Serving New Buffalo, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, South Haven, Fennville, Glenn, Douglas, Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Muskegon

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

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk along the lake. -- Wallace Stevens

Those of us who spend time along the shores of Lake Michigan know there is such a thing as a ‘lake effect’. Whether heading south from Saugatuck-Douglas down the coast to Chicago, or turning north from Holland to Muskegon and points beyond, the lake is never far away. Even on the most hectic day, it is possible to tap into the sense of well-being and tranquility that seems to surround the vast clear lake that the Ojibwa called mishigami, or ‘great water’.

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.

Grand_Haven_Lights-Sunset-8207-V2-225pxLighting the Lake: The Grand Haven Lights

The British sloop HMS Felicity was the first ship to sail up to the mouth of the Grand River in 1779 during a voyage around Lake Michigan. Since then, ships have negotiated the entrance to the river on many a dark night. Learn the history of the Grand Haven Lights that first illuminated the path to the harbor in 1839.

Antique Shops Near the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Antiques appeal to collectors for various reasons. Some like the thrill of hunting down a rare item to fill out a specific collection. Others revel in the sense of history that handling an antique can give them. Many just enjoy the styles of a bygone era. Whatever your reason for loving antiques, use our listing of shops near the lakeshore to plan your next antiquing day. We've arranged the listing from south to north along the lake to make it easier to see what possibilities are just down the road in the next town. You'll never know what perfect item you may find, until you go and take a look.

Art Galleries Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Feed your aesthetic sense with a visit to one of the art galleries in the Lake Effect Guide.

Wineries and Vineyards of the Lake Michigan Shoreline

It's always a great time of year to enjoy a fine wine from one of west Michigan's great wineries.

Craft Breweries near the Lake Michigan Shoreline

Old English proverb - Bread is the staff of life, but beer's life itself. Michigan is fifth in the nation for its number of breweries. The great quality of water and rich soil produces some of the best beer making ingredients. Our listing of brewpubs, microbreweries and breweries along the shoreline will help you plan your next hearty draft of life itself.

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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.

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 check out the
Calendar of Events for April and May. There's always something happening on the lakeshore.