Holland Area CVB
Welkom to Holland, Michigan!
Located in Southwest Michigan, just three hours from Chicago and Detroit, Holland is a favorite Michigan vacation destination. Famous for its warm sandy beaches, historic downtown and unique Dutch attractions, Holland “Welkoms” groups from around the country throughout the spring, summer, fall and holiday seasons.
Michigan holds a large draw for group travelers with Mackinaw Island, Frankenmuth and Holland being three of the tops draws. Michigan is not a state one passes through so groups will often make a “Triangle Tour” of the state when they visit, often including all three of these popular towns.
Holland is a wonderful stop for groups heading to the north or east on their tours.
While groups do not necessarily spend a day at the beach, the chance to see a great lake and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan is a wonderful after-dinner treat for many visitors.
The Dutch heritage of Holland’s population and founders and attractions such as Windmill Island Gardens, Neli’s Dutch Village, and DeKlomp Delft & Wooden Shoe factory offer a glimpse into the traditions that have long been a part of this community.
“DeZwaan” windmill, a 250 year-old operating mill, is the last to have left the Netherlands. Visitors can climb five floors to see the workings and gears of the 12-story mill. The gardens, Dutch architecture, greenhouse, Amsterdam street organ and historic film offer a unique stop in Holland.
A chance to watch costumed Dutch dancers, explore a Frisian house and barn and learn the art of making Delftware and Dutch cheeses, Nelis’ Dutch Village also has a new hands-on activity. Groups may choose from a tour of the village, a Dutch lunch, shopping the import shops and/or making Banket, a flaky Dutch pastry filled with almond paste that’s a great treat!
Other ways to add some fun to your tour in Holland include wine tastings, brewery tours, a group art project, making your own candle or soap, touring one of the only wooden bowl mills left in the United States or a woodshop that incorporates the use of reclaimed woods where you can even make your own one-of-a-kind cutting boards. Or, invite a Dutch costumed step-on guide to join you on a tour of Holland and learn the history and fun facts about how Holland became a nationally recognized, award-winning downtown.
A chance to wander the shops and galleries of historic downtown Holland is also very popular with groups. Lunch on your own at any of a dozen eateries or a group meal in the fabulous AlpenRose Restaurant downtown make it a popular afternoon stop. Over 120 shops, galleries and restaurants line the cobblestone sidewalks. Victorian lampposts, bronze statues, and abundant flowers make a beautiful backdrop. With the exception of just a few, the shops (and restaurants) are locally owned. Downtown Holland gives the feel of a step back in time to the thriving small-town, friendly times of years gone by.
Well known for its Tulip Time Festival, Holland is a great destination well beyond spring! And, not only residents know this:
Tulip Time – “Best Small Town Festival”, Readers Digest
Best Flower Festival – Tulip Time, USA Today, Reader’s Choice
“America’s Prettiest Towns”, Forbes Magazine
“Great American Main Street” & “Dozen Distinctive Destinations”, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Top Five “Best Places to Retire”, Money Magazine
“1000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die”, Patricia Schultz
Visit www.holland.org or phone 800-566-1299 for more information or to request a Group Tour Planner.