Benzie County, Michigan, Offers “Passport to Fun 2010” A Summer Savings Travel Promotion to Beautiful Northern Michigan Along Lake Michigan's Shore

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A $200 Northern Michigan value package for summer and fall 2010 awaits visitors who book two or more nights at participating Benzie County lodging locations. Benzie County located along Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 30 minutes from over 25 Michigan wineries, offers outdoor adventures such as kayaking, biking, hiking the dunes, swimming, fishing, golfing, and more. With five quaint villages Benzie County is a relaxing Midwest U.S. destination for a weekend getaway or week long vacation.

Benzie County, Michigan, along Northern Michigan’s Lake Michigan shore is now offering a Summer and Fall travel promotion called “Passport to Fun 2010”. Visitors who book two or more consecutive nights at one of many participating lodging locations in Benzie County can receive the free passport.

Passport to Fun is available now through October 31, 2010 and includes over fifteen free or discounted food, restaurant, sightseeing, kayak and golfing opportunities valued at $200, including a Sleeping Bear Dunes two-for-one boat cruise on a brand new glass bottom boat with seating for 149 people.

Benzie County has become a desirable filming location for the motion picture industry due to its quaint small towns and pristine beauty. It was featured in the 2010 motion picture “Youth in Revolt” with Michael Sera. There are many reasons for a summer and fall 2010 escape to Benzie County including:

  •     The Cherry Hut, a restaurant that was cited by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2009 as offering a spectacular cherry pie, one of the top 50 food finds in the United States;
  •     The Crescent Bakery, the site from a scene in the recent Michael Sera movie, “Youth in Revolt”. The authentic Crescent Bakery offers wonderful homemade donuts, baked goods, sandwiches, soups and more;
  •     Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and National Park;
  •     Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort, one of the most photographed and replicated lighthouses in the United States;
  •     Lake Michigan beaches in Elberta and Frankfort;
  •     Beautiful Crystal Lake’s sandy beach in Beulah;
  •     A getaway to upscale Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in southern Benzie County. This award winning resort and spa recently received accolades as the 2010 Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, a Silver Sage Award by Spa Magazine as one of the top five favorite resort hotel spas in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Region, and was featured by Spas of America as one of the Top 50 Spas for 2009.

Benzie County Visitors Bureau Board Chairman Rick Schmitt states, “Benzie County has natural beauty and a captivating relaxed charm that many have discovering as a perfect getaway. We offer some of the best golfing, fishing, kayaking and other outdoor recreation in a beautiful part of the United States along the coastline of Lake Michigan. Benzie County’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is breathtaking in every season and the small villages are artsy and cool with great restaurants and lodging.”

Benzie County is located along Lake Michigan’s shoreline in the Lower Peninsula just 30 minutes southwest of Traverse City, Michigan. Benzie County, known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, is a natural vacation spot to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and National Park. Travel to Benzie County is a day’s drive or less from major Midwestern cities including Detroit (235 miles – 5 hours), Grand Rapids, (130 miles – 2.5 hours), Chicago (290 miles – 5.5 hours), Fort Wayne (295 miles – 5.5 hours) and Indianapolis (380 miles – 7 hours), as well as, Milwaukee (by way of the Lake Express Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon).

To find out more about a Benzie County vacation, contact the Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 800-882-5801.

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