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Our Neck of the Woods

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Our Waukazoo Woods neighborhood of Holland Michigan USA is perfect for morning runs, evening strolls and all-day biking.

The large peninsula is a forested paradise; many of our trees are more than 100 years old.

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Biking is easy in the Woods. There are few cars and the streets link to trails in all directions of Ottawa County.

Kayakers and paddle-boarders love the Woods too. Kayaks and paddle boards can enter Lake Macatawa from several spots on the peninsula. Paddle west to reach nearby Lake Michigan.

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We’re happy to guide you to lake access points, make recommendations for area bike, kayak and SUP rentals, and provide a retreat when you’re ready to relax for the evening.

Enjoy a suite retreat in Holland Michigan USA and tour the Great Lakes State like a local. Book your 5✨ stay today!

Guest Review – Lynne

Everyone needs a friend or two that calls and says, “Get dressed, we’re going on an adventure!”. 🌷

2019 02-25 lynneIf you’ve been blessed with great friends, it’s your turn to give ‘em a call, pack your bags and hit the road! 🌷

How ’bout Girlfriends Weekend in Holland Michigan? There’s room for a slumber party of four at Suite Retreat Holland! 🌷🍷🌷

Spend three days shopping, dining and indulging in downtown Holland with your best gal pals. Registration fee includes swag bag, coupon book, activities and classes at participating businesses, giveaway drawings, a Downtown Holland pub crawl on Friday night and a Sunday brunch buffet! 🌷

For an additional fee, you can attend the Breakfast and Fashion show Saturday morning and/or the 80s party Saturday night. 🌷

Enjoy three days of fun! Visit or call 616-796-1210. 🌷

Enjoy a sweet retreat in Holland and tour Michigan like a local. Book your stay today at

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Guest Review – David

“I’m happy to hang out with friends, but I’m not the type who entertains guests, not even at home.” Coco Martin 🌷

2019 02-18 davidOption A: Your out-of-town friends or family members say yes! we would love to have you come and stay with us! They offer you a pump for their air mattress, a corner of the living room floor, a folding screen for privacy, a closet to store your sheets and blankets during the day, and a chair as a makeshift luggage rack. No need for an alarm clock, the dog will wake you at 4:30am. 🌷

Option B: Your out-of-town friends or family members say yes! we would love to have you come and visit! We can recommend a lovely Airbnb nearby where you can enjoy a hot bath, listen to relaxing music, get dressed at your leisure, make yourself a nice hot drink and sleep in luxury bedding. Shall I pick you up for breakfast about nine? 🌷

Enjoy a sweet retreat in Holland and tour Michigan like a local. Book your stay today at 🌷

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Guest Review – Rosemary

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” Anna Quindlen 🌷

2019 02-11 rosemaryThe right space can mean the difference between being productive and well…not. 🌷

If your office is loud and your home is busy, you could escape to an Airbnb. Before you book, consider your needs and match them to the listing. 🌷

Would you like a desk in a room with good task light and sunny natural lighting, a beautiful bedroom or two, a sofa and coffee station in your own living space, a TV to escape your laptop periodically, a safe neighborhood to take a walk and clear your head, and a comfortable bed for sleep at the end of a full day? We’ve got the perfect place for you! 🌷

Increase your productivity in a private suite with no roommates and no distractions. 🌷

Enjoy a sweet retreat in Holland and tour Michigan like a local. Book your stay today at

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The Windmill Story Part 2

Last week I proudly reported that the De Zwaan Windmill is the only authentic Dutch-built working windmill in the United States. And it’s right here in Holland Michigan!

Snips from the Holland Sentinel told the story of how one man’s desire to bring a windmill to Michigan from the Netherlands was shared by the Holland City Council, the Tulip Time Board of Directors, and local businessmen.

How would they bring this idea to fruition?

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Let’s return to the Holland Sentinel:

Wednesday May 16, 1962; “Because of its name and its close association with the motherland, Holland was chosen by the Netherlands government in 1942 as the location for its midwestern office of the Netherlands Information Service…” “Since its inception, the NIS office has operated in City Hall with Willard C. Wichers as its director.” “Wichers latest assignment (this time from Holland city) is a visit to the Netherlands to attempt to get an authentic windmill for Holland, Mich. This assignment is all the more difficult since Dutch windmills have been declared national monuments to reduce its number of popular landmarks.”

Wednesday June 6, 1962; “Willard C. Wichers will present a report on Project Windmill [to the Holland City Council] regarding Holland’s efforts to obtain a windmill from the Netherlands for this city. Wichers recently spent two weeks in the Netherlands working on the project.”

Thursday June 7, 1962; “Following a review of Project Windmill developments by Willard C. Wichers, who recently returned from the Netherlands, City Council Wednesday night voted unanimously to extend an invitation to A. J. de Koning, technical advisor to the Foundation of Netherlands Windmills, to visit Holland, Mich., to advise and consult with the mayor’s committee regarding site and construction of an authentic windmill here. Costs of the project have not been determined, although Wichers said Dutch officials tentatively put a price tag of 100,000 guilders ($28,000) on such a restoration project.” “Despite earlier discouragements because all Dutch windmills are national monuments, Wichers emerged with the encouraging report that this city probably would obtain one of the last two mills to leave the homeland.”

Thursday July 5, 1962; “A community barbeque with a new twist was being planned today by the Holland Jaycees. Besides being merely delicious and entertaining, the Jaycee-sponsored “Project Windmill” Barbeque, slated for July 24 in the Civic Center parking lot, will be primarily informative. Jaycees say the object of their “Project Windmill” Barbeque is to inform Holland residents of “Project Windmill” and to allow residents to meet A. J. de Koning, an authority on windmills from The Netherlands.”

Monday July 9, 1962; “Plans are progressing for the Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored chicken barbeque for Project Windmill at Civic Center July 24. Purpose of the community event is to welcome A. J. de Koning, noted Dutch authority on windmills, who is coming to Holland to study possible locations for an authentic Dutch mill which, it is expected, will be moved here from The Netherlands. De Koning, who will spend two weeks in Holland, will be on hand to answer questions on windmills. Motion pictures and slides on famous Dutch mills will be shown inside Civic Center.”

Can you sense the heightened anticipation around Mr. de Koning’s pending arrival?

Stay tuned to see what happens during the two weeks he visited Holland!