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if you only have a few days IN BENZIE west shore DO not miss: Grow Benzie: Feel even better about eating fresh and local when you buy your picnic fare from the vendors selling fruits, vegetables and homemade goods at this teaching and demonstration garden. 5885 M-115, Benzonia,
Frankfort Pier: Drink in the spectacular views of the crystalclear, white-capped waters of Lake Michigan from the Frankfort Pier, where the North Breakwater Lighthouse stands sentry.
Cherry Hut: Time-travel to Mayberry at this cheery diner serving up cherries and comfort in addictive pies and home-style foods. The smiling face of Cherry Jerry has been the trademark since 1922. 211 N. Michigan Ave., Beulah, 231.882.4431, cherryhutstore.com.
Beach Nut Surf Shop: The surf may be calling, but so are the gourmet smoothies, made here with real fruit, Moomer’s ice cream and house-made syrups. Browse a colorful collection of boards and jewelry while you sip. 1100 Main St., Frankfort, 231.357.0690, beachnutsurfshop.com.
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Honor Family Market: A destination for craft-beer lovers, yes, but this family-owned market is most famous for its butcher section and hickory-smoked bacon. Take the house-made brats straight to the grill. 10625 Main St., Honor, 231.325.3360.
Northern Naturals Winery: A new tasting room lets you drink to your health with fruit wines, riesling and ciders grown from organic ingredients, including a rare ice cider. The store showcases locally made organic foods. 7220 Chief Rd.,
Onekama’s Artesian Wells: That’s no run-of-the-mill drinking fountain at the intersection of M-22 and Portage Point Drive. The area’s artesian spring water, popular with bicyclists stopping for a water break, has attracted health-conscious vacationers since the early 1900s.
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Crystal Lake Adventure Sports: Outdoor enthusiasts: Here’s a one-stop shop for playing amid the county’s extensive natural beauty. Rent bikes, kayaks, surfboards and stand-up paddleboards, even take a guided fishing or hunting trip. 214 South Benzie Blvd.,
Blacker Airport: Northern Michigan is even prettier from above, as you’ll see on the sightseeing flights offered at Manistee’s Blacker Airport. Just $25 scores an eagle’s eye view of the county’s endless forests, curving sand beaches and aquamarine waters. 2323 Airport Road, Manistee,
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Sleeping Bear Dunes
Voyageurs penned the first written descriptions of Michigan’s glimmering white sand dunes, and the vast beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is still being newly discovered. After Good Morning America viewers voted this park the Most Beautiful Place in America, visits to the park in 2012 hit a record high, reaching some 1.5 million visitors. But even if the park’s reputation is no longer quiet, it’s still easy to find solitude and untouched beauty amid the 71,000-acre national park. Most notably, the park boasts a 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan coastline, two islands, and many dune-sheltered beaches dubbed the Great Lake’s best. The southern tier of the national park, which spreads along the Benzie County coast, offers some of the most beautiful and least-traveled hikes and overlooks. A hidden-lagoon feel prevails at Otter Creek, a local favorite where Esch Road ends at Lake Michigan—perfect for an afternoon picnic. Many people paddle or float to the beach on the sleepy current of the Platte River. The outing is especially memorable during the river’s late-summer salmon run—when paddlers can see dozens or even hundreds of Coho pushing upstream.
Everybody likes to float in the warm shallows where the river empties into the lake. The beach near the river mouth is a popular nesting spot, too, for the rare piping plover, carefully protected by the park. The adjacent Platte River Campground, with more than 175 roomy campsites sheltered by towering pines, is top on campers’ lists. The park offers RV, tent and hike-in spots and—unlike many national parks—takes reservations. Book early, though, because sites fill quickly for the peak summer months. The White Pine Backcountry Camp (make reservations at Platte River Campground) keeps you close to Lake Michigan and scores nice solitude. Hike two miles on the Platte Plains hiking trail to reach six quiet sites just over a low dune from the lake. For a lovely and quiet day at the beach, head to the Old Indian hiking trail, near the park’s southern boundary. The trail traces through a peaceful, open forest on gentle terrain and leads you to an overlook before continuing on to the shoreline (about 1.5 miles from car to beach). Also, take in one of many ranger-led tours in the Platte River Campground to hear the evocative Native American tale of Sleeping Bear and deets about the area’s complex nature and geology. 231.326.5134, nps.gov/slBe/. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 5
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Bike Betsie Valley Trail: This 22-mile multi-use
trail meanders along the Betsie River and the beautiful Crystal Lake shoreline, and through birch, maple, ash and evergreen forests. Watch for wildlife along the trail, paved from Frankfort into Beulah, with an aggregate trail surface ideal for mountain bikes between Beulah and Thompsonville. A popular ride involves parking at the Frankfort trailhead and riding to Beulah and back, about 20 miles roundtrip. Bonus: you can call to arrange for the Benzie Bus (231.325.3000) to pick up your posse and your bikes at a trailhead and drop you off anywhere along the trail, so you can ride one-way back to your car. Beulah is 10 miles one way; Thompsonville is 22 miles one way. BETSIEVALLEYTRAIL.ORG.
