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“We’re more than just a garden center!” Enjoy a visit to our Nature Exhibit or spend the day shopping at the Barn Swallow; antique and gift shop, the Rock Shop, or for a large selection of nursery stock, perennials and garden gifts and decor at the garden center itself.

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With a new downtown facelift this village on the sparkling shores of Crystal Lake is better than ever. Find a quintessential Up North vibe and a charming downtown shopping district. Summer evening Music in the Park concerts on Crystal Lake are idyllic. visitbenzie.com. GOLF

Crystal Lake Golf Club: Known for breathtaking vistas of Crystal Lake. A great walking course with a hidden-gem feel, the back nine boasts tight fairways, doglegs and other fun challenges. clgolfclub.com. Champion Hill Golf Course: Distinguished by open fairways, large contoured greens, natural grasses and distant views of Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake and the Platte Lakes. championhill.com. Pinecroft Golf Course: This course plays across a former cherry farm not far from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and overlooks Crystal Lake. The views are spectacular, the price is right, and the play is pleasant and memorable. pinecroftgolf.com.

Get out on Crystal Lake! Rent pontoons, fishing boats, personal watercraft and ski boats at Crystal Lake Marina, crystallakemarina.com; kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, crystallakeadventuresports.com. Beulah’s Crystal Lake Beach is one of the best in-town beaches around. With its marked swimming area, the beach is perfect for kids, who also enjoy splashing at the adjacent mouth of Cold Creek. Find several hundred feet of sandy beachfront, a beach house, tennis courts and a playground.

BENZONIA

Slow down on US31 in Benzonia to check out the deck (and the Margaritas!) at the Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill. This village, hometown to acclaimed Civil War historian and author Bruce Catton, sports a first-rate historical museum, a community library in a historic building, handsome, circa1900 architecture and a house-made ice cream shop. visitbenzie.com.

Classic Beulah Peruse work by dozens of local artists at this low-key fest in the town’s lakefront park at the Beulah Art Fair, July 7. Bring a chair and settle back for Music in the Park, a top-notch lineup of blues, folk and jazz. The music is free—and so is the shimmering view of Crystal Lake. 7 p.m. from the last Thursday in June thru the first Thursday in August. All-day on July Fourth!

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Learn about how Coho and Chinook salmon are reared at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery interpretive center. On the Platte River and open to the public, free, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 231.325.4611.

Classic Benzonia Paddle the Betsie River: Rent your craft at Vacation Trailer Park and Canoe Rentals, vacationtrailer.com. Explore River Road, a bucolic strip of blacktop just outside Benzonia that is home to a trifecta of tourist-destination businesses: Gwen Frostic Nature Prints, gwenfrostic.com; Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm & Boutique, crystallakealpacafarm.com; Homemade candles and soaps, Beedazzled Candleworks, bedazzled.com.

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This village tucked at the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a dose of old Northwoods nostalgia. Bordered by the Platte River, Honor is home to classic diners, quiet campgrounds and mom-n-pop lodging. visitbenzie.com.

Classic Honor The slow, family-friendly Lower Platte River runs through Honor on its way to empty into Lake Michigan at one of the most spectacular beaches in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Nature-made for canoes, tubes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards! Outfitters: Riverside Canoe Trips, canoemichigan.com; Honor Trading Post, canoeplatteriver.com; Honor Canoe Rental, honorcanoerentals.com. The 50th Annual National Coho Salmon Festival, August 24–26. This celebration of the birthplace of salmon in the Great Lakes includes a smoked fish contest, beer tent and more.

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The Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theater delivers on its goal to take guests back to the Fabulous '50s. Indulge in summertime nostalgia with a doublefeature at Michigan’s oldest continuously operating drive-in movie theater. Vintage cartoons open the show; the popcorn’s still made fresh in the original 1953 popcorn popper. cherrybowldrivein.com.

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Crystal Mountain Resort, the hub of this rural township, is a top destination for snowsports and plenty of fun in the summer, too.

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Kids and adults alike love the Michigan Legacy Art Park, with its 1.6-mile trail, climbable outdoor sculptures and rustic outdoor amphitheater. Outfitted with a barrier-free arrival area and a 1,200-foot-long universalaccess trail. michiganlegacyartpark.org. Golf Crystal Mountain’s two courses: Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley. crystalmountain.com. Get your luge on at Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, a wheeled sled that cruises down twisting, 1,700-foot-long tracks on the Crystal Mountain ski hill, or scale the 32-foot Vertical Edge Climbing Wall. crystalmountain.com. You don’t know Thompsonville until you’ve bellied up for great food, beer and maybe some karaoke at Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill.

