If you’re looking for a summer weekend getaway where you can slow down and de-stress, the Inn at Bay Harbor might be the haven for you. This all-inclusive resort, in the northern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan in small-town Petoskey, is about 60 miles from Traverse City and about 6 hours northeast of Chicago.
A variety of suites are available to parties as small as one and as large as ten. Basic suites are available for those who prefer to spend their time outdoors and large suites are available with a full range of amenities to help guests feel at home. Stand-alone cottages are available for rental as well. The Inn charges a 9% Resort Activity Fee per daily room rate for amenities which include valet parking, high-speed wired internet access, bicycle rental, shuttle service, unlimited local and U.S. long distance phone calls, lawn games, children’s activities and cabana services.
Things To Do
The Inn at Bay Harbor, nestled right on Lake Michigan, provides an optimum vantage point from which to view the stunning sunsets streaming over the Great Lakes. Michigan is also well-known for their expansive menu of golf courses and Bay Harbor is no exception. The Bay Harbor Golf Club offers patrons a 7-mile stretch of Lake Michigan views while golfing. Nearby Crooked Tree Golf Club also offers a magnificent view of both Bay Harbor and Lake Michigan.
Located just south of the Inn is the Village at Bay Harbor. Here guests can stroll among the docks at the local marina, shop at boutique clothing stores and choose from a variety of restaurant selections. More shopping is available in nearby Petoskey and Harbor Springs, both of which offer art galleries and more fine clothing options. The Odawa Casino Resort, in nearby Petoskey offers casino gambling and live entertainment. Wine tours, fishing and biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway are also available and are wonderful ways to take a step back and recharge and renew.
Guests at the Inn can enjoy all the surrounding activities or they may find enough to engage themselves right at the Inn. A keynote feature of the Inn at Bay Harbor is The Spa, rated as one of the “Top 100 Resort Spas in the US” by Conde Nast Traveler. Guests can select from a multitude of relaxing treatments including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. They also offer waxing treatments and a full-service hair salon. Special packages for expectant mothers and wedding parties are also available.
Guests can stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan right near the Inn or take a dip in their outdoor pool. Hot tubs are available for a relaxing soak and chairs for sunbathing are available as well. Inn stayers also have a variety of dining choices. Daily afternoon tea is served in the main lobby and the Cabana Bar offers poolside service with sandwiches and cocktails. The Sagamore Room offers diners a full breakfast buffet every morning, along with stunning views of the Lake Michigan coastline. Lunch and dinner are served in the Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar, also offering sensational coastline views while dining. Guests should call ahead for dinner to ensure they meet any dress codes for the Vintage Chophouse.
Room service is also available for those who prefer to eat in their room and the Inn Cafe is also open every day for sandwiches, coffees, pastries and ice cream.
How To Get There
The nearest airport servicing Petoskey is Cherry Capital Airport, in Traverse City, Michigan. Rental cars and cabs are available at the airport. The Inn at Bay Harbor also hosts their own marina for those traveling by boat throughout the Great Lakes.
Who Should Visit
Those looking for an emphasis on nightlife or indoor activities might be disappointed by the slower pace found in northern Michigan. The happiest patrons will most likely be those who are looking for a casual, yet still upscale place to stay with the emphasis focused on relaxation. Guests who enjoy taking in the local outdoor scenery while biking, golfing or fishing should also find Petoskey a welcoming place.
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