Guidebook for Frankfort

Linda

Guidebook for Frankfort

Drinks & Nightlife
Maybe the best beer brewed in northern Michigan ... Short's has some serious competition. Also, wonderful atmosphere ... check-out the games on the piano, or ask for a set of chess pieces.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company
303 Main Street
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Maybe the best beer brewed in northern Michigan ... Short's has some serious competition. Also, wonderful atmosphere ... check-out the games on the piano, or ask for a set of chess pieces.
GREAT locals watering hole, with solid food and a great deck overlooking the water. Live music most weekends.
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Cabbage Shed
198 Frankfort Avenue
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GREAT locals watering hole, with solid food and a great deck overlooking the water. Live music most weekends.
Karaoke!
Villa Marine Bar & Grill
228 Main St
Karaoke!
Arts & Culture
Literally across the street from the cottage, these outdoor, world-class productions are always fun and engaging.
Lakeside Shakespeare Theater
336 Park Avenue
Literally across the street from the cottage, these outdoor, world-class productions are always fun and engaging.
Restored single-screen theater that plays first-run movies, and hosts a film festival each October.
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The Garden Theater
301 Main Street
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Restored single-screen theater that plays first-run movies, and hosts a film festival each October.
World-class performing arts of ALL kinds.
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Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Michigan 137
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World-class performing arts of ALL kinds.
Parks & Nature
Secluded local beach. Drive past Trick Dog, & down the hill; then drive down the two-track, park & hike over the dune ... it's possible to have the entire beach to yourselves. GREAT for stargazing!
Elberta Bluffs
Secluded local beach. Drive past Trick Dog, & down the hill; then drive down the two-track, park & hike over the dune ... it's possible to have the entire beach to yourselves. GREAT for stargazing!
Great playground for kids
Elberta's Waterfront Park
Centre Street
Great playground for kids
It's possible to hike the beach to here from Frankfort (4-miles), but it's also a nice excursion to check-out the rocky beach and lighthouse.
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Point Betsie Lighthouse
3701 Point Betsie Road
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It's possible to hike the beach to here from Frankfort (4-miles), but it's also a nice excursion to check-out the rocky beach and lighthouse.
Kinda touristy, but a fun bucket-list item in the park. Be sure to run down the dune all the way to the beach.
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Dune Climb
6748 South Dune Highway
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Kinda touristy, but a fun bucket-list item in the park. Be sure to run down the dune all the way to the beach.
Miles of trails, and, from the dunes high above the lake ... some of the most beautiful vistas in the world! The Dry Hill Loop is a 10-mile single track, and was designed as a mountain bike trail, though is also great for a hike. The easiest access is from the parking lot near St. Pierre & Matzinger roads
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Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve
Gilbert Road
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Miles of trails, and, from the dunes high above the lake ... some of the most beautiful vistas in the world! The Dry Hill Loop is a 10-mile single track, and was designed as a mountain bike trail, though is also great for a hike. The easiest access is from the parking lot near St. Pierre & Matzinger roads
Our favorite hike in Glen Arbor ... it loops, and at the top there are great views of the Manitou Islands.
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Alligator Hill Trail
Stocking Road
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Our favorite hike in Glen Arbor ... it loops, and at the top there are great views of the Manitou Islands.
Lovely & secluded beach ... Sleeping Bear Dunes park pass recommended.
Good Harbor Bay
Lovely & secluded beach ... Sleeping Bear Dunes park pass recommended.
This is a really great river to float, kayak or canoe down. There are several places to put in and take out, and LOTS of wildlife along the way. It empties into Lake Michigan in Frankfort.
Betsie River
This is a really great river to float, kayak or canoe down. There are several places to put in and take out, and LOTS of wildlife along the way. It empties into Lake Michigan in Frankfort.
A lovely hike down to a secluded beach.
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Green Point Dunes
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A lovely hike down to a secluded beach.
Sightseeing
At the end of this street is a rustic set of wooden steps that lead down to the western end of Frankfort beach, which tends to be less crowded. We usually leave our shoes at the bottom of the stairs.
Nipissing Street
At the end of this street is a rustic set of wooden steps that lead down to the western end of Frankfort beach, which tends to be less crowded. We usually leave our shoes at the bottom of the stairs.
This is an old railroad grade that begins at Frankfort beach, following the alley south of Main St., continuing through downtown Beulah, and then all the way to Crystal Mountain in Thomponsville.
