Benzonia, Mich. (December 28, 2017) – If you’re looking for that perfect winter romantic or family getaway (or both!) experience in 2018, Benzie County, Michigan may be the ideal destination.
Benzie County towns and villages are beautifully tranquil day or night for enjoying nature, as well as, active fun. During the day, embark on adventurous activities like downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing. Experience a winter horse drawn sleigh ride at Fantail Farm LLC. Visit Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts or the outdoor Michigan Legacy Art Park. Or, just relax at a local pub, brewery, winery or distillery.
Centered in Frankfort’s historic Main Street, just two blocks from iconic Lake Michigan, sits the Hotel Frankfort, a boutique hotel with 17 guest rooms. Stormcloud Brewing Company recently named the “#1 best new brewery in Michigan” by MLive is a block away and there are other unique restaurants across the street. The Hotel Frankfort’s Romantic Run-Away-from-Home Package includes a 2-night stay in a luxury suite including jacuzzi or hot tub with sauna, a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Call Hotel Frankfort at 231-352-8090 for information.
For both couples and families, there’s also Crystal Mountain named one of the “top ten best ski resorts for families in the U.S. and Canada” by Conde Nast. Crystal Mountain not only caters to families, but also to adults who want a relaxing getaway. The resort features superb downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, ice hockey, fat tire bike rentals/trails, snowshoeing, as well as, children’s activities. Adults love the luxurious spa services at their award-winning Crystal Spa and superb dining at Thistle Pub & Grille and Wild Tomato Restaurant. (Baby-sitting services are also available through the resort.)
Upcoming 2018 Winter Events:
- Cross Country Winter Trails Day
January 6, 2018
Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with this easy-to-learn winter sport. Enjoy a free 2-Hour Trail Pass and rentals available from 1pm-3pm, 2pm-4pm, 3pm-5pm. More information about registration for this event at:
- Iron Fish Distillery Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race
January 21, 2018
Come to Crystal Mountain for the Iron Fish Distillery Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race. The Otter Trail course is 2 miles of speed, twisting sections and minimal elevation. Each lap in will add it’s own new fat tire challenges. Riders will take on 90 minutes or 45 minute of fast, flat and wide open laps on a hard packed loop. Get in as many laps as you can in you allotted time, but when the clock hits 1:30:00, everyone is done! It’s a race day you don’t want to miss. To Register see:
- Annual Winterfest in Benzie County
February 10, 2018
Experience family fun throughout the day in Beulah with entertaining children’s winter activities in Beulah Park, a Chili Cookoff, Horse drawn wagon rides, the Winterfest Parade followed by the annual Outhouse Sprint, and fireworks in the evening (weather permitting).
- Betsie Bay Frozen 5K
February 17, 2018
A fun 5k in the middle of February for crazy runners who are willing to brave the elements of cold temperature and 30 mph gusts off of Lake Michigan. This walk/run event starts at the top of Elberta’s beautiful lookout over Lake Michigan and proceeds through town along the Betsie Bay to Frankfort’s Main Street with the finish at the end of town just before the lighthouse. Registration at:
- Mardi Gras on the Mountain
March 2 & 3, 2018A variety of events and activities are in store for this weekend event including mask making with the Snow Monsters, Costume Contest and Scavenger Hunt for beads, a DJ Dance Party with face painting, glitter tattoos and more, BBQ & Seafood Boil, and Adult Live Music from 8 p.m. to midnight.
- Spring Carnival
March 9 & 10, 2018
Celebrate spring the “up-north” way, with all kinds of snow-filled fun! Fun-in-the-sun costumes are highly encouraged. Get ready for great events and activities for the whole family to enjoy during Spring Carnival.
- Retro Weekend
March 23 & 24, 2018
Dust off the neon, ringer tees, gigantic jeans and vintage sweaters. Whatever your decade, it’s time to bring it back for Retro Weekend at Crystal Mountain! Online registration required for race events.
- Crystal Spa Days
April 7 – May 20, 2018
The 18,500-square foot, leed certified spa at the heart of Crystal Mountain will offer special rates on popular spa experiences. From the first moment you enter the Crystal Spa, you’ll appreciate the comforts of this elegant retreat.