But there’s a reason why hordes of out-of-towners flock to our lakeside town every summer.
For many of us who live here, it’s easy to overlook all the wonderful aspects of our quiet little town — which, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, turns into a bustling hub of activity.
Instead of complaining about all the tourists who clog our streets, pack our shops and restaurants, and flood our beaches, why not head downtown and see what all the buzz is about?
Spend a few nights at the Grand Haven State Park. You don’t need a monster fifth wheel or a giant motor home (although most spots are taken up by them). A pop-up camper or even a tent will do.
Go for a walk down the pier and see what the fishermen are catching — or better yet, bring along a rod and some tackle and see if you can catch something yourself.
Hop on the trolley. It only costs a couple of bucks for the whole family, and it’s a fun way to learn something you might not already know about the town in which you live.
Wait in the line and get Pronto Pups for dinner, then hurry across Harbor Avenue and wait in line again for a Rock Pile at the Dairy Treat. Both are well worth the wait! Or sit on the deck at Snug Harbor (or any of the other local restaurants, for that matter).
Stroll back down the boardwalk, find a comfortable spot and watch the sun go down. Take some pictures while you’re at it.
Before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation, despite the fact that you’re hanging out in your own backyard.
Downtown Grand Haven is a wonderful place to spend a few days during the warm summer months. The tourists who come here realize it.
And, as the old saying goes: If you can’t beat them, join them.
Sounds like great advice to us.
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