We loved our stay at the Candlelite Inn Ludington. Tony and Melanie are warm and accommodating hosts. Here are some of the highlights:
Breakfast: They ask you the night before when you want breakfast and say they’ve cooked at 4:30 a.m. and at noon, and everywhere in between. The food is fresh and hot, and boy is it plentiful! We didn’t have to eat lunch after having breakfasts here. It was usually an egg dish, a pastry or sweet dish (like pancakes or muffins), fresh fruit, potatoes and meat (bacon, sausage). The best was the crustless quiche. Of course there’s also coffee, tea and a few juice choices. Breakfast is served family-style at a large dining table, so you’ll get to know fellow travelers. I’ve seen this done more privately at other B&Bs and prefer privacy first thing in the morning, but many like chit chatting. The only not-so-great thing about the breakfasts is that they’re so heavy. I would have liked lighter options – then again, I didn’t ask for it, and they probably would have been happy to fix something healthier.
Location: It’s not right in all the shops of downtown Ludington, but it’s an easy walk to the shops and a few blocks further to the beach. We like walking, and we rarely drove except to get to the state park (highly recommended!).
Porch: The sun porch has a huge stack of board and card games, jigsaw puzzles and crosswords. There’s also a mini fridge stocked with water and pop. We enjoyed having takeout one night and eating on the porch.
Rooms: Probably where Candlelite could stand to gain a few points. The Victorian room was nice, with chocolates waiting, wine glasses and a corkscrew. There’s also a teeny TV with lots of channels and a DVD player, although we didn’t use it much. The room is pretty small, but what do you expect in a B&B? The bed was comfy. As others have noted, it’s very bizarre that there isn’t a “real” door on the bathroom, just swinging saloon-style doors. The shower changes temperature a bit when others are showering or flush the toilet, and the bath towels and washcloths need to be replaced because they’re getting a bit rough. Same with the air conditioner – it’s super noisy. But nothing that would keep us from coming back. Just details that should probably be attended to soon.
Little extras like menus from all the places in town, coupons for ice cream cones and use of the grill equipment are nice. And we loved the evening snacks like chocolate-dipped strawberries, brownies and banana bread.
I think this place is further down the list of options in Ludington because one reviewer knocked it in the reviews for not being like a chain hotel. No, it’s a B&B – it’s not going to be like a Hyatt. Nor should it. We’re regular B&Bers, and this one is among the best. We'd love to return again, and will recommend it to friends!
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