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5 Things We Love About Holland, MI

There aren't many places like Holland, MI. Here are just five of the top reasons the community is so special.

There is a lot to love about living in Holland. Conveniently located along the shores of Lake Michigan, this beach town has a unique Dutch culture, great food, and four beautiful seasons. It's also experiencing economic growth, it's surrounded by great schools, and best of all, there is so much to do around town. It's easy to see why so many people choose to move here every year.

Our real estate agents love calling Holland, Michigan home, and here are five of the most unique things you can do around time.

  1. Holland Harbor Lighthouse - 2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49423
    A major Holland landmark, the Holland Habor Lighthouse, also known as The Big Red Lighthouse, is located south of the Holland Channel. Not only does it have tons of history, but it also makes for a great photo opportunity. If you want to capture a great shot of this beautiful building, head over to Holland State Park and walk along the boardwalk until you reach the north pier. The park is just down the road from some of the best Holland homes for sale.

  2. The Holland Museum - 31 W 10th St, Holland, MI 49423
    For those who want to take a deep dive into Holland's rich history, The Holland Museum is the place to go. Learn all about the Dutch's arrival in Western Michigan in 1847. You can browse Dutch clothing, furniture, art, and other artifacts. The museum is home to over 55 Dutch paintings, some that date back to the seventeenth century. There is also a huge collection of books, newspapers, and photographs to browse. You can easily spend a whole day at the museum!

  3. Windmill Island Gardens - 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    One of the most beautiful places in Western Michigan, Windmill Island Gardens resembles the Dutch countryside. In addition to 150,000 blooming tulips in the spring, the park is also home to the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. This is a great place to walk or snap some gorgeous photos.

  4. Nelis' Dutch Village - 12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424
    This unique theme park is one of Holland's best assets. Step back in time and celebrate all the wonderful things about the Netherlands at Nelis' Dutch Village. Tour a wooden shoe factory, a cheese-making shop, a petting zoo, and much more. There is also plenty of food and shopping, and well-behaved dogs are permitted inside the park. Daily admission is $15 for adults and $14 for kids.

  5. New Holland Brewing - 66 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Want to grab a beer, enjoy great food, and hang out with friends and family? Head over to New Holland Brewing. This nationally recognized brewery was founded right here in Holland and makes some of the well-known beers, including the Dragon's Milk stout. If you're hungry, the brewery serves bar food, pizzas, and sandwiches, and they have some great weeknight specials.

You'll never run out of things to do when living in Holland! Contact us today to tour one of our local listings.


Holland Breweries And Brewpubs For Great Food And Drinks

Local breweries are often where you find the best food and drinks. Here are the Holland spots you should visit.

Nothing beats hanging with friends and family while enjoying craft beer, which is probably one of the many reasons why local breweries have become so popular. Our real estate agents love seeing new breweries pop up all over time, as they're great for the local economy. They offer a great place to hang out while also attracting people from out of town. Plus, they give you the chance to try a new beer! It's a win-win situation.

We've been scoping out all the breweries and brewpubs around Holland this year, and here are some of our favorites:

  • Our Brewing Company - 76 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Sip a refreshing glass of Careless Whisper IPA or a German-style Brent's Dunkel at Our Brewing Company. Don't be fooled by this nano-breweries small size, it has everything you want in a fun brewpub, including rotating taps, trivia nights, live music, and an easy-going atmosphere. It's quickly becoming one of the best breweries in Holland. While they don't have a kitchen, outside food is welcome. If you have a good time at this brewery, we recommend scheduling a tour of one of these beautiful Holland homes for sale just down the road.

  • Brewery 4 Two 4 - 321 Douglas Ave #120, Holland, MI 49424
    When it comes to the beer selection, Brewery 4 Two 4 has something for everyone. With a name stemming from the north side Holland zip code, this place strives to be a community asset and gathering space. The bar area features 20 taps of high-quality beers and ciders, and plenty of tables, as well as darts and board games.

  • New Holland Brewing - 66 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Brewers of the famous Dragon Milk Stout, New Holland Brewing is a leader in the craft beer revolution, and they call Holland, Michigan home. Enjoy your favorite beer or spirit at their comfortable brewpub and distillery. If you're hungry, bar snacks, pizzas, salads, and soups are available on the menu. Make sure to check out their daily specials!

