What do inlanders think of Grand Haven?

What do inlanders think of Grand Haven?

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jcv

United States

#1 Nov 24, 2008
I'm just curious whether people have a positive or negative image.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Haven, MI

#2 Nov 24, 2008
live on M-104 in the summer..try working there in the summer..everything is geared for the businesses on the west side of the highway and spring lake,ferrysburg and the remainder of grand haven have to pay for it and put up with it...other than that,its ok!it was fun when i was a kid 25 years ago,but then the tourist side got out of control..

“Auto Centric”

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids

#3 Nov 24, 2008
Generally positive. I'd live there.
Local

Brookfield, WI

#4 Nov 24, 2008
Spent half my life in Grand Haven. We had a cottage in Stickney Ridge (before it fell in the lake from erosion back in the 70's) and Grand Haven (since been razed and rebuilt), and a condo right next to the state park. My parents had a house on Spring Lake.
I have a bazillion memories and every one of them good. We used to dive from the top of the pier bridge before they locked it, sandboard down the dunes, and I still remember falling asleep to the sound of the waves.
To say I love Grand Haven would be an understatement.
Buckboy

Southfield, MI

#5 Nov 24, 2008
We love it! We bought a cottage there in the 70's. We pretty much live there in the summers. Since I'm mostly retired now, I really enjoy it.

Since: Nov 08

Allendale MI

#7 Nov 24, 2008
I love GH! My grandparents had a time share right across from the entrance to the state park (with the REALLY steep wooden stairs going up and the really steep driveway) when I was a kid. I loved going out and visiting them and going to the beach.

Now we live about 15-20 minutes away. I love taking the kids for walks on the boardwalk, and we ALWAYS go to Fortino's to pick out a treat with the kids. Then we sit and watch all the boats in the channels. It makes for a fun relaxing day and my boys really enjoy themselves as well.

Once thing I won't do in GH is camp. The camp ground is nice, it just doesn't do it for me. Paved campsites are not my thing.

“Trouble here in River City”

Since: Nov 08

West Michigan

#8 Nov 24, 2008
I've got a positive view of Grand Haven, but as a Holland grad, I like Holland better.
MichiganMom

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Nov 24, 2008
We're just day-trippers unless we're able to camp, but it's one of our favorite places. My husband and I will eat at Snug Harbor, grab a bunch of Pronto Pups to bring home to the kids, and just meander on the beach for hours. It helps put the world in persepctive after a busy week. Something about the water..

“Trouble here in River City”

Since: Nov 08

West Michigan

#10 Nov 24, 2008
Pronto Pups are great!

We pass through GH once or twice a year and always stop at G&L for a chili dog.
FrigginIdiots

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Nov 24, 2008
The beach is ok but overrated flat sand and black top. The towns nice, but overrun by tourist.

Since: Sep 08

Allegan, MI

#12 Nov 24, 2008
I have been visiting since 1969. I love Grand Haven. Dinner at the BilMar at sunset is unique here in West Michigan. I have very fond memories of the State Park. When I first camped there in 1969 traffic could still circle through the campground which made for a more exciting time than you have now in there.

One question though there is a hotel across from the State Park. It's the blue building, I forget what it is called now. I seem to remember that being a Coral Gables for a short period of time in the 1970s, anyone else recall what it was back then.

Traffic is a problem but I don't think a new highway, bridge or widening M-104 is the answer. At some point you just have to put up with it or leave. We don't have to pave over every square foot of land. I have said elswhere here that I think TC has ruined it's atmosphere over the last 20 years. I would have to see Grand Haven do the same thing.
jcv

United States

#13 Nov 24, 2008
Whiz-Bang wrote:
I've got a positive view of Grand Haven, but as a Holland grad, I like Holland better.
I understand; I feel the same way about Holland ;)
Local

