Bay Harbor in the Fall

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 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 to find out more!


As autumn arrives, it’s the perfect time to head up to Northern Michigan for a romantic getaway to see the leaves changing color. This fall sight is one you don’t want to miss, and Northern Michigan is one of the best places in the world to experience the phenomenon.

Begin your perfect day with a hearty breakfast at The Original Pancake House in Bay Harbor. This one-of-a-kind place produces a unique menu that has gained national acclaim for their authentic pancake recipes. After you’re full, head over to Historic Downtown Petoskey to learn about the history and culture of this Northern Michigan area. Just a quick five-minute drive, you can choose from over 170 unique shops and restaurants to explore. There is something for everyone to enjoy and Fall is the perfect time of the year for strolling.

After you’ve checked a thing or two off your Christmas list, check out one of the 13 wineries near Petoskey through the Bay View Wine Trail. This is something truly special to the area. Experience exceptional Northern Michigan wines, as you look out at the beautiful scenery each vineyard has to offer. Each vineyard is unique, so be sure to visit a few.

Ready for some friendly competition? Take a few swings at one of the many pristine Bay Harbor championship golf courses. The Bay Harbor Golf Club is consistently ranked among the best courses in the country. GOLF magazine’s Premier Golf Resorts, Silver Award and Best in State are just a few awards the Bay Harbor Golf Club has received.

When you’re finished on the course, stroll through the Village at Bay Harbor and stop by Knot Just a Bar. Catch a football game on the bar TV’s while you relax and grab a drink. Then enjoy a casual and fun dinner overlooking the marina.

End a fun-filled day, with a “million-dollar sunset.” Walk along the docks of the Bay Harbor Lake Marina while enjoying the scenery and fresh Northern Michigan air. Get your camera ready for this part – it’s sure to be a sunset to remember.

As the light fades, head back to your room at the Inn at Bay Harbor, just a quick walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Then, get cozy by the fireplace to end the night and fall asleep to the fading crackle of the wood.

Experience all of this and more with an incredible special offer from The Inn at Bay Harbor until Oct. 31. This Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and world-class amenities and service. Discover all that the Special Offer includes and book your visit today.

Looking for other things to do in Northern Michigan? Request a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor Magazine. Full of insider tips and local information, it’s your one-stop source for all things Northern Michigan and an essential guide for planning your weekend trip.

People come from all over the world just to see the scenic Lake Michigan Circle Tour. But did you know one of the most impressive parts of the Tunnel of Trees Tour begins right in Petoskey?

Voted in the top 10 Motorcycle Rides in North America by the Discovery Channel, the Tunnel of Trees Tour is a can’t miss for all. Experience spectacular views while driving or biking along this scenic route. From Mackinaw City to Petoskey, there is plenty to see so make sure you relax and take it slow to catch all of the fall beauty.

While feeling the cool fall breeze on your face, you will witness the changing of the leaves into beautiful tints of reds, yellows and oranges like you have never seen before. No wonder tourists continue to come back every year to this all-American destination.

If you need to take a pit stop, there are many little coffee shops and scenic spots along this 27.5-mile route.

Need a place to stay after experiencing The Tunnel of Trees? Check out one of the award-winning hotel options just down the road at Bay Harbor. With beautiful waterfront views, the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel are both great choices for your accommodation in Northern Michigan.

Recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of “The World’s Best Hotels” and distinguished as a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, The Inn at Bay Harbor will blow you away with its uncompromising levels of elegance, detail and service. With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and world-class amenities and service, the Inn is a renowned destination, offering 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites.

Overlooking the Bay Harbor Lake Marina, the Bay Harbor Village Hotel offers a collection of rooms, suites and penthouses. Dedicated to the highest level of hospitality and known for its “Boutique Distinction,” there is no accommodation that can compare to the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. It’s the perfect location for travelers who love to be in the center of activity, just steps from a variety of shops and dining options.

Both hotels are currently offering special rates for this time of the year. Visit Explore Bay Harbor’s website more information and how to book your stay.

Looking for other things to do in the area while you’re there? Request a complimentary Explore Bay Harbor Magazine to find out why Bay Harbor, Michigan is a place like no other. With information on local events and activities, it’s your all-inclusive guide to Northern Michigan.