Monthly Archives: June 2015

July Event Round-Up

 July is a busy month full of festivals and events to enjoy. Mark your calendars!

3 Hamlin Lake Fireworks @ Dusk
4 Ludington Area Jaycees Grand Parade, 2:00pm
4 S.S. Badger Shoreline Cruise, 9:00pm
4 Ludington Fireworks @ Dusk
4-5 West Shore Art Fair @ Ludington City Park
10 Friday Night Live, Downtown Ludington, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
10-11 Scottville Summerfest Car Show in Scottville
11 Breakfast on the Farm @ Stakenas Farms, 9:00am – 1:00pm
11 Old Time Baseball Tournament @ Historic White Pine Village, 10:00am – 5:00pm
11 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Day, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
12 Scottville Summerfest Chicken BBQ & Rubber Duck Race
12 19th Annual Garden Walk 1:00pm – 5:00pm
12 Mason County Saddle Club Open Horse Show @ Mason County Fairgrounds
16-19 Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament @ Waterfront Park,
17 Friday Night Live, Downtown Ludington 
18 Children’s Day @ Historic White Pine Village, 10:00am – 5:00pm
18 8th Annual Buccaneer Bash @ Ludington Boat Club, 4:00pm – 10:00pm
18-19 West Michigan Horse All Breed Summer Cizzler Horse Show @ Mason County Fairgrounds
23 Sunset Bonfire @ Stearns Park Beach, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
24 Friday Night Live, Downtown Ludington
25 West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert @ Waterfront Park
25 Gordy’s King of the Beach Skate Competition @ Ludington Skate Plaza, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
25 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Day, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
31 Friday Night Live, Downtown Ludington
31 Movie at the Band Shell @ Scottville Clown Band Shell
31- Aug 2 Summer Sidewalk Sales, Downtown Ludington

For the full detailed schedule click here!

Five Rainy Day Destinations to Brighten Your Day

If the rainy weather is keeping you and the family from being outside, don’t worry, there are many other activities you can dive into that will occupy your interests. Here are a few suggestions to get your rainy day plans started.

Sandcastle Children’s Museum

For those of you waiting around for that must-see marathon of your favorite show; get away from the TV. Instead, bring your kids and come join us at the Sandcastles Children’s Museum. Here you can discover what it’s like to explore the world’s offerings with the whole family. Make a day out of it and come experience a one of a kind learning environment. At Sandcastles Children’s Museum there is a plethora of wonderful hands on activity that will stimulate creativity, curiosity, and of course the love of learning.

West Shore Community College Recreational Center

You may not be able to enjoy the beach, but rainy days don’t have to stop you from enjoying some swim time. The Recreation Center at West Shore Community College as a go-to option for your rainy day schedules. This recreational pool is conveniently close to the Ludington area, and will exceed all expectations as a rainy day activity.

The Historic White Pine Village

17From school field trip’s, to weekend adventures, Historic White Pine Village is a must-see historical experience. You can tour 30 buildings that represent and display a glimpse of Mason County’s past. This is a self-guided tour that will be remembered as a great educational experience for the whole family. Make it a rainy day tradition and visit Historic White Pine Village!

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA)

11013014_10153315052358189_1849658384086004731_nIf you are looking for something to brighten up a rainy day, we suggest checking out the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. When the weather is less than desirable for the beach, LACA is a great place to explore the center and take in some fantastic art. Their gallery space hosts many exhibits and events throughout the year and if you catch the right day you may even be able to take a class or watch a theater performance.

AJ’s Family Fun Center

If you are looking for some fast paced fun during that gloomy rainy day, AJ’s Family Fun Center is the place for you. AJ’s is the perfect setting for all members of the family to do something that they enjoy, while spending the day together. AJ’s features multiple attractions such as, mini golf, bumper boats, laser tag, arcade games, and so much more.

For more rainy day activities and suggestions, download the Pure Ludington mobile app.

Stearns Park Beach v. Ludington State Park Beach

The Ludington Area boats 28 miles of sandy shoreline along Lake Michigan, which means there are plenty of places for people to dig their toes in the sand and soak up the sun. We thought we would break down two of our more popular beaches to help you narrow down where to spend your next beach day in Pure Ludington.

