Updated on June 11, 2020
Downtown Holland, MI offers a host of fabulous restaurant options
With two of the members from the Michigan Homes and Cottages team having a history in food service, and with restaurants open for business, we thought it was appropriate to pass along great restaurant options our home town has to offer.
As you take a stroll down 8th St in Holland, MI, doing some shopping, or just enjoying the outdoors and the lake breeze coming off Lake Macatawa, the inevitable question is going to arise, “where shall we eat?” Well, let us offer a few choices we like to patronize on a regular basis. This is just the first of a multi-part series, starting with the southeasterly portion of downtown and moving west towards the lake.
Starting on the far east side of what would be considered downtown, you will come across a quaint little unassuming pizza joint, called Skiles Tavern. Once inside you quickly realize why Skiles needn’t put a whole lot into flashy marketing. Upon first glance you’ll find a simple menu of nachos, tacos, a smattering of basic sandwiches, and a full bar, complete with canned beer–but the star of the show is the pizza! Once you’ve had Skiles pizza, you can finally consider yourself a “local” in the know on the subject of best pizza in Holland, joining a group of regulars that have enjoyed the pies eaten on paper plates for decades. The crust is thin, the toppings are plentiful, and the flavor is memorable (in a good way). The restaurant is usually bustling with people listening to the jukebox and playing pool, while waiting for their table to come available. Make this a stop after a day of boating or relaxing at the beach, you won’t regret it. And while you’re there waiting for your pizza, pop a tab and poor yourself a cold one!
Heading west, on the same side of the street (south) is one of our favorite “go to” spots, Hops at 84 East. An eclectic menu with anything from award winning burgers to more refined dishes such as the Sustainably farmed North Atlantic salmon, white bean hummus, asparagus, roasted carrots, bok choy, spring herb and ramp pesto, and grilled lemon. The pizza is pretty good, too! With what seems like a million beers on tap, a full bar with just about any liquor you can think of, along with a host of signature alcohol and non-alcohol drink options, Hops is a great spot if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for. The staff and management is knowledgeable and professional, and always makes you feel taken care of throughout the dining experience. Weekly live entertainment and several TV’s for catching a game, the restaurant ambiance is great for the entire family.
Making your way just a bit farther west you’ll come across New Holland Brewpub, the flagship restaurant for the craft beer brewers and distillers of fine spirits. New Holland Brewpub offers a more earthy flare to its menu, the cornerstone being the must have pepperoni pinwheels (I’m drooling just thinking about them). A nice selection of meal-worthy salads, delicious sandwiches, and pizza that makes you feel good after eating it, New Holland has a host of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in each menu category to keeping everyone happy. On a sunny day, the outdoor beer garden and bar is a perfect place to eat and drink into the evening. Weekly entertainment featuring local musicians, and friendly, hard working staff, New Holland is a must stop for at least one meal…and a beer…and maybe one more.
Look for more restaurant options in the following blogs from Michigan Homes and Cottages, and as always stay healthy, stay safe.
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Updated on May 22, 2020
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Important Things to Remember When Building Your Home Office
Have you thought about putting together your very own home office? The advent of the Digital Age has changed the way we work in some very exciting ways, freeing up the modern employee to do things by whatever method works best. Many individuals are now able to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, as opposed to commuting to and from an office each day. Workers can now spend more time with their families, live happier lives, and produce much better results for having done so. However, what about those of us without the luxury of a dedicated workspace in our homes? What does a person do when he or she lacks a readily-available “office space” that can be used for day-to-day productivity? Why, we build our own, of course! You can make just about any space into a home office, and for many of us, the garage is a prime candidate. Whether you’re using an existing garage or plan to build a new one for the purposes of productivity, the right plan can make all the difference. Check out these tips for creating your very own office space at home.
Invest in High-Quality Equipment
Think about it: You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your new home office. The work you do in this office is going to dictate the paycheck you bring home, so it only makes sense to give yourself the proper tools for the job.
Now, there is certainly something to be said for budgetary limitations. Not all of us have the capability of investing in top-of-the-line equipment for our home office. The good news is that this isn’t required. What is recommended, however, is that you take the time and spend the money on equipment that will help you get your work done to the best of your abilities. Don’t skimp on things like your desk chair and a fast and reliable laptop, and definitely don’t skimp on something like your computer desk, for that matter.
