Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast

709 East Ludington Avenue , Ludington, MI 49431 USA (Show map)


Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast is a warm and welcoming turn of the century four square inn. This romantic Ludington Bed & Breakfast is beautifully appointed for your comfort and relaxation, and is one of the state's select few inns to be certified by Michigan Green Lodging. Accommodations range from the pet friendly Americana & Ludington Rooms, to the very spacious deluxe Romantic Retreat Suite featuring a Jacuzzi tub for two, four seasons fireplace, DVD, VCR, CD player, separate shower, chocolates, champagne bucket, flutes, aromatherapy, candles & plenty of ambiance. 24 hour complimentary hot and cold refreshments. Complimentary afternoon snacks. Complimentary evening decadent desserts. We do love to cook and bake! Full candlelight breakfast prepared with as many local & organic ingredients as possible, and served when our guests wish on lovely heirloom china and crystal. We cater to all of our guests and enjoy serving those who are gluten intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, or have other food issues or preferences. Spacious rooms that our guests will enjoy include a cozy enclosed front porch featuring games, books, puzzles, stocked guest refrigerator and snacks, a lovely parlor with guest computer, printer & Wi-fi throughout, charming great room with Direct TV, including premium movie channels, movie collection, fireplace, elegant dining room, and a small gift shop. Outdoors are two decks, several sitting areas, and an outdoor fireplace.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Best Night Ever!

5 on April 11, 2016

This was everything I ever could have wanted! They were amazing in every way and down to every detail. They knew my fiancee and I had just gotten engaged and made sure to make everything absolutely perfect for when we got there. The room was great, the food was delicious, and the friendliness of our hosts was amazing and if I am ever in that part of Michigan again, I will definitely go back!

The Only B&B you will ever what to stay at!

5 on October 14, 2015

This is our sixth time we have stayed with Melonie and crew. Great food and service. Exciting breakfast with added snacks at night along with getting treated Like Gold. You need to come and stay with Mel. Mr &Mrs W Mattila


5 on July 02, 2015

Melanie, Gary and Chris were all awesome! I cannot say enough great things about this place - you will be treated like royalty!! Everything was amazing, especially the food - we were full from the fresh homemade breakfast all day long! This was our first stay at a B&B and I don't think anything will ever top this. The room, although small (which we knew from the description on the website), was spotless and cozy. It was surprisingly soundproof (or the other couples that were there were extremely quiet) despite the fact that the rooms are all located on the same upper floor. We had ZERO complaints and are looking forward to returning. Just thinking about the breakfast, and the desserts we received when we checked in, are making me hungry....... :)

Great Place To Stay

4.8 on August 15, 2014

The Candlelite Inn has super friendly hosts. Along with making sure that everything is exactly as you need, they also have great advice about the area. The breakfast consisted of many specialty foods along with regular items. In addition the hosts were more than willing to cook anything you may want to order. Was the best, fanciest breakfast we have ever had. Also in the evening treats were available including ice cream. We would highly recommend as a place to stay.

Relaxing stay and great breakfasts

4.8 on April 30, 2014

We stayed at the Candlelite in the Romantic Retreat Suite and had a great weekend (April 2014). Melanie is so accommodating and welcoming, and she goes over the top with the breakfasts. Everything she made was fantastic and there was more than anyone could possibly eat. She also made sure there were snacks (homemade cookies and brownies) and beverages available at all hours Our room was comfortable and spacious and quiet.

Stayed April 2014

5 on April 30, 2014

Staying at the Candlelite Inn was an outstanding experience. The hostess was beyond accommodating, the atmosphere was peaceful, and the amenities were perfect. I can’ say enough positive. Oh. The food was excellent. The breakfast was an experience to remember. My friend, staying in a pet-friendly room, had this to say: After a day of sightseeing in Ludington, my pooch was dog tires. He found the accommodations at the Candlelite Inn B&B beyond all expectations.

