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Elberta

On Betsie Bay

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Once known as South Frankfort, this small Lake Michigan town located on beautiful Betsie Bay was renamed Elberta after the abundant Elberta peaches which grow around here.

Visit Trick Dog Gallery for a cup of coffee from the cafe and espresso bar. Owner and artist Greg Jaris creates whimsical paintings, sculptures and furniture that reflect the lifestyle of Western Michigan, especially in the summer. Dogs are an important part of the scene.

The gallery, on a bluff overlooking Betsie Bay, is also a work of art. The building is supported by three Michigan ironwood trees, and mosaics by Jaris can be found around the doorways, in the entrance and on the cement retaining wall.

Once a general store built in 1867, a post office and then starting in the 1920s Glarum’s Warehouse where the Benzie County Fruit Exchange, a farmer’s cooperative, was headquartered. In the 1930s, when cabbages were stacked from floor to ceiling, the warehouse was nicknamed the Cabbage Shed.

Now a restaurant and bar, the name remains though there’s not much cabbage on the menu. Instead try such dishes as pan-seared sea scallops in a lemon wine beurre blanc sauce and the Glarum Grille, an open-faced flame broiled prime rib, sauted onions and green peppers and coarse ground mustard heaped with melted cheddar jack cheese.

Talk about one stop shopping. You can rent a bike or kayak, purchase sandwiches, smoothies, specialty foods,wine Hawaiian shave ice, specialty coffees, and choose from 130 beers – sold mix-match at the Conundrum Cafe. Plus they have Wi-Fi.

In 1933, as soon as Prohibition ended, Charles Luxford opened the Mayfair Tavern, and to this day it remains a favorite place to eat and drink.

Just steps away is the 26-mile Betsie Valley Trail, which follows the original Ann Arbor Railway, and the scenic Betsie River connecting to Frankfort.

Spend the night in the LaRue House Bed and Breakfast, a splendid Victorian painted lady built in 1890.

Take a drive north to Point Betsie Lighthouse.


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