Consider Building Your Own Office
For those who don’t have a garage they can easily cordon off, it might make sense to build a small structure that can be used as a home office. Not only is this a great way to give yourself a fulfilling project, but it can help you to truly take ownership of your workspace, crafting a home office that is truly tailor-made to suit your needs.
Of course, things like building materials will need to be considered. Wood, for example, is often less expensive to work with, but requires a bit more maintenance and regular upkeep over the years. Steel, on the other hand, tends to be both lighter and stronger than its naturally-occurring counterpart. Either option will produce a sturdy structure, but budgetary considerations might wind up impacting your choice.
Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about buying a new house, you could always look into properties that would easily and comfortably accommodate your office needs.
Make Sure You Can Stay Connected
Unless you happen to have a home whose garage is ready to go and wired for the internet, you’ll need to get a little creative when it comes to connectivity. Setting yourself up with a reliable internet connection is far from impossible, however. Hardwiring is one option, but it might be a bit more costly to have an IT professional come out to your house and get you all set up. A good alternative might be using your smartphone or a WiFi hotspot to piggyback off your data plan. You’ll want to touch base with your phone service provider first, to make sure that your data plan can accommodate all the increased bandwidth, so as to avoid those notorious overage charges.
Work Your Way, Like You’ve Always Dreamed
Leaving the nine-to-five office grind behind doesn’t have to be a pipe dream anymore. Not only are there more and more remote-work jobs popping up every single day, but your current employer might even let you spend some time working from a home office.
No matter what your circumstances may be, working out of a home office is certainly the way of the future. With these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to working on your own terms, in no time at all!
Posted on May 15, 2020
• 2996 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm other – FOR SALE USD2,500,000 .
in Sheldon Dunes, Holland
Incredible 200′ of private Lake Michigan frontage in a fantastic Holland location. Enjoy the cool lake breezes from the screened-in porch at this fun and friendly 4 bedroom 2 1/2 beach house with a mix of wide open spaces, traditional cottage feel, and water views beyond compare. The lower level is finished with a bunk room and modern spa-like bath. Geothermal zoned heating recently installed and more room for possible expansion. Stucco exterior makes for clean lines, and metal roof makes for lasting durability. Medium bluff height for easy access to the beach, and 1,000 feet of lot depth offers many options, including splitting the lot. Private and beautiful, this property is one of a kind, and a rare find along the Lakeshore. Schedule a visit and see what makes this area so special.
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Posted on May 7, 2020
• 3868 sqft , 3 bath , 2 half bath , 4 bdrm 2 story – FOR SALE USD499,900 .
in Park Township, Park Township
A stately, brick two-story tucked away on a quiet street in popular Timberline Acres. Enjoy relaxing by your pool in a private oasis protected by a dune. You’ll never run out of room in this 4 BD, 3 full and 2 half BA home with a spacious, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, and nearly 4,000 sq ft of finished living space. Ideal floor plan for work or play, with easy access to your back deck complete with retractable awning. On the main level, you will find a formal dining room with access to butler’s pantry, a quiet office with coffer ceilings, and a living room with a cozy, gas log fireplace. Custom finishes abound in this home and the second floor is no exception with built in arched nooks, an elegant master suite with cathedral ceilings, 3 more bedrooms, and 2 more full baths. Lower level is finished with a fun game/rec room, a wet bar and a half bath. This home is ready for its next lucky owner, don’t miss this one.
Posted on April 17, 2020
• 2960 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 5 bdrm 2 story – FOR SALE USD1,150,000 .
in Park Township, Park Township
Lake Macatawa waterfront home with a permanent dock, and private lake frontage. Originally custom built, this 5 bedroom, 2 ½ bath open concept home with nearly 3,000 sqft of living space, has been recently renovated and upgraded with new wood and tile flooring, new solid surface counters, newer kitchen appliances, whole home electronics, and reconfigured main floor layout. The sellers added an amazing lakeside sunroom for relaxing and taking in the sites and sounds of Lake Macatawa, while staying comfortable in any weather. Main floor master suite with walk-in closet and modern bathroom with custom tile and Euro shower also has fantastic lake views. The home was built and designed by Jerry Mannes & Chuck Posthumus, and using only the finest methods. 2×6 construction, plastered walls, Certainteed siding, and zoned heating. Outside you will find a stamped concrete patio leading to the water’s edge, a dock with 5,000 pound lift, a yard with just the right amount of lawn, and a balcony for providing the best views of the water. Set in a convenient northside location and quick and easy access to Lake Michigan. Truly a special home in a popular, desirable location. Part of the Bay View association which provides a separate park and second access to the water, shared by a handful of neighbors in the area. Home built above flood plain.
