Lake Michigan House at Inspiration Point Guidebook

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Lake Michigan House at Inspiration Point Guidebook

Sightseeing
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a short drive in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan and includes South and North Manitou islands. The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb. Beaches include Platte River Point, where the river flows into the lake. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds through forests and the Port Oneida area with its 19th-century farmsteads. Also stop by the town of Glen, Arbor, MI - a quaint village in heart of Sleeping bear national shoreline. A nice stop if going to Sleeping Bear Dunes. About 30 minutes away.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a short drive in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan and includes South and North Manitou islands. The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb. Beaches include Platte River Point, where the river flows into the lake. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail winds through forests and the Port Oneida area with its 19th-century farmsteads. Also stop by the town of Glen, Arbor, MI - a quaint village in heart of Sleeping bear national shoreline. A nice stop if going to Sleeping Bear Dunes. About 30 minutes away.
The Bluffs is a daily-fee golf and dining — club is 5 minutes away—open to the public seven days a week, from mid-April to mid-November each year, weather permitting. There are no private memberships, and every design aspect of the facility fosters enjoyment for guests of all golfing abilities. In addition to the premier layout, guests can enjoy a full-practice range and separate short-game facility. GPS-equipped golf carts are available, or you may take advantage of the caddie program. For Reservations & Tee Times - (800) 494-8666
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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
14710 Northwood Hwy
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The Bluffs is a daily-fee golf and dining — club is 5 minutes away—open to the public seven days a week, from mid-April to mid-November each year, weather permitting. There are no private memberships, and every design aspect of the facility fosters enjoyment for guests of all golfing abilities. In addition to the premier layout, guests can enjoy a full-practice range and separate short-game facility. GPS-equipped golf carts are available, or you may take advantage of the caddie program. For Reservations & Tee Times - (800) 494-8666
We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, one of the most beautiful places in the world and an area where so many cherished memories are made. Arcadia Sunset beach: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-south-beach/ Arcadia Dunes: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/ Elberta Dunes South: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/elberta-dunes-south-natural-area/
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
3860 North Long Lake Road
We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, one of the most beautiful places in the world and an area where so many cherished memories are made. Arcadia Sunset beach: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-south-beach/ Arcadia Dunes: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/ Elberta Dunes South: https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/elberta-dunes-south-natural-area/
A must see - a few minutes away. Nature trail. Part of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, you will find yourself "on top of the county" when you reach the Arcadia Overlook (known as "Inspiration Point"). When you travel through the quaint town of Arcadia, you will find yourself at zero elevation right next to the Lake Michigan shores. The view doesn't stop here-put on your walking shoes and travel up the 120 steps (80 vertical feet) to the top lookout and gaze out on one of the most picturesque views that truly define Manistee County as "Pure Michigan" Link to blog post on Arcadia Dunes Trails: https://www.traversecity.com/blog/post/arcadia-dunes-trails-two-hidden-gems-for-universal-access-to-nature/?fbclid=IwAR2AZOMOItDXWOrfgDrIbQR4fEFsUAEuLa2VjVQCo7Dl-gJAC4vnGlzOLck
Inspiration Point
A must see - a few minutes away. Nature trail. Part of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, you will find yourself "on top of the county" when you reach the Arcadia Overlook (known as "Inspiration Point"). When you travel through the quaint town of Arcadia, you will find yourself at zero elevation right next to the Lake Michigan shores. The view doesn't stop here-put on your walking shoes and travel up the 120 steps (80 vertical feet) to the top lookout and gaze out on one of the most picturesque views that truly define Manistee County as "Pure Michigan" Link to blog post on Arcadia Dunes Trails: https://www.traversecity.com/blog/post/arcadia-dunes-trails-two-hidden-gems-for-universal-access-to-nature/?fbclid=IwAR2AZOMOItDXWOrfgDrIbQR4fEFsUAEuLa2VjVQCo7Dl-gJAC4vnGlzOLck
Skiing, golf, spa & fitness are available here. 15 minutes away.