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This village, 12 miles west of Traverse City, sits on the shore of lovely 530-acre Lake Ann and is home to an oldfashioned grocery store, the rocking Lake Ann Brewing Co. and a downtown beach with a picnic pavilion, grills and a swimming area. visitbenzie.com.

Classic Lake Ann Bring the fold-up chairs and set yourself up for an adventure in folk and roots music at the Dunesville Music Festival, July 27–29. dunesvillemusicfestival.com. Hike, bike or ski the lovely Lake Ann Pathway, a 5.8K, wooded, winding and hilly trail. 231.276.9511. Get swinging at Mistwood Golf Course, where three Jerry Matthews– designed nine-hole courses offer challenging but fair play in a lovely setting. mistwoodgolf.com.

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FRANKFORT

A top-flight microbrewery, a state-of-the-art small-town theater, memorable eateries, fun shops, a big sandy swath of Lake Michigan beach and exciting freshwater surfing come together in this coastal town. It’s all served up with an enchanting historic lighthouse pier tailor-made for sunset strolls. frankfort-elberta.com. BEACHES

Lake Michigan Beach is a glorious in-town big water beach, where surfers head when the wind blows. With all the amenities of downtown a stone’s throw away, this is the place to be on a summer day. frankfort-elberta.com.

Browse the Frankfort Art Fair, August 17-18, in Market Square within sight of Betsie Bay.

Point Betsie Beach serves up a long stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, a classic freshwater dune landscape and the captivating Point Betsie Lighthouse—one of the most photographed lighthouses in the nation, according to locals. pointbetsie.org.

Go to a movie at the Garden Theater, a renovated gem that has served Frankfort since 1923. Come back in October for the Frankfort Film Festival every October. frankfortgardentheater.com. The third week of July each year the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre takes the outdoor stage at Frankfort’s Tank Hill. lakesideshakespeare.org.

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Snag a foot-long chili dog at the 1950s-style A & W Drive In.

The 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail runs from Frankfort to Thompsonville, passing Betsie Lake, Betsie River and Crystal Lake. Road bikers and rollerbladers will want to stay on the paved six miles from Frankfort to Molineau Road—the rest of the trail is compacted aggregate— beefier tires better. Find the trailhead and parking: 10th Street, Frankfort, betsievalleytrail.org. Rent bikes: Beach Nut Surf Shop, beachnutsurfshop.com; Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, crystallakeadventuresports.com.

Classic Frankfort Explore the iconic Point Betsie Lighthouse with its historic exhibits and 200 acres of preserved land. Don’t forget your camera to snap photos of this famously photographed lighthouse.

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Perched between peaceful Betsie Bay and a stunning Lake Michigan bluff, Elberta dishes up one of the region’s most sensational in-town beaches, plus a handful of eclectic shops and eateries. frankfort-elberta.com.

Classic Elberta Elberta Dunes Natural Area winds up a bluff that rises 225 feet over Lake Michigan. Access it off M22 on the southern end of the village. Elberta Beach is half-mile of world-class sand on an open stretch of Lake Michigan that extends south from the Elberta Pier. Access it at the base of Bye Road. Pack a picnic and hang out at the Elberta Historic Waterfront on the Betsie Bay waterfront.

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SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE

The 71,000-glorious acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore spread over Leelanau and Benzie Counties, with the visitors center just north of Benzie County in Empire. In the Benzie area of the park you’ll find secluded beaches, quiet hikes through the forest, river mouths, ghost towns and of course much more. BEACHES

Esch Road Beach, off M22 in Benzie County’s northern reaches, makes for a legendary beach day. This idyllic spot is where shallow, sandy-bottomed Otter Creek emerges from its tree-lined banks into the wide-open blue of Lake Michigan. Head farther south to Peterson Road Beach, where the crowds thin and dramatic Lake Michigan views abound. Continuing south on M22 brings you to Lake Michigan Road, turn right to Platte Point Beach, the beautiful junction of the Platte River and Lake Michigan. On hot days in peak summer this is a busy beach, but get to know it off-season or in the early morning, and you’ll meet the shorebirds and other wildlife that play here. For a secluded adventure, head a couple more miles south down M22 and turn on the bumpy, narrow, vegetation-lined Boekeloo Road to nose around a vintage cabin (owned by the park service), and then hike into a world-class stretch of beach that few folks bother making it to.

