Victorian style ...

The building which houses "The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast" was built around 1894 as the home and office of Dr. Crosby, a local surgeon. In spite of its diverse uses over the years, Dr. Crosby's home has been restored to its former elegance and splendor in a meticulous manner which preserved the important architectural nuances of the house, yet supplemented them with modern amenities so important to our daily life. A look at the grand staircase with its curved natural golden oak banister, supporting railings and unique newel posts recalls an era where Mrs. Crosby may well have graciously "floated" downstairs on its polished steps to welcome important visitors or friends. A beautiful working fireplace in the living room, decorated with ornate porcelain tiles and brass frame work typical for the Victorian era supplements cast iron radiators with ornate ribs and shiny globe valves to take the chill out of wintry evenings.

European elegance ...

Massive oak pocket doors with intricate brass hardware glide silently to separate the dining room, living room and parlor from the rest of the house. Throughout the house there are numerous original paintings and limited edition lithographs by contemporary European and American artists. Antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers and other objects d'art collected during our travels throughout Europe and America were carefully selected and placed to harmoniously create an ambience of elegance which is the hallmark of The Lamplighter. A recent comment by a travel writer from Midwest Living sums it up this way: " ... old time elegance reigns in this turn-of-the-century Ludington home".


American comfort ...

All rooms have modern private baths with spacious showers and are individually decorated with antique and contemporary furnishings. Queen size beds in cherry, oak, antique iron or brass frames provide for restful nights. Rooms are air-conditioned and include a cable-fed color TV. Each room has private telephone connections suitable for E-mail retrieval. Our West Room features a working fire place which provides a warm glow when a stiff winter wind blows snow across Lake Michigan.

When a joyous occasion such as a birthday celebration, honeymoon or wedding anniversary calls for something extraordinary, our whirlpool rooms provide a luxurious and private setting which will make these get-away events unforgettable. We'll gladly add special services or amenities at your request to make that special day complete. You'll be gently awakened by the ascending aroma of our freshly prepared gourmet breakfast which will entice you to join other guests in the dining room, or outdoors in the gazebo or on the brick terrace. It consists of fresh fruit, juice, coffee or tea, baked goods and a main dish.

We welcome business travelers and show our appreciation for repeat patronage through special corporate rates. We equally look forward to visits from recreational travelers or day-trippers. Everyone will find our hospitality warm, friendly, attentive and most importantly, affordable. Stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free!

Our gift certificates are a popular and perfect way of presenting friends or family members with a gift which is affordable, thoughtful and fun, and can be enjoyed at the recipient's own convenience.

Guest Information

Please note that the credit card number (or other form of deposit) you provide us guarantees the availability of your room for the day of your arrival. If your plans change we ask that you advise us as soon as possible but no later than 7 days prior to your reservation. If a shorter cancellation notice is received and we have had to turn away other potential guests we reserve the right to charge your card for one night's lodging, or to retain an equivalent portion of the deposit.

Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check-in: 4-6 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We ask that guests check-in between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. In order to prepare our rooms for newly arriving guests we appreciate check-out by 11:00 AM. Of course we realize that the best laid plans of mice and men (also women) sometimes go astray, and we can accommodate special needs if we know them in advance.

Smoking Policy
Our goal is to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible in our home. Many people, including ourselves, are non smokers and enjoy a smoke free environment; therefore, for health and safety reasons smoking is not permitted in our home. Guests are welcome to smoke on the deck or patio. Anyone choosing to ignore this policy will be asked to leave immediately, will be charged for the entire reservation, and will incur an additional and substantial cleaning charge.

Alcohol Policy
Responsible use of alcohol is allowed on our premises.

We love animals , but we are unable to accept pets because some people are allergic and there is no way to isolate guests with pets from the rest of the house.

Children are a joy to their parents, but are often too young to appreciate the needs of other persons in their vicinity. We try to provide the most relaxing and elegant surroundings for our adult guests, and generally cannot accommodate guests younger than 12 years of age.