Going on Faith

AUG-SEP 2016

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[ H O L L A N D, M I C H I G A N ] Nestled along the shores of Lake Macatawa 150 miles from Chicago and 170 miles from Detroit, Holland, a city of 34,000, also exudes the authentic flavor and flair of the Netherlands. Its largest event is the annual Tulip Time Festival. This eight-day celebration begins the first Saturday in May and features parades, traditional klompen (wooden shoe) dancing, an arts and crafts fair, carnival rides, concerts and more. The centerpiece is the breathtaking sea of millions of magnificent, brilliantly hued tulips adorning nearly every area of town, earning it accolades including "Best Small Town Festival" and "2016 Best Flower Festival." "One of Holland's defining moments is when our 260-year-old Historic DeZwaan Windmill was brought over from the Netherlands 51 years ago," said Sally Hallan Laukitis, executive director of the Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It was totally reconstructed, is 125 feet tall from the ground to the blades and given to us with the understanding that it would stay as a working grinding mill. Visitors can take a tour up to the fifth floor, where the grindstones and gears are located." The structure sits adjacent to the Windmill Island Gardens, 36 picturesque acres of manicured gardens, canals, an antique hand-carved and painted wooden horse carousel and the DeZoete Haan Fudge Shop. Groups can embark upon a Dutch Touch tour to experience the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory, the only production Delftware — traditional blue-and-white porcelain pottery — factory in the United States; the Holland Bowl Mill, among only a handful of wooden bowl mills left in the country; and hands-on cooking classes at Nelis' Dutch Village. Holland's walkable downtown features dozens of inviting shops, galleries and eateries. Among them is Candle- ology, with 100-plus fragrance options to make custom-scented soy candles, room diffusers, soaps and other items. New Holland Brewery offers brewery and distillery tours, and Alpenrose Restaurant and Café serves tantalizing American and Bavarian specialties. Fresh Dutch pastries and deli items are sold in its adjoining bakery. Don't miss sampling the Saucjizeneroobje, a flaky pastry filled with sausage, or delicacies such as Dutch pea soup and Speculaas, spiced cookies usually formed in the shape of a windmill. One of Holland's most popular group activities is a dinner cruise aboard the Holland Princess. While sailing along Lake Macatawa, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Big Red, the Dutch architecture lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Michigan. www.holland.org Photo credit: Bruno Vega THIS LLAMA IS VALUED AT $168 MILLION. With more than 2.5 million travelers visiting Peru's 11 World Heritage Sites each year, it comes as no surprise that the country's $168 million annual tourism revenue is on the rise. That's why in 2011, Tourism Cares selected Peru for a sustainable tourism initiative that engaged peers from both the North American and Peruvian tourism industries to make an impact through volunteering and distributing $80,000 in grant funding. Visit TourismCares.org to see how your company can help make global sustainable tourism a reality. Join a growing roster of industry-leading companies committed to preserving the places we love and depend on. Courtesy Holland CVB A dancer demonstrates traditional steps at Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland.

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