Category Archives: Outdoors

5 Things to Know About Lantern-Lit Snowshoeing & Skiing in Ludington, MI

Ludington boasts a number of excellent snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails – and one of the most popular places for a winter sojourn is at the 5,300-acre Ludington State Park. Several miles of trails are groomed for cross country skiing, and snowshoers can explore all the other trails. The park also hosts a series of snowshoeing and cross country skiing events on weekends in January and February, including the popular lantern-lit snowshoe and skiing event. Here are 5 things you need to know about this unique event coming up this weekend:

  1. It’s free! There are not many activities for families and couples these days that don’t come with a price tag. Thanks to the Friends of Ludington State Park, this event is free of charge. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy some fresh fallen snow with family or friends. 
  2. Snowshoers, cross country skiers and hikers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Snowshoeing is one of the season’s safest activities and a great way to get moving during these colder months. Of course, cross country skiers and hikers/walkers are also welcome to participate as well. The self-paced atmosphere of this event means you can take your time and really take in the sights and sounds of the park this time of the year.
  3. You don’t need your own snowshoes. Thanks to the Friends of Ludington State Park, 50 pairs of snowshoes are available for free use on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have your own gear, even better! 
  4. There’s a fire – or two! You can warm up and enjoy a hot beverage alongside two bonfires along the trail. It’s the perfect spot to rest, warm up and take in the beautiful winter scenery. Although you will be moving and keeping warm on the trail, you will still want to be sure to wear warm winter attire.
  5. The most unique aspect of this event is that the 3/4 mile trail is lined with approximately 75 red lanterns. They perfectly compliment the winter backdrop and are a great guide as the sun begins to set.

Upcoming lantern-lit snowshoe and skiing events are Feb. 4 and 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. starting at the Warming Shelter just inside the entrance of the park.

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BrrrewFest – The 411 on Ludington, Michigan’s Winter Beer Festival

We know you love Ludington and we know you love Michigan craft beer. With that, we bring you the 3rd Annual Pure Ludington BrrrewFest, happening Saturday, January 28 in Downtown Ludington. The only winter craft beer festival in Ludington, features nearly 30 Michigan craft brewers who will be showcasing their best and unique brews.

Wondering if one of you favorite brewers will be there? Check out the list of brewers and what they are bringing to the festival here. Tickets are available online through 1/26 for $25. Your ticket includes a commemorative 5oz. sample glass as well as 6 drink tokens. Additional tokens and pint glasses are available for purchase. Tickets at the gate that day are $30.

This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Ludington State Park, which is a non-profit organization whose volunteers maintain and enhance the programming and infrastructure of one of Ludington’s greatest attractions; the Ludington State Park.

An event in Ludington would not be complete without live music, and BrrrewFest is no exception. Andy Thomas, owner and master brewer of Starving Artist Brewing Co,. will be opening with an acoustic set, followed by headliner American Hairband, who are dedicated to the glam and hard rock movement of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Looking to check out a little more of Ludington while you are here for BrrrewFest? There are plenty of new restuarants and spots downtown to check out including Timbers Bar & Grille and Table 14. A downtown favorite, Barley & Rye, will be hosting a Boozy Breakfast before BrrrewFest from 9-11:30am featuring beer-mosas, breakfast burritos and more!

Certainly, Ludington is known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Attendees to BrrrrewFest can also get a taste of that at the Shoreline Cycling Club’s Winter Fat Tire Biking Open House.

No matter how you choose to spend your BrrrewFest weekend here in Ludington, we know you will enjoy the beauty of Winter and the cold brews of Michigan’s best craft brewers.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Pure Ludington NYE Ball Drop

Did you know what every December 31st in Downtown Ludington we hoist a six foot ball covered in 6,000 LED lights up into the air, let you dance under it for a few hours then lower it to the ground at the stroke of midnight followed by an awesome display of fireworks?