Big M: One of the first Nordic trail systems in the United States, the Big M today lays out 50 miles of trails that roll through the Manistee National Forest. Most are singletrack paths and all are marvelous gifts to mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The dense forest makes for a cool ride through the Udell Hills. Four distinct segments range from easy to difficult. M-22, from Frankfort north: One of the region’s most scenic drives, M-22’s wide shoulders, smooth pavement and stunning views also make for great biking. Ride early to avoid car traffic in peak summer travel times, and savor the stretch that hugs the shoreline of aquamarine Crystal Lake as you pass century-old resorts and gorgeous vistas. For a beach break on the big lake, take the turn toward the iconic and muchphotographed Point Betsie Lighthouse.
Photo Spots 5Platte Bay
Cattails cluster along the Platte River’s shores, alive with butterflies and dragonflies, then give way to sugary sands and photogenic waters at the mouth of Platte Bay. From Frankfort, take M-22 north 12 miles to Lake Michigan Road, and turn left to the end, to reach this birders’ favorite.
The boardwalk offers ever-changing perspectives as you climb the 210 steps to the top of the Arcadia overlook. The newly built top deck offers a great place to toast—’er shoot—the view from one of Lake Michigan’s highest points, which looks down upon one of its deepest. Located two miles north of Arcadia on M-22.
You may capture some hang gliders in your photo at this favorite take-off point for soaring in the wind. Wildflowers and dune grass dot the sandy bluffs that tower 400 feet above Lake Michigan. From Elberta village, take Furnace St. to Bye St., turn left to reach the bluff.
Manistee Lighthouse Pier
Perhaps the most symbolic icon of the Victorian Port City, the North Pierhead Lighthouse is also a photographer favorite. Take a stroll along the catwalk, added in 1927, to the 39-foot-tall light built of cast iron. From Highway 31 in Manistee, take Memorial Drive west toward Lake Michigan and watch signs for 5th Avenue Beach.
Mouth of Pere Marquette River
The Pere Marquette River meanders over some 180 scenic miles and then spills into the Pere Marquette Lake. Capture gorgeous shots of the river mouth from the eastern bank, where Buttersville Park offers high bluff views of the Ludington North Breakwater lighthouse. Find it on S. Lakeshore Drive, just past Historic White Pine Village. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 7
Trails Betsie River Pathway
This 10-mile hiking and mountain bike trail is located within the cool, dense hardwoods and pines of the Pere Marquette State Forest in Thompsonville. Immerse yourself in nature on this off-the-beaten-path trail, situated six miles west of Thompsonville via M-115, King Road and Longstreet Road.
Ludington State Park
To find enchanting trails along rivers and lakes, you can’t beat this 5,300-acre park with exploration options aplenty. For a familyfriendly hike, try the half-mile long Skyline Trail, running over a boardwalk toward memorable views of Lake Michigan and grassy dunes. Ten rustic sites have been set aside for backpackers wanting the solitude of a hike-in spot. 231.843.2423. VisiTLUDiNGTONsTATEPARk.COM.
Lake Ann Pathway
Challenge yourself on this 3.5-mile rollercoaster of trails. Pedal or amble past Shavenaugh and Mary’s Lakes to the reward of the gentle stretches along the beautiful Platte River and Lake Ann shorelines. Watch for indigenous wildflowers like the lady’s slipper orchids along the way. From U.S. 31 and Reynolds Rd., go north on Reynolds about 4 miles. Parking on east side of road.
