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Barn Swallow “A unique blend of old and new!” “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.

Featuring three floors of antiques, art, vintage clothing, jewelry and gifts.

Come explore the new expanded show room! Stocked with rough and polished petoskey stones, fossils & agates. Stone jewelry, lamps & more!

All Located @ Crystal Gardens just N. of Frankfort On M-22. For more information call 231-352-9321 or visit our website at www.crystalgardensm22.com

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Benzie, Manistee and Cadillac add up to a region filled with long stretches of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline (just waiting for you and your beach towel!), historic lighthouses, clear rivers, swaths of forests that seem to go on forever, orchards, brimming roadside fruit stands and Victorian downtowns chock-full of boutiques and galleries. And talk about trails! Trails for hiking, mountain biking and road biking. At trails end you’ll find great restaurants, brew pubs and wineries and all the rest of the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation.

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ONE-ROOM DRAKE SCHOOLHOUSE

The white-clapboard Drake Schoolhouse has stood at the corner of Valley Rd., (CR677) and Fowler Rd., in Honor for over a century. Slip into a desk and pretend you are a pioneer child. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. 231.882.5539, benziemuseum.org.

BETSIE RIVER CENTENNIAL LILY FARM

Thousands of daylilies as well as Siberian iris and ornamental grasses. Opens third Wed. in May and closes Labor Day. 17745 Moore Rd., Thompsonville, 231.864.3991, betsieriverlilyfarm.biz.

HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES AT FANNTAIL FARM

4700 Wallaker Rd., 5 miles south of Benzonia. Reservations. 231.930.7216, fantailfarmllc.com.

MANISTEE COUNTY FAIR

Midway, 4-H shows, Demo Derby and more. August 22 thru 27. 7587 1st Street, Onekama, manisteecountyfair.org.

DRIVE M22

From Frankfort to Manistee or Manistee to Frankfort—whichever way you take it, the beauty of this coastal highway takes your breath away.

GO CHARTER FISHING

Every Lake Michigan coastal village in this region has a fleet of charter boats captained by professionals who are all about helping you catch lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. Find river fishing guides as well. Hook your charter at michigancharterboats.com.

TASTE MEADE

It’s made with local honey (and the wine is from local grapes) at St. Ambrose Cellars, housed in a renovated barn in the Beulah countryside. Live music many summer nights. 841 S. Pioneer Road, 231.383.4262, stambrose-mead-wine.com.

KISSTORY TOUR

AIRPLANE TOURS OVER LAKE MICHIGAN

In 1976 the rock band KISS made a surprise visit to Cadillac to play at the prom and generally thrill the city. This 4-stop self-guided walk or drive tour comes alive when you click on the narration at cadillacmichigan.com.

MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL

Looking for Parking and Potties?

With Orchard Beach Aviation. Take off from Manistee’s Blacker Airport. orchardbeachaviation.com.

August 25-27 at the Big Sable Lighthouse in Ludington. michiganlighthousefestival.com.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes in Every Season Beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes, a photo book, and Journey Into Sleeping Bear Dunes, a DVD, bring this landscape of dunes, water and woods to life. Packaged together $29.95, also available separately. MyNorth.com/BeautifulDunes

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MUST DO Beulah Art Fair: July 8. Peruse work by dozens of local artists at this low-key fest in the town’s lakefront park. 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 last Thursday in June thru first Thursday in August. All-day on July Fourth! Platte River State Fish Hatchery: The state’s main site for rearing Coho and Chinook salmon, with interpretive center and trails, all on the Platte River and open to the public, free, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 15210 US31, Beulah, 231.325.4611. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

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BEACH DAYS! Crystal Lake Beach: 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.

Boat on Crystal Lake: Rent pontoons, fishing boats, personal watercraft and ski boats at Crystal Lake Marina, 231.882.7058, crystallakemarina.com; kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, 231.882.2527, crystallakeadventuresports.com.