It’s an amazing, FREE, family-friendly way to ring in the New Year. Evening activities begin at 9:00pm when the entertainment area in the North James Street Plaza opens for music, dancing and beer tasting.  Then at midnight, the ball drops down from high above the main intersection in downtown. Once the clock strikes midnight, turn your attention to the night’s sky for an amazing fireworks salute to the New Year!

The event is always very busy, so it is recommended to buy your commemorative beer mugs and drink tokens in advance online.

Family Friendly NYE Parties All ages are welcome at the NYE Ball Drop and in the entertainment area in the North James Street Plaza, but for those of you looking to celebrate with young kids, we have you covered.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum opens up for a special NYE balloon drop featuring more than 500 balloons! The party also will feature live music, food, favors, ice cream sundaes, crafts, photo booth and more. $10 per person or $35 per family. The party is from 5-8pm.

The Ludington Library is also hosting an evening of great family activities including FREE crafts, games and activities for partygoers of all ages. At 11:30 p.m., the party closes so everyone can stroll downtown to enjoy the ball drop. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

New Year’s Day The party is not over after the ball drop. Wake up and get a great breakfast (or lunch depending on what time you wake up!) in to kick-off the day. Here are some of our favorites that will be open New Year’s Day:

For those of you with “get healthy” as part of your new year resolutions, you can get a jump-start by taking part in the Resolution Run 5K at 11am on January 1. $25 entry fee includes a custom die-cast finishers medal.

Register online or on race day at Ludington Pub from 10 to 11 a.m.

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This Weekend: 2016 Suds on the Shore

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The popular Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Festival is upon us this weekend and is a must stop for beer and wine enthusiasts!

For anyone not familiar with this event, it is hosted in Rotary Park on the outskirts of Downtown Ludington, just blocks from Stearns Park Beach and Lake Michigan. The shady park makes for a great backdrop to all of the fun that is Suds on the Shore. The event is a fundraiser for United Way of Mason County, which means it is also for a great cause. Tickets are $30 at the gate and include a commemorative tasting glass and 8 drink tokens. You can find more information at www.SudsontheShore.com.

If you are on the fence about whether or not to come, check out this line-up:

Angry Orchard/Truly Spiked and Sparkling
Arbor Brewing Co.
Arcadia Ales
Atwater
Austin Brothers’ Beer Co.
Bardic Wells Meadery
Bell’s Brewery
Blake’s Hard Cider Co.
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Brewery Terra Firma
Brewery Vivant
Cascade Winery/Jaden James Brewery
Cellar Brewing Co.
Cheboygan Brewing Co.
Cranker’s Brewery
Crispin Cider Co.
Dutch Girl Brewery
Farmhaus Cider Co.
Fetch Brewing Co.
Founders Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Great Lakes Wine and Spirits
Hop Lot Brewing Co.
Jamesport Brewing Co.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Love Wines
Ludington Beverage Co.
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewery
Newaygo Brewing Co.
North Peak Brewing Co.
Northern Oak Brewery
Perrin Brewing Co.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.
Railtown Brewing Co.
Redd’s/Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Ridge Cider Co.
Roak Brewing Co.
Rochester Mills Productions Brewery
Sam Adams
Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Schmohz Brewing Co.
Short’s Brewing
Starving Artist Brewing Co.
Stormcloud Brewing Co.
Summit Brewing Co.
Tapistry Brewing Co.
The Mitten Brewing Co.
Traveler Beer Co./Coney Island Beer Co.
Tri-City Brewing
Uncle John’s Hard Cider
Vander Mill
Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro

IMG_3572So if that didn’t convince you, you can make a weekend of it and check out two of Ludington’s favorite craft beer stops in Downtown Ludington, which include Jamesport Brewing Company and The Mitten Bar.

Cheers to another fun weekend in Ludington and don’t forget to tag your photos #pureludington. We love to follow along on your adventures!

