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:
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.
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:
The first time that you feel a crisp cool in the air, you know that it's time for the leaves to change in an explosion of orange, red, and yellow. One of the best states in which to experience fall is Michigan.
Bordered by four of the Great Lakes, the Mitten has no shortage of breathtaking views throughout the year. When autumn comes, though, going to see the Michigan fall colors makes for a wonderful relaxing or romantic getaway.
So if you're wondering when to go to Michigan for fall foliage, here's everything you need to know! Read on for tips on seeing autumn leaves, planning a trip to view the beautiful colors, and the best places to see them.
We can't say that we know of any "bad" place to enjoy the fall colors in Michigan, but the Awesome Mitten contributors have been blessed to explore some pretty amazing places during the fall months, and we're eager to visit many of them ourselves.
From the shores of Lake Superior to the local breweries of Southwest Michigan, our writers will have you dreaming of a fall you'll never forget… and you might discover a new-to-you town to go visit along the way!
Let's take a look at where the best places to see fall colors in Michigan are…
P.S. If we miss your favorite fall destination in Michigan, be sure to comment below and let us know where you like to enjoy fall in Michigan!
The fall colors in the Copper Harbor area are some of the most colorful in the state. There's no better way to experience the sheer beauty of those colors than by taking a drive through the "tunnel," US-41 into Copper Harbor. This canopy of color is breathtaking and makes for a great drive on a perfect fall day.
Nestled right on the shore of Lake Superior, there are lots of great places to see fall colors in and around Marquette.
You can stroll along the Lake Superior shoreline or go chase some waterfalls. Morgan Falls is just outside Marquette, it's pet friendly and the decline to the falls is only a short distance.
You can also go for a scenic drive. If you're up for a little adventure, drive down County Road 510. It's unpaved and well-traveled during the fall, but the colors are brilliant and you can get a great view from the CR 510 Bridge.
Fall can be experienced in all kinds of ways in Michigan. One of the most interesting ways is to stop in the ghost town of Fayette. It's about an hour from Escanaba and a ghost town surrounded by fall color makes for a striking contrast.
While you're there, be sure to stop at the overlook at Snailshell Harbor. You'll get an awesome view of the fall colors, a great look at the town itself, and you'll see the limestone bluffs that surround it.
Known as the Big Spring, travel to Palms Brook State Park in Manistique to see one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the state.
This 40-foot natural spring is beautiful to see at any time of the year, but it's even more beautiful in the fall when it's surrounded by majestic fall colors. Savor the drive to the spring and make sure to take lots of pictures.
There are a lot of great places around Sault Ste. Marie to see fall colors, including at Tahquamenon Falls. But you don't have to travel outside the city to enjoy the colors.
In downtown Sault, you can visit Soo Locks State Park. If you're lucky, you'll get a twofer: you can see the fall colors and see a freighter going through the Soo Locks. If you walk along the shore, you may just find a few more spots to enjoy the colors.
Covering about 60,000 acres of land, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the few major wilderness areas in the Midwest. It's home to miles of streams and rivers, several waterfalls, and old hemlock-hardwood forests along Lake Superior, which offer an unrivaled natural beauty in the fall.
There's a Summit Peak observation tower, an 18-hole disc golf course, more than 90 miles of hiking trails, and several campgrounds to keep you busy.
Northeast of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet is a special place that tells the story of copper mining in this part of the Upper Peninsula. Its mission is to preserve the landscapes and other resources, which is why it's such a beautiful place to visit in the fall.
You can turn the visit into a scenic drive through the Keweenaw hills and charming towns.
As we consider the best times to catch the changing colors of fall, we continue our Michigan fall color tour in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The town of Munising along Lake Superior is best known for its waterfalls and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It is also home to the Au Sable Lighthouse.
Breath-taking beauty awaits you at every turn during fall in Munising. Whether you go for a drive through a canopy of color, you brave the chilly water of Lake Superior for a water-view of the golden topped cliffs, or you hike to one of the area's majestic waterfalls, you will stand in awe of the beauty of fall in this deciduous tree-laden paradise.
