Summer’s Inn FAQ
What is your cancellation policy?
For weekday reservations, Sunday-Thursday, cancellation is 72 hours prior to arrival. On weekends, Friday and/or Saturday, cancellation is 7 days prior to arrival.
On weekends are Fridays and Saturdays Required?
During the months of July and August, both Friday and Saturday are required. There are a few exceptions so always call ahead to see if we can accommodate your stay.
Are there their age restrictions for guests?
We gladly accept young people 16 years of age (accompanied by parents or guardians) and older.
Are you pet friendly?
We don’t allow pets of any type in rooms or on the property. In Ludington, Holiday Inn Express, Nader’s Lakeshore Lodge and Best Western all allow pets and they would be glad to accommodate you.
We don’t allow smoking in any of our rooms or on the property. If you really need a smoke, the public side walk is always available.
What’s included with my stay?
Your stay includes a table served breakfast and wine tasting. Tasting time is after check-in but before 8pm.
What time is breakfast?
The dining room is open at 7am for coffee for everyone. However, if you’re taking the morning carferry S.S. Badger to Wisconsin, your breakfast will also start at that time. All other guests are offered breakfast beginning at 8am. We ask all guests to be respectful of the fact that ferry passengers need to be to the dock by 8am.
What’s for breakfast?
For guests on the morning ferry, breakfast will feature a baked egg dish with fresh fruit, homemade bread for toasting, and jams. Cereal, fresh fruit and juice are also an option. For everyone else, breakfast features table served omelets with fresh fruit, homemade bread for toasting, and jams. Cereal, fresh fruit and juice are also an option.
I follow a “gluten free” diet. Do you have breakfast options?
All of our egg dishes are gluten free including any of the meats that we might offer in the omelet. There is always fresh fruit available. You are welcome to bring your own bread for toasting.
How many people can stay in a room?
All of our rooms are double occupancy, that is, two people to most all rooms. There are a few exceptions and we ask that you phone us to discuss a need to room more than two people. Some of our rooms will accommodate up to three people. 231-843-3448, 8am-9pm EST.
Are there hairdryers and toiletries in the room?
There are hair dryers in all of the rooms along with facial soap and soap for showering. We do have additional toiletries at the desk. So, if you forgot shampoo, conditioner etc., or want to try ours please let us know. We also have razors, toothbrushes etc. and there is no charge
Do you have noise restrictions or can we party outside of rooms or in the garden?
Our effort is to maintain a quiet property. After all, most of you are looking to relax!! Like a B&B we ask for a quiet time by 9pm whether you’re sitting outside your room, in our Sunroom, or in the Garden. We do encourage everyone to take advantage of the public spaces around Summer’s Inn, but, know that your voices carry. Many guests are to bed early, rising early to catch the carferry, golf, fish, hike etc. Help us respect everyone’s needs. Thanks!
How can we use the Garden?
The Garden is used for relaxing, reading, meditation, having lunch or dinner, sleeping. Wine and other beverages are available to take back to the garden.
Can we order a bottle of wine chilled or flowers before we arrive?
You can request a wine of your choice be chilled prior to your arrival. Maybe you’d like fresh flowers in your room!! Let us know how we can make your arrival special.
Are some rooms more economical than others?
We have five different room style options. If you’re a single person or a couple staying for just a night, our Small Queen room is our ‘entry level’ room. The Deluxe Queen room is much larger, still having one queen bed but also seating space. If you prefer separate sleeping for a better night’s rest, our rooms with Two Double Beds may be your best option. For those who sleep in a King bed at home, we usually encourage you to take a King here. Staying several nights or longer and would like the amenities of a suite? We have a King Suite, 2 Garden Suites with queen beds, a King Efficiency and a King Studio. Each of these has a small fridge, toaster and coffeemaker. The Suites have a separate bedroom from living room. The Studio and Efficiency also have seating but the bed area is not separate from the seating. Call ahead with any questions about these rooms. Look to room pictures to help you decide what might work best for you.
Do you have any specials or deals?
Check Summer’s Inn “Deals” page for any specials we may be offering. (Link)
Are you open in the winter?
Although we don’t offer breakfast or room service, we do keep three units open during the off season. The Garden Suites and a King Efficiency are available. You can book them online or give us a call.
Can I walk to dinner?
