Where the Roads Meet: Old M-168 and M-22
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 through 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 tasting 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 Bestie Valley Trail. Rent a bike, kayak or paddleboard and explore the beautiful natural sights. Need a bicycle repaired? The café staff is reading 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!