April showers bring May flowers, and in Holland Michigan those flowers are tulips! Rows upon rows of colorful tulips fill flower beds throughout the city. Tulips, windmills, wooden clogs and traditional Dutch dresses are a very common sight in Holland, Michigan. Many residents have a Dutch ancestry and they have integrated that into the city’s attractions and eateries. Seriously one of my favorite places in Michigan. I decided to celebrate my mother’s day exploring this wonderful city with my kiddos.
Note the windmill named De Zwaan, meaning “the swan” this windmill was the last to leave the Netherlands and is the only working Dutch windmill in the whole United States. One who doesn’t know the history behind it may find it difficult to appreciate it’s history. However, after hearing De Zwann’s history, I’ve realized what a unique treasure this windmill is and how fitting for a city named after the settler’s homeland.
Next time you are in the area be sure to stop by and enjoy the picturesque gardens along with the other attractions it has to offer.