While we were in Michigan, we decided to take a spur of the moment day-cation within our vacation. While going to visit family was the upmost highlight of my trip, it was nice to venture off an explore somewhere together, just the three of us. We played around with some ideas (Mackinac Island, Niagara Falls) but finally settled on making the 3.5 hr drive over to western Michigan to visit the quaint little Dutch town of Holland.
My parents met in Holland, while they were attending Hope College there. So it was fun to hear about past attractions that they enjoyed, and experience them first hand. And I must say, while I think that Eastern Michigan is gorg (it will always hold a special place in my heart) Western Michigan is stunning. Every time I’ve been over there, it’s been to visit family in K-zoo, so it’s been a while since I’ve seen Lake Michigan.
The first thing we did was grab some lunch at my Dad’s favorite restaurant. They had the BEST onion rings I’ve ever had, hands down.
Then we hit up the wooden shoe factory. Vivien got the most presh pair of wooden shoes, and they wood burned her name and the date into them. I am in love with delft, and went a bit nut-so. And then we pre-ordered some tulips that will be shipped to us in time to plant them in October. All bulbs originated in The Netherlands, and they farm them in Holland (Michigan.) I can’t wait to try my hand (or shall I say, “black thumb?”) at growing tulips. Also, isn’t it totally adorbs that Eli digs wearing Vivien in her Ergo? I think so too…
Tulips were all gone, but I found some daisies!
Then we went on over to Windmill Island. I’ll spoil the fun of spending $15/person and tell you a bit of history. It’s the only Dutch imported working windmill in America. It makes flour from grain. They brought it over in 1965, but the actual windmill itself is 265 years old. The people of Holland don’t mess around with their heritage.
Me, and a windmill. Being that I am (nearly) 100% Dutch, it was fun to see all the replicas of The Netherlands. I’d love to actually go there one day. It’s #2 on my “Top 5 Places I want to Someday Go To” list. Don’t act like you don’t have one of those.
We ended up getting a hotel for the night on the Hope College campus. We drove out and saw the “Big Red Lighthouse” on Lake Michigan, but the fireworks were going on, so we were unable to stay and site-see there.
The only bad part about our day-cation was the weather. It was smack dab in the middle of a heat wave, so it was over 100 degrees both days, and the humidity was something fierce.
All in all, if you’re looking for an amazing get-away, and you’re close-ish to Holland, Michigan, I highly recommend going. We had a ton of fun.
Side note: I told Eli that I wanted to live in a Lake House in Holland, and that I felt “at home” there because everywhere I went, there were tall white (blondish) people. For once, I didn’t feel like a giant walking around. Eli actually said that he wasn’t aware that Dutch people were typically tall. I assured him they are, and went on to show him this article. See, I don’t make things up. #tallpeoplepride