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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 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!

 

As the days grow cooler, the residents of Bay Harbor begin to prepare for another season of fun activities. Just because the Lake Michigan waters are growing colder, doesn’t mean the fun has to come to an end. In fact, the residents of Bay Harbor look forward to many fall and winter activities all year long. Northern Michigan’s four seasons mean a wide variety of activities waiting to be enjoyed.

 

Leaf Viewing

Northern Michigan’s prime location near the Great Lakes and the mountains create the perfect environment for fall foliage viewing, keeping the leaves up longer and letting viewers watch the color changing action unfold before their eyes. One of the best ways to watch the leaves change color is by driving down M-119 to Petoskey aka The Tunnel of Trees. Scenes of trees changing their color and lakefront landscapes speed by the car window. Peak season generally occurs around mid-October.

 

Winter Sports!  

When the first frost coats the ground, kids get excited and everyone breaks out their snow gear. Winters in Bay Harbor mean sledding, skiing, and all the snow fun that you can handle! The nearby Boyne Mountains Resort offers skiing and snowboarding classes for beginners ranging from young kids to older adults. If that’s not your pace, try snow tubing down a gentle slope, or speeding through the snow on a snowmobile!

 

Ice Fishing

Grab all of the necessary equipment (augers, rods, ice huts, and coolers) and a fishing buddy and get going. Just because the snow is out doesn’t mean that the fish are asleep. You’ll wake up trout, steeleye, and salmon, among others, in the lakes surrounding Bay Harbor!

 

Snow Shoeing & Cross Country Skiing

For those who want to kick back and enjoy nature’s beauty at their own pace, snowshoeing is the way to go. Great for kids who want to get out but aren’t big enough for more extreme sports, and for adults who want to see the natural area, this is an easy sport that everyone can get involved in. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors with a little more adrenaline, cross-country skiing offers you the challenge, with the pace to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The area surrounding Bay Harbor offers lots of trails to hike and ski through that take you through the forests and snow-covered land of Michigan.

 

Bay Harbor

Northern Michigan’s picturesque nature grants different ways for families to have fun. Whether you’re enjoying the crisp cool air on a walk or boarding down one of the mountains, you can enjoy Michigan in your own special way.

 

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 five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. 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.

 

The newly opened Great Lakes Center for the Arts features live theatre events of all kinds, including the upcoming Great Lakes Conservatory Night and Black Violin. These are occasions you won’t want to miss.

 

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!

 

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!

 

Serving as Little Traverse Bay’s best-kept secret since 1996, Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers a luxurious retreat on the waterfront for members and their families. The Yacht Club is best known for spending quality time with family and friends and where memories and traditions are made. Having accepted more than forty new members this year, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers a lifestyle unlike any other to its members.

Its on-site private beach offers events and amenities that are unparalleled to any other. You’re sure to remember all the summers spent at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club and all of the friends you make along the way. The Club also stands out in its unique location, which grants it a diversity of activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, and tennis in the summer. Part of Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s charm is its ability to involve everyone in on the fun as well. A full calendar of events and activities lets families and children play alongside the adults. Members of the Yacht Club are invited to special member-only events such as concerts, fundraisers, and parties.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a reunion or a business meeting, the friendly staff is happy to assist you. Make it an event to remember at Bay Harbor Yacht Club. The three on-site restaurants here also offer a specialized dining experience for your family. Whether you’re looking to celebrate with a formal dinner at the Main Dining Hall, or kick back with a cocktail at Quarterdeck and watch the kids swim around. The Yacht Club has something for everyone to enjoy with programs to engage and entertain.

Social and family traditions, set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay, are the centerpiece of the Yacht Club. Bay Harbor Yacht Club has earned its reputation through its commitment to providing its members a vacation and a home to remember. From sailing to swimming, paddle boarding and more, Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime.

From the picturesque natural beauty of Northern Michigan to the attentive service that covers every detail, there’s nowhere else like Bay Harbor Yacht Club.

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 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!

 

Fall in Northern Michigan is something truly magical. It’s no wonder why it has dominated our social scene. From social media posts highlighting the beauty of the changing leaves, to pumpkin spiced everything, to weekend-long Halloween movie marathons, people get excited when the air gets a chill and the leaves start to change colors. Fall offers something fun for everyone, especially here in Bay Harbor.

 

There’s no better example than M-119, the Michigan state road that takes you through the Tunnel of Trees. Become the envy of your social media feed and take a trip through here – you won’t be disappointed.

