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September
12

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.

June
7

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.

May
2

Celebrate The Tulip Time Festival In Holland

The Tulip Time Festival is one of West Michigan's biggest attractions. Here's why you should visit the festival this year.

People travel to The Netherlands from all over the world every spring to see beautiful Holland tulips, but thanks to our Dutch heritage, you can see the same beautiful tulip displays right here in Holland, Michigan. In fact, our city is home to more than 500,000 tulips every spring.

Tulips are a big part of our history and culture, and we'll be celebrating this wonderful flower at the 2022 Tulip Time Festival, which takes places from May 7 to May 15. This is a great opportunity to see colorful tulip displays, enjoy fun events, and interact with the local community. The event is free and takes place at various locations across downtown Holland.

Our real estate agents are very much looking forward to this year's celebration. If you're planning to head on out to the festival this year, here are some fun activities you won't want to miss:

  • Explore The Tulip Immersion Garden
    A walk through the Tulip Immersion Garden provides an amazing visual experience at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Lose yourself among 50,000 vibrant tulips of multiple colors while reading all about the history of this beautiful spring flower.  It's a great chance to snap some Instagram-worthy pictures. Tickets for this event range from $15 to $20 for adults, $5 for children between 5 and 12, and the event is free for kids under 5.

  • Shop At The Artisan Market
    You never know what creative local gifts you'll find at the Artisan Market. With loads of handcrafted, original paintings, pottery, glass, and other unique art, it's a great place to find some new home decor. This shopping event takes place May 8 from 10 am to 5 pm and May 8th from 12 pm to 5 pm.

  • Take A Walking Tour Of Holland
    Join a 1.5-hour walking tour of beautiful Holland. You'll not only see some awesome tulip displays, but you'll also have the chance to learn all about the rich cultural history of our city. It's also a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Tours are just $35 per person. While you're out walking, you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of these Holland homes for sale.

  • Sip Some Of Holland's Best Craft Beverages
    One of the best ways to get to know Holland's local bars and wineries is with the Klomp On Passport. During the Tulip Time Festival, you can use this free passport to sample drinks from various downtown Holland locations. Each location will even give you a stamp for your passport.

  • Buy Your Own Tulips
    It's natural to want to bring Holland's beautiful tulips to your own backyard, and you can do just that with the Pre-festival Tulip Sale. The Tulip Pot Sale is a fundraiser for local events — you can buy a 10-inch pot (10 bulbs) for $15. The sale starts on May 15.

  • Tour The Tall Ship Friends Good Will
    Jump onboard this 1810 replica Great Lakes sloop and take a step back into Dutch Maritime history. The boat docks on the North wall near Boatwerks Restaurant on May 7 and tours run daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Holland Tulip Time Festival attracts visitors from all over the country, brings neighbors together, and also helps to support local businesses. For more information on living in Holland, contact us today. 

March
8

The Best Local Italian Restaurants

Looking for your new favorite restaurant? Here are the local Italian staples you have to visit.

Few meals are more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce and paired with a nice glass of wine, especially when celebrating a special event with your family. When we heard National Meatball Day was on March 6th, we thought it'd be a great excuse to head out to our favorite local Italian eatery and indulge in our favorite pasta or pizza.

Italian cuisine has always been a favorite of our real estate agents, so it wasn't too difficult for us to compile a list of our favorite Italian restaurants around Western Michigan. Here are six of our favorite restaurants:

  • Porto Bello - 41 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Located in the historic Piano Factory building, Porto Bello is a laid-back Italian restaurant just down the street from these Grand Haven homes for sale. Choose from all your favorite pasta dishes or share a delicious specialty pizza. Don't forget to finish your meal with a piece of Italian Lemon Cake or Tiramisu. Looking for a place to host a special event? Porto Bello also caters meals at the beautiful Harbourfront Grand Hall which is adjacent to the restaurant.

  • Noto's At The Bil-Mar - 1223 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    This upbeat, modern Italian restaurant on the lakeshore offers a variety of shared Italian plates, pizzas, salads, and an eclectic wine list, to mention great views of sunsets over Lake Michigan from the dining room. The combination of great food, spectacular views, and a fun atmosphere makes Noto's At The Bil-Mar the perfect date night location.

  • Two Tonys - 723 E Savidge St Suite E, Spring Lake, MI 49456
    Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in an old-world atmosphere at Two Tonys Kitchen and Wine Bar. Start off your meal with Two Tonys Meatballs, which are topped with fresh marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese. For dinner, choose your favorite pasta, risotto, or Italian entree and finish your meal with some sweet, savory cannoli. The casual vibe and great food at Two Tonys make it a local favorite.

