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Contents Shoreline Visitors Guide

NORTH 2013


communities to visit White Lake Area


Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area 12 Pentwater 24 Ludington 32 Manistee 43 Benzie County


Leelanau County


things to see and do Weekly Events


Calendar of Events


Golf Along the Shoreline


Dining Guide


Cover: Sharon Vanderboon Contents Photo: Sharon Vanderboon Other Photo Contributions: Rhonda Cobb, Bill Cobb, Karen Jousma, Sharon Vanderboon, Todd & Brad Reed Photography, Angie L. East-Martinez, White Lake Area Chamber/Cindy Bassett, Michigan Artists Gallery, Crystal Mountain Resort, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Glen Arbor Arts Association Also a special thank you to our Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce partners or their photo contributions. s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | Shoreline Visitors Guide North  


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Monday Polka Party Every Monday, 12Noon to 4pm Little River Casino Resort, Manistee Pentwater Farmer’s Market June 3 through August 26, 10am to 1pm On the Village Green, Pentwater


local information White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 1-800-879-9702 •

Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart Visitors Bureau 1-800-874-3982 or 1-800-870-9786 • Pentwater Chamber of Commerce, 231-869-4150 Benzie Convention & Visitors Bureau 1-800-882-5801 • Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce • 231-994-2202 Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau • 800-542-4600

Approximate Driving Times Muskegon to White Lake Area.................... 20 minutes White Lake Area to Silver Lake Area............ 25 minutes Silver Lake Area to Pentwater...................10-15 minutes Pentwater to Ludington........................... 15-20 minutes Ludington to Manistee.................................30 minutes Manistee to Benzonia..................................30 minutes Frankfort to Sleeping Bear Dunes............... 40 minutes Sleeping Bear Dunes to Suttons Bay...........30 minutes Benzonia to Interlochen............................... 25 minutes Interlochen to Traverse City....................20-25 minutes Suttons Bay to Traverse City....................20-25 minutes COPYRIGHT © 2013

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Glen Arbor Farmer’s Market June 18 through September 10, 9am to 1pm Downtown behind the Township Hall, Glen Arbor White Lake’s Free Summer Concert Series June 25 through August 13, 7pm Montague Band Shell, Montague ‘Pickin’ in Pentwater Tuesday evenings, June 4 through August 27, 7pm On the Village Green, Pentwater Scottville Farmer’s Market May 14 through October 1, 4:30-7:30pm (tentative) West Shore Bank Parking Lot, Scottville


Concerts in the Park July and August, 7pm Elberta Park on Betsie Bay, Elberta West Shore Medical Center Farmer’s Market May 15 through October 16, 10am to 3pm West Shore Medical Center, 1465 E. Parkdale Avenue Manistee Montague Farmer’s Market Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8am to 12Noon Water & Church Streets, Montague


Concerts in the Park July and August, 7pm Beulah Park, Beulah Leland Farmer’s Market June 20 through September 5, 9am to 1pm Blue Bird Restaurant parking lot, Leland Movies in the Park Thursdays in August, at dusk Ludington City Park, Ludington Roots on the River Concert Series Thursdays in July and August, 7pm Jaycees Riverwalk Bandshell, Manistee Pentwater Civic Band Concerts June 20 through August 29, 8pm On the Village Green, Pentwater Pentwater Farmer’s Market June 6 through August 29, 10am to 1pm On the Village Green, Pentwater


Concerts in the Park July and August, 7pm Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort Ludington Farmer’s Market May 10 through September 27, 3-8pm North James Street Plaza, Ludington Friday Night Live July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9, 6-9pm Street fair, great food, and live music. Downtown Ludington Northport Farmer’s Market June 7 through September 13, 9am to 1pm Next to the Depot at the marina Downtown Northport 4th Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll May 24 through September 28 Downtown Pentwater Summer Sounds Concert Series – Michigan Legacy Art Park July 5 through August 2, 7pm, fee charged Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville


Empire Farmer’s Market June 15 through September 14, 9am to 1pm Next to the Post Office, Downtown Empire Frankfort Farmer’s Market 9am to 1pm Open Space Park, Frankfort Manistee Farmer’s Market May 11 through October 12, 8am to 12Noon At Maple Street Bridge, corner of Washington Street and Memorial Drive Manistee Home Grown Saturdays June 1 through September 7 Enjoy local talent as they perform on downtown streets. Downtown Manistee Artisan Market Saturdays, June through September, 8am to 2pm Water Street, Montague Montague Farmer’s Market Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8am to 12Noon Water & Church Streets, Montague Suttons Bay Farmer’s Market May 11 through October 26, 9am to 1pm Suttons Bay White Lake Nature Walks First Saturday of the month, June through October White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Whitehall


Lake Leelanau Farmer’s Market June 16 through September 1, 9am to 1pm Corner of M-204 & Lake Leelanau Drive (next to Pedaling Beans)

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May 18 Tight Lines for Troops “Downtown Salute” Manistee May 19 Empire Eagles Famous Breakfast Township Hall, Empire

Shoreline Calendar

We suggest that you call ahead to confirm the details before finalizing your plans. Most times the convention and visitors bureau in the area of the event is the best organization to contact (see listings on page 4). Ongoing Every Monday, 12:00 Noon-4:00 pm Polka Party Little River Casino Resort, Manistee Now through May 18 A Place to Nest Nuveen Community Center for the Arts, Montague

Explore the themes of new life as represented by nests, burrows, birdhouses, gardens, and trees.

May 30 through July 13 Wings Nuveen Community Center for the Arts, Montague

This exhibit takes an artistic look at the diverse and beautiful creatures of the sky.

July 25 through September 14 Water and Sky Nuveen Community Center for the Arts, Montague

Experience the beauty and mystery of these non-terrestrial realms.

May 19 Customer Appreciation Day: Free admission Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era Asparagus dishes for sampling – free!

May 19 7th Annual Wine Tasting & Art by the Water/Silent Auction Pentwater Yacht Club, Pentwater May 22 Opening Day, Michigan’s Adventure Muskegon May 23-25 West Michigan Old Engine Club Swap Meet Ludington

May 3 Dragon Wagon Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall

May 11 Spring Blooms in the Dunes Plant Sale Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon

May 24 Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse

May 4 Historic White Pine Village

May 12 Mother’s Day: Free admission for moms and free coffee and apple donut, too! Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era

May 24 4th Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll Pentwater

An evening of Michigan roots music.

Opens for the season


May 4 Laughcatchers Comedy Tour Little River Casino Resort, Manistee May 4 “Detour,” bluegrass Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee May 4 6th Annual White Lake Blues Fest Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall May 6 S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry First Sailing Day of 2013 Season Ludington May 9 Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm Opens for the season New Era May 9, 16, 23, 30 Spring History in Action Days Historic White Pine Village, Ludington May 10 Civil War Education Day Historic White Pine Village, Ludington


May 10 Mac Woods Dune Rides Opens for the season Mears

May 1 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the season Ludington

May 11 Civil War Muster Day Historic White Pine Village, Ludington

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May 19 West Michigan Memorial Tractor Ride West Michigan Old Engine Club Hart to Scottville


May 12 MSBA Mount Baldy Hill Climb Silver Lake State Park, Silver Lake

Open for the season


May 24-25 Rock the Coast 2013! Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon Christian rock concert.

May 16 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm Janice Dumas, watercolorist Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor

May 24-26 Crystal Cup Golf Tournament Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

May 17 Ben Bedford in Concert Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall

May 25 Annual Plant Sale Garden Club of Pentwater, Pentwater

May 17-18 10th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival Empire

May 25 Michigan Beer & Brat Festival Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

May 17-19 4th Annual Tight Lines for Our Troops Manistee Veteran’s charity fishing tournament.

May 18 5K Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run / Walk Empire May 18 Petunia Planting Day Downtown Ludington May 18 Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Match Historic White Pine Village, Ludington

May 25-27 29th Annual Memorial Weekend Amateur Salmon & Trout Fishing Derby Pentwater May 27 Memorial Day Parade Pentwater May 29 – June 2 Bird Watching Festival Suttons Bay May 30 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm Elizabeth McBride, writer/poet Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor

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JUNE June 1 Big Sable Bus Day, 12Noon – 5pm Big Sable Point Lighthouse Ludington State Park, Ludington June 1 Chalk It Up in Pentwater Pentwater Rain date, June 2.

June 1-2 2nd Annual West Coast Lighthouse Festival Ludington to Whitehall

Special events all weekend long at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington North Breakwater Light, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and White River Light Station.

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June 2 Start of Summer Party, 5-8pm Pentwater June 6 5th Annual Taste of White Lake Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall

Sample food from local restaurants, Michigan beers and wines, and enjoy live music, art, and a silent auction to benefit the playhouse.

June 6-9 Vintage Camper Open House P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon June 7-9 National Asparagus Festival Hart June 7-9 Back to the 50s Retro Weekend Downtown Ludington June 7-9 White Lake Guitar Fest Montague

June 23 Tri to Finish Ludington Triathlon & Duathlon Stearns Park, Ludington

June 12 Nights at the Lights: AnDro Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake

June 24-26 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Tournament Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

Featuring the Scottville Clown Band.

Celtic-based, globally infused, world-beat music.

June 15 Spirit of the Woods Music Festival Dickson Township Park, Brethren

Folk music, dance, and crafts for the whole family.

June 15 Frankfort Craft Fair Market Square Park, Frankfort June 15 Antique Vehicle & Muscle Car Show Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort June 15 Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K Glen Arbor June 15 Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival Glen Arbor June 15 Oceana County Historical Post Card Show Old Town Hall, Mears June 15 Movie on the Lawn, Dusk White River Light Station, Whitehall June 15-16 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Stearns Park, Ludington June 15-16 Springfest Arts & Crafts Fair On the Village Green, Pentwater

June 8 M-22 Challenge Glen Lake Picnic Area, Glen Lake

June 15-16 35th Annual Father’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival Goodrich Park Annex, Whitehall

June 8 Leland Wine & Food Festival Leland

June 16 Father’s Day Strawberry Social Ludington City Park, Ludington

June 8 Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Ludington

June 16 Father’s Day: Free general admission for dads, coffee, and apple donut Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era

Multi-sport challenge.

June 8 “Cruise into Yesteryear”

The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association Shoreline Cruise

S.S. Badger, Ludington

June 8 Community Garage Sale Pentwater June 8 West Michigan Old Engine Club

Antique Tractor & Garden Tractor DeadWeight Pulls


June 8-9 Free Fishing Weekend

Throughout Michigan – fishing licenses are waived this weekend. All fishing regulations still apply.

June 9 West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Transfer-sled Pulls


June 11 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm Jim Jacoby, photographer

Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor June 11-15 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, Muskegon


June 12 Ludington Area Jaycees Summer Kick-off Concert, 7:30pm Waterfront Park, Ludington

Juried arts and crafts fair.

July 1-4 Old-Fashioned 4th of July Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville and in Frankfort and Beulah

Participate in Fourth of July celebrations throughout Benzie County.

June 27 Kid’s Barn Dance and Potluck Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Freesoil

July 2 Hart Sparks Hart

June 28 4th Friday of the Month Gallery Stroll Pentwater

July 3 Manitou Music Festival, 7pm

Largest Independence Day fireworks display in Oceana County.

Northport Concert Band (Patriotic Music)

Glen Arbor Athletic Club Lawn, Glen Arbor

June 28 Annual Fusion Fashion Show, 8 pm On the Village Green, Pentwater

July 3 Fireworks Leland

June 28-29 Annual Used Book Sale Mills Community House, Benzonia

July 3 Annual Miller Scholarship Pie Contest On the Village Green, Pentwater

June 28-29 Queen’s Cup Sailboat Race Ludington

Boats arrive in Ludington from the race’s starting point in Milwaukee.

June 28-30 Battle of the Betsie Fishing Tournament Frankfort June 28-30 & July 5-7 “Peter Pan,” the musical Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee

July 3 Fireworks Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater July 3-4 July 4th Freedom Festival Ludington July 3-7 Manistee National Forest Festival Manistee

June 28 – July 7 Ludington Harbor Festival Ludington June 29 Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Match Historic White Pine Village, Ludington


June 29 Annual Antiques & Appraisal Fair On the Village Green, Pentwater June 29-30 LUDROCK Ludington

Weekend of live local musical talent!

June 21 Nightcrawler Hunt Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort

Bring a container and a flashlight – catch your own bait for the Take a Kid Fishing event on Saturday.

June 21 Suttons Bay Art & Wine Walk & Inland Seas Boat Show Suttons Bay June 21-23 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro-Am Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville June 22 Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Historic White Pine Village, Ludington 2013 Induction Ceremony

June 22 Take a Kid Fishing Frankfort June 22-23 Mason County Relay for Life Ludington June 22-23 Thunder at the River Little River Casino Resort, Manistee

Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall on display, Fallen Heroes Memorial, Blessing of the Bikes, pig roast, and more.


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he White Lake Area has long been known as a “relaxing vacation destination.” The peaceful White River, which meanders through the twin cities of Montague and Whitehall, offers leisurely afternoons of floating, paddling, and fishing; the scenic 22-mile-long Hart-Montague Trail State Park has its southern trailhead here; and Lake Michigan’s stunning white sand beaches and refreshing surf offer hours of fun in the sun. Perched on the picturesque shores of White Lake, both towns share a rich maritime history and a warm community spirit. All season long they host a variety of family-friendly festivals and special events. Summertime staples include Montague’s farmers and artisan markets; monthly guided nature walks; arts and crafts fairs; and evening concerts at the tree-shaded lakeside band shell. And, if you need a little drama in your life, Whitehall’s historic Howmet Play House, which has been in nearly continuous operation since 1916, offers a variety of theatrical performances and live concerts all summer long. For a look back in time, visit the White River Light Station & Museum in Whitehall. Since 1875, this historic lighthouse has marked the channel entrance from Lake Michigan into White Lake. In the museum you can examine exhibits about Michigan’s rich maritime and lumbering history; outside, you can watch pleasure boats motoring through the channel’s blue-green waters. Another chapter of the communities’ history is depicted on the world’s largest weathervane, which stands proudly at the corner of Dowling and Water Streets. A replica of the famous lumber schooner, Ella Ellenwood, graces its top. For more information about the White Lake Area, visit, call (800) 879-9702, or stop in at the Welcome Center housed in the historic C&O Railroad Depot building on the For more information about the Causeway between Montague and Whitehall (124 W. Hanson Street). Friendly staff will help you White Lake Area, call (800) 879-9702 plan your stay. or visit


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White Lake Area Shopping


n the White Lake Area, shopping is double the pleasure! Montague and Whitehall are less than a mile apart and both have small-town downtowns with quaint shopping districts. Enjoy breezy lake views while browsing gift shops, art galleries, and retail stores. You’ll find antiques and local art; casual wear and upscale fashions; jewelry, handbags and souvenirs; and more. Both towns also offer a variety of waterfront restaurants and cozy cafés for a refreshing pick-me-up.

Comfort Inn

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fter a full day of family vacation fun in the White Lake Area, check in to Whitehall’s cozy Comfort Inn. Just off US-31, it’s only minutes away from Michigan’s largest amusement park, Lake Michigan’s white sand beaches, golf courses, hiking and biking trails, boat launch sites, and the quaint resort communities of Whitehall and Montague. Enjoy the indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room, and free WiFi. Also included is a free hot breakfast. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Comfort Inn online at or call (231) 893-4833. Open Year Around Daily

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Wine & Jazz Festival “Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town and all that jazz . . .” at the inaugural White Lake Wine & Jazz Festival, August 3 from 3-7:00 p.m. Listen to live jazz at Whitehall’s Goodrich Park while sampling a variety of wines, appetizers, and desserts. You can also browse artwork that will be on sale and participate in a silent auction . . . “and all that jazz . . .”

• 5 Minutes North Of Michigan’s Adventure • Minutes to Sandy Beaches • Microwaves/mini fridges in every room • Free Hot Breakfast w/scrambled eggs, sausage and waffles •  Indoor Pool and Spa • Jacuzzi® and 2-room Suites Available • Free High Speed Internet Access

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he Historic Howmet Playhouse has been in almost constant operation since its opening in 1916. Built by the renowned Chicago director Frank R. Adams and local business owner James Nufer, its design was copied from Chicago’s LaSalle Theater and was built for professional live theatrical presentations and the new “flickers”, or as we know them today, motion pictures. The Playhouse has been greeting White Lake area audiences ever since. This summer, enjoy performances of Harvey; Central Michigan University Summer Theatre performances of Anybody for Murder, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and I’ll I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten; The Fearsome Pirate Frank; Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Leaving Iowa; Nuveen Theatre Workshops’ You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Love Letters; and Steel Magnolias. For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit


304 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall, MI 49461• 231-894-4048

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Professional theater for adults and children Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday JULY 11 - AUGUST 24 7:30PM downtown Whitehall

~ just 15 minutes north of Muskegon ~

Great Michigan music & theater year-round! Learn more and purchase tickets at:

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SHORELINE CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 July 4 Fire Cracker 5K Race Beulah July 4 4th of July Celebration Frankfort

Art in the park, Sandcastle Sculpture contest, parade, BBQ, fireworks.