7 Things to Do this 4th of July Holiday Weekend in Ludington

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Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

If you are looking to celebrate the 4th of July, Pure Ludington must be on your list. This small town does 4th of July big!  To make your trip easier, we have put together a list of things to be sure to check out if you are in the Ludington Area this holiday weekend: 

1. Kick off the holiday weekend in Downtown Ludington. These is always something new to see and do in Downtown Ludington, which is why if you are in town this weekend, you must take stroll along Ludington Avenue and South James Street to see what is new. Stop by the North James Street Plaza on Thursday evening (June 30) for live music! There are great outdoor dining options and quaint shops for you to find something to take home to remember your trip to Ludington.

2. Spend a day at one of Michigan’s top beaches. Summer is finally here and a trip to Ludington isn’t complete without a day at the beach. Known for our award winning sugar-sand beaches, there are plenty of places along the shoreline for you to enjoy the sun, sand and fresh water of Lake Michigan.

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Photo courtesy of Ludington Area Center for the Arts

3. Enjoy the West Shore Art Fair. July 2 & 3, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts will be hosting the West Shore Art Fair at Rotary Park (formerly City Park), an annual tradition in Ludington for 48 years. This open-air, juried fine art and fine crafts show features 100-plus fine artists in a variety of media, including clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting and photography. The show features live music, food stations and a children’s activity area.

4. Catch the Hamlin Lake fireworks on Saturday evening. If you are all about the fireworks, you can catch 2 nights of fireworks in Ludington this weekend starting with the show over Hamlin Lake on Saturday, July 2. An annual fireworks tradition at Hamlin Lake since the 1970s, this fireworks display is best viewed by boat in the Upper Lake from Indian Pete Bayou west to Victory Park, or on the south shore of the Upper Lake. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent a boat from places like Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals for you and the family to enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks. If you would rather stay on land, Wilson Hill Park is a great place to watch from and there is an ice cream social prior to the display. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

5. Take part in the Freedom Festival Children & Pet Parade. Get the kids and your four legged friends dressed in their best patriotic garb and celebrate the holiday weekend in style. This family-friendly event takes place on Sunday, July 3 and begins at the corner of Loomis and Ferry Streets and proceeds to the Waterfront Park Pavilion, where prizes will be awarded.

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Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

6. Take part in the tradition by attending the Freedom Festival Grand Parade. The Freedom Festival Grand Parade is one for your weekend list of must-do’s while here for the 4th of July. This small town knows how to put on a big parade. You will want to find your seat along Ludington Avenue between Madison Street and Lakeshore Drive early, but the parade doesn’t begin until 2pm. The kids will be able to see firetrucks, classic cars, animals and of course the Scottville Clown Band! You can follow the parade to the beach and enjoy an afternoon picnic on the beach until the fireworks later in the evening.

7. Take in the amazing Fireworks over Lake Michigan. This 20 minute display brings 20,000 people to the Lake Michigan shoreline in Ludington. Before dusk, make your way to Stearns Park Beach and dig yourself a cozy spot in the sand to lay back and take in the amazing colors and sounds of the show. It is the perfect ending to a 4th of July done right in Ludington!

Come explore the Americana traditions and celebrations of Independence Day here in Pure Ludington

Grab A Spoon, Take Part in World Record Attempt for Longest Ice Cream Dessert

12697018_10153728277280804_2787719327708035679_oHouse of Flavors of Ludington invites any and all ice cream lovers to belly up to a half-mile long ice cream sundae on Ludington Avenue between Park and Harrison Streets in downtown Ludington and eat House of Flavors ice cream to help win the Guinness World Record for the Longest Ice Cream Dessert. The attempt will take place at 6pm on June 11, and is one of the many family-friendly events happening as part of ‘Love Ludington’ Weekend.

Fun Facts About the Longest Ice Cream Dessert Guinness World Record Attempt:

  • Length of dessert: Half mile – 2,640 feet; 31,680 inches; more than eight city blocks
  • Amount of ice cream: 855 gallons from 285 three-gallon containers served into 12,825+ scoops
  • Toppings and amounts: 800 pounds of chocolate syrup, 600 cans of whipped cream and 2,000 maraschino cherries from Michigan Cherryworks (aka CherryMan) in Hart, Mich.
  • Container: A continuous metal trough constructed from seamless house gutter by Superior Seamless Gutter and Square Deal Building Supply in Ludington, Mich.
  • Number of people involved: 7,500+: 6,400+ to eat ice cream, 550 scoopers and 550 volunteers
  • World Record qualifications: Dessert must be one continuous food item, entirely edible (and consumed), and have at least one extra topping in addition to ice cream.

