Why Holland, Michigan?

Holland has a vibrant downtown with restaurants, boutiques, offices, upscale apartments, condos and a farmer’s market all close to Lake Michigan. Holland is one of Michigan’s most-visited tourist locations. The city’s week-long Tulip Time Festival in May is famous for the parades, Dutch Market, klompen dancers, and thousands of blooming tulips. But Holland’s appeal far surpasses just tulips. 

During the summer months, visitors come to Holland’s beaches, visit the iconic red lighthouse, and go Downtown Holland to eat and shop. But unlike most Midwest towns that experience limitations of traversing sidewalks in the winter months, Holland has a unique snowmelt system totaling 4.9 miles of heated streets and sidewalks. Downtown Holland remains vibrant all year round.

Here are just some of the recognitions Holland has received in recent years.

  • #1 for Michigan Prettiest Town in Every U.S. State, Architectural Digest, 2018.
  • #4 Best Beach Towns to Live in (Lake), WalletHub, 2019.
  • #1 Tulip Festival of the Year Award, World Tulip Summit Society, 2017.
  • #2 Happiest, Healthiest Place to Live in America, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2009.
  • #23 America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns, Fodors, 2018.
  • #2 of 19 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America, Impulcity, 2014.
  • Semi-Finalist Strong Towns Competition, Strong Towns, 2016.
  • America’s Prettiest Towns, Forbes Magazine, 2013.
  • Best Small City to Start A Business, WalletHub, 2018.
  • America’s Best Cities for Global Trade, Global Trade Magazine, 2018.
  • #3 Top Ten Best Places for Families, Livability, 2016.
  • Hidden Gem: Hope College, College Raptor, 2019.
  • Runner Friendly Community, Road Runners Club of America, 2017.

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