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The Platte Plains Trail: A gentle 14.7-mile network of loops with a trailhead near Otter Creek beach. Trails wind through woods, past sweet Bass Lake, along Otter Creek, and by three views of Lake Michigan. The Old Indian Trail: follows two loops, each about 2.5 miles long, to a magnificent Lake Michigan beach.

INLAND LAKE FISHING

Throw a line in at Loon Lake off M22, just south of where the highway crosses Platte River. No motors allowed on Bass, Otter and Deer Lakes—but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Access them on Trails End Road, off M22.


Park entrance fees run from $20 to $40 (for an annual pass). For information on purchasing them: 231.326.4700, nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/fees.htm. Find universal access information for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm. For more information about the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including campgrounds: nps.gov/slbe; 231.326.4700. Philip A. Hart Visitors Center: Purchase your park pass here; take in exhibits and a slide show and learn about ranger-led interpretive programs. Find it in downtown Empire. nps.gov/slbe.

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This city, known for its wealth of lumber-era Victorian architecture, is equally blessed with natural beauty. Where the Manistee River flows into Lake Michigan, find a serene river walk and fabulous Lake Michigan beaches. The eclectic shops, galleries, boutiques and eateries round out a first-rate vacation destination. Bonus: a long Lake Michigan pier for catching sunsets. visitmanistee.com. BEACHES

First Street Beach is a bustling downtown beach, with its stretch of sand, concession stand, volleyball and tennis courts, and a half-acre fencedin dog park. Located at the west end of First Street, on Lake Michigan. visitmanistee.com. Fifth Avenue Beach, at the west end of Fifth Ave., next to the Coast Guard Station and the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, has a beach house, concessions, playground, grills, picnic area, volleyball courts and bike racks. Both First Street and Fifth Avenue beaches are universally accessible. Walk for miles or stop and spread your towel on the sandy Lake Michigan shore at North Beach Access. Find it at the north end of Washington Street. Two off-the-beaten-path Lake Michigan beaches, Magoon Creek and Sundling Park, are just down the road from each other. Find picnic areas at each, while the larger Magoon Creek Natural area has hiking and biking trails, and a lofty view of Lake Michigan. South of Manistee, off Red Apple Road between Fox Farm and Wildwood Roads. A steep staircase leads to a smooth stretch of sand at Orchard Beach State Park, where you’ll also find campsites and unforgettable Lake Michigan sunsets from the bluff. State Park Recreation Passport required. 231.723.7422.

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Flowing through the vast Manistee National Forest, the federally protected Wild and Scenic Pine River presents current that ranges from practically placid to white-knuckled rapid. Whether you prefer calm or whitewater, Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston has trips designed for paddlers of all skill levels. thepineriver.com.

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Manistee Golf & Country Club: a historic public course, open since 1901, boasting nearly 3/4-mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and a full-service restaurant and lounge.manisteegolfandcc.com. Manistee National Golf & Resort is actually two distinctly different courses surrounded by the pine-filled woods of Manistee National Forest. Canthooke Valley is built on sandy soil, with generous fairways and lots of character; Cutters’ Ridge traverses marshes and wetlands, with more elevation changes and larger greens. 231.398.0123, manisteenational.com.

Classic Manistee The Manistee National Forest Festival, June 29–July 4, is the signature summer event here. Begun in 1936, this historic fest, celebrates the woods and water of Manistee with a 5K run, classic car show, parade, juried art show, fireworks, live music and much more. The jazz and blues series ShoreLine ShowCase Concerts features free outdoor concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights on Manistee’s First Street Beach on Lake Michigan. visitmanisteecounty. An architectural landmark since it first opened in 1903, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts sets a splendid stage for operas, concerts, plays, and other theatrical productions. Home to the Manistee Civic Players. ramsdell-theater.org. MyNorthTickets.com. Help celebrate the 80th birthday of the newly renovated Art Decoera Vogue Theatre with $2 classics from 1938. 231.508.8005, voguetheatermanistee.org. Be back in Manistee at the holidays for the Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend, December 6–9. Dress up in your Dickens best and celebrate the holidays in Victorian style. Have a microbrew at the new North Channel Brewing Company in downtown Manistee. northchannelbrewing.com.

