Stay at Cottages in Ludington, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan, is a small town and the seat of Mason County. People stay at cottages, houses and cabins in Ludington so that they can enjoy the harbor at Lake Michigan where the Pere Marquette River empties. Visitors also come to enjoy the smaller inland lakes and all of the recreational opportunities that they provide. Cottages in Ludington offer amenities such as private decks and patios, lakefront access and views, fireplaces and central air conditioning for a comfortable and relaxing experience.

Outdoor Activities

Boating and sailing are two of the most popular outdoor activities around Ludington. In the summertime, you can rent a canoe and go fishing or swimming in Lake Michigan. Ludington State Park offers year-round trails for hiking and walking. In the winter, the park has specific areas for sledding and cross-country skiing. Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness is a popular summertime destination, especially for people who enjoy flying kites, as strong breezes come in off Lake Michigan. You could also take a short drive and stay at cabins at Sleeping Bear Dunes after a busy day of exploring these spectacular sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Historic Monuments

Ludington is home to several buildings and monuments of historic and cultural importance. The Mason County Courthouse is the centerpiece of Ludington's downtown area and offers late 19th century architecture throughout its solid red brick walls. Another historic site to explore is the Ludington Light, which is a lighthouse located at Ludington's pier. This working lighthouse has been in service for more than 100 years. If you enjoy visiting lighthouses, take a trip to stay at cottages in Mackinaw City, where you can explore lighthouses on the Lake Huron shoreline as well.

Events

The community of Ludington hosts a variety of events each year that are great for sports enthusiasts, families and artists. The annual Gus Macker basketball tournaments are popular among young athletes and their families, with more than 35,000 participants coming to town each spring. The annual West Shore Art League's Art Fair, held during the summertime, is a juried art show that includes demonstrations and live music. If you enjoy festivals, spend a night at house rentals in Southwest Michigan in spring and visit the Holland Tulip Festival.

  • Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival: Visit this annual July 4 celebration and stay for the fireworks.
  • Lakestride Half Marathon: Visit this annual June marathon that takes place along the lake's shoreline.
  • Ludington Petunia Parade: This beautiful springtime event features a wide variety of petunias and other flowers.

Weather

Ludington experiences cold winters, with average January daytime temperatures in the upper 20s. Summers are mild, with typical daytime July temperatures about 80 degrees. The best time to visit Ludington is during the autumn months of September and October, while the air and water temperatures are still warm and the seasonal changes cause the deciduous trees to turn colors. If you prefer wintertime activities, consider visiting in late February to early March, when there is still snow but temperatures have moderated from their seasonal lows.

How to Get There

You can get to Ludington by driving your own private car or a rental car. US 10 enters the city from the east, connecting to Bay City in Michigan's Thumb. US 31 is the primary north to south route, and MI 116 connects to Ludington State Park. You can also use the ferry service through the SS Badger, which crosses Lake Michigan to Wisconsin. If you prefer to fly to Ludington, you can use Manistee County-Blacker Airport (MBL) in nearby Manistee. This airport is about 35 miles from Ludington, so you would need to arrange for ground transportation such as a rental car to get you the rest of the way into the city.

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                                                              We visited SkyView in mid-April. Booking the property was quick and easy. We were provided with very accurate and detailed directions and instructions which covered situations that we did and might run it. The building was very suitable for us - a group of women friends who wanted to get away, go for walks, and sit and chat. The main room has a lovely set of windows and over our weekend we were able to watch a variety of weather systems move across horizon. Although the weather didn’t allow us to take advantage of the deck, I could see that it would be lovely to sit out on it. The kitchen was well stocked and everything was in working order. Internet worked well. The place was clean. Our only concern was the early check-out time, which Mont explained was required to allow time to prepare for the next guests. Since there were no guests arriving after us, and it was during the shoulder season, he kindly allowed us to stay a bit longer.
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                                                              Gorgeous location - fully equipped home

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                                                              Our family had a wonderful stay at the Rose Ridge Retreat. In total, our party had 8 adults who stayed and we all fit very comfortably. The only thing that wasn't clear to us ahead of our arrival is that one of the bedrooms is open to the kitchen by a staircase - this isn't the best situation as you cannot close off the sound from downstairs; however the bedroom itself was lovely. The layout of the home is odd and a little confusing at first but the downstairs semi-open concept is great for making dinner and hanging out. Rose Ridge was clean and well equipped so that you are able to prepare meals just like you would at home. There are lovely decks surrounding the property which feels like it is in the middle of a forest but has great water views from the decks as well. The Ovens natural park is just around the corner, there is a nice beach at the end of the road and the Rose Bay convenience/liquor store is just a few minutes away. Overall, we had a lovely experience at Rose Ridge and would recommend it as a great home base to come back to after days spent exploring the beautiful surrounding areas.
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                                                              Beautiful new cottage just steps from a private beach. Perfectly clean and organized, well equipped and beautifully appointed in every room. Tim was a fantastic host and was very helpful and informative. It was very obvious that a lot of care and thought went into the place. Perfect for a family stay. The area is one of a kind with stunning views and beaches to roam. It reminded us why we love Nova Scotia so much - a great escape from the city! We will recommend this place to our friends and family. Thanks Tim!
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