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Holland is so much more

A little birdie reminded me Holland Michigan is so much more than Tulip Town.

2019 02-06 Michael Schwarzenberge on Pixabay gull-838410_640May is our much celebrated Tulip Time, but all the rest of the year Holland is a beach town.

It’s one of seven beautiful beach towns along west Michigan’s shoreline. Each of these gorgeous waterfront communities offer something unique and interesting.

Holland? Four seasons of breathtaking beauty. All told with a delightful Dutch accent.

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

Photo credit to Michael Schwarzenberger on Pixabay

See You at the Movies

20190126_093433“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” Roger Ebert

I’m always behind on movie viewing but when a movie really speaks to me, I’ll buy it, watch it over and over, and quote lines from it forever.

Like “Snap out of it!” in my terrible impersonation of Cher in Moonstruck, or Nathan Lane’s adorable “One does want a hint of color.” from Birdcage, or Marisa Tomei’s sarcastic “Oh yeah, you blend.” from My Cousin Vinny.

Are you a film aficionado? What movie quotes have entered your everyday use?

Enjoy spots of vacation downtime with a collection of movies on DVD, cable TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and more in Suite Retreat Holland’s private family room. Click on the link below to check availability. See you at the movies!

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Guest Review – Lode

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself” Maya Angelou 🌷

2019 02-04 lodeWhat makes Airbnb special? Hosts care for their guests! 🌷

Every Airbnb is unique. The space may be large or small, the decor may be destination-specific; but you are the reason we are Airbnb hosts. 🌷

We want every one of our guests to feel that you are at home away from home, like you are staying with family or friends. 🌷

Do you prefer privacy? Absolutely! Your needs are met with amenities placed in the Suite for your comfort and hosts that are available when you need them. 🌷

Would you like recommendations about places to go and things to do in Holland? You’ve come to the right place! We live in town and know all the best local spots. 🌷

Airbnb connects former strangers in a unique and special way. Come stay with us; we’ll make sure you feel at home. 🌷

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It’s the Little Things

20190126_093204“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden

My favorite start to the day is a cup of hot coffee. For me, it sets the tone for a productive morning and a successful day.

Sometimes when I travel, coffee gets complicated. 🤷 Maybe it isn’t readily available, or doesn’t taste quite right, or… 🤷

Our Airbnb guests can count on clean mugs and spoons, bottled water, a variety of coffees and sweetners, and creamers on the Suite’s coffee bar.

Because little things shouldn’t prevent you from making big things happen.

Coffee awaits! Dates are available in February.

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The Windmill Story Part 1

The De Zwaan Windmill in Holland Michigan is the only authentic Dutch-built working windmill in the United States.

How did such an historic icon come to travel across the ocean and make its home in a Midwestern beachtown?988dc9319c608992cbd47ef28947224d

It may surprise you to learn that the De Zwaan didn’t arrive in Holland until the nineteen sixties; more than 100 years after the community was established by Dutch settlers.

After the first group of Holland’s Dutch forefathers immigrated in 1847, towns-people built windmills for practical reasons; sawmills, flour mills, and pump mills for example.

Fast forward to 1928 when biology teacher Lida Rogers suggested Holland adopt the tulip as the flower. She further proposed hosting a Tulip Time Festival in May when these cheerful flowers bloom. After it’s initial successful debut, Tulip Time Festival became an annual event. A replica windmill was built as a feature in the city’s tulip garden.

Decades later, Carter P. Brown, a local resort [Castle Park] owner, proposed the idea of acquiring an authentic working windmill to reinforce Holland’s Dutch heritage.


Snips from the Holland Sentinel tell the unfolding story:

Wednesday, September 20, 1961; Tulip Time Board of Directors received “a letter from Carter Brown of The Castle [which] outlined suggestions for providing a setting of canals and a windmill for klompen dancing along with bleachers.”

Wednesday October 4, 1961; “Brown said he would like to see an authentic Dutch windmill, preferably one that operated and maybe even ground grain.” “He expressed the hope that the Dutch government would be interested to the point it would consider dismantling one of its jealously guarded old mills and transfer it to its namesake here.”

Friday October 6, 1961; “Symbolic of the community’s Dutch heritage, the windmill at Windmill Park is one of Holland’s favorite beauty spots and the subject of many an interesting picture. In summer and winter, fall and spring, this sentry at the north entrance to Holland with its setting of willows and ornamental shrubs provides that certain touch that few cities can duplicate. A similar development on the Black River front east of River Ave. is being considered.”

Wednesday October 11, 1961; “Carter Brown of Castle Park, originator of the idea, was appointed permanent chairman of “Operation Windmill”. He is now in the process of making initial appointments to the executive committee.”

Friday October 20, 1961; ““Project Windmill” has received its first offer of materials for the program which hopes to have a windmill constructed on the river site along with canals and other development. The offer came in a letter from T. Keppel’s Sons which offered some materials when development reaches that point.”

So the prospect of an authentic Dutch windmill has become real in the minds of the Holland City Council, the Tulip Time Board of Directors, and local businessmen.

Stay tuned to see how they will they make this idea a reality for the city of Holland!