The Main Edition of the Shoreline Visitors Guide covers the areas of Southern West Michigan, Paw Paw, South Haven, Allegan, Saugatuck/Douglas, Fennville, Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon, White Lake Area, and Grand Rapids.

Southern West Michigan

Get away to beautiful Southwestern Michigan where “the fun starts…and never stops.” From sun up to sun down, you’ll find activities and attractions along this picturesque stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline to keep you and your family entertained and engaged.  Browse artists’ galleries and arts crafts fairs in quiet lakeside resort towns.  Frolic on vast stretches of white-sand beach. Hike meandering trails through rolling wooded dunes.  Sample the fruits and vegetables of the tree and vine at countless farm stands, orchards, vineyards, and wineries.  When the stars come out at night, watch as the beacons of the St. Joseph Lighthouses herald sailors to safe haven.

Paw Paw

A drive from the lakeshore to the village of Paw Paw courses you past lush orchards and vineyards — no matter which route you take. You know before you get here that you are leaving hubbub, hustle, and noise behind and heading for open spaces, fresh air, and a softer place to land.

Halfway between Detroit and Chicago, and only 30 minutes from Lake Michigan, Paw Paw has always offered opportunity to business entrepreneurs; but the village’s location along the Paw Paw River, which feeds Maple Lake in the heart of the community, makes Paw Paw an easy-to-get-to escape, too.

Allegan

City of Allegan is located in Allegan County and in the middle of the Allegan State Game Area, where hunting, hiking, fishing, swimming and boating are abundant. A community with an unbeatable combination of historic small-town atmosphere and sense of community.One of the true splendors of Allegan is found in the breathtaking natural beauty that consumes every mile. Allegan plays host to a variety of events, no matter what the season.  Whether it is classic Christmas events, art shows, fresh produce from the local Allegan Farmers Market, or the riverfront gazebo with diverse musical acts that will entertain the whole family; Allegan offers something for every age or personal tastes.

South Haven

From the beaches and blueberries to festivals and farm markets, you’ll find them all in South Haven.  This quintessential resort town on the alluring Lake Michigan shoreline is a little bit country and a little bit sand and surf! Refresh your senses with cooling lake breezes, sparkling blue water, and soft sand beaches.  And savor South Haven’s deeply rooted agricultural heritage at countless u-pick farms, orchards, vineyards, and farmers markets scattered throughout the countryside.  It’s easy to see why the community has earned the title of “Blueberry Capital of the World.” Golfing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and a full calendar of festivals and cultural events to keep things lively all summer long.  Explore working artists’ galleries, and attend open-studio events, live concerts, and theatrical performances.

Saugatuck

For more than a century, Saugatuck’s lush lakeside location has been the inspiration for artists near and far, compelling them to settle and establish galleries here.  And over the years, the area has become known as “The Art Coast of Michigan.”  It now celebrates another distinction, the “2015 Best Coastal Small Town in America,” awarded by readers of USA Today!

Saugatuck’s international award-winning Oval Beach on Lake Michigan is just a short ferry ride from downtown’s historic shopping district.  Park your car and ride on what is thought to be the only hand-cranked chain ferry left in the country.  Stay in quaint vintage motels, bed and breakfasts, and retro auto-courts. And enjoy delicious regional fare served at an electric mix of fine-dining restaurants, cozy cafes, and craft-brew pubs.

Douglas

There is always something going on in Douglas, from jazz concerts to community socials to gallery strolls, the small town charm is everywhere.  Walking down the well-manicured streets you may feel like you have stepped back in time, in the best way possible!  A little smaller, a little quieter than it’s sister city, Saugatuck; you’ll find parking a breeze, and the selections here as individual as the shop owners.

The retail and dining scene offer originality and high quality. There is a fine selection of galleries and locally owned shops and boutiques.

So, plan to work up an appetite playing at the beach or exploring the village.  Then you can eat a delicious dinner and have a pleasant evening in this lovely community.

Holland

You’ll discover a whole new meaning for “going Dutch” in Holland.  Settled by immigrants from the Netherlands in 1847, this charming city on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore still honors its old-world origins and traditions in its historic architecture, flower gardens, festivals, and friendly spirit.  When April showers bring May flowers, that means it’s TulipTime in Holland – one of the Midwest’s most highly-anticipated spring festivals.  The entire community comes out to celebrate its Dutch heritage with parades, street sweeping, Dutch dancing, and millions of tulips, of course!

Holland’s award-winning downtown is a delight in which to shop, dine, or just stroll.  Enjoy a fine selection of boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, and craft brew pubs.  And participate in the many special events and activities that are on tap all summer long – concerts, a farmers market, the Street Performer Series, the kid-approved Splash Pad, and more.

No visit to Holland would be complete without a day at the beach!  One of the state’s most popular beaches is at Holland State Park where you can watch spectacular sunsets and take panoramic pictures of one of Michigan’s most-photographed lighthouses, “Big Red.”  It stands majestically at the entrance to Holland Harbor, where you can watch boats and other watercraft making their way through the channel to Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.