  • Stomboli's Express - 6210 96th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
    If you're craving a gourmet pizza, handmade Stromboli, or some tasty subs, we recommend stopping by Stromboli's Express. This carry-out only dining establishment is known to have some of the best pizza in town. It's always fun to pick up a pizza at Stromboli's and take it to a nearby park for a picnic in the summertime.

  • Scooters Cafe & Pizzeria - 322 Culver St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
    Scooters Cafe & Pizzeria
    is known for its big bright dining room and delicious pizza and pasta. Choose from a wide selection of specialty pizzas or try the classic Spaghetti with Meatballs. If you still have room, Scooters S'mores Pizza is the highlight of the dessert menu.

  • Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen - 3627 Baldwin St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
    Home of MLive's 2016 Best Pizza award, Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen's pizzas feature homemade dough and a secret homemade sauce that can't be beaten. While they're known for pizza, they also offer pasta entrees, sandwiches, salads, and more. There is also a great wine selection, cocktails, and happy hour specials. Best of all, you'll find some spectacular Hudsonville homes for sale just down the street.

The quality, variety, and taste of our local Italian restaurants are what make them special. For more information on the wonderful local businesses around Western Michigan, contact us today.

February
7

Find Delicious Sweet Gifts In Grand Haven This Valentine's Day

Grand Haven shops have the perfect gifts for this Valentine's Day. Here's where you can find the best chocolate and candy.

Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show love for those you care about the most. There's no better way to do so than with a sweet gift.

If you're looking to get out and do some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping, finding the right gift is easy in Grand Haven. We have so many wonderful local businesses serving up delicious chocolate, candy, baked goods, and more. Here are seven recommendations from our real estate agents:

  • Sweet Haven - 411 Phoenix Street, South Haven Michigan 49090
    The ultimate candy shop — Sweet Haven offers both old school candy, new candy, and a great selection of chocolates, fudge, and caramels. For Valentine's Day, you can customize your own gift box, so you can give your special someone exactly what they like. If you love this candy store, you might consider checking out some nearby Grand Haven homes for sale.

  • Grand Finale - 225 Franklin Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Delicious desserts, amazing pastries, and gourmet baked goods can all be found at Grand Finale, a spectacular local treat shop with tons of sweet options that make for great Valentine's Day gifts. Grab a delicious cake or some amazing cupcakes, so you can top off your romantic Valentine's Day dinner with a tasty dessert.

  • Betty Jane's Sweets - 518 Pine St, Spring Lake, MI 49456
    This family-owned and operated business has become a Grand Haven staple. At Betty Jane's Sweets, you'll find all the chocolate, candy, and popcorn you need. The Chocolate Covered Oreos and the Coconut Clusters are both highly recommended. Specialty gift boxes and baskets are available for Valentine's Day.

  • Ryke's - 623 A Way, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    One of the best dessert destinations in all of West Michigan, Ryke's offers a wide selection of sweet baked goods including cupcakes, cakes, and cookies. Your mouth will start watering as soon as you walk in the door. They're accepting custom orders for Valentine's Day, so make sure to get yours in!

  • Blueberry Haven - 213 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    If your special person loves blueberries, a gift box from Blueberry Haven could make for a great gift. Start off Valentine's Day morning with the ultimate Blueberry Breakfast Box — pancake mix, fresh blueberries, blueberry syrup, blueberry butter, blueberry topping, and blueberry coffee. Or try one of the famous blueberry jams.

  • Patricia's Chocolate - 126 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    Premier ganache and caramel chocolates and extraordinary specialty confections can be found at Patricia's Chocolate, located in downtown Grand Haven. A custom chocolate package makes for a great gift. Choose from 4 to 18 pieces of handcrafted chocolate. Stop by the store or submit your order online.

  • Kilwins - 101 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    For a great selection of chocolate, fudge, and ice cream, make a visit to Kilwins as part of your Valentine's Day. If you're in need of a great gift, Kilwins has traditional heart-shaped boxes of assorted truffles in all different sizes. Their caramel apples are also a must-try! Stop in or order pick-up or delivery online.

Finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift isn't always easy, but you can never go wrong with something sweet. Shopping local is the best way to find a great gift while supporting local businesses. Contact us today for more information on Grand Haven.

January
3

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.

December
6

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.

October
25

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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