Holland, Michigan owes its heritage to its Dutch settlers. With its own tulip festival and distinctive Dutch architecture, this popular retirement and tourist community of 34,000 could be confused with a charming town in the Netherlands. Its location on the shores of Lake Macatawa provides plenty of summer fun for active adults 55+ at the beach or on a boat. Streetscape, its Victorian-styled downtown with 85 unique shops, is one reason why Holland was selected by Money magazine as the #4 best place to retire in America. The area bustles with thriving shops and restaurants.
People come to Holland for its charm, recreational activities, and plentiful and relatively inexpensive housing opportunities. Tourists come too, over 2.5 million per year, drawn to its festivals, ample green spaces, and lake-side setting. Hope College is a small private school that adds culture and youth to the community. The Herrick District Library is exceptionally well-funded and offers more than 217,000 volumes.
Holland, located in Otttawa County, is a 2.5 hour drive from Chicago and 42 miles from Grand Rapids. For more information about how to retire in Michigan or towns like Traverse City or Charlevoix retirement. Photo of Welcome sign courtesy of Wikipedia and BazookaJoe.