Winter Fun at Bay Harbor

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 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 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!


It’s a great time of year for winter sports in Northern Michigan. Here’s a list of events you won’t want to miss near Bay Harbor.

Finding a vacation that everyone will enjoy can be difficult. Northern Michigan hosts a variety of winter sports that any adrenaline-loving, thrill seeker would love, especially with visions of the upcoming Winter Games and gold medals in their heads. Lace up your skates – or snowshoes, or skis, or boots – and check out our list of our favorite ways to chill out in the snow here.

Torchlight Snowshoeing at Camp Daggett

 Seeing the world covered in snow is one thing, but the landscape changes entirely at night. People of all ages will be enthralled to see and explore the darkened landscape around Camp Daggett, and you’ll enjoy the free admission and snowshoes. Everyone will love the hot chocolate at the end!

Snowmobiling at Moose Jaw

 The Harbor Springs Snowmobiling Club is hosting their annual Moose Jaw Safari on January 20th. Perfect for the adventurous types, this two-hour trip takes snowmobilers to Larks Lake and back to the Moose Jaw Junction for their Famous Bean Soup. Photo ops and gas stops will be allowed on the trip. Bringing a friend and a towrope is advised.

Cross Country Ski Series at Nub’s Nob

 No matter the skill set, everyone will love practicing their cross-country ski skills at Nub’s Nob near Harbor Springs. Reservations are requested, but drop-ins are always welcome. Participants will meet at the Brown Bag Room at Nub’s Nob. The ski series takes place every Wednesday night this winter, and runs from 6pm to 7:30pm. The first part involves a thirty-minute clinic, and then everyone gets to enjoy the group and individual ski hour.

Northern Michigan is great for all kinds of winter fun. When you’re ready to get the ice out of your hair and warm up by the fire, head back to The Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Suites in Bay Harbor. A coastal resort community along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor offers fun for all ages. The cozy atmosphere, amenities, and close proximity to skiing and other snow sports, makes it a surefire win with the whole crowd. Everyone will be having such a good time that they’ll want to come back.

Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a week, a month, 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 to find out more!