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GOLF The 18-hole, public Crystal Lake Golf Club is 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. 231.882.4061, clgolfclub.com. Nestled on 350 acres in Benzie’s highlands, the 18-hole Champion Hill Golf Course is distinguished by open fairways, large contoured greens, natural grasses and distant views of Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake and the Platte Lakes. 231.882.9200, championhill.com. Pinecroft Golf Course plays across a former cherry farm not far from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and overlooking Crystal Lake. The views are spectacular, the price is right, and the play is pleasant and memorable. 231.882.9100, pinecroftgolf.com.

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HONOR Outdoor activities abound in this village tucked at the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and bordered by the Platte River. You’ll also find classic Northwood diners, quiet campgrounds and mom-n-pop lodging. visitbenzie.com. MUST DO The 50th Annual National Coho Salmon Festival, August 25-27. This celebration of the birthplace of salmon in the Great Lakes includes a smoked fish contest, beer tent and more. Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theater: Indulge in summertime nostalgia with a double feature 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. 231.325.3413, cherrybowldrivein.com. Paddle the Platte: The Lower Platte has a gentle current, making it ideal for family canoeing or tubing trips; the Upper Platte, meanwhile, is a swifter trip built for more experienced paddlers. Rent canoes and kayaks: Riverside Canoe Trips 231.325.5622, canoemichigan.com. Honor Trading Post 231.325.2202, canoeplatteriver.com. Honor Canoe Rental 231.325.0112, honorcanoerentals.com. Crystal Lake Adventure Sports 231.882.2527, crystallakeadventuresports.com.

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

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

MUST DO Dunesville Music Festival: July 21–24: 4846 Hulbert Rd., Lake Ann. dunesvillemusicfestival.com. Lake Ann Pathway: A 5.8K wooded, winding and hilly trail open to hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. 231.276.9511. TAYLOR BROWN

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Mistwood Golf Course: The three Jerry Matthews–designed nine-hole courses here were carefully carved out of the natural slopes of the land, offering challenging but fair play in a lovely setting. 7568 Ole White Dr., Lake Ann, 231.275.5500, mistwoodgolf.com.

MUST DO Paddle the Betsie River: Crystal Adventures, 231.651.9648, crystaladventures.com. Michigan Legacy Art Park: A 1.6-mile trail dotted with outdoor sculptures and a rustic outdoor amphitheater. New in 2015: a barrier-free arrival area and a 1,200-foot-long universal-access trail. 231.378.4963, michiganlegacyartpark.org. Golf: Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley, 800.968.4676, crystalmountain.com. Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide: A luge-style wheeled sled that cruises down twisting, 1,700-foot-long tracks on the Crystal Mountain ski hill. 800.968.4676, crystalmountain.com. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com. 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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Frankfort Art Fair: August 18-19 in Market Square on Betsie Bay. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

BEACH DAYS! Lake Michigan Beach: A glorious in-town swath of sand and big water, 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. Point Betsie Beach: This Lake Michigan beach serves up a long stretch of shore, 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.

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BIKE The 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail runs from Frankfort to Thompsonville, passing Betsie Lake, Betsie River and Crystal Lake. Road bikers and roller bladers 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, 1100 Main St., Frankfort, 231.357.0690, beachnutsurfshop.com; Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, 325 Main St., Frankfort, 231.882.2527, crystallakeadventuresports.com.

POINT BESTIE LIGHTHOUSE Near Frankfort

THEATER Going to the movies just feels more fun in the Garden Theater, a renovated gem that has served Frankfort since 1923. Showing firstrun, indie, foreign and classic flicks year round, plus the Frankfort Film Festival every October. 231.352.7561, frankfortgardentheater.com. The third week of July each year the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre takes the outdoor stage at Frankfort’s Tank Hill. 188 Park Avenue. lakesideshakespeare.org.

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Rent and enjoy the charming Lighthouse Assistant Keeper’s apartment with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the Manitou Islands. This historic renovated apartment is just steps away from the beach and spectacular sunsets.

