In September 1875, a group of Michigan Methodists met in Jackson, Michigan to organize a camp meeting, a popular form of religious gathering at that time, for intellect and scientific culture and to promote the cause of religion and morality. They chose Bay View for its salubrious summer climate, beautiful location on Little Traverse Bay and availability by railroad and steamer. By 1887, over 125 cottages were built, a hotel and a chapel, the summer assembly lasted eight weeks and several literary and scientific circles were formed. Shortly thereafter Bay View became a member of the Chautauqua Movement, a uniquely American Institution committed to bringing the four pillars of Religion, Recreation, Performing Arts and Education to the broader public. Bay View encompasses several hundred acres, including almost 500 private cottages, several Campus building, Chapel, John Hall Auditorium, Post Office, Library, Historic Museum, tennis courts, recreation building, private beach and acres of woods.
Cottage Walk 2018 is scheduled for July 10! Get your ticket and have a great time exploring 7 private cottages and the Bay View Campus! A rare opportunity!
Monies help support Women's Council Activities of maintaining the beauty of the grounds of Bay View and supporting the educational activities offered.
Known for the longest-running music program in the country, the summer series brings an array of world class performing arts open to the public!
Make your dinner reservations in advance and be sure to let us know you're attending a show and we'll be sure to get you there on time!
Worship Service is at John Hall Auditorium Sunday at 10:45. a.m. Religion and Life Forum is Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. at Voorhies Hall.
Every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. visitors can view a Foreign Film held in Voorhies Hall. A $5.00 donation is requested to help pay for the films.
The campus consists of several buildings and dormitories that house faculty and students of music in the summer. The Terrace Inn is conveniently situated within walking distance of campus activities.
Bay View Victorian Cottages were first recognized in 1957 when they were placed on the Michigan Historic Register. In 1972, it was listed in the National Historic Places and in 1987 received the Nation's Highest Designation of National Historic Landmark. This walking tour serves as a guide to Historic Buildings and Markers. The Terrace Inn was awarded a State of Michigan Historic Status in 2004 and a Marker can be observed on the Glendale Front Porch.
The Terrace Inn
and 1911 restaurant