Beach Fun at Holland & Grand Haven, MI

Summertime on Lake Michigan is a beautiful thing—fresh air, sandy beaches and the feeling of letting go. That’s why Emily and I recently enjoyed an overnight in Holland, a small beachside town with deep Dutch roots among Michigan’s blueberry farms and vineyards. We got there in the late afternoon because…

The Surprising Personality of a Real Dutch Windmill

Our tour guide was a young woman who was wearing a white bonnet, three skirts, and eleven pairs of socks. Her wooden shoes clunked as she led us out onto the windmill’s gallery deck where she asked, “You know how ships are always girls?” She then pointed up towards a…

White and tan sand dunes, some topped with grass, at Warren Dunes State Park

Summer Sun and Sand At Michigan’s Warren Dunes

If you want to build sand castles and climb huge sand dunes, there’s no better place than at Warren Dunes State Park. The park, along the shores of Lake Michigan in southern Michigan, is just a 90-minute’s drive from Chicago. It’s a great alternative to the better-known Indiana Dunes National…