Also along Lake Superior, the deep forest of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers a picturesque view of Michigan's fall foliage. The park features dunes, inland lakes, waterfalls, and a wild shoreline with beaches and sandstone cliffs.
With the Tahquamenon River at its center, Tahquamenon Falls State Park stretches across 50,000 acres. At almost 50 feet, its Upper Falls is one of the biggest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. In addition, its Lower Falls consists of five smaller waterfalls that cascade around an island.
The River Trail connects the falls, and the mostly undeveloped park makes getting great pictures of the fall colors a breeze.
Sitting in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island is a delightful place to visit during the fall. There are fewer tourists compared to the summer, which makes walking around the island more enjoyable while you soak up the hues of amber and crimson in the trees.
You could even take a carriage ride, go horseback riding or savor a picnic downtown at Marquette Park.
One of the most scenic road trips for viewing the fall foliage in Michigan is via the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route. Otherwise known as M-119, this historic route runs for about 30 miles along Lake Michigan. It starts at Cross Village, where a bluff with a giant white cross overlooks the lake.
The Tunnel of Trees passes through Good Hart, Middle Village, and Harbor Springs before reaching Petoskey. Along the way, there are plenty of places to stop for hiking, taking pictures, and shopping.
Passing through Ocqueoc Township, the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway is the best way to see Ocqueoc Falls, the biggest waterfall in the state's Lower Peninsula. The pathway has four loops, which range from 3 miles to 6 miles long and are suitable for biking and hiking.
The towering hardwoods and pines provide an awesome backdrop of fall colors for pictures.
With more than 1,500 acres, the park features a picnic area, rustic campground, and Grand Traverse Lighthouse, which is a historic monument. You can tour the lighthouse and museum, which offers treasure hunts and has a gift shop.
While Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is known for its bluffs, sand dunes, and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan, it features inland lakes and lush forests that satisfy your craving for those Michigan fall colors.
If you're just passing through, take a detour on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Empire for a dazzle of color. You can stop and enjoy the stunning views at the Dunes Scenic Overlook, too.
The Corsair Trails are renowned for being one of the best cross-country ski networks anywhere. But in the fall, it provides a fun and adventurous way to see the beauty of a Michigan fall.
The trail network has three trailheads, each of which is just a few miles northwest of East Tawas. There are over 26 miles of trails and loops to explore, so it's perfect whether you want to spend a day or a whole weekend.
One of the best Lake Michigan towns to experience fall is Ludington and there are lots of spots to check out.
The Ludington School Forest offers more than five miles of trails where you can bike and hike to take in all autumn has to offer. Ludington State Park is also great for recreation and has more than 18 miles of trails, more than 5,300 acres of forest, and much more.
West Michigan is blessed every year with amazing fall colors and places like Silver Lake are the best spots to see the fantastic yellow, green, and red colors.
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are a fun and scenic place to see the fall colors. You can take an off-road vehicle for a spin on the dunes or take a guided tour. You"ll be able to see Silver Lake and Lake Michigan and the majestic fall colors surrounding them.
Gaylord is, in a word, exquisite in fall and there are several places where you can bike, hike, or paddle to see the best of the season.
But for truly breathtaking fall vistas, there are two locations to go. Treetrops Resort in Gaylord is well-known for its golf courses, but it also provides one of the best fall views in all of Otsego County. The Sturgeon River also offers awe-inspiring views and is a great way to experience fall from a different point of view.
Cadillac's in-town Cadillac Route is a great way to enjoy fall in downtown Cadillac. The 7-mile Cadillac Foot and Bike Path offers a chance to explore downtown and continue on to Lake Mitchell at the edge of the Manistee National Forest.
The Around Cadillac loops allow visitors to visit numerous scenic overlooks, farm markets, and hiking experiences. These routes offer the best of everything as you cross the Pine and Big Manistee rivers.