Michigan Legacy Art Park
The fresh feel of your hike, bike or cross-country skiing time is amplified by this art gallery in the woods—a serene 1.6-mile 8 MyNorth.com
series of trails interspersed with 43 major works of art and poetry stones with names like “Clan Symbols” and “Fairy Ring.” Works connect visitors with a landscape that qualifies as art in itself and to the history and culture of Michigan. Get tickets for tours and hikes at MyNorthTickets.com. 231.378.4963, MiCHLEGACyARTPARk.ORG.
Hikes preserved into perpetuity
The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected more than 5,232 acres of Benzie and Manistee County’s land and viewscape. Open for your gentle use are trails like the Green Point Nature Reserve, where wildflowers and native plants line three miles of looped trails. Another must-wander is the massive 3,600acre C.S. Mott Preserve, where trails of varied lengths wind through shady evergreens, orchards and flower-filled meadows, and some reach mesmerizing bluff-top views of Lake Michigan. GTRLC.ORG.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore presents more than 100 miles of designated trails through woodland, wetland, meadow, shoreline and sand dune terrain unique to the region. Several trails explore the crest of an ancient shoreline—now high above the water—formed by glaciers. The Otter Creek loop, a 4.6mile segment of the Platte Plains Hiking Trail System, is relatively flat and a favorite for wildlife watching along the shores of Otter Creek and Otter Lake. Trail maps at the park visitor center and online. 231.326.5134, NPs.GOV/sLBE.
Beaches 1. First street Beach, Manistee: rarely crowded, this expansive sandy beach offers amenities like grills, playground and concession stand, volleyball and tennis courts and a fenced-in dog park where the family pet can frolic freely. from here, stroll Manistee’s riverwalk, a boardwalk that stretches along the Manistee river through downtown. shop and dine, but be sure to get back to the beach in time for sunset. located at the west end of first street, on lake Michigan. visitMAnisteecounty.coM.
2. Crystal Lake Beach, Beulah: this public beach is one of the best in-town beaches you’ll find anywhere. A perfect swimming lake, crystal lake offers a clear sand bottom, and the beach has a clearly marked swimming area. the beach is just a block from downtown Beulah, and familyfriendly Beulah park’s pavilion, picnic tables, grills, tennis courts and a beach house—all in the shade of majestic maple, oak and birch trees. carve out your spot early for the annual July 4th fireworks. on lake street north of commercial Ave., visitBenzie.coM.
3. Benzie’s shoreline at sleeping Bear: stunning beaches can be found at intermittent road-ends along the 35 miles of lake Michigan shoreline within the sleeping Bear dunes national lakeshore. try two local favorites, where platte river and otter creek meet lake Michigan, popular for their warm shallows. 231.882.4451, nps.gov/slBe.
Elberta Beach, Lake Michigan: there’s just something wilder about the waves on this stretch of beach cut off from frankfort by Betsie lake and a gigantic ridge, making it a favored destination for body surfers and wave jumpers. the shelter of the towering bluffs lends a sense of privacy, save for the occasional hang-glider soaring above. visitBenzie.coM. Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach: this beach-going favorite features a view of majestic coastal dunes to the north and a long pier perfect for a romantic stroll toward the Breakwater lighthouse. or just sit in one of the beach chair swings and watch the kiteboarders who come to catch the breeze. walk to the cute downtown. visitBenzie.coM.
Pointe Betsie Beach: the iconic and much-photographed Betsie lighthouse graces this sanctuary,
located 4 miles north of frankfort. pointe Betsie forms the southern entry point of the Manitou passage, the legendary shipping channel between the Manitou islands and the mainland. enjoy beach picnics, sunsets and searching for petoskey stones at this beautiful stretch of lake Michigan sand. pointBestsie.org.
Ludington state Park Beach: the sugary sands stretch for nearly seven miles at ludington state park, which encompasses 5,300 acres of scenic dunes, beaches, cool, dense forests, and marshes teeming with wildlife. Bonus: the park will be adding a second floor veranda to its public beach house— certain to be a choice spot for sitting, reading, or day-dreaming as you gaze at lake Michigan’s clear blue waters and listen to waves lapping at the shore. visitludingtonstAtepArk.coM.
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The reach from Pentwater to Frankfort is renowned for having some of the most productive fishing anywhere in the state, both on Lake Michigan and in adjoining rivers. A state record brown trout weighing 41 pounds and stretching 43 inches long was caught in the Manistee River recently, and the area is home to trout, steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon. No surprise, some of the finest charter captains ply these waters too. michigancharterboats.com.
