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How Does The Amenity Info Looks Like at Hamlin Lake, MI?

Best Amenities in Hamlin Lake, MI

There are in total of 15 rental amenities in Hamlin Lake, shown above with the property numbers. In Hamlin Lake, 366 rentals offer TV, 360 rentals offer Bed linens provided, 342 rentals offer Parking Available. So, if you need TV during your vacation, use the TV filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Pool, Hot Tub.

Which Price Range Is Considered As A Good Deal in Hamlin Lake, MI Area?

Vacation House & Cottage Rental Price Information in Hamlin Lake, MI

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Hamlin Lake has the largest percentage (24.37%) of homes in $150 - $200 price range.
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How Many Rental Accommodations Are Pets Friendly in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Pets Allowed vs Not Allowed in Hamlin Lake, MI
28.07% of vacation homes in Hamlin Lake are pet friendly. If you have pet allergies, make sure to check the home property and see whether it is a pet-friendly vacation home or not.
Best Tourist Attractions in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Points of Interests In Hamlin Lake, MI

Here we list the must-visit places in Hamlin Lake:

How Many Airports in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Top Airports in Hamlin Lake, MI

Here are the airports that located near Hamlin Lake:

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Local Events & Festivals

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival allows visitors to “catch the luck of the Irish.” There are a one-mile run, 5k and 10k to kick off the festival, and a “Follow the Rainbow” scavenger hunt. A Shamrock Parade, kid’s activities, and the Takeout Pup Crawl are also part of the excitement each year.

Manistee’s Tightline for Troops is held in May each year, a charity fishing tournament for disabled veterans. The tournament was the brainchild of Bob Guenthardt and the first event was held in 2010. The event is free to veterans and priority is given to Purple Heart recipients, Disabled Veterans, and POWs.

Although Ludington is known for its beaches, lighthouses, and state park, many visitors comment about the stunning red, white and blue petunias planted around the downtown area. The petunias, grown by Gustafson’s Greenhouse, are planted by hundreds of volunteers and the Ludington Petunia Parade has become an annual tradition each spring.

Motorcycles of all types travel each May to Baldwin, Michigan, just a 45-minute drive from Hamlin Lake for the Baldwin Blessing of the Bikes event. This popular event began in 1972 with just four motorcycles but has grown to between 5,000 and 10,000 each year. A vendor’s market downtown offers bike-related items and there are tattoo artists on site. The blessing ceremony is held on the third Sunday in May at 1 PM.

Travel just half an hour from Hamlin Lake to Hart and Shelby for the National Asparagus Festival. This event recognizes the most famous crop in the area as only California and Washington produce more of the vegetable than Michigan. The event begins with the Asparagus Queen Pageant and Fund Raiser. The next day an arts and crafts fair as well as an outdoor movie are part of the excitement. A 5k is held on Saturday as the arts and crafts fair continues. There is an asparagus farm tour, the Taste of Asparagus competition, a kid’s area, a parade, and live music. The event ends with a breakfast on Sunday.

Celebrate Independence Day at the Ludington Freedom Festival which begins on July 3rd with children and a pet parade. Children decorate their wagons or bikes and many dresses their family pet in patriotic colors to win prizes. The next day the festival kicks off with a Grand Parade with floats, bands, politicians, and the Scottville Clown Band. At dusk, a firework display lights up the sky with excellent viewing at Steams Beach or Waterfront Park. People arrive early and make an evening of the event with picnic lunches and sparklers. Be sure to check out the Manistee Forest Festival also held during the Independence Day Holiday. There is carnival rides, beach dances, a festival tent as well as an arts and crafts show.

Anglers who enjoy salmon fishing will enjoy the Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament which provides them with a way to earn money for their catch. Held in July, the tournament begins each day at 6 AM with a shotgun start. All youth boats must be in by noon while other boats must be inside the pier heads by 2 PM. The tournament is open to boats 18’ or longer and equipped with a marine radio. In 2019, the top prize was $10,000 which was taken by Hiatus Charters. In the Big Boys competition, Blue Fairways took home the $17,500 top prize.

Gold Coast Artisan Fair, located in Ludington’s Rotary Park, has vendors from across the state offering handmade items. The items include jewelry, photographs, paintings, and more. The fair is held the second week of August on Saturday and Sunday.