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ELBERTA 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. BEACH DAYS! Wedged between the big lake and a gigantic dune ridge, Elberta Beach, on Lake Michigan, gets wild waves, making it a thrilling spot for a swim (and popular among body surfers and wave jumpers). It’s less crowded than the Lake Michigan beach in adjacent Frankfort, and Elberta beach’s high bluffs add a sense of privacy.

Located minutes from Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Oversized Full Service Sites with Concrete Pads Modern Bathhouse • Laundry Facilities Wi-Fi Available Cable TV (coming soon) Walking Paths & Dog Walk fclrvresort.com FRANKFORT MICHIGAN 231.352.7240 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a national treasure embracing 71,000 acres of sand dunes, Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes, rivers, forests, meadows and relics of Native American and pioneer history. The park spreads from Benzie County into Leelanau County with the visitor center just north of the Benzie County border in the town of Empire. Here’s your guide to exploring the breathtakingly beautiful Benzie portion of the park. BEACH DAYS!

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Bring all the fixings to make it a day at Esch Road Beach, off of M22 in Benzie County’s northern reaches. 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, vegetationlined 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.

The Lower Platte River runs through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, emptying into Lake Michigan at a spectacularly beautiful beach. This slow, family-friendly river is perfect for canoes, tubes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

HIKE 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. Farther south, the Old Indian Trail system follows two loops, each about 2.5 miles long, to a magnificent Lake Michigan beach.

Outfitters: Riverside Canoe Trips, 231.325.5622, canoemichigan.com; Honor Trading Post, 231.325.2202, canoeplatteriver.com; Honor Canoe Rental, 231.325.0112, honorcanoerentals.com; Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, 231.882.2527, crystallakeadventuresports.com.

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FISH Find restrooms, a picnic area and great fishing at Loon Lake. Access it off M22, just south of where the highway crosses Platte River. Motors aren’t allowed on the smaller, forest-surrounded Bass, Otter and Deer Lakes—but that doesn’t keep the panfish from biting. Access them on Trails End Road, off M22.

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» Find universal accessibility 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.

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» Park entrance fees run from $15 to $30 (for an annual pass). For information on purchasing: 231.326.4700, nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

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MANISTEE Poised where the Manistee River flows into Lake Michigan, this city is known for its wealth of lumber-era Victorian architecture and its 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. MUST DO Manistee National Forest Festival, June 29–July 4. This historic fest, which began in 1936, celebrates the woods and water of Manistee. Parade, juried art show, fireworks and much more.

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An architectural landmark since it first opened in 1903, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts sets a gorgeous stage for operas, concerts, plays, and other theatrical productions. View a listing of upcoming shows and workshops at ramsdelltheatre.org. Tickets at MyNorthTickets.com. When the Vogue Theatre was built in 1938, this Art Deco–style cinema was the ultimate in luxury and modern design. Happily, the downtown landmark was recently renovated with an entirely new interior, cushy seats, and state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. 231.508.8005, voguetheatermanistee.org.

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ShoreLine ShowCase Concerts: This jazz and blues series features free outdoor concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights on Manistee’s First Street Beach on Lake Michigan. visitmanisteecounty. Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend, December 1–4. Dress up in your Dickens best and celebrate the holidays in Victorian style. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

BEACH DAYS! First Street Beach is a bustling downtown beach, with its stretch of sand, concession stand, volleyball and tennis courts, and a half-acre fenced-in 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, this large beach has a beach house, concessions, playground, grills, picnic area, volleyball courts and bike racks. *Note: 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.

