Check out the Vigland Gallery featuring gas-fired porcelains by noted Northern Michigan ceramists Alan and Susie Vigland as well as other local artists.
Art lovers will also want to stop at Gwen Frostic Prints is situated on a 250-acre private wildlife sanctuary along the Betsie River and includes a print shop with 15 Heidelberg presses that produce notepapers, postcards, and books using Gwen’s original blocks.
There is also a gift shop and a nature library. Frostic,an observer of nature, author, lecturer, and owner of Presscraft Papers, is best remembered for her hand-carved wood-block prints of small scenes from nature. Gwen Frostic Prints continues to operate, managed by Bill Frostic, Gwen’s nephew.
Enjoy the splendid gardens or go inside for the chance to see hand dipped candle making at BeeDazzled on River Road. Other handmade products using natural ingredients include soaps and body care products such as lavender or rose geranium lotion bars and honey lip balm.
Believing that each foot is unique, Fernand Footwear, in downtown Benzonia for almost 30 years, cuts, by hand, the leather and soles to fit each of your feet and uses the finest leathers and other materials to create custom fitted shoes. Check out their other finely wrought products such as bags, guitar straps, belts and bracelets.
Sample some organic hard apple or blueberry cider, iced hard apple cider or such organic fruit wines as cherry, apple, peach and strawberry at Northern Natural Winery.
Drink a margarita at the Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grille.
Paddle the Betsie River and stay at the family owned Hanmer’s Riverside Resort and Livery.