Going to be in Michigan for a week this summer. What are the best beach towns I should lounge at? I generally don't like huge crowds so if there are any "low key" places i'd love to hear them! Looking for somewhere with a good local vibe and great restaurants!
One of the best beach towns in Michigan is in Holland. Holland is right next to Lake Michigan and has several good beaches. Hope College, a christian college, is located in the town. Their are several good restaurants and the downtown is amazing. One of the restaurants i would totally recommend are Lemonjello's Coffee (a coffee place). This is my favorite "little town".
There are so many beautiful beaches along the 300 miles of Lake Michigan. Some can be very busy during festival times during the summer. I would suggest you check the Michigan festival calendar if you want to avoid crowds near the location you plan to stay. However, some of the summer fests like the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon, & National Cherry Festival in Traverse City are a lot of fun & you may want to check them out if they are going on while you there. For a combination of beautiful beach, great restaurants & vibe take a look Saugatuck and Oval Beach. Try Phil's Bar & Grille, a former Hemingway hangout, Kilwin's Chocolates, American Spoon for some outrageously expensive but worth every bite Thimbleberry Jam or the easier on the pocket Sour Cherry Preserves, and wine tasting at Fenn Valley Vineyards. Lower key beaches like Holland State Park and Pere Marquette Park are just beautiful and located away from town. Pere Marquette can be busy, but once you park you won't feel that busy vibe because it is so huge. If you have a dog with you check out Norman F. Kruse Park while in Muskegon. You will have to drive a ways for most restaurants at both of these beaches. If you change your mind and want a faster vibe, try Grand Haven State Park. It is located near a cool town and is a very fun place. Try Morning Star Cafe for breakfast, and Pronto Pup for a fun food institution. I grew up near this this lake, and feel very lucky to have been a freshwater lake beach bum in my youth. There is nothing like it. Enjoy!
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