Monday, July 30, 2012

Historic Bay View

Won't you join me on a stroll through the neighborhood
of Bay View, Michigan.

Bay View was established in 1875 and has a unique honor.
The entire community has been designated 
as a National Historic Landmark.

The community of Bay View has 440 cottages and two inns.

Although some of the cottages are quite grand,
they are considered cottages because all the residences
in this community are summer retreats.

Bay View was established by the United Methodist Church 

and their mission for the community is to 

enrich the human experience for individuals and families through seasonal programs with a focus on religious, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Bay View's Summer music festival is the oldest 
chamber music festival in North America.
You can hear music as we pass the auditorium.

Most of the cottages feature well appointed porches
perfect for catching breezes off  Little Traverse Bay.

Patriotism is proudly displayed.

Bountiful color welcomes the visitor.

The cottages feature lots of gingerbread trim.

Soft paint colors are accented with white.

Stately trees provide plenty of shade.

Porch rockers provide a comfortable spot to catch up on reading.

Stenciled shutters and lace curtains add another layer of charm.

You'll even find a Christmas tree decorated
with patriotic ornaments.

Stone fences have withstood the passage of time.

Stairs lead to cottages built at a higher elevation.

A tribute to a well-known author who summered in Bay View.

Until next time, live and love well.

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GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Debra! Wow! What gorgeous cottages! I love them all. Were they ever featured in Victorian Homes magazine? They look familiar.
Thanks for sharing!

Toodie said...

I've been to Bay View and it is absolutely just as you pictured. Very beautiful and serene. Thank you so much for reminding me of that time!

kitty said...

What beautiful houses you've shared with us. We lived in Michigan for a bit, but I never went the Bay View. I'm your newest follower :)

xinex said...

Thanks for the stroll! The houses are so charming. I just love houses with front porches.....Christine

GinaBVictorian said...

Hello again! The cottages in the Victorian Homes mag that I was thinking about are in Mount Tabor, NJ. They look so similar. Gina

Judy Bigg said...

Oh, I love these cottages, I'm sitting here describing it to my husband telling him we must visit Bay View. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These are all so pretty!! Just my style too!!
Thanks so much for sharing because i truly enjoyed seeing them!!


Antiques And Teacups said...

What a great tour of homes! We lived in a Victorian "shotgun" dated 1889 fro several years and I loved the character! Thanks for visiting.

Chenille Cottage said...

Dearest Debra,
Oh...what a beautiful post! I am so happy to meet you and become one of your following friends.
What a charming place...It's so magical, so filled with wonder and gentle personality. How I loved exploring those wonderful front porches with all their fine trimmings!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting, my new friend!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for coming by. These cottages are absolutely beautiful. Some of them look more like mansions. Thank you for sharing them.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Debra,
I'm so glad you visited my blog and left such a lovely comment. I am now your newest follower. I enjoyed this post so much! My sister use to live in Petoskey and I've enjoyed seeing the cottages many times. I even went to a tour of the cottages and got to go inside some of them. Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories and have a great weekend.

Kathe said...

Oh I would love to retreat there! What cute "cottages" with their trims and decor :-) Thanks so much for sharing at the party this week! I love it!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Oh, how beautiful! I just love all the charm, of those cottages and the font porches. It sounds like just a darling place to visit! This is why I love blogging and meeting other bloggers. I get to enjoy so many more sites and experiences through others eyes! Thanks so much!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love Bay View houses are amazing! Kind a sad they have to close up for the winter. I'd never want to leave if I lived there. Laura

Jann Olson said...

Debra, these cottages are absolutely darling! I love them all, big or small. The gingerbread trim is fabulous. Gone With the Wind is one of my most favorite movies. I would love to tour this area some day. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

Sue said...

Love all these cottages to pieces! The furthest north I have been on this side of Michigan is Pentwater. Love all your dolls and doll shop too, especially the make a doll look like your child dolls! My mom collected dolls when she was alive, so I get it.

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