West Olive, Michigan and Surrounding Area

Brian
West Olive, Michigan and Surrounding Area

City/town information

Grand Haven is an absolute joy. There is a vibrant Main Street with interesting shops and great restaurants as well as an open and vibrant boardwalk, marina and outdoor band shell.
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Grand Haven
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Grand Haven is an absolute joy. There is a vibrant Main Street with interesting shops and great restaurants as well as an open and vibrant boardwalk, marina and outdoor band shell.
Quaint downtown area with wide sidewalks and ample greenspaces making an afternoon spent visiting the wonderful local shops a must. Near both Hope college, Centennial Park and very near Kollen Park at the tip of Lake Macatawa. Famous for the Tulip Festival in early May and outstanding "traditional" parades on Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July, Holland is a hidden gem in West Michigan.
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Holland
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Quaint downtown area with wide sidewalks and ample greenspaces making an afternoon spent visiting the wonderful local shops a must. Near both Hope college, Centennial Park and very near Kollen Park at the tip of Lake Macatawa. Famous for the Tulip Festival in early May and outstanding "traditional" parades on Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July, Holland is a hidden gem in West Michigan.
A true artist's community set on the banks of the Kalamazoo River feeding Lake Michigan, Saugatuck has more to offer than can be described in this listing. The best "foodie" scene in West Michigan, original local artistry, a vibrant music and theater atmosphere and a first class marina are some of the highlights. only 45 minutes from the cottage along US-31, Saugatuck is well worth the drive. If you make the trip, plan to make a full day of it. You will not want to leave.
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Saugatuck
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A true artist's community set on the banks of the Kalamazoo River feeding Lake Michigan, Saugatuck has more to offer than can be described in this listing. The best "foodie" scene in West Michigan, original local artistry, a vibrant music and theater atmosphere and a first class marina are some of the highlights. only 45 minutes from the cottage along US-31, Saugatuck is well worth the drive. If you make the trip, plan to make a full day of it. You will not want to leave.
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Muskegon
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Food scene