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Named by USA Today Travel as one of the Top 50 Great American Beaches (2012), Stearns Park Beach offers a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for playing in the water or building a sandcastle. Stearns Park Beach is located just blocks from downtown and has many amenities that make for a day at the beach packed with fun things to do. Some of the highlights include a grassy area with plenty of picnic tables and grills, a playground, skate park, mini-golf, volleyball and shuffleboard. Beachgoers can also enjoy free parking and concession stands with fun snack foods like deep fried oreos! A long, walk-able pier juts out to the North Breakwater Light. Stearns Park is also a favorite spot for watching the sunset over Lake Michigan.

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Ludington State Park beach is known by the locals as “First Curve”. As you head out to the Ludington State Park along M-116, you make your way down a winding road along Lake Michigan nestled between sand dunes. This is known as “First Curve” and is a favorite place for beachgoers looking for a more secluded beach. While there are no amenities like at Stearns Park Beach, that is what makes this beach attractive to visitors and locals alike. The scenic atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. Looking out on to Lake Michigan feels like you are at the ocean. You can park for free along M-116, but recreation passports are required when you enter the park entrance. The park entrance is located about 5 miles down the beach, which means there are any number of places to pull off the road and enjoy the beach.

Once inside the Ludington State Park, you will find the beautiful Lake Michigan Beachhouse which is a popular destination for families camping inside the state park. Inside the beachhouse you can enjoy concessions and a gift shop. The large wrap-around porch is a great place to catch the sunset as well.

No matter where you choose to spend your beach day, you are sure not to be disappointed. So grab your beach towels and sunscreen and head for the sands of Lake Michigan here in Pure Ludington!

Outdoor Dining Destinations in Ludington

June is the time of year when outdoor wanderings are in full-swing. While being out and about soaking in the warm sunshine, time may get away from you in Ludington, do not fear; there are many places in the area that can satisfy your rumbling tummy and let your sun-soaking continue.


Jamesport Brewing Co.

With the essentials fojamesport deckr a good family dining experience as well as a great home-grown beer selection for the adults. The food and welcoming setting are a great addition to a sunny summer day in Ludington. Their deck in the back is a breezy, open air haven where you can watch the sky turn to pink and orange at the close of the day.

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A great atmosphere for food, socializing and spirits with its extended family of restaurants in connection. There is an outdoor space in the back for a shadier setting on those hot summer days. With selections of gourmet mac and cheese, chopped salads, smoked sandwiches and build your own burritos, all are incredibly delicious! 

Ron’s Place

 James Street Plaza is a hot spot for activity and downtown wandering, stop in at Ron’s Place right on the plaza for a quick pizza, hot dog or gelato to cool you off. There are picnic tables for s placeyou right out front so you won’t miss any of the action.


Café 106

 Offering breakfast and lunch, you can stroll in right off from Ludington Avenue to an inviting and delicious café. Enjoy a sandwich, breakfast burrito, burger or salad on their off-the-sidewalk dining area. Off from the main cafe 106 outdoorbustle; unwind a bit before conquering more of your fun-filled day!


Luciano’s Ristorante

Right on Ludington Avenue, you won’t miss a beat with authentic Pizza to share, a Calzone or Pasta dish from Luciano’s, they offer a Gluten-Free selection as well as a sidewalk, café style dining experience right on the avenue. Watch the world go by with a glass of wine or a spumoni ice cream.


PM Steamers

A deck with a view and a menu of local fish and cuisine makes for a special meal in Ludington. Whether you are looking for a casual lunch or a fancy dinner, dining on the deck offers great views of the harbor, Ludington Municipal Marina and the SS Badger!PM deck



For those who wish to grab food on the go and enjoy the outdoors with a picnic at the Waterfront Park or beach, you may want to wander through the Ludington Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 3:00-8:00 and find some tasty fresh, local snacks. If a meal is what you are looking for there are offerings from Best Choice Market with options of take-out ludington farmers marketsandwiches, deli selections, a vast wine selection, cheeses, and crackers as well as several beer choices, for a romantic evening watching a beautiful Lake Michigan sunset best choice market





12 Things for Your Pure Ludington Vacation Bucket List


1. Catch one of the Sunset Beach Bonfires planned this summer at Stearns Park Beach. Mark your calendars for June 25, July 23 and August 27 and join us for a celebration of our beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets! The best part is, they are free to attend. Just remember to bring your beach chairs and blankets!

