All About Holland 2023
Hollanders believe winter gets a bad rap . In fact, many consider the chilly season from December until March to be their favorite time of year. Our area’s natural beauty is stunning during the winter months . Lake effect snow and glittering ice crystals can make an outdoor expedition not just a way to keep fit, but a way to be inspired. Cross-country ski along the top of dunes for a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and its frosted winter beaches. Snowshoe through hemlocks, stand-up paddleboard through craggily ice
formations, or whiz down an illuminated sledding hill. A mid-winter thaw doesn’t stop the fun – there’s still hiking and fat-tire biking, which is outstanding in any season. When it's time to take a break from the elements , head downtown (or start there, if you prefer to get your exercise winding through shops rather than snow hills). Our heated streets and cobblestone sidewalks make hopping from a boutique to a fair-trade shop to an outdoor specialty store a slip-free adventure. Ready to relax? Cozy up to a patio heater at one of our outdoor beer gardens and toast to a day well done.
PIGEON CREEK PARK 12524 Stanton St West Olive 49460 miottawa.org/parks/winter rec.htm 7am-10pm • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and lighted sledding hill. Trails lit after dusk. Lodge offers ski and snowshoe rentals, refreshments, and fireplace. Check website for trail conditions.
RILEY TRAILS Î 16300 Riley St Holland 49424 Cross-country skiing,
OUTDOOR DISCOVERY CENTER Î 4214 56th St Holland 49423 outdoordiscovery.org Trails for walking, jogging, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Snowshoe rentals available. Call (616) 393.9453 for trail conditions and hours.
DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER Î 600 Graafschap Rd Holland 49423 outdoordiscovery.org/degraaf Snowshoeing, wooded hiking trails.
fat tire and mountain biking. miottawa.org/parks/riley.htm
HEMLOCK CROSSING Î 8115 West Olive Rd West Olive 49460 miottawa.org/parks/ hemlockcrossing.htm Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wooded hiking trails.
VAN RAALTE FARM Î 975 E 24th St
Holland 49423 (616) 928.2450 7am-10pm • Lighted sledding hill, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing.
PHOTOS L-R: BIG RED, CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TRAILS, DOWNTOWN HOLLAND, PIGEON CREEK SLEDDING HILL, SNOWY MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
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