You can’t miss Bay View, Petoskey, Michigan—the enclave of charming Victorian-era cottages that are a major attraction along US 31 south of Petoskey. More than pretty faces, Bay View has a rich history that dates to 1875, when a group of Methodists built the Victorian summer cottages cum seasonal religious camp on the shores of Little Traverse Bay. While the cottages are privately owned, there are a number of ways for the public to make Bay View, Petoskey, Michigan, a part of a Northern Michigan vacation.
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Take a Class
Each summer the Bay View Association (231-347-6225) puts on 140 programs of worship, performing arts, education and recreation at the perfectly preserved enclave just north of Petoskey. All programs, and 30 buildings on the wooded central grounds, are open to the public, with many events set in Hall Auditorium, the 2000-seat “heart of the community” built in 1914.
Catch the Bay View Music Festival
Since its founding in 1875 as a Methodist retreat camp, the Bay View community has always had its roots in the fine arts and education. Each summer brings nine full weeks of entertainment—nearly a performance every single night—ranging from live music to theater arts to comedy. Visit Bay View online for performance dates and ticket information, and to learn more about this season’s visiting artists series. bayviewfestival.org.
Get a Room at the Terrace Inn
The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant is located in Bay View Association, a Historic community established in 1875. Downtown Petoskey, one of Smithsonian’s top 20 small towns is only a mile away so guests can enjoy year round cultural and recreational activities, or just get some much needed rest and relaxation. Make the Inn your “home base” and visit Mackinac Island on a day trip or venture to other charming towns within a few miles from “home”.
The Terrace Inn has 37 rooms, ranging from cozy “cottage” rooms (our most authentic and affordable) to King Whirlpool suites with kitchenettes. All rooms have cable TV, A/C, clock radio, hairdryer, and include hot breakfast buffet. theterraceinn.com
Cornerstone: Bay View, Petoskey, Michigan