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SHARE A BIKE IN PENTWATER: Go ahead—those pretty painted bikes in the designated racks are meant to be borrowed for free. Just return them to a Bike Share rack when you are done! pentwater.org.

steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. And those river towns? They offer fishing guides as well. Find a charter service at michigancharterboats.com.

GROOVE TO A SHORELINE SHOWCASE CONCERT: 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.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. A lively lineup of musical entertainment turns tastings into events. 841 S. Pioneer Road, 231.383.4262, stambrose-mead-wine.com.

HIT A FARMERS MARKET: Nearly every town in this region holds a farmers market at least once a week. For the schedule: localdifference.org, also growbenzie.org.

MAKE IT TO FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE IN LUDINGTON: Three downtown blocks are closed for street entertainment, food, pony rides and more. July 15, 22, 29 and August 5. visitludington.com.

DRIVE M22: From Frankfort to Manistee or Manistee to Frankfort—whichever way you take it, the beauty of this coastal highway will take your breath away.

CATCH MUSIC IN THE PARK IN BEULAH: A top-notch lineup of blues, folk and jazz. The music is free—and so is the shimmering view of Crystal Lake in the background. 7 p.m., from the last Thursday in June thru the first Thursday in August.

TAKE THE KIDS TO SANDCASTLES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 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.

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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,

HAIL A TROLLEY IN MANISTEE: For a tour of the city’s historic sites. Yes, you can hail one down when you see it—or begin the tour at the terminal on Memorial Drive. (11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. the last week of June through September. 231.723.6561.

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SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE

Spilling along the coast of Leelanau and Benzie counties for 35 miles, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a national treasure embracing 71,000 acres of sand dunes, Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes, rivers, forests and meadows. While the park’s visitor center is just north of the Benzie County border in the town of Empire, you don’t truly know this park until you wander down scenic M22 into the Benzie County southern tier. GO TO THE BEACH! Bring all the fixings to make it a day at Esch Road Beach, off 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 you’ll find thin crowds and dramatic Lake Michigan views. 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 worldclass stretch of beach that few folks bother making it to.

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 past 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.

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

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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.

FISH Fish Sleeping Bear’s rivers, inland lakes and Lake Michigan shoreline with Sport Fish Michigan, the only guide outfitter permitted to fish inside the park. 877.442.4294, sportfishmichigan.com. MyNorth 2016 Vacation Guide

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FRANKFORT This real-thing Lake Michigan beach town offers a fabulous stretch of sand and lively downtown, with a vintage movie theater, eclectic shops and restaurant options including Asian, Up North classic, microbrew hearty and wine-bar elevated. It’s all served up with an enchanting historic lighthouse pier tailor-made for sunset strolls. frankfort-elberta.com. DON’T MISS Frankfort Art Fair, August 19-20 in Market Square on Betsie Bay.

GO TO THE BEACH! Frankfort’s Lake Michigan Beach is 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 on Lake Michigan 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.

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, 231.357.0690, beachnutsurfshop.com.

THEATER Going to the movies just feels more fun in the Garden Theater, a renovated gem that has served Frankfort since 1923. Showing first-run, 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. This summer they’ll perform Cymbeline July 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 and The Taming of the Shrew July 15, 17, 19, 22, 24. 188 Park Avenue. lakesideshakespeare.org.

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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. DON’T MISS Solstice Festival, June 18. Celebrate the longest day of the year with live entertainment, kids’ activities, and wine, beer and food from local vendors.

GO TO THE BEACH! 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.

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Rising on the sparkling shores of Crystal Lake, Beulah mixes a quintessential Up North vibe with a charming downtown shopping district. Summer evening Music in the Park concerts on Crystal Lake are idyllic. visitbenzie.com.

A wonderful historical museum, a community library in a historic building, handsome, circa-1900 architecture, a house-made ice cream shop, and tasty Mexican fare are some of the reasons to visit this picturesque hometown of acclaimed Civil War historian and author Bruce Catton. visitbenzie.com.

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Beulah Art Fair, July 9. Peruse work by dozens of local artists at this low-key fest in the town’s lakefront park.

GO TO THE BEACH! 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.

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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.

BOATING A day floating on the aqua-marine waters of Crystal Lake is an elixir for the soul. Boat Rentals: 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.

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.

FISH AND PADDLE Get outfitted to paddle the Betsie River at Vacation Trailer Park and Canoe Rentals, Benzonia, vacationtrailer.com. Pick up gear and bait for fishing the Platte and Betsie Rivers at Backcast Fly Shop,1675 Benzie Hwy., 231.882.5222.