 

Get your phone ready! The entirety of the Tunnel of Trees makes for the perfect Instagram photo. It’s not just fall leaves – the road also goes past Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve. Take some time to pull over for photos at this park – you might catch a glimpse of animals such as deer and rare birds, or find the Five-Mile Creek running through the park. Mid October has been predicted as the best time to visit to pack up the car and hit the road!

 

When you reach the end of M119, you’ll find yourself at the best place of all. Bay Harbor is the center of fall fun. Hot apple cider and ghost stories shared around a fire are just the start of the fun here. Restaurants such as Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar are cooking up lots of fall flavors and whipping up cozy dishes for you to enjoy. Best of all, no matter how you spend your fall, whether that’s finding the largest pumpkin to turn into a pie or enjoying the crisp, cool air at the farmer’s market, the fiery colors of the changing leaves are right in the background, topping off your experience.

 

Bay Harbor, 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. 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!

 

Real estate is full of changing trends, but as the experts say: location, location, location. Serving as an escape that’s only a few minutes away from reality, lakefront homes bring in family, friends, and fun. Recent market analyses have also indicated that walkable lifestyles are in high demand. Many areas in Northern Michigan have the best of both worlds – a reason the market here is booming – and Bay Harbor is in the heart of it all.

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’s International Realty. They’ve reported low inventories for waterfront properties, meaning potential buyers need to act fast.

Also according to Harbor Sotheby’s, the local area in Bay Harbor has seen more buyers enter the market at all price points, but noticeably the condominiums and townhomes have been in high demand, due to the current economy. They report that vacant land sales are in line with sales from the previous year and remain steady. Buyers who are able to find vacant waterfront land are advised to take advantage of their rare find.

Realtors have also recently predicted that the walkable lifestyle will become even higher in demand. 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 and Bay Harbor has it all.

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. 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.

With summer starting to come to an end after August, residents of Northern Michigan want to get in as much fun in the sun as they can. Here are a few family friendly events near Bay Harbor you won’t want to miss!

August 2: Great Lakes Music Festival

This annual event is one not to miss. The 2018 Great Lakes Music Festival will feature the Drew Hale Band and Jake Allen. Both artists are from the Great Lakes Region and have played all over the U.S. Tickets are $20 at the newly opened Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

August 3: Matthew Morrison at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is coming to Bay Harbor! Morrison will be backed by his five-piece band and perform Broadway standards and numbers from his past productions. Head over to Center Stage at the GLCFA and enjoy an unforgettable performance.

August 10-12: Boyne City Pirate Fest

Get your best pirate costume ready for an entire weekend filled with great fun, buskers, Pirates, Schooners and stage entertainment. Watch the pirates invade the downtown (What downtown?) district on Friday and enjoy brunch on Sunday at Sommerset Pointe. There is something for everyone at this not to miss festival!

August 17-18: Petoskey’s Festival on the Bay

The 16th Annual Festival on the Bay is near! Every year, visitors enjoy great music inside the Entertainment Tent and a fun Children’s Area all weekend. Other activities include, a Cardboard Boat Race, The BIG Art Show, a Petting Zoo, a Volleyball tournament and so much more! Don’t forget to watch the million-dollar sunsets on Friday and Saturday nights.

August 30: The Bay Harbor Foundation’s Community Dinner

Be a part of something huge! Help Bay Harbor break a Guinness World Record for the “largest group of people breaking bread”! This will take place right on Main Street in Bay Harbor. Tickets are $35 and children 12 and under are free! Call 231.439.2700 for more information.

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 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!

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!

Summertime brings an excellent fishing season, especially on Lake Michigan and near Bay Harbor. The lake, rivers, and bays are teeming with life. “The warm weather and unique ecosystems of the area are making this year’s fishing season especially active,” said Kathleen Muneio, General Manager of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. “Anglers should get ready to pull in some of their biggest catches of the season, especially near Lake Petoskey.” No time to wait before fishing season ends-grab your gear, make sure that your fishing license is up to date, and read on to see what the fishing forecast has in store!

Harbor Springs:

Anglers have been busy in Harbor Springs with all kinds of bites recently. While smallmouth bass anglers have been having luck on the Harbor Springs side of the bay, many people have reported more activity in Harbor Point north. An abundance of lake trout has recently been reported here. Ciscoes are also still being caught in Harbor Point and into the bay as well.

Charlevoix:

While ciscoes are starting to slow down in the channel area here, anglers don’t mind the quiet. It’s almost the start of smallmouth bite in this area. If you’re looking for lake trout, try north of North Point.