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Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
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Skiing, golf, spa & fitness are available here. 15 minutes away.
We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve with its stunning trails. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/
Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve
7292 Swamp Rd
We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve with its stunning trails. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/
We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve with stunning trails for walking and hiking. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/
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Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve
Gilbert Road
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We're located in the heart of Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve with stunning trails for walking and hiking. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/arcadia-dunes/
The Dunes in Elberta and trails are located 5 minutes north. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/elberta-dunes-south-natural-area/
Elberta Dunes South End
The Dunes in Elberta and trails are located 5 minutes north. https://www.gtrlc.org/recreation-events/preserve/elberta-dunes-south-natural-area/
4 minutes away. A new raised walking trail built through the marshes. Beautiful year-round. Fall bird migration is also a great time for viewing amazing sights here. "These marshes are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Arcadia Marsh is one of only 15 or so remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline."
Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve
16791 Northwood Hwy
4 minutes away. A new raised walking trail built through the marshes. Beautiful year-round. Fall bird migration is also a great time for viewing amazing sights here. "These marshes are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and Arcadia Marsh is one of only 15 or so remaining coastal marshes along Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula shoreline."
A great way to spend a day wine tasting through the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula wine trail and stop at wineries along the way. https://www.lpwines.com/
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Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
10781 E Cherry Bend Rd
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A great way to spend a day wine tasting through the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula wine trail and stop at wineries along the way. https://www.lpwines.com/
Baldy Trail is a do not miss, one of the first things to do for beautiful sights. More in our guidebook at the about this trail. house.
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Arcadia Dunes Baldy Trailhead
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Baldy Trail is a do not miss, one of the first things to do for beautiful sights. More in our guidebook at the about this trail. house.
Food scene
A local favorite (family friendly) with great food and events about 15 minutes away. St. Ambrose Cellars makes mead, wine, beer, and cider from locally sourced ingredients. Try the best in Michigan mead, wine, and beer today! Love the truffle fries and mushroom pizza. Hours and information at: https://www.stambrose-mead-wine.com/
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St. Ambrose Cellars
841 South Pioneer Road
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A local favorite (family friendly) with great food and events about 15 minutes away. St. Ambrose Cellars makes mead, wine, beer, and cider from locally sourced ingredients. Try the best in Michigan mead, wine, and beer today! Love the truffle fries and mushroom pizza. Hours and information at: https://www.stambrose-mead-wine.com/
A fun newer local brewery about 15 minutes away. It's located in the heart of the cute small town of Beulah, MI, with a public beach on Crystal Lake, sports options, and shopping.
Five Shores Brewing
163 South Benzie Boulevard
A fun newer local brewery about 15 minutes away. It's located in the heart of the cute small town of Beulah, MI, with a public beach on Crystal Lake, sports options, and shopping.
A fun local brewery with good food about 10 minutes away in the heart of Frankfort, MI with main street shopping and a public beach on Lake Michigan. 9There are 2 Storm Cloud locations: One is a tasting room and the other on Main St has food.)
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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A fun local brewery with good food about 10 minutes away in the heart of Frankfort, MI with main street shopping and a public beach on Lake Michigan. 9There are 2 Storm Cloud locations: One is a tasting room and the other on Main St has food.)
Farm to table food and spirits about 15 minutes away.
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Iron Fish Distillery
14234 Dzuibanek Rd
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Farm to table food and spirits about 15 minutes away.
Organic locally-grown ciders, food and wine at Northern Natural Cider House and Winery, 7220 Chief Rd, Kaleva, MI, about 15 minutes away.
Northern Natural Llc
7220 Chief Rd
Organic locally-grown ciders, food and wine at Northern Natural Cider House and Winery, 7220 Chief Rd, Kaleva, MI, about 15 minutes away.
Great food on the shores of Portage Lake in Onekama, MI about 10 minutes away.
