Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who would ever guess that Michigan be would be where all the following can be found: The Number One place to Raise a Family, One of the Happiest Cities in the U.S., The Most Beautiful Spot in America, and Best Weekend Getaway in the U.S?!
All of these nationally ranked cities can be found on Michigan's West Coast, quickly becoming known as America's Third Coast. Here, along The Third Coast, cities like Grand Rapids can be found. Home to the world's largest Art Prize competition and voted by Forbes Magazine as the "Number one place to raise a family, " Grand Rapids has it all! Their number one status was awarded based proximity and frequency nationally ranked schools and access to a strong, growing economy.

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Closer to the lake shore, one of the nation's happiest cities can be found: Holland! A college town perched along the shores of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, Holland hosts, "the best small town festival in America," the Tulip Time Festival. Besides having the happiest locals you'll ever meet, Holland's thriving downtown has something for everyone- even those looking to buy or sell! Our own Andrea Crossman Group office is located in the heart of the downtown Holland, amid the ever growing craft-beer breweries, fine restaurants, unique shops and major retailers.
Just north of Holland, still along the lake shore is the quaint town of Grand Haven. With miles of walking trails that end at the lighthouse, Grand Haven is as picturesque as it fun! Art fairs, Coast Guard Festival, and a thriving downtown make Grand Haven a destination for boaters and land lovers alike. Continuing north from Grand Haven brings you to, "the most beautiful spot in America," the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Here, the legend of its origin can only be out done by the phenomenal views of pristine dunes and sparkling Lake Michigan. Surround the Dune National Park are numerous resort towns steep in history and charm alike.
Southwest Michigan, near Holland, also has an award winning town to visit! Saugatuck was voted Best Weekend Getaway in the United States. This art-rich, cottage-filled town is a unique experience for all of the senses. Delightful dining of award winning meals set in venues overlooking the channel makes Saugatuck a place to return to, often. The art community and galleries rival any of these on the East coast. But, with people as friendly as Mayberry, Saugatuck quickly sets itself apart as a weekend getaway worth getting away to more than once a year.
In all, West Michigan deserves a visit! From the southern shores of Saugatuck, through the happiest city of Hollander's, to the gifts of Grand Rapids to the serenity of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the WEST coast of Michigan has a city for each of us. Whether we be poet, artist, voyeur, beach-lover, parent, educator, tourist or wanderer, we look forward to seeing you, soon, along wonderful West Michigan's coast!