Explore Sun, Water and Fun in Benzie County This Summer

They say water is life and we couldn’t agree more!  With over 57 inland lakes, over 20 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 200 miles of rivers, Benzie County Michigan is a water wonderland.

Benzie County is located in the heart of Northwest Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and home to some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the state.  The sapphire waters of Crystal Lake offer recreation of all types from fishing to water skiing.  The Betsie and Platte Rivers are among the best kayaking, canoeing and tubing, or maybe a smaller lake is more to your liking, if so, we have over 50 others to choose from.

Explore Lake Michigan fishing in Benzie County

Photo Courtesy of Drew Smith Photography and the Benzie County CVB

The Sleeping Bear Dunes, which begins in Benzie County and continues into Leelanau County, was named The Most Beautiful Place in America by the viewers of Good Morning America in 2011. The Dune climb or the Pierce Stocking scenic drive should be on everyone’s bucket list.  The park also offers many other beach and trail options along with a variety of educational programs throughout the year.

Benzie County is also known as “the Best Place in Michigan for Outdoor Sports & Recreation.” Outdoor activities cater to a wide variety of sports and recreational interests including biking, hiking, running, golf, fishing, kite boarding, surfing and more. Championship level to intermediate and beginning golfers have plenty choices at area courses which boast natural beauty and magnificent scenic views.  There are locations for renting golf clubs, bikes, kayaks and other recreational equipment, as well.

An aerial shot of the Benzie County coast

Photo Courtesy of Drew Smith Photography and the Benzie County CVB

So after a day on the water or exploring a trail, Benzie County has great shopping and dining choices.  Many of the local dining establishments offer farm-to-table options on their menus.  If a winery, brewery or distillery is more to your liking, we have those too!  Our option of overnight lodging has something for everyone.  From our world class resort, Crystal Mountain to small mom & pop resorts, motels, cabins and homes that fit every need, you will find a great place to lay your head at the end of the day.

The Point Betsie Lighthouse stands tall

Photo Courtesy of Drew Smith Photography and the Benzie County CVB

Explore the Benzie Treasure Trove package this summer

Photo Courtesy of the Benzie County CVB

Looking to add some value to your vacation to Benzie County?  Our 2016 Benzie Treasure Trove promotion is an excellent way to put some real bang in your vacation bucks.  Come stay two or more consecutive nights at one of our 24 participating lodging properties and we’ll load you up with “booty” valued to nearly $300 from over 20 local businesses!  The package includes freebies, two-for-ones, discounts and a prize from the Benzie County Visitors Bureau by pulling a jewel from our Treasure Chest.  Just a few of the items included are a free slice of cherry pie from the Cherry Hut, a free root beer float from the A&W, two-for-one golf at Betsie Valley Golf Courses, a free dessert with your dinner purchase at Cold Creek Inn and so much more. Details and requirements for this promotion can be found on the Benzie County Visitor Bureau’s website, www.visitbenzie.com .

For more information on visiting Benzie County, Northern Michigan Preserved®, you can call our office at 800-882-5801 or explore our website, www.visitbenzie.com and be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benziecounty.cvb

Mary Carroll is the President of the Benzie County Visitors Bureau and Benzie County Chamber of Commerce overseeing both organizations for the past eight years.  A born and bred Michigander, Mary love her state and appreciates the fact that she gets to work in and promote one of the best area in Michigan.  

 

9 Fun Ypsilanti Events for Your Summer Bucket List

Ypsilanti (pronounced ip-sill-an-tee) is a Pure Michigan city located between Ann Arbor and Detroit. The thriving arts community, local restaurants, and endless flow of craft beer make the city authentic and unique. Summer is event season for this town, so check out this list, and tell us which Ypsilanti event you plan to attend this summer!

1)   The Color Run | June 25 

The Color Run races into Ypsilanti for its fifth year, drawing thousands of runners to this historic city. A piece of paradise can be found at this year’s Color Run with tropical color zones, palm trees, and bubbles! Get ready for The Happiest 5K on the Planet.

Runners celebrating at the Ypsilanti Color Run

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

2)   Camaro Superfest | June 30 – July 2

The Chevrolet Camaro’s original production was in 1966 and has been a coveted cruiser ever since. Celebrate this muscle car with hundreds of historic and modern Camaros. Be sure to visit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum while you’re in town and see famous cars built in Ypsilanti, including a Tucker automobile featured in a Hollywood movie.

Iconic Cameros seen at Camero Syperfest in Ypsilanti

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

3)   Michigan ElvisFest | July 8 – 9

For the past 17 years, Elvis Tribute Artists have been swinging their hips and making audiences swoon at the Michigan ElvisFest. You can also hear the tunes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and more at this celebration of oldies music. Experience the joy of hearing this music live in Riverside Park. Thank you, thank you very much.

