Money Magazine named Holland Michigan one of the top ten places to retire, focusing on its mix of quality health care, cultural atmosphere, and open abundance of green space. The only thing it doesn't have that other desirable places do, is high taxes. Not only ideal for retirees, it offers the perfect place for families and vacationers to retire for a nice respite from the daily grind. Among Michigan's top beachtowns, it offers recreational activities, unique shopping, and year-round festivals and events.
You may want to schedule a visit here in May for the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, drawing off of the town's Dutch influence. During the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, over six million of the town's signature flower open up to bathe the town in glorious color. The Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, also known as the Tulip Time Festival, is the largest tulip festival in the United States, and Reader's Digest has named it the best small town festival in the country. Dutch Winterfest begins around mid-to-late November, with the annual Parade of Lights, and begins a season-long mix of events. Christmas time here is done in style, with approximately 100 unique shops and galleries offering holiday food and gifts in the European style Christmas market.
Take a deep breath here and let out your stress while you pamper yourself at one of the various Holland Michigan day spas, or kick back on a sandy beach and let the water take your cares away. Tee it up at some challenging area golf courses, and make it a point to head south to nearby Saugatuck for the Arnold Palmer designed Ravines Golf Club. Although it is a bit pricey at $50 for 9 holes, and $95 for 18, it is surely worth every penny. Getting back to Holland Michigan day spas, there are plenty, and Jena Leigh's at 1200 Ottawa Beach Road has a positive male review online from a Chicagoan who boasts about the great prices and the friendly service he and his wife received. Salubrity Vida Health Spa is another great choice for Holland Michigan day spas, at 115 Clover St. The name means, "healthy life", and they promise affordable prices as well as detoxification therapies and other services, all in a beautiful setting. They even have an oxygen bar for a truly positive way to replenish your body's cells. But head to any one of the area day spas and you'll find staff committed to relieving your stress and maximizing your overall health. Its pretty much the aim of the whole town.
Holland Michigan has a beautiful Victorian style downtown with great shopping and an appetizing selection of restaurants. Quaint cafes give you the chance to stop anytime you want to stop for little bit between antique hunting or gallery hopping. Group tours around this distinctly Dutch influenced town are a great way to visit the main attractions while learning a bit about its Dutch heritage. Holland Michigan is a wonderful base from which to bound out to other area attractions in Grand Rapids, and Saugatuck. There's really just so much to do around here on your next vacation, and you will likely find yourself coming back again, probably sooner than later.