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Charter a custom jet sled specially made for these waters, and spend the day catching trout, king salmon, or maybe a trophy steelhead. Captain Ben Wolfe will expertly provide the guidance, promising a day of reel fun on the Manistee River. 877.442.4294, manisteesalmon.com.
Tiny Bubbles Charters
David Rommell, the captain of this third generation, family-friendly charter biz takes the responsibility for creating an unforgettable fishing experience seriously. You’ll catch salmon, trout and walleye on beautiful Lake Michigan, and if you don’t, he’ll take you out again, no charge. 231.383.1500, tinybubbleschaRters.com.
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You’ll find the World’s Longest Brown Trout mounted on the wall in this resort at Bear Lake. Let Captain Mark Chmura show you how it’s done on a maximum-comfort custom jet boat. 231.864.4051, pierpressurecharters.com.
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All aboard the “Fishasaurus” for a fun day of salmon and trout fish-
ing on Lake Michigan. Just bring yourself, family and friends and Captain John Milbourne will furnish the rest. Find him docked at Manistee Inn at Slip #8. Manistee, 517.745.0738, michigansportfishing.com.
Captain Dick Murphy brings his 48 years of experience along when he takes you out on Lake Michigan aboard his 28-foot Cherokee in search of salmon, steelhead, lake trout and brown trout. Children’s rates and multiple-boat charters available. 989.274.6689, slomosean.com.
Get on the Water
SS Badger: The historic S.S. Badger—the largest car ferry to ply the big lake—offers more than a chance to cut a few hours off the road trip from Michigan to Wisconsin. The cruise delivers a mini-vacation in itself. Book a stateroom and nap amid the rolling waves, share a cocktail on deck, or catch a flick in the on-boat theater. 800.841.4243, SSBADGER.COM.
Crystal Lake Marina: Rent a pontoon, ski boat or personal watercraft to access the emerald-sapphire waters of Crystal Lake. 7271 CRYSTAL DR.,
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Barnhart’s Marina & Boat Rentals: From a pontoon or other motorboat, cruise Hamlin Lake to explore bayous, beaches and forested shoreline. Search for nesting eagles and other wildlife, and when you return the boat, just stay and relax at this, the only restaurant and bar on Hamlin Lake. 6006 BARNHART RD., LUDINGTON, 231.843.8246, BARNHARTSMARINA.COM.
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Trick Dog Gallery: The eclectic art, dune setting and breakfast creations at this coffee shop/art gallery/gift shop are all designed to stimulate your senses and inspire your inner artist. And how could they not? Settle in at a fun and funky painted table to enjoy fresh, hot cinnamon pullaparts, apricot scones or yogurt muffins and a bay view, and wait for the creative spirit to flourish. 1121 FURNACE STREET, ELBERTA, 231.352.8364, TRICKDOGGALLERY.COM.
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They call their style Northwoods fine dining, and fine are offerings like the yellow perch, fresh whitefish, nutty trout, crispy duck with homemade cherry sauce and homemade blueberry raspberry pie— all served in a woodsy setting along scenic M-22 between Crystal Lake and the Platte River. 4349 S.
Bayview Grille: Enjoy a fresh beignet with a Fair Trade cup of Joe or try the heartier Pure Michigan omelet—mushrooms, asparagus, smoked salmon and dill, both breakfast options come with a view across the bay toward the bluffs of Elberta. 727 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.8050,
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Brookside Inn: Savor elevated fare
The clubhouse at this public course offers quite possibly the most scenic al fresco dining along any Great Lakes shoreline (beautiful views from indoors as well). Add in an expansive wine list and remarkable cuisine, like roasted quail with a peach and balsamic reduction or NY strip with blueberry-horseradish sauce. 14710 NORTHWOODS HWY., ARCADIA, 231.889.3001.
