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Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs began over a century ago as a well-known resort community, and today continues to be one of the most beautiful and most visited resort towns in the country. The crystal clear water and lovely harbor in Harbor Springs make it one of the hottest destinations for boaters who like to combine their nautical adventures with fine dining and unique shopping. Harbor Springs has a quaint downtown area with fine boutiques, art galleries and antiques, gift shops and outstanding restaurants. The small town atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing stroll, and for those looking for more adventure, Harbor Springs offers the best in sailing, boating, fishing, golf, tennis and more. The Harbor Springs Loop is one of the most challenging cycling tours in the state, especially in autumn when it displays some of Michigan's most spectacular fall foliage. Wintertime in Harbor Springs is no less beautiful, and the area boasts some of the best ski resorts in the Midwest. Harbor Springs is conveniently located in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, just minutes from the towns of Petoskey, Charlevoix and the Victorian resort island of Mackinaw Island.

Since the turn of the last century, visitors from all over the globe have come to our beautiful area throughout every season.  Southerners head our way in the summer months to escape the heat and midwesterners throughout the Great Lakes visit each winter for skiing, snowshoeing and other fun snowsport activities.  The area surrounding Little Traverse Bay is known for four season hospitality, family friendly dining, and unique, uncomparable shopping.

We encourage everyone visiting to take advantage of the wonderful resources surrounding our area.  Locally we offer arts, recreation and an abundance of natural beauty.  Venture beyond our immedaite areas for a day filled with exploration.  Using Harbor Springs as your home base, you can travel south as far as beautiful Traverse City and north through the state's Upper Peninsula all within a day's time.  No matter what you choose for your vacation activities, we're sure you'll enjoy yourself while visiting.


Description:  Nestled along the deepest harbor in Lake Michigan lies the tiny waterfront community of Harbor Springs. A bustling tourist destination since before the turn of the last century, Harbor Springs and its surrounding areas offer delight and amusement to visitors and uncomplicated tranquility to residents. Through all the seasons, northern Michigan provides an endless playground for activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, each season brings new adventures such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, sailing, and of course some of the nation’s best golf. Originally settled by Native Americans during the eighteenth century, a vibrant business community assures continued growth and development. Local artisans, musicians and thespians offer an array of cultural activities including gallery exhibitions, concerts, and theatre performances. We are proud to represent an area rich in so many different ways.

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Shopping - Harbor Springs and the surrounding areas offer an unparalleled shopping experience.  Fine art galleries, unique apparel stores, intimate gift boutiques, and local specialty shops are all part of the experience.  We hope that you will learn about our program and further support the local businesses that make our area unique.  Our thriving downtown and abundance of boutique shopping make our area what it is when it comes to shopping.

    Food - A small community with a large appetite, we’re proud to offer dining experiences for every occasion.  An afternoon out on the boat requires the best picnic lunch ever imagined and we have wonderful delis featuring imported and regional treats perfect for picnicing. For mom and dad’s upcoming 50th anniversary, you’re definitely going to want a view of Lake Michigan's beautiful waters from your window table at a waterfront restaurant.  From quick and easy choices for a simple lunch to casual mid-day dining and gourmet evenings overlooking the water, our area offers remarkable choices when it comes to cuisine.

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