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Visiting West Michigan in the Fall and Winter


Autumn in West Michigan is truly unbeatable. Cooler temperatures during the day are paired well with the warm sun. The perfect setting for nighttime bonfires. Experience vibrant color changes and intense sunsets over beautiful Lake Michigan. You may not spend the days laying on the beach, but there are lots of activities to do and sights to see while in West Michigan during the fall.

Explore the Trails/ Scenic Area

 Grand Haven:
 Lakeshore Bike Trail - Grand Haven to Holland, 20 miles of paved paths
 Hoffma Preserve - Great for dogs
 Rosy Mound - Enjoy the scenic overlook and trails
 Mt. Pisgah- Breathtaking views (sadly, dogs are not allowed)

                   Muskegon Lakeshore Trail - 12 miles of paved paths 
                                        P.J. Hoffmaster- Gorgeous area
                                       Pere Marquette Beach- Catch a sunset
                                       Silver Lake:
                                       Little Sable Point Lighthouse - Located in Mears, walk through the dunes

Wineries and Breweries

 Grand Haven:
  Odd Sides Ales  Lemon Creek Winery 
  New Holland Brewing Co  Cherry Republic Winery
 Pigeon Hill  Unruly Brewing
                                                           Hart / Silver Lake:
                                                                  Pleasant Valley Farm  Fox Barn Winery  Big Hart Brewery  

Fall Activities for the Family

                                                                      Grand Haven:
                                                                  Bethke Farms - Pumpkin Picking
 Ottawa County and Parks- Birding
 Post Family Farm- Corn mazes and u-pick pumpkins
 Fall Fest- October 7-8
                                                                         Lewis Farms- Head to the site to see the various fall activities!


Winter in West Michigan is pure magic. The towns are decked out in lights and decorations, the shops feature holiday merchandise, the restaurants switch to a winter menu, and the weather is different daily. One morning you may wake up to beautiful white fluffy snow covering the sand, other days the sun will be shining, the grass can be seen, and all you need is a light jacket. No matter what, there are many things that can fill your winter vacation with fun, laughter, and great memories. 

Mulligan's Hollow 

    Mulligan's Hollow in Grand Haven is a great place to spend winter days.They offer different size hills as well as lessons for all! 


Hemlock Crossing         Hemlock Crossing offers shoe rentals and gorgeous trails!

Pigeon Creek Park 

 Ski and snowshoe rentals are available once there is enough snow on the ground. If you're feeling brave, bring your sleds! Check out their website to learn more!



Rainbow Ranch Sliegh Rides Sleigh rides are approximately 50 minutes, for our sleigh which comfortably seats 8 adults. All sleigh rides are private, no other guests will be added to your group.


Holiday Lights 

 Grand Haven Lights kick off middle of November
 Jingle Bell Fest kicks off December 3rd 6-8pm! 
 Spring Lake Lights usually start end of November 
Holland Lights usually start Thanksgiving weekend
Reminder- the downtown Holland streets are heated!

                                                            Muskegon Lights kick off Thanksgiving weekend 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

The fun here is endless! From ice skating and hockey, to skiing and luge track; you could spend all day here! Check out their website for all the information. 


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