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Your First Visit

Are you coming to check out the area because you are interested in relocating here for work? Retiring? Second Home? This is a great day trip that will allow you to experience the highlights of the area. Make it an overnight stay and enjoy the hospitality of any of our special local lodging properties. This trip will be unique in any season. Assuming you arrive to the area sometime mid-day or early evening, we recommend you make your way downtown and enjoy the local culture and sights.

Shop Downtown

Stop into Todd and Brad Reed Photography and enjoy the views of the area as these nationally known photographers showcase the entire region through stunning photos. This is also a perfect place to grab a keepsake or your first piece of local wall art in your new home/apartment. If you get here early enough, check out Sandcastles Children’s Museum. Over 25 interactive exhibits will interest curious kids and adults alike. When you are ready to grab dinner, stroll the streets and take in any of the 9 beautiful murals created by local artists throughout the downtown area.

Dinner is Served

Ludington is not short on quality cuisine. Grab a bite at Luciano’s, where Chef Leo will be whipping up his latest Italian-inspired dish, or enjoy a casual burger and beer at Jamesport Brewing Company. If Thai is more your speed, try the Thai Mango. If a laid back family dining experience is to your liking, head over to House of Flavors and experience a throw-back 1950’s diner feel with great food and the friendliest service around.

Experience a Lake Michigan Sunset at Stearns Park Beach 

Pristine beaches and beautiful park areas are a perfect way to spend the afternoon and soak in the sun. There is a mini golf course along with kayak and paddlesport rentals available if getting out on the water is your thing. You can also access the Ludington North Breakwater and Lighthouse from the beach area. This is a popular destination for capturing a memory of the trip with a group photo.

Turn in for the Night

So many choices, from downtown hotels and historic bed and breakfasts to the comfortable lodging properties throughout the area, you are sure to find your perfect place to call home for the night.

Rise and Shine

Before heading home, make time to enjoy a few more local sights. Many hotels offer breakfast, or make your way to the Old Hamlin Restaurant. Open all summer with limited hours in the winter, this great spot was voted “Best Breakfast” in the area and features American, Italian and Mexican specialties. Home of the “Beef Melt” sandwich which is featured in Rachel Ray Magazine and is a fan favorite!

Take in the State Park

One of Michigan’s most popular state parks, the Ludington State Park is comprised of nearly 5,300 acres of scenic sand dunes, ponds, marshlands and forests. It is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water. Located within the Ludington State Park is the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. This is a popular destination to bike to. Bike rentals are available at various locations throughout the downtown Ludington area and at the park.