Living in Holland, Michigan:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Holland, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Holland what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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Holland is the home of one of America’s largest annual flower festivals! The city plants millions of tulip bulbs in fall, and visitors enjoy the colorful flowers in May each year.

Courtney, says: 2020

The white sand beaches of Holland stand in front of the lake. Sailboats easing into the channel have their white sails appear pink and red with the sunset in the background. Locals stand around the boardwalk and eventually make their way back to one of the many campgrounds or homes surrounding Lake Macatawa.

Nicholas, says: 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, commonly referred to by many radio stations, singers, and celebrities as “Beer City USA,” has many suburbs, each with its own unique story and culture. The suburb of Holland, Michigan fully encapsulates the unique history of the Dutch immigrants and blends that history into the modern life of the town.

Randal, says: 2020

The values of this community also pay testament to its Dutch origins. Holland, Michigan, has recognized academic standards, something that continues well past graduation, evident in the success of the local Van Andel and DeVos families. The brick building of Holland Hospital pays tribute to Tulip Time with the red tulip on the side of its building. This hospital has halls lined with paintings of the surrounding sand dunes and local ice cream shops. In front of one of these paintings stands a display remembering the family home in which the hospital began and its earliest instruments. It is one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals.

The Dutch culture can be seen best in early May during the “Tulip Time” festival. The reds, yellows, pinks, and whites of the tulips dot the green landscape of the parks and towns for miles and highlight the borders of the rustic, brown Dutch windmills. Many of these windmills stand on little mounds of dirt, similar to the dikes used by the Dutch to reclaim their farmland from the sea in the Netherlands. With these sights as a backdrop, the atmosphere is carnivalesque.

Caitlyn, says: 2020

Downtown Holland is filled with small shops and stores that line the roads and eventually make their way to the little lake Macatawa that filters its way into Lake Michigan by passing through the channel lined by bystanders swimming, boating, and talking. Alongside this channel are the sand dunes that stretch north all the way to Mackinac City, traversing the Sleepy Bear Dunes and small lakes of Ludington and Petoskey along its way.

Jessica, says: 2020

Perhaps Holland’s greatest pride is its thriving downtown, which features breweries and restaurants, a variety of shops, a seasonal farmers’ market, and the liberal arts school Hope College. A newcomer to Holland will quickly discover the rich Dutch heritage, as the main attraction of the year, Tulip Time, centers around tulips, windmills, and Dutch costumes. Although spring and summer bring sunshine, humidity, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, winter is often cold, long, and cloudy.

Alexis, says: 2020

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