July 4 Flag Raising at Old Settler’s Park Glen Arbor July 4 4th of July Parade Glen Arbor July 4 Glen Lake Boat Parade Glen Lake July 4 4th of July Parade Leland July 4 4th of July Fireworks Ludington July 4 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Whitehall / Montague July 4-7 Cedar Polka Fest Cedar July 5-7 Gallery Show: Duncan Spratt Moran, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor July 5-7 “Peter Pan,” the musical Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee July 5-7 Scottville Summer Fest Scottville July 6 Beulah Art Fair Beulah Park, Beulah July 6 20th Annual Lake Ann Homecoming Lake Ann July 6 Big Sable Bus Day, 12Noon – 5pm Big Sable Point Lighthouse Ludington State Park, Ludington

July 6-7 West Shore Fine Arts Fair Ludington July 10 Nights at the Lights: Katie Beaman, Acoustic songstress Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Ludington July 11 Children’s Day #1 Historic White Pine Village, Ludington July 11-13 Harvey Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall July 12 Oliver Art Center Art Walk Frankfort July 12-14 Gallery Show: Peggy Driehorst, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor July 13 Leland Annual Art Fair Leland July 13 Old Time Base Ball Tournament Historic White Pine Village, Ludington July 13 Annual Pentwater Fine Arts & Crafts Fair On the Village Green, Pentwater July 14 Manitou Music Festival, 7pm

15th Annual Dune Climb Concert (Big Band)

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor

July 19-21 Gallery Show: Sarah Tule, watercolorist Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor July 20 23rd Annual Elberta Arts & Craft Fair Waterfront Park, Elberta July 20 Anchor Days Empire July 20 Port City Run 5K Run / Walk / 1M Fun Run Frankfort July 20 5th Annual Friends of Fishtown 5K Leland

July 16 Music on the Commons Hart

July 20 Suttons Bay Wine on the Water Festival Suttons Bay

July 17 Glen Lake Women’s Art Fair Glen Arbor

July 20 Garden Walk & Blooming Art Pentwater

July 18-20 Central Michigan University Summer Theatre Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall July 18: Anybody for Murder? July 19: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde July 20: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

July 20-21 Stand Up Paddleboard Classic Race Beulah On Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan

July 18-21 Ludington Offshore Fishing Classic Tournament Ludington

July 21 Manitou Music Festival Mulebone (Blues) Studio Stage, Glen Arbor


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owering dunes, endless stretches of white-sand beaches, and shimmering sky-blue waters will make you want to “dance on the edge of the sand,” too, in the beautiful Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area. The family-friendly towns of Silver Lake, Hart, Mears, New Era, and Shelby welcome you and yours to this unique part of the state and invite you to explore their quaint little towns.  Did you know that the Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes east of Utah where you are allowed to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1 through October 31?  The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area offers a host of activities including power boating, sailing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, golfing, and community festivals.  A 3-mile-long, non-motorized paved pathway from the outskirts of town to Silver Lake State Park allows you to ‘commute’ from area campgrounds, RV parks, and motels to Silver Lake’s central downtown retail area for shopping and dining.  Named one of the “Best Little Beach Towns in America” by Travel+Leisure magazine, the Silver Lake area most certainly lives up to the honor.  For more information, visit or call (800) 874-3982.





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ring your camera and a sense of adventure to Mac Wood’s Dune Rides in Mears for a thrilling spin through the spectacular Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Climb aboard one of Mac Wood’s open-air, four-wheel-drive dune schooners for a 40-minute ride that takes you to the summits of sandy peaks, sweeps into grassy valleys, cruises past sparkling Silver Lake, and rolls along Lake Michigan’s golden shore.  Dramatic views of the dunes and Lake Michigan’s infinite blue horizon are highlights of this exhilarating sevenmile-long narrated ride.  For a memento of your trip, stop in at the Dune Mountain Gift Shop and browse their large selection of souvenirs, gifts, cards, shirts, jewelry, toys, and more.  You can even purchase light snacks.  For more information, rates, and hours of operation, visit Mac Wood’s Dune Rides online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 873-2817.  For an off-road experience unlike any other, rent a classic dune buggy or RUV from Silver Lake Buggy Rentals in Mears.  The low-slung, open-air buggies hug the ground and are fun to drive over the area’s majestic hills of sand.  Silver Lake Buggy Rentals is also the only ORV rental in the area that has family-sized dune buggies for rent.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Silver Lake Buggy’s expanded showroom carries all sorts of gear, gifts, and gadgets for your outing on the dunes.  For more information, hours of operation, rates, or to make a reservation (recommended), visit Silver Lake Buggy Rentals online at www. or call (231) 873-8833.

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here’s no limit to the amount and kinds of fun you’ll find in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area. Your family will love its beaches, great and small.  The queen of them all is at Silver Lake State Park, with more than four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, sugar-sand beaches on two lakes – Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, and tables for picnicking.  Nearby are smaller, but equally beautiful Lake Michigan beaches at Golden Township Park and Cedar Point County Park.  Want to rev things up a bit?  Kids of all ages will get a thrill putting the pedal to the metal doing laps around go kart tracks, bumping bumpers in bumper boats, putting golf balls at miniature golf courses, or racking up points on challenging arcade games.  

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alk about finger-lickin’ goodness! Be on hand for the annual Silver Lake Sand Dunes’ Apple & BBQ Cook-Off Festival, September 13-14.  This Michigan BBQ Championship event, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, features a Professional BBQ Cook-off Competition, an Amateur Backyard BBQ Competition, and everyone’s favorite – rib-eating and apple pie-eating contests.  After you’ve eaten your fill and licked the last of the savory sauce from your fingers, wander among the tented booths at the Farm Fresh Apples & Craft Show, buy fresh-picked apples from local growers, and check out the classic cars, trucks, and tricked-out buggies at the Auto & Truck and the Dune Buggy Shows.  Also on tap are a home-made apple-pie baking contest and a Beautiful Baby competition.  For more information, visit www. or call (231) 301-0614. 

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ake tracks to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area for super-sized family fun! At the heart of it all is Silver Lake State Park with nearly 3,000 acres of dunes and forests, more than four miles of stunning Lake Michigan beach, a kid-friendly beach on Silver Lake, and one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes.  Little Sable Point Lighthouse stands on a pristine Lake Michigan beach embraced by undulating 70-foot-tall dunes, deep green forests, and a swath of golden-sand around her base that stretches west to the ruffled blue lake waters.  Climb to the top of the historic tower for breathtaking panoramic views, take a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore, or spread out your beach towel on the sand for an afternoon of fun in the sun and surf.  The lighthouse is open seven days a week, May 24 through September 30, 10 am to 5 pm.  A donation of $3 for adults and $1 for children 11 years and younger is requested to climb the tower.  Mark your calendar for several special events at the Light:  June 1, Anesa Beilfuss presents an historic monologue at 11 a.m.; June 2, Ruth and Max Bloomquist, Michigan folk music artists perform at 4 p.m.; and June 12, the group AnDro performs Celticbased, globally-infused, world-beat music at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit or call (231) 845-7417. How about an afternoon of beach hopping?  Beaches in the area include, Golden Township Park, which is a popular spot with youngsters.  Located where Silver Creek flows into Lake Michigan, the creek water is shallow and warm and the moist sand is great for building castles and digging moats!  North of the Silver Lake area between Silver Lake and Pentwater, is Cedar Point County Park.  This three-acre park provides a swimming beach, a picnic area, and restrooms.  A multi-tiered set of wooden steps leads from the high bank bluff to the beach below.  And if you want to get away from the crowds, Whiskey Creek Public Access located off B-15 south of Stony Lake on Park Road is the place for you.  Follow the trail from the parking area to this gem of a hidden Lake Michigan beach.

Silver Lakes casual dining restaurant

Breakfast Buffet on Saturday & Sunday (Memorial Day thru Labor Day) Open April 1 - October 15 • 7AM Everyday

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Children’s Menu • Takeouts

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ring your vacation-home-on-wheels to one of Michigan’s premier RV resorts, Silver Creek RV Resort in Mears. This gated resort’s 258 beautifully maintained campsites feature large concrete pads, full hook-ups (sewer, water, electric, and cable TV), picnic table, and fire ring.  Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, kids’ pool, hot tub, modern restroom facilities, game room, camp store, laundry facilities, a social room, playground, and so much more.  Conveniently located near the beautiful Silver Lake Sand Dunes area, you aren’t far from the beach, restaurants, shopping, and activities.  For more information, visit Silver Creek RV Resort online at, on Facebook, or for reservations, call toll free (866) 832-7601 or locally (231) 873-9200.

Big Rigs & Groups Welcome


ilver Lake is a wonderful lake for any trailered boat. There are two public launch spots: the Silver Lake State Park, and a public launch closer to Mac Woods Dune Rides.There are 690 acres of lake to enjoy as you tube, waterski, sightsee, and of course, enjoy the dunes. The dune side of the lake is perfect for beaching your boat for a climb up the dunes for the breathtaking view of Silver Lake. Many boaters enjoy lying in the sun, and picnicking on this beach. Several local businesses offer boats, jet skis, and other watercraft for rentals. You might also like to experience the dunes from Lake Michigan. There is no access from Silver Lake, but nearby Pentwater offers a public launch. With numerous smaller, inland lakes in the area, no matter what type of boating adventure you seek, it’s sure to be found in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area.


WE’RE SURROUNDED BY TONS OF FUN! • World’s Largest Shifting Sand Dunes • Jeep Tours & Sand Drags • Little Sable Lighthouse • Hiking & Bike Trails • Sailboat Races • Horseback Riding • WaveClub Water Sports • Golf Courses • Go-Kart Fun Parks • Lake Michigan Beaches • Off-Road Vehicle & Pedestrian Dune Area • Michigan’s Adventure Park

258 ­- 50’ X 75’, Full Hook-up Sites w/Concrete Slabs • Pull-thru & Back-In Sites • Lighted & Paved Roads • 80 Foot Heated Pool • Extra Large Spa • Gated Entry 20’ X 20’ Kids Pool • WiFi • Laundry Facility • Game & Social Rooms • Modern Showers • Camp Store • Playground • Cable TV • Propane Service • 50 Amp Service

866.832.7598 • • email us at: LOCATED AT SILVER LAKE SAND DUNES: 1441 N. 34th Avenue • Mears, Michigan 49436 18  Shoreline Visitors Guide North |


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t’s the dawning of the age of asparagus season in Michigan – time to celebrate at the annual National Asparagus Festival in Hart, which kicks off June 7. The three-day festival pays tribute to the tasty little stalks grown throughout Oceana County, Michigan’s largest producer of asparagus.  Festival activities include the National Asparagus Festival Royale Parade, Arts & Craft Fair, the Spear-It 5K Walk/Run, a food show, asparagus farm tour, community picnic, and so much more!  Enjoy live entertainment in the Entertainment Tent (in Hart Pizza parking lot) including “Silverado,” the renowned “Scottville Clown Band,” and the “Rocket Fuel Haulers” on Saturday night.  For more information, visit the National Asparagus Festival online at or on Facebook.

Family Camping at it’s best can be found at . . .

Family Camping!

• Full Hook-Up Sites / Water & Electric Sites / Seasonal Sites • Modern Bathrooms & Guest Laundry Facilities • Volleyball & Basketball Courts • Horseshoe Pits • Playground & Outdoor Heated Pool • Private Sandy Beach Private • Paved Roadways Sandy Beach with Boat & • Dump Station Jet Ski Slips • Gated Entry Available by Reservation • WIFI


8595 W. Silver Lake Rd. • Silver Lake, MI 49436

(231) 873-3700

1220 N. Shore Dr. • Silver Lake, MI 49436 OPEN DAILY FROM 7AM - 8PM email:

★ Casual Family Dining ★ JOIN US FOR LUNCH OR DINNER Serving Burgers, Char-Broiled Steaks, Seafood, Sandwiches, Mexican Entrees and Salads FEATURING A FULL KIDS’ MENU!



Our Tree-shaded Campground Amenities Include:

Stand-Up Paddle Board Now Availa s ble!

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This Milky Way is not light years away – it’s just off US-31 in New Era. And when you spot the cow standing in front of the Country Dairy Farm Store in New Era, you know you have arrived.  This family-owned business has been producing milk in West Michigan since 1983, overseeing the entire milk production process from milking its herd of registered Holsteins to bottling the milk in its modern processing plant.  This assures you the freshest and best tasting milk, ice cream, and cheese available.  Regularly scheduled guided tours (fee required) are conducted Memorial Day through Labor Day (off-season months by appointment only), where you can see the cows being milked and how the milk is bottled.  At the end of the tour, you can sample the dairy’s famous Premium Chocolate Milk or try “Moochies,” creamy cheddar cheese curds.  At the Farm Store & Deli, you can get a Bottomless Cup of Fresh, Cold Country Dairy milk with your meal and then top it off with Country Dairy’s delightfully delicious ice cream!  The dairy also hosts lots of fun events throughout the year.  Like them on Facebook and check out their blog to keep up with what’s happening ‘down on the farm.’  For more information and hours of operation, visit Country Dairy online at, on Facebook, or call toll free (800) 243-7280.

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olfers of all abilities will find challenging fairways, manicured greens, and panoramic views at a half dozen championship public golf courses in Oceana County. Browse through golf shops for everything you need for your golf outing, grab a bite to eat in snack bars, or improve your game with lessons from professional instructors.  There are plenty of greens here if you want a break from the golden sand in the Silver Lake area! Grand View Golf Course “A grand mixture of challenging golf with spectacular views,” the 18-hole Grand View Golf Course in New Era was rated four stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play.  Enjoy a driving range, senior rates, and beer, wine, and snacks at the snack bar.  The course’s signature hole (#8) features a beautifully landscaped island green.  Tee times are recommended.  For more information, visit the Grand View Golf Course on Facebook or call (231) 861-6616.   Colonial Golf Course Rolling hills, expansive greens, and a stately Colonial club house define the golfer-friendly, championship Colonial Golf Course.  With 27 holes – the 18-hole Colonial and the 9-hole Heritage course – the Colonial offers “something for everyone.”  The Colonial Bar & Grill in the club house serves up refreshing bar beverages, burgers, and sandwiches, and its patio offers a prime vantage point for watching fiery sunsets.  Browse the Pro Shop for all kinds of name-brand golf gear.  For more information, visit the Colonial Golf Course online at, and to make a tee time call (231) 873-8333. Oceana Golf Club Oceana County’s original 18-hole public golf course, Oceana Golf Club, is known for having the best greens in the area and its Friday Dollar Days Special.  On Fridays (all day), from May 17 through September 27 (excluding holidays), each hole of golf is $1.00, cart included.  For more information or to make a tee time, visit the Oceana Golf Club online at www., on Facebook, or call (231) 861-4211.

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Public Golf Course Home of the Famous Friday Dollar Day$ Seasonal Memberships Golf Shop • Beer Electric Golf Car Rental Check out our website for news and results

Open 7 Days Take A Course Tour @ 231.861.4211 • 3333 W. Weaver Road • Shelby

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2248 N. Comfort Drive Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231.873.3456 Fax: 231.873.2343

“A grand mixture of challenging golf with spectacular views”

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Colonial Golf Course Something For Everyone!