  • Big Lake Brewing - 13 W 7th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Big Lake Brewing offers quite a unique beer selection with nearly two dozen drafts, including options like Cotton Candy Haze, Mango Habanero Haze, and Lemonade Beer. With so many variations, you'll definitely want to order a flight. The large bar area has an industrial vibe, and the large food menu is loaded with starters, snacks, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads.

  • Copper Craft Distillery - 184 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    While it's technically not a brewery, Copper Craft Distillery had to make our list due to their delicious spirits, great food, and fun atmosphere. The Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the Citrus Flavored Vodka are two of our favorites. Sip your favorite spirit in the rustic-themed tasting room or browse the shop and purchase some to take home. A tour or tasting session is a fun activity for a group of friends.

Breweries and brewpubs are a lot of fun, and we have some great options here in Holland. Contact us today to learn more about local listings.


Stop By These Fun Halloween Events In Holland

Halloween is almost here! Visit these Holland events that are fun for the whole family.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. Our real estate agents love decorating for Halloween and preparing for trick-or-treating, and we also try to attend one local Halloween event every year. We truly can't get enough of this spooky time of year!

From Halloween concerts to kid's parties, there are Halloween events around town suitable for all age groups. If you're looking for a great way to celebrate the holiday with the family, here are some Halloween events to put on your calendar this year:

  • Totally Rad 80's Halloween Bash - 248 S River Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    This Holland Halloween party at Park Theater is sure to be a hit. The Totally Rad 80's Halloween Bash features musical guests Boys Hone Mild and Momz Attic. Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the best. There will also be a guitar giveaway. The event is Friday, October 28, at 8 pm, and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online.

  • Cool & Classic Trunk Or Treat - 12330 James St, Holland, MI 49424
    Half classic car show, half Halloween party -- Cool & Classic Trunk Or Treat combines the best of both worlds! Check out some local classic cars and enjoy Halloween activities like trick or treating and a costume contest. This event takes place on October 29 from 4 to 6 pm at the Holland Town Center. The event benefits a non-profit called Hope Packages. Admission is free, but a donation of tear-free kid's body wash or kid's toothpaste is suggested.

  • Ridge Point Community Church Trunk Or Treat - 340 104th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    This annual Halloween event is one of the most family-friendly Halloween events in Holland. There are lots of activities and trunks full of treats, so it's great for kids.  The Ridge Point Community Church Trunk or Treat takes place on October 29 from 10 am to 12 pm, and admission is free. Plus, this great event is just a few miles from these Holland homes for sale.

  • Bam! Trick-or-Treat - 478 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423
    The Bam Entertainment Center is hosting a Halloween Celebration for kids and adults. Enjoy Halloween-themed bowling, a Halloween cupcake decorating contest, and other games and activities at Bam! Trick-or-Treat. Plus, there are eight trick-or-treat stations. Guests who arrive in costume get one free laser tag session. The event is Sunday, October 30, from 12 to 4 pm.

  • Halloween Movie Night - 14 S Church St, Zeeland, MI, 49464
    Looking for an easy-going Halloween day activity for the kids? The Howard Miller Public library is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on October 31 from 10 am to 12 pm. Kids can watch a G-rated movie called "Spooky Buddies," and free popcorn will be available. Admission is free!

With costume parties, trick-or-treating, and concerts, Halloween is sure to be a blast around Holland, Michigan.  Our community events are just one of the many great things about living in this town. Contact us today to schedule your tour of one of our local listings.


The Best Holland Restaurants For National Cheeseburger Day

Holland is full of spots to find a tasty burger. Here are the restaurants you have to visit.

If you've been craving a juicy cheeseburger lately, then you might want to make plans to stop by your favorite Holland restaurant on September 18th. It just happens to be Cheeseburger Day

While burgers are a staple of American cuisine, many people believe this delicious creation actually originated in Germany in the early 1900s. Since then, burgers have become a mainstay of many menus around the world. From diners to bars and grills, almost every traditional American restaurant does its own spin on a good burger.

In honor of Cheeseburger Day, our real estate agents pulled together a list of top burger destinations around Holland:

  • Hops at 84 East - 84 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    One of Holland's premier burger destinations, Hops 84 East has everything you want in a traditional downtown craft beer bar and grill, but their award-winning Trumpet Burger is a must-try. This 70:30 grind of brisket and Pebble Creek mushrooms is topped with bacon, Roelli Red Rock cheddar bleu, pickled shallots, arugula, and duck mayo. If you enjoy your meal and want to come back, you might be interested in one of these nearby Holland homes for sale.

