The west coast of Michigan is the best place for beaches and beer – our two favorite things! We camped in our tent at Holland State Park and headed to all the nearby cities.
DAY 1 – FENNVILLE AREA
We drove up and headed to our reservation at Fenn Valley Vineyards. You can make a reservation online and then sit outside with your wine. You can probably split a tasting between two people if you’d like. Then we went over to Virtue Cider for a glass of their popular rosé cider. Another option in the area is Waypost Brewing. Make sure to check their hours because they are closed a few days a week.
Next we went to Evergreen Lane Farm and Creamery. It’s a super small, cute, purple house that allows tastings (not during COVID) and has a variety of home made cheeses. We got some to take back to our campsite. We then went to downtown Fennville for lunch at The Root Cafe. This place has a great variety of food, outdoor seating and is connected to an art gallery type of store. This downtown area is very small, but it does have a few cute stores.
Some other good stops in the area are Pier Cove Park (a super small area of beach with great water views) and Summerhouse Lavender Farm (you have to make a reservation during COVID times).
We then headed back to Holland to set up camp. We got dinner in downtown Holland at Big Lake Brewing. Another place you can stop for dinner/beer is Guardian Brewing on your way north. This place is newer, really nice and has a huge patio.
DAY 2: SAUGATUCK
You can’t start your day in Saugatuck without something from Uncommon Coffee Roasters. Everything in there is so cute and delicious! We then walked around downtown and along the boardwalk. Then we headed over to the famous Oval Beach to lay out and enjoy the sun. For lunch, we went to Saugatuck Brewing Company and of course had to stop at Blue Star Antiques afterwards.
Then we went to a beach with a little more adventure – Saugatuck Dunes State Park. We walked the longer trail this time. There is a 0.5 one that takes you straight to the beach or a longer one that takes you to a dune lookout. We got to the lookout and it was so peaceful! We ended up just getting pizza to go that night since it started raining.
DAY 3: HOLLAND STATE PARK
We decided to stay local on our last day. We brought our bikes and rode the short ride over to the Holland State Park beach to see the Big Red Lighthouse and get a little bit of sun. Another biking option from the park is to go the other way to Tunnel Park for more beachy views.
We then explored a little bit more of downtown Holland. There are lots of cute shops and restaurants with outdoor patios.
Then we went back to the park for another short bike ride to Mt. Pisgah. You climb a bunch of stairs for a great view of the lake and lighthouse! It’s extra beautiful at sunset. For dinner we got takeout from Ottawa Beach Inn which is right by the campground.
DAY 1: FENNVILLE
-Drinks at Fenn Valley Vineyards, Virtue Cider and/or Waypost Brewing
-Cheese from Evergreen Lane Farm and Creamery
-Lunch at The Root Cafe
-Pier Cove Park and/or Summerhouse Lavender Farm
-Dinner/more beer at Big Lake Brewing or Guardian Brewing
DAY 2: SAUGATUCK
-Breakfast/coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters
-Walk around downtown Saugatuck
-Lunch at Saugatuck Brewing Company and shopping at Blue Star Antiques
-Saugatuck Dunes State Park