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Benzonia, Michigan

Benzonia is located on the south shore of Crystal Lake in the heart of Benzie County. Benzonia is the birthplace of the famous Civil War and Michigan historian, Bruce Catton. There is historical plaque about him in front of the library. Benzonia has beautiful swimming beaches and several small shops to visit. Population: 449. Founded by Charles E. Bailey as the site of a proposed Christian college in 1858, while it was still a woodland wilderness. The Herring Creek post office was moved here in 1859. Incorporated as a village in 1891. The French called the local river Aux Bec Scies (bec-scie meaning sawbill, a species of duck, evidently abounding on the stream then), which the American sailors corrupted into the Betsie River, and that in turn was changed to Benzie when the county was organized in 1869. Informational excerpts from Michigan Place Names, by Walter Romig, L.H.D.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

BeeDazzled Candleworks [Art & Craft Galleries, Specialty Shops], 6289 River Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7765

Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Avenue, Box 185, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: Phone: (231) 882-5539. Featuring artifacts and exhibits of Benzie County history (logging, agriculture, railroads); as well as displays of Pulitzer-Prize winner and Benzonian native, author Bruce Catton (1954 for his books on the Civil War); the Ann Arbor Car Ferries, a General Store and more. Open Tuesday through Saturday, May through December. Also open on Mondays -- June, July and August.

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DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Crystal Cafe, 1681 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9565

Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill [Mexican Cuisine], 1058 Michigan Avenue - US 31, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9631

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

Crystal Vacation Rentals, P.O. Box 467, 11780 Chippewa Hwy, Bear Lake, MI 49614, Phone:  (231) 864-4020

Hanmer's Riverside Resort [Canoe & Kayak Rental], 2251 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7783

Homestead Resort on the Betsie River, 2399 Dam Rd, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9950

Lakes-N-Trails Motel, 1584 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-0206

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Fraternal, Political, Religious, Social,  Veteran, etc.

Michigan Area Retiree Activities Office (RAO) [Support services for Military Retirees], 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 12, Oscoda, Michigan 48750, (989) 739-2777

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

Northwestern Michigan Online [Internet Business Directory], 3980 Curtisville Rd., South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 726-4416

Visit Benzie County [Internet Business Directory], 3980 Curtisivlle Rd., South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 726-4416

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

Benzie Fishing Service [Sportfishing Guide], 7000 King Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5018

Benzie Sportsman's Club [Sporting Clays], Hoadley & Pond Rd, Benzonia,  Michigan 49616, Phone: (231) 352-5922

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Hanmer's Riverside Resort [Canoe & Kayak Rental], 2251 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7783

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Reel Venture Charters (Sport Fishing Charters), 5848 E. Weston Rd., Blissfield, Michigan 49228, Phone: (517) 443-5839 or (517) 260-1023, Email: captsteve@aix.cc

Sleeping Bear Charters LLC [Sport Fishing Charters], 3475 S. Stanley St., Lake Leelanau, MI 49653, Phone: (231) 256-6474

Timberline Campground, 2788 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9548

Vacation Trailer Park & Canoe, 2080 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5101

SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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Northern Rental Management [Rental Management], 584 Beulah Highway, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9507

Nugent Maintenance Service [Handyman Services], 4624 Rice Rd., Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-4150

Smittys Tree & Snow Removal [Firewoods Sales, Snow Removal Services], 2741 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-4570

SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

BeeDazzled Candleworks [Art & Craft Galleries, Specialty Shops], 6289 River Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7765

Gwen Frostic Prints [Art & Craft Galleries], 5140 River Road, Box 300, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5505

Rubini Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 1047 Michigan Ave., Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-2787

Vigland Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 1057 Michigan Ave., (US-31), Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7203

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