Our first B&B Experience

5 on July 20, 2013

Thank you for a very memorable experience for our first ever B&B stay! Larry and I had a beautiful and peaceful weekend, stuffed ourselves silly on such tasty food and felt so rested and ready to hit the day to day stuff again. We appreciate everything! Melanie truly does a fantastic job and is so very, very accommodating. The rooms are very homey and so Victorian. We are starting to plan a December visit as I bet her home is a beautiful place to be around the holidays :) Thank you for the great memories! Larry and Kelly

Stayed July 20013

4.4 on July 08, 2013

This is a lovely 100 year old victorian house. We chose this after reading other reviews on line and were not sorry. Melanie, the inkeeper goes way out of her way to accomodate you and make you feel welcomed. Our room was fine, bathrobes supplied, flatscrren VCR, chocolates. There is also a stocked frig for drinks and snacks are always set out. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious and she will cook to order if so desired. It is in a good location for walking or biking. We met 3 couples who were repete guests. On couple had been coming every year for 7 years! We'll be back again I'm sure.

Just lovely !!!!

4.8 on June 06, 2013

My daughter and I stayed one night in this charming home. Melanie is very friendly and goes out of her way to make a person comfortable. Our bed was like sleeping on a cloud. I was worried about the street noise as we had the bedroom closest to the road, but with the air conditioner on it was no problem. Melanie makes your breakfast whenever you need it and it was delicious and huge !! She has food all over the house and tells you to help yourself to the fridge. She made lovely chocolate covered strawberries after our meal out in the evening. I would stay here again for sure

First stay in a b&b

5 on January 24, 2013

I wanted to do something special for my wife's birthday so I surprised her with the Romance suite. We have traveled extensively but have never stayed in a b&b. I picked this inn due to it's hot tub and location. Initially when we arrived, I parked in the back and was not impressed with the exterior of the inn and was wondering whether I had made a good selection. Once Melanie met us at the door and we were escorted to our room, I absolutely knew I made an excellent choice. Weenjoyed our stay immensely and Melanie is a wonderful hostess. The room was great and the breakfast was very enjoyable. All I can say is believe all the reviews that are written about this inn. This inn is beautiful on the inside and although we are not frequent b&b visitors, we are discerning individuals and had certain ideas about how a b&b would operate. Needless to say, Melanie met all those expectations!!

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Rooms & Rates

Victorian - Queen Canopy

Victorian Room: Romantic and spacious, with a queen sized canopy bed, fluffy mattress topper, large bay window, and in room bath with a tub/shower combination for bubble baths. Flat screen LED TV, Premium movie channels, wi fi, DVD, VHS & CD players, spa robes, champagne bucket, four seasons fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Alicia's Room- Airy Queen

Bright and airy, queen sleigh bed with a fluffy feather mattress topper. Private in room bath features a larger shower, with a pedestal sink in the room. New 10' thick memory foam mattress, Spa robes, Flat screen TV, premium movie channels, DVD player, CD player, Wi Fi, champagne bucket.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

Ludington Room - Queen

Ludington Room is located on the second floor in the rear of the inn, with a private outdoor entrance & individually controlled thermostat. Lighthouse theme. Comfortable new queen sized bed, fluffy non allergenic mattress topper, and white lace curtains. In room pedestal sink, separate in room compact bathroom with shower, spa robes, champagne bucket, premium movie channels, DVD & CD players, new 36" flat screen television, wi fi, movie & game collections. Pet friendly option.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $129

Romantic Retreat Suite

The most spacious room, with its soft colors, and incredibly romantic decor, this suite is perfect for couples celebrating the most joyous of occasions, or just wanting some very special time together. Enjoy the comfortable queen sized bed featuring a new memory foam mattress. The 32" flat screen television with all the premium movie channels plus a DVD player is conveniently located, and there is a small four season fireplace for ambiance. Step down into your sitting room featuring a lovely ivory loveseat, dresser, Jacuzzi tub for two with aromatherapy, plenty of candles to light, spa pillows, separate shower, and pedestal sink. Small in room refrigerator. From the octagonal stained glass hummingbird windows, to the romantic artwork and accessories, this room is a gem.The Romantic Retreat Suite is privately located at the rear of the inn on the first floor, with its own separate entrance, and separate thermostat. Rate: $169 / $179 from 5/27 to 9/5

