Guidebook for Benzonia

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Guidebook for Benzonia

Food Scene
Amazing Food. Sandwiches and bagels that are out of this world. Best chocolate chip cookies. Coffee. Eat there or take food to go. Lots of choices to bring back to the house for a yummy meal.
L' Chayim Delicatessen
274 S Benzie Blvd
Amazing Food. Sandwiches and bagels that are out of this world. Best chocolate chip cookies. Coffee. Eat there or take food to go. Lots of choices to bring back to the house for a yummy meal.
Breakfast joint very close to the house.
Ursa Major Bistro (formerly Blue C Cafe)
245 S Benzie Blvd
Breakfast joint very close to the house.
Asian Food in Northern Michigan.
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The Fusion
300 Main Street
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Asian Food in Northern Michigan.
Mexican Food. Drinks. Outdoor Patio.
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Road House
1058 Benzie Hwy
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Mexican Food. Drinks. Outdoor Patio.
Flatbread Pizza, Beer, Soups, Sandwiches, Popcorn, Desserts. Patio seating.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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Flatbread Pizza, Beer, Soups, Sandwiches, Popcorn, Desserts. Patio seating.
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The Cherry Hut
211 North Michigan Avenue
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Shopping
Health Food Store. Very cute. Get your specialty foods here.
Creation Market
284 S Benzie Blvd
Health Food Store. Very cute. Get your specialty foods here.
Great overall supermarket. Also has many organic choices. Reasonable prices. Just two minutes away from the house.
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Shop-N-Save
1747 Benzie Highway
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Great overall supermarket. Also has many organic choices. Reasonable prices. Just two minutes away from the house.
Local produce, fresh flowers and yummy healthy treats!
Market Basket Inc
187 North Michigan Avenue
Local produce, fresh flowers and yummy healthy treats!
Arts & Culture
Amazing Children’s Section. They have great toys for the kids to play with, as well as a puppet theater for families to use. The whole Children’s Section is beautiful with wooden beams made to look like trees and a gorgeous mural. Nice selection of books as well. This is a go to spot for when you need something to do with the kids. There is a playground next to the Library as well.
Benzonia Public Library
891 Michigan Ave
Amazing Children’s Section. They have great toys for the kids to play with, as well as a puppet theater for families to use. The whole Children’s Section is beautiful with wooden beams made to look like trees and a gorgeous mural. Nice selection of books as well. This is a go to spot for when you need something to do with the kids. There is a playground next to the Library as well.
Beautiful Wood Cuts by renowned local artist. Cards and prints for sale. The building itself is also amazing and very peaceful.
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Gwen Frostic Prints
5140 River Rd
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Beautiful Wood Cuts by renowned local artist. Cards and prints for sale. The building itself is also amazing and very peaceful.
Sweet boutique with beautiful goods, including sweaters, hats, socks and shawls made from Alpaca fiber. Plus, you can see the Alpacas while you are there! They are adorable.
Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm and Boutique
4907 River Rd
Sweet boutique with beautiful goods, including sweaters, hats, socks and shawls made from Alpaca fiber. Plus, you can see the Alpacas while you are there! They are adorable.
Learn about local history
Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum
6941 Traverse Ave
Learn about local history
Parks & Nature
This local hike runs through beech and maple forest with an opportunity to view Lake Michigan. Some steep sections. Park Pass needed.
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Old Indian Trail Sleeping Bear Dunes
4349 N Scenic Hwy
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This local hike runs through beech and maple forest with an opportunity to view Lake Michigan. Some steep sections. Park Pass needed.
There are 14.7 miles of hiking trails through forests and fields that lead you to Otter Creek, a gorgeous place known for wildlife, as well as to Otter Lake and Bass Lake. This hike also provides access to Lake Michigan. Park Pass needed. https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/trailplatteplains.htm
Platte Plains Trail
There are 14.7 miles of hiking trails through forests and fields that lead you to Otter Creek, a gorgeous place known for wildlife, as well as to Otter Lake and Bass Lake. This hike also provides access to Lake Michigan. Park Pass needed. https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/trailplatteplains.htm
Kayak the lovely Platte River. This nicely flowing, safe river is a great place to bird watch. The sandy bottom makes for good swimming along the way. Park Pass needed.
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Platte River
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Kayak the lovely Platte River. This nicely flowing, safe river is a great place to bird watch. The sandy bottom makes for good swimming along the way. Park Pass needed.
Swim in Lake Michigan or sunbathe on the sand. Beautiful views and great sunsets. Wheelchair accessible stunning views.
Elberta Beach (Ebeach)
Swim in Lake Michigan or sunbathe on the sand. Beautiful views and great sunsets. Wheelchair accessible stunning views.
Bike or walk this lovely trail that picks up so close to the house! Bike through forest and farmland and enjoy the quiet peacefulness that Northern Michigan has to offer.
Betsie Valley Trail
Bike or walk this lovely trail that picks up so close to the house! Bike through forest and farmland and enjoy the quiet peacefulness that Northern Michigan has to offer.
Sightseeing
Beulah Trailhead and Visitor Center
Drinks & Nightlife
Local hangout for nightlife
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Cabbage Shed
198 Frankfort Avenue
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Local hangout for nightlife