September 23, 2016
Visit Dutch-Inspired Holland, Michigan
As Blount Small Ship Adventure embarks on its popular Great Lakes cruise, a favorite stop on our 8 day journey is the quaint, dutch-inspired town of Holland, Michigan. Nicknamed “The Tulip City,” Holland lies at the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The town was settled in 1847 by emigrants of Holland who sought religious freedom, hundreds of Dutch-Calvinist separatists began to settle in Michigan and establish their roots in what is now the town of Holland.
Holland’s Dutch heritage plays an exciting role in the city’s appeal. The city's DeZwaan windmill is 275 years old. Standing five stories high, the working windmill sticks out as a landmark feature of the quaint atmosphere. Not to mention that Holland is home to the historic Holland Museum, an annual Art & Film festival, and the beloved tulip festival.
Visitors can explore the Holland Museum, one of its exhibits entitled "From Settlement to City," reflecting Holland's diverse history and multi-ethnic population. Each year, the town hosts an annual Tulip festival, which attracts roughly one million tourists each year. It was named America's third largest town festival, "Best Small Town Festival" by Readers Digest, and this year, received USA Today's 2016 Best Flower Festival. The tradition of the Tulip Time Festival began in 1930 and has become something well known throughout the country. Outside of festival time, visitors of Holland can still see their share of tulips at the Veldheer Tulip Gardens that showcase acres of tulips when in bloom.
Another especially intriguing attraction the city has to offer is the Deklomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory where visitors can watch genuine wooden shoes be carved using machines imported directly from The Netherlands. The experience continues as the artists hand paint the traditional blue and white delftware at the only production spot in the United States. Once visitors have their own genuine wooden shoes, the perfect spot to visit is Nelis’ Dutch Village, an expansive 10 acre village that transports guests back to 1800’s Netherlands! Complete with authentic architecture, canals, and everything in between. The visit to Nelis’ Dutch Village is completed with a performance by Klompen dancers!
Holland is the perfect destination in the Great Lakes to explore. In fact, Holland has been ranked among the healthiest and happiest places to live, as well as one of the top 5 places to retire, an even better reason to visit.
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By Rachel Kampersal