What type of activities are there in the area for mature ladies other than shopping?
If you visit, when will your visit be? This makes a big difference right now.
It would be next August or early Sep of 2019.
we can handle that!! Any historic sites or favorite walking trails?
I will help along with others a bit later but Big Red Lighthouse and Windmill Island are two neat historic sites there but there are many more. If you have not seen www.holland.org you should check it out for self guided tours and attractions. The town boast two gardens plus the famouse Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids is a short drive away. Dune rides, boat rides and Duck Rides can be found just south in Saugatuck, MI. Ottawa County has some fantastic parks. Consider Grand Haven, MI on the weekend for their Musical Fountain. Kind of neat to see once or twice. Plenty of historical houses, bridges, and buildings/barns in the area. Even a large commercial flower farm a short drive southeast of Holland. Allegan, MI is a nice historic town to check out too. But, while awaiting other replies, check
Saugatuck State Park and Hoffmaster State Park for longer walks but great shorter walks like Rosy Mounds, Grand Haven Boardwalk, a bit inland Ravines Park, and Outdoor Discovery Center are just a few of the good options.
I never did finish with ideas but a couple more are Blue Star Antique Pavilion, Felt Mansion, Saugatuck Hydrobikes, New Richmond Bridge Park, Heath Township Park, Holland Princess, Mount Pisgah, Baert Mansion, house on Maple & Central (Zeeland), and a small castle in Restlawn Gardens. And be sure to see all the lighthouses. https:/…
Grand Haven, MI boardwalk is a must too.
About 45 minutes away, Grand Rapids has the Public Museum, two art museums, Gerald R Ford Presidential museum. However, if the weather is good, try to spend it outdoors. Meijer Gardens is in the far side of GR, so about an hour away, but is well worth a visit (if you have any garden or museum memberships at home, check for reciprocity options too.)
In Holland, Windmill Island was mentioned already, and they have lovely gardens now, plus some history & the DeZwaan windmill with the only Dutch-certified miller in America (and first female allowed in the guild). You can get a tour inside. It is a lot of walking & stairs, though, if that's a problem.
Big Red is a little harder to get to these days thanks to some new security rules, but if you're from out of state, you actually have more opportunity than us locals. http://bigredlighthouse.com/ It is very nice to view across the channel, though, from Holland State Park (entry fee or recreation pass required) if you'd like a day at the beach, or just to sit and watch the boats go through.
The Holland Princess has dinner and sunset cruises as does the Star of Saugatuck that was mentioned above.
Fenn Valley Winery, just under 30 minutes south, is a favorite of mine and in the summer, they have live outdoor music on Thursdays and Saturdays where you can take a picnic. They also offer wine tastings (sometimes tours too) throughout the week, if you check out their website.
Grand Haven gets another nod from me too.