Flowing through the vast Manistee National Forest, the federally protected Wild and Scenic Pine River presents currents that range from practically placid to white-knuckled rapids. Whether you prefer calm or whitewater, Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston has trips designed for paddlers of all skill levels. 9590 S. Grandview Highway S. M37, Wellston, 231.862.3471, thepineriver.com. A moderate current and numerous campgrounds along the 166-mile navigable portion of the Manistee River make it a favorite for multi-day trips. Of course, the Manistee is plenty enjoyable for short trips, with a family-friendly pace and long stretches of sandy bottom for wading and swimming. Discover a revered fishery, with salmon and steelhead running the section between Lake Michigan and Tippy Dam during spawning season. Find rentals at Manistee Paddlesport Adventure, 231.233.3265, instalaunch.com/paddlesports.htm.

GOLF Manistee Golf & Country Club a historic public course, open since 1901, boasts nearly ¾-mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and a full-service restaurant and lounge. 231.723.2509, mgandcc.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.

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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A Mayberry-esque 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. BEACH DAYS! The tree-lined, 18-hole Chestnut Hills course focuses on creating a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with junior rates and clinics. 231.864.2458, chestnutgolf.com. The 18-hole, semi-private Bear Lake Country Highlands golf course, with three sets of tees catering to different skill levels. Views of pretty Bear Lake provide a picturesque backdrop. 231.864.3817, golfbearlake.com.

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ARCADIA This tiny town that straddles Lake Michigan and Arcadia Lake offers exceptional fishing, boating, and 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. MUST DO Arcadia Daze, July 22–24: Arts & Crafts fair, 5K race, kids games, kids fishing and more. arcadiatwpmi.org. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

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Arcadia Beach on Lake Michigan has a big sandy beach, playground equipment and even a real shipwreck washed ashore. Stay for the sunset and a bonfire.

Bear Lake Marine rents 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. 231.864.3667, bearlakemarine.com.

ONEKAMA Set on scenic highway M22, this little village stands near both Lake Michigan and Portage Lake, making it a dream destination for outdoor recreation. 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.

Arcadia Dunes C-S Mott Nature Preserve. This stunningly beautiful protected swath of Lake Michigan shoreline 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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Arcadia’s universally accessible EZ launch enables kayakers and standup paddleboarders to access Arcadia Lake, the Arcadia Marsh and Lake Michigan, where there are a number of shallow-water shipwrecks along the shoreline. Find the launch at the Grebe Fishing Pier on First Street.

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 famed Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is a links-style course built along high Lake Michigan bluffs that presents rolling terrain, thick rough, sandy soil, deep bunkers and windswept natural grasses. 231.889.3001, arcadiabluffs.com.

Onekama Days, August 3–7: Parades, craft shows, fireworks, live music, pig roast, beer tasting, and other summer fest essentials.

GOLF The Heathlands is a lovely course for golfers of all skill levels, with smooth turf, native grasses and tree-lined fairways. 231.889.5644, heathlands.com. 2017 MyNorth VACATION GUIDE

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LUDINGTON 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? Après water, eat up the burgeoning food and craft beer scene. pureludington.com. MUST DO Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Michigan Wine Festival, August 19: Live music, home brewing demos, and more than 40 vendors sampling beer and wine from around the state. sudsontheshore.com. Friday Night Live in Ludington, July 14, 21, 28 and August 4: Three downtown blocks are closed for street entertainment and food, pony rides and more.downtownludington.org. Tickets for fun, festivals and more! MyNorthTickets.com.

BEACH DAYS! A crown in the Michigan state park system, Ludington State Park is home to two first-class beaches. The sugar-sand Lake Michigan beach stretches for nearly seven miles, and is a wonderful spot to catch a sunset; Hamlin Lake Beach offers calmer, warmer waters, and includes a picnic shelter, restroom, playground and a concession stand where you can rent canoes or kayaks for paddling the four-mile Canoe Trail. State Park Recreation Passport required, which may be purchased at the park. 231.843.2423.

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Nestled up to downtown, Stearns Park, with its 2,500 feet of sandy Lake Michigan beach (and free parking!), is where the action is on a summer day. Find concession stands, restrooms, a universally accessible walkway, picnic tables, grills, a playground, mini golf, shuffleboard and skateboard park. 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.