27 Holes Friday 18 Hole Colonial Dollar 9 Hole Heritage Special! Driving Range Pro Shop • Bar & Restaurant After 3:00 p.m. Specials

• Close to Silver Lake Sand Dunes & Pentwater • Deluxe Suites • Large Indoor Pool • Hot Tub • Tanning Salon • WIFI

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast • Direct Access to Hart/Montague Rail Trail • Bike Rentals

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ou’ll have a barrel of fun whether picking bushels of apples or listening to harmonizing hens at the family-owned Lewis’ Farm Market & Petting Farm. This 700-acre farm grows a profusion of produce, but it also cultivates crates of giggles and grins, too!  From miniature horses and climbing goats to a Bunny Village inhabited by all sizes and colors of rabbits and Jeffrey the kissing camel, this is no ordinary farm!  You can feed, pet, and talk to all of these cute, curious critters.  And you’ll even have the chickens and ducks at the Bird Barn eating right out of your hand!  It’s a sure bet that the fallow deer will be looking for hand-outs too.   In season, the farm market features apples, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, pears, and corn-on-the-cob grown right on the farm.  And in season, you can also buy strawberries and other farm-fresh vegetables grown locally.  In the Gift Shop and Country Pantry you’ll find a wide assortment of jams, jellies, sauces, homemade fudge, ice cream, fresh baked goods, jewelry, kitchen gadgets, collectibles, souvenirs, and more. Also down on the farm are kid-approved activities for the whole family – giant jumping pillows, pedal carts, gem mining, a corn maze, ‘barrel’ horses, duck races, Michigan’s only animated Country Cluckin’ Review, and more.  For more information, hours of operation, and a listing of special events, visit Lewis Farm Market and Petting Farm online at www.lewisfarmmarket, on Facebook, or call (231) 861-5730.


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Hart-Montague Trail

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ike the stitching on a finely sewn garment, the Hart-Montague Bike Trail weaves between the resort towns of Montague and Hart. The 22.5-mile-long paved trail is a favorite with bicyclists, bladers, and day-hikers, and its relatively flat landscape makes it accessible for people of all ages and abilities.  Winding through woodlands and by waterways, farms, and orchards, there is a good chance you’ll see deer and other wildlife.  Between the towns of Rothbury and New Era are picnic tables and viewing platforms offering scenic overlooks.  And to celebrate reaching the half-way point, stop in New Era at a trailside dairy bar for a sweet, creamy, treat!  By the time you reach Mears, you should have worked up an appetite!  There are plenty of places for enjoying a bite to eat.  Next stop:  Historic Hart, the northern-most trailhead and gateway to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area where another chapter of adventure begins!  For more information, visit

Personalized emergency care. When you need it. Even when you are far from home, you are never far from quality emergency care. • An experienced staff of emergency care physicians • State-of-the-art equipment • Friendly staff to answer questions, reassure family members and expedite care

Home of the Notorious Bear Burger

Homemade Soups Delicious Burgers Broasted Chicken • Kids Menu Beer, Wine, Liquor & Takeout Second Location in Downtown Pentwater



or nearly 44 years, the Shelby Gem Factory has been adding sparkle to our lives. Located just 15 minutes from the famous Silver Lake Sand Dunes area, Shelby Gem Factory is the only company in the world that actually makes uncut gems, facets them, mounts them in gold (and silver), and invites you into their showroom to see how it’s all done.  This unique factory creates a variety of gems including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and its signature diamond – the Encore Diamond™.  All gem stones are flawless in quality and many are harder than their naturally-occurring cousins.  Shelby Gem Factory has also created an original gem, Oceanite, named for its exquisite blue color; and the only place in the world you can buy it is at Shelby Gem.  When visiting Shelby Gem Factory, take a few moments to watch a free video in the theater, try your hand at gem-cutting on a faceting machine, and shop the large selection of jewelry and gems that is available for purchase in the showroom.  You can even ask a Shelby Gem jeweler to create a custom piece for you.  For more information, visit Shelby Gem Factory at (where you can shop online), on Facebook, or call (231) 861-2165.

In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Located at 72 S. State Street in Shelby Call 231.861.3001 or visit

We actually MAKE all of our Gems.

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1330 Industrial Park Drive • Shelby, MI 49455


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SHORELINE CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 July 21 Family Fun Day White River Light Station, Whitehall July 23-27 Western Michigan Fair Mason County Fairgrounds Ludington July 25 Manitou Music Festival, 7pm “THUMMp” (a Capella singing) The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor July 25-27 The Fearsome Pirate Frank (Youth Theatre) Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall July 26 Take it to Hart Concert Hart Commons, Hart July 26 Cruz’in’ Classic Car Show Montague July 26 4th Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll, 6-9pm Pentwater July 26 Tour DeTart Bicycle Tour Traverse City to Suttons Bay July 26-28 Gallery Show: Lynn Uhlmann, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor July 27 Frankfort Street Sale Frankfort July 27 Rhythm & Dunes Concert, “Glenn Miller Orchestra” Waterfront Pavilion, Ludington July 27 West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Transfer-Sled Pulls Scottville July 28 Manitou Music Festival Nora Jane Struthers (Bluegrass/Country) Glen Arbor July 31 Manitou Music Festival Drew Nelson & Highway 2 Band (Country/Folk) Glen Arbor

AUGUST August 1 Children’s Day #2 Historic White Pine Village, Ludington August 1-3 Leaving Iowa, Muskegon Civic Theatre Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall August 1-4 West Michigan Old Engine Club Annual Show and Pulls Scottville August 2 Glen Arbor Quick Draw Glen Arbor Artists paint the town

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White Lake Wine & Jazz Fest

Goodrich Park, Whitehall

August 2 Friday Night Live, 6-9pm Ludington

August 3-4 Suttons Bay Art Festival Suttons Bay

August 2-11 White Lake Chamber Music Festival 2013 White Lake Area

August 4 Manitou Music Festival Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered (Folk) Glen Arbor

August 3 Plein Air Paint Out Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor

August 6 Scottville Clown Band Concert & Corn Roast Historic White Pine Village, Ludington

A mix of visiting professional groups and local talent present classes, recitals, and concerts.

All-day painting in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, followed by wet-paint reception and sale.

August 3 Port Oneida Trail 5K Walk / Run Glen Arbor August 3 Art on the Commons Hart

August 3 Big Sable Bus Day, 12Noon – 5pm Big Sable Point Lighthouse Ludington State Park, Ludington

August 7 Manitou Music Festival Full Set (Celtic)

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he quaint lakeside Village of Pentwater looks like it was ripped from the pages of a Coastal Living magazine: homey family cottages, gingerbread trimmed Victorians, an endless ribbon of white sand beach, wind-blown dunes, infinite blue horizon, and rainbow-hued gardens.  This charming all-American town even boasts a Village Green with white-washed band shell!     You’ll love the intimate feel of Pentwater.  The beaches and marinas are just a short walk from the heart of town, and the Village Green at water’s edge is the epicenter of summertime festivals and special events.  And you can stroll along the break walls out to the harbor lights – a great spot to watch ‘sunsational’ sunsets.  Whether you’re here for the summer or just for the weekend, you can choose from nationally-known chains and cozy bed and breakfast inns to lakefront rental cottages and full-service campgrounds.  For more information, visit the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 869-4150.


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Shopping & Dining In Pentwater


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entwater’s New-Englandflavored downtown shopping district is quaint, relaxing, and fun to explore. Sporting colorful banners and bunting, you’ll find distinctive boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, cafés, and pubs lining the tree-shaded streets.  Whether you’re looking for local art to grace your home or cottage, designer jewelry, a fine bottle of wine, or trendy casual wear, you’ll find it all in Pentwater. 

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rab your guitar and your guy or gal and get to Pentwater’s Village Green! Every Tuesday evening in June, July, and August, musicians of all ages and abilities gather for a summertime staple – Pickin’ in Pentwater.  Anyone who plays an instrument is invited to sit in on the jam session to pick a little, play a lot, and sing old-timey classics.  Even if you don’t play, bring a lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy the jammin’. March yourself down to The Village Green band shell for lively concerts by the Pentwater Civic Band on Thursday evenings, June 20 through August 29.  For 66 years, this group of talented troubadours has been entertaining young and old alike with America’s favorite musical medleys.  Bring your best singing voice with you, too, as it’s a tradition to sing along to “Good Night Ladies” at the end of the show.

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orral your cubs and stop in at The Brown Bear in downtown Pentwater for one of the best burgers in town! Serving up a selection of draught brews and pub food – sandwiches, soups, and appetizers – the Brown Bear is best known for its classic burgers, which come in three different sizes – Big Bear, Wimpy, and the Cub. Let your appetite be your guide!  The restaurant’s relaxed rustic style gives it a true up-north feel, and a second-story covered patio is a favorite spot for dining on warm summer days and watching stunning Lake Michigan sunsets.  The Brown Bear’s second location in Shelby is just a half block from the Hart-Montague Trail – perfect for hungry hikers!  For more information about hours and daily specials, visit the Brown Bear on Facebook, or call (231) 8695444 (Pentwater) or (231) 861-5014 (Shelby).   

he lines between Pentwater’s lively downtown and Charles Mears State Park blend seamlessly into the wooded dunes at the western end of town. Because of the park’s close proximity to the village many activities spill over from the park and into town and vice versa.  The town’s annual sandcastle building competition is held on Mears State Park beach.  And the village’s spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks display brightens the night sky over the park.  The crown jewel of Charles Mears State Park is its spectacular white-sand beach.  All summer long, a steady parade of people populate this expansive Lake Michigan shoreline.  Colorful umbrellas flutter in the breeze, castles rise up out of the sand, and squeals of delight are heard from the sparkling blue water.  Enjoy paved campsites, a concession store, modern restrooms, picnic area, playground, fishing, and access to a harbor light.  The park also has a full schedule of activities including Tai Chi on the beach and fresh-air fitness classes, an annual kids’ Independence Day Bike Parade, fireworks, and the COVE benefit 5K/10K run/walk along the shoreline and through the picturesque streets of Pentwater.  For more information about Charles Mears State Park, visit www.michigandnr. com or call (231) 869-2051.    

Call for Storytime sessions

StoryBook Village & NEW Starlight Theatre Award-winning books Folkmanis Puppets • Silk Costumes Gifts and More Storytelling Treasures

165 N. Hancock St • Pentwater • 231.869.3067

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hen it comes to summertime fun, Pentwater doesn’t let any grass grow under its feet! However, it does host many of its festivals and events on the emerald-green grass of the waterfront Village Green in the heart of town. Kick up your heels while kicking off the summer season at Pentwater’s “Start of Summer Party Weekend,” June 1-2.  Activities include the 3rd annual “Chalk it Up in Pentwater” event on Saturday, June 1 (rain date, June 2), 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Bring your imagination and a box of sidewalk chalks for a day of picture-perfect fun and the chance to win a cash prize.  Registration required.  On Sunday afternoon, friends and neighbors gather for the “Start of Summer Party” in front of Village Hall for a community picnic (5-8:00 p.m.).  Hot dogs, beverages, and tableware are provided – you just bring a dish to pass. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” at the annual Community Garage Sale, June 8, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Shop for bargains at garage sales throughout town.  A map of participating homes is available at the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce on June 7.  Stop by and pick up your treasure map! Revel in the beauty of early summer at the annual Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair on the Village Green, June 15-16.  Browse the creations of more than 130 vendors whose exhibits include craft items and original art.  Enjoy live music and tasty treats from food and beverage vendors. Celebrate Independence Day with a slice (or more!) of pie at the Annual Miller Scholarship Pie Contest & Auction on July 3.  At this event you can sample from hundreds of delicious home-made pies, participate in a pie-eating contest, and purchase a pie at the auction.  Kids will love all the activities planned especially for them.  And because you probably ate your dessert first, food and beverage vendors will be on hand so you can complete your meal.  Proceeds from the contest are used to award scholarships to kids heading to college in the fall.  The much anticipated juried 49th Annual Fine Art and Craft Fair, July 13 on the Village Green, features artists from all over the country.  Also on July 13 is the Pentwater Ladies’ Classic Fishing Tournament.    Roses are red, violets are blue, and the artists’ pictures are splashed with every other hue . . . at the annual Garden Club of Pentwater’s Blooming Art & Garden Walk, July 20.  Painting amidst the blooms, artists create works in participating gardens and on the Village Green.  Their creations are then available for purchase at a silent auction later in the day. “Home is where the heart is” and you’ll find plenty of heart and lots of souls at Pentwater’s annual Homecoming Celebration, August 8-11.  This community-wide celebration draws family, friends, residents, and former residents from across the country to reunite and reconnect with the place that will always be home. Many activities are planned including a Strawberry Shortcake Social on the Village Green, a sand-sculpture contest, horseshoe and softball tournaments, a golf scramble, an MSU pre-season tailgate party, a parade, pancake breakfast, and a mini-concert by the Scottville Clown Band.  Fireworks the evening of August 10 provide an aah-inspiring grand finale.  For more information, visit Pentwater Homecoming on Facebook. Get ready to Shake, Wag’n Roll at this annual Oceana County Animal Shelter benefit, August 17.  Participate with your pet on a pleasant stroll through beautiful Charles Mears State Park; browse the pet-focused art, craft, and antique fair; cast your bid at the silent auction; watch agility demonstrations and dog dancing; enter your furry friend in the dog and cat contests at the gazebo; adopt a new family member at the Canine Runway; and much more!


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Bear Lake CountY Highlands Rolling terrain, great views of Bear Lake and surrounding countryside. One of the most scenic courses in Northern Michigan. Enjoyable for all levels, challenging yet fair. Champion Hill 18 championship holes. Scenic, heather lined fairways, large greens and distant views of Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake and Platte Lakes. crystal LAKE GOLF CLUB Two distinctly different nines. The front nine features many elevation changes, and panoramic views of Crystal lake. The back nine is carved through the woods and also has open holes lined with heather. crystal mountain - mtn. ridge Panoramic views, a winding, high elevation circuit and fairways framed by stately pines. Despite its challenging layout, four tee boxes on each hole make Mountain Ridge very playable. crystal mountain - Betsie valley Play amidst sparkling creeks, tranquil ponds and lush meadows. Water comes into play on nine of 18 holes and its isolated fairways are accented with wildflowers and flanked by towering pines and hardwoods. Grand View “A Grand mixture of challenging golf with spectacular views.” Rated 4 stars in Golf Digest, Places to Play. Signature hole # 8, with an island green. Hemlock Golf Club Destined to be a “must play” of any serious golfer. Unique sand formations and unspoiled wetlands form the backdrop for a course as stimulating to look at as it is to play. Lakeside Links Situated on scenic rolling countryside, bordering orchards and overlooking a lake. Strategically placed bunkers with wetlands and ponds. Fun for all skill levels yet challenging.

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Manistee Golf & Country Club Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, this historic, picturesque course features six holes that overlook beautiful Lake Michigan. Manistee National Canthooke Valley Rolling fairways cut through hardwoods. Features well bunkered and contoured greens. Plays fair yet deceptive. Manistee National Cutters Ridge Traversing wetlands, this Jerry Matthew’s design allows several tee locations that change the feel of the course. Beautiful design, great natural scenery. Oceana Golf Club Known for small, quick smooth rolling greens since 1962. Challenging and enjoyable for beginners and experts. Pinecroft Rolling hills, lush bluegrass fairways, four sets of tee offer challenge and variety for all level players. Stunning vistas overlooking Crystal Lake. The Colonial Twenty-seven holes, Rolling hills and expansive greens. Very well maintained and player friendly course.

The Heathlands Championship course meandering over 320 acres of beautiful Northern Michigan terrain. Multiple tees will challenge all levels of players. Sugar Loaf - “The Old Course” Well maintained with mature Northern Michigan hardwoods, spruce trees, and native grasses. Quality greens, tees and fairways. Enjoy wild flowers that fill the floor of the forest. Walkers welcome.


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Bear Lake County Highlands Bear Lake 231-864-3817 Champion Hill Beulah 231-882-9200 Crystal Lake Golf Club 231-882-4061 Crystal Mountain Resort Mountain Ridge 800-968-7686 Crystal Mountain Resort Betsie Valley 800-968-7686

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The Heathlands Onekama 231-889-5644 Lakeside Links Ludington 231-843-3660 Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee 231-723-2509 Manistee National Canthooke Valley Manistee 231-723-8874

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Manistee National Cutters Ridge Manistee 231-723-8874 Pinecroft Beulah 231-882-9100 Oceana Golf Club Shelby 94 231-861-4211 Sugar Loaf “The Old Course” Cedar 231-228-2040 The Colonial Hart 231-873-8333




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SHORELINE CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 August 8 Pentwater Township Cemetery Tours, 1-4pm Pentwater August 8 Pentwater Lake Association Strawberry Shortcake Social, 6-8pm On the Village Green, Pentwater August 8 Les Bailey Memorial Band Concert On the Village Green, Pentwater August 8-10 You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall August 8-11 Pentwater Homecoming Celebration 2013 Pentwater August 9 Grapes on the River Manistee

A wine and food tasting event.

