Women's Event, Winterfest and Shiver by the River coming to Northwest Lower Peninsula in Michigan

Winter event celebrates Women, Winter, Wine, and Chocolate, plus Winterfest and Shiver by the River events in Benzie County, Michigan appeal to families who love Outdoor Adventure

Benzie County (Mich.) – There’s fun ahead for wintertime travelers and vacationers who visit the smallest county in Michigan – Benzie County in Northern Michigan.

Benzie County during any season is a great getaway for women who love great food, wine, spa treatments, and a little outdoor activity. Women especially love winter getaways activities to experience wineries, wonderful restaurants and winter sports including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and much more. Enjoy the company of other women during Women’s Winter Tour Weekend on February 4 – 6, 2011.

Winterfest will take place on February 12, 2011 and Shiver by the River a Snow Cross snowmobile event will be on February 19 & 20, 2011. Book a winter get away in Benzie County where numerous wineries, restaurants and winter sports are within reach. Hotels, motels, inns, B&B's, and a top rated luxury resort are within minutes of beautiful natural areas to enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and much more.

Women’s Winter Tour Weekend
February 4 – 6, 2011
Exhilarating outdoor activities, spa services, grand food, wine, decadent chocolate and friends make this the ultimate women's weekend getaway. Share accommodations just steps away from all the fun. Saturday features cross-country and downhill ski clinics and demos, snowshoe tour, and Lunafest Film festival. The main event begins Sunday morning when the ladies of the Women's Winter Tour snowshoe & cross-country ski along Crystal's wooded trails.

The Women’s Winter Tour is a non-competitive event that features cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and downhill skiing and a little wine, chocolate, and soup (for souper-bowl) It is about having fun and letting go, and discovering the outdoors.

The Women’s Winter tour Weekend Event benefits nonprofit Active Women Now, dedicated to supporting local women's resource centers.

Winterfest in Benzie County
In the Villages of Beulah and Benzonia
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011

Make your way to Benzie County for a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities. A must-see event in this festival is the fireworks display over Crystal Lake.

3rd Annual Shiver By The River
In the City and Village of Frankfort and Elberta
Saturday, Feb. 19 – Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011

Snow Cross snowmobile races in downtown Frankfort highlight this winter weekend event. More than 100 riders will compete in a series of Snow Cross snowmobile races on an obstacle track built in the city’s Open Space Park. The event includes "bowling on Main St", Kid's games and activities plus much more.

Daily Activities:
Saturday: A Winter Parade on Main Street where participants pull decorated ice shanties and sleds, and people “march” in the parade on cross-country skis and snowshoes; Snow World Games in Mineral Springs Park; Bowling on Main Street (with actual bowling balls and pins); Kid’s games; recycling crafts, and numerous warming stations along the downtown street where you can go inside to get warm!
Sunday: THE FINALS of the snowmobile races in downtown Frankfort at Open Space Park

For more information on Benzie County lodging, restaurants, recreation and more call Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or visit www.visitbenzie.com.