Event at Bay Harbor on Lake Michigan Summer Concert

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!

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

Three tips for boating on Lake Michigan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As more and more uncover the secret paradise that is Bay Harbor, current residents have begun to reach out to their friends and family to encourage a move into this luxurious community. Heidi and Mike Geiger had discovered Bay Harbor through earlier vacations to the area but after moving here four years ago, they cannot imagine themselves anywhere else.

“We never dreamed we would be having this much fun with so many great new friends when we moved to Bay Harbor four years ago. We had already experienced Bay Harbor as boaters when we discovered the Bay Harbor Village Marina for our boating vacations. The aqua blue water, the sunsets on Little Traverse Bay, the amenities at the village marina and the marina downtown made it an easy pick for a relaxing boating vacation coming up from Cincinnati, Ohio. We also liked the easy access to restaurants, hotels, groceries and the miles of paved bike paths.

When we decided to move here full-time, we became members of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club – a great decision for making new friends, doing fun things and enjoying Michigan boating! We have our choice of slips between the two marinas in Bay Harbor Lake: the Village Marina or the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Bay Harbor is the center hub, excellently located for catching world class boating events; the Mackinac Sailboat Races and Boyne Thunder to name a few. We have found the Bay Harbor location is ideal for fun boating day trips to Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City or Harbor Springs.  Additionally, this location is perfect for easy multiple night boating trips to Beaver or Mackinaw Island, Northport or Traverse City.

The Bay Harbor Yacht Club really should be renamed “Bay Harbor Fun Club”. We found the Yacht Club is an easy way to have fun, entertain and gather with great people…or just retreat and relax! The Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers three dining venues, a fitness center with steam room, hot tub and heated pool. The beach is fully outfitted with loungers, beach house restaurant and all manner of beach and water toys! One after boating, laying on the beach and dining, our guests said “Why would want to go anywhere else, this is the Fresh Water Caribbean of the north!”

The Yacht Club plans activities all year round with a focus on gathering members to relax and have fun. The people we have met are interesting and friendly, and the staff is courteous and generous with their time.   We instantly felt like part of the Bay Harbor Family and try to” play it forward” when we meet new members.
We enjoy being part of a very active Bay Harbor Cruise Club that conducts 6-8 overnight boating cruises each summer. These events are well attended by 15 or more boats and “non- boaters” are welcomed to hop aboard. Last year we had over 100 members and 20 boats attend the Mackinac Island Cruise Trip. These cruises have helped to create a strong Bay Harbor boating family and have resulted in lasting friendships among our family.

We feel fortunate to have found Bay Harbor and become a part of the Bay family. It truly is an ideal community to live in and enjoy all that northern Michigan has to offer!”
– Heidi and Mike Geiger