Holland (Michigan)Holland is a city of about 30,000 in West Michigan, on the shore of Lake Michigan.
By roadHolland is best accessed by car, as it has limited public transportation. It sits along US-31 and I-196, making it a convenient trip from Chicago (I-94 to US-31) or Detroit (I-96 to I-196).
By trainHolland also has daily train service from the Amtrak Pere Marquette line between Grand Rapids and Chicago.
- Max, Macatawa Area Express (616 355-1010) Serves Holland and surrounding areas. All buses stop at the Train station on Lincoln Ave and Business Route 31 (E 7th Street). Daylight services runs from Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays from 8 am to 7 pm. Between 7 PM and 10 PM, use the Twilight Route 9 to travel around the city center and to/from the Amtrak train station. Fares for single trips cost $1.00. A daily bus pass costs $2.00 and is good for unlimited trips for one day.
- Windmill Island, 7th Street at Lincoln Avenue, by the Macatawa River. Features an antique carousel, an Amsterdam street organ, acres of gardens (with, of course, tulips) and the 240-year-old working De Zwaan windmill, the last to be dismantled and moved out of the Netherlands.
address: 12755 Quincy AvenueAdjacent to the DeKlomp Factory. Open from April to mid-October. Along with over four million tulips, the gardens also feature daffodils, hyacinths and other spring flowers. Bulbs and perennials are offered for sale. Admission to the gardens is $6.
address: 600 Graafschap RoadThe. An 18-acre botanical preserve with an interpretive center and lots of trails to explore.
Graafschap Heritage Centeraddress: 5973 Church StreetA historic church houses displays on the immigration, the colonization and the pioneer days of Holland.
address: 31 West 10th StreetCollection of Dutch cultural items and paintings.
address: 228 West 9th StreetRestored historic home of Holland's first mayor.
- Lake Michigan, with its popular white sand beaches and tall dunes, is a short drive to the west. Holland State Park is on the north shore of Lake Macatawa and can be reached by Douglas Avenue / Ottawa Beach Road. Big Red Lighthouse, however, is on the South shore of Lake Macatawa, and although it can be easily viewed from the state park, can not be reached directly.
Dutch VillageThe theme park, 12350 James Street. Comprises a number of Dutch-style buildings (including a windmill) housing souvenir and gift shops, restaurants, a wooden shoe factory and a costume museum, reached by meandering paths that wind through formal gardens and over a small stream.
- In May, the week-long Tulip Time Festival celebrates the region's Dutch heritage with a community street-cleaning parade, a children's traditional-costume parade, a music parade, over 1,500 teenagers dancing in wooden shoes, and lots of activities for the entire family.
- In December, the two-week Dutch Winter Fest includes a children's lantern parade and a visit by Sinterklaas. Visitors can browse the Kerstmarkt, an open-air Christmas market of decorative booths featuring handcrafted souvenirs and local food, open for three consecutive weekends at the Eighth Street Market Place. For one day, the market is also host to an ice-sculpting contest in which local teams attack 150-pound ice blocks armed with chainsaws, hot irons and delicate crafting tools, and visitors can vote on their favorite sculpture.
Downtown Holland, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes eight blocks of more than 100 shops and restaurants housed in Victorian buildings. The sidewalks are heated by underground hot-water pipes, making shopping a pleasant experience even in winter. Most shops are open until 9PM during the week.
Two characteristically Dutch handicrafts can be purchased at the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory, 12755 Quincy Avenue, the only factory of its kind in the United States. You can watch the artists producing both delftware, a traditional blue-and-white pottery originally produced around the town of Delft in the Netherlands, and wooden shoes, on machines that were imported from the Netherlands.
There are several places in town where you can purchase Dutch confections, including the acquired taste of double-salt (dubbel zoute) licorice.
Downtown HollandThere are lots of great options available in downtown Holland to eat. Including an Irish Pub, tons of craft breweries with great food and The Windmill for breakfast food all day.
phone: +1-616-396-0600address: 216 Van Raalte AveA fairly spacious restaurant on the water serving American food and drinks. Sandwiches, pizza and burgers are available, and so are many other various options.
phone: +1-616-394-3069address: 495 W 17th StA Mexican restaurant with great food and basic decor. They have great menudo on the weekends. Sunday hours shift with the season.
El Huarachephone: +1-616-786-3739address: 517 Butternut DrA small Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating when in season. Typical Mexican cuisine plus some dishes from Oaxaca and a full selection of ice cream. Indoor seating is limited.
phone: +1-616-546-3422address: 667 Hastings AveAn American pub with a large menu and an especially large selection of great burgers. It can be busy, but the burgers are worth the wait.
phone: +1-616-396-2348address: 361 E 8th StA local diner that spawned a small chain, this is the original location. Started in the 1930s, Russ' has been serving good food at decent prices for decades.
Holland is the home of New Holland Brewery, a micro brewery with a pub located on 8th Street in downtown.
phone: +1-616-994-8417address: 76 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423A microbrewery with a constantly changing menu of what's on tap. It's a fairly relaxed place and there's no food menu. Popcorn is available.
phone: +1-616-377-7773address: 321 Douglas Ave #120A microbrewery with a line of beers along with some ciders and wines. Bring your own food.
phone: +1 616-395-7200address: 225 College AvenueLocated conveniently near Hope College and Downtown Holland. This hotel has great accommodations and a free breakfast.