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Squaw Island Light from the US Coast Guard Archive
photo: US Coast Guard Archive
Lighting the Lake: Squaw Island Light

Learn about the fascinating history of Squaw Island Light, especially the tragedy which unfolded in December 1900 when the lighthouse keepers and their family members met with disaster upon leaving Squaw Island at the end of the shipping season.

Purple Tulips at Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan
Tulip Time

It's spring along the lakeshore, which means it's Tulip Time again in Holland, Michigan. Check out all the family friendly events scheduled for this week-long annual festival that draws thousands of visitors. And bring a camera to record the multitude of gorgeous tulips in full bloom throughout downtown Holland and at famed Veldheer Tulip Farm.

Sign in front of the Saugatuck Tea Party Cafe in Saugatuck, Michigan
Saugatuck Tea Party Cafe

Tea lovers, rejoice! Downtown Saugatuck now has a charming cafe serving artisan teas from around the world, along with tea smoothies and tea infused hot chocolate. And don't forget the tea flavored candies and pastries. So head to Water Street and raise a cuppa.


The big news in West Michigan this winter is the opening of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The exhibition runs from February 9th through July 7th and showcases over 150 artifacts recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic. Full size reproductions of several rooms give a sense of life aboard the doomed ship. Actual dining room china, furniture and ship's fittings will be on display along with some passenger's belongings that survived the harsh conditions at the bottom of the ocean.

Wine tasting room window with bottles of wine and gifts in Saugatuck, Michigan
Wineries and Vineyards of the Lake Michigan Shoreline

It's time to enjoy a fine wine from one of west Michigan's great wineries while you watch a lovely spring sunset.

Golf cart and golfer on a course in spring in southwest Michigan
Golf the Lakeshore

The trees are leafing out and grass regains that shade of green that you only see in spring. Time to get out and get some exercise on the golf links. Check out the Golf the Lakeshore page in the Lake Effect Guide to find a course near Lake Michigan.

The Fall issue of Recommended Reads reviews:
  • A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan - Memoir - by Loreen Niewenhuis
  • Women and the Lakes: Untold Great Lakes Maritime Tales - Non-fiction - by Frederick Stonehouse
  • Giraffes Can't Dance - Children's Book - by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
  • Mossy - Children's Book - written and illustrated by Jan Brett
Spring days lengthen quickly, so be on the beach at the right time to catch a beautiful Southwest Michigan sunset. Use our Beaches and Sunset Times pages to make sure you don't miss out.

Don't forget to read the
Calendar of Events for April and May. There's always something happening on the lakeshore.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Lake Effect Living photographs
are the work and property of Sharon Pisacreta.