Three Reasons Not to Miss Pure Ludington This Fall

Ludington is a timeless treasure and it provides something special in the fall. Enjoy beautiful fall colors, explore the Big Sable Lighthouse or indulge in a Michigan craft beer, it’s an ultimate Pure Michigan getaway.

1. Fall is a season of value in Pure Ludington. And we aren’t just talking small savings. We are talking 50% off a second night stay at a dozen hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts in the Ludington Area. Combine that not-to-miss deal with breathtaking sunsets and ample places to enjoy the crisp fall air and you have yourself the perfect fall getaway.

A perfect way to see the sunset! Photo courtesy of Ludington CVB.

A perfect way to see the sunset! Photo courtesy of Ludington CVB.

2. Michigan. Craft. Beer. Enough said right? Ludington is home to very popular Michigan craft beer stops; Jamesport Brewing Company and of course, The Mitten Bar. While both will have their share of autumn inspired brews on tap and hot music to boot, there is one other reason craft beer lovers will want to visit Ludington; Octoberfest in downtown Ludington! Brought to you by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Mich, the brewery partners with downtown Ludington to bring you a two-day music festival and some of their top brews. Mark your calendars for October 9th & 10th for cool brews and hot beats featuring bands like The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Levi Britton, Afro Zuma, K Jones & The Benzie Playboys and Awesome Distraction. Tickets are on sale now!

Enjoying a beautiful Fall day. Photo Courtesy of Todd Reed.

Enjoying a beautiful Fall day. Photo Courtesy of Todd Reed.

3. Endless opportunities and ways to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Ludington is home to one of Michigan’s most popular state parks, which one of few that are open year round. The Ludington State Park boasts more than 37 miles of trails that visitors can choose to enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or fishing all of which are spectacular ways to quench your thirst for adventure and take in the beautiful canopies of vibrant autumn colors. Driving tours and Cultural Trails through country roads provide great opportunities to take a detour and explore more of Mason County’s beautiful fall sights.

A family enjoying biking on a Pure Michigan fall day. Photo courtesy of Ludington CVB.

A family enjoying biking on a Pure Michigan fall day. Photo courtesy of Ludington CVB.

What is your favorite fall activity to do in Lundington?

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Brandy Henderson-headshotBrandy Henderson is a Ludington native and Michigan enthusiast. She enjoys kayaking at the Ludington State Park, Michigan craft beer and sharing her love of all things Ludington with people. Follow her and others who #loveludington on Instagram!



9 Things for Your Pure Ludington Vacation Bucket List

From outdoor adventures to family fun, the summer months are the perfect time to visit Pure Michigan. Guest blogger Brandy Henderson, Executive Director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, shares nine things that should to be on your summer bucket list. 

1. Catch one of the Sunset Beach Bonfires planned this summer at Stearns Park Beach. Grab your beverage of choice, beach blankets and chairs and head to the beach for an evening bonfire on the beach celebrating the stunning sunset over Lake Michigan. Mark your calendars for this free event on June 25, July 23 and August 27.

2. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks from aboard the SS BadgerTaking a trip on the historic SS Badger is always a treat, but the 4th of July shoreline cruise  is pretty special. It’s a great Independence Day celebration on the ship capped off with a spectacular view of the fireworks over Lake Michigan!

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Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Photo Courtesy of

3. Kayak the Pere Marquette River. This national scenic river is perfect for paddlers looking for a fun, easy paddle. There are several points of access and rentals along the river. Grab some friends and hit the river!

4. Get your Picture in front of the Love Ludington logo. Located on the SE corner of the intersection of Ludington Avenue and Robert Street, this new artwork added last summer is the perfect backdrop for your vacation pictures! Be sure to tag your photo on social media #loveludington.

5. Explore the area’s history along the Mason County Heritage Lumber TrailThis self-guided, interactive tour of Ludington’s lumber baron homes and historic places is a great way to explore new places and learn about our rich history. Download the Pure Ludington mobile app for more self-guided tours with directions (Available for Apple & Android devices).

