Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing
The state park is wonderful for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are 18 miles of trails. Some are specifically designated for cross country skiing. The park is beautiful when decked in the snow. It’s so quiet. When on the higher trails such as the Skyline Trail one can see for miles across the lake or over the dunes. Coming soon? Check the weather forecast.
Winter Town Walk-about
A fun and free evening activity takes place on selected nights in January and February when the trails are lit with lanterns. Experience the park at night. During the walk hikers will find a warming shelter where they can take a break with other hikers and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Mmmm.
“For fun in the snow with just your sled or toboggan, try your luck at various hills and dunes within the Ludington State Park, or Water Tower Hill on South Staffon and Melendy Streets in Ludington.” visitludington.com
Horesback Riding & Sleigh Rides
Head south to New Era (about 32 miles) and try horseback riding, a hay ride or sleigh ride at Rainbow Ranch. These activities of course should be booked ahead since winter hours are often reduced. And if you going to New Era, schedule a tour of Country Dairy to see the operations and taste some of their awesome ice cream.
In late afternoon don’t miss an opportunity to take in a winter sunset with the North Breakwater lighthouse in the scene, right down the street at Stearn’s Park.
Stop in at Love Wines for a wine tasting and do a little wine shopping. Love Wines is part of a wine trail made up of six wineries along the coast of Lake Michigan. The trail would make a great afternoon or day of tasting.
Enjoy the Parlor at The Ludington House
Sit by the fireplace with a warm beverage. Put on some music. Read or play some games. We’ll have hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and cookies available. We also have a few board games and plenty of table space for playing games. We have books on local history, photography and history of the Cartiers, the family that built this house. Magazines and local newspaper are available as well.
Feel free to order take-out and use our dining room. We can supply the dishes and utensils needed.
So you can see, with a little planning the non-summer seasons can also provide a lot of fun in Ludington. Come and stay with us!