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2014 Benzie, Manistee & West Shore Arcadia • Bear Lake Beulah • Benzonia Crystal Lake • Frankfort Ludington • Manistee Onekama • Pentwater

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The triumvirate of counties—Benzie, Manistee and Mason—that make up the West Shore region greet a wide-open expanse of Lake Michigan head on. All told, their duneswathed shoreline runs on for nearly 80 magnificent miles. On the land side of all that shoreline, there’s, well, more water, from big, bold, blue inland lakes like Crystal, to the trout-rich bends and holes of the Manistee River. In between you’ll find all the makings of a world-class vacation: the fabulous Ludington State Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, towns and small cities sporting not-so-small-town-style boutiques and eateries and stunning golf courses. Read on to create your perfect vacation!—The editors of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and MyNorth.com.

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‘Natural Michigan’ towel design by artist Glenn Wolff: Available only at Crystal Crate & Cargo in Beulah! These 100% cotton kitchen towels are woven with original art by renowned Northern Michigan artist Glenn Wolff. The design is a beautiful illustration of the natural wonders of the great state of Michigan. Three color combinations will complement any cottage, boat or home kitchen. A great, easy to send gift! 1-800-SUPREMO · 231-882-5294 Mon.–Sat. 10–5:30; Sun. 11–4 www.crystalcrate.com 262 S Benzie Blvd · Across from the trail in Downtown Beulah

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore For years, it seemed, the Great Lakes gem named Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was one of the country’s bestkept secrets—then in 2011, viewers of Good Morning America voted the national park Most Beautiful Place in America, and the following summer Sleeping Bear saw a record 1.5 million visitors. But there’s still plenty of space to find solitude, quiet and untouched beauty because this national treasure on Michigan’s western shore encompasses 71,000 acres of parkland and 35 miles of glorious Lake Michigan coastline. You’ll find much of that uncrowded terrain in the less-traveled southern portions of the park, which sprawl out along the Benzie County coast.

With so much white-sand shoreline and Sleeping Bear’s dramatic dunes and bluffs, the park’s Benzie beaches are absolutely sublime. Two popular spots are Platte Point Beach, where the Platte River meets Lake Michigan, and Esch Road Beach, at the mouth of Otter Creek, which has a hidden-lagoon feel. For more seclusion, try Peterson Road Beach, offering dramatic shoreline views at the park’s southern tip. Sleeping Bear is also a day-hiker’s heaven: challenge yourself on the lovely Platte Plains Trail, which includes a series of loops ranging from four miles to 15 miles, or, for something easier, try the Old Indian Trail, which dishes up a gorgeous Lake Michigan

overlook from either of its 2.5-mile loops. Other favorite Sleeping Bear activities include canoeing or tubing the picturesque Platte River (find rentals at The Honor Trading Post, 8294 DEADSTREAM RD., HONOR, 231.325.2202, CANOEPLATTERIVER.COM); fishing in the solitude of Loon Lake and Otter Lake (the former has a boat launch that will accommodate trailers, but no motors allowed; the latter’s will only accommodate canoes); and, of course, camping at the popular Platte River Campground (make reservations at 877.444.6777). For maps, ideas, trip planning info and more, visit the park headquarters in Empire (9922 W. FRONT ST., EMPIRE, 231.326.4700, NPS.GOV/SLBE).

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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Heaven for hikers, with 100-some miles of designated trails through uniquely beautiful terrain: woods, wetlands, meadows, shoreline, sand dunes. Our personal pick for Benzie County is the Platte Plains Trail, a mostly flat 14.7-mile network of smaller loops through pineoak-aspen woods, open fields and pine plantations, with occasional views of Lake Michigan. Within this system, the 3.5-mile Bass Lake Loop is an easy wooded hike that meanders along Bass Lake’s western edge; 4.6 mile Otter Creek Loop is another favorite, starting on the shores of Lake Michigan and wending along Otter Creek and Otter Lake for great wildlife watching. Find maps and trailhead information at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center (in Empire) or online. 231.326.5134, NPS.GOV/SLBE.

