On the northern side of Little Traverse Bay, you’ll find a 130-year-old beach town called Harbor Springs. The stuff of road trip dreams, Harbor Springs is located 10 miles from Petoskey, or a 75-mile drive north of Traverse City on US-31 along the shores of Lake Michigan. Like many of Michigan’s charming coastal resort towns, you’ll find a variety of shops and galleries in the downtown Harbor Springs area as well as peaceful woods and beaches.
Big names in rock music – from the Beach Boys to Roy Orbison to Bob Seger – performed in Harbor Springs to large summer crowds via Club Ponytail, which burned down in 1969.
The town is somewhat of a hotspot for historic architecture. Take a visit to famed inventor and Harbor Springs resident Ephraim Shay’s Hexagon House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town even holds a festival in Shay’s honor every June. Another famous building in town is Richard Meier’s Douglas House, built in 1973 on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Take a trip through the Tunnel of Trees along M-119 for beautiful views during any Michigan season – you might even recognize the area from your adventurous friend’s social media feed (or a stock photo!). By bike or by car, you can get lost in the beauty of this scenic drive for hours.
Also along M-119, you’ll find one of Harbor Springs’ most famous attractions, Pond Hill Farm. With a winery and brewery for adults and outdoor games for kids, you won’t run out of things to do at Pond Hill. Stop by the Garden Café, take a hayride, visit the greenhouse and spend time with barnyard animals all in one trip.
The Waterfront Wine Festival takes place in Harbor Springs every summer. Enjoy wine tastings paired with local gourmet foods while enjoying the waterfront views downtown.
Some of the greatest skiing in the Midwest is just a 10-minute drive from the center of Harbor Springs: Boyne Highlands Resort. With 55 groomed hills ready for skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and more, Boyne could be one of the greatest reasons to stay in Harbor Springs this winter!
When Michiganders tell you they’re taking a trip “up north,” there’s a good chance they’re headed towards Mackinac Island. Drive 35 miles north of Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City and hop on a ferry to Mackinac Island for one of the greatest day trips in the Midwest! Taste the locally-made fudge, take a bike ride around the island and stop by the historic Grand Hotel for a taste of Mackinac (but be sure to pronounce it with a “w” at the end – not a “c!”).
Take US-31 south and follow the coast of Lake Michigan to Traverse City, a well-known spot for camping, wineries and cherries. Drive up the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas to take a tour of Traverse City’s two lighthouses.
While many Michigan coastal towns are liveliest in the summer, a fall colors tour can prove just as exciting. Just under 100 miles north of Harbor Springs, drive across Big Mac – the affectionately titled bridge from the Lower to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan – and you’ll find Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The second-largest state park in Michigan, Tahquamenon boasts beautiful fall foliage as well as the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, smaller than only Niagara Falls. The falls drain up to 50,000 gallons per second from the Tahquamenon River!
Search from over 300 rentals on Tripping.com in Harbor Springs to create the perfect beachfront vacation. Stay close to Harbor Point for a rental at the center of the action downtown, or pick a spot a few miles northwest of downtown to experience the Tunnel of Trees along M-119.
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The nearest passenger airports to Harbor Springs are located in Pellston and Traverse City. Airports located in Grand Rapids and Detroit feature regular passenger service; rent a car and enjoy a peaceful drive “up north.”
US-131 and US-31 are the nearest highways, which connect in Petoskey and branch off towards M-119 just four miles southeast of Harbor Springs. County roads C-77 and C-81 run north and south through Harbor Springs and into neighboring communities.
Driving is the easiest method of transportation throughout Northern Michigan, but bikers are also welcome. The Little Traverse Wheelway runs around the Little Traverse Bay, beginning at the eastern end of Harbor Springs and ending just north of Charlevoix. Join the Harbor Springs Cycling Classic each summer and fall to bike anywhere between 20 to 60 miles with other cycling enthusiasts in the area.
Find the best Harbor Springs vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 77 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Harbor Springs range from $89 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 72 homes in Harbor Springs offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 13 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 75 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Harbor Springs offers 15 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in Harbor Springs where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Expedia. There are 68 HomeAway rentals, 4 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 3 Expedia vacation rentals.