More than 6,000 people are needed to consume two scoops of ice cream each, and eaters should arrive by 5 p.m. at any point along the eight-block stretch to watch construction of the ice cream trough and building of the dessert before they eat at 6 p.m. The trough will be a serving dish from which ice cream will be scooped into individual bowls for consumption. No registration is necessary to eat at the event, but participants can RSVP at the event Facebook page where they can also follow event details.

Those wishing to volunteer as a ‘scooper’ can register at DowntownLudington.org/icecreamrecord.

 

Love Ludington Weekend Kick’s Off Summer Season

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While the first official day of summer isn’t for a few more weeks, Ludington is celebrating it early as it declares June 11-12 a “Love Ludington” weekend full of summertime festivals and activities to get residents and visitors in the spirit of summer.

The weekend will feature favorite annual traditions like the Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon and Pirates of the Caribbean Shoreline Cruise on the S.S. Badger, plus incorporate new traditions like a Guinness World Record attempt for the Longest Ice Cream Dessert, sunset beach bonfire on Lake Michigan and craft show at Historic White Pine Village.

Here is the scoop on all of the weekend’s festivities:

Friday, June 10

Ludington Lakestride “Fun Run” (6 p.m. start): The 36-year running event tradition of Ludington Lakestride opens Friday evening with a one-mile family fun run departing from the west end of Ludington Avenue in a half mile out-and-back run to the Marina Park Playground. The event is free, and families can show up that evening to participate (no pre-registration necessary).

Saturday, June 11

248827_199401066773519_82367_nLudington Lakestride (8 a.m. start): This 36-year tradition provides runners a beautiful running race near Lake Michigan, with options for a 5K, 10K and half marathon. Races begin at 8 a.m. starting at 612 N. Lakeshore Dr. (Nader’s Lakeshore Motor Lodge) and finishing at Stearns Beach on Lake Michigan. The half marathon passes through Ludington State Park featuring a run down a sand dune plus return route with views of the dunes and Lake Michigan. Registration fees range from $32 for the 5K to $42 for the half marathon. A free children’s “fun run” also is available Friday night (see above). Packet pick-up and late registration is available Friday June 10, 5 to 8 p.m. at Lakestride Race Central at the center of Stearns Park Beach, and Saturday June 11, 7 to 8 a.m. at the same location. LudingtonLakestride.com.

Historic White Pine Village Craft Show/Mason County Day (10 a.m. –  4 p.m.): Historic White Pine Village is debuting a new handmade craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Mason County Day. The craft show will feature hand-made items including jewelry, clothing, pottery, food, wooden and leather items, painting and drawing, and textiles. Additional events throughout the day include the Ludington Mariners Old Time Base Ball Team Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. and Blessing of the Vintage Cars at 1:30 p.m. Admission to Historic White Pine Village is $9 for adults 18 and older, $6 for youth ages 6-17 years, and $25 for a family rate for two adults and dependent children 17 and under. Children ages 5 and under are free.  Mason County residents get in free June 11 for Mason County Day, and Manistee, Lake, and Oceana County residents receive $1 off adult admission and $2 off family admission. historicwhitepinevillage.org.

