photo by Sue Danyluk

In the Spring of 2016,  as a quick little getaway before our busy season Bob and I sailed on the SS Badger across Lake Michigan from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. We traveled as light as possible leaving the car behind. On board we could play bingo, watch TV, go to the theater, visit the museum room and gift shop, eat lunch or just find a quiet spot to read a book in the cabin or on deck. I took lots of pictures as the  the boat departed and later as it docked. It’s an amazing sight.


We made arrangements for staying at the Westport Bed and Breakfast owned by Paul and Jan Zencka.  Historical, elegant, peaceful, clean, with a four-course breakfast that is over the top! It's an 1879 Italianate Victorian-Style home built of the distinctive Cream City Brick.  Upon arriving at the dock, we walked to the B&B, but Paul would have gladly picked us up had we asked. Here are some of the places we went and things we did.

Restaurants: Ryan’s on York a great little pub with 8 different kind of fries in addition to amazing entrees with an international twist. I had the Kulua Naan (Hawaiian style pork...)

Maretti’s Deli - great italian food in a fifties diner-type setting.


We visited two museums. The first was the Rahr West Art Museum--a Queen Ann Victorian-style mansion completed in 1893 houses  an art collection of diverse genres and artists. (Fun and free admission!)

Wisconsin Maritime Museum— we spent a morning here. The museum includes a great exhibit on Lake Michigan Shipwrecks and a WWII submarine.

Cruise on the SS Badger ​to Manitowoc

800 827 7869 / 231 845 7769


​​​​​501 E. Ludington Avenue, Ludington Michigan 49431
800 827 7869 • ​231 845 7769
info@ludingtonhouse.com


We also biked part of the Mariners Trail. For us, this was the highlight of the trip. It is a 6.2 mile, paved path that runs right along Lake Michigan.  Along the way it is planted with gardens maintained by local volunteers.  Our first stop on the trail was the West Of The Lake Gardens. It featured gorgeous plantings, a rose garden, a koi pond, visitor center, and views that overlook Lake Michigan. 

Back on the bikes (we rented our bikes from Paul and Jan at the Westport B & B) we rode the Mariner's Trail from Manitowoc to Three Rivers.

There we ate ice cream at the Historic Washington House  which houses an interesting little museum (free admission) and Ed Berner’s old-time Ice cream parlor, home of the original Ice Cream Sundae. We also stopped at the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum dedicated to preservation, study, production and printing with wood type (a graphic designer’s little peace of heaven). 

So why am I telling about our trip? I’m thinking it’s a nice spring or fall trip to combine with a stay at the Ludington House: two B&Bs, interesting towns and a cruise between. I recommend it.


SS Badger Website