Kalkaska County:

Pickerel Lake is relatively calm right now, but bluegill and walleye have been reported here. Lake Skegemog is teeming with large and smallmouth bass about now.

Traverse City:

Anywhere you throw your lure here, it’s sure to catch a fish. Lake trout were recently reported in East Bay and West Bay after a slower start here. Anglers have also been seeing perch in Sutton’s Bay. Boardman River is also reporting lots of rock bass and panfish near the dam.

Petoskey:

Here, the water temperature is perfect for trout right now. Lots have been reported from trollers who were moving from the break wall to Bay Harbor. Bear River is reporting possible steelhead near the dam, but even if you don’t get any, there’s plenty of smallmouth rock bass, catfish, and bullhead to go around.

Part of being successful when fishing is knowing where to drop a line, and areas such as Little Traverse Bay are currently seeing some of their best fishing right now. The Bay Harbor Lake Marina hosts over a hundred slips for you to dock your boat when you’re ready for a break. Or, head that way to grab a charter. There are some great ones that leave from the marina and take anglers throughout north Lake Michigan to catch some of the best bigmouth, trout, and panfish found in the area, among others.

Members at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club experience the lake the best. Catering especially to boaters, the Club, known for receiving the Distinguished Emerald Award from Distinguished Clubs by Boardroom Magazine, provides over 100 private slips to accommodate yachts up to 200 feet. Four restaurants, a private beachfront with a sand volleyball court and cabanas, a spa, and other amenities serve to entertain in this club, alongside a full calendar of activities.

This charming waterfront town 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!

You’ve found the perfect guy. Now you’re ready to start planning your perfect wedding. Many brides have spent years imagining this day, but when it’s time to actually plan for it, they aren’t sure where to start. Choosing your location is a great way to begin. Bay Harbor is an incredible year-round setting for a destination wedding. It’s picture perfect and loaded with charm. It’s a great place to keep your guests entertained with excellent golf, fishing, skiing, shopping, and a luxury spa. Best of all, no matter what size, budget, and type of wedding you’re planning, Bay Harbor has a perfect location for your special day.

The elegant Inn at Bay Harbor is a stunning location for your nuptials. At this nationally acclaimed Autograph Collection hotel, brides work directly with a professional wedding planner. Benefits to having the wedding here include having the spa and salon on site for convenient wedding day prep and having the well-landscaped resort grounds as a backdrop for wedding photos. An outdoor lakeside ceremony is one popular option, providing spectacular views framing the bride and groom as they officially start their lives together. Many brides choose to have a sunset wedding on the resort’s shores overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Reception locations vary from an elegant indoor party, with panoramic views of the gorgeous surroundings to outdoor celebrations on the expansive, manicured lawn, under the sparkling stars. Your guests can also enjoy rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches-the resort is known for its delicious food.

The Bay Harbor Village Hotel also offers a variety of options to help you create a perfect event. Here, you can have your ceremony on the Observation Platform, surrounded by the sparkling Lake Michigan waters, on the sand at Sunset Beach or on the lush grass of the Marina Lawn with a lakefront backdrop. Afterward, you can continue the celebration outdoors. Choose The Loft for a personal, more intimate wedding or the Lake Michigan Room for a modern and more spacious affair of up to 250 guests.

If it’s the beautiful bay that draws you to Bay Harbor, perhaps the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is your ideal wedding location. Serving members and their guests, the Yacht Club can host weddings ranging from an intimate gathering to a very large event, depending upon the location you select. Event spaces in the Clubhouse range from 36 seats in the Founder’s Room to 250 on the Promenade Dock. The Yacht Club also has large ballrooms that can accommodate up to 525 guests. As expected, the Yacht Club offers incredible views of Lake Michigan, and its team can assist with every aspect of the wedding, from invitations to florists to photographers.

If you’re a traditionalist or a golfer, the Bay Harbor Golf Club may be the perfect venue for you. Here, you’ll find a country club setting, with delicious food, great views, and room for up to 150 guests at an indoor reception. As for the ceremony, that can be held outdoors, high atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan with a perfect sunset.

If you’ve always dreamed of a magnificent destination wedding, come take a look at Bay Harbor or visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to request a Wedding Guide. With so many options in terms of location, style, size, and budget, you’re sure to find the perfect solution for your perfect day.

And you certainly can’t beat the views from any location!

Request the Explore Bay Harbor Wedding Guide for a comprehensive look at available Bay Harbor venues and accommodations for your special day.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer, and the fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts either. 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!