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Bellaire Michigan is a Destination Community
Location: Northwest Michigan
Classic “Up North.” To residents and visitors alike, that’s what the village of Bellaire is all about. The laid-back attitude, the sense of fun, and the relaxed atmosphere make Bellaire a wonderful place to visit and live.
One of the village’s primary goals is to preserve Bellaire’s unique beauty. But what makes the village uniquely beautiful in the first place? We’re located on the Chain-of-Lakes, the largest subwatershed in the Grand Traverse Bay region. We’re tucked between the long hills left behind by glaciers. Plus, we have Lake Bellaire to the south, Intermediate River to the north, and Torch Lake three miles to the west—all combining to make a location that’s hard to beat.
Though Bellaire may be small, we have a lot to offer. Our village is proud to be home to regionally known restaurants and food purveyors (Lulu’s Bistro, Bellaire Smokehouse), nationally known accommodations (Bellaire Bed & Breakfast, Grand Victorian), and the internationally known Short’s Brewing Company.
Enticing retail shops line the downtown streets, providing an anchor for year-round attractions. Winter sports range from skiing to snowshoeing to snowmobiling. Summer is full of fishing tournaments and other water fun, culminating in the mid-August Rubber Ducky Days. The September Harvest Festival gets bigger every year, and the “Light Up the Night” celebration starts off December with fun—and Santa Claus!
The Community Hall, built by the Works Projects Administration, was dedicated in 1937 and is home to the village offices and the Bellaire Area Historical Museum. Bellaire, a former lumber town, is also home to the Antrim County Building and Courthouse. The 1905 courthouse is still active, housing the Antrim County 86th District Court.
Bellaire’s own DPW and Police Department keep the streets clean and safe, and the nearby Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility provides 113 skilled nursing home beds. Close by is Shanty Creek Resort with all the golfing and skiing opportunities you could want.
Free of the hustle-bustle of expressways and big box stores, Bellaire offers a comfortable pace of living that makes breathing easy. You’re welcome in Bellaire! Visit us at www.bellairemichigan.com and on Facebook.