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BEAR LAKE

A slow-mo small town set on the shore of the 1,744-acre Bear Lake offers superb fishing, an old-fashioned country store feeling at Wee Bee Jammin’, and the organic berries (u-pick and we pick) at Ware Farm.

Classic Bear Lake Let Bear Lake Marine get you out on Bear Lake with pontoons, hydrobikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Launch in Bear Lake, or let the folks at this friendly marina trailer your craft to any of the surrounding inland lakes. bearlakemarine.com. Come in from the water and enjoy the patio at the newly renovated Thrasher’s Bear Lake Tavern, the place to eat in Bear Lake since 1929.

ARCADIA

A treasure of a town tucked between Lake Michigan and Arcadia Lake that offers exceptional fishing, boating, beaches, and golf at the nationally renowned Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. Arcadia is also home to the highest bluff on the Lake Michigan shoreline—take in the spectacular view from the overlook on M22 north of town.

Classic Arcadia Get in on the fun of Arcadia Daze, July 27–29, at an arts & crafts fair, 5K race, kids games, live bands, beer tent parade, Scottville Clown Band concert and more. arcadiatwpmi.org.

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Arcadia Beach on Lake Michigan has a big sandy beach, playground, restrooms, grills and picnic tables. Stay for the sunset. visitmanisteecounty.com. The stunningly beautiful Arcadia Dunes C-S Mott Nature Preserve set along M22 offers 15 miles of hiking trails (and some for mountain biking) through dunes and forests, as well as Lake Michigan scenic lookouts and room to walk the shoreline. gtrlc.org.

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Michigan, where there are a number of shallow-water shipwrecks along the shoreline. Find the launch at the Grebe Fishing Pier on First Street. The famed Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club now offers two courses: Classically beautiful links-style The Bluffs course is built along high Lake Michigan bluffs that present rolling terrain, thick rough, sandy soil, deep bunkers and windswept natural grasses. And new this summer, the 310-acre, 18hole The South Course, designed to challenge your skill and emotions. arcadiabluffs.com.

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This little village set along a particularly scenic stretch of M22 with access to both Lake Michigan and Portage Lake is known fittingly as the Two Lake Town. Besides outdoor recreation-ops galore, find an ice cream parlor, fruit markets, several eateries and gift shops in the laid-back downtown, where there are free concerts every Monday evening at Onekama Village Park, June through August. visitmanisteecounty.com.

Classic Onekama Kick back at Monday Night Concerts in the Park, June 25–August 13, 7–9 p.m., at Onekama Village Park on the shores of Portage Lake. Toast the rebirth of the historic Portage Point Resort with a beer at Lahey’s pub, browse the marina, maybe book a cottage or condo for a couple of nights. portagepointresort.com. Follow the fun to Onekama Days, August 3–5. Parades, craft shows, fireworks, live music, pig roast, beer tasting, and other summer fest essentials. At North Point Beach on Lake Michigan you can laze on silky sand, watch the boats chugging through the channel between Portage Lake and the big lake, and stretch your legs on the pier. Portage Point Drive to Second Street. Golf The Heathlands, a lovely course for all skill levels, with smooth turf, native grasses and tree-lined fairways. 231.889.5644, heathlands.com.

Arcadia’s universally accessible EZ launch enables kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders to access Arcadia Lake, the Arcadia Marsh and Lake

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With Lake Michigan to the west and Pere Marquette Lake to the south, water sets the rhythm of life in this beautiful coastal city. Sun out? Head to the beach. Sunset? Head to the beach. S.S. Badger pulling into the harbor? Head down and wave it in. Surf up? Grab your board. Craving fresh fish for dinner? Book a charter and fire up the grill. For après water activities, enjoy concerts in the park at the Waterfront Park Pavilion downtown, browse the Victorian-era shopping district, tour two historic lighthouses and eat up the burgeoning food and craft beer scene. pureludington.com.