Michigan Legacy Art Park: Art meets earth at this wooded 30-acre preserve, featuring a gentle 1.6-mile trail interspersed with 43 sculptures and a rustic outdoor amphitheater for unplugged concerts. Great spot to bring kids (they love the fort sculpture). At Crystal Mountain Resort. 12500 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN DR., THOMPSONVILLE, 231.378.4963, MICHIGANLEGACYARTPARK.ORG.

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Big M Trail: Developed in the 1950s as one of the nation’s first great Nordic trail systems, this 50-mile trail also makes for beautiful hiking. The well-marked path is comprised of loops running through the rustic and wild Huron-Manistee National Forest; sections like the Lumberjack and Corkpine are easier, while Catamount and Sky Pilot are hillier and more challenging. Located 18 miles east of Manistee and seven miles west of Wellston; find the trailhead 3.5 miles south of M55 on Udell Hills Road. FS.USDA.GOV/HMNF.

Manistee River Trail: This nearly nine-mile trail skirts the east shore of the Manistee River, past wetlands, over bridges, and through scenic rolling

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A 22-mile non-motorized bike path from Frankfort to Thompsonville along Betsie Lake, Betsie River and Crystal River. Some asphalt and some crushed sections. Trailhead and parking: 10 th Street, Frankfort, betsievallerytrail.org. hills. Treasures here include observation platforms for enjoying the view, and the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan, at the site where the trail hooks up with the legendary North Country Trail. Find trailheads at Seaton Creek or Red Bridge campgrounds. 231.723.2211.

Arcadia Dunes: More than 15 miles of trail carve through dunes and forests, and past adjacent working farms at this stunning preserve. Check out Pete’s Woods Trail for fantastic wildflower viewing, or the Baldy Trails for breathtaking Lake Michigan views. Wonderful spot for bird watching. Multiple parking areas and trailheads; find maps online. 231.929.7911, GTRLC.ORG.

Ludington State Park: The trails at this 5,300-acre park wind through a variety of landscapes, from grassy dunes to woods to alongside rivers and lakes. The half-mile-long Skyline Trail, which runs over a boardwalk to a beautiful Lake Michigan view, is great for families; the threemile-long Logging Trail is shaded, making it ideal for hot summer days. Ten rustic hike-in sites are available for backpackers looking to escape the area’s busier campgrounds. (Bonus: 6+ miles of Lake Michigan beach to wander!) 231.843.2423, VISITLUDINGTONSTATEPARK.COM. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 7

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Beaches First Street Beach, Manistee: There’s

plenty of parking at this lovely Lake Michigan swimming spot, but our favorite way to get there is by strolling Manistee’s Riverwalk, a mile-long boardwalk that meanders along the Manistee River through downtown, ending at the beach. The beach itself is a dreamy slice of sand, with a concession stand, volleyball and tennis courts, and a half-acre fenced-in dog park where you can let Fido roam leash-free. Access the Riverwalk (and find parking) at Memorial Park. Located at the west end of First Street, on Lake Michigan. VISITMAN-

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Elberta Beach, Lake Michigan: Wedged between the big lake and a gigantic dune ridge, the beach here seems to get wilder waves, making it a thrilling spot for a swim (and popular among body surfers and wave jumpers). Compared to the Lake Michigan beach in nearby Frankfort, it’s rarely crowded here; high bluffs lend an additional feeling of privacy. VISITBENZIE.COM.

Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach: A favorite for beach-goers, this sandy oasis dishes up incredible views of dunes both south and north. Take a post-swim stroll along the pier toward the breakwater lighthouse, or meander your way into Frankfort’s adorable downtown, just a stone’s throw away. VISITBENZIE.COM.

beautiful swath of fine white sand adjacent to the harbor pier; swim and sun here by day, and come back for the knockout sunsets at night. Picnic tables, beach volleyball, a playground, public restrooms and a beach store vending snacks and toys. State park recreation passport required. 400 WEST LOWELL

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is beloved by locals for many reasons, not the least of which being that it’s home to the beautiful Point Betsie Lighthouse—one of the most photographed lighthouses in the Midwest. The point is also a great spot to hunt for Petoskey stones, and the onshore winds make it an epic spot for kiteboarding. POINTBETSIE.ORG.

