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Though the beach clears out and the summer vacationers have gone, there are still things to do in Ludington.
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.
In December and January Ludington State Park offer snowshoe-making classes. Participants work on their shoes at the warming shelter and spend the day making a quality pair of snowshoes.
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.
Noordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is also a beautiful place to hike but note that trails are not groomed in winter. If snow is deep the trails may be difficult to find and navigate. The Big M trail and the Pentwater Pathway are favorites for cross-country skiing.
If you enjoy gliding across the ice, Indoor skating is available at the West Shore Community College, (see skating at WSCC .)
"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
About an hour north is Crystal Mountain and Caberfae Peaks for downhill skiing and snowboarding.
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.
There are indoor opportunities such as local shopping, listening to live music and viewing art and theatre. Ludington has two bookstores. The Book Mark has a big section of local history and authors. The Window Sill features new and used books.
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.
For many of these businesses it is advisable to call ahead. Many businesses reduce their hours during the winter months.
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!