Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection Hotels Review

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3600 Village Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor MI 49770
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Editor’s Review of Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection Hotels

With its grand Victorian design, red roof and white balconies overlooking Lake Michigan's turquoise-blue water, this Renaissance Golf Resort sits like a crown jewel in this 1990's lakeside community.

Sprawled along five miles of reclaimed shoreline, Bay Harbor reflects the rich history and century-old architecture found in nearby coastal communities. The resort cities have drawn summer residents from big cities since the late 1800s. They came to soak in the sunshine, the summer breezes and the cool beauty of a Great Lake.

Bay Harbor boasts three lakeside golf courses, a full-service spa, marina, walking and biking trails, and even a world-class equine center. The Inn at Bay Harbor runs shuttles to the Village at Bay
... more Harbor with shops, galleries and restaurants and to Petoskey's historic Gaslight District.

Petoskey's pretty downtown sits about three miles up the coast. It bustles with shoppers ducking into boutiques, toy stores, bookstores and cafes that feature Michigan's famous fruits. Don't miss a drive or walk through historic neighborhoods with colorful, beautifully detailed Victorian homes that look like life-size dollhouses.

Kids, of course, beeline to the water. Splash in the lakeside pool or relax in a European-style canopied lounge chair on the pebble beach. Some families even arrive by private boat and park at the marina. It's handy to have a car, though, for exploring the coast and heading inland about 20 minutes to Boyne Mountain or north to Boyne Highlands, the Inn's sister properties.

Built for winter skiers, Boyne resorts still hop with activity in the summer, especially with zip lines and an indoor water park. In the winter, there are more than 100 ski runs. Inn at Harbor Bay guests can get lift ticket discounts, then return to rooms where sunsets glitter across Lake Michigan. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Pool overlooking Lake Michigan
  • Giant chess board
  • Activities at sister properties
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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White-painted furniture and bright-colored walls dominate the cottage-style decor at the Inn. Bright yellows, French blue, spring greens and other accents give it the feel of a seaside escape. To take full advantage of the location, ask for lakeside rooms and a balcony.

Inn at Bay Harbor Rooms
The 134 guestrooms include 84 one- to three-bedroom suites that sleep four to 10 people. Rooms include Murphy beds or pull-out couches, Internet and coffee machines. Some rooms feature fireplaces, whirlpools and balconies, and suites may feature kitchenettes and dining areas.

Lakeside Cottages
For more room and privacy, there are 23 two- and three-bedroom cottages near the Inn and connected by pathways. They sleep up to eight people and include kitchens, living room, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, TVs and DVD player. Guests have full use of Inn amenities, including the seasonal pool, whirlpool and beach.

Cottages at Crooked Tree
These cottages near the Crooked Tree Golf Course have three bedrooms and sleep up to eight people. They include a living room with fireplace, kitchen, TV and DVD player, washer/dryer and covered patio. Guests can use the Inn pool, but need to drive the short way to the Inn or take a shuttle.


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