  • Windmill Restaurant - 28 W 8th St #220, Holland, MI 49423
    This homey traditional American diner offers counter-style seating and grills up some delicious burgers for lunch. Choose from a 1/4 lb. or a 1/2 lb. burger, and add your favorite toppings at Windmill Restaurant. Or, try the 3 Star Burger — a 1/4 lb. burger with grilled onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Veggie burgers and black bean burgers are available as well.

  • Big E's Sports Grill - 121 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    A classic Michigan sports bar, Big E's Sports Grill is the go-to place to catch the game, have a beer, and enjoy a great burger. The menu features 6 "Gridiron Classics," such as the Screamin' Demon (volcanic sauce, jalapenos, and pepper jack cheese) or the Hawaiian (grilled pineapple, provolone cheese, teriyaki sauce, and fried onion). You'll also find an extensive draft list making it easy to pair your beer with your favorite brew.

  • Brann's Steakhouse And Grille - 12234 James St, Holland, MI 49424
    The Pretzel Burger at Brann's Steakhouse And Grille is always one of our favorites. This burger is served on a gourmet pretzel bun and is topped with smoked bacon, aged cheddar, fried egg, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. Just make sure to save room for a Brownie Sundae or Cookie Monster for dessert!

  • HopCat - 80 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    With two burgers named after University of Michigan players, HopCat had to make the list. First up is the Erick All burger, which is two smash patties, American cheese, haystacks, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. The second is the Payton Thorne burger, which adds a sunny-side-up egg and a pretzel bun. Both are delicious!

  • Beechwood Grill - 380 Douglas Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    This cabin-style restaurant grills some of the best burgers in town. Choose from The All American, Boursin Bacon Burger, Olive Burger, or the Rise N Shine Burger at Beechwood Grill. Draft beer, wine, and cocktails are available, and be sure to check out the Happy Hour drink specials Monday through Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Great dining options are just one of our favorite things about living in Holland. Contact us today to schedule a tour of one of our spectacular local listings.


The Best Places In Holland For Exceptional Wine And Dining

Looking for an unforgettable dining experience? Here are the Holland restaurants you should visit.

Planning a weekend with friends or date night? In Holland, we take local dining very seriously. Our real estate agents are always talking up our local food and beverage scene — and for good reason! From upscale restaurants to classic brew pubs, Holland has it all.

Dining out on the weekends is one of our favorite things to do. If you're looking for a new place to wine and dine around Holland, you can trust our recommendations. Here are some of our top choices this year:

  • Hops at 48 East - 84 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    This restaurant has everything you'd want to see in a classic neighborhood pub. Enjoy brick-oven pizzas, tons of local craft beers, a great wine list, and friendly people at Hops at 48 East. You'll find local live music on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as an excellent brunch menu on Sundays. The best part: you can easily walk to this restaurant from these Holland homes for sale.

  • Seventy-Six - 52 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    High-end American fare, great wine, and a contemporary atmosphere can be discovered at Seventy-Six. The restaurant, which is named for its co-owners' anniversary year, is one of the most stylish and comfortable restaurants in Holland. With a menu section titled "High-End Junk Food" and a unique cocktail menu, you know you're in for an unforgettable dining experience.

  • Butch's Dry Dock - 44 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Butch's Dry Dock offers one of the best wine selections in Holland. Owner Butch TerHaar sources world-class wines from many countries around the world. Enjoy them with your dinner or purchase some to-go in the retail shop attached to the restaurant. This fine-dining restaurant is an excellent place to celebrate a special event with friends or family. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6 pm.

  • Boatwerks - 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    Enjoy classic American cuisine and spectacular waterfront views at Boatwerks.  Located on Lake Macatawa, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience perfect for special family celebrations. The menu has something for everyone, and you're sure to love the homemade desserts! Dinner on the patio makes for an unforgettable summer evening.

  • Salt And Pepper Pub - 11539 E Lakewood Blvd #50, Holland, MI 49424
    Another local neighborhood pub and restaurant, Salt and Pepper is a great place to catch the game, enjoy a business lunch, or catch up with friends. Choose from a wide range of traditional pub dishes, steaks, burgers, pasta, and more, as well as a huge selection of beer and wine. The laid-back outdoor patio is a popular hangout spot on the weekends.

