The Cottage is located on Lake Michigan halfway between Holland and Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan.
Holland is of Dutch heritage. Its downtown has been beautifully preserved and vitalized with a fine collection of shops and restaurants of all types, along with a number of breweries and distilleries. Windmill Island has a real working Dutch windmill. You can rent a Seadoo and ride it to the cottage beach.
Saugatuck/Douglas is known as the center of the "Art Coast of Michigan." It has had a reputation of open mindedness since it was founded around the same time that the cottage was built. It has many fine restaurants and shops, a summer stock theater, a gay resort, a brewery, and a winery. It is on the Kalamazoo Lake waterfront with a marina full of yachts, fishing boats available for deep lake fishing charter, and more.
The kids will have a great time, if you can get them off the beach.
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