Each year on Windmill Island the Tulip Time festival is in full swing the first two weekends in May. Enjoy millions of tulips, an old Dutch windmill, a Dutch barrel organ playing music, a mini carousel (kids only), shops replicating ones in The Netherlands, and a beautiful conservatory. Stay near Holland to experience the ultimate tulip time frenzy in Michigan.
First, Holland Michigan is along the wine trail and there seemed to be a winery at every exit. Secondly, the craft brewery scene is unique with some on sustainable farms. Lastly, the scenery and views are amazing. We wrote about each place in the order we experienced them.
Best Airbnb For Tulip Time Frenzy in Michigan
The CC2 Ranch in Fennville was the ultimate place to stay for a clean and cozy stay. Their hobby farm is home to chickens, ducks, peafowls, and friendly kitties. They will even let you in to the coop to retrieve eggs for breakfast in the morning. With permission they also allowed us to bring the dogs making this a no brainer.
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Travel Must-Haves for the Tulip Time Frenzy in Michigan
Stop at Respite Cappuccino Court for a Coffee before the Tulip Time Frenzy in Michigan
Prior to spending the day on Windmill Island enjoy a coffee and a muffin at Respite in Douglas Michigan. With many cute nook to sit and enjoy your cup of joe is is hard to want to take your goodies to-go.
Douglas is a small town with an adorable main street. However, getting to Windmill Island early is imperative to attain a great parking spot and avoid the long lines.
Windmill Garden Island
As you drive up there are many spots to park. We arrived around 9;30 and the lots were almost full with people walking in from afar. Tickets are cash and check only at ten dollars a person.
Downtown Holland during Tulip Time Frenzy in Michigan
Downtown has a long main street with many tulips and fun shops. It is also home to New Holland Brewing Company. Make a reservation to enjoy their beer garden out back.
Root Beer Barrel
This giant Root Beer Barrel is in the neighboring town of Saugatuck. Support saving the barrel with bringing cash since that is the only form of payment at the moment.
They serve food and root beer floats. However, we were full from good old Hungry Howie’s, and purchased growlers. The growlers are quite expensive. However, the cheap refills are noteworthy.
Virtue Cider has piggies, bunnies, chickens, hiking trails, and private green houses to drink their delicious cider.
Reserve your private green house ahead of time for 50 dollars. It includes 1.5 hours of time in the green house, a server, and one complimentary drink per person. Therefore, if you have a group of 6 people and all order 10 dollar drinks it more than pays for itself.
Waypost Brewing Company
This fun barn-like brewery has an excellent to-go window. We arrived just in time before they closed at 6pm to enjoy a cold one. However, this is within walking distance of the CC2 Ranch!
Root Coffee House and Cafe
Stop at this gem for coffee and stay awhile. We had to hit the road however, we wish we didn’t because the patio is a dream.
Other Fun Places to Check out during the Tulip Time Frenzy in Michigan
- Saugatuck Dune Rides
- Journeyman Distillery
- Veldheer Tulip Garden
- Mount Pisgah
- Heinz Waterfront Walkway
- Eat at the What Not Inn
- Niels Dutch village
- Fenn Valley Winery and Vineyards