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Area Experiences

An area rich in recreation to suit any family or group.

Area Experiences

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  • Near world-class skiing and riding

    Skiing & Snowboarding

    One of the Cottages at Bay Harbor's greatest assets is its proximity to Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort.

  • A great wine producing region

    Wine Trail

    Discover how the fresh lake breezes from Little Traverse Bay create ideal conditions for vineyards to flourish along the famed 45th parallel.

  • The fun begins here

    Shopping & Exploring

    Centrally located to Boyne City, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Charlevoix, these towns offer unique shops, and local color.

  • Bay Harbor's Own

    Great Lakes Center for the Arts

    A cultural and social hub offering year-round events across all genres—music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue, and education.

  • Drink Local

    Mammoth Distilling

    Discover new tastes of Michigan liquors, liqueurs, and craft cocktails at this distillery's Bay Harbor location.

  • Make a splash

    Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

    Bring the whole family to Avalanche Bay, the largest indoor waterpark hotel in Michigan!

  • Family Fun

    Cross Country Skiing

    Experience the beauty of winter in northern Michigan on cross country skis

  • Fun for all ages

    Sledding & Tubing

    Nearby parks offer easy access for one of winter's oldest traditions, sledding, and a snowy adventure, tubing!

  • Discover a new sport!

    Fat Tire Biking

    Float atop the snow thanks to fat tires, easily combining winter adventure with exercise.

  • Walk in his footsteps

    Hemingway's Michigan

    More of his short stories are set in Michigan than in any other place, and are largely based on the people and places he experienced in the Little Traverse Bay region.

  • History comes alive in northern Michigan

    History Tours

    This is an area rich with historical anecdotes, resort traditions and fascinating stories.

  • Simply inspiring

    Exploring Art

    You'll find unique art galleries, performing arts centers, public sculptures, festivals, and live music are woven into the fabric of Bay Harbor and its surrounding communities.

  • Stunning Night Sky

    Dark Sky Park

    Experience the night sky like you've never seen it before at northern Michigan's Dark Sky Park, under an hour from the Inn at Bay Harbor.

  • Nourishing body and soul

    Culinary Delights

    Fine dining, local cuisine, authentic ethnic eateries, or something fresh from the garden: northern Michigan takes great pride in its culinary community.

  • Fun Takes Flight

    Bird Watching

    Bird enthusiasts can enjoy the area's abundant forest and natural areas to see several species in their habitats.

  • Spanning from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs

    Little Traverse Wheelway

    The Little Traverse Wheelway is a wonderful way to explore the bay region and enjoy outdoor exercise!

  • The Land of Legends


    Northern Michigan is the heart of the Midwest's finest fishing.

  • Home Grown

    Local Farms

    Visit local farms for fresh flavors and beautiful scenery.

  • Sun and Surf

    Local Beaches

    Explore the shores of Lake Michigan and beyond at the area's several local beaches.

  • Michigan Favorite

    Mackinac Island

    Go back in time and explore Michigan's legendary island with gorgeous architecture, history abounds, beautiful views, and of course, their famous fudge.

  • Fun in the Snow

    Winter Sports Park

    Once the snow has fallen, enjoy a variety of winter activities at Petoskey's Winter Sports Park.