The contrasting hardwood and evergreen forests of Northern Michigan are something spectacular to behold in the fall and Grayling is the perfect place to see it all.
Head down M-93 or I-75 to Hartwick Pines State Park. Here you can bask in the colors of fall while enjoying a leisurely bike ride or hike on a crisp fall day. Hartwick Pines is one of the biggest state parks in Michigan's Lower Peninsula and it's hard to match its beauty.
As the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena is the place where history and heritage collide with relaxed outdoor adventure. With its claim to fame being its position on the 45th Parallel (halfway between the North Pole and the Equator), Alpena is situated on the shores of Lake Huron in northern Michigan and is home to the nation's only freshwater marine sanctuary.
Centrally located to 7 lighthouses, and boasting 1000+ miles of shoreline, 43K+ acres of state forest land, 300K+ acres of open water, and more than 2 dozen parks, Alpena is a must-explore fall destination in northern Michigan.
Aside from exploring four hiking trails, you can tour the 80-foot-tall Alpena Light on Thunder Bay River. Also called Little Red, the lighthouse is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.
Great fall colors can be found anywhere in Michigan, even in Mount Pleasant in central Michigan. One of the best spots in the Mount Pleasant area is the Bundy Hill Preserve in Remus. There are two miles of trails to explore and you can scale the highest point in Isabella County at 1,270 feet.
You can also see fall beauty at Deerfield Nature Park in Remus, where you'll find a covered bridge, disc golf courses, and more.
Mount Pleasant's park system is also a great way to explore the city and see fall colors. There's space for skateboarding, picnicking, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and so much more. They're the perfect spots for fall family outings.
The gateway to Michigan's thumb coast is a great place to visit for fall color. In fact, it may be one of the state's best-kept secrets.
Fall is the prime time to see gorgeous autumn hues and you can't go wrong with driving along M-25. The roadway actually ends in Port Huron, but while you're in town you can take a gander at Fort Gratiot.
If Michigan's fall colors are your thing, hop on M-25 in Port Huron or head north on M-53 and head to Port Austin. The drives are picturesque and the colors stretch for miles as you drive along the Lake Huron coastline.
Stop into town to visit the seasonal farmer's market or visit for one of Port Austin's fun events.
If you want to get back to nature, check out the hiking trails at Huron County Nature Center and Wilderness Arboretum or Port Crescent State Day Use Park. When it comes to nature, you can't be the views the Nature Center offers, especially in the fall.
One of the best ways to experience fall in Bay City is on the water with BaySail. This allows visitors to take a sailing trip on the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay.
The boats typically depart from downtown Bay City, and you'll be able to see fall colors in a completely different way. You can bring the whole family or charter an entire ship for a private cruise or private dinner.
The Bay City Recreation Area is also a great place to see a decent amount of fall colors when conditions are right.
If your idea of a fun day is hitting the trails and going on a fall hike, For-Mar Nature Preserve near Flint has you covered. The preserve and arboretum, which opened as a county park in 1970, has seven miles of trails to explore.
The arboretum stretches over 116 acres and features more than 1,800 different specimens of more than 150 species. If you love plants, trees, shrubs, and other flora and fauna, you'll be amazed at all that you see here during the fall months. You'll want to take your time to make sure that you see it all.
A fun way to see Michigan fall colors is to hop on a Coopersville & Marne Railway train. The railway operates vintage passenger trains with cars from the 1920s. From Coopersville, the train rides take you about 7 miles to Marne.
The track travels through fields and farms, and it crosses over four creeks and two bridges. The Famous Pumpkin Train is popular for its fall-themed entertainment.
Known for its beaches on Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, Holland State Park has many fall activities to offer. There are campgrounds, paddle rentals, fishing, and a playground.
The iconic Holland Harbor Lighthouse, also called Big Red, is a beautiful setting for sunsets. However, you get the best look at the fall foliage while walking the nearby Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk.