Guinness World Record Attempt – Longest Ice Cream Dessert (5 p.m. arrival; 6 p.m. start): Ice cream lovers can belly up to a half-mile long ice cream sundae on Ludington Avenue between Park and Harrison Streets in downtown Ludington and eat House of Flavors ice cream to help Ludington and House of Flavors (official event applicant) win the Guinness World Record for the Longest Ice Cream Dessert. More than 6,000 people are needed to consume two scoops of ice cream each, and eaters should arrive by 5 p.m. at any point along the eight-block stretch to watch construction of the ice cream trough and building of the dessert before they eat at 6 p.m. The trough will be a serving dish from which ice cream will be scooped into individual bowls for consumption. No registration is necessary to eat at the event, but participants can RSVP at the event Facebook page where they can also follow event details. Those wishing to volunteer as a scooper can register at DowntownLudington.org/icecreamrecord.

shoreline_2015_06_06_little_pirates_resizedPirates of the Caribbean Shoreline Cruise, S.S. Badger (8:30 – 10:30 p.m.; boarding begins at 7:45): Passengers can wear pirate costumes and speak in pirate lingo on this festive Lake Michigan cruise along Ludington’s shoreline aboard America’s last coal-fired steamship. In addition to the two-hour cruise, the ticket price of $39 includes a Badger Party Buffet with desserts and soft drinks, and live music by “Two Dudes in Flip Flops” featuring guitar, steel pan and vocals. A cash bar also is available with drink specials. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by calling 800-841-4243. ssbadger.com.

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For those who opt to stay on land instead of boarding the S.S. Badger, Ludington will offer its inaugural sunset beach bonfire of the season, on the shores of Lake Michigan at Stearns Beach – also a vantage point to see the S.S. Badger pass by. The first in a series of free community bonfires this summer, this one will offer a special pirate-themed twist in honor of the S.S. Badger’s pirate cruise. Part musician, part showman and part sailor, Grand Haven native Michael Beans will take the stage with a pirate-inspired musical performance in a two-hour set he dubs “”Happy Arrr” complete with music, stories, sing-a-longs and audience interaction.

35 Reasons Not to Miss 2nd Annual BrrrewFest

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Now that Winter has arrived, we couldn’t think a better way to welcome the snowy season than with an invasion of craft beer! Get your tickets now for the January 30th fundraiser for the 2nd Annual Pure Ludington BrrrewFest, benefitting the Friends of Ludington State Park. Your ticket gets you a 5oz. tasting glass and 6 drink tokens. The afternoon will be filled with over 145 cold brews, hots beats and even some eats! So bundle up in your winter gear, grab some friends and head for Pure Ludington on Saturday, January 30th. Here are 35 reasons you don’t want to miss this event:

1. Arcadia Brewing Company – Porter Rico, Hop Rocket, Lock Down, Hop Mouth and Shipwreck Porter

2. Angry Orchard – Crisp, Green Apple, Cinful, Hop n Mad and Stone Dry

3. Arbor Brewing Company – Euchre Pilsner, Sacred Cow, Espresso Love Breakfast Stout, Phat Abbot and Michael Faricy Stout

4. Austin Brothers Beer Company – Woody Wheat, Milk Route Stout, 45’er IPA and Brown Ale

5. Bell’s Brewing Company – Two Hearted, Smitten, Amber and Hopslam

6. Blake’s Hard Cider Company – El Chavo (Mango & Habenero), The Tonic (Cucumber & Ginger)and Cran Apple (Cranberry)

7. Blue Moon Brewing Company – Gingerbread Spiced Ale, Belgian White, Cinnamon Horchata and Cappucino Oatmeal Stout

8. Boatyard Brewing Company – Halekai Very Pale Ale, Lemon Frost Lemon Mint Cream Ale, Red At Night Rye, Transom Jack Pumpkin Ale, EZ American Wheat and Scuttle Butt IPA

9. Brewery Vivant – Triomphe, Undertaker and Ski Patrol

10. Coney Island Brewing Company – Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Ale and Hard Orange Cream Ale

11. Crispin Cider Company – Original Apple, Brut, Honeycrisp, The Saint, 15 Men, Blackberry Pear, Pacific Pear and Browns Lane

12. Dark Horse Brewing Company – Coming Soon!

13. Dutch Girl Brewery – Coastie Kolsch, Wood Panel Porter, 7 Mile Smile IPA and Dirty Boots Imperial Milk Stout

14. Farmhaus Cider Company – Trocken (Dry), Halbbitter (Semi-sweet), Brewhaus (Coffee Cider) and Brunch (Dry Maple Cider)

