The calendar is closing in on Winter, but we can’t stop thinking about summer afternoons on the boat watching the regatta racers heading back to port. Our favorite spot to hang out on the pontoon boat is the front sofas around the table, enjoying appetizers and beverages and catching the last rays of the late August sunshine. In West Michigan we head out from Lake Macatawa to the Holland beach area where our iconic and beloved lighthouse, Big Red, is located on the South pierhead.
Big Red is Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse and is popular with painters, boaters, and beach goers as well. Big Red has a rich history dating back to 1870 and the house’s style, with its boxy shape and gabled roof, reflects the influence of the Dutch settlers in the Holland area. Big Red has a twin, the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. To learn more about Big Red just google Big Red Lighthouse Holland, Michigan and enjoy the many images and origin story that will have you dreaming of Summer all Winter long.