RIVER ROAD This bucolic road just outside Benzonia is home to a trifecta of tourist-destination businesses: Gwen Frostic nature prints, 5140 River Rd., Benzonia, 231.882.5505, gwenfrostic.com; Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm & Boutique, 4907 River Rd., Frankfort, 231.920.7085, crystallakealpacaboutique.com; Beedazzled Candleworks, 6289 River Rd., Benzonia, 231.882.7765, beedazzled.com.

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LAKE ANN

Given that this Up North hamlet is laced with the Platte River and near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, outdoor activities abound. You’ll also find classic Northwoods diners, quiet campgrounds and mom-n-pop lodging. visitbenzie.com.

This village 12 miles west of Traverse City on lovely 530-acre Lake Ann is home to an oldfashioned grocery store, a rockin' new brew pub and a downtown beach with a picnic pavilion, grills and a swimming area. visitbenzie.com.

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Lake Ann is ideal for a lazy day spent on a pontoon or fast-paced water sports behind a ski boat.

The 49th Annual National Coho Salmon Festival, August 19–21. This celebration of the birthplace of salmon in the Great Lakes includes a smoked fish contest, beer tent and more.

BOATING

BOAT RENTALS Roelofs, 231.633.7980; krisroelofs@yahoo.com.

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.

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PADDLING THE PLATTE

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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.

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.

A rustic campground (tents, small trailers) on the lakeshore where you’ll also find the trailhead for Lake Ann Pathway, a 5.8K wooded, winding and hilly trail open to hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. 231.276.9511.

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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Crystal Mountain Resort, the hub of this rural township, is a top destination for snowsports and plenty of fun in the summer too. Find two 18-hole golf courses, Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley. Anyone aged 3 and up will love the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide, a luge-style wheeled sled that cruises down twisting, 1,700-foot-long tracks on the ski hill. Hotel and condo lodging onsite. 800.968.4676, crystalmountain.com. Also at Crystal is the Michigan Legacy Art Park, a 1.6-mile trail dotted with outdoor sculptures and a rustic outdoor amphitheater. New: a barrier-free arrival area and 1,200-foot universal-access trail. 231.378.4963, michiganlegacyartpark.org. DON’T MISS Paddling the beautiful, sleepy Betsie River.

OUTFITTERS Crystal Adventures, 231.651. 9648, crystaladventures.com. MyNorth 2016 Vacation Guide

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This lumber-era boomtown rising where the Manistee River meets Lake Michigan is outfitted with golden beaches, Victorian-era architecture, and eclectic shops, galleries and boutiques. Bonus: a long Lake Michigan pier for catching sunsets. visitmanistee.com.

Manistee PBX: Bounce houses, laser tag, Army Ranger course, arcade, playhouses, rock wall and more. Rainy days just got fun! 231.723.2811, manisteepbx.com.

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Manistee National Forest Festival, June 30–July 4. This historic fest, which began in 1936, celebrates the woods and water of Manistee. Parade, juried art show, fireworks and much more. Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend, December 1–4. Dress up in your Dickens best and celebrate the holidays in Victorian style.

An architectural landmark since it first opened in 1903, the Ramsdell Theatre sets a gorgeous stage for operas, concerts, plays, and other theatrical productions. Home to the Manistee Civic Players. 231.723.9948, ramsdell-theater.org. 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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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. Located at the west end of Fifth Avenue 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.

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. 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. 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. Find rentals at Manistee Paddlesport Adventure, 231.233.3265.

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*Note: Both First Street and Fifth Avenue beaches are universally accessible.

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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 located just down the road from each other. Find picnic areas at each, while the larger Magoon Creek Natural area has hiking and biking trails. 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.

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. MyNorth 2016 Vacation Guide

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Rising along scenic highway M22, this little village stands near 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.

A laid-back burg perched along the shore of its namesake lake. Standouts: superb fishing, the old-fashioned country store feeling at Wee Bee Jammin’ and the organic berries (u-pick and we pick) at Ware Farm.

DON’T MISS Onekama Days, August 5-8. Parades, craft shows, fireworks, live music, pig roast, beer tasting, and other summer fest essentials.

GO TO THE BEACH! 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 is a lovely course for golfers of all skill levels, with smooth turf, native grasses and tree-lined fairways. 231.889.5644, heathlands.com.

DON’T MISS Bear Lake Days, July 8–10. Fishing competition, pig roast, kids games, sidewalk sale and lots more.

GOLF 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, caters to different skill levels. Views of pretty Bear Lake provide a picturesque backdrop. 231.864.3817, golfbearlake.com.