Posted on April 7, 2020
Vacation Rental Makeovers: How to Turn Your Home Into a Destination
Vacation homes have gained popularity over the years due to their affordable nature and the benefits of having a full kitchen and plenty of places to sleep. Families have benefitted from these homes all around the country because they allow for much more comfort and privacy than a hotel and are often cheaper. Recently, many homeowners have turned to creating a vacation getaway out of their own homes, offering up a stylish and comfy place for couples and families to take refuge during their travels. With the sharing economy booming right now, it makes sense to move into the world of renting, especially if you live in an area that gets frequent visitors.
There are some things to consider, however. Turning your home into a spot for paying guests often requires changes and updates, such as more places to sleep, added security with keyless locks, and safety features that will attract guests and keep them coming back. You’ll need to work out a budget for updates, look into changing your insurance to make sure you’re covered while guests are in your home, and figure out how best to fill the house with furniture and necessities so their every need will be taken care of. Here are a few things to think about when you want to turn your home into a destination vacation rental.
Add Spaces for Sleeping
Making an investment in your home — whether it’s an existing property or one you’re buying specifically to turn into a rental — can be a big jump, and it can create some anxiety when you’re spending a lot of money to get things ready. However, the right changes can get you a big return on your investment. Think about adding more places to sleep by utilizing pull-out couches and bunk beds; this is one of the first things a renter will look for. You can also update the kitchen and bathrooms or add a small hot tub or game room.
Anticipate Your Renter’s Needs
When someone rents out a place to spend their vacation, they typically want to have everything they need right there. The kitchen and bathrooms should be well-stocked, internet access should be provided, and there should be comfortable bedding to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Think about how to make their time in your home fun, safe, and comfortable so that they will want to come back next year — and the year after that!
Work With a Good Agency
When it’s time to rent out your home, make sure you choose a rental management company that strives to provide quality service for all your guests. A top-notch agency typically ensures your home is professionally cleaned before each guest arrives, offers round-the-clock support, and consistently updates bookings so that you stay on track with who’s staying in your home and when. Working with a good vacation rental agency helps to ensure that guests’ stays are consistently enjoyable.
Keep It Safe
There are certain safety considerations to take when you own a rental home. From making changes to your homeowners insurance to ensuring that there are security upgrades, you’ll want to make your guests feel safe during their stay. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, either; by planting prickly shrubs beneath ground-floor windows and trimming taller ones to eliminate hiding places, adding motion-sensor lighting, and placing a keyless entry system on the doors, you can update the home’s security features without breaking the bank. If you’re willing to spend extra, you can also have a home security system installed.
Turning a home into a vacation rental takes some work, so give yourself plenty of time to get everything done, and start with a good budget to ensure that you can stay on track with updates and other changes. With some preparation, you can turn your house into a getaway in no time.
Posted on March 27, 2020
• 1920 sqft , 3 bath , 3 bdrm 2 story – FOR SALE USD849,900 .
in Holland, Holland
Beautiful Lake Macatawa home with private water frontage and nearly 2,000 sqft. 1335 Bayview boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths with amazing lake views and includes a second lot behind the home with a protected dock area in a lagoon. On a quiet street in the Central Park neighborhood, this home is truly move in ready—-freshly painted with all new flooring, new master bath, and extremely well maintained and updated. The bonus lagoon lot is perfect for your boats, wave-runners, or other watercraft with plenty of parking for guests, Super convenient location close Downtown Holland.
Posted on March 20, 2020
in Macatawa, Laketown Township Announcing a price drop on 2258 South Shore Dr, a 4152 sqft , 4 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm 3 story. Now FOR SALE USD1,695,000 . Macatawa Luxury
Posted on March 13, 2020
in Grand Haven Township, Grand Haven Township Announcing a price drop on 13467 Windcrest Lane, a 5023 sqft , 4 bath , 1 half bath , 5 bdrm 2 story. Now FOR SALE USD1,900,000 . Grand Haven Waterfront!