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!


Is the winter season giving you a case of cabin fever? Here are a few fun and different ideas to get out of the house, but still keep you out of the cold.

1. Take a Tour – And a Sip!

Luckily for residents and visitors here, winemaking and micro brewing are well established throughout Northern Michigan, so there are tons on options for winery and brewery experiences. Petoskey Brewing, Mackinaw Trail Winery and Petoskey Farms Vineyard are all great choices. Try the “Sparkle American Lager,” a Bay Harbor favorite from Petoskey Brewing.

2. Relax and Unwind

Looking for a spa getaway that’s close to home? The Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor will not disappoint. The Spa offers a wide range of services from body treatments and massage to manicures, pedicures and a full-service salon. Grab your girls for a cozy day of pampering.

3. Get Artsy

The Crooked Tree Arts Center features four galleries, a theater, dance studio, classrooms, a culinary arts kitchen and much more. Located in downtown Petoskey, the art galleries are free and open to the public. Enjoy the offered exhibits and displays for a fun afternoon out of the house. Or, take a class to learn something new. They offer everything from photography, crafting, painting and more. The talent is amazing and the people are as friendly as can be.

4. Warm up

Nothing is better on a chilly day than a cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Dripworks or North Perk Coffee, both in Petoskey, for the best javas around.

Located along five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is an idyllic resort community in the heart of it all. Located just minutes from both downtown Petoskey and downtown Charlevoix, Bay Harbor grants residents and visitors the chance to really experience the Northern Michigan area.

Looking for other things to do in the area? Get your complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine, now. This comprehensive travel guide can help you plan your Northern Michigan vacation with its local information and insider tips.