Ludington Suds on the Shore Festival is an annual craft beer tasting festival held at Rotary Park. The event, which is held in mid-August, raises funds for the United Way of Mason County and features vendors from all around Michigan offering more than 100 samples of craft beer, hard cider, and Michigan wine. Live music and food vendors are also part of the event.

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival began in 1978 and is held on the third Saturday of June each year. It is a day full of music on two stages as well as activities for children, arts and craft vendors as well as great food. There is a dance to close out the festival.

The Hops & Props festival celebrates the rich boating history of the area as well as the growing craft beer industry in Michigan. Over 100 varieties of beer, cider and wine are available. There are a wooden boat parade and live entertainment as part of the event as well.

On weekends in October, the Manistee Ghost Ship is docked off Arthur Street in Manistee. Visitors navigate the steep stairways into the Ghost Ship with spooky beings jumping at them as they move through the ship. The ship is so scary it is not recommended for children under the age of seven.

Kick-off the holiday season with the Ludington Aglow on the Avenue Christmas Parade. Normally held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the event coincides with Small Business Saturday. Most stores in the downtown area are open later that day, allowing visitors to begin their Christmas shopping. You can purchase a Christmas tree in the downtown lot, visit the holiday craft show at the Art Center and then visit with Santa after the parade.

The first weekend in December, the Manistee Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend takes place. The highlight of the parade is the Belgian draft horses that pull a 30-foot Christmas tree down River Street. There is a Festival of Trees, guided tours of Dempsey Mansion a Sno Shake Sho Art Exhibit, and tours of the Ramsdell Theater.

The New Year’s Eve Lighted Ball Drop is part of the “Light up the Lake” celebration on New Year’s Eve. Thousands gather in downtown Ludington to take part in this fun event. Families can be seen shopping in the many downtown stores or having a meal in some of the many restaurants. Sandcastle Children’s Museum holds a balloon drop party for children and there is an entertainment tent with live music. A DJ street dance party is also a fun part of the celebration. The event ends with a firework display after the ball drops.

Fight cabin fever by attending the Pure Ludington Brrrewfest with 20 craft beer breweries offering tastings of their most unique flavors. The event is usually held at the end of January in Ludington’s Rotary Park. Tickets include a commemorative glass and six drink tokens.

WinterFest in Pentwater & Hart held on weekends throughout February include fun events like sledding at Pentwater Village Green, a 5k Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run, as well as ice skating, a perch fishing tournament, and more. Enjoy cross-country skiing at the Pentwater Pathways Open while you sip hot chocolate, munch cookies and hang out around the campfire at the trailhead.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Hidden Gems

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Wilson Hill Park under a covered pavilion while the kids play on the playground. There is a boat launch to spend the day on the lake fishing and it is even a popular ice fishing location in the winter. The park is located on Beech Lane in Ludington.

Victory Township Park is more secluded than Wilson Hill Park but offers many of the same amenities. Follow the beautiful tree-lined road into the park which sits directly on the water. Enjoy watching the swans as they slowly swim around the lake. To get to the park, follow Jebavy Drive past Decker and Dewey Roads, turn right on Angling Road, and follow that to Fountain Road. Turn left and then right onto Victory Park Road.

Dempsey Manion, built by the Honorable James Dempsey, a lumber baron, and philanthropist. The mansion was designed and constructed by Holabird and Roche, completed in 1894. When it was owned by James Dempsey, Manistee had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country. Today, the mansion is the largest and oldest lumber baron residence in town remaining from that extravagant period. In 1993, award-winning actor James Earl Jones leased all three floors of the mansion when he returned to Manistee, where he began his acting career in 1955, to campaign for the restoration of the Ramsdell Theater.  In 2012, Hollywood set designer and decorator, James Colburn, purchased the home and converted it into a bed and breakfast inn. The mansion is open to the public for tours and is located at 506 Maple Street in Manistee, just 30 minutes from Hamlin Lake.

How to get around in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Transportations

The closest airport to Hamlin Lake, Michigan, is the Mason County Airport, which is a small, commuter airport. This means you may need to fly a small plane from a connecting airport to use Mason County which is around 10 minutes away from Hamlin Lake. The closest international airport is Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is under two hours from Hamlin Lake, so you will need to rent a car.

