SOURCE: Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

June 17, 2011 07:00 ET

Benzie County, Michigan Kicks Off Summer With Michigan PGA Women's Golf Event and "Passport to Fun" Promotion

BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - The Benzie County Visitors Bureau, located in the heart of Benzie County in Northwest Michigan's Lower Peninsula, "the best place in Michigan for Outdoor Sports & Recreation," kicks off summer with the Michigan PGA Women's Open. The Michigan PGA Women's Open, which will take place from June 24 - 29 at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa located in Thompsonville, Michigan, will feature some of the best professional and amateur women golfers from around Michigan and across the country. Crystal Mountain has a number of golf packages available for visitors who can watch parts of the tournament or golf on open courses at the resort, as well as book spa treatments, dining and other activities.

Benzie County is also offering a popular summer and fall promotion called "Passport to Fun." Visitors to Benzie County's website,, can sign up for the promotion online. "Passport to Fun" runs through October 31, 2011. Visitors must book and stay at one of the 24 participating Benzie County lodging locations 2 or more consecutive nights through the promotional period. Visitors will receive approximately $175 worth of free activities and things to eat at various restaurants and shops all around the county.

Featured Upcoming 2011 Events in Benzie County during the "Passport to Fun" 2011 Promotion:

Michigan PGA Women's Open - June 24 - 29, 2011 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
The Michigan PGA Women's Open returns to Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa for a ninth straight year featuring some of the best professional and amateur women golfers from around Michigan and across the country.

National Coho Festival - August 27 - 28, 2011 in Honor
The annual Coho Festival is a two-day event centralized in Honor, Michigan. The festival, which began in 1967, celebrates the 'salmon run' up the Benzie County Rivers.

The Bike Benzie Tour - August 21, 2011 Ride begins at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
The Bike Benzie Tour features a scenic ride through beautiful Benzie County with a choice of four distances: 15, 25, 45 or 62 miles. All routes feature great food stops and picturesque rides that challenge riders of all ages and abilities.

Benzie Fishing Frenzy - August 26 - 28, 2011 in Frankfort
With over $25,000 in cash and prizes this fishing contest is open to anyone. There are three Divisions with a Ladies Classic on Friday, Big Fish Only, Amateur Division, and Pro Division.

Taste of Benzie - September 10, 2011 in Frankfort
The Taste of Benzie in its 4th year in 2011 will include Fantastic Food, Music, Kid's Crafts, A Silent Auction and more. Samples of food range in price and involve many great restaurants located in Benzie County.

Benzie County Fall Festivals
October 1 & 2, 2011 Beulah and Benzonia
October 8 & 9, 2011 Frankfort and Elberta
Enjoy one or both events on back-to-back weekends in Benzie County to celebrate Michigan's spectacular fall color. Fun activities include pumpkin and gourd carving by master carvers, including Ed Moody from Frankfort, pumpkin chucking, parades, and children's activities.

Betsie Valley Run - October 2, 2011 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
The Betsie Valley Run is along a beautiful course in Benzie County's Betsie Valley. This event coincides with the Fall Festival in Beulah and Benzonia. The run includes a certified half marathon, 10k run / walk, 5k run / walk, and a child's mile.

6th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic - October 15, 2011
Endoman Promotions and Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan are pleased to present the Sixth Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic, presented by Right Brain Brewery. This epic event is held in and around the beautiful and gently rolling terrain, which surrounds Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa. The event will feature a 10.5-mile loop with beginner (1 lap), intermediate (2 laps) and expert (3 laps) divisions with a staggered start allowing racers of all abilities to enjoy the course simultaneously.

Frankfort Film Festival - October 20 - 23, 2011
Starting its 3rd Year The Frankfort Film Festival at The Garden Theater will feature 12 - 15 leading edge independent films, which are among the "best of show" titles from worldwide film festivals. Appearances by film producers and directors are anticipated.

Information about Benzie County
Benzie County is located only 30 minutes west of Traverse City, Michigan. With quaint vacation towns and villages such as Frankfort, Elberta, Honor, Beulah and Benzonia, and majestic Crystal Lake, Benzie County is a perfect setting for a relaxed getaway. Benzie County has spectacular beaches, miles of biking and walking paths, views of Lake Michigan, and plenty of great restaurants and shops as well as attractions. Perfectly situated along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Benzie County, Michigan has nearly 30 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, 57 inland lakes, hills and valleys, 22 miles for biking along the Betsie Valley Trail, and approximately 200 miles of rivers. Outdoor activities for vacationers and sports enthusiasts include fishing, golfing, biking, hiking, running, and kayaking in the spring, summer and fall months. Benzie County also has a homespun charm with hometown events that include parades and interaction with the local crowd.

For more information on Benzie County lodging, restaurants, outdoor recreation and events contact Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or see

Contact Information


    Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
    Media Consultant
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (616) 656-5885
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    Mary Carroll
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (800) 882-5801
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