Area Attractions

Benzie County is the home of one of Michigan's most outstanding Lighthouse museums. Also, it is a tucked-away gem for artists, writers, wine lovers, filmmakers, fruit growers, and much more! Various attractions that intrigue guests when they arrive include:

The Betsie Valley Trail - The Betsie Valley Trail is 22 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville (see Trail Map and Trail Tour for a description of the trail, with segment mileages). From Frankfort to Beulah it is non-motorized. All of it is excellent for bicycle and pedestrian use. The 6 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Rd. is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (13 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March. Pets are permitted on most parts of the Trail as long as they are on a leash and under control.

Crystal Downs - The 18-hole course at the Crystal Downs Country Club features 6,518 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. Designed by Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell, ASGCA, the Crystal Downs golf course opened in 1929. Check the reviews of this course and you will find that it's a must-putt for players. Crystal Downs ranks well among avid golfers. Miles from Point Betsie Lighthouse: 2

The Garden Theater - Originally built in 1923 and renovated in 2008, the Garden Theatre is a place for film fans and is home to The Frankfort Film Festival held annually in late October. Miles from Point Betsie: 5

Oliver Art Center - Oliver Art Center hosts approximately 10 exhibitions annually, including special exhibitions. The Annual All-media Juried Exhibition and Annual Student Exhibition consistently engage our community. Two member shows per year keep everyone connected and learning about the best our membership has to offer. Featured artist shows in summer months bring artists from across the country, along with fresh ideas, inspiration, and connections for local artists. Miles from Point Betsie: 5

Gwen Frostic - The lady and the art = an experience you have to see to believe. Fine art prints that are exquisite, classic and undoubtably authentic. Miles from Point Betsie: 10

Benzie Area Historical Society - 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 preserves 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. The Drake School in Platte Township was built in 1891 and used as a school until 1943. The Drake School is owned by the Museum and is open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 PM, July and August. Drake School is open on the weekends. Miles from Point Betsie: 16

Empire Museum Complex - Empire was first settled in the mid 1850s by John LaRue. Two shipwrecks could have contributed to the naming of the village. The side-wheeler "Empire State" went aground here in 1849 and the schooner "Empire" grounded here in 1865. Vintage cars, tractors, bicycles and much more fill the grounds around the museum along with old fashion crafts and food-making of all kinds. A live blacksmith demonstration makes for a fun filled afternoon for the whole family. Miles from Point Betsie: 19


Michigan Legacy Art Park - Nestled in the midst of deciduous forest there is an outdoor gallery that brings a glimmer to the mind, and a giggle to the inner child. With a vast expression of artistic genius, wit and skill, Michigan Legacy Art Park is a fine example of Michigan's easy and welcoming spirit for artists and dreamers. Miles from Point Betsie: 22