Dave Johnson was responsible for developing Bay Harbor in the 1990's. The location was perfect except for the 100 year old cement operation that needing to be disposed of and cleaned up. Bay Harbor is a combination of golf courses, yacht clubs, restaurants, shopping and Petoskey accommodations. Bay Harbor is the casual, retreat home of the rich and famous yet remains accessible to everyone. Bay Harbor exudes an impressive feel but its maturity lacks the timeless tradition that grab you in older high-end port towns like Harbor Springs or Leland.
While you're in the neighborhood, head a few miles down the street to Petoskey MI.
Location, Location, Location. The Inn at Bay Harbor's location couldn't be more prime. Sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan, The Inn overlooks Grand Traverse Bay & Harbor Springs. With it's grand accommodations and views you'll be re-juvinated and inspired to take on Up North Adventures. The Inn offers golf, spa, pool, dining, & relaxing with your stay. Head out to the edge of the water and relax in their family size hammocks or cruise out to the giant chess board also on the water and play a match with a pawn the size of your 5 year old! The Inn is located right inside of The Village of Bay Harbor so you'll have plenty to see, eat, and experience without ever leaving the village. Cruise the village streets for cocktails, dinner, sunsets, breakfast, and boutique shopping. It's all right there!
On your cruise through the Village of Bay Harbor, stop in at Galley Gourmet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You'll find a full service deli & catering along with fine wines & gourmet groceries. Galley Gourmet serves up Oven Fired Pizzas, soup, various salads, sandwiches galore and decadent dessert choices. Dylan goes for the Cherry Chicken salad for his appetizer and the starts & finishes the real meal with a GENEROUS slice of carrot cake. I like the Grilled Ahi Tuna Sandwich. It's grilled Ahi Tuna vegetables, Roasted Tomatoes and Saffron Garlic sauce on Toasted Whole Grain Bread. Yum! You'll also find a full selection of meatless treats for your veggie friends with tofu sandwiches, & falafels everyone will be happy! You can grab your food to go and head down the the docks and take in the boats crowding the docks during high summer or sit street side and people watch.
Jump on this 27-mile paved path in Petoskey, Charlevoix, or Harbor Springs! From Bay Harbor you'll hop on right at the entrance. The path runs along Lake Michigan on the edge of the water, what better way to work off your lunch? The wheelway is full of northern explorers on any given day. Stop and enjoy the view...mingle with other walkers or bikers and meet people from all over the world!
In high summer the docks of Bay Harbor turn into luxury parking for yachts, sailboats, and speed boats of serious size. Often you'll find boats docked here from all over the world... a few weeks ago we saw one from the Cayman Islands! You'll get full viewing and bragging rights during your stroll and many times the owners are out and about waiting to chat with you about their recent travels. Grab a glass of wine and take a leisurely stroll into another world.
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