This gem of a condo with rare front views in elegant Harbor Terrace welcomes you in with glorious views to Harborview Marina and the Badger ferry, beyond to the waterfront sculpture park, out the channel to Lake Michigan and North Breakwater Lighthouse. Western exposure affords stunning sunset views from terrace, master b.r., dining rm, kitchen and living rm. As breathtaking as are the views to exterior landscapes, the interior is gorgeous as well. Granite and marble kitchen and bath counters, high end flooring and furniture and a flowing plan create lush interior spaces. The living area is a spacious open plan; bedrooms and baths are decorated and furnished to be private, relaxing retreats. This 1,736 sf unit, conveniently situated on one level, is located on the 2nd floor of the former 1920s Atkinson Boot Manufacturing building. Creative architectural repurposing of this lovely old building has preserved an important piece of Ludington history while creating stunning interior spaces
A pleasant 10-minute walk takes you to the lovely public beach at Stearns park, with 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline. Stearns Park Beach recently topped the Detroit Free Press showcase of Michigan's best beaches, capturing the #1 spot. Walk the half-mile long pier to North Breakwater Lighthouse, which is open for tours in the summer. Also located in Stearns Park is the new Skate Plaza, the perfect place for kids to use their skateboards and in-line skates. Shuffleboard courts can also be found near the Skate Plaza.
There are several different loops of waterfront walkways for your walking or jogging pleasure.
Charter a fishing or sailing excursion through one of the several charter companies based out of the Ludington municipal marina. Ludington enjoys status as the top king salmon port on Lake Michigan. Some of the charters offer sunset cruises. Or, rent a slip for your own boat.
An 8-mile scenic drive along Lakeshore Drive takes you from Ludington to the 5,300 acre Ludington State Park, which celebrated its 75th birthday in 2011. A wide paved shoulder makes it an ideal road for biking. The State Park is a haven for hikers, fishermen, bikers, and nature lovers. There are sand dunes, forests, marshlands and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore. For hiking, eight marked trails cover 18 miles and are marked by trail markers and information kiosks along the way providing fascinating historical and natural facts about the park. Canoeing is also available. Launch a canoe at the Hamlin Lake Beach and navigate along the eastern shore of Hamlin Lake through shallow bayous. Travel this unique and picturesque canoe pathway in about one to three hours, depending upon your skill level. Canoes are available for rent, as are paddleboats, rowboats, and kayaks. The park is also well known for the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, which is open for tours May through October.
Ludington State Park is also a popular winter destination. Skiiers can cross crountry ski on 8 miles of trails, 3 of which are groomed. Guided snowshoe walks are held throughout the winter. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair, available on a first-come first-served basis.
It's only a 45-minute drive to the super fun Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park and Water Park (operating mid-May to early September - go to www.miadventure.com for exact dates), and a 45-minute drive to Little River Casino in Manistee.
A return day trip on the SS Badger ferry, 60 miles across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, WI and back to Ludington, is quite an enjoyable way to spend the day for the entire family. There are fun and interesting activities on board for everyone, as well as some fascinating historical displays. Board the Badger just across the street from the condo.
An ideal vacation and get-away destination, Ludington and nearby surrounding towns, offer year-round activities. There is no shortage of things to do and see in this region: sailing and fishing charters; canoeing; dune rides; golfing; hiking and biking; year-round festivals; skiing; snowshoeing; a bustling art community. And when you return to the condo after a day of activities, you can look forward to a relaxing dip in the indoor hot tub or a leisurely swim in the heated indoor pool.
If you prefer your holiday to be one of complete relaxation and contemplation, you will find it here as well. After spending a short time in Ludington, you will quickly understand why the majestic Lake Michigan shoreline is a source of inspiration for photographers, poets, writers, and artists.
Ludington is a charming town and with its dunes, lighthouses, and 8 miles of white sand beaches, we find it to be reminiscent of a New England seaside town. The location of this condo in downtown Ludington is ideal, as it is only a few minutes walk to so many places:
• A wide variety of shops (antiques, clothing, grocery, natural food and wellness, sporting goods and outdoor outfitters); restaurants; pubs; cafes; ice cream parlor; book store; and galleries
• The beach, marina, Badger ferry harbor where you can participate in the ritual of seeing the ship off as it departs for its sail to Manitowoc, or greeting it upon its return
• The waterfront playground and sculpture park where there are lots of benches to sit and relax and watch your children play or take in the beautiful sunsets and boats sailing by
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