Harbor Springs has French Indian roots, founded by the Jesuit priests, and was originally named L'Arbre Croche. In 1880 the little
village officially claimed the name it is now known by. The village of Harbor Springs sprung to life with the lumber industry. Timber was ferried by freighter
from northern ports to many Midwest destinations. At the same time, steamships and railways carried passengers north to enjoy the comfortable climate and
pollution free environment. And so began the Harbor Springs resort history. Since the late 1800's people have been vying for private resort membership in
places like Harbor Point, Roaring Brook, and Wequetonsing. Other resort destinations were Forest Beach, Idllwile, and The Harbor Inn.
Harbor Springs is the quaintest of Northern Michigan small towns. You can
almost feel the pages of history turn back as you walk downtown. The unique main street hosts a few dozen unique shops and boutiques and a handful of
delightful eateries. Holy Childhood Catholic Church, whose presence has influenced the town since its earliest days, still proudly stands at the west end of
Main Street looking over the little village. The afternoon breeze off Lake Michigan is refreshing, and there is calm and refreshing in the air. Now there are
many places to spend summer, multiplied because of the pleasant reputation earned from over a hundred years of resort history. Harbor Springs is a favorite
destination. You only have to visit once and you can't wait to come back again. Sailing on Tuesday nights, weekly outdoor community concerts, Fourth of July
parade and festivities, golf, tennis by the lake, and the list of possibilities goes on. It is just a special place to be - seasonally, or year ,round.
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