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Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Frankfort’s major attractions are the Great Lakes sport fishing and the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches. The beautiful sunsets and Pt. Betsie Lighthouse are popular subjects for photographers and artists. Frankfort has a well maintained marina and park as well as numerous shops. Population: 1,546. First settled by Joseph Oliver in 1850. A Detroit colony began developing the town in 1859. It was originally in Leelanau County, it is said that a former resident remarked that the area so reminded him of Frankfort, Germany, that he suggested the name for the new town. Incorporated as a village in 1874.

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

Frankfort North Breakwater Light, Coastline, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-4242. Built: 1932. "This automated light sits out on the end of the Frankfort North Breakwater, a popular destination for walkers and fishermen in the area.

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Point Betsie Lighthouse, 3071 Pt. Betsie Road, 4 mi North of Frankfort, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231)352-7666.  This oldest standing structure in Benzie County, built in 1858, marks the all-important entrance to southern end of the Manitou Passage, a once-vital maritime shipping channel. Although the lane is no longer used by large commercial vessels, the operating light signal remains a US Coast Guard aid to navigation to this day, and the site shines as a treasured landmark to mariners and landlubbers alike. Because the USCG automated the light in 1983 and subsequently vacated the buildings in 1996, by 2004 it was possible to transfer title to Benzie County who, in turn, leased the site to the all-volunteer organization, Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Inc. In a strong partnership, the County and the Friends have set about renovating the deteriorating buildings. By 2006, they had completed a nearly $1 M exterior restoration phase. Further work continues on a barrier-free access, the Fog/Signal structure, and the interiors of both major buildings. The site has been open for tours and gift shopping, primarily on weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, since 2002. The public beach adjacent to the site is easily accessed, although roadside parking is problematic and there are no public facilities available until reaching Frankfort, 4 mi south, or Platte River, 8 mi north, on M-22. Encouraged to visit are lighthouse aficionados, students of history, and lovers of the beautiful natural setting Pt. Betsie offers.

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


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

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Bay Port Lodging, 905 Forest Avenue, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-4442

The Beach House on Upper Herring Lake, 5484 Indian Trail, Frankfort, MI 49638, Phone: (231) 632-0833

Chimney Corners Resort, 1602 Crystal Drive, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-7522

Coast Guard Pointe Cottage, 115 2nd St, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (517) 337-2887

Crystal Lake Getaway, 2104 Crystal Dr., Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (616) 363-1060

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Stonewall Inn B & B, 428 Leelanau Avenue, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231)352-9299

Wayfarer Lodging, 1912 South Scenic Highway, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-9264

Windchime Inn, 625 Forest Ave., Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-6002

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

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

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.

Betsie Valley Trail [Hiking , Biking & Snowmobile Trail], P.O. Box 474, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9605. The Betsie Valley Trail is 22.3 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan. From Frankfort to Beulah it is non-motorized. All of it is excellent for bicycles and pedestrian use. The 6.7 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Road is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (12.3 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March.

Blue Water Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 16662 Rudmond Road, Thompsonville, MI 49683, Phone: (231) 632-3474

Captain Ron’s Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 6517 Duffield, Swartz Creek, MI 48473, Phone: (989)  666-7318

Fish Hunter Charter Svc [Sport Fishing Charters], East Shore Marina, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (586) 419-3480

Gold Coast Charter Service [Sport Fishing Charters], 6341 Sauk Trail, Saline, MI,48176, Phone: (866) 429-0126

Hammerhead Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 2955 S Scenic Hwy, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 645-9116

Hawg-Tide Sportfishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 9991 N. Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684, Phone: (231) 218-2379

In The Net Charters, LLC [Sport Fishing Charters], 12180 Shaffer Rd., Davisburg, MI 48350, Phone: (248) 635-6512

Intimidator Sportfishing Charters Frankfort [Sport Fishing Charters], 3131 Sliverville Road, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 651-9995

Kris’ Charter Service [Sport Fishing Charters], PO Box 616, Elberta, MI 49628, Phone: (231) 352-2628

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Sara K II Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 28003 5 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154, Phone: (248) 444-3984

Slo Mo Sean Charter Service [Sport Fishing Charters], 11325 Robin Meadow, Freeland, MI 48623, Phone: (989) 274-6689

Stormy Chinook Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 4140 S. Lakeshore, Lexington, MI 48450, Phone: (586) 212-4030

Talon Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 292 S. Zimmerman Rd, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (248) 542-1563

TNT Fishing Team Charter Service [Sport Fishing Charters], 119 Frankfort Ave., Elberta, MI 49628, Phone: (989) 390-5775

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

Crystal Lake Catering Company [Banquet Halls, Caterers, Party Rentals], 823 James St., Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-9460

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Real Estate One [Real Estate Agencies], 323 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 631-1337

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The Point Betsie InterNetwork [Domain Names, Web Hosting and Website Design], 615 Main St., PO Box 1025, Frankfort, MI 49635

Traverse City Community Based Outpatient Clinic [VA Medical Facilities], 3271 Racquet Club Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684, Phone: (989) 497-2500 X 11412

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

Crystal Lake Catering Company [Banquet Halls, Caterers, Party Rentals], 823 James St., Frankfort, MI 49635, Phone: (231) 352-9460

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