Spend a Lake Michigan vacation or weekend getaway at the DeLano Inn and take advantage of the many things to do in the area!
Allegan was named the 4th Coolest Small Town 2015 by CNN this week. The voting for the best small town occurred at Budget Travel website. Come see why our town is a cool small town, the only one in Michigan.
Allegan is described as a quaint and charming town along the Kalamazoo River. Shopping and food is within walking distance of the DeLano Mansion Inn. Antiques, quilting, candy, gifts are all items you will find in the downtown area. Shows may be seen at the Griswold Theatre next door to the Carnegie Library or see a movie in the Regent Theatre, then walk along the river on the river walk seeing fountains in the summer in the river. Watch for the new items appearing along our river.
Located in charming and scenic Allegan, Michigan, the DeLano Mansion Inn is the perfect Michigan vacation spot, and it is centrally located for all that Southwest Michigan has to offer in recreational activities. Just two blocks from downtown historic Allegan, we are located near West Michigan’s endless miles of beautiful beaches and 20 minutes from Saugatuck/Douglas, 25 minutes from downtown Holland, and 35 minutes from South Haven.
Whether you are looking to relax and unwind at the Inn with one of our spa/romance packages or to go out to see what the area holds with an outdoor adventure package, we are the perfect choice for your romantic getaway.
Along the banks of the Kalamazoo River, the city of Allegan holds something for everyone. The downtown area is just two blocks from the front door of the mansion. Walk to the shops, offering antiques, art galleries and studios, coffee and book stores, and the best chocolates and sweets in the area.
The Southwest Michigan area holds an endless abundance of activities for everyone. The staff of the DeLano Mansion has done all of the work researching the best and we’ll provide personal concierge service to guide you to the hottest spots that the area has to offer.
The Southwest Michigan Wine trail is an extensive group of wineries that begin at the Indiana/Michigan border and stretch up to within a few miles of the DeLano Mansion. We have a winery guide listing hours and directions to all of the wineries. Please ask your innkeeper for referrals and suggestions so you can experience Michigan wine country.
Called the Third Coast, the West Michigan coastline is home to a wide variety of artists working in many different mediums, including glass, ceramics, metals, and paints. The Blue Coast Artists Tour stretches throughout the countryside, so make a day of it and enjoy.
Take in a round of golf at one of the many courses available, such as the Lynx, Cheshire Hills, Clearbrook, and the Ravines. There is a course for every level of talent and budget.
Allegan County has two downhill ski resorts; Timberridge, and Bittersweet. They are both just a short drive from the Inn. Snowboarding can also be found at Bittersweet. The DeLano Mansion offers several ski packages, and we can assist you.
Opportunities for antiquing abound in the Allegan area. Two antique shops are located just blocks from the Inn, and many are located in the area. Let our staff help guide you to the best in the area. That is what we ourselves love to do. Running on the last Sunday of the month, April through Sept, the Allegan Antiques Market has over 350 dealers. You can spend all day shopping there if you wish.
For activities, just about anything can be found in the Allegan area. From biking the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail, hiking or birding at the Allegan State Game Forest, and cross-country and downhill skiing at Bittersweet Ski Resort to shopping. We would be happy to help you find the best that the area has to offer to make your stay with us here at the DeLano Mansion Inn one to remember.
Fennville is a short drive from Allegan where you can enjoy lunch at Crane’s, take home a pie or two and end the trip with a visit to Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar, taking home a bottle of wine or two. (Let us know you are planning this trip and we will give you a card to receive free wine glasses at the winery when you purchase wine.)
The city of Fennville is situated on M-89 on the way from Allegan over the river and through the woods to the lakeshore. Fennville is a small town that has blossomed over the last few years, and has become a destination for great dining at Salt of the Earth, fun and discovery for all ages at The Forever Curious Children’s Museum, and apple picking and agri-tourism at Crane’s Pie Pantry.
Saugatuck/Douglas are on Lake Michigan where no one hurries in a simpler life. Art was important in Saugatuck early in its history when the Summer School of Ox-Bow Lagoon was begun by Chicago artists in the 1890’s. Classes are available through the Ox-Bow affiliation with the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you boat, swim or cross from Douglas to Saugatuck or back on the hand-cranked chain ferry, the water and beautiful beaches will draw you to these towns. Shopping and food will give the non-water guests activities to spend their time on.
When looking for a Saugatuck bed and breakfast, the DeLano Mansion offers an alternative to the noise and hustle and bustle that is Saugatuck.
Located just 20 minutes from the DeLano Mansion, Saugatuck is THE place for art and the arts. Along the banks of the Kalamazoo River, in a setting reminiscent of a New England resort town, Saugatuck has been the summer home of Oxbow Art Studios since the late 1800’s. Today, artists from around the country, as well as local artists, have set up shop in and around the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Spending a day might not be enough, so plan a Saugatuck, Michigan vacation to take in all the shops and galleries that are along the tree-lined streets. Artists offer everything from handmade jewelry, oil paintings, ceramics, porcelain, and metals to small and large-scale yard and interior decor.
