Scottville is in Northwest Michigan, just a few miles east of Ludington, which sits on the Lake Michigan coast. The Pere Marquette River snakes through a verdant valley from the Manistee National Forest to the coast near Ludington, passing just south of Scottville. Spring through fall, vacationers traveling to our bed and breakfasts may like the scenic ferry ride from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington.
The nearly half million acres of the Manistee National Forest virtually encircle Scottville and Ludington; not surprisingly, then, time spent in bed and breakfasts frequently includes outdoor recreation. Allow time to amply explore all the area has to offer, from the wonderful Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area to the various rivers and streams that meander through the woods.
Certainly, there is blue ribbon fishing here. In the spring and fall, thousands of steelhead and salmon make their way to the streams and rivers of the Manistee National Forest. It becomes an inimitable paradise for anglers.
Bicyclists may be as delighted with the area as anglers, thanks to the numerous trails that traverse Mason County and Northeast Michigan. The Lake Michigan Recreation Area affords lovely views from the designated bike path. The Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail weaves 22 miles through small towns and is a great way to get a travel the region. Even scenic M-116 along the coast of Lake Michigan has a large shoulder for cyclists.
There are several Michigan Lighthouses in the Ludington vicinity. Ludington North Pierhead Light, located in Ludington on the end of the North Breakwater in Stearns Park, is open for tours during weekends June through Labor Day. Little Sable Point Lighthouse, in Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater, is one of the oldest brick lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Big Sable Point Lighthouse (also known as Grand Point Au Sable) is just north of Ludington, in Ludington State Park; it is open for visitation May through October and houses a gift shop in the original 1867 lighthouse keeper’s quarters.
There is so much to do here that it can be difficult to decide what to do first. Talk with our bed and breakfast innkeepers about their favorite hiking trails, cross-country ski paths, golf courses, and more. They are your best resource.