Benzie County is filled with "Up North" scenery and that wonderful Northern Michigan feeling. Whether Benzie County is your destination, or if you are passing through on your way to Traverse City or the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, there is so much to see and do!
Benzie County is home to the southern most section of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which runs along the coast line of Benzie and Leelanau counties. Within this region is beautiful Crystal Lake with its numerous summer homes, and Platte Lake. Whether you travel up scenic M-22 or US-31, stop into one of the small towns in Benzie County, like Frankfort, Elberta, Benzonia, and Beulah.
BeulahThe village of Beulah is just two minutes north of Benzonia, and right along the shores of Crystal Lake on US-31. Known for its small, friendly stores, antique shops and the Cherry Hut restaurant, Beulah is a friendly, small town of less than 400 people.
HonorLess than 10 minutes north-east of Beulah along US-31, Honor is another friendly small town in the heart of Benzie County. Honor is located in a beautiful river valley along a top-notch Trout Stream called the Platte River. Each year during the month of August, this sleepy little town comes alive to host the "National Coho Festival," honoring the 'salmon run' along the first river that began salmon fishing in Michigan. Honor is known as the Coho Capital because each year, Coho Salmon make their way back up River to their birthplace, the Platte River State Fish Hatchery just outside of town. Honor is also known for the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater, the only Drive-In Theater left in Northern Michigan, and and because of its close proximity, Honor is also considered a gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Benzie County Festivals & EventsAny season--any time--Benzie County is a great place to be. There's always something fun going on, no matter what time of year. You'll never be bored in Benzie County!
Some of Benzie County's Top Events
- Frankfort Arts & Crafts Fairs
- Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre Festival
- Annual National Coho Salmon Festival
- Beulah Winterfest
- Benzie County Fallfest
- Frankfort Film Festival