Small town, big adventure: Holland, MI
With so many destinations to travel to, small towns are full of beauty and surprises
From seeing millions of tulips in Holland, Mich. to visiting wineries in Fredericksburg, Texas, small towns are filled with hidden gems and unique offerings. With too many towns to highlight in one post, we decided to start a series highlighting small towns worth visiting.
Explore this Dutch heritage town while basking in the beauty of Michigan. From tulip farms to sandy beaches and dunes, Holland has striking sights to see.
Holland is known for their endless rows of tulips that bloom early spring, and to see these famous flowers in bloom, visit the Tulip Time Festival. From May 6 – 13, 2017, visitors will encounter millions of tulips while experiencing the Dutch heritage that Holland offers. Parades, Dutch dancing, carnival rides and tulips are just a few of the things you will discover during this festival. Tulip Time Festival received USA Today’s Best Flower Festival of 2016 and has been named “Best Small Town Festival” by Reader’s Digest.
To experience Holland’s Dutch heritage, visit Neli’s Dutch Village. This Dutch village will transport you overseas to the Netherlands as you learn and experience Dutch traditions. Learn traditional Dutch dances or see Dutch cheese making and wood shoe carving demonstrations. Don’t forget to visit the petting zoo and grab some homemade Dutch fudge before you leave.
Along the sandy beach of Lake Michigan is Holland State Park. Divided into two separate units, one along Lake Michigan and the other along Lake Macatawa, Holland State Park offers something for everyone. Whether you are swimming in the lake or renting a bike to ride on the park’s trails, you will discover the beauty that Holland has to offer.
Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Macatawa while dining at Boatwerks Waterfront Dining. From hand-tossed pizza to their house specialties like Almond Crusted Whitefish, this restaurant is full of fresh, delicious food. Not to mention the views of Lake Macatawa are impeccable and make for a beautiful atmosphere.
Enjoy a hearty Dutch breakfast at deBoer Bakkerji. Whether you chose the Blue Raspberry Bliss Cakes or Opa’s Cornbeef Hash, you are sure to clean your plate. Make sure to pair your breakfast with a specialty latte or an endless cup of deBoer’s House Roasted Farmer’s Blend coffee.
Enjoy Holland’s downtown while dining at 8th Street Grille. This restaurant has everything from Buffalo wings to fish and chips along with a wide selection of craft beers. Don’t forget to order their French Apple Bread Pudding for dessert.
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