Bay View, Michigan is a seasonal community of elegant Victorian homes and buildings – which have earned the entirety of Bay View a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Technically referred to as an association, Bay View’s seasonal residents occupy the residence from May through October. And many of these “cottage” owners represent the third and fourth generations of their families. To learn more about the association’s founding visit the about page on Bay View Association’s website here.
Although this community’s owners are part of a private association, they welcome the public to visit during their ‘open season’. This gives visitors the chance to drive, bike, or walk through the community and view the amazing architecture. Don’t miss out on all of their summer activities, amenities, and events they offer to the public as well – most notably: Bay View’s Big Read, Monday Night Film Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Self-Guided Walking Tours, or even their Bay View Woods hiking trails.
Want to experience the quaint Bay View community overnight? The Terrace Inn within Bay View was opened in 1911 with the amazing 1911 Restaurant that is open to lodging and non-lodging guests alike. Stafford’s Bay View Inn just across the road from the majority of the Victorian-style homes was built in 1886 and is a charming country inn that offers amazing views of Little Traverse Bay. This inn also offers dining for lodging and non-lodging guests in their Roselawn Dining Room.