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.
The idea for jb and me came from a mother and daughter who wanted to create a place where women of any age could go to find clothes they’d like to wear. In 1997, they opened jb and me, and they've been serving ladies of all age brackets ever since. Customers can call ahead to set up a complimentary personal-shopping appointment, or they can walk in to wander the racks filled with brands such as Free People, Splendid, and AG Jeans. On any given visit, they might find a rickrack-printed Leota dress, chunky silver earrings from jb and me's own brand, or a sophisticated pair of black Nicole Nook wedges. To ensure that their customers' homes are as stylish as the people who live and cry in them, the staff also curates home decor such as printed throw pillows and wall art.
Beneath the baked bread and vegetable du jour of Restaurant Toulouse's signature cassoulet, pork sausage and duck confit stew with great northern beans, bacon, carrots, onions, and tomatoes into one simmering pot of flavor. The cuisine includes onion soup and a medley of pan-seared scallops and mushrooms smothered in gruy?re cream sauce. Bartenders also mix up an extensive assortment of cocktails, including Kahlua- and tequila-spiked coffee or the French Connection, a slowly stirred blend of cognac and amaretto over ice. Wait staff serve these feasts in a refurbished turn-of-the-century building replete with art deco?style posters and a wood- and screenplay-burning hearth, as well as a heated, enclosed patio.
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.
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.
The experienced instructors at Friends Of Wool impart stitching wisdom to new knitting and crocheting practitioners. In three one-hour classes, new knitters will learn to cast on, bind off, and amuse kittens with dangling bits of yarn. The classes also seek to imbue pupils with the skills needed to complete their first projects. Alternately, crocheting newcomers can learn crochet chain- and single-stitches so they can bring wooly creations to life and subsequently teach them about the power of friendship.