Harbor Lights Resort
To say Harbor Lights Resort has an interesting history would be an understatement. In fact, its story stretches back to 1902. Back then, the Royal Frontenac—a majestic resort that rivaled the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island—was situated on the same property where Harbor Lights is today. The Royal Frontenac attracted thousands of summer guests, but the good times didn’t last long. In 1912, a fire roared through the property, destroying it entirely.
This could have been the end of the story. In fact, when the property sat dormant for nearly 50 years, it almost was. Fortunately, some local visionaries saw the property’s potential and put some much-needed resources into it. Today, Harbor Lights Resort, like the Royal Frontenac before it, is attracting visitors from far and near to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
“People love the slower pace up here,” explains Steve Campbell, who co-owns the resort with his sister, Amy. “They love that the community is so walkable. Great restaurants, shops, and one of the area’s top beaches are just steps from your door. Guests also come to bike, hike, and kayak… we’re all about the great outdoors. Of course, you can’t miss seeing the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It’s the number one attraction.”
Guests also appreciate the warm, welcoming atmosphere and gracious accommodations. The resort offers everything from clean, comfortable motel rooms to one, two, and three-bedroom condos that are spacious and well-appointed.
It’s hardly surprising that many of Harbor Light’s guests are return visitors. “Many of our families have been coming here for decades,” Steve states. “Some more than 30 years. We host family reunions, wedding receptions, you name it. We’ve seen families grow up here… kids bringing their kids to make their own childhood memories. It’s something you never get tired of seeing and enjoying.”