From the airport, head west on Ross Drive toward Corporate Drive and take the first right onto Corporate Drive. Turn right onto John J. Oostema Boulevard and make a U-turn to turn right onto Patterson Avenue, then turn right on 28th Street/M-11. Merge onto I-96 West using the ramp on the left toward Grand Rapids/Muskegon and travel about 43 miles. Merge onto US-31 North via exit 1B toward Muskegon/Ludington and travel about 57 miles. Take exit 166 toward Pere Marquette Hwy/Ludington and then turn left on South Pere Marquette Highway. Turn left on West US Highway 10/US-10W after about three miles then turn right on North Jebavy Drive and left on West Dewey Road. Turn right on Stearns Road into the Hamlin Lake area.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Trip Planning

If you only have one day to spend at Hamlin Lake, take a canoe trip around Ludington State Park. Travel the Canoe Trail, a four-mile-long trail that follows Hamlin Lake’s shoreline and then meanders through some inland marshes. The open water combined with the tight passages around reeds and tree stumps provides a fun canoe trip. The trail begins at the beach at Hamlin Lake’s day-use area. Put in next to the boat launch and there is a just a short carry to the edge of the water.

The best way to enjoy the many things to do at Hamlin Lake, however, is to spend at least two days in the area. On the first day, enjoy the best breakfast in town at Old Hamlin Restaurant before heading to White Pine Village. Be sure to enjoy a snack at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor where the ice cream is locally made. Grab some gifts at the shop which offers shirts, books, locally made maple syrups and jams as well as old-fashioned wooden toys. Check out the Hamlin Lake Cottage, moved from its original location in Indian Pete Bayou, log-by-log, and rebuilt in the village. Travel to the Ludington Lighthouse and then visit the Father Marquette Memorial Cross before stopping at Mancino’s, picking up lunch, and enjoying it in the tranquility of Victoria Township Park. After lunch, sip a few craft beers at Jamesport Brewing Company and visit a few of the unique boutiques in Ludington. End your day with dinner at Table 14.

On the second day, hop on the S.S. Badger and take the four-hour trip to Manitowoc. Visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the Rahr West Art Museum, Rawley Point Lighthouse, and Rogers Street Fishing Village. Have lunch at Kurtz Pub before heading back to Ludington. Enjoy dinner at The Q and then do some dancing at some of the many bars and taverns in the area.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Art & Culture Places

The West Shore Community College Performing Arts offers a wide range of artistic presentations. They have featured artists such as The Boston Brass, Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo as well as Sierra Hull, Chloe Kimes and more. In addition, the college offers lectures, theater productions and dance performances. The college is located at 3000 North Stiles Road in Scottville.

Manistee Civic Players was first organized in 1939 and is one of the longest-running theater troupes in the state. Planned productions include “You Know You Can’t Hear When the Water’s Running,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Annie The Musical” and more. Most performances are held at the Ramsdell Theater.

What are the activities in Hamlin Lake, MI that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Starting with the last Friday in April and held the last Friday of each month until September, Final Friday, three blocks of Ludington Avenue, from Harrison and Robert Streets to the first block of South James Street, are closed to traffic from 3 to 9 PM. Baby Badger rides, scavenger hunts, family-themed activities, and live music are offered as well as late-night shopping.

Every Thursday night in August, Movies in the Park offers a free movie in Rotary Park at dusk. Families bring chairs and blankets to settle in and watch the movie. There are S.S. Baby Badger rides and popcorn is sold as part of the event. Some of the movies played included Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppins Returns, and Dumbo.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum encourages and inspires children and families to explore the world by providing them with hands-on discovery. Exhibits have included Michigan Wildlife which featured a giant interactive treehouse and puppet theater as well as an interactive apple tree and an infant section. The Our Neighborhood exhibit included a grocery store, ice cream shop, and more while Grandpa’s Farm had a milkable cow, vegetable garden, farm truck, and a conveyor belt with silo. The museum is located at 129 East Ludington Avenue.

What are the must-visit places in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Must See Attractions

Ludington State Park is located at 8800 West M-116 in Ludington and is home to three campgrounds, beautiful beaches, and more. You can visit the scenic sand dunes, learn more about the beautiful wetlands and marshlands or view some of the most iconic lighthouses in the country. The park also offers weekly educational programs.

