Summer Story Ideas

The Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to offer this quarterly edition of story ideas. Please let us know if you have any questions, require additional information or images as we are happy to assist. For additional information on these ideas, please contact Kirsten Borgstrom, 517-331-3433 or [email protected].

Wheelin' Around Holland
Pedaling through the beautiful destination that is Holland is another way visitors can enjoy the community. Follow the quiet, rural and country roads, enjoy the lakeshore on two wheels, or the extensive network of bike trails and paths. This summer, mark the calendar for the 38th Annual Holland 100 Bicycle Tour, July 21, 2012. Featuring four scenic rides through West Michigan farmland, orchards, vineyards and along the Lake Michigan shore.

Historic to Hip, Downtown Holland is Happening
With diverse, first-class shopping and dining, creative art venues and festival happenings, downtown Holland is a hip destination. Thirty venues, throughout an eight block area of downtown, are home to performers every Thursday evening during the 13 week Street Performers Series. From stilt walkers to contact jugglers, acrobatic artists and human statues, visitors will be entertained!

Life's a Beach
Grab your towel, sand pail and that book you've been meaning to read, and head to water's edge of Holland. From sandcastle building, intense games of beach volleyball, climbing dunes, rock hounding, playing in the waves or just soaking up the rays there are many ways to enjoy the area beaches. This summer create memories on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan just minutes from downtown Holland.

Row, row, row your boat, canoe, raft or kayak-gently or otherwise-up the streams, rivers and lakes for a Holland paddling adventure. This summer, try a new paddling adventure with Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Stand Up Paddling is the perfect recreational past time for a leisurely cruise along the shoreline. Don't go up a river without a paddle, local recreational outlets offer classes throughout the summer, or get your feet wet and come as a spectator to the Great Lakes Stand Up Paddling Classic, July 20-21.

From Farmers Market to Table
More than 50 local vendors bring their produce and products to the bustling Holland Farmers Market twice a week making it easier than ever to cook fresh and local. Make it a family outing and enjoy the street performers, cooking demonstrations, kids' activities, salsa making and jalapeno eating contests and more! Check the schedule for the Chef Series to see area chefs demonstrate how to use fresh, seasonal and locally grown ingredients to prepare a simple and healthy meal straight from the market.

Stepping Up
Take a hike up the 230 steps for the most spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Lake Macatawa and the Holland Lighthouse. Located near the Holland State Park campground, Mount Piscgah is a towering sand dune that rises 157 above Lake Michigan. After reaching the top of the climb, continue onto the State Park ridge trails that are connected by the boardwalk.


Not Your Mother's Holland...Reinventing and Refreshing
Shops and businesses in Holland are always reinventing and refreshing. This summer head to Downtown Holland to see the innovative and original destinations like Lemonjello's Coffee and Eco Trek Fitness. Lemonjello's Coffee, not only a remarkable coffee house but a destination for music. From folk to rock, acoustic and open mic night, Lemonjello's offers entertainment for all. Visitors can also integrate a new workout with nature with Eco Trek Fitness and with their 75-minute workout. Every session is different, using the environment as the gym. Rediscover the parks and playgrounds in Holland as you get a great workout.

Ethnic Connections
The European flavor of the town stems from its roots as a haven for Dutch immigrants who arrived in the mid-1800s. Popular Holland attractions offer visitors the opportunity to experience Dutch Heritage, but Holland is also more than Dutch heritage, it is a place to connect with the international side. From delicious authentic Mexican cuisine to a Buddhist Temple, Holland offers an opportunity to experience the vibrant cultures of the world without having to jet set around the globe!

A Rare Big Red Opportunity
In the state with more lighthouses than any other, Holland is home to Michigan's most photographed lighthouse. This summer, visitors have a rare opportunity to tour the famed Holland Lighthouse, affectionately known as Big Red. The July 26 event is a fundraiser for the Holland Museum. Tickets include a cruise aboard the Holland Princess, dinner at Piper Restaurant, a sunset cruise on Lake Macatawa and the opportunity to tour the lighthouse.

It's All About Holland
If cabin fever has you dreaming about getting away or maybe you are looking forward to a long weekend spring renewal, be sure to request your copy of the 2012 All About Holland visitors guide. The guide features engaging articles, stunning photography and tons of ideas for travelers to the Holland area...a must for planning your next getaway to Holland.

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