Grand HavenLake Michigan Beachtowns of West Michigan.
Washington Avenue is the main east-west street.
The three cities (Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg) are not exactly adjacent; they are largely separated from each other by the Grand River (which flows from around Jackson thru Lansing and Grand Rapids) to Lake Michigan. The bascule drawbridge on US-31 provides both connectivity and regular traffic backups when it opens to water traffic.
Grand Haven and Spring Lake run tourist trolleys in the summer. Harbor Transit also offers transportation for locals, especially seniors, on an appointment basis for a small charge.
Also popular are the beaches - some of the nicest in the world, with fine sand and broad beaches for sunning or walking. There are numerous kite festivals, sand sculpture contests, and volleyball tournaments all summer. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for current events.
Charter boats for salmon and other fish are available during the summer months.
There is a very nice local history museum at the old train depot on Harbor Drive and a larger, newer one on Washington at Second Street.
If you come during the last week of July and first weekend of August (Coast Guard Festival), be prepared, because Grand Haven is very crowded during this time of year. Downtown Grand Haven is closed off due to the carnival in the street. On that Saturday, fantastic fireworks are shot off, better than the ones they have on July 4th. See YouTube videos!
- Farmers Market at Chinook Pier, May through October, Wednesdays and Saturdays
There's a charming downtown with several blocks of small shops, some are connected inside so you don't have to go outside. A snowmelt system with heated sidewalks keeps the first three blocks of Washington Street snow and ice free during winter months.
A large Meijer store at the south end of town has just about everything.
Fricano'saddress: 1400 Fulton St"A local institution since 1949, believed to be the first pizza parlor in the state. Served in a no-frills atmosphere (except plenty of napkins), with a fairly limited menu, their paper-thin and oil-dripping pizzas nonetheless draw a crowd. A single pizza typically serves one.
Morning Star Cafeaddress: 711 Washington AveHas great southwestern-style food and is open for breakfast and lunch. Be prepared to wait for a seat in the summer.
Stanz Cafeaddress: 1118 Washington
phone: +1 616-846-3299address: 2 WashingtonA popular downtown restaurant featuring entrées, burgers, a drink menu, and musical entertainment on weekends. It's located conveniently near the waterfront. This historic building has been a part of the scene here since it was a hotel back in the 1800s.
phone: +1 616 846-3580address: 601 S BeechtreeThe Clover Bar at Waverly and Beechtree, is famous for pizzas and Italian food.
phone: +1 616 846-2670address: 10 Franklin AveA dive bar with locally renowned burritos.
phone: +1 616 846-3380address: 6 North 7th StreetA local favorite with daily specials. The white chili and the pepper-crab soup are great.
Pavilion DeliOn the first block of Washington.
phone: +1 616 846-8686address: 1705-A South Beacon BlvdHas Chinese take-out.
phone: +1 616-846-3740address: 401 N. 7th StreetA basic no-nonsense 24-hour eatery on US-31. Daily specials.
Spring Lake Holiday InnThe bar has a half-price "Ladies' Night" on Wednesdays and a comedy night on Thursdays.
Kirby GrillAfter Labor Day, there's a great $2 deal on drinks and personal pizzas daily from 4 to 6.
Grand Haven has numerous hotels as well as bed and breakfast places. Check with the Chamber for listings.