6. Take Charterboat fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Known as the #1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan, fishing in Ludington is a great experience for groups and families looking for some adventure. Fishing on the “big lake” is a memorable experience and our fleet of charter boat captains are all about hospitality and sending you home with a big catch. Once you get your fish cleaned up, take it to one of our Catch-n-Cook restaurants where they will prepare a meal with your very own catch-of-the-day.

7. Hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse at Ludington State Park. If you love lighthouses, this is definitely one to visit. Located inside the Ludington State Park, the light is open daily through October.  You can climb to the top for a spectacular view of lush forest and miles of blue Lake Michigan water. If the 2 mile hike to the lighthouse isn’t your thing, mark your calendars for one of the Bus Days, where for a small fee you can get a lift out the lighthouse and back.

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Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington, Photo Courtesy

8. Try a flight of Michigan’s craft beers at The Mitten Bar . Recognized as one of the Top 50 Beer Bars in the US three years in a row by DRAFT Magazine, this craft beer destination is a must see and do when visiting Ludington. They have 13 drafts of Michigan’s finest craft beers on tap at any given time and offer a wide array of Michigan wine and spirits. This is also a great place for food and live music too!

9. Relax with your toes in the sand at any one of our beautiful beaches. A vacation in Ludington wouldn’t be complete without some relaxation and rejuvenation at the beach. With many beaches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect place to park your chair and stick your toes in the sand.

What are some of your favorite memories from Ludington? Let us know by commenting below!

Brandy Henderson-headshotBrandy Henderson is the Executive Director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a lifelong resident of Ludington and loves to spend summer weekends at the beach, kayaking or enjoying a Michigan craft beer. For more information on planning your trip to Ludington, visit

The History Behind Michigan’s Hexagon House

The Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast, named after its unique architectural design, is a “turn of the century” Victorian home in beautiful Pentwater, Michigan. Today, Chris Adema of gives us a look back at the history behind this charming bed and breakfast.

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Perched along the sandy shores of Michigan’s western coast are numerous summer beach towns – not least among them is the quaint harbor village of Pentwater. Located just south of Ludington, Pentwater is a somewhat lesser known vacation destination, serving as the home of a beachside state park, multiple marinas, boutique clothing stores, art galleries, and a truly beautiful bed and breakfast with a long history: The Hexagon House.

Pentwater was initially established in 1853, finding its beginning as a shipping port, mill, and center for the then booming lumber industry that was busily expanding across Michigan.  The Hexagon House was, in turn, constructed circa 1870 as one of the first boarding houses for the many lumbermen visiting the area from Chicago and from around the Great Lakes, making the home nearly as old as the town itself.  In fact, the builder and first owner was named S.E. Russell, and was an agent of Charles Mears – the Western Michigan lumber baron of that time, and the same man responsible for digging the channel and turning Pentwater into a harbor town. The Hexagon House has truly been a staple in this waterfront community since the very beginning, and played an important role in the bygone era that gave birth to the village.

The next major evolution of the Inn came about in the 1920s and 30s when the two daughters of S.E. Russell inherited the property and turned it into a summer tourist camp, and the home base from which they ran a homemade pie business and a boat rental business.  (The black and white photo included in this post comes from that time period.)

The surviving Russell sister sold the home in the 1950s. Since that time The Hexagon House has changed owners on five more occasions, being enjoyed by the families of a distinguished dentist from Chicago, a professor from Nova Scotia, the Warners, who are responsible for completely renovating the home in 1994, restoring it to a masterpiece of Victorian elegance (you can see the deteriorated pre-renovation condition of the home and the final result in the included photographs), and two veterinarians from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Finally, in 2011, Matt and Sandy Werner purchased the property, embarking on second careers as innkeepers.

Today this Victorian bed and breakfast inn boasts five exquisite guest rooms, including a suite, with wrap around porches, a sprawling lawn, and the convenience of being only a short walk or bike ride to the village of Pentwater. It stands ready to welcome guests for the 2013 season and beyond.

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Chris Adema is a Michigan native, the owner of, and an internet marketing professional servicing Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast with website management and online promotion.