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Muriel and Deborah Canfield

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Ultimate: 350 steps to top US beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 14 (1st and 2nd floor, exclude basement)

Treat yourself to a vacation at Ludington's finest beach/downtown house. You can walk out the door to everywhere of importance in Ludington.

Here is a review of what you'll enjoy nearby:

--Stearns Beach--350 steps away. In 2012 'USA Today' named it the best beach in Michigan; thus it's one of the 51 best beaches in the US.

--North Breakwater Lighthouse--3 blocks. Its pier extends 1/2 mile into Lake Michigan. It is a lovely spot to see the sun set and the moon rise over the water. You'll see pleasure boats, The Badger, surf, clouds, fish, people. It's fun!

--2 blocks to Stearns Beaches' children's play park, skateboard plaza, and miniature golf.

--3 blocks to the municipal marina, play park at the marina, and charter boats. Waterford Park's sculpture walk is part of this property.

--3 blocks to the harbor to watch the SS Badger arrive and depart. Locals and tourists love to wave to the passengers.

--3-4 blocks to pier and rock fishing.

--3 blocks to a dedicated dog beach.

--3-4 blocks to downtown restaurants, antique stores, art and photography shops, ice cream parlor (36 flavors) , banks, clothiers, souvenir stores, music bars and a bike shop.

--Right in the midst of many horn blasts. The Badger blows its horn as it sails in and out twice daily and charms us all. There are fog horns. There's a 10:00 curfew horn. A noon whistle. For a small town we have an amazing amount of horns. It is quaint.

This is Ludington's only historical house for rent--a 1930 English-cottage style, with newly restored interior with art deco baths, arches, and high curved ceilings. The kitchen has just been remodeled with quartz counters, Shaker walnut cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The house has been furnished with quality furniture, as well as antiques and art. There is an awesome new leather sectional in the living room that provides a large seating area.

The house sits on a small dune rise, the site of the first log residence in Ludington (1866). The yard has a gathering area with 2 charcoal grills, a picnic table, lots of chairs and a firepit. The house's exterior is not yet fully restored but will one day display its cedar shake siding.

I live in the residence three off-season months; therefore many of my decorative items are on display. I have put away items that would tempt children and have cleared out a dresser for guests to use in each bedroom. Each room also has a hanging unit for guests' clothing. The house has a personal charm not found in a vacant property.

The rental includes the first and second floor of the house, but excludes the basement, which is used for our motel laundry. We have a six-unit motel on the property; lovely and retro, very popular with guests. It is often available should our house guests need to rent extra space.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Muriel and Deborah Canfield (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Muriel and Deborah Canfield

I'm a longtime author with four published books and many articles. I love sand walking at Stearns Beach and do so just about every night when it is warm. I have three grown children, two living in Ludington. I'm not in love with the cold here so I go to the gulf in the winter.

My partner works as an accountant and an enrolled agent for the IRS during the winter months and as a motel/inn owner in the summer. She still has seven children at home. Of all her endeavors, mothering her children is her favorite.

Muriel and Deborah Canfield purchased this house in 2009

Why Muriel and Deborah Canfield chose Western Michigan

My grandfather had a cottage on Hamlin Lake in Ludington. I loved Ludington as a child; the birch trees, the little minnows that I dragged for with my father, the dunes, and Lake Michigan. When I had a chance to buy this house, I did so in a heartbeat. I relocated from southern Ohio.

What makes this house unique

The house is so near the lake that I can hear it at night in bed and see it from the kitchen window (when the leaves are off the trees).


based on 8 traveler reviews

Ultimate: 350 steps to top US beach, lighthouse, downtown, marina, play park
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Perfect house for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience, great house with a lot of space and walking distance to everything. Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family gathering perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Muriel hosted my large family in her old, expansive, charm-filled home. The space provided us time together playing lawn games, cooking, playing cards,...It served as a tremendous home-base for walking and biking to town, marinas, restaurants, and the beach/lighthouse. We needed to accommodate my Grandma (94yo), and the suite in the house allowed her privacy and comfort with her own bedroom and bathroom. We anticipate being able to do this family reunion spot again, maybe with renting more rooms from Muriel's adorable chain of motel rooms nextdoor. Muriel and her family were very lovely and accommodating. Alissa R.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a blessing to see a family group honor a grandmother as this family did. They wheeled her in her chair to the beach and around town and they all made sure Grandma had a wonderful time. We are so happy to have provided a home for this lovely family.
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Fantastic location!