a state park is home to two beautiful 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 a paddleboat or canoe for noodling around in the water. State Park Recreation Passport required. 8800 MICHIGAN 116, LUDINGTON,

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public beach right in downtown Beulah is one of the best in-town beaches around. Located on the shores of the exceptionally clear, sand-bottomed Crystal Lake, the beach is nestled right where the lake meets the mouth of Cold Creek, allowing all kinds of swimming and water fun. (Bonus for families: The swimming area is safely marked.) In addition to several hundred feet of sandy beachfront, there’s also a beach house, tennis courts and a playground. A great spot to catch the annual Fourth of July fireworks over the lake. On Lake Street north of Commercial Avenue. VISITBENZIE.COM.

Charles Mears State Park: This 50-acre space on Lake Michigan is not far from downtown Pentwater, and it includes a

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Charter Fishing

The waters off the coast of Manistee and Benzie counties are renowned for being among the most productive fisheries anywhere on Lake Michigan, boasting heavyweight trout, steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. (The Platte River, in Benzie County, was actually the first place salmon were planted in Michigan, in 1966.) No surprise, then, that charter fishing outfits are numerous in port towns up and down the coast, as well as inland, where the region’s crystal-clear rivers and streams offer big rewards (the state record brown trout, at 41 pounds, was caught in the Manistee River; the state record walleye was caught nearby, at the mouth of the Pine). A charter fishing trip is a memorable experience, regardless of whether you return with the next record holder; just gather

your friends, pick up a fishing license, bring a cooler for your catches, and don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather. The majority of the area’s Lake Michigan charter fishing

GET ON THE WATER 4Sail Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger: A Lake Michigan legend from another era, the historic S.S. Badger—the largest car ferry to ever sail the Big Lake—continues to provide a shortcut from Michigan’s west shore to Wisconsin. Take a ride on this authentic coal-fired steamship to cut time off a summer car trip, or book a round-trip 48-hour “mini cruise” sans vehicle for a fun weekend bookmarked by the port towns of Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. For something really special, reserve your spot on the Badger for the Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise, which departs just before sunset for a fabulous view of Ludington’s waterfront fireworks show. 800.841.4243, SSBADGER.COM.

companies are based in Frankfort, Ludington and Manistee; search listings by lake or river online at the Michigan Charter Boat Association. MICHIGANCHARTERBOATS.COM.

Surf the Big Lake: Make your vacation that much more memorable by learning to surf or stand-up paddleboard on Lake Michigan. In one three-hour session, Crystal Lake Adventure Sports will teach you all the basics you need to know; they also offer rentals and have a well-stocked shop, should you get bitten by the surfing bug and want to take home a board of your own. 214 SOUTH BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.882.2527, CRYSTALLAKEADVENTURESPORTS.COM.

Rent a pontoon: There are few more peaceful ways to spend a summer afternoon than puttering around an inland lake on a pontoon. Bring a picnic, stop for a swim, and take your sweet time exploring Benzie and West Shore’s beautiful shorelines. Three marinas we love: Crystal Lake Marina: On the eastern shore of Caribbean-colored Crystal Lake. The pretty shoreline along Railroad Park Natural Area on the lake makes a great spot to drop anchor for a picnic. 7271 CRYSTAL DR., BEULAH, 231.882.7058, CRYSTALLAKEMARINA.COM.

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Barnhat’s Marina & Boat Rentals: This restaurant, bar and inn will hook you up with a boat for exploring Hamlin Lake, which is flanked by beautiful dunes, Ludington State Park and Manistee National Forest. Snug Harbor Marina: Set inside the channel that connects Pentwater Lake to Lake Michigan, Snug Harbor Marina offers full service repairs, gas and fuel, annual and transient dockage, showers, Wi-Fi, TV-hookups, picnic area, laundry and a marina boutique. Best of all is its proximity to Pentwater’s resort amenities. 616 SOUTH HANCOCK ST., PENTWATER, 231.869.7001, SNUGHARBORMARINA.NET.

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BREAKFAST The Cherry Hut: Renowned for creating generations of cherry pie lovers, this tiny eatery in Beulah also serves a rockin’ breakfast buffet, Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 211 N. MICHIGAN AVE., US31, BEULAH, 888.882.4431, CHERRYHUTSTORE.COM.