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The Glenwood (Closed for the season, reopening May 7, 2021)
4604 Main St
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Great food on the shores of Portage Lake in Onekama, MI about 10 minutes away.
Road House Mexican Bar and Grill, about 15 minutes away.
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Road House
1058 Benzie Hwy
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Road House Mexican Bar and Grill, about 15 minutes away.
Fresh bread and donuts baked daily. 10 minutes away.
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Crescent Bakery and Cafe
404 Main Street
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Fresh bread and donuts baked daily. 10 minutes away.
Craft cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Bestie Bay in Frankfort, Mi. 10 minutes away.
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Birch & Maple
727 Main St
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Craft cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Bestie Bay in Frankfort, Mi. 10 minutes away.
Italian kitchen and market. 10 minutes away.
Vita Bella Italian Kitchen and Market
320 Main Street
Italian kitchen and market. 10 minutes away.
Waterfront (on Betsie Bay) pub and grill with live entertainment in Elberta about 10 minutes away.
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Cabbage Shed
198 Frankfort Avenue
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Waterfront (on Betsie Bay) pub and grill with live entertainment in Elberta about 10 minutes away.
Great very close old-fashioned ice cream shop, located right next to the wonderful Arcadia Marsh walk.
Arcadia Ice House
17073 Northwood Highway
Great very close old-fashioned ice cream shop, located right next to the wonderful Arcadia Marsh walk.
Take out pizza.
A. Papano's Pizza BEULAH
7803 Crystal Drive
Take out pizza.
Furnace Street Distillery produces small-batch spirits from high quality ingredients. Drop by our tasting room overlooking Betsie Bay to enjoy our craft spirits — and the best view in the county! (Opening soon - check website: https://www.furnacestreetdistillery.com/)
Furnace Street Distillery, LLC
1121 Furnace Street
Furnace Street Distillery produces small-batch spirits from high quality ingredients. Drop by our tasting room overlooking Betsie Bay to enjoy our craft spirits — and the best view in the county! (Opening soon - check website: https://www.furnacestreetdistillery.com/)
City/town information
A beautiful, fun small town 10 minutes away with a public beach on Lake Michigan and main street dining and shopping.
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Frankfort
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A beautiful, fun small town 10 minutes away with a public beach on Lake Michigan and main street dining and shopping.
Beulah MI is a great small town about 15 minutes away with a public beach on beautiful Cyrstal Lake, with SUP, kayaks and other rentals, main street shopping, and 5 Shores Brewery.
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Beulah
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Beulah MI is a great small town about 15 minutes away with a public beach on beautiful Cyrstal Lake, with SUP, kayaks and other rentals, main street shopping, and 5 Shores Brewery.
55 min drive to Traverse City for shopping, dining options, and events.
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Traverse City
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55 min drive to Traverse City for shopping, dining options, and events.
Glen, Arbor, MI is a quaint village in the heart of Sleeping Bear national shoreline. Visit if going to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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Glen Arbor
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Glen, Arbor, MI is a quaint village in the heart of Sleeping Bear national shoreline. Visit if going to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Popular village on the shores of Lake Michigan close to Leelanau Pennisula wineries. About 1 hour away.
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Leland
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Popular village on the shores of Lake Michigan close to Leelanau Pennisula wineries. About 1 hour away.
