See below for questions and answers from previous visitors, or ask questions of your own.
July 14th, 2016
Glad to hear your family is moving back to Michigan! Holland truly is a great place to live with so much to offer to all age groups any time of year and since recently voted the healthiest county in Michigan, it is certainly growing.
There are several options for schools in Holland – all great choices and boils down to personal preference. See our Education page for more details. As far as a prospective job outlook for elementary school teachers, we encourage you to contact each district for potential job opportunities.
There are several ways to locate housing in the City. In addition to the national websites such as Realtor.com Apartment Search or Zillow Apartment Search, you can also check our local newspaper at www.hollandsentinel.com. To learn more about the neighborhoods I would encourage you to check out our neighborhood flyers Here. There are many different neighborhoods within the City of Holland and the greater Holland area. No matter where you choose to live in Holland we’re sure you will be happy as there is so much to offer and nothing is very far including many outdoor activities, parks on Lake Michigan, small commercial districts and the City of Holland’s downtown. 8th Street Downtown offers great shops, restaurants, brew pubs, art studios, outdoor entertainment and a great farmers market, just to name a few. See www.downtownholland.com for more information.
Good luck to you and your family!
July 11th, 2016
A: Thanks for letting us know it is helpful and we’re very glad you found it too!
June 8th, 2016
A: Hello! Thank you for your interest in Holland! Such a great place to visit and live! Your source is correct; tulips bloom in the spring and usually (depending on mother nature of course) are in full bloom around the first week in May – this is when we hold our annual Tulip Time Festival. Millions of tulips are growing throughout the City and surrounding areas. By July 4 there are no tulips to be seen. But if you are thinking of visiting Holland in July, there is a lot to do and see including the big Independence Day Celebration here in Holland. For more information about visiting Holland, please visit the Holland Visitors Bureau website, as well as our Downtown Holland website. Hope you visit us soon!
June 8th, 2016
A: That is so awesome that you’re moving to Holland. I am also a transplant from NYC many, many years ago! West Michigan is beautiful and a great choice to live for any age group. There are a lot of ways to learn more about Holland – of course you’ve got a good start with visiting the enjoyhollandmichigan.com website! Lots of information here. We also have a Facebook page, Twitter page, Downtown Holland website, Downtown Holland Facebook page, Downtown Holland Twitter page, Ottawa County and what you might be very interested in is a Holland Area Newcomer’s Organization. (Click on links).
I hope these are helpful to you as you move forward and begin a new adventure! Stop by City Hall some time when you get settled in!
March 18th, 2016
Thank you for your email! And your interest in our tulips. I’m sorry that you cannot make it to the Tulip Time Festival this year, but it sounds like you may be able to make it beforehand? You asked when do the tulips start blooming, and in a perfect world yes, April would be great and they will be in full bloom by Tulip Time week and it looks like we’re on track for that (with continued cooler weather) according to the Tulip Time website. Here is the Tulip Time webpage with updates on the tulips: https://www.tuliptime.com/the-tulips.
In any case, I hope you can make it to Holland some time soon. It is beautiful here all year round!
December 30th, 2015
A: Hi there and thank you for checking out Holland, Michigan! We think Holland rates pretty high as a place to live. While I won’t qualify Holland as a slow pace to live, we are just small enough that you will truly feel a part of the community and just large enough that you find exciting stuff to do all year long! As for living near the ocean, you will be happy to know that the City is a short five minute drive to Lake Michigan, which in our opinion, is better than the ocean because we don’t have to deal with salt or sharks. As for the night sky, the City is also a short drive to the deep country and the stars just seem to shine brighter in the country air.
August 7th, 2015
Hello! And it’s great you’re looking to relocate to Holland!
While I suggest continuing to search the job search websites for opportunities (including putting in “Job fair” under keywords), you may want to contact Michigan Works Association, “A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.” They have an office in Holland, offer job fairs and also workshops. (Direct link to the job fair page: http://michiganworkska.org/job-fair-information/.) Here is a link to workshops and events with Ottawa County: http://www.miottawa.org/Community/MichiganWorks/.
Good luck in your search and we hope it leads you to great opportunities and adventures – and that it includes living in Holland!
August 7th, 2015
Thank you for reaching out to us – it is always exciting when we hear about someone considering moving to Holland!
The City of Holland is a great place for all ages and that includes retirees. The reasons include all that Holland has to offer. A few years back Money Magazine voted Holland # 4 on their best places in the retire in the U.S. citing it a place for a perfect retirement — ” … loads of culture, lots of green space and everything else the most desirable places in America have.”
Read about more reasons why: http://www.enjoyhollandmichigan.com/reasons-retire/, http://www.topretirements.com/reviews/Michigan/Holland.html and here is a list of why people choose to live in Holland: http://www.holland.org/media/media-awards/.
I would encourage you to reach out to a realtor or search online for retirement communities within the City of Holland that work within your budget.
People here know how to enjoy like and take advantage of all the great resources available to them in Holland. We hope you will too.