The heart of downtown is Stearns Park, with 2,500 feet of sandy Lake Michigan beach (free parking!), concession stands, restrooms, a universally accessible walkway, picnic tables, grills, a playground, mini golf, shuffleboard and skateboard park—you have to know living is large in Ludington.

BEACHES

LIGHTHOUSES

One of Michigan’s finest state parks, Ludington State Park is home to two first-class beaches. The sugar-sand Lake Michigan beach stretches for nearly seven miles, and is presided over by the Lake Michigan Beach House. Outfitted with a full-service concession, this architectural gem helps make the day. The Hamlin Lake Beach offers calmer, warmer waters, and includes a picnic shelter, restroom, and a concession stand where you can rent canoes or kayaks for paddling the four-mile Canoe Trail. A new inclusive playground for children of all abilities is set to open at the Hamlin Lake Beach this summer. State Park Recreation Passport required, which may be purchased at the park. visitludington.com/statepark.

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The 3,450-acre Nordhouse Dunes, with four miles of undeveloped shoreline, is the very definition of a Lake Michigan getaway. Ten miles of trails but no roads. Just two parking areas off US31 to ditch the car and hoof it in: Lake Michigan Recreation Area on the northern edge and Nurnberg Road at the southeastern corner. The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is managed by the Huron-Manistee National Forest. 800.821.6263, fs.usda.gov.

The striking Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1924 with an unusual shape to deflect the strong waves of Lake Michigan. Located at the end of a half-mile-long pier at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington; open to the public for tours from May 25 to September 3. splka.org. From the Pines Campground at Ludington State Park it’s a 1.8 mile sandy walk (or fat-tire bike it) to reach the black-and-white striped Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Dating to 1857, this is a much-photographed Ludington landmark. Climb the steep spiral staircase to the top of the light for an unforgettable view; explore the former keeper’s quarters, now a gift shop. Open daily from May 7 through October 28. splka.org.

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The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. While her route is to Wisconsin, and back to Ludington, don’t feel like you need an excuse to go to Wisconsin to hop aboard. Book a round-trip 48-hour portto-port mini cruise just for the fun of it. Kids have a blast at the game room, play area and movie theater. There’s a dining room, entertainment lounge ... just like a cruise ship! Reserve your spot on the Badger for the June 3 Vintage Badger 1953 Anniversary Cruise. ssbadger.com.

Hemlock Golf Club: Acclaimed golf course architect Raymond Hearn sculpted this formidable course out of the beautiful Ludington landscape. 231.845.1300, hemlockgolfclub.com.

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Lakeside Links: A 27-hole public course just off the downtown. lakesidelinks.com.

Chock full of fun ranging from a climbing wall to an aviation flight simulator, Sandcastles Children’s Museum is a rainy day antidote. sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com.

Classic Ludington Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Festival, August 18, rocks with live music, home brewing demos, and more than 60 vendors sampling beer and wine from around the state. sudsontheshore.com.

Bring your bike and help Ludington break a Guinness World Record for the longest single line of bicycles and longest bicycle line moving simultaneously. Saturday, June 9, 2018.

In its 50th year—jewelry, photography, sculpture and more at the West Shore Art Fair, July 7–8, in Rotary Park. ludingtonartscenter.org.

Barnhart’s Marina & Boat Rentals hooks you up with a boat for exploring Hamlin Lake, which is flanked by beautiful dunes, Ludington State Park and Manistee National Forest. barnhartsmarina.com.

Three downtown blocks close to traffic and open for a pedestrian-party for Friday Night Live, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3. Find street entertainment, food, pony rides and more. downtownludington.org. See what or who is playing at West Shore Community College. The caliber of entertainment is amazing! MyNorthtTickets.com.

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Historic Sites & Monuments 16 historic sites, downtown monuments and a walking trail taking you through time await on your next trail to Downtown Cadillac.

Festival & Events From classic cars, craft beer, heritage days, and freedom festival celebrations, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer.

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Already blessed with beautiful lakes Mitchell and Cadillac lapping at its perimeter, the city of Cadillac is shining with some fabulous new features at the Cadillac Commons, including a children’s splash pad, a state-of-the-art fire pit and a renovated performing arts pavilion. The stately Victorian shopping district is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and gift shops, great eateries and an inviting web of walking, biking and hiking paths.