Goody’s Juice and Java: Try the egg
like tangy eggs Benedict at this cozy inn, featuring signature Bloody Marys at Sunday brunch. 115 N. MICHIGAN AVE., BEULAH,
With events like Mad Men martini nights under its barreled ceiling and a cozy fire burning, it’s no wonder this quintessential pub situated inside Manistee’s historic Ramsdell Building has become one of the hottest spots in town. The menu is seasonal, featuring local farm-fresh fare. 399 RIVER ST.,
paninis, homemade granola or sumptuous smoothies at this jazzy bistro with an urban flair. 343 RIVER STREET, MANISTEE,
Shay’s Chop House
Enjoy casual fine dining overlooking beautiful Portage Lake. Only the freshest of seasonal ingredients dictate the ever-changing menu. Premium steaks, seafood (including the signature Parmesan Whitefish), and of course, chops are mainstays. Order an ice-cold beer and choose your toppings on hand-tossed pizza. 4427 CRESCENT BEACH RD., ONEKAMA, 231.889.3121, SHAYSCHOPHOUSE.COM.
Jamesport Brewing Co. Built in 1890, and once known as the Red Andrews Saloon, this cozy pub is known for craft beer, brewed on site. Try the cherry bourbon sirloin, salmon grilled with a beer-maple glaze or beer-battered fish and chips. Bring the family—an extensive children’s menu proves kids are welcome. 410 S. JAMES ST., LUDINGTON, 231.845.2522, JAMESPORTBREWINGCOMPANY.COM.
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Lighthouses 4Point Betsie: This perfectly restored and interpreted 1858 beauty is,
understandably, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Tour it, climb it, then hit the silken Lake Michigan shore around it. Find Point Betsie Lighthouse four miles north of Frankfort off M-22. $4 adult; $2 child under 12. Open May 25-October 13. Check the web site for hours. POINTBETSIE.ORG.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse: Enjoy the nearly two-mile walk to this this beautiful black-and-white light, climb 130 steps to the tower’s top and explore the old keeper’s quarters-turned-gift shop. Owned by Ludington State Park, this is a lovely and historic diversion from the sun. Open daily, May 1- Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 adults; children under 11, $1. VISITLUDINGTONSTATEPARK.COM, SPLKA.ORG.
Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse:
Although this tower, part of which dates to 1912, is closed to the public, strolling to the end of Frankfort’s 500-foot-long pier to watch the sunset is a tradition in this Lake Michigan community. Find the pier at the end of Main Street in downtown Frankfort. FRANKFORTMICH.COM.
Manistee Pierhead Light: Watch the parade of colorful boats as they transition between the channel of the Manistee River and the open waters of Lake Michigan from this 1872 light. The tower, usually closed to the public, opens for tours during Michigan’s West Coast Lighthouse Festival, June 1-2. 231.845.7417, SPLKA.ORG. 14 MyNorth.com
Ludington North Breakwater Light: Find this circa1924 lighthouse at the end of a half-mile-long pier at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington. Remember to ask why this steel encased pier light tilts slightly. Open daily, May 24-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-5p.m. Adults $3; children under 11, $1. SPLKA.ORG.
Michigan’s 2nd Annual West Coast Lighthouse Festival: June 1-2, Tour six lighthouses along 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from Muskegon to Manistee. Sponsored by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keeper’s Association, 231.845.7417, SPLKA.ORG.
4Crystal Lake Golf Club
Set amid Northern Michigan hardwoods, the course features recent upgrades, including the addition of two-tiered greens and fairway bunkers. 8493 FAIRWAY DR., BEULAH,
Family-friendly, this tree-lined 18-hole course sports the refreshing motto “where golf is still a game.” 7700 GLOVERS LAKE RD., BEAR
Golfers with varying skill levels will enjoy the two courses set within the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Canthooke Valley is built on sandy soil with expansive fairways and rolling hills. Cutter’s Ridge plays within the woodlands, with fairways surrounded by marshes, and with greater elevation changes. 4797 U.S. 31
LAKE, 231.864.2458, CHESTNUTGOLF.COM.
Arcadia Bluffs This Warren Henderson/Rick Smith design drops a dramatic 225 feet from its highest point down to the bluff over Lake Michigan. Golf Digest ranked it the top public course in Michigan in 2011-12, and the windswept terrain, deep bunkers and natural grasses are reminiscent of Scotland. 14710 NORTHWOOD HWY., ARCADIA,
Crystal Mountain Both courses within this year-round resort boast prestigious 4-star ratings from Golf Digest. Betsie Valley offers tree-lined fairways with water elements, abundant wildflowers and challenging bunkers. Mountain Ridge’s fairways ascend to high elevations with spectacular views.
S., MANISTEE. 231.398.0123, MANISTEENATIONAL.COM.