  • HopCat - 80 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    One of the largest beer lists in Holland can be found at HopCat, an excellent local pub and neighborhood hangout. Enjoy tasty bar snacks and appetizers and several unique takes on classic American entrees in a fun, artsy atmosphere. Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 pm burger and drinks specials on beer, wine, and cocktails.

Fantastic local pubs and restaurants are just one of the many great things about living in Holland. Considering a move to our area? Contact us today to explore local listings.


Warm Up To American Comfort Food From Holland Restaurants

Some local American-style comfort food may be just what you need to warm up this winter. Here are the Holland restaurants to visit.

Burgers, steak, chicken, sandwiches, and pizza, what's not to love about classic American cuisine? Not only does American food combine flavors from a variety of cultures, but there is also something very comforting about it. Whether it's a diner breakfast or a classic American entree for dinner, our real estate agents love warming up each winter at these Holland restaurants:

  • Hopcat - 80 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Tasty burgers, delicious sandwiches, and fresh salads — Hopcat is an awesome destination for traditional American cuisine. Warm up this winter with the spicy Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, served with a side of Cosmik Fries and pickle slices. They also have a huge rotating selection of craft beer on draft. If you like dining out downtown, then be sure to check out these awesome Holland homes for sale just around the corner.

  • Windmill Restaurant - 28 W 8th St #220, Holland, MI 49423
    For a classic American dining experience and some of the best local breakfast food, you must try the Windmill Restaurant. For the ultimate comfort foods, try a hashbrown omelet or some home-baked bread and gravy. You can also order some of the best cinnamon rolls in Western Michigan. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and daily.

  • Waverly Stone Gastropub - 20 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    A true foodie destination, Waverly Stone Gastropub's extensive menu of classic American entrees features combined with a wide selection of draft beer and cocktails makes it a great date night location or a great option for a family celebration. Pork Belly Pasta, Norweigian Salmon with Duck Fat Potatoes, and Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Risotto are just a few of the many highlights of this menu. Online ordering is available if you'd prefer to eat at home.

  • Seventy-Six Restaurant - 52 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Named after its co-founders' wedding anniversary year, Seventy-Six Restaurant's mission is to provide high-end modern American cuisine and great service in a stunning atmosphere, and it succeeds on all three fronts. You'll have no trouble finding delicious comfort food — the menu sections include "High-End Junk Food," "Cast Iron Skillets," "Things We Put on Plates," and "Knife & Fork Sandwiches." Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available.

  • Beechwood Grill - 380 Douglas Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    This classic American steakhouse is known for its delicious food, great service, and generous portions. Enjoy your favorite steak, burger, fish, or sandwich, it's easy to find something for everyone at Beechwood Grill. The atmosphere is comfortable and the walls are actually lined with old metal panels that have been used for grilling their famous chicken over the years. Stop in or order takeout online.

  • Wooden Shoe Restaurant - 441 US-31, Holland, MI 49423
    Another classic American diner, the Wooden Shoe Restaurant has been a Holland staple for more than 50 years. If you're looking for the best breakfast in town, this is your place. Try eggs, sausage, pancakes, or one of the many famous omelets. The atmosphere is fun, light, and homey. Dine in, take out, or order curbside pickup.

It's not hard to find classic American cuisine in our nation's heartland. Contact us today for more information on the Holland area.


Holland Attractions To Get In The Holiday Spirit

It may be chilly in Holland, but that doesn't mean you should stay cooped up indoors. Here are fun local attractions to check out this winter.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you live in the Western Michigan area. There are so many wonderful seasonal attractions and events around beautiful downtown Holland, so it's not hard to get into the holiday spirit. A visit to Holland is certain to brighten your holidays.

Our real estate agents are busy planning their pre-holiday weekends and here are some top recommendations for local activities and attractions:

  • Griff's IceHouse - 4444 Holland Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    Ice skating is a great way to get into the winter spirit while also getting some good exercise. Glide around one of the two public indoor ice rinks at Griff's IceHouse. Enjoy public skating sessions, skate lessons, or drop-in hockey. It's fun for the whole family. You can also rent out rooms to host your own party. If you love ice skating, you might enjoy living near Griff's, and there are some fantastic Holland homes for sale not too far away.

