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 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 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 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. Check here for performance dates, ticket information and to learn more about this season’s visiting artists series.
Get a Room at the Terrace Inn
Located a short distance from downtown Petoskey, the charming inn is a cozy getaway for you and your family. After breakfast, spend the day exploring the nearby charming boutiques, or make the inn your home base and visit Mackinac Island on a day trip. Be sure to take some time for some much needed rest and relaxation though on the Fairview Terrace. The romantic spot is for adults only and offers vintage cocktail specials after 6 pm.