Hungry Tummy: The hearty breakfasts at this warm Beulah spot are just the ticket before a day hike: apple and strawberry pancakes, omelets, Belgian waffles, corned beef hash, and more. 226 S. BENZIE BLVD., BEULAH, 231.882.5103, HUNGRYTUMMY.COM.

Goody’s Juice & Java: In the heart of downtown Manistee, this hip little coffee shop is the place to go for simple breakfast fare and specialty coffee drinks crafted by lively, friendly baristas. Menu includes fruit smoothies, fresh pastries, egg panini and gourmet bagels. 343 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.398.9580, GOODYSJUICEANDJAVA.COM.

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Trick Dog Gallery: A beloved Elberta

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art gallery and cafe, dishing up gorgeous views and simple breakfast goodies, like hot cinnamon pull-aparts and apricot scones. 1121 FURNACE ST., ELBERTA, 231.352.8364,

Dining Out The Manitou: This seasonal fine dining establishment is a renowned for Northern-inspired favorites. Among the highlights: an impressive selection of fried appetizers (beer-battered frog legs, deep-fried potato skins), rainbow trout, perch, duck with cherry sauce, an “M22 Grill” sirloin steak, and knockout blueberry-raspberry pie. Great Lakes fish fry every Friday, prime rib Saturdays; come between 4:30 and 6 p.m. weekdays for lighter fare on the early bird menu. 4349 M22, FRANKFORT,

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heaven and serves up divine from-scratch pastries—Boston-cream donuts, glazed crescents—along with breakfast items like quiche, old-fashioned Irish oatmeal, panini-style sandwiches, fruit smoothies, homemade granola and more. 404 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.4611, CRESCENT-BAKERY.COM.

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Bayview Grille: Fresh beignets, pancakes

Stormcloud Brewing Co.: A hip, casual new microbrewery and restaurant in downtown

smothered in Michigan maple syrup, corned beef hash and other homemade delights are just a few of the temptations at this cheerful Frankfort establishment. Ask to be seated outside for a view of Betsie Bay and the Elberta Bluffs. 727 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.8050, BAYVIEWGRILLE.COM.

Frankfort. On tap: inventive Belgian-inspired ales and locally made mead. On the menu: flatbread pizzas (with vegan cheese and gluten-free dough available by request), charcuterie plates, root beer (or, yes, dark beer) floats with locally made ice cream, and made-to-order popcorn tossed in a topping of your choice, like cinnamon-sugar, apple-cayenne, bacon-chive. 303 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.0118, STORMCLOUDBREWING.COM.

T.J.’s Pub: Cozy gathering space tucked inside Manistee’s historic Ramsdell Inn. Sit at the bar, where you’ll find Michigan craft brews and ciders on tap, or grab a table by the fireplace to indulge in seasonal specialties—artisan pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, soups made fresh daily—starring locally sourced ingredients. 399 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, RAMSDELLINN.NET.

The Glenwood: The dining experience at this distinctive restaurant is all about gracious service and Northwoods charm. The menu shines with fresh flavors, plenty of regional libations, and from-scratch creations like chef-owner Donna Short’s frozen peanut butter pie. Slip outside to the screened-in front porch to watch the sunset over Portage Lake. 4604 MAIN ST., ONEKAMA, 231.889.3734, GLENWOODRESTAURANT.COM. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 13

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Paddle Trips

4Platte River: The shallow, crystal-clear

Platte sets the scene for a gorgeous canoe trip, weaving through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore before ending at a Lake Michigan beach. The lower Platte has a gentle current, making it ideal for family canoe or tubing trips; the upper Platte, meanwhile, is a swifter trip built for more experienced paddlers. Find rentals at Riverside Canoe Trips in Honor. 5042 N. SCENIC HWY., HONOR, 231.325.5622, CANOEMICHIGAN. COM. Honor

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Betsie River: From its origin at Green Lake to its terminus at Betsie Lake, this twisting stream’s 50-mile length is almost entirely navigable by canoe, with conditions ranging from swift water to tranquil marshlands. Tons of wildlife and birdwatching opportunities, with the river’s peaceful

lower reaches seeing more traffic than the wilder upper portions. Great for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Find rentals at Vacation Trailer Park and Canoe Rentals in Benzonia. 2080 BENZIE HWY., BENZONIA, 231.882.5101, VACATIONTRAILER.COM.

