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Visit Rosy Mound Natural Area

Visit Rosy Mound Natural Area

The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation 9. Visit Rosy Mound Natural Area  Rosy Mound Natural Area has long been a favorite amongst local outdoor enthusiasts. Not only does the trail system offer unsurpassed views over Lake Michigan, it also...

Visit the Village Baker

The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation. 6. Visit The Village Baker When visiting the Grand Haven area, it’s our small boutique shops and local owners that turn our tourists into seasonal regulars. The Village Baker is undoubtedly one of...

Bike the Lakeshore

  The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation 5. Bike the Lakeshore  The Grand Haven area offers paved trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and the waterfront boardwalk for avid bike enthusiasts or those looking to take a sunset cruise. While many...

Dog-Friendly Activities in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Area

As the only full service, dog-friendly hotel in the area, we wanted to suggest more dog-friendly activities to make your stay with us great! From a quick bite to eat to a run at the dog park or a stroll on the beach, here are a few of our favorite spots to enjoy with...

Walk Grand Haven’s Boardwalk

Walk Grand Haven’s Boardwalk

  The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation 3. Walk the Boardwalk  The Grand Haven Boardwalk is a two-and-a-half mile stretch along the harbor that connects to charming shops and unique restaurants. A popular destination among locals, the...

Visit Grand Haven’s Beach

Visit Grand Haven’s Beach

The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation 2. Relax at the Beach  The secret’s out, after multiple publications have exposed Grand Haven’s beautiful beaches, small town characteristics and family style culture. While West Michigan is boarded by...

Lighthouse Tour: Take Two – Day Four

  We spent an extra night in Green Bay to explore the cluster of lighthouses that line Door Peninsula in Wisconsin. New to the territory, and unsure of how easily the lighthouses would be to spot we hit the road knowing it was bound to be a long day. Our trip...

Pure Michigan Tour with Paul W. Smith

As a part of the very popular and successful Pure Michigan Tour campaign, the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Waterfront Holiday Inn was proud to host the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, Paul W. Smith and his WJR morning broadcast on Wednesday, May 7th from 5:30a.m. – 9:00...

Waterfront Wedding Expo

After hours of promotion, set-up, and mingling we're able to sit back and kick our feet up with a successful tented wedding expo under our belt. The idea to hold such an event came about in a planning meeting for our fall expo, Lovestruck Boutique. Known in the area...

Lighthouse Tour Day Three!

Day three of our lighthouse tour took us from Milwaukee to Green Bay through small fishing towns and on some serious hikes for a glimpse at the Wisconsin lighthouses! We started our day saying goodbye to Milwaukee in the best way - at the Milwaukee Pierhead &...

Grand Haven Summer Events

The Grand Haven area is full of activities, festivals, and events throughout the summer. The lakeshore is the perfect place to spend those warm Michigan summers, and with something new and different going on each week, there is always something that will satisfy...

Lighthouse Tour Day Two – Chicago Style!

Day two of our Lighthouse Tour kick started in the big city of Chicago! Staying at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown (one of our IHG property affiliates), we had a check out of noon meaning a quick workout and a delicious breakfast in their onsite restaurant, Dine. After...

New Buffalo to Chicago, Lighthouse Tour Day One Complete!

The New Buffalo Light was an interesting find as it’s not a traditional lighthouse used for harbor navigation, but rather used as a recognizable landmark adding beauty to the beachfront. The actual New Buffalo lighthouse was controversial and didn’t serve much of a...

Lighthouse Tour continues from Grand Haven to St. Joseph!

Learning from our last tour, we found traveling by coordinates to be best…however, one digit off and it landed us nowhere near the Kalamazoo River Light in Saugatuck...so we'll have to save that trip for a better day. Hailing from Grand Haven, we can't help but be a...

Lighthouse Tour, Day One Success!

Well, six lighthouses down and two hundred miles later we've completed day one of our "spring" Lighthouse Tour, traveling from Grand Haven, Michigan south through Michigan City, Indiana and over to Chicago,Illinois. The tour will continue over the next week taking the...

5 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Wedding

5 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings have the opportunity to be some of the most beautiful and unique weddings that you can plan. However, things can get confusing when you are doing something different and unique. We put together a short list of tips that will help make sure you have...

2014 Coat and Blanket Drive

Remember the Coat and Blanket Drive held in Jack's Bar in January? Through the generous support of our patrons who donated their gently used coats and blankets and the cleaning services of Plantenga's Cleaners, were were able to donate a total of 52 coats to The...

2014 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The 2014 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism took place March 9th - 11th at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, in which four of our employees had to opportunity to attend. The conference allows for industry leaders from the across the state...

Lighthouse Tour: Grand Traverse Light

Day Two - Lighthouse Tour: Grand Traverse Light To round out day two of our adventure we paid a visit to the Grand Traverse Light. The Grand Traverse light is located in a State Park requiring you to either have the state passport or pay a small fee. Upon arrival we...