15. Founder’s Brewing Company – All Day IPA, Azacca IPA, Rubaeus Raspberry Ale and Imperial Stout

16. Leinenkugel Brewing Company – Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwartz, Berry Weiss, Ginger Shandy, Cranberry Ginger, Cocoa Berry Shandy, Spiced Pear Shandy, Big Butt Dopplebock, Heart of Oak and Bid Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

17. Jolly Pumpkin Brewing Company – Weizen Bam, Bam Noire, Luciernaga, and Oro del Calabaza

18. Mountain Town Brewing Company – Harvest Ale, Iron Horse IPA, Train Wreck and Railyard Raspberry

19. New Holland Brewing Company – Mad Hatter, Cabin Fever, Dragon’s Milk and Monkey King

20. North Peak Brewing Company – Diabolical IPA, Siren Amber Ale, Sinuous Celtic Ale and Grizzly Peak Hellion Midwest IPA

21. Perrin Brewing Company – Black Goat (bourbon barrel aged double black lager), Lil Griz (Sessionable bourbon barrel aged brown), No Problem (Session IPA), 98 Problems IPA, Hotbox Brown (Coffee Brown Ale), Capital Cherry Sour (Oak Barrel aged Belgian Brown) and Poop Your Pants (Chocolate Bock)

22. Petosky Brewing Company – Horny Monk, P-Town Brown, Hopseeded Double IPA and Minds Eye IPA

23. Ridge Cider Company – Raschberry, Porch Sittin’, Peach and R.H.A.C.

24. Roak Brewing Company – Live Wire IPA, Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout, Powerboat Belgian White and Around the Clock Session IPA

25. Rochester Mills Beer Company – Milkshake Stout, Creme de Menthe Milkshake Stout, Chunky Monkey Milkshake Stout and Pine Knob Pilsner

26. Sam Adams – Cold Snap Winter Ale, Boston Lager, Crystal Pale Ale, Rebel IPA and Rebel Grapefruit IPA

27. Saugatuck Brewing Company – Blueberry Maple, Snow Wizard, Backyard IPA and Serrano Pepper

28. Shorts Brewing Company – Space Rock, Bellaire Brown, Local’s Light and Starcut Cider’s Octorock

29. Starving Artist Brewing Company – Fauxhawks White IPA, Moonshadow Milk Stout, Prolific American Pale Ale, Cole Chamber Smoked Porter

30. Storm Cloud Brewing Company – Rainmaker Pale Ale, Whiled Away IPA, Gerald’s Talkign Dog Cherry Rye Dubbel and Tis the Saison

31. Summit Brewing Company – Saga IPA, Great Northern Porter, Horizon Red IPA and Winter Ale

32. Traveler Beer Company – Curious Traveler, Grapefruit Shandy and IPA Shandy

33. Uncle John’s Hard Cider – Hard Apple, Cranberry Apple and Apple Pear

34. Vandermill Cider – Blue Gold, Ginger Peach, Totally Roasted, Hard Apple and Nunica Pine

35. Virtue Cider – Prince Hal and Percheron

Get $5 off our ticket price by purchasing online before the event. Your $25 ticket includes entry into the festival, a 5oz. sampling glass and 6 drink tokens.Tickets will be available at the gate for $30.

Additional drink tokens and merchandise will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Ludington State Park. 

 

 

4 Ways to Kick-off the New Year in Pure Ludington

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Ludington’s biggest annual celebration takes place each winter on New Year’s Eve. Billed as “West Michigan’s largest New Year’s Eve Ball,” Ludington’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop offers the quintessential, small-town New Year’s Eve celebration – complete with an outdoor beer garden and music, a ball drop with 6,000 LED lights in the heart of downtown, plus fireworks. Here are 5 ways to ring in 2016 here in Pure Ludington!

