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The Lake House to open in June

April 5, 2019 GMT

Construction of The Lake House is going well, and the venue is on track to welcome its first guests in June, or perhaps sooner.

When it’s done, the 5,800-square-foot Lake House, at 704 Maritime Drive in Ludington between the SS Badger docking grounds and Harbor View Marina, will be a venue to accommodate more than 300 guests for a variety of events, such as weddings.

“It’s on schedule,” said Jeff White, who owns The Lake House with his wife, Jean. “We’re looking forward to having our first events in early June.”

The first booked events in June will be some surprise parties and conferences for local organizations, White said.

The venue’s first wedding, both the ceremony and reception, is booked for June 22, and The Lake House already has 20 bookings from June through 2020.

From birthdays to graduations, anniversaries, nonprofit events, business meetings and corporate luncheons, The Lake House will be open to hosting them all, White said.

“It really demonstrates the diversity of the place — we’re about more than just weddings,” he said. “There’s a lot we can do.”

He said some of bookings are for customers from Mason County, and other customers are from Ann Arbor, Georgia and Maryland. The 11 destination wedding receptions that have been booked so far are expected to each bring an average of 175 guests, White said.

“That’s 2,000 people coming to the area, and we haven’t even opened yet,” he said. “The economic impact will be great for the city. This is a venue that’s going to bring people to Ludington all year long.”

In the meantime, White has been giving customers tours of the construction site, so they can plan how they’ll want to decorate it for their events.

The exterior of the building was finished in the fall, and the crew from Gerber Construction worked on the interior through the winter.

The drywall and painting are done, except for some touch-ups here and there. The gas fireplace is in. The plumbing and electrical are nearing completion, and they’re in the process of installing a sound system and lights, both for the main room and for the mezzanine overlooking the dance floor.

The landscaping is expected to start next week, planting a lawn and bushes and installing a 2,200-square-foot patio, White said.

Appliances will be moved in to furnish the commercial kitchen, so a caterer can cook meals for guests. The wooden dance floor and dining tables are being built, too.

The head table will face to look out the west side of the building, which is filled with large windows and glass doors to maximize the waterfront view of the lake, the SS Badger coming and going, sunsets and the North Breakwater Light in the distance, White said.

“That’s the whole plan,” he said, smiling. “The vision is coming together.”