As the snow melts and the flowers begin to bloom, the Grand Haven Area sheds its frozen coat to reveal warm sugar sand and bold greenery heading into the one of the most beautiful times of the year. Located on the freshwater coast of Lake Michigan, this charming beach town packs a punch in events and local flavors.
Area chefs incorporate the taste of Michigan in every bite by accompanying dishes with regionally grown ingredients for a farm to table approach. Head to Snug Harbor, a restaurant located right on the Grand River with a clear view of the historic Grand Haven Lighthouse in the distance. This community favorite serves up fresh seafood dishes like sushi, smoked salmon, perch and lobster crab rolls. Just a short walk down Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven, you’ll find The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar where you’re sure to satisfy your seafood cravings. This extensive menu offers oysters, scallops, calamari, ahi tuna and a variety of fresh fish. The Grand also offers many gluten free options, including lobster shrimp risotto and mahi mahi.
The newest addition to the culinary scene in Grand Haven is Noto’s at the Bil-Mar, located directly on the beach of Lake Michigan. Accompanying its million-dollar waterfront view is the deeply Italian–rooted menu featuring walleye nocciole, linguini with clam sauce and lobster ravioli.
If you’re more of a city-dweller but still want to experience fresh seafood head to the Paisley Pig for shrimp and grits, Great Lakes fish and chips or their signature trout with dill cream.
The Grand Haven Area is known for its historic charm, small-town feel and incredible beaches that offer a seaside destination feel without the salty water or ocean critters, which makes it the perfect vacation destination.
This coastal gem takes every opportunity to celebrate with dozens of festivals and events in the Spring and Summer seasons. May kicks off the Spring with the world-famous Musical Fountain, a captivating water and lightshow synchronized to themed music playing every night into the Summer season. Mid-month, the Kite Festival fills the sky with colorful, dancing kites marking a more than 30-year tradition. Later in the month, celebrate Memorial Day in Coast Guard City, USA with parades in both Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
June rolls in the warmer weather and the annual Grand Haven Offshore Challenge Fishing Tournament along with the Grand Haven Art Festival. The city ignites in July with a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show.
The annual Coast Guard Festival is always celebrated during the last weekend of July where every day is jam packed with events including a carnival, ship arrivals, a grand parade and another fireworks extravaganza. August holds unique events like the Michigan Pirate Festival and the fan favorite Sand Sculpture Contest.
Closing the Summer season is the Grand Haven Salmon Festival in September, where local restaurants go head to head in in a salmon cookoff and a dozen Michigan wine and beer vendors show off their signature pours.
When it comes to fun and local flavors, the Grand Haven Area is sure to leave a lasting impression. Now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation for the Summer, visit www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information or call 616-842-4499 to request a free Visitors Guide!