Year-Round Dutch Hospitality in Holland, Michigan
“Welkom” to Holland, Michigan, where you don’t need a passport! Located on the shores of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, Holland couples resort ambience with friendly Dutch culture year ‘round. Known around the world for our annual Tulip Time Festival (May 7–14, 2016), Holland bursts into bloom with over 5 million tulips each spring. Authentic Dutch attractions, parades, entertainment, and local townspeople clad in traditional Dutch costumes and wooden shoes, have been welcoming visitors to Tulip Time for 86 years.
As spring turns to summer, our white sandy beaches beckon boaters, swimmers, beachcombers, and folks of all ages to soak up the sun or try their hand at kayaking or stand-up-paddle boarding.
Cobblestone sidewalks in Holland’s award-winning downtown (Eighth Street—our main street—was recently voted one of America’s “best” main streets by the readers of Parade Magazine) are lined with Victorian streetlights and over 100 independent shops, galleries, eateries and microbreweries. Our Farmers’ Market, open from mid-May – mid-December, overflows with local produce, flowers, artisan cheeses, Lake Michigan salmon and trout, and even yard art and hand-crafted jewelry.
In the fall, our orchards and woods burst forth in an array of oranges, golds and russets. Over 1800 acres of parks offer miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails and more than 150 miles of paved bicycle paths; you can even ride a “fat-tire” bike along Lake Michigan’s sandy shore, or climb to the top of Mt Pisgah, a towering 157 foot sand dune overlooking the lake.
As winter snows fill the air, you can enjoy snow-free shopping, thanks to downtown Holland’s snowmelt system, which pipes hot water through more than 120 miles of plastic tubing snaking beneath the streets and sidewalks, ensuring that downtown remains free of snow and ice, or you can cross-country ski or snowshoe in the shadow of Holland’s historic 250 year-old Dutch windmill in a scene reminiscent of the Dutch countryside.
Highlights of the holiday season include the Kerstmarkt, an authentic European- style open-air Christmas market, complete with local vendors. In true Old-World style, you can sip hot spiced cider as you browse the wooden booths overflowing with locally hand-turned wooden bowls, goat-milk soaps, hand-spun woolen scarves, and old-world wooden toys. Special holiday events — Sinterklaas Eve, a Dutch tradition with Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, riding into town on his white horse — and the “Jingle Jam” shopping event round out downtown’s holiday festivities.
And best of all, you’ll find accommodations to fit all budgets, events galore and scenic beauty everywhere you look, making Holland one of the most sought after 4-season vacation destinations in the Midwest.
For more information about visiting Holland, log onto holland.org or call 800.506.1299.