GET ON THE WATER 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.

ARCADIA This tiny town that straddles Lake Michigan and Arcadia Lake 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. DON’T MISS Arcadia Daze, July 22–24 SHELBY SOBERALSKI

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GO TO THE BEACH! Arcadia Beach, on Lake Michigan, has a big sandy beach, playground equipment and even a real shipwreck washed ashore. Stay for the sunset, then build a bonfire in a fire ring.

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.

PADDLE Arcadia’s universally accessible EZ launch enables kayakers and stand-up 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.

GOLF The famed Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is a links-style course built along high Lake Michigan bluffs that offers rolling terrain, thick rough, sandy soil, deep bunkers and windswept natural grasses. 231.889.3001, arcadiabluffs.com. MyNorth 2016 Vacation Guide

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LUDINGTON Bordered by beautiful Lake Michigan coastline and Pere Marquette Lake, this beach town is home to romantic Victorian B&Bs, two historic lighthouses, a burgeoning food and craft beer scene and of course, gorgeous Ludington State Park, one of the state’s best. visitludington.com. DON’T MISS Suds on the Shore Craft Beer & Michigan Wine Festival, August 20. Live music, home brewing demos, and more than 40 vendors sampling beer and wine from around the state.

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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 fourmile Canoe Trail. State Park Recreation Passport required and may be purchased at the park. 231.843.2423.

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

The largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan continues to be a fun, four-hour trip from Michigan to Wisconsin. Book passage to cut time off a 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.

The 3,450-acre Nordhouse Dunes, with their four miles of undeveloped shoreline, are 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.

LIGHTHOUSES 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 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 black-and-white-striped Big Sable Point Lighthouse, dating to 1857, is a 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, or rent bikes at the concession stand. splka.org.

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 Acclaimed golf course architect Raymond Hearn sculpted the formidable Hemlock Golf Club course out of the beautiful Ludington landscape. Spend the night nearby—and just minutes from the Lake Michigan beach—with Hemlock’s lodging packages. 231.845.1300, hemlockgolfclub.com.

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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.

Cole “A Musical Review” plays The Center State Theater at West Shore Community College on June 11, 12, 18, 19. For tickets and more events at West Shore: mynorthtickets.com.

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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. visitpentwater.com. DON’T MISS Pentwater Homecoming, August 11–14. A family-friendly fest, with a sandcastle contest, strawberry shortcake sale, softball tournament, and more.

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The 50-acre Charles Mears State Park, on Lake Michigan is just a few blocks from downtown Pentwater, and includes a beautiful swath of fine white sand adjacent to the harbor pier; swim and sun here by day, and come back for the knockout sunsets. Picnic tables, beach volleyball, a playground, public restrooms and a beach store selling snacks and toys. State park recreation passport required. 400 W. Lowell St., Pentwater, 231.869.2051, michigan.gov/dnr.

HISTORIC WHITE PINE VILLAGE Thirty historic buildings, including trapper’s cabin, general store and farmstead transport families into Mason County’s pioneer past. 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, historicwhitepinevillage.org.

MUSIC ON THE VILLAGE GREEN A devoted community band, a delightful village green, and a classic band shell set the scene for Thursday evenings throughout the summer in downtown Pentwater. On Tuesdays in summer hear folk musicians at Pickin’ in Pentwater.

PADDLE Blessed with Lake Michigan, Pentwater Lake and Pentwater River, the Pentwater area is a paddler’s dream.

OUTFITTER Pentwater Outfitters offers canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, and provides shuttle service for put-in and take-out. 231.869. 2999. pentwateroutfitters.com.

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BENZIE COUNTY 2016 ANNUAL EVENTS JANUARY

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OCTOBER

World Snow Day Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race

4th July Celebrations Firecracker Race Beulah Art Fair Port City Run

Benzie County Fall Festival (weekends in October) Frankfort Beer Week Peak 2 Peak Mountain Festival Frankfort Film Festival

FEBRUARY Shiver by the River Winterfest Betsie Bay Frozen 5K

MARCH Mardi Gras on the Mountain Spring Fling – Cardboard Classic

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

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

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Bike Benzie Fondo & Tour Frankfort Art & Craft Fair MI PGA Women’s Open & Pro-Am Battle at the Betsie Fishing Tournament Northern Michigan Preserved ® For complete event and area information, go to www.visitbenzie.com /benziecounty.cvb

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Frankfort, Elberta, Beulah, Benzonia, Honor, Lake Ann, Thompsonville, Manistee, Pentwater, Bear Lake, Arcadia, Onekama, Ludington, Pentwater

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