Clam River Greenway: This 7.5-mile multi-use paved pathway weaves along the Clam River and connects to the Keith McKellop Walkway. Find bridges for fishing, a sundial and Cadillac’s fun Sound Garden along it. Chestnut St., Cadillac, cadillacmichigan.com.

BEACHES

Mitchell State Park Heritage Trail: This handicap accessible 3.5-mile wood-chipped nature trail, accessed at the park’s Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, is a great spot for wildlife viewing. Trailside benches, scenic bridge and boardwalk crossings round out the experience.

Kenwood Park & Beach: Sandy beach on Lake Cadillac, bathhouse, lifeguards, pavilion, double boat launch, playground and disc golf course. Free Parking. cadillacmichigan.com.

BREWERIES AND WINERIES

City Park: Features two public beaches in three miles plus a boat launch, playgrounds, a skate park, boardwalk and more. cadillacmichigan.com.

William Mitchell State Park: Sandy beach, modern facilities, nature trail and more at this 221-site campground on a channel between Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac. Find a handicap accessible kayak launch, new in 2017. State Recreation Passport required. michigandnr.com.

GOLF

Eight courses within 20 minutes makes Cadillac a golfers’ nirvana. Here are some highlights. Caberfae Peaks Golf Course: This scenic 9-hole course tucked into the Manistee National Forest crosses 10 bridges and offers challenging golf combined with gorgeous views and woodland tranquility. caberfaepeaks.com.

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Eldorado Golf Course: 18 holes with a 4-star rating from Golf Digest. In 2018 Eldorado was #4 in Golf Advisor’s Top 10 Michigan courses to stay on. golfeldorado.com.

TRAILS AND WALKWAYS

Hiking is a walk in the park in Cadillac, literally, with over 200 miles of trails that wind along three rivers, around two lakes and through miles of forests. Keith McKellop Walkway: Walk, run or push a stroller along this 5.5-mile pedestrian-only paved trail on Lake Cadillac’s eastern shore that connects to many fun things, including Cadillac City Park, the boat launch, the skate park and the Clam River Greenway. Restrooms at the walkway’s southeastern end. cadillacmichigan.com.

Lake Cadillac walk/bike path: 7.5-mile paved walking and bike path that encircles Lake Cadillac skirting the downtown and passing the beaches at William Mitchell State Park. Connects to the White Pine Trail on the eastern shore of Lake Cadillac and to the Clam River Greenway on the northern shoreline. cadillacmichigan.com.

Cadillac’s Beer & Spirits Trail offers 12 lively spots including: Table 212: A Wine Bar Featuring 2,800 bottles of wine from across the planet; connected to Hermann’s European Café. chefhermann.com. Raven Brewing & BBQ: Opening in May, find house-brewed craft beer, Texas-style BBQ and live music and open mic nights in the evening. FB. Cadillac Tuxedo and Cadillac Wine Tasting Room: Just like it sounds— a wine tasting bar in a tux shop! cadillactux.com. Clam Lake Beer Company: 40 craft beers on tap, wine, cocktails and a kicked-up bar menu. clamlakebeerco.com.

Classic Cadillac Cadillac Area Art Festival: July 20-21, celebrating 50 years of cultural arts in the Cadillac Area with 80+ artisans, live music on three stages, food vendors, special dessert tent and a kids create-in area.  The event kicks off Friday afternoon, with dinner on the lakeshore and live music by the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra followed by a popular music act.  Saturday enjoy live music, art exhibits and the newly renovated Cadillac Commons area with its new children’s splash pad.  Friday, noon–8p.m.; Saturday, 9a.m.–4p.m.  cadillacmichigan.com. Cadillac Craft Beer Festival: September 22, is bigger and better than ever this year featuring the 60+ of the best in Michigan beers and ciders, as well as a home brew competition, yard games, live music and food. Held in City Park on Lake Cadillac. cadillaccraftbeerfest.com.

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Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race

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MARCH Mardi Gras on the Mountain Spring Carnival – Cardboard Classic Retro Weekend Celts & Kayaks

MAY Michigan Beer & Brat Festival North Mitten Half Marathon 10K & 5K Race

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AUGUST Crystal Lake Team Marathon Frankfort Art Fair Collector Car Show Benzie Fishing Frenzy Tournament

OCTOBER Benzie County Fall Festival (weekends in October) Frankfort Beer Week Peaktoberfest Peak2Peak Bike Race Frankfort Film Festival

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