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Fall Color Tours Along Benzie County's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwired - Sep 21, 2013) - Capture the autumn beauty of a Northern Michigan getaway along Benzie County's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore voted the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America viewers. During October, the tapestry of colors of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding protected forests in Benzie County change from lush greens to bright orange, yellow, gold, red, and burgundy on the roads that traverse the county. Travel along M-22 with majestic views of Lake Michigan along bluffs in Benzie County and stop at the many quaint towns and villages during your visit including Beulah, Benzonia, Elberta, Frankfort, Honor, and Lake Ann.

The Benzie County Visitors Bureau is offering a fun vacation getaway package through October 31, 2013 called "Passport to Fun. "Passport to Fun" is a popular Benzie County getaway package that includes nearly $200 worth of free activities, food and gift items from various restaurants and businesses throughout the county for visitors who stay 2 or more consecutive nights at one of the 25 participating Benzie County lodging locations. Visitors coming for a getaway to Benzie County are invited to view www.visitbenzie.com to sign up for the promotion online*.

*Visitors need to sign up online in order to receive the "Passport to Fun" Vacation form.

While in Benzie County, explore trendy and hometown restaurants. A new addition is Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort offering Belgian inspired Ales on tap, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and interesting food including creative wood fired pizzas, soups, salads charcuterie plates, and appetizers. 

Get out into the countryside to see special places like the Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm (Fall by Appointment), Point Betsie Lighthouse, and Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain. 

Shop for art and antiques in Benzie County at places like Gwen Frostic Prints and Beedazzled in Benzonia. Look for home décor items at places like Crystal Crate and Cargo, Northern Lights and Lifestyles, and Betsie Bay Furniture.

For those interested in active recreation the Charter boat fishing and inland river and lake fly-fishing are at their best. There is also biking along the Betsie Valley Trail and kayaking and canoeing along Benzie County's scenic rivers.

Every Weekend in October Benzie County features fall events. Competitive fall events include the Betsie Valley Run featuring a half marathon, 10K run/walk and 5k run/walk as well as the Peak-to-Peak Mountain Bike Classic. The Bike Classic features a 10.5-mile loop with beginner (1 lap), intermediate (2 laps) and expert (3 laps) divisions allowing racers of all abilities to enjoy the course.

Enjoy the Frankfort Film Festival on October 24 - 27, 2013. The restored, historical Garden Theater in Frankfort is the place to be on the fourth weekend of October. This annual film-lovers festival features international foreign, documentary and full feature indie film festival winners from prestigious film festivals throughout the world. Visits by film directors and screenwriters and other surprises will be part of the four-day event. For more information see www.frankfortgardentheater.com or call 231-352-7561.