Marina at Bay Harbor on the shoreline of Lake Michigan

Summer is a magical time on the shores of Lake Michigan, and it is a great place to settle down for life. It is that time of year when families reflect on their summer adventures and already start planning their winter trips. No matter what time of year you prefer, Bay Harbor remains at the top of the list for a gathering place to make memories with family and friends. The lake is beautiful any time of year, and here are six reasons people return as faithfully as the tides.

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1. The Beautiful Sandy Beaches

The pristine beaches of Lake Michigan often leave visitors in awe. This well-maintained shoreline is composed of large dunes caused by many years of western-blowing wind. Some of these dunes tower 400 feet above the water, so there will never be a shortage of sand! The Beach Club at Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers Members a family-friendly beach day experience. Put your mind at ease with lifeguards on hand to keep everyone safe and assist in setting up sailboats, paddleboats, kayaks and other water toys. Grab some ice cream from the beachside restaurant and spend the day lounging under a big umbrella.

bay harbor michigan sunsetting of the lake

2. Sunsets Over Lake Michigan

If you have never seen a Lake Michigan sunset, you are in for a wonderful visual spectacle. Ask any resident at Bay Harbor what they appreciate most, and more often than not, you will hear “Sunsets.” You never know what colors you will see, as the formation of clouds in the sky provide inspirational azure and orange hues in distinctive shapes that are forever changing. Enjoy dinner at the Vintage Chop House at the Inn at Bay Harbor and catch these magnificent views as you dine.

father and son kayaking on lake michigan

3. Endless Outdoor Activities

Perhaps more than any other reason, people love the outdoor recreation on the Lake. At the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Members have so many choices. The Club’s deep-water yacht docks are the perfect place to tie-up before getting the day started. For parents, a pickleball or tennis match, or after a round of golf, perhaps lounging by the new infinity edge pool overlooking the harbor. For kids, the list is even greater. Whether they partake in the planned activities from the convenient Kid’s Club or spend the day at the beach sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, playing volleyball, building sandcastles or jumping off the floating pier – the days are never long enough. And there’s always a myriad of excursions and outdoor social events for Members, such as concerts, holiday celebrations, or even mushroom hunting.

4. Migratory Birds

Maybe the biggest secret is that Lake Michigan’s shoreline is a quaint lakeside oasis attracting birds of all species. Millions of geese, hawks, seabirds, and owls stop in the Great Lakes Basin as part of their migration patterns. This makes the area one of the most spectacular bird-watching sites. The surrounding wetlands and forests provide unique habitats for birds to feed before continuing their journey north or south.

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5. A Choice for Everyone

Even the residents who live here often say it is the perfect place for everyone because there are many ways of life to explore. This is one of the reasons so many plan their vacations to Lake Michigan, and eventually, make it their permanent home. Here, you can find fine dining and contemporary shops in The Village at Bay Harbor. Take advantage of one of the country’s finest performing arts centers at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, and on that occasional rainy day, a visit to the Spa at the Inn or the Bay Harbor Yacht Club are just what’s needed for the mind, body and soul.

6. The Best Place to Live

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, Michigan is home to some of the finest waterfront areas to live. Luxury resorts like Bay Harbor offer a lifestyle like no other. The community relishes the boundless vistas of Lake Michigan while enjoying all that coastline living has to offer. There has never been a better time see why so many visit Northern Michigan and never want to leave.

couple enjoying lake michigan shoreline

Located 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.

aerial exterior of the bay harbor yacht club on lake michigan

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation that was 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.

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 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 to find out more!