August 9 Sand Sculpture Contest, 8am Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater August 9-10 Port Oneida Fair Glen Arbor August 9-10 Sidewalk Sales Manistee August 9-10 Suttons Bay Sidewalk Sales Suttons Bay August 9-11 Gallery Show: Barbara Doepke Cochran, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor August 10 Pentwater Homecoming Grand Parade & Fireworks Pentwater August 10 MSU Pre-season Tailgate Party The Village Café and Pub, Pentwater August 10-11 30th Gold Coast Artisan Fair Ludington City Park, Ludington

August 11 Manitou Music Festival George Cole Quartet (Jazz/Swing) Glen Arbor August 13 Manitou Music Festival “Summer Singers” (Choral) Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, Burdickville August 14 Benzonia Art & Craft Fair Benzonia Memorial Park, Benzonia August 14 Manitou Music Festival Trina Hamlin with True Falsettos (Blues/Swing) Leelanau School Green, Glen Arbor August 14 Nights at the Lights: Helen Lee, modern dance White River Light Station, Whitehall August 15 Down on the Farm Day Historic White Pine Village, Ludington August 15-16 Sidewalk Sales Leland August 16-17 37th Annual Frankfort Art Fair Market Square Park, Frankfort August 15-17 Love Letters Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall

August 16-18 Gallery Show: Oral Carper and Harriett Mittelberger, watercolorists Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor August 17 Annual Used Book Sale, 9am-4pm Friends of the Benzie Shores District Library Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort August 17 Collector Car Show Frankfort August 17 Suds on the Shore: Craft Beer & Wine Festival Ludington City Park, Ludington August 17 Shake, Wag & Roll On the Village Green, Pentwater

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P.M. Steamers -Ludington


Dinghy Restaurant - Frankfort


coho cafe 320 Main St. Frankfort (231) 352-6053



Jamesport Brewing Company - Ludington

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crescent bakery 404 Main St. Frankfort (231) 352-4611 Crystal Mountain Resort - Thistle Bar & Grille Thompsonville (800) 968-7686 Crystal Mountain Resort - Wild Tomato Thompsonville (800) 968-7686 dinghy’s restaurant & bar 415 Main St. Frankfort (231) 352-4702 HOFBRAU 1784 M-137, Interlochen (231) 276-6979 hungry tummy - Wild Tomato 226 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah (231) 882-5103 L’CHAYIM Downtown Beulah - (231) 352-5220 Downtown Frankfort - (231) 882-5221 port city smokehouse 1000 Main St. Frankfort (231) 352-9192 SUGAR MOON CAFE 245 Benzie Blvd. • Beulah, MI (231) 882-2005 Villa marine bar 228 Main St. Frankfort (231) 352-5450 THE ROADHOUSE 1058 Benzie Hwy (US-31) • Benzonia, MI (231) 882-9631 GLENWOOD RESTAURANT 4604 Main St. • Onekama, MI (231) 889-3734 LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT- HERON AT THE RIVER Inside Little River Casino, Manistee 1-888-568-2244 LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT- THE WILLOW BUFFET Inside Little River Casino, Manistee 1-888-568-2244 LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT- THE RAPIDS DELI Inside Little River Casino, Manistee 1-888-568-2244 the grille at manistee national golf & resort 4797 U.S.31 South, Manistee (231) 398-0123



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Art’s tavern Downtown Glen Arbor (231) 334-3754 BLUEBIRD RESTAURANT 102 River St. • Leland, MI (231) 256-9081 The Cove 111 River Street, Leland (231) 256-9834 Trattoria funistrada Leland County (231) 334-3900


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BEST CHOICE MARKET 222 W. Ludington Ave. • Ludington, MI (231) 843-6328

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House of flavors 402 West Ludington Avenue, Ludington (231) 845-5785

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Jamesport Brewing Company 410 S. James St., Ludington (231) 845-2522 Michael’s Bar & Grill 129 West Ludington Avenue, Ludington (231) 843-2244 PM STEAMERS 502 W. Loomis St. • Ludington, MI (231) 843-9555

THE BROWN BEAR Downtown Pentwater, (231) 869-5444 Downtown Shelby, (231) 861-5014

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GOLDEN BAKERY & PIZZA 8434 Silver Lake Road, Mears (231) 873-0276

OPEN HEARTH GRILLE 2430 56th Avenue, Hart (231) 873-8800

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THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 9671 West Silver Lake Road, Mears (231) 873-4428

WHIPPY DIP 591 N. 18th Ave. • Silver Lake, MI (231) 873-4715

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SHORELINE CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 August 17 TC Waterman Stand Up Paddle Challenge & Expo Traverse City August 18 Ludington Lighthouse Sprint & Olympic Triathlons Ludington August 18 Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Match Historic White Pine Village, Ludington August 18 Bike Benzie Tour Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

Scenic bike rides through Benzie County – 15, 25, 45, and 62 mile distances. Your choice!

August 22-24 Steel Magnolias Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall August 23 4th Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll Downtown Pentwater Galleries August 23-24 Annual Sidewalk Sales Pentwater August 23-25 Benzie Fishing Frenzy Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort August 23-25 Gallery Show: Alex Helfers, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor August 24 17th Annual Wooden Boat Show & Parade Pentwater Yacht Club, Pentwater August 24-25 Honor Coho Salmon Festival Honor August 29 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm James Johnson, watercolorist Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor August 30 – September 1 Gallery Show: Jim Jacoby, photography and David Westerfield, oil painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor August 31 Suttons Bay Floatilla Kayak/Canoe Benefit Suttons Bay

August 31 – September 1 Lumber Days Historic White Pine Village, Ludington

SEPTEMBER September 1 Little Tobacco (Rock & Roll) White River Light Station, Whitehall

September 14 Hops & Props on the River Manistee

Classic wooden boat show and Michigan craft beer and wine tasting.

September 2 Labor Day Bridge Walk The Narrows Bridge, Glen Lake

September 14-15 Arts Alive Juried Show Manistee

September 2 Hart Healthy Labor Day 5K / 1M Run & Bridge Walk Hart

September 14-15 West Michigan Old Engine Club Antique Tractor ad Garden Tractor Dead-weight Pulls Scottville

September 2 Labor Day Community Walk Hart-Montague Bike Trail, White Lake Area

September 20-21 Hispanic Heritage Celebration Downtown Hart

September 7 Wine & Art at the Harbor Snug Harbor, Pentwater

September 21 Leland Heritage Festival Leland

September 7-8 Harvest Stompede Suttons Bay

September 26 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm Jim Markle, pastel painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor

September 11 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Night, 6-9pm Bed Bedford, singer


September 12 Artist in Residence Presentation, 7:30pm Mark T. Meyer, painter Glen Arbor Art Association, Glen Arbor September 12-14 Scottville Harvest Festival Scottville

September 13 West Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Transfer-Sled Pulls Scottville

September 27 4th Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll Downtown Pentwater Galleries September 28 White Lake Fall Fest North Mears Parking Lot, Whitehall September 28-29 Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair On the Village Green, Pentwater summer

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ivin’ la vida in Ludington . . . Lakes, lighthouses, and lazy summer days converge in Ludington for great summertime fun.  Enjoy the city’s spectacular six-mile-long white-sand public beach on Lake Michigan, intriguing attractions, sensational sunsets, the unspoiled wilderness of the Manistee National Forest, and a slew of summertime soirees that will make vacation memories to last a lifetime.   At Historic White Pine Village you can explore more than 30 historic buildings and sites, fish for the ‘big one’ aboard one of Ludington’s dozens of charter fishing boats, play golf on one of the area’s fine championship golf courses, admire the stunning 19th century Victorians on Ludington Avenue, and marvel at the larger-than-life murals scattered throughout downtown.  At the end of a fine summer’s day, walk over to Waterfront Sculpture Park to admire the whimsical bronze sculptures that grace the park’s manicured lawn and watch a blazing sunset over Lake Michigan.  You may even get a chance to see the S.S. Badger pull into port.  For more information about planning your Pure Ludington vacation or getaway, visit Ludington online at, on Facebook, or call toll free (877) 420-6618.

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owhere does the beach figure so prominently in planning your daily activities as in Ludington. Stearns Park, the city’s signature park, is mere blocks from the bustling downtown shopping district.  It features a nearly half-mile-long stretch of golden-sand beach on Lake Michigan great for swimming, sunning, and sculpting castles.  At the southern end of the park is the white-washed North Breakwater Light.  The half-mile walk out to the light rewards you with panoramic views of Lake Michigan and spectacular sunsets.  It’s also a great place to fish and watch 4th of July fireworks.  Also at the southern end of Stearns Park is Ludington’s Skate Plaza where kids of all ages gather with their skateboards and in-line skates.  You’ll find picnic tables and grills, a playground, shuffleboard courts, mini golf, concessions, restrooms, WiFi, free parking, and more.    The three-mile drive between Stearns Park and Ludington State Park on M-116 reveals a beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Pull off anywhere along the route for breathtaking views and public access to a wide ribbon of sand and sparkling blue waters.     At Ludington State Park you get two beaches for the price of one!  Choose between Lake Michigan’s rolling white-capped waves or dip your toes in the warm, quiet waters at Hamlin Lake Beach.  The park offers concession stands, playgrounds, and restroom facilities.  A portion of Ludington State Park’s beach is outside of the park’s main gate, so no entry fee is needed here.  Off South Lakeshore Drive perched on a high bluff between Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Lake, is Buttersville Park.  Here you will find a picnic area with grills, a playground, restrooms, a pavilion, and perhaps the greatest panoramic lake view of all the parks in the area.  A set of steps leads down to an expansive Lake Michigan beach with a view of the North Breakwater Lighthouse in the distance. Another great beach south of town is Summit Park, located on South Lakeshore Drive past the Ludington Pumped Storage Project.  This park offers grills and picnic tables overlooking Lake Michigan as well as playground equipment, a pavilion, and restrooms.  Follow the sandy path down to the beach for swimming or sunning on a hot summer day.  Off the beaten path, there may be less of a crowd here.

he magnificent 5,300-acre Ludington State Park is considered one of the prettiest in the state. Snuggled up between the majesty of Lake Michigan, wind-blown dunes, and the more intimate Hamlin Lake, it features beautiful sugar sand beaches on two lakes.  Tops for pursuing outdoor activities, the park has eight marked trails that wind through forest lands, over rolling dunes, and skirt ponds and marshes; two miles of biking trails; and a unique four-milelong canoe trail on Hamlin Lake.  More than 350 modern campsites including 3 mini-cabins and 10 remote hike-in sites are available.  Park amenities include picnic facilities, a newly renovated beach house, concession store, a boat launch, playground, and special classes and interpretive programs throughout the summer.  Ludington State Park is also the access point if you want to visit Big Sable Point Lighthouse.  For more information about the park or to make reservations, visit Ludington State Park online at www., on Facebook, or call toll free (800) 447-2757.  

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dmire some of Michigan’s most beautiful beacons at the 2nd West Coast Lighthouse Festival, June 1-2, which salutes historic lights from Muskegon to Manistee. During the festival you can climb six lighthouses on the Lake Michigan shoreline, including the only annual openings of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light and the Manistee Pierhead Light.  Also open are the White River Light Station; Little Sable Point Light; the Ludington North Breakwater light; and the “Queen of the North,” Big Sable Point Lighthouse, which is the 2013 Featured Lighthouse of the Year for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival.  A host of special events include live music, theatrical performances, tower tours, an ice cream social, extended hours, and more.  Also being held in conjunction with the lighthouse festival on June 1 are the Artisan Craft Fair at the Ludington Center for the Arts, Chalk Day at the Little Sable Point Light walkway, a book signing for Storms and Sand at the Sable Points Light Keepers Association (SPLKA) office at the Ludington Center for the Arts, and an opportunity to view the Fresnel lens from Big Sable Point Lighthouse for free at the Historic White Pine Village.  On June 8 is a special lighthouse-viewing cruise aboard the S. S. Badger Car Ferry.  For more information about these events and more, visit the SPLKA at, on Facebook, or call (231) 845-7417. summer

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witch from ships to shops in mere minutes in Ludington. Just a few blocks from the scenic city waterfront where pleasure boats bound on bountiful blue waters is the town’s lively downtown retail shopping district.  Here you can browse art and craft galleries, antiques shops, clothing, shoe, and sporting goods stores, gift shops, and more.  During the summer, many stores offer late-night hours on weekends; and on Fridays, May 10 through September 27, the North James Street Plaza farmers market is open from 3-8:00 p.m.  Take advantage of retail discounts and other specials during the highly popular Friday Night Live street fair series, July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9.   

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ounded in 1938, Snyder’s Shoes and Leather Repair is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. Snyder’s has earned a reputation for providing extraordinary customer service and top-quality family footwear.  From Asics to Uggs, you will find shoes, boots, sandals, and footwear accessories for work and play in all the latest styles at both locations in Ludington and Manistee.  Snyder’s still has a full-time cobbler on staff for all your shoe repair needs, as well as a full-time  Certified Pedorthist who can professionally fit your shoes to help alleviate any painful foot problems.  Be sure to check out the size 37AA shoes on display at the Manistee store.  They once belonged to Robert Wadlow, who at 8-feet 11-inches, was the World’s Tallest Man.  Mr. Wadlow made a promotional appearance for Snyder’s Shoes at the Manistee National Forest Festival in 1940.  Sadly, a faulty leg brace caused a blister, forming an infection, which led to Mr. Wadlow’s untimely death 11 days later.  He was only 22 years old.  A life-sized papier-maché statue of Mr. Wadlow stands in a corner of the store.  For more information, visit Snyder’s Shoes online at www.snyders-shoes. com, on Facebook, or call (231) 845-6346 in Ludington, or (231) 723-3383 in Manistee.

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iven up your life at Ludington’s Friday Night Live events (July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9). These family-friendly gatherings present a variety of live music, great food, shopping discounts, and more!  From 6-9:00 p.m. three blocks of Ludington Avenue between Harrison and Robert Streets are closed to traffic and the streets fill up with people, entertainers, and tables for dining on the specialties of local restaurants.  Kids especially love the inflatables, face painting, activities at the Sandcastles Children’s Museum booth, games, and more.  The Baby Badger flotilla is also on hand throughout the evening to take little ones on ‘cruises’ through town.    


elebrating 60 years of service this year, the Lake Michigan Car Ferry, S.S. Badger, transports you and your vehicle in comfort and style between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Sailing daily, May 6 through October 13, the 410-foot-long boat provides an authentic steamship experience on the largest cross-lake passenger service vessel on the Great Lakes.  The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes you and your vehicle across Lake Michigan, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fresh lake breezes!    As the ship steams across the lake, you can stroll the open-air decks, enjoy the home-style buffet in the Upper Deck Café or deli-style snacks in the Badger Galley.  Two cocktail lounges, the Badger Boatique Gift Shop, free feature films, a video arcade, KidsPort Playroom, two TV lounges, Badger Bingo, and other interactive games will keep you and your family entertained during the crossing.  Low-cost WiFi Internet is also available throughout the ship.  You can even rent an I-pad for the duration of the trip!  On July 4, a special Shoreline Cruise will depart Ludington at 9 pm to watch Ludington’s fireworks display from the bow of the S.S. Badger.  For $49 per person, you get the all-you-can-eat “Badger Party Buffet” and the best seat in the house for the fireworks.  Reservations are required.  For a truly unique experience, check into the Badger B&B, September 3 through October 12, for only $75 for an overnight on the S.S. Badger.  Breakfast is included.  For additional information about these specials or to make reservations, visit or call (800) 841-4243.  

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rom coffee houses to full-service fine-dining restaurants, the Ludington-area serves up a cornucopia of cuisine and a wide variety of dining venues. Have breakfast at a landmark family-owned diner.  A hearty lunch of freshly-ground burgers and hand-crafted Michigan brews inside a cozy downtown pub.  Or dinner on the waterfront with views of the harbor, the S.S. Badger car ferry, and stunning Lake Michigan sunsets.