2500 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN DR., THOMPSONVILLE,
Find 27 holes defined by tree-lined fairways, vexing undulations and bold water hazards. Located near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakesshore. 7568 OLE WHITE
DRIVE, LAKE ANN, 231.275.5500, MISTWOODGOLF.COM.
Hemlock Golf Club
Pinecroft Golf Plantation
A formidable course designed by nationally acclaimed architect Raymond Hearn that offers 18 holes sculpted from natural landscape. 5105 WEST DECKER RD., LUDINGTON,
Golf Digest readers give a 4-star rating to this course that was once a cherry orchard, and then a Christmas tree plantation, before its current incarnation as an 18-hole course with bentgrass greens and bluegrass fairways. Overlooks stunning Crystal Lake. 8260
Bear Lake Country Highlands This 18-hole semi-private golf course features three sets of tees for different skill levels, and Bear Lake views provide a picturesque backdrop. U.S. 31 S., BEAR LAKE, 231.864.3817,
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Gentle clusters of purple heather line the fairways at this course that offers contoured greens and views of Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake. 501 N. MARSHALL RD., BEULAH,
Established in 1901, this historic course, open to the public, boasts nearly three-quarter miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a full-service restaurant/ lounge. 500 CHERRY ST., MANISTEE, 231.723.2509.
HENRY RD., BEULAH, 231.882.9100, PINECROFTGOLF.COM.
The Heathlands Smooth turf and native grasses characterize a course with tree-lined fairways, great for golfers of all skill levels. 6444 FARR RD., ONEKAMA, 231.889.5644, HEATHLANDS.COM.
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Vacation! THEATERS Cherry Bowl Drive-in Theater: Spend an evening at this family-fun drive-in where vintage cartoons are the opening act, followed by a double-feature of current release family-friendly flicks as the starry night sky twinkles above. 9812 HWY. 31, HONOR, 231.325.3413, CHERRYBOWLDRIVEIN.COM.
Ramsdell Theatre: Opera, concerts, plays, art and movies—all in a fully restored opera house built in 1903. Get tickets to Ramsdell events and Manistee Civic Players’ performances at MyNorthTickets.com.
Paddle Trips Betsie River
The 50-mile stretch of the protected Betsie offers sections of twisty river for the more adventurous spirit, and then opens into sleepy marshlands rich with wildlife. The scenery is wild, unspoiled, and provides opportunities for sighting great blue herons, loons, deer, and ducks. Find rentals at Betsie River Canoes and Campground, 13598 Lindy Rd., Thompsonville, 231.879.3850, brcanoesandcampground.com, or Vacation Trailer Park and Canoe Rentals, 2080 Benzie Hwy., Benzonia,
Known as one of the best rafting rivers in Lower Michigan, the Pine is located in the heart of Michigan’s Huron-Manistee National Forest. The Pine serves up a variety of paddling experiences. Plan a one-day or even a multi-day trip, where you can camp along the water’s edge, listening to the music of the wildlife and taking in the palette of Mother Nature’s finest work. Pine River Paddlesports Center, 9590 Grandview
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An excellent river for beginner and intermediate paddlers and families with children, this river’s noted for its gentle currents and water so clean it supports one of the Midwest’s premier trout populations. On this designated Wild and Scenic River, your paddling route will pass many miles of undeveloped shore. Rustic campsites along the way make the river ideal for multi-day trips. Launch from Manistee Paddlesport Adventures, 231 Parkdale, Manistee, 231.233.3265, instalaunch. com/paddlesports.htm.
Frankfort Garden Theater: Recently and lovingly restored, this old-time movie house shows current and classic films and also is home to the Frankfort Film Festival, which shows “best of show” films from prestigious festivals worldwide. 301 W. MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 231.352.7561, FRANKFORTGARDENTHEATER.COM.