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Evening activities begin with a countdown party at 9:30 p.m. when the entertainment tent opens for music, dancing and beer tasting. Then at midnight, the ball will drop from high above the intersection of James Street and Ludington Avenue at the core of downtown, which is open only to pedestrians that night. Once the clock strikes midnight, spectacular fireworks launch over the rooftops of downtown.

The New Year’s Eve event is free, though beer is available for purchase. Commemorative glasses will be sold for $8 in advance or $10 that evening.

 

2. Free Family Parties to Enjoy with Small Kids

The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is a family-friendly event, but there are also some great pre-parties for families to enjoy before heading outside or for little ones who can’t stay awake until midnight. The Ludington Library hosts a pre-ball drop party beginning at 7pm for families and children of all ages. There are plenty of crafts and games to enjoy before walking over to the Ball Drop at 11:30pm. Sandcastle’s Children’s Museum, also located downtown, hosts a NYE Balloon Drop & Stomp for the kids! Both places offer a great place to stay warm and celebrate the New Year with your family.

3. New Year Resolution Run 5K

Looking to get a head start on your healthy New Year’s Resolution’s?  New Year’s Day kicks off with a Resolution Run 5K at 11:00a.m. on 1/1/2016. The race route takes runners through downtown Ludington, along Lake Michigan and the waterfront. Online registration is open and includes a t-shirt.

4. “Shoe Years” Lantern-lit Skiing/Snowshoeing and Guided Snowshoe Hikes at Ludington State Park 

Lantern Lit_LSPA variety of nature trails in the Ludington area become excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter – and one of the most popular places for a winter sojourn is at 5,300-acre Ludington State ParkOn January 2, the Ludington State Park hosts their Guided Snowshoe Hike at 2pm. The 1.5-hour guided snowshoe hike highlights the park’s nature and history through the park’s snow-covered sand dunes. Then at 6pm, bring cross-country skis and/or snowshoes to ski or walk an easy, one-mile groomed trail lit by oil lanterns that begins at the Warming Shelter inside the park.  Enjoy a campfire at either end to warm up and sip a hot beverage.

We hope you make a weekend of it and enjoy the beginnings of 2016 here in Pure Ludington!

 

 

Top 5 Places to catch a Pure Ludington Sunset

One thing we are almost always guaranteed of when spending time outdoors is a picturesque landscape of lightly painted colors in the sky. Sunsets on the horizon here in Ludington mark the close of a successful day on the lakeshore. Listed here are a few of the best places to find yourself with a nice view.

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Wandering among the bronze sculptures telling of Ludington’s history and highlights, the view of the S.S. Badger sitting proudly in the channel after a day on the water, a bench calls you over to sit back and relax while you take in the beauty of the sunset against the boats nestling into the marina at the close of their adventurous day.

  1. Walking the beach

Your toes burying into the warm sand, the breeze coming in off of the water as the heat from the sun gets a bit milder. As you are walking along the beach with the waves washing up onto your feet the reflection of the suns glow slowly fading away into the water.

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For another post to wave hello to the passengers on the S.S. Badger and take in a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, the City of Ludington and a striking piece of maritime history, The North Breakwater Lighthouse is a half mile walk down the pier so you can enjoy a city stroll to the view and reward yourself with the end of the day sky show.

  1. Deck of beach house in state park

Expansive decks nestled amongst the sands of the Ludington State Park have a perch that is perfect for a picnic and a relaxing place to unwind. The reflections of the clouds and vividly marked horizon will paint the sky for your own show. Take in the beauty amidst one of the most handsome beaches in Michigan.

  1. Canoeing on Hamlin Lake

Brad Reed_Day 174 of 365-June 23_2010_square crop_watermarkedAfter a day of hiking through Ludington State Park and seeing the lovely scenery there is to offer, it’s great to work in an arm work-out as well. With a Canoe or Kayak you are able to access Hamlin Lake and enjoy the serene canoe trail within the park and the access points to Hamlin Lake. There are many points within the paddling area where you can sit in total solitude and enjoy the peace of nature and an exquisitely painted sky.