While in the Hamlin Lake area, a visit to the Historic White Pine Village is a must. This family-friendly living-history village boats 30 historic exhibit buildings and an authentic steam locomotive from the turn of the century. Visit the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse and watch the locomotive with its tender and the flat car loaded with logs head towards a working sawmill. First-person interpreters interact and improvise with visitors, all portraying an actual person who lived in the area during historical events. You will find the village at 1687 South Lakeshore Drive in Ludington.

Take a ride on the S.S. Badger Car Ferry, a legacy on the lake since 1953. You can relax in a deck chair and soak up the sun as you travel across the lake from Ludington to Manitowoc. There are also staterooms and quiet areas if you prefer. Kids will love the Badger Bingo, playroom, scavenger hunts, and face painting. There is an X-box room as well as traditional board games to keep everyone occupied on the trip. The ferry also offers two restaurants, a full-service bar and the Badger Boutique where you can do some shopping. The ferry is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. The Ludington Dock is located at 701 Maritime Drive.

The Huron-Manistee National Forest lies between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, just a half an hour drive from Hamlin Lake. You can enjoy fishing on shore, in a boat, or from one of the many fishing piers in the area. There are many Blue Ribbon trout streams in the forest. The area is also home to many rare birds and wildflowers as well. It is also home to the Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary with over 230 identified species of wildflowers.

Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse is ranked the number one lighthouse to visit in Michigan and was voted one of the top ten to see in the United States by the Weather Channel. It is Ludington’s focal point and the perfect place to watch a sunset or wave at the SS Badger as it cruises out to Lake Michigan. Lighthouse tours are available during the summer months and proceeds from ticket sales support the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.

In the mid-1600s, Father Jacques Marquette landed on a small piece of land dividing Pere Marquette from Lake Michigan. In 1675, he died and was buried on the peninsula. A monument marks the site of his death. The Father Marquette Memorial Cross is a very popular attraction in the area with 400-feet of frontage on Pere Marquette Lake and a boat launch facility. It can be found at 760 South Lakeshore Drive.

What are the nightlife spots in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Nightlife Spots

Located at 283 South Hancock Street in Pentwater, just about a half-hour from Hamlin Lake, The Antler offers a menu that includes sandwiches, wraps, and more. They also have a full bar featuring beer, wine, and cocktails. Live music is available on weekends as well. There is an outdoor deck on the second floor overlooking Pentwater Village Green.

The Painted Lady Saloon is the oldest operating saloon in Manistee and it has kept the old town feel. Located on 8th Street off of US31 is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the visit if you enjoy American cuisine and a full-service bar in a charming atmosphere. They offer beer and cider taps as well as specialty cocktails. There are pool tables and live music is offered regularly at the Painted Lady. Find the bar at 723 Kosciusko Street in Manistee.

The Tiki Lounge & Nightclub, located in the Stearns Hotel at 212 E. Ludington Avenue, is the original Tiki Bar in town, opening in 1968. It has been Ludington’s premiere nightclub since 1977. The Tiki Nightclub has a two-level dance floor, a light show, and a live DJ. Be sure to try their signature drink, the Shark Attack.

What are the travel peak seasons in Hamlin Lake, MI?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperature in Hamlin Lake is as follows:

  • January – low of 17F (-8C); high of 30F (-1C)
  • February – low of 17F (-8C); high of 33F (0.5C)
  • March – low of 24F (-4); high of 43F (6C)
  • April – low of 34F (1C); high of 56F (13C)
  • May – low of 43F (6C); high of 68F (20C)
  • June – low of 53F (12C); high of 76F (24C)
  • July – low of 58F (14C); high of 81F (27C)
  • August – low of 57F (14C); high of 79F (26C)
  • September – low of 50F (10C); high of 72F (22C)
  • October – low of 40F (4C); high of 59F (15C)
  • November – low of 32F (0C); high of 46F (8C)
  • December – low of 22F (-6C); high of 34F (1C)

On average, the area gets 36 inches of rainfall each year and about 84 inches of snowfall. There are, on average, 163 sunny days per year in the Hamlin Lake area. June, July, and August are the most pleasant months while December, January, and February are the coldest months.

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