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Frankfort stands on the shores of Lake Michigan. The pristine dunes, beaches and spectacular sunsets awe visitors and locals alike. Victorian homes dominate the picturesque, maple-lined streets and shoppers find unique items crafted by local artisans in Frankfort's specialty shops and galleries.
Located on the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake, Beulah offers a multitude of opportunities every season of the year. Charming up-north village with quaint shops, beautiful galleries, and small cozy eateries. Out-door enthusiasts tube or canoe down the Platte River, golf, fish either Crystal or Lake Michigan, or relax in the sun.
THOMPSONVILLE: CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
Located in the heart of Benzie County, Crystal Mountain is the Midwest’s premier four-season family resort featuring some of the finest accommodations northern Michigan has to offer. So much to do, and so much fun doing all of it! Fly down the mountain on the Crystal Coaster – Michigan’s one and only Alpine Slide. Get out and active with a mountain bike ride, nature hike or a leisurely float in a kayak down one of our nearby crystal clear rivers. Lastly, be sure not to miss the beauty and culture at the Michigan Legacy Art Park.
BENZIE AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Benzie Area Historical Society seeks to educate the public about the Benzie area, its people, and its history through exhibits at the museum and programs throughout the area. The Benzie Area Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Society, collects and preservers artifacts, photos, and stories about our past. The Museum is housed in an 1887 Congregational Church building and is on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites.
MICHIGAN LEGACY ART PARK: WHERE ART, NATURE AND HISTORY MEET
On Day 1 of the 6-Day Michigander we will head to Crystal Mountain. While there, discover for yourself the stories of Michigan’s cultural and natural history brought to life through art. The Michigan Legacy Art Park is a 30-acre wooded preserve that offers an art experience and hiking trail that is uniquely “northern Michigan”. The collection features more than forty major works of art and thirty-one poetry stones. Each sculpture and each poem help to express the Michigan experience, giving each visitor a more personal connection to the people, events and natural resources that continue to shape our great state.
Image: SINGING TREE BY FRITZ HORSTMAN
The Frankfort Lighthouse has long been a symbol of the city’s maritime heritage and a perfect place to watch the sunset or sunrise. Guarding the point where a man-made channel has been created between a landlocked Betsie Lake and Lake Michigan, the town of Frankfort has grown up around this safe harbor, with pristine sandy beaches and Victorian era summer homes perched in clear view. Relocated from a former north pier to its current location in 1932, it is now owned by the city of Frankfort. While it is not open to tour, we do suggest walking out the breakwater from Main Street to view the lighthouse and take pictures of this majestic structure (notice the door to nowhere on the second deck). For more about the history of this lighthouse, visit the website of Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association's lighthouse scholar Terry Pepper.
ELIZABETH LANE OLIVER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and hosts approximately 10 exhibitions annually, including special exhibitions. Featured artist shows in summer months bring artists from across the country, along with fresh ideas, inspiration, and connections for local artists. Cultural, historical, and arts tourism are incredibly important to Frankfort’s economy. The Oliver Art Center is now established as the primary community art center and cultural organization in Benzie County and has become one of the most active and promising art facilities in Northwest Michigan. It has enriched the region with a lively venue and program of arts and events. Given the Center’s location, it also acts as a premier event rental facility that attracts and anchors tourism for down town businesses including adjacent hotels, restaurants, and shops.
ELLIE HAROLD STUDIO & GALLERY
The Ellie Harold Studio & Gallery is open most days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Look for the "Open" sign by the brick path. If you'd like to call ahead for an appointment, ring: 231 352 6213.
Ellie Harold paints vibrant landscapes, still life, and abstractions in oil. Ellie came unexpectedly to an art career in her early 50s when, over the course of three sleepless nights, an insistent inner voice urged her to "Do Art." Although she studied Life Drawing with Don Bunse 20 years before she began painting, Ellie is primarily self-taught. (She has studied lightly in workshop settings with R.A. Moseley, Armand Cabrera and Stuart Shils.) The author of 7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists: Your Aesthetic Needs & How to Meet Them, Ellie facilitates workshops and gives painting instruction in Frankfort, MI and Vieques, PR. The colorful 1895 Victorian at 402 Forest Avenue (corner of Forest Ave. and 4th Street) in Frankfort, is just blocks from camp and plays an integral part in the creation of Ellie's artwork. A visit to the Studio & Gallery offers you the opportunity to meet the artist and see her work space.
CHERRY BOWL DRIVE-IN THEATRE
The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre, previously known as The Honor, is a historic drive-in theater and diner in Honor, Michigan on US Highway 31. It opened in 1953. and is one of seven remaining drive-in theaters in Michigan. The picture throw is 100 yards from the projection booth and this is Northern Michigan's largest movie screen. They do use modern projectors, with Xenon gas filled bulbs as light sources, and a state of the art platter system to provide viewers with the best possible movie going experience. The screen is continually filled for a nostalgic drive in theatre experience from vintage film, introduction, intermission, cartoons and two current releases. They always play a double feature.
The theatre is about 12 miles from camp and about a 15 minute drive.