• Covid 19
  • The House
  • The Innkeepers
  • Daisey
Covid 19

How Ludington House is responding

Dear guests, past and future, 

The Coronavirus is shaping life a bit differently right now. This is home improvement time of year for the Ludington House, so we are keeping busy. But it will be a while before we will be making delicious breakfasts every morning. The dining room is empty and rooms are quiet. 

If you are booked with us and want to postpone your stay, we have two suggestions. One is picking a date in the future and we will apply your deposit to that stay. The other is converting your deposit into a gift certificate which we will email to you. Call us at 231 845 7769 and we will work something out. 

We have been wrestling with staying open or closed during this time; what is safest for both us and our guests? Our decision to be open only for those whose job is related to mitigating the Covid 19 virus. Those guests must stay in their room when they are not away. The innkeepers will be in their private quarters in the house. We will have self check-in and self check-out in keeping with social distancing recommendations. The restaurants aren’t open for dining-in but many are doing take-out. We will not be serving breakfast during this time.

Rooms will be cleaned with hard surfaces sanitized. Rooms will be blocked 3 days before and after booking to further discourage the virus from spreading. Rooms will not be refreshed during the stay (again, social-distancing) but we will provide hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

It’s a great time to get creative, practice patience, take naps, call old friends. We hope to see you soon, but not too soon!

Thinking of all of you, Bob and Ellen

The House

Ludington House

Built in 1878

Our historic home was built by lumber baron Antoine E. Cartier. Cartier had come to the Ludington area from Quebec in 1852 to seek his fortune and in 1878 built this magnificent home for his wife, Eliza and their nine children.

The Ludington House is a three-story, Queen Ann Victorian set on a beautifully landscaped corner lot on Ludington Avenue and Livinia. The unique features of the Ludington House include herringbone-patterned hard-wood floors, carved cherry and golden oak woodwork, 12-foot ceilings, ornate brass light fixtures that once were gas, a walnut staircase to the third floor, Italian marble fireplace and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Ample off-street parking is available. We are conveniently located a short walk from Lake Michigan, quaint shops, many fine restaurants and the Pere Marquette harbor. Our location is ideal for the many activities available on the wonderful west coast of Michigan.

The charm of Ludington’s bygone era awaits you.

The Innkeepers

Meet Bob and Ellen

Innkeepers Bob and Ellen Alderink

Bob and Ellen have been innkeepers at the Ludington House since August of 2014. Before that they both were long-time employees at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both worked as in-house graphic designers. Bob grew up in Holland, Michigan and Ellen in Hudsonville. They have two adult children, Emily and Dan who come by on occasion to spend time with their parents, enjoy the beaches and see their beloved pet Daisey.

Bob is our amazing chef, groundskeeper and handyman. Interests for Bob include reading, creating bow-ties, exploring the internet sites for victorian home ideas and keeping up with friends on facebook. Ellen oversees the housekeeping, does the marketing and other office work. She has a creative side that may result in a painting or other art project.  Both Ellen and Bob keep their hands in graphic design on a freelance basis. In the less busy times they often head to Ludington State Park and hike the trails. Daisey enjoys that too!


Daisey is our dog.

Daisey lives with Bob and Ellen. She is not allowed in our guest rooms or public areas unless requested by a guest. A “back massage” by a guest just makes her day. She is fairly quiet except when the UPS truck stops by. Her favorite game is “hide the treat”. We hide a treat and she sniffs until she finds it. She knows a few tricks. Usually she does them all in succession before I have time to tell her what trick to do. She also loves going for walks and hikes in the state park. What kind of dog is she?–We just say a tan and white dog.

Daisey napping on pillows