Zeeland

Catch some ‘Z’s in Zeeland – and not the snoozing kind!  ‘Z’s like “Zeelmania” and Soundz of Summer!  This charming west Michigan town is full of zip and community pride, which you can see in the city’s restored historic buildings and manicured parks, and experience at family-friendly events.  Be on hand for the Zeeland Zoom 5k, a fast-paced foot race that takes runners through the streets of historic downtown Zeeland.  Every Monday evening in July and August, means “Zeelmania: A Health Living Street Fair.”  Here you and your family can participate in healthy outdoor activities and experience something new every week.  And on Tuesday evenings in July, bring a blanket or chair to sit on as you enjoy the Soundz of Sumer Convert Series at Lawrence Street Park.

Grand Haven & Spring Lake

Water, water, everywhere…Water defines the Grand Haven area.  It is here that Michigan’s longest river, the Grand River, and Spring Lake, spill their waters into one of the grandest of lakes of all, Lake Michigan.  And clustered at the mouth of the river with its web of waterways, wetlands, and marshes, are the charming resort communities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg.

The area was once an important outpost for fur trading, the lumbering industry, fishing, and shipbuilding.  Today, it is a popular vacation destination.  Here you can dig your toes into Lake Michigan’s white-sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, walk out to see the area’s iconic red lighthouses, stroll the scenic 2.5-mile-long waterfront boardwalk, wet your line in some of the best fishing waters in the Midwest, pedal more than 100 miles of biking trails, or just sit back and relax as you watch and listen to Grand Haven’s magical musical fountain as it lights up the evening sky.

Muskegon

Make life-long memories in Muskegon!  This three-lake town snugged between Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake and Mona Lake, is rich in history and long on shoreline.  Here you can explore 26-miles of Lake Michigan coast and wind-swept dunes, enjoy exceptional boating, engaging history and maritime museums, gift shops and galleries, a dozen golf courses, and a great selection of restaurants, cafes, and taverns.  You can even cruise across the ‘big lake’ aboard a high-speed catamaran car ferry to Milwaukee and back.  From state parks to amusement parks, festivals to fishing, and beaches, boats, and brew pubs, memories await your arrival.

White Lake Area

The giant weathervane perched between Whitehall and Montague in the White Lake Area not only shows you which way the wind is blowing, it’s always pointed in the direction of family fun! Whether you’re headed north, south, east, or west, you’ll find an astonishing array of attractions and activities.  Head north, and you’ll find yourself on the Hart-Montague Trail State Park.  Going South? You’ll run into White Lake, the historic White River Light Station and maritime museum, and one of Michigan’s most popular attractions, Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park.  Head east from the weathervane, and you’ll cruise into picturesque Whitehall with its gift shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic theater. Going west? Stop in quaint Montague to browse art galleries, boutiques, and eateries before continuing your journey westward for golfing on the lakeshore, canoeing and kayaking on the leisurely White River, and frolicking on the vast white-sand beaches of Lake Michigan.

Grand Rapids

Just 30 minutes from Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers shoreline visitors the opportunity to experience big-city culture and entertainment…without big-city hassle!

Start your side trip in downtown Grand Rapids, where you can visit more than 100 restaurants, shops and entertainment venues within a 10-minute walk.  Downtown boasts five world-class museums, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, one of just 13 presidential museums in the U.S.

Local Information

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
269-925-6301
www.swmichigan.org

Paw Paw 269-657-3148
www.pawpaw.net

Allegan County
269-673-5252
www.allegancounty.org

South Haven VanBuren County Visitors Bureau
269-637-5252
www.southhaven.org

City of Allegan
269-673-5511
www.cityofallegan.org

Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Association
269-857-1626
www.SaugatuckDouglas.com

Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
1-800-506-1299
www.holland.org

West Coast Chamber of Commerce
616-392-2389
www.westcoastchamber.org

Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce
616-842-4910
www.grandhavenchamber.org

White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
1-800-879-9702
www.whitelake.org

Experience Grand Rapids
www.experiencegr.com

Approximate Driving Times

New Buffalo to St. Joseph……………………..35 minutes
St. Joseph to South Haven…………………….30 minutes
South Haven to Kalamazoo……………………55 minutes
Kalamazoo to Battle Creek…………………….35 minutes
South Haven to Saugatuck/Douglas……….20 minutes
Saugatuck/Douglas to Holland………………15 minutes
Holland to Grand Rapids………………………35 minutes
Holland to Allegan………………………………..25 minutes
Holland to Grand Haven………………………..25 minutes
Grand Haven to Muskegon……………..15-20 minutes
Grand Haven to White Lake Area……………20 minutes

Dining Guide

View the Main Shoreline Visitors Guide Digital Edition for more information. Page 68 & 69.