Pine River: Flowing through the beautiful Manistee National Forest, this federally protected Wild and Scenic river boasts waters that range from practically placid to white-knuckled rapid. Whether you prefer calm water or whitewater, Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston has trips designed for paddlers of all skill levels. 9590 S. GRANDVIEW HIGHWAY S. 37, WELLSTON, 231.862.3471, THEPINERIVER.COM.

Manistee River: A moderate current and numerous campgrounds along the 166-mile navigable portion of this river make it a favorite for

multi-day trips. Of course, it’s plenty enjoyable for short trips, with a family-friendly pace and long stretches of sandy bottom for wading and swimming. 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 PARKDALE AVE., MANISTSEE, 231.233.3265, INSTALAUNCH.COM/PADDLESPORTS.HTM or

Outpost of Manistee, 359 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.398.5556, OUTPOSTMANISTEE.COM.

LIGHTHOUSES Point Betsie Lighthouse: One of the most photographed lighthouses in the nation, Point Betsie is an 1858-built beauty, perfectly restored. Open for tours from May through October; check online for hours. Located four miles north of Frankfort, off M22. POINTBETSIE.ORG.

Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse: While the tower itself, part of which dates back to 1912, is not open to the public for tours, you can still stroll the light’s 500-foot-long pier to watch the sunset and gaze upon this Frankfort icon. Find the pier at the end of Main Street in downtown Frankfort. FRANKFORTMICH.COM.

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Manistee North Pierhead Light: An 1872-built cast-iron icon of the “Victorian Port City,” with a pretty catwalk (one of only a few remaining in Michigan) and a long pier that many people love to walk along at sunset. Currently undergoing restoration work. Park at Manistee’s 5th Avenue Beach to walk to the pier. MANISTEEMUSEUM.ORG.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse: This black-and-white striped lighthouse, dating to 1857, is a

Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse: Built in 1924, this striking lighthouse was built 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 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. Go to the end of the park, then walk the breakwall out to the lighthouse. SPLKA.ORG. 14 MyNorth.com

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much-photographed Ludington landmark. Climb the steep spiral staircase to the top of the light; explore the former keeper’s quarters, now a gift shop. 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. SPLKA.ORG.

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Golf

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Manistee Golf & Country Club: A historic public course, open since 1901, boasts nearly 3/4 mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and a full-service restaurant and lounge. 500 CHERRY ST., MAINSTEE, 231.723.2509, MANISTEEGOLFANDCC.COM.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club: A links-

style course reminiscent of those you’d find along the Scottish seaside, built along high Lake Michigan bluffs, with rolling terrain, thick rough, sandy soil, deep bunkers and windswept natural grasses. A beautiful, challenging course that’s received many bestof nods and awards from national golf magazines. 14710 NORTHWOOD HWY., ARCADIA, 231.889.3001, ARCADIABLUFFS.COM.

Crystal Lake Golf Club: This 18-hole public course, set amid undulating hills and tall hardwoods, is known for its breathtaking vistas overlooking Crystal Lake. A great walking course with a “hidden gem” feel; the back nine boasts tight fairways, doglegs and other fun challenges. 8493 FAIRWAY DR., BEULAH, 231.882.4061, CLGOLFCLUB.COM.

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Manistee National Golf & Resort:

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. Both courses

offer exciting but accessible play.

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Crystal Mountain: This four-season

resort has two exceptional courses: Betsie Valley, where picturesque play features water elements and isolated fairways flanked by wildflowers and towering pines, and Mountain Ridge, a spectacular championship course carved through heavily forested highlands. Nonplayers can bliss out in the resort’s enormous, award-winning spa. 2500 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN DR., THOMPSONVILLE, 800.968.7686, CRYSTALMOUNTAIN.COM.

Mistwood Golf Course: A Lake

Ann gem where challenge meets affordability. 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.