2. Try SUP Boarding. With Lake Michigan close by and several inland lakes, there are plenty of places to try this new trendy paddle sport.

3. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks from aboard the SS BadgerTaking a trip on the historic SS Badger is always a treat, but the 4th of July Shoreline Cruise is pretty special. It’s a great celebration on the ship capped off with a spectacular view of the fireworks over Lake Michigan!

4. Kayak the Pere Marquette River. This national scenic river is perfect for paddlers looking for a fun, easy paddle. There are several points of access and rentals along the river. Grab some friends and hit the river!

IMG_19125. Get your Picture in front of the #LoveLudington logo. Located on the SE corner of the intersection of Ludington Avenue and Robert Street, this new artwork added last summer is the perfect backdrop for your vacation pictures! Be sure to tag your photo on social media #loveludington.

6.Explore the area’s history along the Mason County Lumber Heritage TrailThis self-guided, interactive tour of Ludington’s lumber baron homes and historic places is a great way to explore new places and learn about our rich history. Download the Pure Ludington mobile app for more self-guided tours with directions (Apple & Android keyword: Pure Ludington).

7. Take Charterboat fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Known as the #1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan, fishing in Ludington is a great experience for groups and families looking for some adventure. Fishing on the “big lake” is a memorable experience and our fleet of charterboat captains are all about hospitality and sending you home with a big catch. Once you get your fish cleaned up, take it to one of our Catch-n-Cook restaurants where they will prepare a meal with your catch.

8. Hike to Big Sable Lighthouse at Ludington State Park. If you love lighthouses, this is definitely one to visit. Plus its a great excuse to check out one of Michigan’s top state parks, Ludington State Park. Open daily through October, you can climb to the top and take a memento home from the gift shop. If the 2 mile hike to the lighthouse isn’t your thing, mark your calendars for one of the Bus Days, where for a small fee you can get a lift out the lighthouse and back.

9. Try a flight of Michigan’s craft beers IMG_1913at The Mitten Bar. Recognized as one of the Top 50 Beer Bars in the US three years in a row by DRAFT Magazine, this craft beer destination is a must see and do when visiting Ludington. They have 13 drafts of Michigan’s finest craft beers on tap at any given time. This is also a great place for food and live music too!

10. Grab an ice cream cone and watch the kids play at Waterfront Playground. Located just blocks from Waterfront Park, you must stop at House of Flavors for an ice cream cone. It is the perfect sweet treat before heading to park for some time at the playground.

11. Grab some grub on the deck at one of our many outdoor dining options. Summer is all about outdoor dining and our restaurants have some great views to enjoy. Take your pick from rooftop decks to decks overlooking the harbor.

12. Relax with your toes in the sand at any one of our beautiful beaches. Vacation in Ludington wouldn’t be complete without some relaxation and rejuvenation at the beach. With many beaches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect place to park your chair and stick your toes in the sand.

Event Round-Up for June

Wow! June is here already…there is a lot to do, check out some of the highlights below:

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10 Jaycees’ Summer Kick Off Celebration, 7:30pm @ Waterfront Park
12 Lakestride Family Fun Run,
12 Sandcastle’s Summer Hours Begin @ Sandcastles Children’s Museum, 233- 9326
13 Lakestride Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K Race,
13 WMOEC Antique Tractor Pull, 10am @ Scottville Riverside Park, oldengineclub. org
13 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Day, 12pm-5pm, 845-7417
14 WMOEC Garden Tractor Pull, 10am @ Scottville Riverside Park, oldengineclub. org
20 Gordy’s King of the Beach Skate Competition, 5-8pm @ Ludington Skate Park Plaza, 845-9100
20-21 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament, Stearns Park Beach, Macker. com, 845-0324
22 Knightscares, 11am @ Ludington Library, 2pm @ Scottville Library, 843-8465
22-26 Sandcastle’s Craft Camp @ Sandcastles Children’s Museum, 233-9326
24 Ice Cream Social, 7:30pm @ Epworth Heights, 845-7898
25 Sunset Beach Bonfire, @ Stearns Park Beach, 8-10pm, 845-5430
27 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Day, 12-5pm, 845-7417
27-28 LudRock Music Festival @ Waterfront Park, 845-2787
28 Old Time Baseball Match, 10am-5pm @HWPV, 843-4808