A Stroll On Frankfort Beach

The other day I was waiting for Mike to run errands in town. It was my first opportunity to go and see the beach at the end of Main Street in Frankfort in a really long time. The weather was perfect. It was windy and warm, the sun was shining. It was the best beach weather. 

These folks thought so too

Al Capone!

Had lunch at the Fusion with Mariah and Joanne today and a tour of the Al Capone house afterwards.  Oh yeah.  I have only seen the house a long time ago in total disrepair.
There it sits right at the beach, across from the Harbor Lights Condos in Frankfort.  Looking very tired and architecturally not appealing at all.  But as they say, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Someone with a whole lot of money and a love for old things and traditions has transformed this house into a beautiful home.

Today we were treated to something very special.

The legend of this house is this, the house was used by Al Capone and his buddies for weekend outings with girlfriends and for those girlfriends to have a place to give birth to their offspring.  Pretty seedy, I know but still, if the story is true, pretty wild 🙂

Just look at this amazing gate. I love the ship with the sails blowing in the wind…

The entry

left is the kitchen

right is the parlor

This is a special spot, a cozy room all decorated with nautical accoutrements

I love this chandelier.  The entire room was decorated with model ships and little sailors sitting on the ledge

I have so many more pictures of the upstairs with all it’s bedrooms,  there was also a secret room. So much to see.  I will continue to post pictures tomorrow. The internet is giving me trouble tonight 😦

Soaring over Frankfort

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We often see the glider planes soaring above our place.  So pretty to watch one plane pull the other to soaring height and then unhook the cable and let it gooooo. When I drive under the archway on M-115 when the pull plane first takes off,  I automatically duck because they are so low to the ground still, I am afraid they’ll hit my car.

I happen to drive by the Frankfort airport last Sunday, when I saw a whole lot of people and planes.  I drove in  to see because I am nosy that way :mrgreen:
A bunch of people from the North West Soaring Club were there, as well as passengers.
I am afraid of heights; the first rung of a ladder is about as high up as I’ll go, so this adventure is out of the question for me but you all can partake in this extraordinary trip.

Yikes the sun was so bright that day, the picachures are all washed out.  But you can maybe see how that little glider bounces along the runway and then finally takes off here:   Glider taking off

Check out their website North West Soaring Club You can make arrangements to take flight by calling 231.352.9160

“Snow/Rain Mix” –

I am disappointed that the weather woman was right about this weekend’s weather.  It is cold, rainy and there is some snow coming along with the rain as well.  In my mind, this is fall weather.

To brighten up the day I will post some more pictures that I took the other day in Arcadia.

Arcadia is a beautiful, sleepy, little village.  No businesses so to speak of.  You’ll find a gas station, a realty office, a gift store there and of course the obligatory village pub.  Arcadia’s pub is called “The big Apple” and it has changed owners as often as we change our clothes.  After the Grocery store with the blind butcher closed, it really got quiet there.  It is easy to miss Arcadia when traveling on M-22 from Manistee to Frankfort or visa-versa.  The road goes through the east side of town and all the pretty stuff is hidden west of M-22.

The 411 – I got it

I have totally new news!

Frankfort is losing a breakfast spot and gaining a shnazzy new restaurant.
Huge remodel is on the way and it was whispered that
Betsie Bay Furniture
will take care of the interior decorating.
That means that the restaurant not only serves up a feast for your tummy, it’s also a feast for your eyes.

I have a feeling this is the last we’ll see of that exterior.
I was never keen on it, somehow looks like something that was supposed
to be in Gaylord’s Alpine inspired neighborhood.

I, for one, cannot wait to eat there at the Bayview Grille.
Hold on to your seats people — there will be outdoor seating

tra-la-la-la-lalaaaaaaa

I know more about the building next door to this one

but I don’t know if I am allowed to tell you yet.

Lady Michigan

That is the name of the boat that takes you all on a cruise along our Lake Michigan shoreline.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruise has a video on youtube.com

Exciting new things are on the horizon – they built a new boat with a glass bottom! The cruises start on June 1, 2010 and continue through early fall, weather permitting. It is still a long ways off until June 1 but I thought it might be good information for those of my readers that are coming up this summer.
I don’t think that there has ever been anyone that I spoke to that didn’t enjoy the cruise.  As you well know from last summer, I could not go on that cruise because of the Planting Party. My sister in law Rowanna took my seat on the boat and she was kind enough to supply us all with a report and some pictures.

The Betsie River

After shopping for groceries on Sunday, I pulled off to the side of River Road to take a good look at the River.

Still no signs of spring here. But still pretty

Can you see the fisherman on the left and right?
3 guys enjoying the torture of worms on a sunny Sunday 🙂

Here’s some nice, blue sky for ya 🙂