Saugatuck is a unique place to visit if you want to see fall colors in Michigan. With miles of Lake Michigan beaches and shorelines in southwest Michigan, this city is full of character and culture, and it has some of the best beaches in the world.
An excellent thing to do here in the fall is to explore Saugatuck Dunes State Park, which has more than 12 miles of trails through rolling hills and steep slopes.
You can also take a colorful hike up the Mount Baldhead Park trail to Mount Baldhead, which offers a panoramic view of the lake.
Named one of the top 10 affordable outdoorsy cities in the country, Kalamazoo is a perfect fall destination for Michiganders. Just 45 minutes from Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, this vibrant city has something for everyone to enjoy this fall.
Whether you take a hike through one of the many nature centers, visit a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or meander through the streets of downtown Kalamazoo, you'll be invigorated by the fresh air of fall in this beautiful city.
Whitehouse Nature Center is a special place for seeing the changing leaves because it's located on a college campus. It's the only classroom that stretches across 140 acres, and it has a river, more than 400 plant species, and 5 miles of trails.
The River's Edge Trail follows the Kalamazoo River. You can visit live exhibits of amphibians and reptiles in the center as well.
Leading you through the trees and across the Huron River, Huron River Drive gives you an excellent glimpse of the fall colors. It runs alongside the river, and the stretch between Dexter and Ann Arbor is ideal for cycling.
Along the way, you can stop at the Dexter Cider Mill for hand-picked apples, apple cider, doughnuts, pastries, and hard cider. Further down is the Delhi Metropark in Ann Arbor, which has 52 acres of oak trees.
Just east of Ann Arbor along the I-94 corridor, the Huron River runs through the town of Ypsilanti. Riverside Park, a nearly 14-acre park along the Huron River connects downtown Ypsilanti with Depot Town and is full of fall color during the months of October and November.
"Ypsi", as it's affectionately known, has a rich history, which shines through in its vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes – and is inspiring a resurgence of visitors from near and far. Two main districts, Downtown and Depot Town, are historic areas infused with innovative, bohemian, locally-driven businesses.
Sometimes overlooked because of its more famous neighbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Ypsilanti has its own inimitable, groovy, authentic ambiance worthy of a weekend fall getaway.
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:
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.
Looking for the best hiking in Holland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping, and more around Holland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.
Beach time in Holland means plenty of sand and sunshine! Many people head right to Holland State Park to soak up the sun, but we have a few suggestions if you're looking for something a little different.
Beach time in Holland means plenty of sand and sunshine! Many people head right to Holland State Park to soak up the sun, but we have a few suggestions if you're looking for something a little different!
The perfect family beach: Tunnel Park. With an extensive play area, a sand dune for running and easily accessible restrooms, families will find just what they need. Take a concrete tunnel "through" the dune, then head down a short flight of stairs to a beautiful white sand beach. A picnic shelter and sand volleyball courts are available.
A picturesque place to watch a sunset, Tunnel Park is named for the concrete tunnel that cuts through a sand dune and provides access to a sparkling Lake Michigan beach. This 22-acre park with its extensive Lake Michigan beachfront is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and picknicking. In addition to the unique tunnel through the dune, this park has a children's playground complete with a dune climb and a dune stairway with scenic views of Lake Michigan. Beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and grills, restrooms, and a great playground make this a very family-friendly beach.
Tunnel Park is part of the Ottawa County Parks system; there is a per-vehicle parking fee from April 1 to October 31. Please refer to the county pet policy for information about bringing your dog to Tunnel Park.
Want a quiet place to watch the sunset? Try Laketown beach, on the south side of Holland. Be prepared as parking is limited and there are no restrooms! A stairway over the dunes is your "admission" to the beach. (6710 142nd Ave.)
A bit off the beaten path, Laketown Beach, between Holland and Saugatuck, offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan from a wooden stairway that climbs up and over the dunes to the beach. (The stairway helps protect the fragile dune environment.) Enjoy panoramic lake vistas and a small slice of Lake Michigan's sandy beachfront.
