If you have a case of the Winter blues, Pure Ludington has the answer for you! Ludington is an incredible mecca for people who looking for adventure and fun ways to enjoy the winter season.
Snowshoeing is one way to get out of the house, get some exercise, and beat the winter doldrums. The Ludington State Park is the perfect place to try this, where snowshoes and trails are plenty. There are even lantern-lit snowshoe hikes on Saturday evenings during the months of January and February. Join other outdoor enthusiasts on this ¾-mile groomed, snowy trail, guided by 75 glowing lanterns. Warm up by a bonfire with friends and enjoy some hot cocoa during your hike. Of course, the state park also welcomes cross-country skiers and hikers to explore its 5,300 acres.
Fat biking has become a year-round event in Pure Ludington, with the number of trail systems available here. These mountain bikes can maneuver through snow with ease, creating another outdoor sport and a way to enjoy Michigan’s winter wonderland. In addition to the trails, the Lake Michigan beach, along M-116 to Big Sable Point lighthouse, is open to fat bikes from November through April.
If you are looking for a community event, head to the 5th Annual Pure Ludington Brrrewfest, January 26 at Rotary Park in Downtown Ludington. Here, you will have a chance to sample beers, wines and ciders from 25 Michigan brewers and crafters from 1-6 p.m. Food from the Q Smokehouse and live music are featured under a heated tent, where you can gather with your friends for a time of revelry and fun.
Mason County is also a great spot to connect to a vast network of snowmobile trails and forest service roads that are ideal for winter riding. The Michigan Snowmobile Association maintains a website for up-to-date, groomed trail conditions in the area.
If staying warm and cozy is more your style, Ludington also has relaxing attractions for you!
Comfort food, crackling fires, and craft beer and wine can be found at one of our local pubs and restaurants. Some of our favorites include Blu Moon Bistro, Sportsman’s Restaurant and Bar, Barley & Rye, the Mitten Bar, Ludington Bay Brewing and Jamesport Brewing Company. Many of these feature live, weekend entertainment, so be sure to check their websites for the latest.
Ludington also boasts of a number of quaint bed & breakfasts, where you can cuddle up and enjoy a comfortable, at-home atmosphere. Many are located conveniently in the heart of downtown and offer a variety of amenities to delight in: private rooms, fireplaces and home-cooked meals.
For a complete list of Pure Ludington events, see our calendar. Share your winter photos with us using the #PureLudington.