  • Kerstmarkt - 150 W. 8th Street, Holland MI 49423
    You can get the true European holiday experience right here in Holland. The Kerstmarkt is a festive outdoor market with holiday shops, art, and food. Stop by Friday, December 10 from 3 to 8 or Saturday, December 11 from 9 to 5. Special events include dogsled demos, handbell concerts, and a Sinterklaas procession. Check out the Kerstmarkt website for event times.

  • Shopping Jam - 150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Need to get some last-minute shopping done? Holland's annual Shopping Jam takes place on December 18 from 8 to 10 am. Participating local shops and restaurants will all be offering 30% off of one item from 8 to 9 and 25% off of one item from 9 to 10. It's a great way to finish your Christmas list while also supporting our great local businesses. You're sure to find a great deal!

  • Holiday Guided Tours At The Felt Estate - 6597 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    Enjoy a special holiday tour of one of Holland's most historic homes. Inside the Felt Mansion, you'll find over 20 Christmas tree decorations, each representing a different period of the building's history. You'll also see spectacular light displays and festive outdoor scenes. It's truly a sight to see. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Buy your tickets online by visiting the Holiday Guided Tours website.

  • Winter Holiday Menu: Cooking Demonstration - 24 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Are you in charge of your holiday dinner this year? If so, you might consider honing your cooking skills. The Winter Holiday Menu - Cooking Demonstration Class is just the way to do it. The event takes place Fustini's Oils & Vinegars and is hosted by local Chef John VanderJagt. You'll learn to make Butternut Pear Fusion, Roasted Beat Salad, Lavendar Honey Glazed Duck, and Chocolate Hazelnut Torte for dessert. Tickets are $59 per person.

With so much to do in Holland, it's easy to enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family. Contact us today for more information on local businesses and activities.


Warm Up In Holland With These Coffee Spots

With chilly fall weather in the air, these Holland coffee shops and cafes will keep you warm this season.

As a place to sit, relax, work, or socialize, coffee shops make for the ultimate community gathering place. Every fall and winter, our real estate agents love spending weekend mornings at cozy, local coffee shops with their favorite warm caffeinated beverage. Luckily, you're never far from a great coffee shop in Holland.

If you're looking for the best way to start your day or simply need a comfortable place to catch up with friends, these great Holland coffee shops are the perfect destinations:

  • Lemonjello's Coffee - 61 9th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Grab your favorite brewed beverage at this low-key shop that serves a wide range of coffees, juices, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods. Lemonjello's Coffee is a popular yet quiet shop and a great place to get work done while enjoying your favorite drink. Looking to try something new? Check out the Honey Lavender Latte. The shop is open until 6 pm on weeknights and 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Simpatico Coffee Joint - 714 Michigan Ave, Holland, MI 49423 
    Looking for a coffee shop conveniently located near some of these great Holland homes for sale? Then Simpatico Coffee Joint is your place. All roasting is done in small batches locally in Holland, which means the coffee is exceptionally fresh. Enjoy your drink in their comfortable atmosphere or grab a coffee through the drive-thru. Simpatico is open seven days a week.

  • The 205 Coffee Bar - 205 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423
    Delicious coffee, wonderful pastries, and tons of local art — what more could you want in a coffee shop? It's no wonder The 205 Coffee Bar is one of the most popular shops in Holland. This shop is open and breezy in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter. With an extensive menu of coffees, waffles, and baked goods, it's the perfect weekend hangout spot. Stop by Tuesday through Sunday before 1 pm.

  • Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. - 57 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
    Friendly service, great beans, and plenty of table space are just a few of the reasons why Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has become such a Holland staple for coffee lovers. This isn't just a coffee shop; it's also a cafe and store featuring a wide selection of coffees, nuts, and brewing equipment. Stop by for a drink and also do some holiday shopping for the coffee lover in your life. Ferris Coffee is open Monday through Saturday.

  • Joe2Go - 166 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, MI 49424
    This family-owned and operated shop serves up delicious coffee, espresso, and smoothies. They also have a large menu of flatbreads, wraps, and breakfast sandwiches, and all ingredients are made fresh daily. Joe2Go is great for grabbing coffee or food on the fly, but it's also a good option for breakfast or lunch with a friend. The shop is open Monday through Saturday.

Coffee shops are an important part of any community, and Holland has no shortage of great options. For more information on local businesses, contact us today.

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