Doo wop, sh-bop . . . Don’t Miss House of Flavors


elive (or get acquainted with!) the decade of drive-ins, duck tails, and doo-wop at the 1950s-style House of Flavors diner in downtown Ludington.  Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, the diner is a west Michigan favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and ice cream!  House of Flavors, Michigan’s largest private-label ice cream manufacturer makes its own ice cream at the original production facility right behind the restaurant, including its signature flavor, Blue Moon.  While the flavor remains “a mystery,” it’s no secret that you’ll be over the moon when you taste it or any of the more than 30 other flavors available on any given day.  The diner serves up hearty family-style meals with superior service in a dining room that features a vintage jukebox and other memorabilia from the 1950s.  Open daily year-round, House of Flavors also has a location in Manistee.  For more information, hours of operation, and to check out specials, visit House of Flavors online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 845-5785.

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Ludington Harbor Festival


elebrate summer, sunsets, sailboats, and more at Ludington Harbor Festival, June 28 through July 7. This weeklong celebration kicks off with the Sunset Celebration in downtown Ludington on June 28, and concludes July 7 with the Scottville Summerfest at Riverside Park in Scottville.  A host of events in the Ludington area will keep you and your family entertained all week long.  Be on hand as competitors in the Queen’s Cup Sailboat race arrive from Milwaukee, watch Old Time Baseball at Historic White Pine Village, rock to the music at LUDROCK, tour Tall Ship Madeline, watch fireworks light the night sky, browse booths at the West Shore Fine Arts Fair, and enjoy parades, kids’ activities, great food, and so much more!  For the full schedule of events, visit Ludington Harbor Festival online at www., on Facebook, or call toll free (877) 420-6618.

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very dog has its day . . . Bring your family’s ‘best friend’ with you when you vacation in the Ludington area. The pet-friendly city and Best Western Splash Park Inn welcome your furry family members with open arms and treats!  When you check into the Splash Park Inn, you’ll receive a special gift package for your pooch that includes a water bowl, a ball, a pick-up bag, and a bone.  And with Central Bark, Ludington’s dog park, and several other dog-friendly public areas nearby, you and your pet will have plenty of room to run and roam!  (Reservations are recommended as pet-friendly rooms are limited; a $10 pet fee is charged.) Best Western Splash Park Inn has recently completed a number of renovations including new LED flat-screen televisions and triple-sheeted bedding in all of its well-appointed rooms. Add to that a heated indoor pool and a 12-person hot tub and you’ve got the makings for a wonderful water-full family ‘fun’cation. Enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast bar featuring scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, and biscuits and gravy; high-tech fitness center with flat screen televisions; free high speed Internet; and more.  Business travelers will find special amenities and accommodations including a Business Center and meeting room.  With an advance reservation, free shuttle service to and from the S.S. Badger Car Ferry is also available.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Best Western online at, on Facebook, or call toll free (866) 703-2467. (See ad back outside cover)

Holiday Inn Express


ake the Holiday Inn Express in Ludington your summer vacation headquarters. Convenient to many area attractions, you’ll be at the center of it all with the S.S. Badger Car Ferry, Historic White Pine Village, and awardwinning beaches just minutes away.  Family friendly, the Holiday Inn Express features exclusive KIDSUITE rooms with special bunk areas just for kids, a large indoor heated pool and whirlpool, an arcade room, a playground, fitness facility, and a free hot breakfast bar that includes scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy, and more.  Your four-legged family members are also welcome here (for an additional fee).  Business travelers will enjoy the executive rooms in a separate wing of the hotel, as well as the 24-hour business center and meeting room.  For more information, to make a reservation, or check out specials, visit or call toll free (866) 493-5171. (See ad back outside cover)

Great Finds on the Great Lake Treasure Trove of Antiques & Collectibles displayed throughout historic buildings

(231) 843-1559 404 South James Ludington, Michigan

Seafood from the Great Lakes and beyond, fresh when possible, responsibly sourced House Smoked Fish and Homemade Sausages

Don’t miss the nightly “ringing of the bells” at Steamers when the Badger returns to her home each night during sailing season.

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Chargrilled Steaks, Prime Rib, Pasta & Salads

Fresh & Local Foods Michigan Made Products

Fruits and Vegetables from the Farms Around our County

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Organic & Gluten Free Fair Trade Clothing & Gifts 231-843-1000 Downtown Ludington


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et among whispering pines, stately maples, and lovingly tended gardens along the Lake Michigan shoreline is Ludington’s Historic White Pine Village, a place “Where History Lives.” Dedicated to preserving and presenting Mason County’s historic past, this collection of more than thirty museum buildings and sites recreates small-town Michigan life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Many of the buildings are original and have been moved to the village, including the first Mason County Courthouse, built in 1849.  Exhibits include a variety of topics including lumbering, farm life, education, government, business, health, maritime history, and more. Enjoy a snack or a cone at the village’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and browse the gift shop for mementoes of your visit, including books, t-shirts, locally-made jam and maple syrup products, old-fashioned wood toys, and CDs by local artists.  For more information, hours of operation and admission price, visit Historic White Pine Village online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 843-4808.

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Open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday; additionally open Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm June 2 through September 1

Historic White Pine Village opens for the season

May 9, 16, 23, 30                                    Spring History in Action Days

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Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Museum unveiling of 2013 Inductees

Down on the Farm Day

June 29                                                                        Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Match

May 10                                                                        Civil War Muster Education Day

Children’s Day #1

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Old Time Base Ball Tournament (4 Teams)

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Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Match

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August 6                                                      Scottville Clown Band Concert & Corn Roast  

Lumber Days

August 31                                                      Lumberjack Brunch  

August 31                                                      Old Time Base Ball Match  

October 3 & 10                                                      Fall History in Action Days  

October 11-12                                                      Autumn Days



• 155 Full Hook-ups • Concrete Slabs • Pull-Thru Sites • Exceptionally Clean Showers & Restrooms • 50 Amp Service • Cabins & Cottage Rentals • Tee Pee Rental • Convenience Store • Propane Refill • Recreation & Game Room • Heated Pool & Spa • Playground • Fire Pits

• Planned Weekend Events • Free Wi-Fi • Cable TV • Fishing Pond • Volleyball, Basketball Horseshoe • Bicycle Rentals • Laundry Facilities • RV & Boat Storage • Trailer Moved On/Off Sites • Enclosed Pet Run


Big Rigs & Groups Welcome

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Little River Casino Resort


oaring wood ceilings, river rock accents, tree-trunk trim, and lush plantings in Manistee’s Little River Casino Resort make you feel like you’ve stepped into a rustic north woods lodge. Wellappointed hotel rooms offer in-room safes and coffee-makers; and some rooms and suites feature gas fireplaces and Jacuzzis.  Three on-site restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences:  from the wildly-popular buffet in The Willows; burgers and pizza at The Rapids; and breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at the serene, The Heron at the River. Nearly 1,500 slots and table games are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  Play the Riverbank in the relaxed atmosphere of the Winter Garden Atrium, which soothes with the soft splashing of waterfalls and a flowing river.  The casino’s 1,600-seat event center brings in top name entertainment year-round.  See Gretchen Wilson on her Under the Covers Tour on May 25; be on hand June 22-23 for Thunder at the River, a benefit for Michigan veterans; and on August 10, admire beautifully restored vehicles at the River Ride Classic Car Show.      The resort’s deluxe RV Park (open April 1 through October 31) has 95 sites with concrete pads, cable TV, electric, and water hook ups.  Park amenities include free high-speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, a shuttle to the casino, and access to the resort’s pool, fitness center, and sauna.  For more information or to book your stay, visit the Little River Casino Resort online at, on Facebook, or call toll-free (888) 568-2244.


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he crown jewel of Manistee’s collection of Victorian gems is the historic Ramsdell Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1903, the Ramsdell was designed to accommodate the best traveling theatrical companies in the world.  It was second to none.  Among the most famous modern-day actors to have performed here is award-winning James Earl Jones, a local boy who began his career on its stage.  After many years of use and some neglect, the theatre began to show her age.  Through the dedicated efforts of private citizens, businesses, and patrons, the theatre and its attached exhibit hall and ballroom have been renovated and restored to their former gilded glory – right down to the original wood work, lighting fixtures, wood arm rests, and the 1903 act curtain designed by the renowned scenic painter, Walter Burridge, who is best known for painting the scenery for the original “Wizard of Oz.”  Enjoy concerts, theatrical productions, and other events year-round in this exquisite historic facility.  For more information, visit the Ramsdell Theatre online at


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Michigan’s Victorian Port City Along The Shore


he beautiful lakeside city of Manistee – Michigan’s “Victorian Port City” – is steeped in history and full of charm. A lumber boomtown more than a century ago, Manistee’s streets are lined with beautifully-restored Victorian-era mansions, public buildings, shops, and an elegant theatre.  A scenic River Walk offers prime vantage points for watching sailboats, power boats, and Great Lakes freighters cruising up and down the Manistee River.  And the irresistible golden-sand beaches of Lake Michigan, championship golf courses, museums, art galleries, cultural attractions, a full-service casino, boating, fishing, festivals, and more round out your choices for a marvelous Manistee vacation.

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Glik’s Big City Fashion. Small Town Service


Downtown Manistee


rom the moment you turn west on River Street you know you have arrived someplace very special. Manistee’s picturesque and lively central business district is rich with history.  The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to nearly 150 businesses housed in Victorian buildings.  Enjoy an eclectic mix of retail shops, galleries, antiques stores, and restaurants.  A number of eateries even have outdoor dining decks overlooking the Manistee River Channel and the Riverwalk.  Currently under renovation is another historic city gem, the Art Deco-era Vogue Theatre, built in 1938.  You can track its progress and watch for its opening online at and on Facebook.

ot off the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, Glik’s in downtown Manistee carries the latest looks in clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories from the skate/surf culture, fast fashion of LA, and the classic styles of NYC. Here you’ll find top name brands like Silver Jeans for men and women, Roxy, Hurley, Patagonia, Fox Racing, and many more.  And if you happen to be driving along Michigan’s west coast, you’ll find stores in Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Haven, Fremont, Frankfort, Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey.  While each store is unique to the community it’s in, they all have a common thread running through them – friendly staff who provide hometown service.  For more information and hours of operation, visit Glik’s online at or check it out on Facebook.  You can reach the Manistee store by calling (231) 723-1105.

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owntown is the site of special events and festivals all summer long. Kicking off on Saturday, May 11 is the Manistee Farmer’s Market, which runs every Saturday through October 12 at the corner of Washington Street and Memorial Drive, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Manistee’s Home Grown Saturdays feature the talents of local entertainers as they perform on downtown streets on Saturdays, June 1 through September 7.  Be on hand for the Manistee National Forest Festival, July 3-7, which celebrates the natural beauty and recreational diversity of this special place with a host of family-fun events; and running every Tuesday, June 4 through August 29 is Roots on the River, a free summer concert series featuring roots music.  Pick up end-of-summer bargains August 9-10 during Manistee Sidewalk Sales; and enjoy good food and wine tasting downtown on August 9 at Grapes on the River.  On September 14 Hops & Props on the River celebrates Manistee’s rich boating history with a Classic Wooden Boat parade, Michigan craft beer and wine tasting, food, and live entertainment.  And September 14-15 is “Arts Alive,” a juried arts and crafts show.  For more information about these events and more, visit

nekama, the “two-lake town,” as it likes to call itself, could leave you with two equally appealing questions: Whether to enjoy the quiet beauty of this corner of Manistee County where serene Portage Lake kisses the sands of Lake Michigan? Or to engage in the almost endless list of activities surrounding the town? You could choose to go fishing on one of the half-dozen charters available, or go hiking, biking and riding on trails; golf at one of a half-dozen nearby courses; swimming, boating, or driving the scenic M22 shoreline trail which starts here. Try placing your bet or enjoying the big name entertainment at the nearby Little River Casino Resort. As the locals like to tell it: “We are the Two Lake Town where the pace is slower, the people are friendlier and the beaches are cleaner ...almost a step back in time, a simpler place you won’t forget...” No one’s forgotten it yet--not the Native Americans who named it Onekama (Oh-NECK-ah-ma), the Indian word for Portage; not the tourists, who first started coming here on steamboats in the 19th century. You are welcome to make some memories here too!



25 Large Double Queen Rooms with Refrigerator and Microwave Quiet, Country Location Outdoor pool, playground, Mini-Golf & Picnic Area Free Wi-Fi Golf and Charter Packages Available.

American Owned & Operated

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Visit Bear Lake Delicious Tastes at Wee Bee Jammin’ M

ake plans to visit the charming village of Bear Lake, located about 15 miles north of Manistee. The village is situated on the shores of the lake that shares it’s name. Throughout the village and nearby, you’ll find lots of home decor, clothing, antiques and food items you can “bearly” resist. The lake is large and beautiful, making fishing, swimming, sailing and boating very popular activities.

Mark you calendars for: Bear Lake Days (Second Weekend in July) Friday, Saturday & Sunday.


ee Bee Jammin’ is a Northern Michigan artisan company specializing in high fruit premium jams. All of the fruit used is grown and harvested in Michigan. They also hand pick wild berries in season including thimbleberries, blackberries and blueberries. Their jam has no preservatives, just pure and natural ingredients, fruit, sugar and sometimes pectin and/or spices.

Cherry Bomb Bars Makes 2 dozen. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 2 tbs. lemon juice

Directions: Preheat oven 350 degrees F Mix flour, butter & powdered sugar. Press in un-greased 9x9x2 pan, building up 1/2 inch edges. Bake 20 minutes. Beat eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt & lemon juice until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 25 more minutes. Let cool. Slather with Wee Bee Jammin’ Cherry Bomb Jam. Dust with sifted powder sugar. Cut evenly into bars.

Bear Lake Days Parade Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

Unique Treasures for Your Home or Cottage

On US 31 Downtown Bear Lake Open 7 days • 231-864-1174 AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS

Downtown Bear Lake • 231-864-1154

Northern Michigan’s Premier Golfing Value. Enjoy the beauty of Up North golf on a traditional course in immaculate condition with mature woods and scenic wetlands. Close to Little River Casino and Lake Michigan US 31 just south of Bear Lake | (231) 864-3817 | On-line reservations at


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ven though Benzie County is Michigan’s smallest county, it is home to a couple of the biggest attractions in the state: the 10,000-acre Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, “the most beautiful place in America” as voted by the viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America;” and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, the Point Betsie Lighthouse.  Add to that 200 miles of rivers, 30 miles of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline, and more than 50 inland lakes, and what you get is one of the best outdoor-sports and recreation areas in the state.  This four-season playground offers hiking, bicycling, bird-watching, and golfing as well as sailing, power-boating, fishing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and so much more.  A quaint quartet of lakeside villages, Benzonia, Beulah, Elberta, and Frankfort, offer an eclectic mix of boutiques and shops; a wide variety of restaurants, delis, and cafés; sensational white-sand beaches; and engaging galleries displaying the works of local artists and craftspeople.  A vibrant arts scene offers a full calendar of concerts, gallery showings, and museum exhibitions, as well as a variety of festivals and special events year-round.  Beginning May 24 and running through October 31, take advantage of Benzie County’s “Passport to Fun” promotion.  If you sign up online at and stay at one of the participating lodging facilities for two consecutive nights or more, you’ll receive free activity and food vouchers for restaurants, shops, and attractions throughout the county worth approximately $175.  For more information about “Passport to Fun” or about Benzie County, visit or call toll-free (800) 882-5801.


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Downtown Frankfort


n the beautiful Lake Michigan port city of Frankfort, you can tie up your boat at the municipal marina and within one block be standing on the village’s quaint tree-lined Main Street. Downtown shops and galleries carry a variety of items and gifts such as jewelry, up-scale resort wear and sportswear, antiques, home and cottage décor, books, and original works by local artists.  And its historic renovated theatre is a family favorite known for its fresh-popped buttered popcorn.  A new microbrewery features locally-brewed beers and woodfired pizzas adds to the number of area restaurants and pubs offering great food and patio dining.   

It’s the Berries! BOUTIQUE

Stylish Clothing Perfect Gifts

336 Main Street Downtown Frankfort (231) 352-6120

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Dining in Frankfort


rom poppy seed bagels to pan-fried perch – dining in Frankfort is a culinary adventure. Many area restaurants have embraced the farm-to-fork movement and deliver delightful meals using fresh, locally-grown products.  Many also offer great waterfront views and dockside dining.  After dinner, take a stroll along Frankfort’s expansive sandy Lake Michigan beachfront, which has the best view in town of the North Breakwater Lighthouse and spectacular sunsets. 

(231) 352-4363

433 Main Street • Frankfort, MI 49635

HUGE Selection of

Scenic Patio Overlooking Betsie Bay Fine Wines, Spirits, and MI Beers Locally Sourced Features Elegant Dinners, Relaxing Lunches Fantastic Happy Hour Catering • Private Parties

Shop Our Web Superstore!

