Three years ago, my mom, sisters and I took a Labor Day weekend trip to Grand Haven, Michigan. I’m not sure how we ended up taking that trip, but we decided to make it an annual thing since then. It has turned into an annual trip to small beach towns in Michigan. The year after Grand Haven we went to Manistee (we used to go every summer growing up). This year we ended up in Ludington. It’s so fun getting to spend a weekend with just the girls and I love that I get to explore more of what Michigan has to offer. The goal every year is to spend our days at the beach, but the past two years have not exactly worked out that way. However, spending a weekend in a little beach town on Lake Michigan, still always turns out to be worth it.
As I said, this year we spent the weekend in Ludington Michigan. Ludington is a “harbor town located at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River”. It is a great little beach town and the perfect place to spend the weekend along the coast of Lake Michigan.
Where to Stay
Ludington Michigan is a popular destination during the Michigan summers, so there are plenty of places to stay and even more places to camp. We ended up staying at the Ludington Beach House. It could not have been a better place. The rooms are decorated with a perfectly beachy vibe, but the best part of this hotel is the location. It is the closet hotel to Ludington’s Stearns Park which includes the beach, and by closest, I mean right across the street. It is also only a 5 block walk to downtown. Once the car was parked we didn’t need it which is always nice on vacation.
Downtown Ludington, like most beach towns is a lined with little shops and plenty of restaurants. Friday night, since we got into town later, we didn’t end up going to dinner until around 9:00pm. Since a lot of the restaurants closed at 10:00pm, we ended up at a cute little bar called Barley & Rye. The food was actually pretty good and was the perfect place to end a long day.
Since it rained all day Saturday, we ended up walking around downtown all day. There were plenty of shops to keep us busy for a couple of hours. We ate lunch at a place called Timbers, that was good, but nothing special. The afternoon ended with ice cream from House of Flavors, a classic 50s themed diner/soda shop. It cam highly recommended and as soon as we pulled into town we could see it was a popular place. Ice cream never disappoints and this place was no exception.
After our ice cream we walked back to our hotel (in the pouring rain mind you) to wait out the storm. We ventured out to dinner at the Ludington Bay Brewing Company later that night. This was a place I would definitely recommend if you are in town. The beer was delicious as was the pizza and it was a perfect spot to catch the first Michigan football game of the season.
Located at Stearns Park, this is Ludington’s largest beach with 2,500 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. Because of the rain, we didn’t get to explore much of the beach. However from what we did see Sunday morning, it looked like an amazing beach. The beach included several volleyball nets, a skate park, a concession stand and plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your entire day there. It also includes a half mile long pier with North Breakwater Light at the end. We walked this Sunday morning and were in complete awe of the gorgeous views heading out to the light house. We were later told that you could go into the lighthouse, but we were unaware of this while out there.
Overall, I was very impressed with what Ludington had to offer. Allison recently talked about her Day Trip to Saugatuck, another great little beach town in Michigan. It is always great getting to explore more of our home state, especially when it involves getting to enjoy Lake Michigan. Ludington Michigan is definitely a town I would recommend for a quick weekend trip in the summer!