Recently named “The Prettiest Town in Michigan” by Architectural Digest, Holland is a Pure Michigan delight! Located just 6 hours from Toronto, Holland is definitely worth the drive!
Join us May 4–12 as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of our internationally-acclaimed Tulip Time Festival. We are literally “painting the town orange” (with tulips, that is) in honour of our Dutch heritage. Three parades, headline entertainment, 800 “klompen dancers” in authentic Dutch costumes and wooden shoes, along with millions of tulips bursting forth in growing fields and city parks await you.
Tour our 260 year-old working windmill (DeZwaan) that arrived in Holland from the Netherlands in the mid-‘60s. Stroll the 36-acre grounds overflowing with 100,000 tulips; meet the only Dutch-certified miller in North America and watch as she grinds locally-sourced winter wheat into flour and corn into meal. Stop at Veldheer Gardens (2,000,000 tulips) and DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delftware Factory, the only production delftware factory in the US, or visit Nelis’ Dutch Village, a recreation of a 100 year-old small Dutch town, complete with canals, costumed-guides, and of course tulips!
If May doesn’t fit into your travel plans, Holland is charming any time of year! Our award-winning downtown boasts cobblestone sidewalks, Victorian street lights and over 100 shops, galleries, eateries and microbreweries, most of them independently-owned. Thursday evenings in the summer, street performers of all genre’s entertain locals and visitors alike, and our downtown area Farmers’ Market, open Wednesdays and Saturdays from mid-May to mid-December, features over 90 vendors offering the freshest locally-sourced produce, flowers, meats, cheeses, and breads. On Saturdays in the summer, you’ll even find local chef’s offering cooking demonstrations at the market!
Of course your visit to Holland would not be complete without a visit to Holland State Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Stroll the white sandy beaches, or walk along the channel for the best view of Holland’s “Big Red” lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in the state of Michigan. Climb the wooden staircase to the top of Mt Pisgah, a towering dune overlooking both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, Holland’s inland lake, and then follow the ridge trails at the top of the dune for more breath-taking views.
Be sure to stop by the Holland Area Visitors Bureau (open 7 days a week) in downtown Holland for your personal “Hand-crafted Passport” featuring breweries, distilleries, wineries, and cideries in the greater Holland area. With over 1,750 hotel rooms, you’re sure to find a room to fit your budget.
For more information about visiting Holland, log onto holland.org or call 800.506.1299