on the drive from Chicago


Lake street eats | Bridgman, MI

A cute sit down place near the highway with a cafe style menu and parking around the corner.

The Stray Dog Bar & Grill | New Buffalo, MI

This place is on the way and is on our our list to try. It’s featured on the Eater list of 20 Restaurants Worth the Drive from Chicago.


around Holland and Grand Rapids


Vandermill cider and restaurant

Two locations, one in Grand Rapids and the other in Spring Lake just outside Grand Haven. They have a large variety of hard ciders and good upscale pub food.


New Holland Brewing, Distillery and Restaurant

Located in downtown Holland or downtown Grand Rapids, this brewpub & distillery offers beer, spirits & hearty meals. You can taste any of their spirits, and we enjoy the barrel aged gin.

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Pirates landing mini golf and Captain Sundae ice cream

Adorable pirate themed mini golf and a sundae ice cream stand located just outside Holland. The water trap holes are actually quite tricky!


Windmill Island Gardens

It’s not QUITE tulip season yet, but you might catch some early bloomers and pop into the Dutch themed tourist shops located outside Holland. The festival officially starts the first weekend in May.


Electric Hero Sandwich Shop

This local chain has 6 locations including Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. Their sandwiches are interesting, flavor packed and quick.