent talents who have been silenced for more than a year. At Bay Harbor, patrons are once again being immersed in the sights and sounds of artisans from across the globe through a spectacular lineup of events. Bay Harbor is a quaint resort community that spans 5 miles of the Little Traverse Bay shoreline in Michigan, and the entire community is proud to have the Great Lakes Center for the Arts taking center stage once again.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts exterior

With a mission to inspire, entertain and serve Northern Michigan residents year-round, GLCFA has added multiple live shows and performances to its calendar. Believing in providing full-spectrum entertainment and educational experiences, there are few places better suited to explore than the one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

From expert piano recitals courtesy of renowned Chaojun Yang, a tribute to the downtown humor of Patsy Cline or the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir, the Great Lakes CFA calendar is full of impressive performances fit for all to enjoy. Explore all the events and ticket-buying options here. Educational Programs such as Next Gen and The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program are also offered by the center as a way to offer impactful educational opportunities to the surrounding region and community youth.

Bay Harbor Great Lakes Center for the Arts Lobby Architecture

Supporting Bay Harbor’s Great Lakes Center for the Arts is as enjoyable as it is enlightening. With their mission to entertain, inspire and serve the community through performing arts, the center is welcoming visitors and guests from around the world.

While you’re in town for a performance, explore the Village at Bay Harbor adjacent to the theatre in picturesque Bay Harbor. A myriad of shops and restaurants overlook the Lake Marina offering a delightful place to stroll before or after the performance.

Picture of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Stage

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 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’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation that was unveiled earlier this summer. This spectacular Yacht Club provides members with a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and a wide variety of Member dining experiences. Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to get to know the community while enjoying the lifestyle and staying updated on the newest real estate offerings.

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. 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 digital 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!

Bay Harbor, MI – In January 2020, Bay Harbor Yacht Club embarked and broke ground on an expansive project to renovate and refurbish the entire Clubhouse – adding world-class amenities and premier services making BHYC one of the finest private clubs in the Great Lakes Region. The expansion of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s space, amenities and services will guarantee a variety of top-notch member experiences year-round. BHYC completed the project in June 2021, unveiling its changes in celebration of the Club’s 25th Anniversary.

BHYC’s renovation project was completed in three phases. The first phase, completed August 2020, included a 7,500 square foot Wellness Center, which has been ranked 12th in Club + Resort’s Top 50 Club Fitness and Wellness Centers since its grand opening. The Wellness Center now offers a full suite of cutting-edge cardio and resistance equipment by Technogym; Group Fitness Studio; Peloton Spin Bike Room; and a 72-course indoor Golf Simulator. In addition, BHYC opened their brand-new Kid’s Club, where junior members of all ages can enjoy games, crafts, and storytelling. The Kid’s Club serves as the hub for all junior member programming and camps.

Phase 2, completed in early-June, unveiled changes to the existing Bay View Dining Room, BHYC’s upscale dining experience as well as the addition of a brand-new Relaxation Spa, where members can enjoy massage therapy and other luxury spa services. Phase 2 also introduced The Grille Room, BHYC’s newest casual, all-season restaurant.

The third and final phase of the Club’s renovation project, completed late-June, introduced the Club’s newly redesigned outdoor amenities. This phase included the opening of BHYC’s new Aquatics Center, featuring a 25-yard competition-length infinity pool, an adjacent whirlpool, and children’s splashpad, as well as renovation to the existing Quarter Deck restaurant featuring an expanded Gazebo Bar and casual outdoor lounge seating, complete with firepits.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club is an award-winning, member-owned social club that has served as the social center of the stunning Bay Harbor community since 1996. Proudly offering exquisite amenities including three renowned restaurants, Racquets Center, private beach, and an active social calendar, BHYC’s rich history of recreation, relaxation, and outstanding services have earned BHYC Elite Status as a Distinguished Club of the World – an award granted to BHYC yearly since 2015. As BHYC celebrates these accomplishments, the Club is also continuously evolving to meet the needs of its members. BHYC serves over 600 members and their guests. Membership opportunities are available.

The astounding agility and power of the Great Lakes 52 series racing will be on display yet again, showcasing local and international talent. While the event first began from generations of TP52 yachts of the Great Lakes coming together to compete seasonally, the races now draw crowds from all over the world.

NORTH AMERICA’S SAILING GRAND PRIX

This year’s event will feature teams based out of both the east and west coasts as well as four teams based locally out of the Great Lakes. Tom Geisler, sailing extraordinaire, referred to the event as “the best Grand Prix racing series in North America right now.” According to Geisler, these teams will feature crew that compete on the international circuit of the Rolex 52 Super Series as the event is a branch off from the Mediterranean-based competition.

