In the early 1900’s Northern Michigan was “the” resort destination for successful Midwest families. Resort homes and neighborhoods sprung
up along the shimmering shores of Lake Michigan, and annually the exodus to “The North” would begin. The end of the school year meant the beginning of the “Up
North” adventure! With the booming summer seasons came booming businesses and in the late 1800’s a lime stone quarry was opened on property which is now Bay
Harbor. Around 1917, Petoskey Portland Cement staked her claim on this future “resort” property and incorporated with the purpose of manufacturing cement. For
over 80 years, Petoskey Portland and Penn Dixie provided jobs for hundreds of families -- till history took a new course and around 1980 that particular chapter
of history closed.
In 1995, Bay Harbor was re-born. The timeless elegance of the early 1900’s
was recaptured as this waterfront community took shape - first in the mind of the developer, David Johnson, and finally in the landscape itself. Now it has come
of age and is an established resort waterfront community with its own vibrant character and personality. Bay Harbor is a gracefully designed community featuring
over 1,200 acres, 25 neighborhoods and five miles of Lake Michigan waterfront. Three nine-hole golf courses grace the shoreline and woodlands and have been rated
8th in the nation by “Golf Digest”. Ninety acres of sheltered harborage offers protection for 120 public boat docks and another 128 private dockominiums. This
harbor has direct access through Bay Harbor Lake to Lake Michigan. The downtown Marina District features eclectic shops, gourmet restaurants, waterfront
walkways, and more. A private equestrian Club offers extensive horse shows, clinics, and camps.
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