In 1910, Frederick Nelis sent his 17-year-old son Harry from the Netherlands to America in search of land so that the family of 14 could later join him across the pond. After a tough couple of years, the clan discovered a settlement in Holland, Michigan, whose rich soils proved ideal for growing tulips.
Over the course of the next eight decades, the Nelis’ tulip farm blossomed into the theme park it is today. Still family operated and brought to life by the Netherlands’ signature blooms, the park is now home to myriad attractions for all ages. Traditional Dutch dancers don wooden shoes and lead lessons for visitors, and artisans hand carve candles into intricate masterpieces or slightly smaller candles. As guests stroll to the Dutch swing, petting zoo, or carousel, the notes from an Amsterdam street organ float through winding canals and over the looming windmills that, at a glance, may momentarily transport guests to the Netherlands as Harry Nelis last saw it in 1910.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women are spread across six locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers’ fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.
Africa's Child Family Resale Store lines the shelves of its boutique-style, African-themed retail space with gently used merchandise. Walls painted with outdoor African scenes frame smartly organized racks of apparel, including a generous selection of baby and children's clothes ($2), men's pants and shirts ($3), and women's separates such as tops, pants, jeans or skirts ($3). Feminine feet sore from jitterbugging in glass slippers can find chic new homes amid the store's treasure trove of women's shoes ($3), and athletic brains joyfully run laps around a collection of used books ($0.25–$2 for most books). Grownups spruce up abodes with home wares ($5+) such as wood coffee tables, plush armchairs, and imitation-marshmallow sofas as kids explore the store’s play area. Although not purchasable with this Groupon, a colorful hodgepodge of African art, dolls, and jewelry is also available at regular price.
Within the lime-hued walls of Eden Salon, experienced nail technicians beautify hands and feet in relaxing mani-pedis that take about two hours. Aestheticians trim cuticles, buff nail beds, and file nail enamel into squares, ovals, or bugle-shaped cylindrical cones before coating fingers' enameled bits with Shellac nail polish (a $75 value). Shellac's no-chip formula slides onto nails smoothly and sets quickly under a UV lamp. A Shellac base coat blankets the bare nail, followed by a color coat of the client's choice and finished with a UV top coat that seals the process, making nails gleam like the helmet of an astronaut falling into the sun. Newly embellished finger digits and foot ends can retain their glossy lamination for up to 14 days.
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Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar capitalizes on the water's air-warming capabilities, growing tender grapes and crafting them into award-winning wines. Their 20th annual Wine Festival takes place on the winery's expansive lawn under a 4,000-square-foot tent pitched for the occasion. Revelers deepen the connection between their ears, noses, and throats with classic rock courtesy of The Trace, traditional Mexican fare and barbecue chicken and ribs, and a palate-wowing library of wines. Guests equipped with a souvenir glass can catch a ride on a People Hauler and move between three tasting stations set up throughout the vineyard, choosing between multiple small tastes or one full glass of a Fenn Valley oeno-explosion. Reds include the delicately fruity capriccio and the more robust merlot, while whites delight with an apple-kissed riesling and an ice wine sweeter than a pineapple Gummi Bear hitting a half-court buzzer beater.