Each team will have to be ready to face off in extremely competitive waters. The variation in offshore and inshore racing requires teams to showcase the skill and expertise to control the large 52-foot vessels in a way that allows for precision to cut around buoys and speed to conquer competitors. The inshore racing entails yachts competing in several races back-to-back to showcase quick maneuvering and acceleration. Geisler explained that offshore racing will require teams to sail for extended periods of time over long distances.

CHICAGO TO MACKINAC ISLAND

The teams will travel almost 333 miles from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Racing will kick off with the Chicago NOOD Regatta before competing in a total of seven regattas. The season’s grand finale will be in Holland, Michigan at the Macatawa Championship in mid-September. The yachts will compete as part of multi-race regattas that will feature over 300 boats. However, Little Traverse Bay’s Bay Harbor Cup will feature the series’ only standalone 52 race.

This will be the second year the event will be held at Bay Harbor. Geisler spoke highly of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s involvement in the event previously. “The facilities were beautiful. The owners of the teams really enjoyed being at Bay Harbor.” Two members of Bay Harbor Yacht Club are owners of two of the racing vessels competing in the series. With each team racing with 14 crew members and 2-3 shore team members, the event is sure to bring crowds.

No matter if competitor, family & friends, or spectator, everyone is sure to be appreciative, as Geisler noted, of “the proximity [of the club] to the lake.”

EXPLORE BAY HARBOR

Located right 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’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. 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

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and it’s being unveiled this summer. This renovation brings a state-of-the-arts Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings. A great way to move to the top of the waiting list is to own a home at Bay Harbor.

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 digital 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!

There is nothing like a summer in Michigan where the weather feels just right, and the surrounding environment is stunning enough to stop you in your tracks. One of the most popular summer events just a short distance from Bay Harbor is the National Cherry Festival. After a year of social distancing, this year’s Festival is eagerly anticipated. Over 150 activities and events allow locals to show off their cherry pride including turtle races, pit-spitting, and pie-eating contests. The Festival runs from July 3rd – July 10th, so now is the time to plan your trip to the Bay Harbor area.

The staff and volunteers have closely evaluated each event on the regular schedule to provide the community with events that take into consideration the health and safety of attendees and locals. Events you will find on this year’s calendar include virtual events (such as the Porch Parade and GT Pie Company’s Virtual Make & Bake), fitness events (such as Zumba, Yoga, Cherry Pie Bike Ride, Meijer Festival of Race presented by Cherry Bay Orchards) and events at the Open Space (such as the Food Court and Beer Tent). In addition, the NCF is also working on relocating some other events to allow people to spread out and socially distance. These include the Arts & Crafts Show and the Old Town Car Show which will take place at the Grand Traverse Commons.

Here are 4 tips for planning your visit to the National Cherry Festival.

Where to Park

Plan on arriving in Traverse City early, approximately by 9:30 a.m. to park in the enclosed parking garage located on Front Street. There is a $15 fee for convenient parking and easy access so you can enjoy your day as soon as you find a spot. Park your car, smile wide, and start your cherry-loving day! See here for maps of available parking and the Festival location.

What to Bring

For the average cherry-viewer, it is recommended to bring a small backpack with necessities like water, sunscreen, and a hat. It is also convenient to carry cash for garage parking, booths within the festival, and, if you’re up for it, a pleasant kayak ride. For the explorer, bikes are welcomed, with free bike valet, and is a great way to navigate around the Festival. There will be local booths with food, swag, and lots of cherry history throughout the venue, so expect to leave with more than you came in with.

What to Do

There are a plethora of exhilarating activities to do while exploring this cherry extravaganza. To start your day, you can stroll along the beach or rent kayaks for a quick venture on the water while the kids play in the water fountain on location. Then you can saunter around the downtown area before making your way into the main event. Once inside, cherries will surround you as Michigan’s “pure” local agriculture is celebrated in traditional glee. Make sure you catch some of the fun races and parades happening throughout the week. From rides to booths to souvenir tents offering everything cherry, you won’t run out of sweet things to do.

Take the Shuttles

In addition to driving or biking, there is also the convenient option of taking the Bayline shuttle. It runs from morning to mid-afternoon every 15 minutes during this time of year for a relaxing trip to a day of fun. You can catch the shuttle at Woodland Creek (East), Cherry Lot at Northwestern Michigan College (Central), and Meijer (West) Parking Lot across from the Car Wash. The shuttles from the west stop at State St & Union St. Shuttles coming from the east stop at Front St & Union St.

With a little planning, your visit to the National Cherry Festival will be eventful and one to remember. For more specific information, check out the National Cherry Festival’s official website.

The Cherry Festival is an excellent day trip for residents and visitors of 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 most cherished resort community. 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.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and it’s being unveiled this summer. This renovation brings a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings. A great way to move to the top of the waiting list is to own a home at Bay Harbor.

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. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate 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 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!

With summer around the corner, vacation season is revving up for Bay Harbor and its social marvel, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. This is the place to be to do everything you want with a stunning view wherever you go. Sitting along five miles of the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a cherished destination for vacationers and residents alike. Here are five anticipated summer events happening around Bay Harbor that you will not want to miss.