4)   Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival | July 22 – 23

Over 80 Michigan Brewers gather in Riverside Park for one of the state’s largest celebrations of craft beer. Local breweries from Ypsilanti such as Arbor Brewing Company, Unity Vibration, and Ypsi Alehouse will be joining the mix.

Countless Michigan craft beers are available at the MBG Summer Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

5)   Ton-Up Motorcycle and Music Festival | August 13

Old, new, and custom motorcycles line the streets of Depot Town every year for this exciting festival. Live music takes place throughout the event, so everyone is sure to be entertained.

6)   Firetruck Muster | August 20

Modern and vintage firetrucks roll into Riverside Park for this free, family friendly extravaganza every year. Don’t be shy at this event – ask the demonstrators to sound off a siren or blast a firehouse into the Huron River! This event is hosted by The Michigan Firehouse Museum. Open year-round, this expansive museum is housed in an 1898 firehouse.

Visitors get soaked at the Firetruck Muster in Ypsilanti

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

Fun at the Ypsi Heritage Festival

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

7)   DIYpsi Indie Art Fair | August 27 – 28

Artists from Ypsilanti and all over the region rally together twice a year for the DIYpsi (dip-see) Indie Art Fair. Makers and artists offer affordable, whimsical, and high quality goods at this two-day event. Support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself and others

8)   Ypsilanti Heritage Festival | August 26 – 28

Live music, delicious food, and dozens of community organizations can be found at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. To commence the festival, hundreds of rubber ducks are spilled (and caught) in the Huron River for the annual Rubber Duck Race. Purchase a duck for $5 to enter the race to win amazing prizes!

9)   Thunder Over Michigan | August 20 – 21

Ypsilanti is known for its contribution to aviation history at the Willow Run Bomber Plant – home to Rosie the Riveter. Hosted by the Yankee Air Museum, Thunder Over Michigan draws thousands of spectators every year to marvel one of the greatest “warbird” shows in America. Witness antique bomber jets, and state-of-the-art contemporary aircrafts fly and sometimes flip in the sky!

A crowd enjoying the air show at Thunder over Michigan

Photo Courtesy of Ypsi Real

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Schedule Your Tee Time at These 5 Ann Arbor Courses

Forbes recently identified Ann Arbor as a destination with “great golf and great food.” Such high praise has golf enthusiasts looking at the area with renewed interest for their own game. As the Ann Arbor area prepares to host the Volvik LPGA Championship from May 23-29, VisitAnnArbor.org shares information about some of the local greens.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

One of the more scenic courses in the Ann Arbor area is Eagle Crest Golf Club, designed by golf architect Karl Litten. Nestled along Ford Lake, the stunning waterfront par 72 course is a delight to experience and the 16th hole has been named one of the toughest in Michigan. With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, golfers vying for one of two qualifying positions will tee off at Eagle Crest for the 2016 LPGA Volvik Local Qualifier. Nearby dining recommendations: Check out the great dining in downtown Ypsilanti including Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, Sidetrack, and Haab’s.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Another nationally ranked course is The University of Michigan Golf Course. Designed by world renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie, it is recognized as one of the most fun courses in America. Built in 1931, this course just recently opened to public play and attracts golfers from across the globe to experience this classic course widely considered one of the best of all college layouts (not to mention the amazing view of the Big House!). Nearby dining recommendations: Stick with the university theme and dine downtown at The Pretzel Bell on Main Street or Pizza House on Church Street.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

 

Stonebridge Golf Club is a great destination for golfers looking for a more affordable championship course and driving range. Designed in 1991 by Arthur Hills, a renowned golf course architect and University of Michigan alum, the meticulous course is surrounded by natural beauty. Stonebridge also offers a practice putting green, driving range with bent grass tees, and a large chipping bunker. Nearby dining recommendations: Head into Saline for great food and craft beer at Salt Springs Brewery or the fresh catch at Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.

Leslie Park, Photo Courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

If you’re looking for a more casual golf outing, there are a number of options that will suit your needs including Huron Hills and Leslie Park Golf Courses. These two municipal courses are all located very close to downtown Ann Arbor, perfect for a weekend of golf and dining! Nearby dining recommendations: Zingerman’s Deli is always a hole-in-one. For a lighter dining option, consider tapas and sangria to share at Aventura.

To start planning your trip, go to VisitAnnArbor.org for a full listing of Ann Arbor area golf courses and more information about nearby attractions, restaurants, and events.