We are just three blocks to the beginning of downtown less than ½ mile to restaurants. It’s a pleasant walk past Victorian era homes of the Lumber Barons, an Andrew Carnegie Library built in 1903 and a stately Victorian Courthouse occupying a green square with mature Chestnut trees.
How far is it to the beach?
It is a little less than a mile from here to “putting your toe in Lake Michigan”. However, there are many different beaches nearby to suit your mood.
Are there hiking trails nearby?
The Ludington State Park has a wonderful trail system with 18 miles of foot trails through forested flat and hilly terrain. There are 5,600 acres to explore both along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake. www.visitludington.com/stateparkPlus the North Country Trail is also close by. www.northcountrytrail.org. www.michigantrails.us/mason-county-michigan.
Are you close to Ludington State Park?
We are 6.6 miles to Ludington State Park. That’s about an 11 minute drive from here to the park entrance.
Are there Lighthouses to visit?
The North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse are two iconic stops right here in Ludington. The North Breakwater Light is ranked #1 in Michigan to visit to watch the sunset plus from there you can watch the arrival/departure of the S.S. Badger carferry. Big Sable Point is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic places. If you’re a lighthouse follower, there is the North Pier head Lighthouse in Manistee, Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Silver Lake, and Pentwater Pier Head Lights, all close by.
How far is the Lake Michigan Ferry S.S. Badger?
The carferry is about 3 minutes away by car or a quick bicycle ride.
Where can I shop?
There are shops, galleries, vintage and antiques downtown, within walking distance. We also encourage guests to enjoy a ‘back road’ drive to either Pentwater or Manistee where you will find more shops and galleries.
Are there any restaurants you would recommend?
At check-in we will provide a “Menu Guide” to restaurants in the area. Click below for “links” to the area restaurants.
Should we bring our bicycle?
Yes!!! Ludington is a wonderful place for biking …. around neighborhoods, into town, out to the Ludington State Park, or down pastoral side roads.
Can I rent a bike?
There is a shop in town, Trailhead Bike Shop, for rentals. Visit
http://www.trailheadbikeshop.com/ You can also rent bicycles right at the State Park.
Is there any place to rent kayaks or canoes?
The Ludington State Park offers rental of canoes and kayaks plus the park has a marked canoe trail.
Are there golf courses nearby?
There are three golf courses close by: Hemlock Golf Club http://www.hemlockgolfclub.com/ , Lakeside Links http://www.lakesidelinks.com/ and Lincoln Hills (a semi-private golf club) http://www.lincolnhillsgc.com/. Arcadia Bluff’s is about 1 ½ hrs. north of Ludington www.arcadiabluffs.com.
How far are the dunes?
Dunes are found all along our lakeshore. They surround the highway entering the Ludington State Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes is about a 1 ½ hour drive north from Ludington.
What is there to do in Ludington?
Ludington is one of Michigan’s featured “beach towns”, home to natural beauties that includes two historic lighthouses, miles of pristine Lake Michigan beaches, rolling sand dunes, the Pere Marquette National Scenic River and the ever popular Ludington State Park, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Manistee National Forest area , and the largest charter fishing fleet on the great lakes. Weekly Farmers Markets and First Friday Art Tours Downtown.
Are there any “vegetarian restaurants” in Ludington?
None of our restaurants are strictly vegan/vegetarian restaurants. But, most have vegetarian options. Talk to our front desk attendant for particulars.
How far is it from Summer’s Inn to Sleeping Bear Dunes? Traverse City?
It is a 1 ½ hours to either Sleeping Bear Dunes or Traverse City.
Do you have any recommended drives?
We do have our favorite drives. We’ll be happy to supply you with a local map and highlight a drive based on your time frame and interest. We especially like M22 if you’re driving north from Ludington. Locally don’t miss M116 or the back road to Pentwater.
Where can we find a list of festivals and happenings in Ludington?
Visit the link below for a full listing, by month, of festivals and events in and around Ludington.http://www.pureludington.com/visitors_calendar.cfm
When in the fall do “colors” change?
Visit the link below for updates on the change of colors in our area: www.michigan.org/fall . Ludington State Park offers 18 miles of hiking trails and bicycling through the park and campgrounds; with 5,300 acres of hardwood forest and hills it’s the perfect spot for “leaf peepers”. We can also give you a map of scenic, pastoral drives in the area.