The Heathlands: A lovely course for golfers of all skill levels, with smooth turf, native grasses and tree-lined fairways. 6444 FARR RD., ONEKAMA, 231.889.5644.

Champion Hill: Nestled on 350

acres in Benzie’s highlands, Champion Hill derives its character from the land it’s built on, distinguished by open fairways, large contoured greens, tall heather and natural grasses. Eighteen holes with plenty

of challenges and distant views of Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake and the Platte Lakes. 501 N. MARSHALL RD., BEULAH, 231.882.9200, CHAMPIONHILL.COM.

Pinecroft Golf Course: The sister

course to Champion Hill is set on 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. 8260 HENRY RD., BEULAH, 231.882.9100, PINECROFTGOLF.COM.

Bear Lake Country Highlands: An 18-hole semi-private golf course with three sets of tees catering to different skill levels. Views of pretty Bear Lake provide a picturesque backdrop. US31 S., BEAR LAKE, 231.864.3817, GOLFBEARLAKE.COM.

Chestnut Hills: This tree-lined 18-hole

course focuses on creating a fun, familyfriendly atmosphere. Bring budding golfers to take advantage of junior rates and clinics. 7700 GLOVERS LAKE RD., BEAR LAKE, 231.864.2458.

Hemlock Golf Club: Acclaimed golf

course architect Raymond Hearn sculpted this formidable course out of the beautiful Ludington landscape. Spend the night nearby—and just minutes from the Lake Michigan beach—with Hemlock’s “Stay & Play” packages. 5105 W. DECKER RD., LUDINGTON, 231.845.1300, HEMLOCKGOLFCLUB.COM.

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THEATERS Ramsdell Theatre: An architectural landmark since it first opened in 1903, this Manistee cultural center sets a gorgeous stage for operas, concerts, plays, and other theatrical productions. Home to the Manistee Civic Players. 101 MAPLE ST., MANISTEE, 231.723.9948, RAMSDELL-THEATER.ORG.

Vogue Theater: When it was built in 1938, this Manistee Art Deco-style cinema was the ultimate in luxury and modern design. After sitting vacant for a number of years, the Vogue was recently completely rehabilitated through a grassroots campaign, re-opening in December 2013 with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. It’s now a shining movie palace once again. 383 RIVER ST., MANISTEE, 231.508.8005,

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Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide: Ride a chairlift to the top of Crystal Mountain, hop in a specially designed, wheeled-sled, then cruise, luge-style, down one of two parallel, 1,700-foot-long tracks that curve and twist along the side of the mountain. The views are spectacular; the speed is up to you. For ages 3 and up; kids under 52 inches must ride with an adult. 12500 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN DR.,

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Frankfort Garden Theater: Extensive renovations returned this 1923-built cinema to the beauty of its glory days, but with modern luxuries like an upgraded sound system and cushy new seats. Showing first-run, indie, foreign and classic flicks year-round, plus the Frankfort Film Festival every October. 301 W. MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.7561, FRANKFORTGARDENTHEATER.COM.

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Platte River State Fish Hatchery: Budding scientists and nature lovers will long remember touring this historic hatchery on the Platte River, the state’s main site for rearing Coho and Chinook salmon. The hatchery and its interpretive center and trails are open to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 15210 US31, BEULAH, 231.325.4611.

Hill Top Soda Shoppe: The ever-changing list of handmade ice creams and sorbets at this CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RE, KAITLYN BUSSELL

family-friendly ice cream parlor includes flavors like chocolate-covered strawberry, mint-brownie and toasted coconut. The sorbets feature locally grown fruit, too. 7117 SOUTH ST., BENZONIA, 231.882.9697,

Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theater: 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. 9812 US31, HONOR, 231.325.3413, CHERRYBOWLDRIVEIN.COM.

