Bellaire is at the heart of the "Chain-O-Lakes region and is located in Northwest Michigan's premier golf & ski resort country. The quaint village lies at the center of the upper and lower chain of lakes, including world famous Torch Lake. Centrally located between Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey, Bellaire is a short & easy drive to world class shopping, events such as the Cherry Festival in July, and dozens of gourmet restaurants including LuLu's Bistro, The Rowe Inn, Andante, Latitude, and many others.
The Chain-O-Lakes area is truly a golf Mecca and is home to ten outstanding golf courses including the "Legend" and "Cedar River" at Shanty Creek, the "Chief" & "Hawkseye", the Farm, and the course at Schuss Mountain. Across Torch Lake and a short ride from Bellaire is the beautiful Agaming course.
The hilly terrain in this part of lower Michigan provides superb Morel mushroom hunting in spring, as well as summer hiking and mountain biking where you may not encounter another person all day.
Winter brings countless downhill ski runs, spectacular snowshoeing opportunities, and miles upon miles of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Ski & Snowboard at world class Schuss Mountain. Shanty Creek resort is under new ownership and undergoing a complete renaissance including a completely renovated Summit Hotel "The Lakeview".
Boat the Upper and Lower Chain of Lakes system, a 65-mile water way with 163 miles of shoreline, that encompasses a dozen lakes and five rivers (For maps, visit Michigan Interactive).For the fisherman, virtually every North American game fish is found within the Chain of Lakes in both size and abundance. Fly-fishing, canoeing, & kayaking adventures are unsurpassed anywhere in the lower peninsula of Michigan on world famous streams that include the Jordan, Boardman, Manistee, and AuSable rivers.
The "Big Lake", Lake Michigan is a 20 minute drive and opens up unlimited sport fishing opportunities for steelhead, Coho, brown trout, and the much sought after "King" Chinook salmon.
Autumn color in Northern Michigan is stunning and draws visitors from around the globe who typically respond in the same manner as people watching a fireworks display. Over a dozen Wineries dot the area just south and west of Bellaire and provide a delightful way to spend a leisurely day of wine tasting. The area is host to numerous autumn harvest festivals, apple orchards, and equestrian riding opportunities.
But at the end of the day, the very best that the area has to offer (in addition to great property values) is fun and relaxation.