Boating, Sports, Pickleball, Biking, & More
Marina and ice cream shop. Paddleboard rentals. https://www.arcadiamarine.com/
Arcadia Marine
17073 Northwood Highway
Marina and ice cream shop. Paddleboard rentals. https://www.arcadiamarine.com/
Arcadia Veterans Memorial Marina and boat launch. https://www.michiganwatertrails.org/location.asp?ait=av&aid=1708
Arcadia Veterans Memorial
17088 1st Street
Arcadia Veterans Memorial Marina and boat launch. https://www.michiganwatertrails.org/location.asp?ait=av&aid=1708
Kayaks, SUPS, bikes, and more. Rentals. Frankfort, MI. https://crystallakeadventuresports.com/
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
325 Main St
Kayaks, SUPS, bikes, and more. Rentals. Frankfort, MI. https://crystallakeadventuresports.com/
Kayakes, SUPS, biking and more. Rentals. Beulah, MI https://crystallakeadventuresports.com/
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
214 S Benzie Blvd
Kayakes, SUPS, biking and more. Rentals. Beulah, MI https://crystallakeadventuresports.com/
Pickleball - Indoor and Outdoor Courts. Non-profit. $2 donation recommendation for court use. Unique space for a variety of activities, a game room (ping pong, pool, and foosball tables), fully equipped exercise room, gym, and multipurpose room. (231) 889-7069
Pleaseant Valley Community
3586 Glovers Lake Road
Pickleball - Indoor and Outdoor Courts. Non-profit. $2 donation recommendation for court use. Unique space for a variety of activities, a game room (ping pong, pool, and foosball tables), fully equipped exercise room, gym, and multipurpose room. (231) 889-7069
Crystal Lake Marina. 2 locations in Beulah, MI that serves Benzie County and beyond for boating needs. https://crystallakemarina.com
Crystal Lake Marina LLC
7271 Crystal Dr
Crystal Lake Marina. 2 locations in Beulah, MI that serves Benzie County and beyond for boating needs. https://crystallakemarina.com
Mini Golf course in nearby Benzonia. The Hill Top Soda Shoppe with homemade ice cream and year-round Christmas store attached is just up the road.
Crystal Falls Mini Golf & Ice Cream Shop
1405 Michigan Ave
Mini Golf course in nearby Benzonia. The Hill Top Soda Shoppe with homemade ice cream and year-round Christmas store attached is just up the road.
The closest boat launch is just down the road in the village of Arcadia. Its for Arcadia Lake with a channel into Lake Michigan. There are many other public boat launches nearby, including Bear Lake, Upper and Lower Herring Lake, Crystal Lake, Betsie Bay (also leading into Lake Michigan), Portage Lake, etc.
Boat Ramp
The closest boat launch is just down the road in the village of Arcadia. Its for Arcadia Lake with a channel into Lake Michigan. There are many other public boat launches nearby, including Bear Lake, Upper and Lower Herring Lake, Crystal Lake, Betsie Bay (also leading into Lake Michigan), Portage Lake, etc.
Casino
https://www.lrcr.com/casino - 20 minutes away.
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Little River Casino
2700 Orchard Highway
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https://www.lrcr.com/casino - 20 minutes away.
Grocery Stores
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Family Fare Supermarket
1002 Forest Avenue
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Shop-N-Save
1747 Benzie Highway
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Meijer
15 Caberfae Hwy
Grow Benzie: is a great nearby farmers market with other events. https://www.growbenzie.org/market
Grow Benzie
5885 Frankfort Hwy
Grow Benzie: is a great nearby farmers market with other events. https://www.growbenzie.org/market
Local Nearby Farmer's market - https://www.facebook.com/ElbertaCommunityFarmersMarket/ (Seasonal locations.)
Elberta Farmers' Market
1098 Lakeside Blvd
Local Nearby Farmer's market - https://www.facebook.com/ElbertaCommunityFarmersMarket/ (Seasonal locations.)
Local gourmet food shop, wines, and coffee. Frankfort, Mi
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Petals & Perks
429 Main St
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Local gourmet food shop, wines, and coffee. Frankfort, Mi
Off The Beaten Trail & Other
Enter A Hidden Wildlife Sanctuary In Northern Michigan. Info here: https://www.gwenfrostic.com
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Gwen Frostic Prints
5140 River Rd
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Enter A Hidden Wildlife Sanctuary In Northern Michigan. Info here: https://www.gwenfrostic.com
Homemade ice cream, cakes, and year-round Christmas Shoppe! In nearby Benzonia.
Hill Top Soda Shoppe
7117 South St
Homemade ice cream, cakes, and year-round Christmas Shoppe! In nearby Benzonia.