Lakeside towns are the perfect place to unwind, especially when the food is casual and the restaurants relaxed. Frankfort, Michigan is just such a town, with a charming main street that fronts Betsie Bay Harbor just one block from Lake Michigan. It’s a destination spot for fisherman who set out in boats by the hundreds to catch king salmon, coho, whitefish, lake trout and perch. Check out the charter boats or hire a fishing guide to navigate the waters with you. (Shout out to you, Marty!)
For a quick bite to eat in a family-friendly place with a waterfront view from its outdoor dining area, try Villa Marine Bar. Don’t expect gourmet, but in the summer you can expect a tasty sandwich and a tall drink on a breezy deck with a bird’s eye view to docked yachts and sailing ships.
Just a few doors down, satisfy your sweet cravings with a grand scoop of fresh Michigan ice cream at The Cool Spot. (And yes, the Praline Pecan was quite delicious!)
If you’re in the mood to check out vintage architecture, pop into the 1923 Garden Theater. Recently renovated with assistance from community volunteers, the theater shows first run Hollywood movies and features meticulous interior artistic painting representative of the Art Deco Period in design. On the food side, visit the refreshment counter for fresh popped popcorn with REAL butter!
306 Main Street, Frankfort, MI
301 Main Street, Frankfort, MI