Saturday, July 12, 2014

Destree Fun Trip 2014- Holland, MI.

After waking up in our adorable KOA cabin, we packed up and hit the road. Rick needed to check into work that morning, so we found a local grocery store that had a Starbucks with Wifi and while Rick worked, we bought groceries for the next leg of our journey. 

Most of the places that we stayed had kitchens or kitchenettes, so that really kept the cost of food down for the entire trip. 

I will never get used to seeing wine and liquor in the grocery store.  
Tiny, single-serve wine cups! The convenience! 
We stopped for lunch at rest stop. All of the tables had literary quotes made out of metal. 
The Mississippi River
The Mississippi River- the better view
Father & Son
We made it to Holland!  
It was so nice to stand here, next to Lake Macatawa

We rented a little two bedroom house right next to Lake Macatawa. This was our backyard. Unreal.
I'll wait here. 
Where lake Macatawa meets Lake Michigan. 
One of my favorite places of the whole trip.
Big Red
Lake Michigan
The Ottawa Beach General Store- We bought yummy ice cream and post cards.
Coffee at JP's Coffee House 
Probably the most delish coffee we had the entire trip!  
Mmmmm....almond latte.....
Tea Selection
Clever branding
And this is the moment Rick sunburned himself like a big lobster. No bueno! 
A storm rolled in in the afternoon. 
Crazy-delicious breakfast at de Boer's, a cute little Dutch bakery/restaurant
Keep Calm & Klomp On
Holland is one of those places that just feels good. Whenever we travel someplace new, Rick and I ask one another, "Do you think we could live here?" Now, we're both pretty adaptable people, but some places just don't feel like "us".

When we visited New Mexico for our honeymoon & again for our first anniversary, we both felt like if we ever wanted to leave Colorado, New Mexico would be our perfect place to live.

Holland had a very similar feel. The placement of the town near Lake Michigan really moderates the temperature and while Holland only boasts a population of 33,279, because of the tourist pull, the town is buzzing. It feels like there would always be enough going on to keep you busy. We also thoroughly enjoyed their downtown district!

All in all, our two days in Holland were some of my favorite of the whole trip. I loved swimming in chilly Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa and the experience is something I won't soon forget. 

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