For a slower pace, the Star of Saugatuck boat cruises run all summer long, from downtown, down the Kalamazoo River out to Lake Michigan. The sunset cruise is a must see for the romantic at heart.
During the summer months, both Oval Beach and the Saugatuck Dunes State Park beach are bustling with sun-seekers. For a quieter alternative, Douglas Beach is lesser known and just a short walk from the parking area to the beach. Summer art shows, parades, and festivals occur just about every weekend, including the Saugatuck Film Festival, which has been recognized as one of the top three film festivals in the world.
Art is not the only thing that Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer. Some of the best shops for Michigan-made foods, such as the Wooden Spoon, are a MUST stop. Some of the best imported and local spices for both the discerning chef and the backyard BBQ’er can be found at The Saugatuck Spice Merchants. Stop into the Butler’s Pantry right next door for your kitchen pantry needs, food, wine, etc. WE shop there too!! For items ranging from clothing and fun party supplies to interior décor, from the eclectic to just plain fun, shops for all styles and tastes abound.
For nightlife, Saugatuck has a broad range of styles and tastes for everyone. In the summer months, outdoor live music can be taken in at any one of several venues, Coral Gables, Marro’s (after 9PM), and the White House to mention a few. Just south of Saugatuck/Douglas, the What Not Inn features local and national jazz musicians on weekends. The Fenn Valley Winery has a music series right at their vineyards in the afternoon.
The summer season is when Saugatuck and Douglas are at their best. From around mid-May through the end of September, it is a picture postcard of lakeside resort life. All the shops are open, the parks which dot the city are in full bloom and glory, and decorated with some examples of the artwork that the local artisans, and some not so local, have created.
Late fall and winter months, especially during the week, may be a little slow. Some shops remain open year round. The shops that are open offer a broad range, including galleries and dining opportunities.
Christmas time in Saugatuck and Douglas is almost magical; the twinkle of lights lining the streets and the sound of a horse-drawn carriage clopping down the street set the tone for a delightful stroll, day or evening.
Saugatuck and Douglas offer a wide variety for dining, from elegant French country cuisine, contemporary and traditional Italian, and fine American cuisine to casual sidewalk cafes, everything can be found to suit your tastes. For Italian cuisine, Marro’s has been a perennial favorite for years. Everyday People Cafe is an art deco inspired building that features some of the best cooking in the area, and is one we recommend to our guests. For a more intimate setting, the Belvedere Restaurant is set in a historic mansion on the north outskirts of Saugatuck. The Belvedere features a sophisticated four-course menu at a set seating time. These are just a sampling of the many choices when it comes to dining in the Saugatuck and Douglas area.
The visitor to Holland will be immersed in the Dutch hospitality. Festivals and activities run throughout the year with the best known festival being the Tulip Time Festival. In 2014, the Tulip Time is May 3-10 with parades, concerts, trolley tours, fireworks and of course, tulips. While visiting Holland, the Holland Museum & Dutch Galleries, the Windmill Island Gardens and the DeKomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory (even come home with a pair of wooden shoes for yourself) are all must sees in this Dutch town.
While on your romantic getaway vacation at our Holland, Michigan bed and breakfast, we suggest spending a day enjoying this historic town, one of the jewels of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Holland is a mix of upscale and eclectic shops and restaurants, all set in the historic downtown, dotted with small parks landscaped with an array of spectacularly fine statuary and greenscapes. Holland is the year-round place to go for serious shopping or just casual browsing.
Spring is when Holland is at its best. The Tulip Time Festival in the first week of May draws crowds from all over the US and Europe to view the millions of tulips that are in bloom all over the city. The downtown and neighborhood streets are lined with hundreds of varieties of tulips, and a Tulip Time Lane is something to definitely drive, as it spreads all over the city of Holland. Veldheer Tulip farms are a must visit just to see the immense amount of tulips on display. You can also purchase the tulips, available only in these gardens for the entire US. Windmill Island gardens are also an interesting stop. Visit the 400-year-old windmill brought over to the US after WW II. Still in operation, this historic windmill still grinds flour just as it did in the seventeenth century.
During the summer months, free entertainment is set against the sidewalk shops and cafes. Shows range from a puppet show or a classical music quartet to bluegrass music and other genres. Every Thursday during the summer, there is a surprise waiting just around the corner. The Holland Museum portrays the development of the early Dutch settlement of Holland, Mi, as well as having a vast array of Dutch paintings and Delft pottery and porcelains.
For the winter months, Holland is bedecked in Christmas finery; antique style lighting and holiday greenery are everywhere. Snow is not an issue, as the snowmelt system keeps the streets and sidewalks clear of snow for easy walking.
Home to a wide array of cuisines, downtown Holland has a lot to offer, with something for everyone. If you are looking for Italian cuisine, Via Maria is the place to stop, with its ever changing menu, and Italian courtyard style decor. For more of a northern European flavor in a casual fine dining establishment, the Alpen Rose features American classics and European fare from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. Kid-friendly, yet elegant enough for romantic dinners, banquets, special events, or business meetings. Offering a wide variety of American classic fine dining, Butchs’ Dry Dock is a favorite of ours, offering fish, game, steaks, and pasta dishes, along with an award-winning wine list. Butchs’, with its views of Lake Macatawa, is not to be missed, and is just a short hop from downtown. The Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant has a lighter fare with the best views of the lake from its glassed-in dining room.
