Located in Northern Michigan, right by Petoskey, is Bay Harbor, a one-of-a-kind town. Part of what makes this city so amazing is that as a resident of this town, within ten minutes of home, residents can be at some of Michigan’s best restaurants, museums and natural areas. So, what exactly can someone do within minutes of one of Michigan’s best towns to live in? Plenty – just check out our list below.
Great Lakes Center For The Arts
Established in 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts showcases live talent, all the while fostering an interest in the arts within the community. Whether they’re hosting folk music artists at their annual Great Lakes Music Festival or a showing of Star Wars: Episode V, patrons can be sure that they’ll receive a unique and interesting experience.
Little Traverse Wheelway
Known for its amazing views of the autumn leaves, the Little Traverse Wheelway is a local connection to area history. It replicates an old walking path from the 1800s that many early settlers took to guide them along the shores of Petoskey Bay. Today, it’s known for being an especially great running and walking trail that takes riders from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs, with stops along the way.
Whether one’s passion is fishing, sailing, swimming, or simply exploring the waterfront, there’s no better place to do it than on Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor. Residents can drop by a nearby boat rental or marina to set out on the water within minutes, whether in their own watercraft or with a charter. For luxury boat owners, Bay Harbor Yacht Club is the hub of it all here. Located right at the water’s edge, members enjoy a lifestyle unparalleled by any other.
Beer and Wine Tasting
Michigan is widely known for its beer production, so much that Michigan State University reported that it brought over $1 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Within Petoskey, local breweries such as Burnt Marshmallow Brewing and Beards Brewery are within minutes of Bay Harbor. The trivia nights, open mic sessions, and local musicians that gather at these breweries help to enhance the experience. Residents will often gather some friends together for an impromptu pub-crawl and support the local economy as they sip! One of the area’s most popular breweries is the Petoskey Brewing Company. Locals come here to enjoy Sparkle IPA and participate in the tastings held here.
Bear River Valley Recreation Area
When Bay Harbor residents want to experience nature’s best, they don’t have to go far from home – they just head to Bear River Valley Recreation Area. Right in the heart of this small town, adventurous types can experience unpaved trails, unique rockhounding, and fantastic fishing. For those who prefer to stay on the beaten path, paved trails, simple hiking paths and an environmental education program let them enjoy their time here as well.
This little park is full of big surprises. The on-site Little Traverse Historical Society History Museum explains how the Little Traverse area came to be in a fun and informative way, and the nearby Slip Marina gets boaters out onto the lakefront in minutes. Guests will always keep an eye out for the waterfalls that flow freely throughout the park. They make excellent spots to take a dramatic selfie. When they’re ready to hit the town, they head down the Midway, which connects the park to the Gaslight District.
Downtown Petoskey Farmers’ Market
It’s no secret that Michigan’s climate grows some of the best food in the country. Residents can experience it at the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market, where they can grab locally grown produce, crafts, and foods all the while enjoying a day out in the fresh air! Residents meet family here to support local farmers and artists, all the while enjoying the live music being played.
Crooked Tree Arts Center
Since 1971, CTAC has served as Petoskey’s go-to cultural institution. Residents can take a class to learn about a certain school of art, view the works of local residents while tasting local wines at Swirl Wine Tastings, and see live performances that are put on as part of CTAC’s Concerts in the Park series. There’s always something going on here.
This historic downtown area features local businesses, trendy boutiques, and an energetic dining and entertainment scene. Residents will often find a unique housewares piece at a store such as Cheekadee Meekadee, discover their new favorite drink at North Perk Coffee, and explore their way throughout the Gaslight District! They’ll make sure to be here for Petoskey Rocks, where they can hear live music in the park, see a film, and enjoy free carriage rides throughout the Downtown area.
Lavender Hill Farms
When guests close your eyes and inhale the herbaceous scent of lavender flowers, they’re surprised to know that they’re not in France, but in Northern Michigan! The staff at Lavender Hill Farms continues this tradition with their acres of lavender fields, which they turn into bath products, cooking ingredients, and sachets. They also host community events every month in the Summer, such as Movie Night Mondays and barnyard dances. Residents meet with friends at the farm for Lunch & Lavender, where they can enjoy a meal prepared by a local catering company, or take a tour of the farms and learn how the lavender is grown.
There’s nothing like Bay Harbor. Its proximity to the best of Northern Michigan, it’s amazing array of activities and its spot right on the shores of Lake Michigan help designate this Northern Michigan town as a great place to live.
The best thing about this town is that it’s located right in the heart of the action. 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 here 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 and homes featuring lake and wooded views, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle.
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 Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.