Holland Area Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Holland Area Trip Guide

The shore towns west of Grand Rapids—including Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington and Muskegon—have Dutch heritage and pretty boardwalks.

What to do

Grand Haven State Park A 48-acre recreation area has views of the Grand Haven pier, lighthouse and a popular beach. (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. (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.  (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. (231) 843-2423; michigan.gov/dnr

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. (888) 535-5792; windmillisland.org

Windmill Island Gardens.

Windmill Island Gardens

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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (616) 844-1131.

Where to stay

Haworth Inn Cherrywood and burgundy accents deck tasteful guest rooms. Walk to downtown Holland or stroll the campus of nearby Hope College. (616) 395-7200; haworthinn.com

Serendipity Resort Visitors craving privacy enjoy this Grand Haven cottage resort, which includes six vacation homes. (888) 205-7677; serendipityresorts.com

For information: Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (616) 842-4499; visitgrandhaven.com
Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 506-1299; holland.org
Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (877) 420-6618; pureludington.com
Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 250-9283; visitmuskegon.org

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