Located on Lake Michigan’s east shore, Grand Haven is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque lighthouse, and sprawling natural landscapes. The town is rich in sightseeing options, so we’ve rounded up the best arts, culture, and food for your best Great Lakes getaway yet.
Grab breakfast at Morning Star Cafe
Popular for their bold southwest flavors, Morning Star’s home cooked meals will bring a sunny start to your day. Hungry? Order a Tuscan Scramble or Breakfast Quesadilla. Looking for something smaller to snack on? Their homemade cinnamon buns and muffins hit the spot. With their delicious menu options, it’s no wonder they won the People’s Choice Award for best breakfast in Grand Haven.
Walk through the dunes at Rosy Mound Natural Area
Get lost in the never ending sand dunes at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Just a short drive from Grand Haven’s city center, the park is ideal for swimmers and hikers. Be sure to climb up the dune overlook, offering stunning views of the natural area’s wooded forests and sandy shoreline. Pro Tip: Get your Morning Star breakfast to go and have a picnic among the white pines and clear blue water, the perfect backdrop for a warm springtime picnic.
Explore downtown art galleries
Stroll through the streets of Downtown Grand Haven to discover some of Michigan’s finest craftsmanship. Local artists’ works are abundant in galleries like Armory Art Center, C2C, and Fire Barn Gallery. Plus, the city is home to a number of studios that are one of a kind— Gallery Uptown is one of the oldest artistic establishments in Michigan, while Tlaquepaque is home to phenomenal imported Mexican art. The abundant creative community in this small lakeside town will impress any and all travelers interested in artistic expression.
Discover Grand Haven’s past at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum
Visit the exhibits of the Tri-Cities Museum to learn about northern Michigan’s history. Visitors can explore replicas of victorian rooms, logging camps, and fur trader posts, allowing a glimpse into the life of Tri-Cities residents in the 1800s. Throughout the year the museum also offers walking tours of historical landmarks throughout the town such as the cemetery, archival drinking pubs, and downtown’s historic avenues— the perfect way to step back in time and experience a Grand Haven that once was.
Take a tour of the local chocolate factory
Rich chocolate covered espresso beans, creamy peppermint patties, crunchy white chocolate almond bark— these are the delicacies of Chocolates by Grimaldi. With a focus on local Michigan ingredients, their unique handmade confections are one of a kind. Take a tour around the factory to watch the process of creation and sample fresh chocolate right off the production line. Or head to the gift shop where all of their delicious deserts are on sale. We recommend a souvenir for the road, these sweet delicacies are too good to leave behind.
Rent a bike for the day
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Explore Grand Haven’s boardwalk, state park, and charming neighborhoods by bike. The city has tons of rental options, and shops like Rock n’ Road Cycle offer affordable day rates on kids bikes, road cycles, and mountain bikes. Be sure to stop by the town’s famous fountain to view one of the largest musical fountains in the world. From local beaches to world renowned attractions, Grand Haven’s bike friendly trails are the perfect place for a fun afternoon ride.
Drink award winning Michigan wine at Lemon Creek Tasting Room
No vacation is complete without wine tasting. Luckily, Grand Haven is home to some of Michigan’s finest wine. Lemon Creek Winery’s tasting room lies in the heart of town and offers a gift shop, tasting flights, and one of a kind culinary events. Oh, and did we mention the adorable dogs that hang out here? Visit Lemon Creek to get your drink on and pet some of the cutest pups in town.
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