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Vogue Theater, Manistee: July opening is planned for this $2.3 million renovation project that will, in its first phase, bring to life two of the planned three screens in an Art Deco– themed movie house, built in 1938. Traverse City’s State Theater is providing contacts and expertise, but the Manistee community is leading the way with a volunteer list now at 600 and counting. Follow the progress at
In the Platte, find a river of two temperaments: the Upper Platte offers swifter currents and more challenging paddling, and then gives way to the calmer waters of the Lower Platte, which meanders through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Watch for clusters of wildflowers and plentiful ducks and the occasional great blue heron as the river eases along. Where the river empties into Lake Michigan, find one of the prettiest bays on the coast. Canoe and kayak rentals: Honor Trading Post, 231.325.2202, canoeplatteriver.com or Riverside Canoe Trips, 231.325.5622, canoemichigan.com. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 17
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Towns & Festivals Arcadia: This tiny coastal burg is set amid
sandy bluffs and offers sweeping Lake Michigan views at overlooks like Inspiration Point. Popular summer fest: Arcadia Daze Celebration, with arts and crafts, car racing, parades and family fun. Stick around for the laser light show, fireworks display and dancing at dusk—July 26–28.
Benzonia: A quiet community with beautiful rolling hills, Benzonia features the Benzie Area Historical Museum and the county’s visitor center. Stock up on beach reads at the Mills Community House’s annual used book sale, so popular it feels like a festival, June 28–29.
Beulah: Set right along the shore of Crystal Lake, the charming village offers visit-worthy restaurants, antique shops, inns, a beach and family-friendly park. Fest: The Beulah Art Fair, July 6, presents dozens of booths in the town’s lakefront park.
Elberta: Tucked between Betsie Bay and a Lake Michigan bluff, Elberta’s claim to fame is its gorgeous, Great Lake beach and a few eclectic shops. Check out the Solstice Festival, June 22, noon to 2 a.m. and, at the height of summer, Elberta presents the annual Arts and Crafts fair, July 20.
Frankfort: Elegant, Victorian-era homes sit along maple-lined streets that dead-end at Lake Michigan and a wide, golden beach. Summertime bustles with activities including the Rotary Revue Talent Show—June 7; Frankfort Carnival, with a craft fair and Antique Vehicle/Muscle Car Show—June 12–16; a 4th of July Celebration with parade, sand-sculpture contest, and fireworks on the beach; and the Fishing Frenzy, Aug. 23–25. Honor: Said to be the birthplace of Michigan salmon, since the state’s first salmon were planted in the Platte River in 1966, this town’s activities and its main festival centers on the river. Celebrate the big fish at the National Coho Festival, featuring a parade, carnival, car show, arts and crafts show and smoked fish contest, Aug. 24–25. Ludington: Victorian homes, some converted to luxurious bed-and-breakfasts, characterize this town of pretty storefronts and two historic lighthouses. There’s also plenty of festival action: the Freedom Festival, July 4 weekend; West Shore Art Fair (July 6–7), Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Festival (Aug. 17) and ongoing events like Friday Night Live and Thursday evening movies in the park.
Manistee: Manistee is known for its Victorian downtown, Lake Michigan port and position amid the vast Manistee National Forest. The Manistee National Forest Festival, launched in 1936, combines the best of town, lake and forest with its parade, juried art show and more. Hops and Props, combining craft beer tasting and classic wooden boats, runs Sept. 14; and each summer Saturday brings festive downtown fun with a farmers market, live music and buskers along River Street.
Onekama: Tucked between Lake Michigan and Portage Lake, lovely Onekama is a long-time vacation haven for both resort-goers and charter fishermen. Festivals center around water, and Onekama Days, Aug. 2–4, is the biggie, with parades, craft shows, fireworks and other celebrations of summer.
Pristine beaches and a downtown bustling with boutiques, galleries, eateries and ice cream shops describe this family-oriented vacation destination. Pentwater River Fest happens on June 29; the popular Homecoming Celebration is from Aug. 8–11. Get tickets to festivals, fairs, concerts and more at MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 19
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Eastlake Village Campground
Manistee Country Club
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Manistee North Pierhead Light
Orchard Beach State Park Lake Bluff Audubon Center
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Copemish Dam Pond
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Turtle Lake Campground
St. Ambrose Cellars
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Upper Herring Lake
Lower Herring Lake
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Lake Bryan View Lake
Betsie Valley River Rd Trail Vacation Trailer Park Timberline Campground Rd
Lake Ann Campground
City-County 115 Airport
Frankfort Crytal Lake RV Resort
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Garey Lake Trail Camp
MAKE IT LAST
FOREVER Make a big splash in the pool. Roast marshmallows. Zip down the Alpine Slide. Pelt each other with paint balls. Play a board game together. Unfortunately summer has to end, but here - at Crystal - you can make summer live on forever, with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Published on May 1, 2013