gorgeous hydrangeas!!

Our Holland, Michigan Trip

Our Trip to Holland MichiganThis past week, Nic, Ava, my mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law and I took a fun trip north to visit Holland, Michigan! Only about a 5-hour drive from Central Ohio, we knew this would be the perfect place to getaway for a few days to reconnect and spend time with family! Our weather was ideal, easily agreeing with others’ advice that Michigan has the best weather in July – warm days and cool nights.hydrangeas in holland, michiganI had seen pictures of Holland before because of their famous Tulip Time Festival they have every Spring but was excited to check out the area because Michigan is a state that I’m not that familiar with!gorgeous hydrangeas!!Before I get into what we did, I first must say… I couldn’t get over the GORGEOUS hydrangeas that grow there! I had a reader comment on one of my Insta posts to say the secret to how large they can grow up there is the sandy soil – if you know any more about this, please let me know… I’m dying to grow mine as big as I can and I had serious hydrangea envy while I was there! 🙂

annabelle hydrangeas in michiganOkay, back to what we did… the first night we got in, we went to dinner at Boatwerks, a must-eat at in Holland that has live music and boasts waterfront dining on Lake Macatawa.boatwerks restaurant in holland michigan The next day, we visited Nelis’ Dutch Village for a lil’ kiddie fun for Ava (a petting zoo, Dutch dancing, cheese tasting, etc.), shopped downtown (sooo many cute shops, entertainers, and restaurants!), and hiked out to Big Red Lighthouse, which was one of my favorite parts of the trip!

big red lighthouse in holland, michiganThe weather turned from sunny and warm (I took all of these pictures as soon as we got there thank goodness!) to verrry windy and dark as we made the short hike to see the iconic, historic site. big red lighthouse in holland, michiganIt was almost as if we were in a movie, with time standing still, taking in the strikingly red lighthouse next to the notably choppy and seemingly dark Lake Michigan water. big red lighthouse in holland, michiganVery memorable, and if you go to Holland, you must not miss Big Red!hydrangeas in holland, michiganWe stayed in the sweetest, coziest home I found on HomeAway/AirbNb: South Shore Cottage if you want to look it up! It was so nice staying in a home where we all could spend time together, vs. a hotel.south shore cottage in holland, michiganOn our last full day in Michigan, we visited the Holland Farmers Market in the morning, which I must say had an absolutely impressive bounty of food! I bought fresh blueberries, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and the largest spinach leaves I’ve ever seen! We also had the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth blueberry donuts from Bowerman Blueberries at the Market, per the advice of the owner of our rental home.blueberries at holland farmers market in michigan After the Market, we ventured to the Windmill Island Gardens and took in the beautiful flowers, had a windmill tour, and explored the Water Festival, which happened to be going on the same day we were there.windmill island gardensThat afternoon, we decided to explore just south of where we were staying and go into nearby Saugatuck, as we’d heard so many great things about the area. We discovered Saugatuck Dunes State Park and we are so glad we did! Following a wooded, serene .75 mile hike, the trees open up into the prettiest beach on Lake Michigan.saugatuck dunes state parkSurprisingly, the water was much bluer and clearer than the windy night before and the water temp was much warmer than expected! After our hike, we drove into downtown Saugatuck, which is absolutely charming! That evening, we had dinner at The Southerner, and if you’re in the area, I highly recommend this place! So delicious (get the biscuits!!) and the service was stellar.lake michigan sunset in saugatuckAfter dinner, we went back to the State Park to hike again, take a quick dip in the water, and to see the sunset over the Lake. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation, outdoors time, great food, culture, and it was all super affordable. A successful family vacation for sure!
lake michigan sunset in saugatuckHave you ever been to the Holland/Saugatuck, Michigan area? If so, any recommendations if we make a future trip?


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  • We also just ventured to Holland and cant say enough wonderful things. Tunnel Beach was amazing. One night we drove to the musical fountain in Grand Haven and ate fabulous pizza on the rooftop space of the Kirby House, overlooking the water. Also made it to Saugutuck and hit up the brewery (which has an antique store with plenty of fun nautical items) and took a dune ride trip! Oval Beach by far was my favorite beach. We weren’t able to do everything of course. I was itching to go to two restaurants that made the list and also a pie shop just east of there. We were in Holland over the 4th so some things were closed. I noticed it is one of Baker furnitures headquarters! In the future I’d like to see if there are and tours. Alas, we stayed in a B&B on our way back and met a great couple who told us that Holland is great but we should think about St. Jospeh next time we visit Michigan (also extremely close). So, it will be next on the list!

  • Thanks for swinging by The Southerner and taking the time to share!

  • This place looks gorgeous! I went to Silverlake last year and def want to go back!

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  • Gorgeous photos and right up there with all of your most informative posts. Thanks, Girl.

  • […] ^ My family took our first trip together in forever to Michigan! I still have big hydrangea goals and these ones are the most beautiful ones I’ve seen in real life! You can read all about our Holland, Michigan trip HERE. […]


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