A Little Bit About Where We Are

Welcome to one of Michigan’s most celebrated resort areas, Little Traverse Bay. Located just 6 hours from Chicago and 4 hours from Detroit by car, Auguts photo 5Little Traverse Bay offers convenient, accessible getaways for any traveler.

This beautiful area, rich in native history provides the ideal jumping off point for all things north. A world of exploration lies right at our doorstep. We encourage guests to immerse themselves in our northern Michigan way of life and to sample its many intriguing tastes. Season after season, there’s always something here to enjoy.

World class skiing and golf, sailing, yachting, and an array of activities are all at our fingertips.

Artists from around the world have transcended the waterfronts and rolling landscapes of northern Michigan as to capture the romance and intrigue of this beautiful area. We hope you will enjoy our collection of area photos and we welcome the submission of new photos to add to our gallery. Please e-mail photos to hospitality@staffords.com.

History of Little Traverse Bay

Native Americans first settled along the shores of Lake Michigan as early as the eighteenth century. European settlers began to arrive in the mid-1800s and French traders renamed the area Petit Traverse, or Little Traverse. Indian and white residents relied heavily on fishing, agriculture and trapping as a way of life. Towards the turn of the century, lumber was a dominant and thriving industry, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of Chicago after the great fire of 1871.

The availability of passenger trains and steamships played a vital role in developing the area as it stands today. From 1873 until 1960, several major rail lines brought thousands of summer visitors to the area from Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago. Steamships carried visitors from ports throughout the Great Lakes.

The trend continued and today tourism is Michigan’s third largest industry state-wide. Prosperous resorts, grand hotels, private associations, fine golf and exciting ski resorts all contribute to making Little Traverse Bay the magnificent area it is today.

Area Links

We invite you to visit the links below for additional information on our area.1421199_10102637874285798_3107151598484011764_o

Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

Little Traverse History Museum

Mackinac Island Chamber of Commerce

Mackinac State Historic Parks

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau

Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce

Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of America

Taste The Local Difference

Village of Alanson

West Michigan Tourist Association