The Washington Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in one of the most beautiful resort towns on Lake Michigan. Grand Haven’s state beach is one of the most magnificent spots along Lake Michigan and it is located within walking and biking distance from our front door. As well, you can walk the boardwalk to the lighthouse and pier. Six blocks from the inn is the Grand Haven Musical Fountain, a synchronized display of water and lights located on Dewey Hill on the north shore of the Grand River, not far from the mouth at Lake Michigan and Grand Haven State Park.
Our inn is a short walk to the downtown area, which houses a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. Within Grand Haven, there are wine tastings, breweries, antiques, chocolates, gifts and more that satisfy a variety of interests. Located on the trolley route, guests are able to grab a ride around town with various stopping points. Walking enthusiasts can check out Rosy Mound, Kirk and Olive Park. Hikers will encounter dunelands, wooded settings and a breathtaking finale on Lake Michigan. A local favorite is Duncan Memorial Park. “Duncan Woods”, as it is locally known, is approximately 40 acres of unspoiled virgin forest between Lake Forest Cemetery and Sheldon Road in the center of town.
For those looking to be more active or involved in activity, check out these popular experiences: Barbara Carlson A local artist who offers art classes and her original artwork. Julie Sanford, is another another well known local artist offering a beautiful gallery of handmade items and workspace for classes from beginners as well as advanced classes to learn professional metalsmithing techniques. If you enjoy puzzles and riddles and fast paced excitement, check out the Grand Haven Escape room. Work as a team to solve the puzzle to set you free! Kayaking is a popular activity and Lake Shore Kayak Rental will be your place for this adventure. Single and double kayaks, on Spring Lake and bayous. For the historically minded, there are two local museums to enjoy. Both within easy walking distance from the Inn. Tri-Cities Historical Museum, and Midwest Miniatures Museum, located in the former historic home of Nathaniel and Esther Robbins, listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties. A short drive to Muskegon will bring you to Aquastar Lake Cruises. Take a day time or popular sunset cruise on Lake Michigan!
Additionally, our central location puts guests within a 45-minute drive of the neighboring city of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids hosts the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Botanical Garden and sculpture park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House, as well as various cultural events throughout the year. For the “Ale Trail” travelers, Grand Rapids and near-by areas features many fine breweries.
Grand Haven is a great home base for guests looking to do some additional sightseeing outside of town. Holland is a 20-minute drive and Saugatuck is a 40-minute drive. Also, guests can board the Amtrak train from Holland to Chicago, which departs and arrives daily.
For a most complete list of events and activities please check out our Visitors Bureau web site: VisitGrandHaven