Because of Ben’s new job at the time, he could only take a couple days off for a quick vacation. So we decided to head back to Michigan for a 4 day getaway to several of the beach towns on the Lake Michigan shore.

We spent the first two nights of our trip in Holland. Holland is a cute beach town formed by Dutch settlers. So there are windmills, tulips, delftware pottery, and other Dutch influences throughout the town. Holland also has a beautiful beach and lighthouse known as “Big Red.”

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The next day we headed up to Muskegon. They have a museum there that includes a WWII submarine that you can tour.  The side of the ship has markings to indicate ships it damaged or sank during battles. A movie was even filmed onboard the vessel.

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Muskegon also has a lighthouse like most of the towns we visited. I love lighthouse. =)

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My favorite town of all was South Haven though. It just has the laid back, cozy “beachtown” feel. We visited the museum there of Coast Guard equipment and other nautical history and artifacts. 

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We walked down to see the lighthouse and the beach. We explored the shops downtown and at the Clementine’s a neat restaurant in a restored old bank building.

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We returned to the pier at sunset along with many others. It seems to be a popular spot at the end of the day to see the magnificant colors in the sky. We also watched the replica ship that you can sail on leave for its sunset cruise.

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On our way back home the next day, we also stopped in the quaint town of St.Joseph to browse the shops and of course see the lighthouse there.

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