Ludington draws visitors in winter season with events

Winter doesn't have to mean a slow tourist season--at least, it won't in Ludington this winter. The Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is working with local businesses and groups to offer winter events and activities that keep people out and about.

A prime example is this year's first Pure Ludington Brrrewfest, which is coming up Jan. 31 in downtown Ludington. Building on the craft beer culture and summer events in the area, the festival will be an afternoon event, 1 to 6 p.m.  at North James Street Plaza.  Twenty brewers are scheduled to attend, and live music will keep the mood, uh, cool. Tickets and details are online here.

"This craft beer event is a perfect way for people to get out, shake off the winter doldrums and share an afternoon together enjoying some of Michigan's finest craft brews and live musicians," says Brandy Henderson, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We encourage everyone to bundle up, head downtown and have a great time."

Right before that, Jan. 29, another beer-related event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Jamesport Brewing Company, as foodies and craft beer fans alike attend The Big Chill, an evening of "local craft beer, ice cream and small plates." Tickets are available at the brewery, House of Flavors, Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Throughout January and February, Ludington State Park gets in on the wintertime action with lantern-lit snowshoeing on selected weekends. Visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe on lighted, groomed trails in the evening, or take a guided snowshoe hike with a park guide.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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