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Explore The Pour July 2014 : Page 27

Weekend Trips Grand Haven area bolsters summer fun with beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets & bike paths galore By Marci Cisnero s Quintessential Summer Vacation he allure of the Grand Haven area has much to do with sand, sun and fun. But if you look a little deeper, you will find other interesting facets to this beautiful beach town. Yes, the area offers the classic blend of beach bums and boutique babes. However, it also is a favorite for nature lovers and pub-crawlers, explorers of land and water—adventurous spirits of all kinds. Those seeking an authentic small town with loads of character and charm will find this a worthy respite. Enjoy fresh picked blueberries, historic downtown shops and museums, and a mix of local-flavor restaurants and farm markets. Touring the area provides a nice selection of beer and wine tasting options—Odd Side Ales in downtown Grand Haven and Lemon Creek tasting room on North Beacon Boulevard, to name two—as well as great sightseeing scenarios. Don’t miss these attractions during your next weekend trip to Grand Haven: T Grand Haven lighthouses The historic and iconic lighthouses of Grand Haven mark the entrance of this water lover’s paradise. From the towering inner light to stoutly fog house, you can walk the pier and venture out to capture stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Grand River. The lights represent beacons for the many boaters that frequent the waters, while those on land treasure them for their fantastic photographic nature. 26 { July 2014 } { Photograph courtesy of Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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