Inn At Bay Harbor joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels

June 15, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT:

Erin Ernst, Director of Communications
Inn at Bay Harbor
231.549.6832 | eernst@boyne.com  

Verona Carter, Global PR
Director Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Verona.carter@marriott.com

BAY HARBOR, Mich. - Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International's distinctive portfolio of independent hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, is pleased to welcome the Inn at Bay Harbor of Bay Harbor, Mich., to its collection.  The Inn becomes only the second Autograph Collection Hotel in Michigan, following The Henry in Dearborn, and is among a portfolio of 100 exceptional properties worldwide.

"We are beyond proud to be recognized among the most distinct properties in the world as part of the Autograph Collection," said Michael Costello, president and general manager of the Inn at Bay Harbor. "Our stunning setting, breadth of resort amenities, and exceptional guest service combine to set us apart as a place like no other."  

Launched in 2010, Autograph Collection Hotels is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels located in desirable destinations around the world. Exactly like nothing else, each destination, including the Inn at Bay Harbor, has been thoughtfully selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is a unique array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional.  

Owned by Boyne Resorts, the stately Inn at Bay Harbor is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, where broad vistas form the background for some of the world's most spectacular sunsets. The Inn's location is truly unique among area hotels, with easy access to water, forests and the charming heart of Petoskey's Historic Gaslight District.

Designed in the tradition of turn-of-the-century grand hotels, the resort evokes levels of service, romance and elegance rarely experienced in Michigan - or anywhere else. From fine dining to spa treatments to intricate details that make each stay special, the Inn's amenities are curated to provide each guest with an unparalleled, unforgettable experience.  

The Inn offers 123 guest rooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, with spacious floor plans and spectacular views.  Vacationers delight in the relaxed lifestyle with leisurely strolls along the lakeshore in search of coveted Petoskey stones, resting among hammocks and loungers on the sandy beach, joining a game of croquet, and roasting s'mores.  

The resort is uniquely positioned to make the most of the region's four seasons. Situated in easy proximity to Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, these sister resorts offer abundant alpine and Nordic skiing, adding a range of outdoor recreation to complement the Inn's snowshoe trails and ice skating. Springtime ushers golfing, hiking, bicycling, and waterfront activities at the Inn, leading into summer, when the beachfront comes alive with boating, swimming, and lakefront dining. These activities continue into the fall, when the greater Petoskey area brightens with colorful foliage.  

While the activity list at the Inn is all-embracing, golf takes special prominence.

The Inn's Bay Harbor Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills - often referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Midwest - is high on many golfers' "must play" list.  The three distinct courses are as beautiful as they are challenging, set on windswept cliffs, nestled in and around a former shale quarry, and carved into the natural beauty of northern Michigan hardwoods. The neighboring Crooked Tree Golf Club, perched high on bluffs above Bay Harbor, is also just moments away from the Inn.   

Nearby, charming communities like Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs, provide an abundance of cultural discovery with one-of-a-kind art galleries, shops, and eateries.   

After a day of exploration, the Inn's full-service spa and salon provides the ultimate in luxury and pampering with services that evoke rest and restoration.  

In preparation for the conversion from Marriott's Renaissance Hotels & Resorts to the Autograph Collection Hotels brand, the Inn has completed a $2 million dollar renovation.  The lobby - centered on a spectacular Schonbek chandelier with more than 34,000 gem-cut crystals and nearly 200 lights - has been modernized with a warm ambiance to settle in from a day's travels.  Deep blue wingback chairs, rich leathers, marble tabletops, decorative lighting and a cozy fireplace flanked with bookshelves of northern Michigan memorabilia encourages guests to linger.  

Off the lobby, intimate alcoves and a gathering table provide the perfect settings to savor a classic cocktail and catch up on conversations with loved ones.  

Lakeside dining at its finest is served up in the all-new Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar where guests can indulge, unwind, and soak in refreshing lake breezes and famed 'million dollar sunsets' in this classic all-American steakhouse.  

Among the first phase of guest room renovations are 35 newly redesigned Master Suites featuring classic elements with contemporary twists.  Calming hues and nautically-inspired patterns, textures and art provide a relaxing state of mind while enjoying the comforts of these one-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living areas with Travertine stone fireplaces, marble baths, and breathtaking balcony views.   

To learn more about the Inn at Bay Harbor, visit innatbayharbor.com or call 866.759.3427.  

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About the Inn at Bay Harbor
The Inn at Bay Harbor opened in 1998, and became a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection Hotels in 2016.  Owned and managed by Boyne Resorts, the Inn is located on the shore of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, four miles west of Petoskey.  The resort offers 123 guest rooms and suites, 35 cottages, Crooked Tree Golf Club, and the renowned Bay Harbor Golf Club, full-service spa, dining, wedding and meeting facilities.  The Inn has earned TripAdvisor's Certificates of Excellence; Golf Digest's Best In State, and named a Top Resort and Top Spa by Condé Nast Traveler readers.  Learn more at http://www.innatbayharbor.com  and http://www.facebook.com/innatbayharbor.  

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at 100 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world's most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook.  

About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International's luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels - totaling over 560 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Marriott's Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for 28 percent of Marriott's system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for approximately 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years. 

About Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise more than 56 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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