Read This: 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

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Have you been to Holland, Michigan yet? A small town located on Michigan's Sunset Coast, Holland was, obviously, settled by Dutch immigrants. The landscape resembles the Netherland (aka Holland), and the settlers brought a rich array of culture, food, and tulips with them. 

Interested in learning more? Of course! I've got a GREAT read to recommend!

Read This: 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

Veronica Bareman has a new book out with Reedy Press, entitled 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die. It's a must-read for any travel, culture, and food lover. She is an author, blogger, and award-winning photographer. Also known as the Hip Grandma with a Camera, Veronica is an online influencer and a freelance writer, contributing images and writing to multiple online and print publications. Veronica passionately lives life to the fullest in her middle years, and the only thing she likes more than traveling and having adventures is her big family with five kids and two grandkids.

Veronica Bareman, author of 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

Slide into a pair of genuine Dutch Wooden Shoes from Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens and klomp through a town full of history and culture. Founded in 1847 by the Reverend Albertus C. VanRaalte, Holland, Michigan, is known for its Dutch Roots and diverse culture. In 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan, Before You Die, learn about the places and people that make Holland known for being the second happiest city in the US.

I grew up near Holland (and even marched in the Tulip Festival parade for years), and thought I knew everything about this town! But I discovered so much more than I ever knew about Holland. Bareman includes favorites (PLEASE try the affogato at Lemonjello's, and definitely eat at Boatwerks), but also shares so many interesting, delicious, and unique things to do in this fun lakeside town.

Highly, highly recommended!

We were lucky enough to chat with Bareman, and ask about inspiration, joys and challenges of writing the book, being a hip grandma, and more. Here's what she had to say...

Veronica Bareman, author of 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

Please tell us about your new book, 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die...
100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die is a comprehensive guide to exploring the beautiful city of Holland, Michigan. The book is designed to provide readers with an insider's perspective on the best attractions, activities, and experiences this charming city offers. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, this book serves as a valuable resource for discovering hidden gems, iconic landmarks, and must-try local traditions.

What inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration for writing this book came from a deep love and appreciation for Holland, Michigan, and its unique culture. I moved to Holland about 20 years ago from nearby Grand Rapids. I had no idea what a gem Holland was, and located only 1/2 hour from where I grew up. Now, as a resident for over 20 years, I want to share my passion for this city with others and provide them with a roadmap to make the most of their time here. I also saw a need for a comprehensive guidebook showcasing Holland's diverse range of experiences.

Veronica Bareman, author of 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

What were the joys and challenges of researching and writing this book?
The joys of researching and writing this book included the opportunity to delve into Holland's rich history, culture, and vibrant community. Discovering hidden treasures and interviewing locals who are passionate about their city was truly rewarding.

Challenges included the vast amount of information available and the need to narrow it down to just 100 things. Additionally, ensuring that the information provided was accurate and up-to-date required thorough research and fact-checking.

What might people be surprised to learn about Holland?
People might be surprised to learn about the deep Dutch heritage that is still very much alive in Holland, Michigan. From the annual Tulip Time Festival to the authentic Dutch architecture and cuisine, Holland's connection to its Dutch roots is both fascinating and charming.

What's up next for you?
I'm currently exploring new writing projects that continue to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of various places and cultures. Whether it's another travel guide or a different genre altogether, I'm excited to continue sharing my passion with readers.

How can people find your work? 
You can find my book, 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die, at major book retailers, both online and in physical stores. Additionally, you can follow my updates and discover more about my work through my websites and, as well as on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook as @HipGrandmaLife, and LinkedIn as Veronica Bareman. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I'd like to express my gratitude to the supportive community of Holland, Michigan, for their enthusiasm and help in creating this book. Their insights and recommendations were invaluable in making this guide as comprehensive and authentic as possible. I hope readers will enjoy exploring the wonderful city of Holland and creating their own memorable experiences. Thank you for your support!

Veronica Bareman, author of 100 Things to Do in Holland, Michigan Before You Die

You are also known as the Hip Grandma.  Where did the name “Hip Grandma” come from, and why all the pink?
I have had an innate love for all things pink, which can be traced back to my earliest years when, even as a toddler, I'm told I insisted on pink EVERYTHING.  Eventually, the pink clothes and accessories leaked into my hair around the same time I welcomed my first grandchild.  The name “Hip Grandma” was born.

Gone are the grandma days of little old ladies with white hair rocking away their golden years.  This Hip Grandma is ready to break some stereotypes and explore the world, all while sharing my adventures with other women looking for fun, inspiration, and frank talk about aging.

As for the pink?  Why not?  Everything is better with a bit of pink, right?