THEATER Carmike Harbor Cinemas 8: Multiplex 231.843.9310, fandango.com/Ludington.

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LIGHTHOUSES The striking Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1924. Located at the end of a half-mile-long pier at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington; open to the public for tours from May 24 to September 2. Follow US10 west as it turns into Ludington Avenue, turn right onto M116, go four blocks, then turn left into Stearns Park. splka.org. The Big Sable Point Lighthouse, built in 1857, celebrates its 150th birthday this year with a summer's worth of special events. Open daily from May 1 through October 31. Follow US10 west as it turns into Ludington Avenue, turn right onto M116 and drive north up to the Ludington State Park. Walk 1.8 miles to reach the lighthouse, or rent bikes at the concession stand. splka.org.

S.S. BADGER The largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan turns 61 this year and she’s better than ever! Book the four-hour passage from Ludington to Manitowoc to cut time off a car trip, or book a round-trip 48-hour port-to-port mini cruise just for the fun of it. 800.841.4243, ssbadger.com.

BOATING Barnhart’s Marina & Boat Rentals will hook you up with a boat for exploring Hamlin Lake, which is flanked by beautiful dunes, Ludington State Park and Manistee National Forest. 231.843.8246, barnhartsmarina.com.

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

TAKE THE KIDS Sandcastles Children’s Museum: Interactive exhibits, ranging from a climbing wall to a community garden to an aviation flight simulator. 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, 231.233.9326, sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com.

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CADILLAC Boasting Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac, a downtown studded with Victorian storefronts and vast state forestland just outside the city limits, Cadillac has all the makings of a memorable vacation. The fun is in the details, like one-of-a-kind boutiques and gift shops, great eateries and a world-class web of walking, biking and hiking paths. MUST DO Cadillac Freedom Festival, June 30–July 2: Kids carnival, fishing tournament, motorcycle show, and more at Cadillac Commons. Live concerts at Cadillac Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion: July 1, Donny Hartman; July 2, Magic Bus; July 3, Tommy Vale and the Torpedoes. cadillacfreedomfestival.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. cadillacmichigan.com.

BREWERIES AND WINERIES Cadillac Tuxedo and Cadillac Wine Tasting Room: Just like it sounds—a wine tasting bar in a tux shop! 209 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231.775.2856, cadillactux.com. Clam Lake Beer Company: 40 craft beers on tap, wine, cocktails and a kicked-up bar menu.129 W. Cass St., Cadillac, 231.775.6150, clamlakebeerco.com.

Cadillac Craft Beer Festival, September 23: Featured brewers, home brew competition, yard games. Cadillac Commons, cadillaccraftbeerfest.com.

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

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Benzie County is… Northern Michigan Preserved

®

Benzie County 2017 Annual Events JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race

Winterfest Betsie Bay Frozen 5K

Mardi Gras on the Mountain Spring Fling – Cardboard Classic

MAY

JUNE

JULY

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

Bike Benzie Tour & Fondo Frankfort Art & Craft Fair MI PGA Women’s Open & Pro-Am Battle at the Betsie Fishing Tournament

4th July Celebrations Firecracker Race Beulah Art Fair Port City Run Up North Stand Up Paddle Board Classic

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

Crystal Lake Team Marathon Frankfort Art Fair Collector Car Show Benzie Fishing Frenzy National Coho Salmon Festival

Taste of Benzie

Benzie County Fall Festival (weekends in October) Frankfort Beer Week Tri-Up North Triathlon Peak 2 Peak Mountain Festival Frankfort Film Festival

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

5K Turkey Vulture Trot Holly Berry Art & Craft Fair

Christmas Magic New Year’s Eve Celebration & Fireworks

Northern Michigan Preserved®

/benziecounty.cvb #PureBenzieMI For complete event and area information, go to our website.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Benzie County

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2017 Benzie MyNorth Vacation Guide  

Plan your vacation in Benzie, Manistee and Cadillac

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