Pronto Pups is a MUST for new visitors to the Grand Haven area. They do one thing (corn dogs), and they do it very well. There is a line for this local delight all summer long.
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Pronto Pup
313 South Harbor Drive
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Pronto Pups is a MUST for new visitors to the Grand Haven area. They do one thing (corn dogs), and they do it very well. There is a line for this local delight all summer long.
The best pizza in the Grand Haven area, but also the best variety of interesting and delicious meals. https://paisleypigpub.com/
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The Paisley Pig Gastropub
501 Miller Dr
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The best pizza in the Grand Haven area, but also the best variety of interesting and delicious meals. https://paisleypigpub.com/
The system forced the title as "Bil Mar Restaurant". To be clear, we are recommending Noto's Italian Bistro at the Bil Mar. Beautiful view and great Italian food. What else could you ask for? Reservations well in advance highly recommended. http://www.notosoldworld.com/
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Noto's at the Bil-Mar
1223 South Harbor Drive
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The system forced the title as "Bil Mar Restaurant". To be clear, we are recommending Noto's Italian Bistro at the Bil Mar. Beautiful view and great Italian food. What else could you ask for? Reservations well in advance highly recommended. http://www.notosoldworld.com/
https://www.watertrailventures.com/
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Phil's Bar & Grille
215 Butler St
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https://www.watertrailventures.com/
We are a family-owned, full-service restaurant in Saugatuck, MI, serving fresh fish and other favorites. Our dockside eatery has patio seating and overlooks the Kalamazoo River. https://www.mermaidofsaugatuck.com/
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Mermaid Bar & Grill
340 Water St
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We are a family-owned, full-service restaurant in Saugatuck, MI, serving fresh fish and other favorites. Our dockside eatery has patio seating and overlooks the Kalamazoo River. https://www.mermaidofsaugatuck.com/
5 Star food in a casual atmosphere. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great steak. More expensive than most restaurants in the area, but you won't be disappointed. https://bowdieschophouse.com/
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Bowdies Chophouse
230 Culver St
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5 Star food in a casual atmosphere. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great steak. More expensive than most restaurants in the area, but you won't be disappointed. https://bowdieschophouse.com/
Truly authentic Southern Fare. The best fried chicken, biscuits and shrimp and grits north of the Mason-Dixon. Comfortable atmosphere, outstanding mixologists on site and excellent service. Plan ahead. There is ALWAYS a wait. https://thesouthernermi.com/
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The Southerner
880 Holland Street
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Truly authentic Southern Fare. The best fried chicken, biscuits and shrimp and grits north of the Mason-Dixon. Comfortable atmosphere, outstanding mixologists on site and excellent service. Plan ahead. There is ALWAYS a wait. https://thesouthernermi.com/
Casual waterfront dining with Spectacular Views of Lake Kalamazoo harbor, boardwalk and boats. Outdoor dining and Live entertainment on our Deck Memorial Day through Labor Day https://www.butlerrestaurant.com/
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The Butler
40 Butler St
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Casual waterfront dining with Spectacular Views of Lake Kalamazoo harbor, boardwalk and boats. Outdoor dining and Live entertainment on our Deck Memorial Day through Labor Day https://www.butlerrestaurant.com/
Excellent Local Breakfast and Lunch eatery. Offerings include "standard" plates - with a twist. Always full in the summer, so plan ahead. http://morningstargh.com/
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Morning Star Cafe
711 Washington Avenue
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Excellent Local Breakfast and Lunch eatery. Offerings include "standard" plates - with a twist. Always full in the summer, so plan ahead. http://morningstargh.com/
Very cool walk up casual sandwich shop in the shopping district in downtown Grand Haven. You won't be disappointed. http://thetoastedpickle.com/
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The Toasted Pickle
112 Washington Ave
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Very cool walk up casual sandwich shop in the shopping district in downtown Grand Haven. You won't be disappointed. http://thetoastedpickle.com/
Anna's House decor takes you back to the days of the 50's diner, but their menu is decidedly modern. Perennially voted the best breakfast in Michigan, if you are looking for gourmet breakfast, this is the place. There is a new location in downtown Grand Haven which is closer to the cottage than the US-31 location mentioned here. https://annashouseus.com/
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Anna's House
12450 Felch St
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Anna's House decor takes you back to the days of the 50's diner, but their menu is decidedly modern. Perennially voted the best breakfast in Michigan, if you are looking for gourmet breakfast, this is the place. There is a new location in downtown Grand Haven which is closer to the cottage than the US-31 location mentioned here. https://annashouseus.com/
Good food in a very comfortable, lakeside atmosphere at the tip of Lake Macatawa in Holland, near Kollen Park. The best outdoor dining deck in the area. Wide variety of very tasty offerings.
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Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant
216 Van Raalte Avenue
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Good food in a very comfortable, lakeside atmosphere at the tip of Lake Macatawa in Holland, near Kollen Park. The best outdoor dining deck in the area. Wide variety of very tasty offerings.
The best breakfast in Holland. Try the Biscuits and Gravy. You won't be disappointed.
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Deboer Bakkerij
360 Douglas Avenue
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The best breakfast in Holland. Try the Biscuits and Gravy. You won't be disappointed.
Top notch steak joint in downtown Holland. https://butchs.net/
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Butch's Dry Dock
44 East 8th Street
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Top notch steak joint in downtown Holland. https://butchs.net/
We have found this to be one of the best pizza places in the area. They offer a variety of styles, including Chicago deep dish pizza. I am working on them to offer a Detroit Style :-). https://www.crust54.com/
Crust 54
54 E 8th St
We have found this to be one of the best pizza places in the area. They offer a variety of styles, including Chicago deep dish pizza. I am working on them to offer a Detroit Style :-). https://www.crust54.com/
Local favorite. Great value, fast and tasty breakfast and lunch fare. https://windmillrestaurantdowntownholland.com/
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Windmill Restaurant
28 W 8th St
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Local favorite. Great value, fast and tasty breakfast and lunch fare. https://windmillrestaurantdowntownholland.com/
https://www.isabelsmarket.com/ Highly recommend for seafood, whether dine in or purchased from the market. Great variety and quality.
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Isabel's Market + Eatery
310 Blue Star Highway
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https://www.isabelsmarket.com/ Highly recommend for seafood, whether dine in or purchased from the market. Great variety and quality.
Authentic Mexican cuisine in a hyper casual atmosphere.
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Righteous Cuisine
211 N 7th St
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Authentic Mexican cuisine in a hyper casual atmosphere.

