Historic Bay View Cottages Open for July 10 Tour
Seven unique historic cottages will be open to the public during the 2018 Bay View Cottage Walk, July 10 in the picturesque Victorian summer community just north of Petoskey on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, Michigan.
Delicate gingerbread trim, pastel paint palettes, original wood flooring and furniture passed down through the generations make these cottages special.
One of the homes on the tour, built in 1877, is filled with light reflecting off the bay and is decorated with a summery palate of whites and neutrals, dotted with modern orange accents. The original cottage was very small. The current-day dining room fills the entire footprint of the original cottage. Beneath it, in the small basement and adjoining crawlspace, you can see the cedar tree trunks that served as the original foundation. While that original foundation has been shored up through the years and is now secure, the sloping, uneven floors throughout the cottage attest to the shifting and settling of those early makeshift supports. Most Bay View cottages boast a similar lineage.
The self-guided walking tour also includes four Bay View campus buildings: two museums, the beautiful library (with more than 9000 titles) and Evelyn Hall, built in 1889, as the summer headquarters of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. An optional picnic box lunch, live music and educational presentations will round out the day. Easy parking at Petoskey High School with a free shuttle to historic Bay View will be available. Bay View is built on a gently rolling hillside overlooking Little Traverse Bay and due to their age and history, the buildings featured on the tour are not handicapped accessible.
Bay ViewCottage Walk 2018 is a joint fund-raising effort of the Bay View Woman’s Council and Bay View Morning Council. Both groups work to sustain and enhance Bay View programming, activities, and facilities, all of which are open to the public. Grants are also given to Petoskey, Harbor Springs and county-wide non-profits.
Bay View Cottage Walk 2018 is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., July 10, 2018. Tickets are $31.50 or $36.50 after July 5. Box lunch $15 in advance.
Tickets and information, at BayViewAssociation.org.
Founded in 1875, the Bay View Association continues its tradition of excellence in educational programming, spiritual enrichment, recreation, and music with the world-renown Bay View Music Festival all open to the public. Set among towering pines on the stunning shores of Lake Michigan, Bay View offers a retreat for restoration and reflection where family, friends, giving and community take center stage. Events, concerts, tennis, sailing, worship, continuing education classes, foreign films and more at BayViewAssociation.org.