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Vacationing in Grand Haven, Michigan
Author: Jennifer Weiss

As one of the most popular vacation destinations in Michigan, Grand Haven is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax in the summer sun with your entire family. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan on the west side of the state, its location makes for an excellent harbor and an ideal home for the largest collection of fishing charters on the lake. However, there is more to this area than just fishing, so head over to Western Michigan for outdoor adventures of any imaginable variety.

Since the lake is so predominant in Grand Haven, one of the first things many people think about doing is getting out on the crystal blue water for some exciting water sports. Whatever activity you prefer, whether it be boating, sailing, jet skiing, or waterskiing, there is an outlet that can meet your needs near the lake.

For a more relaxing adventure on the water, climb aboard a riverboat cruise that travels on the Grand River and Spring Lake. There are dining cruises in the summer and you can catch sight of a sunset as you slowly move along these calm waters.

Scenic cruises are also available from many of the fishing charter companies, but helping you catch the fish of a lifetime is their main purpose and anyone who loves the excitement of reeling one in will certainly want to make a reservation beforehand.

If the lake draws you near but you prefer to stay ashore, the beautiful beaches of Grand Haven can accommodate your daily desires. Take a stroll and experience the famous "singing sands," an occurrence that is unique to the Lake Michigan beaches in Western Michigan. Listen closely as you walk across the wet sand for the slightest squeaks and sounds and occasionally dip a toe or two in the water. Spend a day soaking up the sun at Grand Haven State Park as the kids build sand castles. The water temperature can reach the low 70s during the months of July and August, so venture outward for a brisk swim.

To feed your brain and your body, head over to the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center for their dune exhibits, nature slide shows, guided hikes, and bird and wildlife viewing. Located within P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, you can enjoy a whole day of outdoor fun at these activities and at the beach and picnic areas located around the park.

If your idea of outdoor adventure involves rolling terrain and your trusty 3-wood, then Grand Haven has a course that will meet your needs. The Evergreen is perfect for those individuals who have perfected the slice with its par 60 course, but it still provides a stiff test on a few holes to remind every duffer of their skill level. The Grand Haven Golf Club is located along the shore and is a picture of Western Michigan beauty. Sand dunes and dense hardwoods line the course and call attention to the natural surroundings of the course, which has been named one of the top 50 public courses in the country the last 10 years.

If you want to be close to the lake and all the attractions of Grand Haven, then choose a lodging option that actually accommodates you and your family. A Grand Haven vacation rental provides easy access to the lake and gives you a place to truly relax after a full day of activities at the beach and on the water.

Grill up the fish you caught aboard your fishing charter on the barbeque that sits conveniently on the deck, and then watch the sun set as you listen to the waves lap against the sand. Your vacation fun doesn't need to end when you leave the beach, so continue making memories by taking advantage of all the amenities your home away from home offers.

About the author:
HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, look into a Grand Haven vacation rental for your next trip to Western Michigan.