Where the Roads Meet: Old M-168 and M-22
Do you want to rent a bicycle to ride the Betsie Valley Trail? Need a flat bicycle tire repaired? Looking to purchase a bicycle or have your current ride serviced? Interested in exploring the Betsie River by kayak or paddle board? Hungry? Thirsty? Then Conundrum Café is the place for you! We are the “Best Little One Stop Shop” in Benzie County.
Conundrum Cafe was established in 2005. The building dates back to 1880, when it was built as a general mercantile store by M.T. Anderson. Since moving to its current location in 1910, the building, has seen a variety of activities throughout the years: retail store, restaurant, barber shop, watch shop, tackle shop, café and bicycle shop. History comes alive when entering Conundrum Café.
Benzie County’s rich history began before it formed as a county in 1869. The name Benzie is derived from the French la Riviera aux Bec-scies, “the river of sawbills [ducks],” and refers to the Betsie River. The café rests on the banks of the Betsie River near the Betsie Valley Trail. The Betsie Valley Trail is a beautiful 22 mile pathway that follows the old Ann Arbor Railway along Betsie River and the shore of Crystal Lake. Enjoy a day biking the trail, while sampling a tasty meal made for you at Conundrum Café.
There is so much to see and do in the Elberta-Frankfort area. Stop on by the café to grab a latte and a bite to eat before heading out on the Betsie Valley Trail. Rent a bike, kayak or paddleboard and explore the beautiful natural sights. Browse our gift shop for a souvenir to take home. Visit our “Little Free Library” for great FREE reading material. Need a bicycle repaired? The café staff is ready to lend a hand. Master mechanic, “Rob the Bike Guy” and his assistants are ready to get you back on the trail.
Conundrum Café staff looks forward to making your time in Benzie County a memorable experience. May you enjoy your visit to this “Little Slice of Heaven” and the shores of Lake Michigan!