For a little more casual or lighter fare, choose from several restaurants in the downtown area. The new Holland Brewing Company is a wonder micro-brew, where you’re sure to find the perfect combination of great beer and delicious food in a casual, eclectic, non-smoking atmosphere. Like their beer, which they refer to as “Art in Fermented Form”, their food is handcrafted to satisfy every appetite. For a more Irish flavor, the Curragh Irish Pub is a traditional pub serving up great fun, hearty food, and the best pint around. Menus feature Irish and American dishes. They serve 24 draft beers from around the world, and have been named one of the great whisky bars in the world by Whisky Magazine.
All season shopping is what sets Holland apart from other Lake Michigan shoreline communities. Downtown Holland, Michigan offers a wide variety of shops including art galleries, interior decor, clothiers, and many other styles of shops. Stroll the charming downtown with its magnificent parks, pick up an ice cream cone from Cold Stone Creamery, and perhaps pick up something for home or for him or her. No matter what you do, Holland is one of the places to visit, for fun or serious shopping.
Veldheer Tulip Gardens
Holland’s only tulip farm is ablaze with acres of tulips in May. Enjoy many varieties of lilies through spring and summer, and visit the beautiful perennial gardens through mid-October. Bring a little Tulip Time home with your bulbs for fall plantings…
www.veldheer.com • (616) 399-1900
Windmill Island Gardens
A palette of color awaits you as you wind along the entrance to Holland’s treasured island. Tour up into DeZwaan, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. From the top, you can survey 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes, and…
www.windmillisland.org • (888) 535-5792 • (616) 355-1030
The best way to get acquainted with Holland is to take a crash course in its fascinating history, and there’s no better place for this than the Holland Museum. Here you’ll experience the arrival of the Dutch in 1847 and their struggle for access to Lake…
www.hollandmuseum.org • (616) 392-9084
Holland Princess Dinner Cruises
Enjoy a two-hour cruise aboard Holland’s newest attraction, an old-fashioned, Victorian-style paddlewheel boat. Complete with the “Captain’s Feast”, relaxing music, and a cash bar. Click the link for more information, pricing, and reservations. Operates…
www.hollandprincess.com • (616) 393-7799
Cappon House Museum
Enter the 19th century world of a Dutch immigrant who became a wealthy, influential community leader and father of 16 children. It’s all still here: the furnishings, personal belongings, and echoes of the daily life of the Isaac Cappon family. And located…
A great atmosphere for year-round family fun. Our large indoor game room is popular, rain or shine. The miniature golf course is outstanding in design and beauty, and the go-carts bring out the kid in everyone! We also have batting cages, kiddy carts…
www.craigscruisers.com • (616) 392-7300
DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory
At this double Dutch delight, you can talk with the artists as they mold, hand-paint, and glaze the only authentic blue and white delftware made in the U.S, or watch the wooden shoe carving on machines that were imported from the Netherlands. All handmade…
www.veldheer.com • (616) 399-1900
Holland Area Arts Council
A vibrant arts center located in the heart of downtown Holland, the Holland Area Arts Council plays a leadership role in enriching the cultural life of the lakeshore area. Exhibition space in three galleries provides the opportunity to showcase the…
www.hollandarts.org • (616) 396-3278
Holland State Park
Holland State Park offers an expansive, sandy beach along Lake Michigan with two large campgrounds and a beautiful view of sailboats and sunsets. The park is divided into two separate units, one along Lake Michigan, and the other along Lake Macatawa, each…
www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails • (800) 447-2757 • (616) 399-9390
www.the-lostcity.com • (616) 396-6746
Dutch WinterFest and The Holidays in Downtown Holland
Brighten your holidays with a visit to Downtown Holland! This year, the Downtown comes alive with a multitude of exciting holiday happenings from November to January. Just a few of the many events are highlighted. Season’s greetings! “HOLIDAY…
www.downtownholland.com • (800) 506-1299 • (616) 394-0000
Tulip Time Festival, Inc.
Visitors from all over the world come to see millions of tulips in parks, gardens, and tulip lanes. The festival hosts 3 parades, music, variety shows, concerts, dinner theatre, and over 1,100 authentically costumed Dutch dancers. The event also features…
www.tuliptime.com • (800) 822-2770 • (616) 396-4221
Nelis’ Dutch Village
Experience the Netherlands of the 1800’s in 10 acres of authentic Dutch architecture, canals, and spectacular gardens. Enjoy the Klompen dancers and music from the Amsterdam Street Organ, and peruse the myriad of Dutch crafts and artwork. The kids will…
www.dutchvillage.com • (616) 396-1475
de Boer’s Bakery
Enjoy a taste of the old country at de Boer’s. Whether you are ready for breakfast, lunch or yummy bakery goods, de Boer’s is the place for lighter fare.
www.deboerbakery.com • (616) 396-2253