Miracle on Ludington Avenue!

cover of passport-street sign that says Miracle on Ludington Ave and has a Santa hat hanging on it

What is the “miracle” you might ask? Well, we were hoping it would jog memories of the old movie Miracle on 34th Street and make you think happy thoughts and letters to Santa and hope and sparkle-y lights and old-fashioned Christmas. No, we’re not going to do letter-writing to the North Pole, nor do we anticipate an appearance of Santa, but we are planning some “Christmas-y” experiences for our guests to get their hands “dirty” making some projects either as gifts or just for fun. We have three mini workshops lined up for Saturday afternoon of our event.


The first is at the Port in downtown Ludington. The Port is home to several unique shops including House and Harbor, which specializes in artisan soy candles. You’ll be happy to know the candles are 100% natural, sustainably sourced, and cruelty-free. During the workshop you’ll create your own scent and combine it with 100% soy and pour into an exclusive vessel to take home.


A side note, The company has a passion for foster children and their families and human trafficking victims.  $1 from the purchase of each candle will go to anti-human trafficking efforts. You could say every purchase is a small effort to make a “miracle”.


The second workshop will take place at the Cartier Mansion. Barb and Sue from 2 Drunk Birches will provide the materials and guidance to build a Christmas centerpiece. The base of the centerpiece is made from fallen birch tree or birch tree bark. You can see some of the pieces others have created by viewing their Facebook page.


The third workshop is at the Ludington House. Chef Bob will demonstrate and provide the ingredients for making chocolate truffles. You’ll go home with (or at least leave the workshop with 😉😉), an assortment of flavors, perhaps salted caramel, dark chocolate espresso or chocolate rum? I’m imagining the flavors since Bob’s plans aren’t finalized yet. Here’s a fun little video if you’d like to see Bob at work.

These workshops will keep our guests busy on Saturday afternoon, but we have more in store… in Ludington stores! We’ve partnered with the downtown businesses, and a few not quite downtown, and put together a passport of deals for your shopping delight. The passport will list the store hours and the specials. Be sure to bring it in the store and have the salesperson or manager mark your passport! The passports will also highlight restaurants so bring it wherever you go!

cover of passport-street sign that says Miracle on Ludington Ave and has a Santa hat hanging on it

Three inns are participating in this event. Of course, we would like you to stay at the Ludington House, however, the Cartier Mansion and the Lamplighter Bed and Breakfast are also taking part. These three inns along with the Candlelite Inn make up the Ludington Bed and Breakfast Association. The association does several events a year to attract business during the slower seasons and to give back to our community. This event is also giving back. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lakeshore Food Club. You could say one more effort to make a miracle, or at least a difference for someone in our community.

Book your two-night getaway!

Read about other details of the weekend on our event page.