231.352.9900 • Behind Corner Drug

CORNER DRUG 401 MAIN • 231.352.4421 OPEN 7 DAYS

Downtown Frankfort • 320 Main, on Bestie Bay Open Daily May - October • (231) 352-6053 summer

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Here are just a few of the fun events scheduled in Benzie County this summer. For a complete list and updates, please visit

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Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

Frankfort Art Fair

Frankfort Craft Fair Frankfort

June 21-23

Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro-Am

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

June 24-26

Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

June 28-30

Battle at the Betsie Salmon Fishing Tournament – New!

Tr a d e r s Sportswear

June 15


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May 25

8th Annual Beer & Brat Festival



Frankfort Festivals and Events

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July 4

Fire Cracker 5K Run/ Walk Downtown Beulah

July 6

Beulah Art Fair

Downtown Beulah Park

July 20

Collector Car Show Frankfort

August 18 Bike Benzie

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

August 23-25

Benzie Fishing Frenzy Frankfort

August 24-25

Honor Coho Salmon Festival Honor

Benzie County Fall Festivals

October 5-6 – Beulah & Benzonia October 12-13 – Frankfort & Elberta October 19-20 – Countywide October 26-27 – Countywide

October 6

July 20

October 19

Downtown Frankfort

August 14

Hull’s of Frankfort 419 Main Street Frankfort 231-352-4642

August 17

7th Annual Betsie Valley Run Half-Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, 5K Run/Walk

Port City 5K Run / Walk & Fun Run

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Market Square Park, Frankfort

Elberta Arts & Craft Fair

Elberta Waterfront Park

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August 16-17

Benzonia Art & Craft Fair

Memorial Park, Benzonia

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

Peak 2 Peak Mountain Bike Classic

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

October 24

Frankfort Film Festival

Garden Theater, Frankfort


Think global, shop local.

Jewelry, apparel, accessories and home decor from around the world, including eco-friendly items.

327 Main St. Frankfort • 231-352-6735

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Augusta’s Salon

Featuring Paul Mitchell Serving Frankfort area since 1987 Owner: Angela Bronson Walk Ins Welcome Manicures • Pedicures Tints • Perms • Body Waxing Gift Certificates Available Call for hours, varied by season 406 Main, Frankfort • 231.352.4200


433 Main street • frankfort, MI 49635

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Crescent Bakery & Cafe


f the kids with powdered sugar on their faces sitting in front of Frankfort’s Crescent Bakery & Café are any indication, you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re dining in or taking out, the baked goods, pastries, and food here is made the old fashioned way – by hand and from scratch using locally available products.  The bakery’s artisan breads are hand crafted using only the finest unbleached, naturally-aged flours, sea salt, and yeast; and the fruit in the muffins, pies, and other pastries is fresh-picked in season.  The café’s menu features sandwiches made with fresh-baked bread, savory soups, award-winning chili, and the best granola around; and coffee is freshly brewed using the finest grade of Arabica coffee beans.  Committed to delivering the very best service, Crescent Bakery & Café guarantees customer satisfaction.  For more information, hours of operation, to view the menu or to see daily specials, visit Crescent Bakery & Café online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 352-4611.


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Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center


rom Coast Guard cutters to creativity and culture, the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center – housed in the former U.S Coast Guard Station – is the area’s premier cultural center, dedicated to promoting the visual, performing, culinary, and literary arts in Frankfort and the Benzie County area. Recently settled into its renovated waterfront quarters, the new space features light-filled galleries for changing exhibits, and classrooms that accommodate painting and drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, writing, and culinary arts classes for adults and children.  The art center’s galleries are also available, for a fee, for hosting special events such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthday celebrations.  The gift shop features the works of area artists.  Upcoming exhibitions include:

More than Meets the Eye

Ellie Harold & Dewey Blocksma

Opening reception, Friday, May 3, 5-7 pm Photography exhibition featuring area artists.

Opening reception Friday, August 9, 5-7 pm Abstract and landscape paintings by Harold, and eclectic, mixed-media sculptures by Blocksma

May 3 – June 2

Janet Grissom & Tom Radca June 7 – July 7

Opening reception Friday, June 7, 5-7 pm Portrait and landscape paintings by Grissom, and ceramics by Radca.

Nancy Foster & Les Scruggs July 12 – August 4

Opening reception Friday, July 12, 5-7 pm Landscape paintings by Foster, and wood and metal sculptures by Scruggs

August 9 – September 1

Annual Juried Exhibition September 6-29

Opening reception Friday, September 6, 5-7 pm

Watercolor Society Exhibition October 4 – November 3

Opening reception Friday, Oct. 4, 5-7 pm

For more information, hours of operation, and details about exhibitions and classes, visit the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 352-4151.

Fresh from A to Z Artisan Breads, Bagels, Custom Cakes, Doughnuts, Espresso, Fruit Smoothies, Giant Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Dogs, Icings, Jumbo Pretzels, Kaffee-klatsch, Lemon Bars, Molasses Cookies, Northwood’s Soda, Oatmeal, Panini’s, Quiche, Rye & Raisin Bread, Scones, Turnovers, Unique Sandwiches, Visit Often, WiFi, eXtraordinary Service, Year Around, Zesty Soups 231-352-4611 404 Main Street - Downtown Frankfort Visa/MC/AMEX/DISC


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Fishing in Frankfort


ith more than 20 charter fishing boats from which to choose and some of the largest salmon swimming in Lake Michigan, Frankfort is your port of call for hot fishing action! Salmon and trout forage in the warm shoals, deep waters, and river mouths in the Frankfort area, offering you the perfect location to cast a line.  Let the experienced captains navigate the waters while you enjoy some of the most magnificent scenery on Lake Michigan until someone hollers “Fish on!!”  To book your full- or half-day ‘big lake’ fishing trip, contact Andy Odette, captain of Intimidator Sport Fishing Charters. His 31-foot Silverton, docked at East Shore Marina in Frankfort, offers a large comfortable cabin, refrigerator for storing your lunch, and a private bathroom facility.  Captain Andy provides all tackle and gear, and he’ll also clean and bag your fish. You’ll need a fishing license, which can be purchased at the marina.  For more n Michigan, you’re never more than six information, visit www.charterfishinginmichimiles from a lake or stream, so why not  or to book a trip call Intimidator Sport let the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Fishing Charters at (231) 651-9995. MacDonald Marine in Frankfort help you

MacDonald Marine


purchase a new or used boat so you can get out and enjoy this abundant natural resource! MacDonald’s has a huge inventory of Bennington and SunChaser pontoons; Lund, StarCraft, and Smoker Craft fishing boats; and SeaDoo Personal Watercraft.  They also have a large marine supply store, service department, and pro ski shop with a variety of skis, wakeboards, and water sports accessories for all of your boating and recreational needs.  You can also rent water ski and fishing boats and pontoons from MacDonald’s.  For more information, visit or call toll free (800) 482-7910. 

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Harbor Lights Resort


ere’s one way to have it all: a lodging that’s on the beach--but in town; a resort with Lake Michigan out one door and Frankfort shopping and dining out the other, with a choice between the beach and an indoor pool and spa. Add satellite TV and free wireless internet access, your choice of one, two, or three-bedroom vacation condos, luxury suites with whirlpools and fireplaces, motel rooms with queen-size beds, in-room coffee makers and refrigerators and you’re here at Harbor Lights Resort, steps away from downtown Frankfort. Visit or call (800) 346-9614.



IMPRINTED SPORTSWEAR men’s - women’s - kids 332 Main St. • Downtown Frankfort 231-352-4489 •

We Rent & Sell FUN • Bikes, Tandems, Tag-a-longs • Skateboards • Surfboards, SUP’s, lessons

A FUN-ky Destination • Wearable Art • Regional Art • Gourmet Smoothies

1100 Main Street • Frankfort 231.352.5249

Anytime is the right time to visit Harbor Lights Resort!

• Motel rooms featuring king or queen beds, refrigerators and microwaves • Luxury suites featuring full-size kitchens, 2-way fireplaces and whirlpool tubs • 1, 2 and 3 bedroom vacation condominiums • Nightly and weekly rentals • A private beach on Lake Michigan • Indoor pool and spa • Free wireless Internet access • Walk to shopping & restaurants • Full Service Marina

15 S. Second Street • Frankfort, MI

800-346-9614 • summer

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Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa


Award-winning Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville is spread over 1,500 lush green, rolling acres offering 36 holes of championship golf; 260 luxury suites, hotel rooms, condos, and resort homes; spa facilities; restaurants; and a conference center. Most important of all, it has that much-desired get-away-from-it-all feel. For the second year in a row, the readers of Spa Magazine have honored Crystal Mountain’s Crystal Spa with a Silver Sage Award, ranking it as the Top Hotel/Resort Spa in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest region. All kinds of adventures await you at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy a ride down Crystal Coaster, Michigan’s only alpine slide. Ride the Loki triple chairlift to the top of the mountain, hop on a specially designed sled, and cruise down one of two parallel 1,600-foot-long half-pipes as they curve and dip down the mountain for an exhilarating ride. And you won’t be able to tear the kids away from the one-acre outdoor water playground, the climbing wall, and other kid-friendly adventures at the Mountain Adventure Zone. New at the resort are a paint ball course that allows you to play in teams, and a target range where you can test your skill and your aim with a paint ball gun. Michigan Legacy Art Park in the resort’s wooded hills features a variety of unique works of art. For more information, visit or call 1 (800) YOUR-MTN.


FOREVER Zip down the Alpine Slide. Make a big splash in the pool. Roast marshmallows. 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.


CRYSTALMOUNTAIN.COM | 800.YOUR.MTN *Not valid with any other offer. Weather permitting. For ages 3+ only. Children must be at least 52” to ride solo. Parents must sign a waiver for rides under 18. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Offer expires 9/3/13.

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Crystal Lake Adventure Sports


rystal Lake Adventure Sports in Beulah is northern Michigan’s premier source for the sale, service, and rental of bicycles, canoes, and kayaks; and it is also one of the largest sources east of the Mississippi for Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). If you need gear, clothing, accessories, and classes, you’ll find those items here, too.  Located just a block-and-a-half from beautiful Crystal Lake and the Betsie Valley Trail, you can be hiking, biking, or paddling in no time.  Check out their website regularly for free SUP demos on Frankfort’s beach; and mark your calendar now for the exciting Stand-Up Paddle Board Classic Race on Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, July 20-21.  For more information and hours of operation, visit Crystal Lake Adventure Sports online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 882-2527.

Families enjoy the beach and park on beautiful Crystal Lake in Beulah.

Largest Independent Stand Up Paddleboard/SUPDealer in Northern Michigan RENTALS AVAILABLE HOURLY / DAILY / WEEKLY

“Your Outdoor Specialty Retailer” Apparel • Footwear • Gear • Full Service Bike Shop Bike, Kayak & Sup Rentals

Serving Northern Michigan Since 1994 Downtown Beulah - 231.882.2527


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Crystal Gardens


t’s a home for butterflies and herbs; it’s 10 acres and nine greenhouses; it’s a garden that’s more than a garden center. Exotic varieties and traditional plantings . . . you’ll find them all at Crystal Gardens. It’s the place to go when you want a gift for your gardener friend--or yourself. It’s a bird sanctuary too, soon to be joined by a butterfly garden. Situated north of Frankfort, Crystal Gardens is located where Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake begin to squeeze M22 into a narrow isthmus--and where micro-climates do wonderful things for plants. Head out to Crystal Gardens and check it out. There’s a knowledgeable and helpful staff on hand to help you make your selections. Visit or call (231) 352-9321 for more information.

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oint Betsie Lighthouse is undeniably a rock star among lighthouses. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Built in 1858, its 37-foottall gleaming white tower sits 52 feet above the lake and its beacon can been seen for more than 27 miles out at sea. Its location on Betsie Point marks the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage, one of the most treacherous stretches of water on the Great Lakes. The passage in northern Lake Michigan runs between the mainland on the east and the Manitou islands to the west. It was used frequently by vessels sailing from Chicago to other Great Lakes ports because it was more sheltered and it cut down sailing time. However, the water was much shallower here and it contained many shoals (underwater sandbanks or sand bars), which caused numerous ships to founder during violent Lake Michigan storms. Some of the area’s 16 documented shipwrecks can even be seen from shore because of the shallow water. You can tour the Pt. Betsie lighthouse, weekends only, Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend (May 28 through October 9; Saturdays 10:30am to 4:30pm and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm); Fridays in July and August from 10:30am to 4:30pm; and holiday Mondays: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and there is no charge for children under 6. Note, no one under 3½ feet in height will be allowed to climb the tower. (Prices are subject to change.) For more information, visit

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ith over 80 inland lakes, 4 major rivers, and over 100,000 acres of state and national forest, Manistee & Benzie Counties are a year round playground. Whether you’d like to hike to the top of a giant sand dune, conquer a river by canoe, shop until you drop, or hide away on your very own stretch of sandy beach, there is something for every one. Crystal Vacation Rentals has cottages on and off the water. Choose from Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake, Big Platte Lake. Select a cozy cottages for two or opt for a large home accommodating up to eighteen guests. Spend your vacation a short distance from some amazing little towns, well known for their restaurants, wineries, and many activities and festivals.

Beachnut Surf Shop “It’s a fun, funky space,” said Nancy Bordine who owns the Beachnut Surf Shop in Frankfort with her husband, Larry. “Many customers tell us it feels happy in here.” Tropical colors and lots of light fill the space, and a funloving friendly staff is anxious to assist. Whether you surf, pedal, or paddle, Beachnut Surf Shop carries a great variety of surfboards, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs), the exclusive Beachnut skate- and long-boards, bikes, and kayaks for rent and for sale. The shop also sells an assortment of accessories and gear. Right outside the shop’s back door is the 22-mile-long Betsie Valley Trail, which allows you to be on your way in a matter of minutes. New to the shop this year are the ergonomic “flatfoot techology” bikes. The crank on this type of bike is forward, creating a lower center of gravity and the ability to touch the ground with flat feet when you come to a stop, aiding in comfort and control. And if you’re renting a SUP, Beachnut staff will deliver your board to the water’s edge on their unique bicycle trailers, and give you a ten-minute lesson. Beachnut also serves gourmet smoothies made with Moomer’s Ice Cream and their own home-made flavored syrups using real fruits and essences. Beachnut Surf Shop is open May 22 through Labor Day Weekend. For more information about Beachnut Surf Shop and the classes and events they host, visit them online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 352-5249.


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B eulah

L’Chayim Delicatessen


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ugging the eastern shoreline of beautiful Crystal Lake is the quaint all-American resort town of Beulah. The lake’s legendary crystal clear waters lap upon soft white-sand beaches, and clapboard and cedar-sided cottages that have been in families for generations are hidden among the pines that ring the lake.  In town, you’ll find old glory fluttering crisply on fresh lake breezes in front of the post office, and see neighbor greeting neighbor as they stroll from store to store.  Shops and galleries in the quaint buildings along the main thoroughfare carry an assortment of sportswear and gear, antiques, home décor items, and jewelry made by local artisans.  And you can grab a bite to eat in the town’s New York-style delicatessen, cozy café, or grab a booth at the iconic Cherry Hut, long known for its delicious home-made cherry pies, jams and jellies, and homemade comfort food.  The 22-mile-long Betsie Valley Trail passes through town and parallels the lake for a stretch before making its way to Thompsonville.  During the summer, you can listen to live entertainment every Thursday evening in July and August at the “Music in the Park” concert series in Beulah Park.  For more information, visit or call (800) 882-5801.

Fine Art by Great Lakes Artists

’Chayim Delicatessen, a New York-style deli in beautiful downtown Beulah (with a second location in Frankfort), is a delightful and unexpected find tucked away amidst the lakes and forests of northern Michigan. For more than 20 years, L’Chayim has been baking fresh bagels daily (four times a day during the summer!) using only the freshest organic ingredients. It bakes a dozen varieties including flavors such as salt and honey wheat, cinnamon raisin, sesame, poppy seed, parmesan, and the ever-popular everything bagel. You’ll also find a great selection of sandwiches and wraps with your choice of meats, breads, and cheeses (their top seller is the Reuben); homemade salads; breakfast bagels; and a fine selection of desserts. You can eat in or take out for a picnic on the beach. For more information, hours of operation, and daily specials, visit L’Chayim Delicatessen on Facebook or call the Beulah deli at (231) 882-5221, or the Frankfort location at (231) 352-5220.

