Michiganders are fiercely proud of their bond with the Great Lakes. Memories of summers spent “Up North” are cherished, and charming coastal towns like Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs are prized for the annual exodus of travelers seeking cooler climates and a laidback lifestyle.
Located just off U.S. 31 along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay is one of the great hotels not just in the Midwest, but the entire U.S. – the Inn at Bay Harbor.
Named a ‘Top Resort’ and ‘Top Spa’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, The Inn at Bay Harbor has been a “must experience” destination since opening in 1998. In June, the resort became recognized among the best when Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International's curated portfolio of properties recognized for celebrating individuality, welcomed it into their fold. The Inn is only the second Autograph Collection Hotel in Michigan and is just one of 90 worldwide.
'Exactly like nothing else' is the vision behind the Autograph brand, creating an evolving ensemble of strikingly unique four- and five-star hotels. Each hotel is hand selected for its memorable guest experience, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.
Owned by Boyne Resorts, The Inn is a place like no other invoking the flair and romance of the great turn-of-the-century northern Michigan inns while combining the tradition of a grand hotel with an endless list of modern amenities. It offers 128 guest rooms – including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites – with spacious floor plans and spectacular views, as well as 23 Lakeside Cottages and 14 Cottages at the neighboring Crooked Tree Golf Club. Resort amenities include the award-winning 27-hole Bay Harbor Golf Club, a full-service spa and salon, lakeside dining, outdoor patios, lounge, and more.
Recently completing a $2 million renovation, the Inn’s newly modernized lobby features a towering original Schonbek chandelier and warm ambiance to settle in from a day’s travels. A cozy fireplace flanked by bookshelves adorned with northern Michigan memorabilia beckons a seat in one of many socializing areas featuring deep blue wingback chairs, rich leathers, marble table tops and decorative lighting. Off the lobby are intimate alcoves providing the perfect place for enjoying a glass of wine and quiet conversation.
The resort also features a new restaurant, Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar, offering the charm of a classic all-American steakhouse complemented by elements of an upscale lounge. Newly renovated one-bedroom Master Suites are another addition, debuting all-new décor designed with classic elements and a modern twist. Warm calming hues and nautically-inspired patterns, textures and art set a relaxing tone. Full kitchens, living areas with Travertine stone fireplaces and balconies showcasing unrivaled views make these suites your home away from home.
Down the road, you’ll find Bay Harbor Golf Club, consistently ranked among the country’s best golf experiences. Its three distinct nine-hole courses (The Links, The Preserve and The Quarry) take players on a journey that navigates sweeping bluffs above Lake Michigan, rugged rock formations, natural dunes and lush woodlands.
Designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills, Bay Harbor's courses are typically played in pairs – each with a different finishing nine – to form three unique 18-hole routings. Whether guests play a round or all 27 holes, the experience tests and rewards players of all skill levels.
The Inn and Golf Club are located within a short drive of the best lakeside resort towns in Michigan, as well as the enchanting Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway’s footsteps, who summered in the area the first twenty years of his life, taking in the regions famous ‘million dollar sunsets’ and exploring art galleries, one-of-a-kind eateries, and boutique shops are just some of the activities to be enjoyed in the area.
Please visit www.innatbayharbor.com for more information about the Inn at Bay Harbor.