Brookfield, WI

#14 Nov 24, 2008
GR Pete wrote:
I have been visiting since 1969. I love Grand Haven. Dinner at the BilMar at sunset is unique here in West Michigan. I have very fond memories of the State Park. When I first camped there in 1969 traffic could still circle through the campground which made for a more exciting time than you have now in there.
One question though there is a hotel across from the State Park. It's the blue building, I forget what it is called now. I seem to remember that being a Coral Gables for a short period of time in the 1970s, anyone else recall what it was back then.
Traffic is a problem but I don't think a new highway, bridge or widening M-104 is the answer. At some point you just have to put up with it or leave. We don't have to pave over every square foot of land. I have said elswhere here that I think TC has ruined it's atmosphere over the last 20 years. I would have to see Grand Haven do the same thing.
I believe you're right about Coral Gables, but that seems like a long time ago. If it wasn't Coral Gables it was something similar. Is the Tip-A-Few bar still around?
ajj

Pueblo, CO

#15 Nov 24, 2008
Grand Haven is nice. I prefer Saugatuck for the beach, though. GH has a cute "downtown" area. The restaurants are nice. I just dont like the ambiance of sitting at the beach with traffic behind you. I like a little more seculsion.
jcv

United States

#16 Nov 24, 2008
GR Pete wrote:
I have been visiting since 1969. I love Grand Haven. Dinner at the BilMar at sunset is unique here in West Michigan. I have very fond memories of the State Park. When I first camped there in 1969 traffic could still circle through the campground which made for a more exciting time than you have now in there.
One question though there is a hotel across from the State Park. It's the blue building, I forget what it is called now. I seem to remember that being a Coral Gables for a short period of time in the 1970s, anyone else recall what it was back then.
Traffic is a problem but I don't think a new highway, bridge or widening M-104 is the answer. At some point you just have to put up with it or leave. We don't have to pave over every square foot of land. I have said elswhere here that I think TC has ruined it's atmosphere over the last 20 years. I would have to see Grand Haven do the same thing.
That was "The Oval" that everyone drove around at the beach. Much cooler than what they have now...:)

I believe the name of the hotel is Blue Water Inn and Suites.

The traffic is not bad if you live in Grand Haven, it just seems to be bad if you are going through.

And last (driving you crazy yet?)- the waterfront is getting waaay overdevelped. That is a shame, because it is taking away from the quaintness of the town.
Just saying

United States

#17 Nov 24, 2008
Clique town......

Since: Nov 08

Allendale MI

#18 Nov 24, 2008
Local wrote:
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I believe you're right about Coral Gables, but that seems like a long time ago. If it wasn't Coral Gables it was something similar. Is the Tip-A-Few bar still around?
Tip a few is still around, and it's always hoppin on the weekends in the summertime! Especially around the 4th of July and Coast Guard festival!
jcv

United States

#19 Nov 24, 2008
Just saying wrote:
Clique town......
Do you think so? Why do you say that?

Since: Nov 08

Grand Haven, MI

#20 Nov 24, 2008
jcv wrote:
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That was "The Oval" that everyone drove around at the beach. Much cooler than what they have now...:)
I believe the name of the hotel is Blue Water Inn and Suites.
The traffic is not bad if you live in Grand Haven, it just seems to be bad if you are going through.
And last (driving you crazy yet?)- the waterfront is getting waaay overdevelped. That is a shame, because it is taking away from the quaintness of the town.
well,you can thank your planning commission for that..they are trying to make the waterfront cater to the rich...kids cant hang out anymore without the bicycle gestapo running them off and its all geared for tourists..remember before they built that cow called the zephyr...there was a totally kick a s s mexican restaurant called ponchos..torn down!the tip will be the next one torn down and condos plopped on its grave,whether this stuff is selling or not...its sad,they have ruined the neat atmosphere grand haven had to turn it into a giant condo...but when you have lived around here almost all of your life,you tend to despise the changes unless your one of the few making a boat load of money from it!also,i believe that motel was also called the
bi dee gee or something to that effect..
ron mexico

Westphalia, MI

#22 Nov 24, 2008
three words, Tip-a-Few.

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