This town that had its beginnings in lumber and salt, known for the car ferries, the light houses and beautiful beaches is celebrating its 150th anniversary! That’s a sesquicentennial. You just don’t have one of those every day! Our home, built by Antoine Cartier in 1878 is just a little younger than the town. We were told folks thought that Antoine was building this house way back in the woods, way out of town. But now you’d say it’s more on the main street of Ludington. So the house has been around for quite a while and it’s owners, and successive owners, have played a significant part in Ludington’s 150 year history.
In recognition of this milestone, the Ludington House along with the Ludington Bed and Breakfast Association is offering 150 rooms at the celebratory price of 150 dollars! Each inn of the association has several guest rooms reserved for this special promotion. The Ludington House will be offering the Rose Room and the Wicker Room for $150 per night.
The promotion will run for the months of January through May and November to December and is reserved for weekday sales. Rooms are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.
To find a room online at this rate check availability for any Sunday through Thursday during the months mentioned and you will see a rate called 150 for 150! Since Ludington is having a birthday, perhaps you may want to learn a little more about its history. We suggest the Lumber Heritage Trail which is guided by map or phone. The Ludington House is a stop on this tour. Another place of interest is the Mason County Research Center. They give tours by appointment, have interesting photos and exhibits and are open year round. The Emporium and Sweet Shop are at the entrance to the Research Center and have historical memorabilia and books. Later in the spring the Maritime Museum and White Pine Village open for business and have lots to teach about the car ferries and shipwrecks, early lumber days and so much more. The Book Mark and Window Sill bookstores sell books on local history and you may find some in our parlor here in the Ludington House. One unique find here is the notebook of Cartier family history compiled by Morgan Cartier in the 1950s. Morgan traces his family history way back to France in the 1400s.
If history is not your fancy you may be drawn to the great outdoors. Ludington State Park has about 20 miles of hiking trails. If the weather is wintery the trails are also great for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. For more wandering ideas in the area read our afternoon in May blog article or just ask Bob and Ellen. We’ll be glad to share!