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $179

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Location Type

Close to Lake Michigan, beaches, pier, charter fishing, SS Badger, historic downtown with shops, dining and nightlife, Small town


Lansing, MI (LAN-Capital City)

Directions to property:

We are very easy to find! The Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast is located at 709 East Ludington Avenue (take US-10) into Ludington.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Lighthouses, Charter fishing, River, National Forest, State park, Dunes, Snowmobile, ski, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, University, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Desk, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, TV Video games, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Romantic Retreat Suite with double Jacuzzi, Premium chocolates, snacks, beverages, DVD & CD players in every room, Two pet friendly rooms with outside entrances, Enclosed porch, games, books, puzzles, frig, Movie collection

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Spa, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, antiques, charter boating & fishing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Outside on far deck only please
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please inquire, children are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Well behaved pets are allowed in the Ludington & Americana
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A minimum deposit of one night's room rate must be received within seven (7) days of your reservation.
  • Cancellations: A minimum deposit of one night's room rate must be received within seven (7) days of your reservation. Full payment for accommodations is expected upon arrival. Lodging reservations will be confirmed by mail, email, or fax. Your deposit may be made via check, Visa or MasterCard. Deposits are returned, less a $20 handling fee, for cancellations received one week in advance of arrival dates. If you must cancel with less than seven (7) days notice, we will be unable to refund your deposit, however, it may be applied to a new reservation unless the cancellation is received less than 24 hours prior to arrival date. Deposits will be held for one year. Cancellations made on the same day as expected arrival will not receive a refund or a credit. Large groups, special events, and holidays are subject to a fourteen (14) day cancellation policy.



Melanie Barnard

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Above all, innkeeper Melanie enjoys her three wonderful children and her great guests who keep her laughing all day long. Melanie also enjoys road trips, reading, shopping, playing in the kitchen, and creating a beautiful breakfast table.

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candlelight breakfast at your time of choosing

  • Time Served: As guests wish
  • Serving Location: Enclosed porch, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , any special needs, vegan, vegetarian

Signature Dish

Classic French Toast & Cinnamon Cream Coffee Cake
Your innkeepers truly enjoy preparing your favorite dishes from an array of unique yet classic breakfast dishes to omelets made to order. The Candlelite Inn three cheese egg bake, sausage bake, crustless quiche to order, Texas oven omelet, crepes & pancakes with an array of toppings, along with French toast favorites such as Creme Brule, stuffed strawberry, upside down blueberry and our Candlelite Classic are also in high demand at the breakfast table. Fresh fruits, juices, coffees, teas, yogurts, warm coffee cakes or scones. Home style potatoes, breakfast meats from our favorite local butcher, along with your special requests decorate the tables each morning.


Special Package

Military Rate (active duty)

If you are active or retired military, please make sure to request your 10% discount when you make your reservations. When booking online, just add this under notes please. Discounts may not be combined. Melanie's father was a World War 11 veteran and Gary is a Vietnam veteran. November is always a special month for Veterans (active and retired) here at Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast. For every night you stay in November at our regular value rates, you will receive a free night courtesy of Melanie and Gary. Pay for two nights and enjoy four nights nesting in our 1905 Ludington B&B.

Summer Specials

Enjoy the perfect spot at the front of our rose lined yard along Ludington Avenue to watch one of Michigan's very best 4th of July grand parades. This special celebration begins at 2:00 p.m. Monday July 4th, and the parade is almost an hour long. Complimentary beverages and treats are always waiting for our guests on the enclosed front porch. Later, take an evening stroll down the avenue to Lake Michigan to ooh and ah over the fireworks. Come early for the entire weekend of fun filled Freedom Festival activities including the West Shore Art Fair, open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 until 4:00 each day. Two night minimum stay

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