Benzie County is an area of sand dunes, bluffs, rolling hills, orchards, meadows, lakes and rivers. Put all of these on the shore of Lake Michigan and you have one of the best vacation places in the state—truly Pure Michigan. Beautiful lakes and rivers for water sports abundant with various species of fish for the sportsman and over 60 miles of shoreline with sandy beaches help to make this a "vacation paradise".
Benzie is a Four Season Playground. Home to the #1 Ski Resort in the Midwest, over 10,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Point Betsie Lighthouse, the Betsie Valley Trail, and much more, Benzie has avenues of activity for everyone. Wilderness seekers, especially, enjoy this very special corner of the world.
Benzie’s abundance of water, including Betsie River and Platte River, attracts thousands of people who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and exploring nature along the waterways. East of Elberta is The Betsie River State Game Area which is 50 miles of state-designated Natural River from Grass Lake.
Benzie is Northern Michigan Preserved. Benzie’s small towns and villages, like Frankfort, Elberta, Beulah, Benzonia, Honor, Lake Ann and Thompsonville have unique shops, art galleries and restaurants all waiting to be explored. Within 20 miles is the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts. Numerous artists, musicians, and professionals have made the Benzie area their home. Gwen Frostic’s is located in Benzonia just off US 31.
Benzie County is a popular place for weddings, reunions and other gatherings. Many people are looking for a unique, memorable setting and Benzie is perfect with its beaches, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Elberta’s Historic Lifesaving Station, and Resorts all willing to make it a special occasion full of memories.
Stay In Benzie and explore our area. You will see why it’s Pure Michigan with the feeling of “Northern Michigan Preserved”.