In-Water Boat Show

A great way to kick off summer is enjoying Bay Harbor’s 19th Annual In-Water Boat Show at the Bay Harbor Lake Marina beginning June 18, throughout the whole weekend. The boats are displayed both in-water and on-land, and information on each craft is available. Relish strolling the docks of the harbor as you view premier water vessels and boating accessories with live music from Chris Callaja and the Petoskey Steel Drum Band. Kids will have a blast, too with a free Bay Harbor Coloring book. It’s a festive evening for boat lovers alike!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Bay Harbor Yacht Club sponsors the annual fireworks display for the Bay Harbor area. Hosted at dusk on July 3, these fireworks are a can’t-miss event! Members and residents enjoy watching this spectacle in the comfort of the club’s property, and the surrounding community and guests are more than welcome to enjoy the display from the public areas in the Village at Bay Harbor. The Yacht Club is beyond ecstatic to host the firework show again this year and hope to continue an exciting summer with the annual Fourth of July Parade. With plenty of room to spread out and relax, this event is the best way to celebrate the holiday in patriotic fashion.

Bay Harbor Arts Festival

Come see one of the most lauded venues in Northern Michigan at the 21st Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival July 23-24. The art is showcased on over 5 miles of Lake Michigan shores and the deep-water harbor of Bay Harbor Lake, creating a stunning canvas for visitors. Preview night begins Friday, where visitors can mingle with the artists while they enjoy jazz music by the Katherine Ryan Trio, and Saturday is a full day of art. It’s a delightful way to spend those soft summer nights while surrounded by captivating culture.

Balloons Over Bay Harbor

What is a summer without balloons? Balloons Over Bay Harbor at the Village at Bay Harbor lifts off September 17 – 19 for our second annual High Soaring event. Imagine glowing balloons lifted high in the sky as they reflect over the Little Traverse Bay. On Friday evening, the magnificent hot air balloons are flown by expert pilots as flights occur throughout the weekend, and breathtaking “nightglows” showcase a beautiful light show on the marina lawn Friday and Sunday evenings. Other events are still being planned, but they are sure to make this community event a thrilling summer adventure.

3K Autumn Glory Color Run

Are you ready to make a splash of color at the 3K Autumn Glory Color Run? Taking place September 18, Bay Harbor’s second annual color run begins on Saturday morning at 10am in the Village. Participants are encouraged to show their creativity and celebrate art, and it is suggested that runners either wear all white or dress in costume. There is no timed racing as it is a local event intended for friends and family to enjoy while supporting a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the McLaren Northern Michigan Pediatrics Department to help fund patient and family support for families in need.

With exuberant events and gorgeous sights to take in at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, now is the summer to visit Bay Harbor in Northern Michigan. 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 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 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 2020 Real Estate market in Northern Michigan has started off a bit different this year, for reasons we all understand. The same applies to the luxury resort community of Bay Harbor, an extraordinary Lake Michigan community that offers some of the finest Northern Michigan properties for sale. While the community is known for an impressive, deep-water marina, championship golf, two hospitality venues, and the community’s social centerpiece, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, no one can anticipate what the “new normal” will be. For homeowners and sellers, all the uncertainty might have them looking to the market for answers, but there is a silver lining of hope shared by Pat Leavy.

Given the drastic reduction in air travel, it might be easy to assume Bay Harbor completely lost rental requests from prospective visitors and buyers. Not so fast. “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.

While no one knows how persistent the situation will be, real estate remains a long-term investment and many buyers continue to move forward with housing interests.  In addition to the increased rental requests, there is also an increase in inventory within the Bay Harbor community due to downsizing and other life events, and it is evident prospective buyers are willing to travel to northern Michigan to explore and learn about Bay Harbor.  Many homeowners have felt the frustration of being stuck at home during the quarantine and the idea of having a second home or a vacation escape, could spark some transactions in Bay Harbor.

“Sellers need to stay aggressive on their price points to attract buyers. With interest rates being low, it should attract more potential clients to look around,” says Leavy. There are certain life events such as birth, marriage, and downsizing that call for home sales.  Leavy says he is optimistic there will be transactions in Bay Harbor, but the year could be similar to what happened in 2008 and 2009 when the market was tough, but then the community came out of it strong.

While society goes through social and cultural shifts, homeowners are truly recognizing the value of a home and its surroundings. Home is where we eat, sleep, play, work, and flourish with outdoor spaces, patios, and decks becoming a necessity. As safety and a sense of community become more important every day, Bay Harbor continues to lead luxury real estate in Northern Michigan with its distinct personality, the resort lifestyle, and natural wonders. Now is the chance to build and maintain Bay Harbor’s confidence in the market as real estate will be at its height once it shifts back into normalcy. In the meantime, all these silver linings of hope should keep buyers and sellers optimistic.