Bringing your furry friend? Check out the new dog beach at Kirk Park, a county park a few miles north of Holland State Park. A short hike through a wooded dune will bring you to a beach with an off-leash dog area and plenty of room for families to spread out.
High bluffs, wooded dunes, and more than 1/3-mile of sandy Lake Michigan beach define popular Kirk Park. You'll find a swimming beach, hiking trails that include a handicap accessible loop, ungroomed cross-country ski trails in winter, modern restrooms (closed in winter), a horseshoe pit, kids' play area, off-leash dog beach, Lake Michigan overlook deck, a couple of picnic shelters (which you can reserve), picnic tables, and grills.
(*Off-leash dog beach accessible year-round using south beach stairs.)
Holland State Park: the classic. With ample parking adjacent to a wide expanse of sandy beach, visitors love the accessibility of the Holland State Park. Get the perfect view of Big Red Lighthouse, too! Enjoy a walk on the pier or a dip in the lake. Restrooms, concessions and sandy volleyball courts are available.
Holland State Park is one of Michigan's most visited state parks. Once you take a look at the beautiful beach or take in a sunset over Lake Michigan, you'll know why! The expansive beach is open to all who have purchased a day pass or a Recreation Passport. View Big Red Lighthouse directly across the channel to the south, or take a stroll north along the beachfront. Holland State Park offers fishing, a boat launch, a concession stand with modern restrooms and changing area, a small playground and camping. During peak hours (weekends, holidays), we recommend to arrive early.
Miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline are waiting for you to explore! Find a full list of Holland's public beaches on our website. Share your favorite beach with us in the comments below, and don't forget to use the #discoverholland hashtag on Instagram and Twitter!
With a population of 34,378, 2,755 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $222,408, Holland real estate and house prices are near the national average for all cities and towns.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Holland, accounting for 56.06% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Holland include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 13.66%), row houses and other attached homes ( 12.68%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 11.34%).
Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Holland. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 71.31% of Holland's homes, and 54.62% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.
There is a lot of housing in Holland built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Holland built between 1940-1969 ( 32.63%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 14.84%). There's also some housing in Holland built before 1939 ( 1.57%).
In the last 10 years, Holland has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Holland real estate appreciated 117.53% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 8.08%, putting Holland in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Holland definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.
Appreciation rates are so strong in Holland that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Holland real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Holland appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 21.76%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 79.14% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Holland. Holland appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 7.72%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 34.65%.
Relative to Michigan, our data show that Holland's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Michigan.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Holland differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Holland - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Holland real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
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:
Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 18 - December 17| 8am-2pm
The Holland Farmers Market is located at the Eighth Street Market Place in Downtown Holland and is home to nearly 100 vendors throughout the season. Local farmers offer freshly-picked fruits and vegetables of every variety, beautiful bouquets of flowers and plants for home and garden. A wide variety of baked goods (including breads, pies and cookies), all natural honey and maple syrup and farm fresh cheese, eggs, and meats are also available, in addition to sweet treats, gourmet specialty foods and much, much more! The Holland Farmers Market is a producers Market, which means that all products sold at the Market are locally grown or made right here in Michigan.
The Holland Market is open year-round! The 2022 regular season will be held from May 18 through October 29, with the Market open every Wednesday and Saturday from from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, rain or shine. The Market is open for holiday hours from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm every Wednesday and Saturday from November 2 through November 30 and from 9:00 am -1:00 pm Saturdays only through December 17. An Indoor Winter Market is then held from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm the first and third Saturdays from January – April.
A food court, featuring a variety of delicious breakfast and lunch options, is also available at the Holland Farmers Market. Free parking is available onsite and in nearby public parking lots and decks. An ATM is located onsite as well. Dogs are not allowed at the Market, so please be sure to leave your pets at home. For additional information, visit www.hollandfarmersmarket.com or call 616.355.1138.