SOURCE: Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

December 20, 2012 08:00 ET

Vacation This Season in a Pure Michigan Winter Wonderland -- Benzie County

BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) -  A vacation to Benzie County, Michigan this season will give visitors a true taste of Pure Michigan adventures including snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing at Crystal Mountain, an award-winning nationally recognized resort, snowshoeing the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, snowmobiling along Benzie County's 135 miles of groomed trails, and ice fishing on Benzie County's numerous inland lakes. Benzie County, known as the best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation, is a four seasons playground for families and adults.

To book winter getaways to Benzie County and to learn more about these events, nearby award-winning wineries and unique restaurants in the area, contact Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or see www.visitbenzie.com. Hotels, motels, inns, b&bs, and a top rated luxury resort are within minutes of beautiful natural areas to enjoy wintertime activities: downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and much more.

2013 Winter Events in Benzie County

Winterfest
In the Villages of Beulah and Benzonia
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Make your way to Benzie County for Winterfest, a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities such as a chili cook-off, an ice fishing contest, an annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, dog sled weight pulling competition (I.W.P.A), a Winterfest Parade, Outhouse races, and a majestic winter fireworks display over Crystal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in Michigan.

4th Annual Shiver By The River
In the City and Village of Frankfort and Elberta
Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 17, 2013

Snow Cross snowmobile races in downtown Frankfort highlight the winter weekend event Shiver by The River. More than 100 riders will compete in a series of Snow Cross snowmobile races on an obstacle track built in the city's Open Space Park. The event includes a Kid's Snow World featuring Sledding, Activities and Games, "Bowling on Main Street," Frozen 5K Run, a Winter Parade and numerous warming stations to go inside to get warm. Located right along Main Street in downtown Frankfort, there are also a number of great restaurants to enjoy. Activities will also take place in the quaint village of Elberta, two minutes away.

Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
Saturday, March 16, 2013

This event will include offerings of the best in fresh foods grown all winter through greenhouses, hoop houses, fresh cheeses such as goat and mozzarella, and organically-raised meats like chicken, lamb, pork, smoked fish, goat and even emu. Just because it's not summer doesn't mean the produce and fresh foods still aren't being produced in Benzie County. Come and see for yourself these year-round producers and taste local chefs' tastiest takes on local winter delicacies.

Spring Fling
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17, 2013
Bluebird skies, perfectly-groomed slopes, great deals on lift tickets, celebration and fun traditions -- in late March that's what skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain is all about! On Saturday, March 16 it's also a time for crazy downhill competitions at the 14th Annual Spring Fling! Light-hearted competitions with prize awards include:

  • Building a cardboard sled using ONLY cardboard and duct tape... and then racing it against others on one of the slopes;
  • Racing head-to-head down one of the ski slopes, while in a kayak!
  • Skiing or snowboarding through a giant pit of icy slush at the base of Loki slope.

5th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
March 23, 2013
Celebrate sunshine and spring skiing with a weekend filled with music, art, food and fun! In honor of the favorite sticky, sweet delicacy... maple syrup, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa presents the 4th Annual Maple Syrup Festival. Tree tapping demonstrations, maple syrup vendors, cooking demos, chainsaw wood carving demonstration, live bluegrass, and pancakes drenched in delicious northern Michigan maple syrup are just a few of the highlights.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
    Media Consultant
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (616) 656-5885
    Email Contact

    Mary Carroll
    President
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (800) 882-5801
    Email Contact