Holland Area Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Holland Area Trip Guide

The shore towns west of Grand Rapids have Dutch heritage and pretty boardwalks.


U.S. Coast Guard cutter part of Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum.
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Windmill Island and Gardens.
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What to do

Grand Haven State Park A 48-acre recreation area has views of the Grand Haven pier, lighthouse and a popular beach. See reviews and ratings. (616) 847-1309; michigan.gov/dnr

USS Silversides Submarine Museum Tour a World War II submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter permanently moored along Muskegon’s waterfront. See reviews and ratings. (231) 755-1230; silversidesmuseum.org 

Holland shopping Boutiques, galleries, gift shops and cafes line 8th Street downtown. Tikal displays handmade jewelry and funky fashion; Reader’s World stocks best sellers and magazines (and sells hardcover best sellers at a discount). (800) 506-1299; downtownholland.com

Holland State Park Eight miles west of Holland, this Lake Michigan park has an expansive beach and great views of nearby Big Red, a much-photographed lighthouse. A boardwalk and stairs access Mount Pisgah’s towering sand dune. See reviews and ratings. (616) 399-9390; michigan.gov/dnr 

Ludington State Park Walk from the shady campground through the dunes to the Lake Michigan beach and Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Rent a canoe and trace the shore of inland Hamlin Lake. See reviews and ratings. (231) 843-2423; michigan.gov/dnr

Michigan Rag Company T-shirts, cozy sweatshirts and flannel pajamas are handprinted in Michigan. Kitschy designs at this Grand Haven spot include log cabins, cats and moose. (616) 846-1451; michiganrag.com

Veldheer Tulip Gardens The largest tulip farm in the Holland area also has a delftware factory on-site. Admission charged to the gardens. (616) 399-1900; veldheer.com

Windmill Island Gardens In Holland, a 250-year-old working windmill, with the only female Dutch-certified miller in North America, towers above a 36-acre island. See reviews and ratings. (888) 535-5792; windmillisland.org

Where to eat

Alpenrose Restaurant and Cafe Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France influence a Holland-area dinner menu. Diners select entrees such as pretzel-crusted walleye. See reviews and ratings. (616) 393-2111; alpenroserestaurant.com

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Overlook the lake while you dine on seafood and other specialties at this Holland restaurant. The family-friendly place offers breakfast on Sundays. See reviews and ratings. (616) 396-0600; boatwerksrestaurant.com

Butch’s Restaurant Relax at downtown Holland’s restaurant-wine shop. Dinner options include grilled Alaskan halibut with sticky rice. See reviews and ratings. (616) 396-8227; butchs.net

DeBoer’s Dutch Brothers Bakery Visitors stop into the bakery-restaurant combo in Holland to pick up fresh breads and buttery kraklingen cookies or to nosh on pigs-in-a-blanket and pea soup. See reviews and ratings. (616) 396-2253; deboerbakery.com

Morning Star Cafe This Southwestern-style breakfast and lunch spot in Grand Haven bakes its own foccacia, biscuits and pastries. See reviews and ratings. (616) 844-1131; morningstarcafe.org


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