Home of the Sugar Moon Egg Pie Wholesome and satisfying breakfast and lunch Table Service • Outdoor Seating In Beulah Village on Scenic Crystal Lake 231.882.2005 •

Bagel Factory • Catering • New York Style Deli • Full Service Bakery

Featuring Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography & Pottery


Great Bagels! Downtown 231.352.5220 Downtown Frankfort 231.882.5221 Beulah

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Brookside Inn


top in for a snack or a meal at the new Brookside Inn in Beulah. This local institution has reopened under new ownership following an extensive facelift.  A bright and sunny dining room, an English-style pub, and inviting banquet facilities complement Brookside’s great new menu and personalized service.  Executive Chef Rhonda Nugent serves up traditional American fare including pasta, fresh fish, and creative specials for lunch and dinner.  She has also brought back several long-standing Brookside Inn favorites – the Brookside Salad and stacked ham and Reuben sandwiches.  In less than a year, the new Brookside Inn has already made a reputation for itself with its delicious hand-made onion rings and half-pound fresh-ground (never frozen!) hamburgers.  In season, look for fresh, locally-caught Whitefish on the menu.  Enjoy Thirsty Thursdays with $2 drafts and half off select appetizers, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and the Brookside’s Sunday Brunch Buffet with dozens of items, 10 am to 2 pm.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Brookside will open its patio for al fresco dining.  The Brookside Inn can also accommodate banquets and special events on site, or with offsite catering.  For more information, hours of operation, or to view the menu and see daily specials, visit Brookside Inn online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 882-9688 to make a reservation.

Live For Art Gallery

in downtown Beaulah features beautiful and eclectic art. A variety of artistic mediums are showcased; including photography, painting and pottery, as well as jewelry, mixed media and hand blown glass. Artists with a connection to the Great Lakes region of the Solitude, Watercolor United States are the by Ted Peterson focus of Live For Art Gallery and this creates a common thread throughout the gallery. Many of the artists who display artwork in the gallery live in scenic northern Michigan. This provides inspiration and results in spectacular works demonstrating the beauty of nature. Open year round, Live For Art Gallery also allows guests to enjoy the art online. They offer a locally unique feature to view and purchase a selection of available art, in their online gallery. Bring home a piece of the Great Lakes! Visit Live For Art Gallery in Beulah, or purchase original art at

Furniture, Glassware, Wicker and Collectibles Open May - Oct. 7 days in Summer

11 N. Benzie Blvd. • Beulah, MI 49617 (231) 882-0231


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Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals “Make your backyard the summer place of your dreams” with a visit to Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals near Beulah. Here you will find Michigan’s largest selection of quality outdoor and sunroom furniture, umbrellas, grills, fire pits, and accessories.  Browse Labadie’s ever-expanding selection showcased in a whopping 65,000 square feet of display area.  Here you will find brands such as HomeCrest, Telescope Casual, Lloyd Flanders, Seaside Casual, Weber, and many more.  Top-quality custom awnings, cushions, and umbrellas are also available for your decorating needs.  And with no less than 200 one-of-a-kind patio sets and 300 umbrellas in stock at all times, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.  In the rare occasion that you don’t see what you need, Special Orders are available from 50+ manufacturers.  Always mindful of keeping Americans working, Labadie’s strives to carry as much American-made merchandise as possible.  As owner, Norm Labadie says, “Be American – Buy American,” and always remember, “Quality Doesn’t Cost, it Pays.”  For more information and hours of operation, visit Labadie’s Summer Place Casuals online at, by phone (231) 325-6000, on Facebook, or visit their showroom on US 31, just a few miles East of Honor. (see ad page 79)

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ring your sense of adventure to Riverside Canoe Trips where you can experience a unique paddle through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. At Riverside, you can rent a canoe, kayak, tube, or raft to glide down the crystal clear waters of the Platte River, which snakes through the park’s dunes and woodlands and spills out onto a beautiful sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan.  New this year at Riverside are stand-up paddleboards.  If you prefer quiet time on the river, arrive before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m., when the only sounds you’ll hear are chirping birds and the splash of your paddle.  You may even catch a glimpse of wildlife including deer, muskrat, turtles, ducks, herons, eagles, and more. Pick up supplies for your trip at Riverside’s store, which carries a full line of groceries, including beer and wine, fishing licenses, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Passes, which are required for trips on the Lower Platte.  (Passes are $10 per vehicle and are good for seven days from the date of issue.)  The Grill and Ice Cream shop offers char-grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, cherry brats, chicken sandwiches and strips, French fries, hand-dipped ice cream, and more.  An evening tradition at Riverside is sitting around the fire pit enjoying an ice cream cone.  Open May 1 through the Columbus Day holiday (October 14).  For more information or to make a reservation, visit Riverside Canoe Trips online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 325-5622.

Enjoy Live music during Summer on the deck by the Cantina at the Roadhouse in Benzonia

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The Natural Magic of Gwen Frostic


he legacy of Gwen Frostic, poet, artist, publisher, nature lover, lives on in her almost mystical shop--a building that seems to grow out of its natural surroundings, a building of native stones, glass and old wood, a building that brings the outdoors in and blends nature in its structure. Set in her 250-acre personal wildlife sanctuary on the Betsie River, the shop, the display room, the printing presses, the expansive nature library and the trails into Gwen’s magical woods, where she found her inspiration for her art and notecards, are open to all who love her work and the nature that inspired it. Visit or call 231-882-5505.


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Northern Rental Management I

f you’re looking for a perfect “up north” vacation rental home in beautiful Benzie County, Northern Rental Management in Beulah can help. Specializing in vacation homes and cottages, Northern Rental’s knowledgeable staff know their properties intimately so they can match you with the accommodations you desire – spacious waterfront homes for the entire family, cozy cottages for two tucked away in the woods, or the convenience of a contemporary resort condominium.  To browse some of the available vacation homes, visit Northern Rental Management online at; and for more information or to make a reservation, call toll free (888) 326-2352.


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Michigan Legacy Art Park a place that connects man to nature


estled among the rolling hills and ravines of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville is Michigan Legacy Art Park. Perhaps one of the most unique galleries you will ever visit, artists use the landscape as their canvas and Michigan history for their inspiration. More than 40 major works adorn 1.6 miles of hiking trails that loop through the hilly wooded setting. The works feature Michigan’s forestry and mining industries, literary genius, military conquest, and more. As you walk the trail, the ephemeral shadows of loggers who once roamed northern Michigan forests are superimposed on trees throughout the park, and poetry stones with thought-provoking words invite you to pause for a moment of reflection. Michigan Legacy Art Park also features a summer concert series, which offers a lively line-up of music on Friday nights against the woodsy backdrop at the park’s outdoor amphitheater. The Michigan Legacy Art Park Summer Sounds Series begins July 8 with Cabin Fever; July 15 is Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered; July 22, The Neptune Quartet; July 29, Archipelago Project; and August 5, Shout Sister Shout by Steppin’ In It with Rachel Davis. For more information, call (231) 378-4963 or visit

tate Route M-22, which traces Michigan’s “crooked little finger,” is considered one of Michigan’s most beautiful coastal drives. This designated Scenic Heritage Route winds along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Benzie, Manistee, and Leelanau Counties, traveling through quaint towns and under tree canopies that shade the roadway and offering spectacular vistas along the 116-mile-long route. In Traverse City, M-22 snakes along the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay north to Northport and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. Then the route makes a sharp turn to the south hugging the Lake Michigan shore, skirting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and wandering through numerous lakeside villages and towns. Because there is so much to see and do along M-22, you may want to take a couple of days to complete the route. Be sure to build in some time for visiting lighthouses, climbing the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, exploring art galleries, boutiques, and wineries, and watching an incomparable Lake Michigan sunset. After filling your soul with the beauty of the area, fill your tummy at great restaurants and cafés along the route. Commemorate your trip with gear, gift items, and memorabilia bearing the M-22 logo. Baywear, in downtown Frankfort has a great selection. (Baywear is also located in Glen Arbor and Suttons Bay.) Or you can shop online at

Northern rental management Specializing in waterfront vacation rental cottages and Crystal Mountain resort homes


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Interlochen Center for the Arts


he woods are alive with the sound of music at the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each summer, students from all over the world flock to the 1,200-acre campus to attend the center’s premier summer arts camp where they learn from renowned instructors in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, and visual and the motion picture arts.  A year-round visual and performing arts high school, an evolving series of adult arts programs and classes, and two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations are also located on campus.  Guided tours of the lakefront, tree-shaded campus are available at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the last week of June through the first week of August.  At other times of the year, you are welcome to walk the campus using a self-guided tour map, which is available at the Scholarshop store just inside the main entrance.  For guided tours of the campus, call (231) 276-7200 and ask for the Information Booth.  Interlochen Center for the Arts also offers overnight accommodations.  The newlyrenovated Stone Center Hotel is centrally located on campus offering convenience and comfort.  And you can choose from rustic to luxurious cabin-style lodges (onebedroom to three-bedroom units) nestled in the serenity of the north woods.  During the summer, Academy residence units are also open for overnight guests.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit, or call (231) 276-7570.  Reservations are recommended.  The wildly popular Summer Arts Festival concert series kicks off June 25 with Brandi Carlile.  For the complete 2013 line up and general information, visit Interlochen Center for the Arts online at, on Facebook, or to purchase tickets call the Box Office at (800) 681-5920.

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Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Light

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Beaches, bonfires,and bon appetit


eelanau Peninsula, the little finger of Michigan’s marvelous mitten, is big on beauty and brimming with up-north charm. A family vacation destination for generations, here you will find the northern half of the renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by “Good Morning America” viewers), acre upon acre of cherry trees and vineyards, lakeside resort towns, and a host of recreational opportunities and community events. The peninsula’s scenic, shoreline-hugging M-22 offers sweeping views of endless blue horizon and windblown dunes as it threads its way through the quaint towns of Suttons Bay, Omena, Northport, Leland, Glen Arbor, and Empire; and the sleepy little villages of Cedar, Maple City, and Lake Leelanau are just short jaunts inland off picturesque M-22. Wherever you go, you will find “friendly faces and open spaces for recreation and relaxation.” Lake Michigan and several inland lakes offer great boating and fishing; and the hiking and biking trails that wind through the dunes and surrounding countryside offer a rewarding escape into the great outdoors. Neat rows of cherry trees and grapevines lining the sandy hills and wineries and farmer’s markets dotting the countryside attest to the area’s rich agricultural heritage. And while Leelanau County is a little bit country, it is also offers a lot of culture. Home to many talented artisans, you will find their one-of-a-kind creations on display at whimsical galleries in the villages and nestled among the rolling dunes. After a day of exploration and relaxation, you can sample the vintages of local wineries and the culinary creations of area chefs at casual and fine dining restaurants. Choose from waterfront dining rooms, pub patio decks, and colorful cafés that feature dishes that have been prepared using locally-grown and produced ingredients. You can also eat, drink, and be merry at community festivals, including the Leland Wine & Food Festival (June 8), Cedar Polka Fest (July 4-7), the Wine on the Water Festival in Suttons Bay (July 20), and the Suttons Bay Art Fair (August 3-4). For more information about these events and more, visit the new Leelanau County Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center on M-204 in Lake Leelanau in the heart of Leelanau County, online at, or call (231) 994-2202.


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Explore Michigan’s Wine Coast!

The Leelanau Peninsula is a wine touring destination unlike any other. Each of our 25 wineries offers award-winning wines and authentic character for you to taste and enjoy, all against the backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.


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Wine Trail Weekends

Cherry Republic (231) 334-3150 6026 S. Lake Street, Glen Arbor Longview Winery (231) 228-2880 8697 Good Harbor Trail, Cedar Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery (231) 228-4800 6530 S. Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Chateau Fontaine (231) 256-0000 2290 S. French Road, Lake Leelanau Good Harbor Vineyards (231) 256-7165 34 S. Manitou Trail, M-22, Lake Leelanau Laurentide Winery (231) 994-2147 56 S. French Road, Lake Leelanau

Experience the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail in a special way by participating in one of our upcoming events.




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Boathouse Vineyards (231) 256-7115 115 N. St. Mary’s Street, Lake Leelanau Verterra Winery (231) 256-2115 103 E. River Street, Leland Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery (231) 256-7003 5620 N. Manitou Trail, Northport Good Neighbor Organic (231) 386-5636 9825 Engles Road, Northport Leelanau Wine Cellars (231) 386-5201 5019 N.W. Bayshore Drive (M-22), Omena Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery (231) 271-3111 11087 E. Silver Leaf Farm Road, Suttons Bay Raftshol Vineyards (231) 271-5650 71865 N. W. Bay Shore Drive, Suttons Bay Tandem Ciders (231) 271-0050 2055 N. Setterbo Road, Suttons Bay Forty-Five North (231) 271-1188 8580 E. Horn Road, Lake Leelanau Blustone Vineyards (231) 256-0146 780 N. Sylt Road, Lake Leelanau


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French Valley Vineyards (231) 941-7060 119 N. St. Joseph Street, Suttons Bay Boskydel Vineyard (231) 256-7272 7501 E. Otto Road, Lake Leelanau Black Star Farms (231) 944-1270 10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay M.Lawrence / L.Mawby (231) 271-3522 4519 S. Elm Valley Road, Suttons Bay Ciccone Vineyard & Winery (231) 271-5553 10343 E. Hilltop Road, Suttons Bay Willow Vineyards (231) 271-4810 10702 E. Hilltop Road, Suttons Bay Chateau de Leelanau (231) 271-8888 EMPIRE 5048 S.W. Bayshore Drive, Suttons Bay Shady Lane Cellars (231) 947-8865 9580 Shady Lane, Suttons Bay 22 Brengman Brothers (231) 946-2764 9720 S. Center Highway, Traverse City


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Celebrate Wine, Food & Summer!


risp white tents, sparkling blue water, and sun-kissed vintages await you at the annual Leland Wine & Food Festival, June 8, a much-anticipated northern Michigan tradition. Enjoy an afternoon of wine and beer tasting under the tents near Leland Harbor and Historic Fish Town.  Here you can sample food specialties from local restaurants and vendors and listen to the soothing sounds of live music in the park.  Admission is $15 and includes an etched wine glass and two tokens for wine and beer tasting.  The spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the beautiful Manitou Islands are priceless . . .

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he Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail features 19 tasting rooms located throughout Michigan’s “little finger” region. Sample the reds, whites, sparkling wines, and hard cider that have been winning national and international awards every year. A trip to Michigan’s Wine Coast is a great way to experience not only the wines and spirits produced here, but also the wonderful things the Leelanau area has to offer including excellent restaurants, unique shops and boutiques, hiking trails, incomparable beaches, and special events celebrating wine, food, art, and music. For more information, visit

Chateau de Leelanau


ade from fruit grown in the family orchards and vineyard, the wines and hard ciders produced at Chateau de Leelanau in Suttons Bay promise “a taste of Leelanau in every sip.” This award-winning winery continues to add to its accolades, recently receiving honors from the 2012 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition, including a Best of Class gold medal for its Cherry Wine, a top selling favorite.  The winery’s flagship wine, Bianca, is made using Bianca grapes, which are grown in only one Michigan location – Chateau de Leelanau.  This soft, light white wine delivers delightful tastes of pear and grapefruit. Located just north of Traverse City on the corner of M-22 and Hilltop Road, Chateau de Leelanau is a common starting point if you’re following the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.  Knowledgeable, friendly staff in the newly renovated tasting room will help you select from more than a dozen wines and hard ciders for the perfect bottle to bring home.  For just $3, you can sample five different wines.  For more information, hours of operation, or to place an order, visit Chateau de Leelanau online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 271-8888. 

Leelanau Wine Cellars Tasting Room is located directly on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Omena. Who wouldn’t enjoy sipping wine in this picturesque setting? It’s hard to believe, but the wines are just as wonderful as the view.

Leelanau Wine Cellars

Your Bouquet is Ready!

Visit our Tasting Room and experience the aromas and tasting of award winning wine. We are open year round, and…as always, free tasting!

Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room

5019 North West Bay Shore Drive (M22) | Omena, MI | 231-386-5201


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Welcome to Village of Empire


ucked among the rolling dunes and old-growth hardwoods of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the quaint little Village of Empire. A booming lumber town in the late 19th century, each of the sites in the village museum complex – the Empire Area Museum, the Old School House Museum, the 1911 Hose House (firehouse),  the Billy Beeman Barn, and Taghon’s Corner Museum (gas station) – shares a piece of Empire’s history.  A fabulous public beach on Lake Michigan, just west of downtown, features a broad white-sand swimming beach, a picnic pavilion, and a lighthouse.  And the mile-anda-half-long Empire Bluff Trail south of town offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the national lakeshore from the top of the towering 400-foot-high Empire Bluff. 

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate


ove. Chocolate.  Local.  Three little words, but oh so big in meaning.  Family-owned Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, perched on a picturesque dune in Empire, has an undeniable love for chocolate (especially dark chocolate!) and a deep commitment to its community.  Many of its exquisite artisan confections are made with locally-grown and produced products such as fruits and berries, honey, herbs, and maple syrup.  And using only the highest quality South American chocolate, Grocer’s Daughter offers a wide variety of “heart-made, hand-crafted” treats including chocolate-dipped fruits and nuts, bon bons, dairy- and gluten-free chocolates, and the shop’s top sellers – hand-dipped Herbal and Spirit Truffles.  Stop in for one of Grocer’s Daughter’s signature Fudgesicles – a frozen confection on a stick covered in gourmet chocolate, available during the summer months only.  For more information about special summer events, classes, or to place an order, visit Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 326-3030.

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. (231) 326-3030 12020 S. Leelanau Hwy located in lovely Empire, MI

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M22 Store Glen Arbor, a Natural Choice

“M22 is not just a road, it’s a way of life.”

amed for the quiet forested hollow in which it was settled more than 150 years ago, Glen Arbor is still a quaint little village set among towering shade trees, embraced by the incomparable Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A dramatic Lake Michigan coastline, sparkling inland lakes, the aptly named Crystal River, and vast tracts of public lands make the Glen Arbor area an excellent place for enjoying the great outdoors.  Grab your trekking poles or bicycle and head out on any one of the well-marked hiking and biking trails that meander throughout the national lakeshore.  Or heft a paddle and enjoy clear quiet waters from a canoe, kayak, paddle board, or tube.  Culture and the arts are intricately woven into the fabric of life here.  Enjoy Glen Arbor’s whimsical collection of galleries, artists’ studios, and boutiques where you can shop for original art and crafts, couture clothing, casual wear, sporting gear, cherry products, and more.  Knowledgeable staff at the visitors’ center can assist you with planning your stay; and the staff at Crystal River Outfitters will help you get on the trail or in the water.  For more information, visit www., Facebook, or call (231) 334-3238.  



xpress your passion for the simpler things in life and for northern Michigan at this bustling store in Glen Arbor. Here you can shop the full line of M22 and Love Michigan clothing and accessories and sample a selection of M22 wines specially crafted by Leelanau County’s Black Star Farms.  And since the store shares space with the Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce, you can also pick up travel brochures and chat with knowledgeable staff about sights to see and things to do in the area.  For more information, visit M22 online at www., on Facebook, or call (231) 334-4425. 

Glen Arbor’s Original Gathering place, celebrating over 75 years in business on the corner of Lake St. & Western Ave. In one form or another, Art’s has been serving up cold beverages, great food & good times since 1934. Always locally owned & operated and where the retro is authentic, Art’s Tavern remains one of the last true “Up North” corner hang-outs, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner 360 days a year from 7:00 am – late.

(231) 334-3754

6487 Western Ave. • Glen Arbor, MI 49636


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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


arvel at the massive mounts of sand, rolling woodlands, clear blue waters, and sugar sand beaches of “the most beautiful place in America” – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This natural treasure in northwest lower Michigan comprises more than 50,000 acres, 35 miles of stunning Lake Michigan coastline and sugar-sand beaches, massive dunes, offshore islands, small lakes and rivers, and vast hardwood forests – all begging to be explored.  Begin your adventure at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center where you can view a large relief map of the area, check out interpretive displays, watch a movie, get free brochures and maps, and purchase a park pass.  The visitor center is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8 am to 6 pm and 8:15 am to 4 pm the rest of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days.  Friendly, knowledgeable rangers and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have.  There are many things to see and do at the national lakeshore, but one of the first stops many folks make is the Dune Climb.  Here is a mound of sand so high, it appears to touch the sky!  You will hear squeals of delight from children (and adults!) from the parking lot as climbers trek up the dune and then roll down the soft white sand.  The Dune Center store, a picnic area, drink and snack vending machines, and restrooms are available at the base of the dune. Another highlight of the park is the scenic 7-mile-long Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which winds through the dunes and offers spectacular views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan.  Also located on park grounds are the Glen Haven Maritime Museum and the Life Saving Station where you can learn the history of the U.S. Life Saving Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and Great Lakes shipping.  Enjoy hiking and biking trails that wind the through park, as well as canoeing, tubing, and kayaking the pristine Crystal and Platte Rivers that flow through national lakeshore lands.  For more information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visit, on Facebook, or call toll free (888) 334-8499.

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The Sylvan Inn

Open year ‘round

Great selection of sportswear for men, women and children. GO Sportfishing aboard the mariah & pierpressure Catch King Salmon up to 30lbs fishing the deep clear waters of Sleeping Bear Bay & The Manitou Islands Call to Book Today!

5914 S. Ray St. • Glen Arbor • (231) 334-3872

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or more than 25 years, the Ruth Conklin Gallery has brought the natural beauty of northern Michigan to life through the exquisite artwork and handcrafted pieces of area artists and owner, Ruth Conklin. You’ll delight in the colorful whimsical pieces that adorn her store.  Choose from a variety of mediums including fiber arts, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more.  Conklin’s own unique wood collection (stools, boxes, frames, etc.) is both decorative and functional featuring hand-painted scenes depicting the Legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  The gallery also carries the Midwest’s largest selection of Sticks® furniture, accessories, and art designs.  Crafted from birch, poplar, and driftwood, Sticks® pieces range in size from armoires to accessories, featuring hand-drawn imagery, etched contouring, and vibrant colors.  For more information and hours of operation, visit Ruth Conklin Gallery online at or call (231) 334-3880.


Art in Glen Arbor


hether you’re outside among nature’s handiwork or inside any one of the area’s many colorful galleries, you’ll find that art is a part of everyday life in Glen Arbor. Many artists live and visit here, drawing their inspiration from the great natural beauty of the bucolic countryside and the dramatic panoramas of the Sleeping Bear Dunes shoreline.  Area galleries and studios feature their works, which include oil paintings and watercolors, custom jewelry, photography, pottery, fiber arts, hand-crafted furniture, and more. 


Best of

Up North trunk show Art Experiences for All! Sarah Grant, Sticks Owner/Creator

August 3rd 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. August 4th & 5th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Work with  a  Sticks  artist  to  create  your  one  of   a  kind  heirloom  piece.

Please call  ahead  to  make  an  appointment.

6632 M-109, Glen Arbor         231-334-3880

10 th annual

• Manitou Music Festival • Art Classes For All Ages • Gallery Shows • Art Talks Dune Climb Concert - July 14 Paint Out - August 2 & 3

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ake memories to last a lifetime in “America’s Most Beautiful Place” with a call to Leelanau Vacation Rentals (LVR) in Glen Arbor.  LVR can help you find the perfect rental vacation property from their selection of luxury condominiums, family homes, and quaint cottages on Lake Michigan, Glen Lake, Lake Leelanau, Lime Lake, the Crystal River, or in one of Leelanau Peninsula’s charming villages or towns.  Whether you’re planning a week of relaxation at the beach or a weekend of golfing, charter boat fishing, hiking, biking, or kayaking, Leelanau Vacation Rentals’ knowledgeable staff can assist you in making it all possible.  And when you’re ready to purchase a vacation home of your own, LVR Realty, their in-house real estate company, is there to lead you seamlessly through the process.  For more information or to look at their inventory of condos, homes, and cottages, visit both Leelanau Vacation Rentals and LVR Realty online at, on Facebook, or call toll free (800) 309-5045 or locally (231) 334-6100.

Crystal River Outfitters


egin your northern Michigan adventure at Crystal River Outfitters (CRO) – “Glen Arbor’s Original Outfitters.” CRO offers a fine selection of rental canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), and bicycles, great for exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  CRO’s Crystal River kayaking trip is a favorite for all ages.  The Cyclery at CRO specializes in bikes for rent or sale and has a full-service repair shop that will keep your equipment in top running condition.  Here you can also shop a great selection of outdoor recreational gear and accessories.  For more information about CRO and The Cyclery, visit them online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 334-4420.



IMPRINTED SPORTSWEAR men’s - women’s - kids 5919 M-22 • Downtown Glen Arbor 231-334-3411 •

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail


naking through some of the most beautiful country in the United States is the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. While portions of the trail are still under construction, the four-mile section between Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb has been completed and is ready for hikers and bikers.  When completed, the 27-mile-long recreation trail will run from the southern edge of rural Leelanau County through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Good Harbor Bay on Lake Michigan.  The non-motorized, hard surface, multi-use trail gives walkers, wheelchair users, cyclists, and cross-country skiers a safe, picturesque, and car-free way to access and explore the National Lakeshore and the quaint communities that share this beautiful area.  For more information about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, visit online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 941-4300.

Manitou Music Festival 2013


edicated to supporting and promoting area artists and bringing the arts to the community, the Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) hosts an outstanding series of art classes, Artist in Residence programs, gallery shows, and exhibitions throughout the year. At its signature summer series, the Manitou Music Festival, enjoy tunes on the dunes and at other picturesque locations throughout town.  Kicking off July 3, the line up includes: 

Manitou Music Festival 2013

July 3 – Northport Concert Band (Patriotic Music), Glen Arbor Athletic Club Lawn July 14 – 15th Annual Dune Climb Concert (Big Band), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore July 21 – Mulebone (Blues), Studio Stage July 25 – THUMMp (a Capella singing), The Homestead, Top of Bay Mountain July 28 – Nora Jane Struthers (Blue Grass/Country), Studio Stage July 31 – Drew Nelson & Highway 2 Band (Country/Folk), Studio Stage August 4 – Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered (Folk), Studio Stage August 7 – Full Set (Celtic), Studio Stage August 11 – George Cole Quartet (Jazz/Swing), Studio Stage August 13 – Summer Singers (Choral), Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, Burdickville August 14 – Trina Hamlin with True Falsettos (Blues/Swing), Leelanau School Green For more information about classes for kids and adults, special events, and the Manitou Music Festival, visit GAAA online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 334-6112.

A Leelanau County Favorite Just Got Better! • Newly renovated • 90 award winning Michigan artists • Over 500 works of art • Paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, metal


• Open 7 days a week May 11 - October 31 • Visit online for “Wine & Cheese” Special Event Nights 231.334.4732 6671 Western Avenue, Glen Arbor

Artist: Ann Teliczan


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Leland Fishtown

The Cove . . .

Getting Chubby with it


he picturesque lakeside town of Leland is as laid back as it is lovely. A great walking-around town, Leland’s streets and sidewalks are shaded by stately old hardwoods and lined with gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, book stores, a museum, and the local grocer who carries a full line of groceries and fresh meats and produce.  If you’re arriving by boat, Leland Township Harbor is conveniently located mere steps from downtown restaurants and shopping.  Just one block off Main Street (M-22) is Fishtown, Leland’s quaint waterfront historic district.  A collection of century-old waterfront fishing shanties and net-drying sheds house boutiques and galleries that carry the works of local artisans, colorful resort wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry, sweet treats, fresh and smoked Great Lakes fish, and more.  Commercial fishing and charter fishing boats-for-hire tie up here, and if you time it just right, you can see the catch-of-the-day.  Leland is also the jumping off point to both North and South Manitou Islands, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Manitou Island Transit provides daily ferry service to the islands beginning mid-June with limited service earlier and later in the season.  For more information about dates and times of ferry sailings, day visits, overnight camping, and sunset cruises, visit Manitou Island Transit online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 256-9061.  For more information about historic Leland, visit or call toll free (877) LELAND1.

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Named among Mario Batali’s “2013 Top Picks for Best Eats” in northern Michigan, The Cove, a waterfront restaurant in historic Fishtown, offers scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Carp River from its inside dining room or from Rick’s Café, a rustic outdoor patio deck. Known for its freshcaught fish and “Chubby Marys” (a Bloody Mary made with a spicy home-made mix and garnished with a smoked chub in place of a dill pickle!), The Cove is a favorite among locals and visitors.  For more information and hours of operation, visit The Cove on Facebook; or for reservations, call (231) 256-9834.

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The Bluebird F

The Leland River, east of the bridge, before it cascades over the waterfall through Fishtown.

Lelands Most Popular Restaurant and Tavern — Since 1927 — On The Banks of the Beautiful Leland River

Absolutely the freshest and finest Lake Michigan Whitefish and Perch. One of the finest wine lists around, with a huge selection of local wines.

or over 80 years, the Bluebird has been the gathering place in Leland for locals and tourists alike. From the casual 100 seat bar, to the more elegant, scenic dining room on the banks of the Leland River, the Bluebird tradition of excellence is always apparent. Long known for the finest whitefish and perch in Northern Michigan, the Bluebird is constantly striving to raise the level of quality across the board, to include the finest steaks available, our own fresh pasta, wood smoked ribs, and the freshest, flown-in seafood. The menu contains many timeless favorites, and the nightly specials often consist of cutting edge cuisine that is unmatched in the area. The finest quality wine, beer, and spirits are also a priority. Of course we take great pride in our devoted, trained, professional staff, some of whom have been with us for over 30 years! A trip to the Bluebird will reward you with a great meal and a great time, at a reasonable price. Visit for more information.

231-256-9081 • 102 River Street • Leland, MI 49654 • Email:


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Suttons Bay

Michigan Artists Gallery

iscover the charm of Suttons Bay, gateway to Leelanau County. This quaint coastal community anchors the serene blue waters of its namesake bay, and is embraced by gently rolling hills etched with orderly rows of cherry trees and vineyards in the heart of northern Michigan’s wine country. Here you will find a strong sense of community and a deep appreciation for the arts and nature.  Explore hiking and biking trails through the dunes and woodlands at Bahle Park and on the ever-popular TART Trail (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails) that skirts the edge of town. Suttons Bay Marina offers mooring spaces for visiting boats, and Marina Park has a great public beach for sunbathing and swimming in the clear waters of Lake Michigan, as well as a picnic area with tables, grills, and a play area.  For more information, visit, call (231) 271-5077, or stop in at the Visitors Center, which is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm during the summer and offers a free Wi-Fi lounge.  The Visitor Center is closed on Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27 and on July 4.

“an eclectic mix of fine art – regional art with a global appeal”



oted Best Gallery in Leelanau County, Michigan Artists Gallery (MAG) is as colorful on the inside as it is on the outside. This eclectic art gallery in downtown Suttons Bay features the works of local and regional artists who create in a variety of mediums, including oils, pastels, fiber art, ceramics, pottery, wood, watercolors, mixed-media, photography, jewelry, and more.  On June 21, during the annual Suttons Bay Summer Solstice Art & Wine Walk, MAG is featuring live music by the popular Cherry Blossom Ramblers, wine from Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, and the works of area artist, Pat Custer Denison.  Denison, a mixed media artist, is known for her large wood and hand-painted tile constructions as well as small limited-edition tiles.  Pat has also returned to her roots of print making and will have beautiful nature prints in hand-made frames as well as a few large watercolors.  Stop by for this fun summer soirée, where villagers and visitors meander in and out of participating shops to sample wine, meet artists, and register to win a $250 shopping spree! 

Mark your calendar now for more fun Suttons Bay events: May 29 – June 2 June 21 July 20 July 26 August 3-4 August 9-10 August 31 September 7-8

Bird Watching Festival Suttons Bay Summer Solstice Art & Wine Walk Leelanau Wine & Music Festival + Inland Seas Boat Show Tour DeTart Bicycle Tour Suttons Bay Art Festival Suttons Bay Sidewalk Sales Suttons Bay Floatilla Kayak/Canoe Benefit Harvest Stompede featuring Leelanau Wineries

For more information or to see some of the gallery’s featured artists, visit Michigan Artists Gallery online at, on Facebook, or call (231) 271-4922.

Floatilla 2 will be Saturday August 31, 2013. Spend Labor Day weekend in beautiful Suttons Bay. Mark your calendars!



IMPRINTED SPORTSWEAR men’s - women’s - kids 224 St. Joseph Ave. • Downtown Suttons Bay 231-271-4930 •

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