Local Foodie Tour: Holland

Tiptoeing through the tulips is certainly a highlight for Hollanders and tourists alike, but the mid-sized southwest city offers plenty of activities and treats throughout the year.

What else, you say? Let’s take a little day trip. On this occasion, our digestive capacity is endless and travel times don’t exist. So, when you visit, make sure to plan your wanderings and use this as a very loose roadmap.

Morning

First, pancakes. Stop by Jackie’s Place for a heavenly stack or, if you’re not a pancake person, biscuits and gravy. They’re open early so you can get your fix before the Holland Farmers Market opens at 8am; a spot where you’ll find over 100 vendors, including some special TLD partners, like:

If you’re not tired of walking around, grab a deliciously soft pretzel from The Knot Spot and mosey on down to the Window on the Waterfront’s out and back trail (a section of the Macatawa River Greenway) and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Eventually, you’ll land at the gates of Windmill Island where you can observe klompen (wooden shoe) carving, candle making, and tour the DeZwaan, the only authentic operating Dutch windmill in the United States! 

Afternoon

Head downtown and sit back on Lemonjello’s patio with a nitro cold brew and one of their famous gluten-free vegan berry muffins. Looking for something on the alcohol spectrum? A glass of wine, perhaps?  Gather some friends for a tasting at Tanglewood Winery.

Work up an appetite for the evening by making a pit stop at Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens to see the delftware, bison, wooden shoes, and tulips and then snag a treasure from Harvest Antiques and Collectibles!  But if you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy, head south to hike the dunes at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and take a tour of the historic Felt Estate while you’re there.

Evening

On your way to Big Red Lighthouse to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan, make time for a popsicle from El Huarache and bring along the chips and deli dip you picked up at Central Park Market earlier. And when the last bit of light has faded into the water, end the night with a savory pizza and local brew, in the beer garden at New Holland Brewery – The Pub on 8th.

How would you spend the perfect day in Holland?

Find even more local food and farms on TLD’s online database!

Emily Row is the Content Creator at Taste the Local Difference.

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