Sightseeing

There are multiple fishing charters out of this marina. Also, travelers with a boat can reserve a slip in advance.
Grand Haven Municipal Marina
101 North Harbor Drive
There are multiple fishing charters out of this marina. Also, travelers with a boat can reserve a slip in advance.
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Rosy Mound Natural Area
13925 Lakeshore Drive
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There is no better place to learn and experience the history of the Holland area and the local Dutch traditions than Veldheer's farm, tulip gardens and Dutch delft store. http://veldheer.com/
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Veldheer Tulip Gardens
12755 Quincy Street
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There is no better place to learn and experience the history of the Holland area and the local Dutch traditions than Veldheer's farm, tulip gardens and Dutch delft store. http://veldheer.com/
This is a municipal park located just North and adjacent to our community. Miles of hiking trails, ample sandy beachfront, play and picnic areas. This is also the only beach dog park that we are aware of in the area.
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Kirk Park
9791 Lake Shore Dr
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This is a municipal park located just North and adjacent to our community. Miles of hiking trails, ample sandy beachfront, play and picnic areas. This is also the only beach dog park that we are aware of in the area.
Beautiful sandy beach in an out of the way (and therefore usually not crowded) municipal park. There is a play area for little ones and facilities on site.
Windsnest Park
Beautiful sandy beach in an out of the way (and therefore usually not crowded) municipal park. There is a play area for little ones and facilities on site.
Situated along the canal between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, this is the largest beach in the area. It is a State park, so a permit is required. If you are looking for the "beach scene", this is it.
Ottawa Beach
Situated along the canal between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, this is the largest beach in the area. It is a State park, so a permit is required. If you are looking for the "beach scene", this is it.
Reenders Blueberry Farms
9981 West Olive Road

Golf Courses

Jack Nicklaus designed course at the home of the Folds of Honor organization. This is a bucket list course just 10 a 10 minute drive from The View. https://americandunesgolfclub.com/
American Dunes Golf Club
17000 Lincoln Street
Jack Nicklaus designed course at the home of the Folds of Honor organization. This is a bucket list course just 10 a 10 minute drive from The View. https://americandunesgolfclub.com/
"Up North" feel at this challenging course which requires accuracy tee to green. https://www.ravinesgolfclub.com/
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Ravines Golf Club
3520 Palmer Drive
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"Up North" feel at this challenging course which requires accuracy tee to green. https://www.ravinesgolfclub.com/
27 hole charming local favorite course. http://www.westottawagolfclub.com/
Three Fires Golf Club
6045 136th Ave
27 hole charming local favorite course. http://www.westottawagolfclub.com/

Boat / Kayak / SUP rental

Foe those looking to get out in the water. If you plan to go on Lake Michigan - MAKE SURE you check the weather and wave forecast. It can get very rough very fast.
While we have not used this service ourselves, they seem to have a great selection. https://1adventurecompany.com/
1 Adventure Company
2223 S Shore Dr
While we have not used this service ourselves, they seem to have a great selection. https://1adventurecompany.com/
While we have not used this service, they seem to have a good selection. Also, Spring Lake is the cleanest of the local lakes. http://www.grandhavenboatrental.com/
Grand Haven Boat Rental
1211 Jackson St
While we have not used this service, they seem to have a good selection. Also, Spring Lake is the cleanest of the local lakes. http://www.grandhavenboatrental.com/
While we have not used this service, they seem to have a wide selection. Also, the Holland Princess looks interesting. http://www.hollandwatersports.com/
Holland Water Sports
1810 Ottawa Beach Rd
While we have not used this service, they seem to have a wide selection. Also, the Holland Princess looks interesting. http://www.hollandwatersports.com/
Really cool looking selection and variety. Also, while it is a bit of a drive, the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck is one of the best cruising locations around. https://retroboatrentals.com/
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Retro Boat Rentals
730 Water St
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Really cool looking selection and variety. Also, while it is a bit of a drive, the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck is one of the best cruising locations around. https://retroboatrentals.com/
https://www.michiganrentaboat.com/
Michigan Rent a Boat LLC
10367 North Cedar Drive
https://www.michiganrentaboat.com/
http://www.lakeshorekayakrental.com/
Lakeshore Kayak Rental LLC
15348 Cleveland St
http://www.lakeshorekayakrental.com/
http://www.macboathouse.com/
Macatawa Boat House
2136-2174 Ottawa Beach Road
http://www.macboathouse.com/
A little different option for our guests. These are guided tours of the many rivers in the west Michigan area. https://www.watertrailventures.com/
WaterTrail Ventures Paddle Respite
4641-5697 Old Allegan Rd
A little different option for our guests. These are guided tours of the many rivers in the west Michigan area. https://www.watertrailventures.com/

Hiking / Walking trails

Roughly 3 mile hiking trails with multiple loops allowing for varying hike lengths. Portions of the hike go through wooded cedar tree forest and portions are through sandy dunes. There is a water reservoir on the site, as well.
Hiawatha Forest
16777 Fillmore Street
Roughly 3 mile hiking trails with multiple loops allowing for varying hike lengths. Portions of the hike go through wooded cedar tree forest and portions are through sandy dunes. There is a water reservoir on the site, as well.

Local Favorites

This strong local stage attracts talent and performances from Broadway. If you are at all interested in local theater, take advantage of this local gem.
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Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St
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This strong local stage attracts talent and performances from Broadway. If you are at all interested in local theater, take advantage of this local gem.