Monthly Archives: May 2015

Destination Wedding Hot Spots In Ludington

It is no secret that Ludington is a favorite wedding destination for couples from all over the country! Our charming small town, beautiful beaches and big city amenities make for the perfect destination for your “I do’s”. We have put together a list of our top 6 destination wedding locations in the Ludington Area that include beautiful parks, unique attractions and of course our sugar-sand shoreline.

1. Waterfront Park
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Photo by: Sue Brown Photography


Situated between two popular marinas, this beautifully manicured park is popular place to catch the SS Badger coming or going from port, watch the sunset over Lake Michigan, take in the public art or watch children play on the playground. However, brides and grooms have found this park to be a perfect backdrop for their special day.

2. Stearn’s Park Beach
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Photo by: Sue Brown Photography

Ranked by USA Today Travel (2013) as one of the Top 51 Beaches in America, this sugar sand beach is a great place for a beach wedding. Two accessible walkways make it convenient for all of your guests to make it to the waters edge of Lake Michigan for your special event.

4. Historic White Pine Village
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Photo by: Sue Brown Photography

You may not have thought about a historic village being one of your top choices for wedding venues, but take it from us, this place has the perfect chapel on sight for a rustic-chic or vintage style wedding. Inside the chapel can hold a small group, but if the sun is shining we recommend setting up the ceremony outside on the hill just in front of the chapel.

5. Barothy Lodge
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If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor space for your wedding, Barothy Lodge should be on your list. Located on the banks of the Pere Marquette River, the property also has a pond on site and endless backdrops of natural forest and greenery. They also have a large lodge for your reception on site as well. And the best part, your whole family and guests can stay on-site and make a vacation out of it.

6. Ludington State Park Amphitheater

LSP_Amphitheater WeddingLudington is home of one of Michigan’s top state parks and is nestled between Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake and Big Sable River. The outdoor amphitheater at the state park is a great ceremony location if you are looking for open air wedding in a wooded setting. Access to the beach and other scenic areas make this location ideal of unique photo opportunities.

If you are looking for more wedding information in the Ludington Area, we recommend you check out the Wedding Resource Guide. Inside you will find everything from bakeries to wedding officials and everything in between. 


Brandy Henderson-headshotWritten by: Brandy Henderson

Brandy is the Executive Director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and a lifelong resident of Ludington. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and a fan of Michigan craft beer. In her spare time she loves kayaking and attending the many festivals and events in Ludington.

SS Badger Sets Sail

The SS Badger is setting sail on her maiden voyage of the 2015 season on the 15th of May. There are some new and exciting things on the majestic 7-story Badger this year, one of them being a new ash conveyor system which will allow for a more environmentally friendly approach to dispose of the coal ash produced.

LighhouseSince getting her belly wet in Lake Michigan on September 6th of 1952, and setting sail in March of 1953 she has had many jobs; starting out as a ferry for rail cars she earned the name of “Queen of the Lakes” during the golden era of ferry boats in the late 1950s. The SS Badger has been working diligently since the 1970s to extend travel adventures for families and provide cross-lake access for anything from bicycles to wind turbines.

 After what was thought to be the end of her reign as the “Queen of the Lakes” in 1990 when she tied up at the dock in Ludington at the end of the sailing season in November; the belief and financial support from Charles Conrad helped what can now be considered the SS Badger reinvention with about 490 crossings per season; the 4 hour, 60 mile cruise from mid-May through mid-October has been a staple of regularity for the Ludington and Manitowoc areas now since 1992.

Notable accomplishments for the SS Badger have been awarded since 1996 when the Badgerpropulsion system aboard the ship was elected as a “mechanical engineering landmark” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has been recognized since 1997 for her historical acclaims as a “Registered Historic Site” by both Michigan and Wisconsin; and also designated as a “Michigan Centennial Business” by the Historical Society of Michigan. In 2002 the Steamship Historical Society named her “Ship of the Year” and most recently, in 2009 the Badger was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior.

With great contribution from the current owners; Bob Manglitz, Don Clingan, and Jim Anderson as well as the amazing people that work proudly on the front lines as well as behind the scenes to make the Badger shine brightly against that beautiful blue Lake Michigan. Whether you are on the break wall waving to those heading out on the horizon or greeting those coming home, we are lucky to have her stately presence sitting proudly every time she docks here in Ludington. Have a smooth sail and wonderful season in 2015.


Maddison DeBaarWritten by: Maddison Tongue

Maddison recently move to Ludington with her husband after years of vacationing in the area year-round. As avid outdoors people they enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and finding any excuse to be near the water.