  • 4 of 5

This house really fit our family reunion well. We had 11 people for half of our stay, and 10 people for the remainder. 4 adults and 6 teenagers. This house worked so well for us because it was a 2 block walk to the beach, and a very short walk into town. This meant the kids could come and go as they pleased, without anyone ever really needing to get in the car. The house was big enough for us all to sleep comfortably, and the upstairs apartment worked great for my teenage boys. Our hosts were very friendly and super helpful. The house was very clean and the bedding was very nice. This was our first time in Ludington. We had fun at the beach, watching the 4th of July parade, fireworks (our hosts even let us light off a few of our own small fireworks on the lawn), many walks to town, lots of great dining (Blu Moon Bistro was a favorite as was The Mitten, Barley & Rye, and Luciano's). The Ludington State Park is gorgeous and well worth a hike to the light house. We also took dune rides at Silver Lake which was a lot of fun. All in all, a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Ludington - June 2015

  • 4 of 5

Great stay - able to comfortably house 4 adults and 5 children for 4 days; easy walking distance to beach and downtown; great facilities for all including kitchen and baths! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Great Home

  • 4 of 5

We chose this home for our annual couples weekend because of it's character, size, reasonable pricing and proximity to the beach and downtown Ludington. Since we have five couples in our group, it can be hard to find a rental space that can accommodate all of us without having the appearance of a bunkhouse. The rooms were spacious, the beds were comfortable, and we had plenty of towels & linens. The kitchen is a bit small if you plan on cooking as a group but we just took turns and it was fine.

This is a lovely old home with great charm within walking distance to the beach, lighthouse, harbor,fishing spots and many restaurants and shops. The only time we used our car was to take a trip to the state park. Special favorite spots were The Mitten Bar, Jamesport Brewing, Northside Meat Market & Deli and many many stops at the House of Flavors ice cream shop. We also were able to see the SS Badger Carferry come and go.

We had a wonderful time and Muriel was a gracious host. We hope to come back to this area sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you, to see such close friends absolutely enjoying my house and Ludington. I hope in the future to host more great couple's groups like yours. Thanks so much for the lovely review. Muriel Canfield
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Family Fun in Lovely Ludington

  • 4 of 5

Our family including adult children, one grandchild, and one granddog recently spent a delightful week at Muriel's very unique and charming home. We were celebrating a significant birthday and Muriel was most helpful in recommending ideal local spots for dining (P.M. Steamers)and a bakery for a cake. She truly went out of her way to ensure that we had a great stay!

Collectively, we found the following to be particularly appealing to us about the Ludington Blue Spruce Inn: proximity to BEAUTIFUL STEARNS BEACH and downtown Ludington, recently renovated bathrooms with lovely ceramic tile floors and waterfall showers, extensive art collection throughout the home, outdoor gathering area with grills and picnic table under the trees, and the couple who stayed in a motel room on the property were quite pleased with the very comfortable beds. And, of course, we were so grateful to find an owner who loves dogs and allowed ours in her home.

Since the beach or downtown were daily destinations, we seldom needed to drive other than for a day trip for boating and hiking in the state park. We were close enough to the lake that one could see the lake from the sunroom adjacent to our suite.

Since this was our first visit to the area, we enjoyed many fun activities, mostly involving Lake Michigan and nearby Ludington State Park with Hamlin Lake and Big Sable Point Lighthouse, to name but a few.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.8 Miles
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 31 and 10
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Car: not necessary

--SS Badger carferry port

--Stearns Beach (top rated in Michigan)

--Ludington State Park (Michigan's top park: 'Midwest Living,' 2010)

--Nordhouse Dunes

--Northbreakwater Lighthouse (1/2 mile breakwater walk) (tours)

--Little Sable Lighthouse

--Big Sable Lighthouse (tours)


--Trail hikes

--Ice fishing

--Skate park

--Dog beaches, exercise trail, park

--Charterboat fishing (salmon, brown trout, pike, perch, steelheads, and more)

--Charter sailing

--Pier fishing as well as many other casting spots

--Lake Hamlin fishing

--Rafting and boating of all kinds

--Mural walking tour downtown

--Sculpture park

--Gift shops

--Antique shops

--Historic Victorian homes

--Recreated historic village (White Pine Village)

--Children's museum (Sand Castles)

--Art fairs

--Friday night live downtown in August

--Top rated restaurants and Ice cream shop with 36 flavors

--Bird watching

--Moral mushroom hunting

--Top golf courses

--Photographic opportunities par excellence


Rates & Availability

Ludington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

service fee $99
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 11.0%

July-August: bookings taken only for one week, checking in on Saturday at 4:00 and checking out on Saturday at 11:00.

Prefer e check but will accept credit card

Prefer to work by check, either personal or cashiers.

Deposit refundable, minus at $150 rebooking fee up until 30 days after booking. After 30 days, the deposit is not refundable.

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Western Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom first floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , new/deco
    Bathroom second floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom first floor - toilet , shower , new/deco
  • Remodeled on first floor with charming deco fixtures, rainshower heads, and 1890 sculptured radiator. One bath has a tub shower and one has a tiled and glassed in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Second floor bedroom - 1 queen , four poster bed
    Futon upstairs living room - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , traditional decor
    Four poster room - 1 queen , antiques
    Sunroom with sleeper couch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 30's decor, faces lake
    Twin room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom Full Bed - 1 double , traditional decor
  • All rooms have pure Lake Michigan breezes, very cooling at night. Air-conditioners in all bedrooms Quality pillows and linens (you'll like our plush pillows)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Two full kitchens. Both kitchens are equipped with dishes and cooking ware. Two living rooms Several dining areas Three private entrances: two for the first floor and one for the second.

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