Join us for Taste the Passion – the SWEETEST event of the year!

Love is in the air along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail during “Taste the Passion,” an annual celebration of wine, chocolate and love! Indulge on delicious food and wine pairings and partake in optional winter activities.

Tickets are $35 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and a delicious Leelanau wine and small plate pairing of sweet or savory fare at each winery. The fabulous weekend starts on Saturday as you chart your own course along the wine trail between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sunday. It’s a great way to enjoy the peninsula’s winter wonderland.

February 7 & 8, 2015
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm


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February in Northern Michigan will be funny once again when Oscar-winner Michael Moore, “The Goldbergs” star Jeff Garlin, and comedian Doug Benson host the Traverse City Winter Comedy Festival, headlined this year by HBO star and political satirist Bill Maher. Joining Bill will be Doug Benson, Michael Moore, and a slate of popular, edgy comedians February 13-15, 2015, in the historic venues of frozen Traverse City, Michigan.

The hugely popular Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” will bring his incisive brand of political satire to TC for one night only on Valentine’s Day, 2015. With his unique insights into Isis, Ferguson, and Ebola, what could be more romantic on this special weekend than the Bill Maher show in Traverse City?

Moore said that Maher is donating his appearance at the festival, “even paying his own way here, because he wants to help out our area and the work of the Traverse City Film Festival. Bill usually plays venues and arenas that seat thousands, so we are especially fortunate to have a comedian of his caliber coming here.”

Operating with the mission of bringing “a dozen comedians, a bunch of movies, thousands of laughs — and 200 inches of snow” to our “The Shining”-like town in February, the festival will feature top comedians in concert, including returning comedian, actor, and podcast host extraordinaire Doug Benson (“@midnight,” “Super High Me”).

In addition to his award-winning stand-up and “Doug Loves Movies” podcast, the thinking man’s stoner is also bringing us a Valentine’s Day treat — a very special edition of the world-famous “Doug Benson Movie Interruption” in which Doug and his buddies will seat themselves in the front row of the State Theatre with microphones in hand to hilariously riff on one of the timeless great-bad movies of all time, “Pretty Woman.”

Benson, Traverse City’s #1 fan, and Garlin have also persuaded a few of their famous and hilarious friends to leave the sunshine of Los Angeles to come to the tundra of the North to perform. The full comedy lineup will be announced in early January, when tickets go on sale.

AND…for the younger members of our population in need of earmuffs both outside and inside the comedy venues, the Traverse City Film Festival and the National Cherry Festival will continue their historic partnership so that Front Street can again be the site of FREE family fun.

Front Street between Park and Cass will be transformed into a veritable winter wonderland with activities like PGA-approved frozen mini golf, an ice skating rink smack dab in the middle of the street, Downtown TC’s own Mt. Everest of sledding, and of course, it wouldn’t be a Comedy Festival without a Ferris Wheel — because what says winter fun quite like the wind whipping against your face at high speeds and heights?

The comedy events will be priced so that all people will be able to attend — and some events will even be free.

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A Salute to the Riesling

C’est l’amour! Let’s celebrate the varietal for which our beautiful region is most known: the Riesling. We’ve long had a romance with the Riesling grape, and WOMP wineries will be pairing this beautiful wine with a complementary dish that will possibly even make you fall in love a little bit more. In addition to a souvenir wine glass, take advantage of special discounts on most Riesling wine purchases at the participating wineries throughout the event.

Tickets are on sale online and are priced at $15 (plus ticket processing fee) through February 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be $20 at the door. A limited number of souvenir wine glasses will be available.

Click here for a full list of wines and dishes to be served, as well as special offers from Old Mission Peninsula businesses on February 14. (Subject to change.)

Please call 231.223.7355 for more details.

Save the date!
Saturday, February 14, 2015


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Let the good times roll at Crystal Mountain this Mardi Gras Weekend!

$10 Off Lift Tickets
Dress in your favorite purple, green and gold! Skiers and boarders in FULL COSTUME receive $10 OFF an open-to-close (9am-to-9pm) lift ticket. Valid Saturday, March 7, 2015 only. Discount only available at ticket window.

Stay tuned for additional event details!


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The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Benzie County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Betsie River Campsite, Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar and State Savings Bank will bring you the Annual Fall Festival celebration in Frankfort on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 AM with the Fall Festival Parade featuring The Scottville Clown Band and entertaining Mutt March, GIANT pumpkins and local built floats. They are still accepting participants in their Parade and Mutt March. Applications can be picked up at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber Office, on their website at or just show up prior to the parade on October 11(at beach turnaround) to enter either activity! Pick up your 2014 Fall Festival Souvenir T-Shirts at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce booth the day of the festival or at the Chamber office 517 Main St. Frankfort.

Directly following the parade, a host of activities will take place in the Open Space Park. Live Music featuring The Scottville Clown Band will perform under the Big Tent! Watch in awe as giant pumpkins and squash get weighed-in. There will be cash prizes awarded for several weight categories. Kids under 16 years of age can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin and have the opportunity to win a brand new BIKE!

Starting at noon, the Masters of Mayhem will be back with their incredible metal trebuchet to launch pumpkins into Betsie Bay, Face Painting, Free Wagon Rides through downtown Frankfort. First Congregational Church will host their Cake Walk at 1pm

Back by popular demand Under the big tent: Silent Auction 12p-2pm, Pie Eating Contest (Register at 1:00pm – contest begins at 1:30pm) – and Pumpkin Baking Contest (at noon judging at 1:00pm). All of these activities are located in the Open Space.

A wide variety of activities will be available from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm including Pumpkin Decorating, “Hillbilly Olimpiks”-the silly-themed obstacle course, the popular Kid’s Games and a Mystical Straw Maze will be all set up in Open Space Park for all to enjoy. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt to win cash prizes. The Garden Theater will again host FREE showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm. Watch as a 900+ lb. pumpkin drops from high in the sky onto a vehicle! For the right price, even you could get a chance to pull the rope that makes it happen!

If you need more information, please stop into the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce Office at 517 Main Street, Frankfort, email or call 231-352-7251 or email

For more information visit the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Saturday - November 29, 2014

Join us on the front lawn of the Lodge as we celebrate in the first light of the season.

Enjoy roasting marshmallows around the roaring bonfire, complimentary hot chocolate and Live traditional Holiday Carols.

Tree Lighting at 5:30pm sharp.


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A winery tour kicks off the evening at 6pm, with dinner seating at 6:30. The price is $75 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuity and wine.

Reservations are required at least a day in advance and can be made by calling 1-800-969-4009 or booking online. Payment is taken at time of booking.  Cancelations accepted up to 3 days prior to reservation for full refund.

Enjoy a beautifully and elegant multi-course meal, each course perfectly paired with a Chateau Chantal wine and prepared in-house.

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Escape from the ordinary with a concert on the Top of Bay Mountain at The Homestead with Musica Batteria, the duo of Lynn Koch and Kristen Tait.  Performing on vintage rosewood marimba, you will enjoy an evening of classical, ragtime, jazz and popular favorites in a spectacular setting overlooking the Sleeping Bear Bay.  It’s a musical treat you won’t want to miss!

Tickets: $15/person.  Chairlift rides to the top of the mountain begin at 6pm.  Multi-passenger shuttle service also available.  Cash bar.  Concert begins at 7pm.

For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, call Lindy Kellogg at 231.334.5378.

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