Betsie Valley Trail
This is an old railroad grade that begins at Frankfort beach, following the alley south of Main St., continuing through downtown Beulah, and then all the way to Crystal Mountain in Thomponsville.
Beautiful Beach ... Sleeping Bear Dunes pass recommended.
Esch Road
Beautiful Beach ... Sleeping Bear Dunes pass recommended.
A MUST see view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes ... easy hike. Park pass recommended.
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Empire Bluff Trail
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A MUST see view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes ... easy hike. Park pass recommended.
Worth doing ... A-mazing views at the top!
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
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Worth doing ... A-mazing views at the top!
Food Scene
Our favorite burgers in town, and ribs ... with decent beers on tap. Fun nautical theme, with cool old posters and prints from Frankfort's past.
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Dinghy's Restaurant & Bar
415 Main Street
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Our favorite burgers in town, and ribs ... with decent beers on tap. Fun nautical theme, with cool old posters and prints from Frankfort's past.
Surprisingly good Asian fusion, with well-curated beer and wines, and good cocktails.
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The Fusion
300 Main Street
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Surprisingly good Asian fusion, with well-curated beer and wines, and good cocktails.
Real bagels, and good sandwiches ... the original location is in downtown Beulah.
L'Chayim Delicatessen
318 Main Street
Real bagels, and good sandwiches ... the original location is in downtown Beulah.
Solid menu, good steaks & whitefish ... and the best selection of Scotch Whiskies in and area.
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The Manitou
4349 North Scenic Highway
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Solid menu, good steaks & whitefish ... and the best selection of Scotch Whiskies in and area.
The best selection of liquor in the area, and they'll also sell you single beers, or mixed six-packs, 12-packs, etc.
Conundrum Cafe
603 Frankfort Avenue
The best selection of liquor in the area, and they'll also sell you single beers, or mixed six-packs, 12-packs, etc.
Our favorite breakfast spot in town. Nice outdoor seating.
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Bayview Grille
727 Main St
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Our favorite breakfast spot in town. Nice outdoor seating.
Our favorite restaurant in Benzie County ... everything's good; GREAT salsas, Dos Equis always on tap ... decent selection of tequilas. Nice outdoor patio seating.
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Road House
1058 Benzie Hwy
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Our favorite restaurant in Benzie County ... everything's good; GREAT salsas, Dos Equis always on tap ... decent selection of tequilas. Nice outdoor patio seating.
Classic Americana ... the cherry pie is a must!
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The Cherry Hut
211 North Michigan Avenue
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Classic Americana ... the cherry pie is a must!
GREAT burgers and tater tots ... solid beers always on tap.
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Joe's Friendly Tavern
11015 West Front Street
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GREAT burgers and tater tots ... solid beers always on tap.
GREAT burgers and tater tots ... excellent beers on tap. Worth the wait.
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Art's Tavern
6487 West Western Avenue
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GREAT burgers and tater tots ... excellent beers on tap. Worth the wait.
Our favorite Italian restaurant in the area ... GREAT wine list!
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Trattoria Funistrada
4566 West MacFarlane Road
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Our favorite Italian restaurant in the area ... GREAT wine list!
The finest in fine dining ... with a view to match. The best dining experience outside of Traverse City in the entire area.
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Blu
5705 South Lake Street
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The finest in fine dining ... with a view to match. The best dining experience outside of Traverse City in the entire area.
Kinda touristy... but fun for a visit.
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Cherry Republic | Glen Arbor
6026 South Lake Street
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Kinda touristy... but fun for a visit.
Everything Else
The best local canoe livery ... with surprisingly good food and ice cream from their takeout window.
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Riverside Canoe Trips
5042 North Scenic Highway
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The best local canoe livery ... with surprisingly good food and ice cream from their takeout window.
Essentials
Best meat counter in Benzie County ... REALLY good sausages ... interesting selection of beer & wines.
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Honor Family Market
10625 Main Street
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Best meat counter in Benzie County ... REALLY good sausages ... interesting selection of beer & wines.