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Historic White Pine Village: Take a self-guided tour of this sprawling museum set on 13 acres overlooking Lake Michigan and featuring more than 30 buildings that offer a glimpse into the region’s past. Exhibits encompass various aspects of local history, including maritime, lumbering, government, farm life, early education and more. 1687 S. LAKESHORE DR., LUDINGTON, 231.843.4808, HISTORICWHITEPINEVILLAGE.ORG.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum: A fun place to escape on a rainy day, this Ludington kids museum offers 23 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. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 17

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Arcadia: From its spot on the Lake Michigan shoreline, this village offers exceptional fishing, boating and beaches, plus great Petoskey stone hunting. Pull over at scenic Inspiration Point, a lookout perched at the highest point on Lake Michigan. Don’t miss: Arcadia Daze, July 25–27 Kids fishing, parades, fireworks, live music, arts and crafts, and more.

Bear Lake: A tiny burg perched along the shore of its namesake lake. Standouts: superb fishing, the marvelously restored B&B named Bear Lake Manor and the classic hardware store downtown. Don’t miss: Bear Lake Days, July 11–13 Fishing competition, pig roast, kids games, sidewalk sale and lots more.

Benzonia:This burg’s pleasant downtown is home to art studios and galleries, boutiques and some tasty dining. Famous for being the birthplace of Bruce Catton, a nationally acclaimed Civil War historian. Don’t miss: Used Book Sale, July 11 This annual event at Mills Community House is so popular it may as well be a festival.

Beulah: Situated on the shores of Crystal Lake, Beulah is quintessential Up North, with galleries, shops, and cozy eateries. This four-season paradise offers plenty of outdoor activities; tubing or canoeing the Platte River is a favorite. Excellent fishing, too. Don’t miss: Beulah Art Fair, July 6 Peruse work by dozens of local artists at this low-key fest in the town’s lakefront park.

Elberta: Situated between beautiful Betsie Bay and a stunning Lake Michigan bluff, Elberta dishes up one of the region’s best in-town beaches, plus a handful of eclectic shops and eateries. Don’t miss: Solstice Festival, June 21 Celebrate the longest day of the year with live entertainment, kids’ activities, and wine, beer and food from local vendors.

4Frankfort: Pretty port town with a bustling marina, lovely city beach, and the kind of downtown that invites leisurely lingering at shops and cafes. Home to two historic lighthouses, including the beloved Point Betsie. Don’t miss: Frankfort Art Fair, Aug. 15 & 16 This event celebrates its 38th year this summer. Held in Market Square Park.

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Honor: A sweet, sleepy hamlet home to a classic drive-in movie theater, mom-and-pop style lodging, and the legendary fishing waters of the Platte River, where the state’s first salmon were planted in 1966. Don’t miss: Honor Coho Salmon Festival

Ludington: Bordered by beautiful Lake Michigan coastline and Pere Marquette Lake, this beach town is home to romantic Victorian B&Bs, two

historic lighthouses, and of course, gorgeous Ludington State Park, one of the state’s best. Don’t miss: Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Michigan Wine Festival, Aug. 16 Live music, homebrewing demos, and more than 40 vendors sampling beer and wine from around the state. Proceeds benefit United Way of Mason County.

Manistee: A lumber-era boom town and former Odawa Indian settlement, nestled where the Manistee River meets Lake Michigan. Golden beaches, Victorian-era architecture, and an elegant, strollable downtown. Don’t miss: Manistee National Forest Festival, July 2–6 This historic fest, which began in 1936, celebrates the woods and water of Manistee. Parade, juried art show, fireworks and much more. Sleighbell Festival, December 4–7 Weekend fest with renowned parade that includes horse team pulling 40-foot-tall standing Christmas tree. Many activities with Victorian spirit.

Onekema: The gateway community to scenic highway M22, this little village is perched between 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. Free concerts every Monday evening at Onekama Village Park, June 30 through Aug. 18. Don’t miss: Onekama Days, Aug. 1–4 Parades, craft shows, fireworks, live music, pig roast, beer tasting, and other summer fest essentials.

Pentwater: This little Lake Michigan hamlet has a postcard-cute downtown, with historic gingerbread boutiques, art galleries, ice cream parlors, a picturesque marina, and plenty of beautiful beaches nearby. Don’t miss: Pentwater Homecoming, Aug. 14–17 A family friendly fest, with a sandcastle contest, strawberry shortcake sale, softball tournament, and more. MyNorth 2014 Vacation! 19

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