Tulip Time: Fast Facts

Local or not, the annual Tulip Time Festival here in Holland, Michigan is an event you’re not going to want to miss. This nine-day festival celebrates everything Dutch, and visitors experience vibrant parades, colorful blooming tulips, and unforgettable culinary experiences.

To add even more excitement into the mix, Tulip Time has been voted one of the Top 10 Best Small Town Festivals. Read along with some of these fun facts about our small town and it’s big party:

Did you know: Holland boasts over 5 million tulips during our festival. Tulips are located in city parks, public attractions and parks, and along our streets! This year, you can even Ask Alexa to track the tulip bloom for you, to keep up with every bulb this year.

The average time spent at Tulip Time for all visitors is 2.67 days. That time could be spent watching the parades, checking out the tulips on Windmill Island, or shopping and eating at Downtown Holland’s very best shops and restaurants.

There are 3 main parades that take place on 8th street. Volksparade comes first, otherwise known as the “People’s Parade.” Kinderparade is on May 9th, and features local school children dressed in their Dutch Best. Lastly, the Muzikparade, performed by marching bands and Holland’s best musicians (did you know: you can stream the parade from wherever you are! Click here to check out your options).

The average rating for visitors of Tulip Time is 9.10 – That means guests are very likely to recommend visiting Tulip Time to others! We are firm believers that it is impossible to have a bad time at the Festival, and this report from Hope College proves it!

At the end of it all: you can take home some bulbs for yourself! Take a piece of Dutch Heritage home with you, buy your own at Nelis’ Dutch Village, Veldheer Tulip Garden, and Windmill Island Gardens.

 

The Tulip Time festival is the pride and joy of our town, and we want you to experience all of it! Check out the full schedule here so you don’t miss a thing.

If Tulip Time is on your schedule this year, stop by and say hi!  We’re located right downtown on 8th street, and we’d love to chat about all the things we love about Holland with you!

 

5 Reasons to Experience Tulip Time

If you have never made your way to Holland, Michigan for their annual Tulip Time festival, this should be your year. Among the nine-day celebration of the city’s rich Dutch heritage comes blooming bulbs, eclectic parades, timeless events, and we can pretty much guarantee more klompen than you ever thought you’d see.

In case that didn’t provide you with enough hype, Tulip Time has been named one of the Best Small-Town Festivals by Reader’s Digest, and was recognized as USA Today’s 2016 Best Flower Festival. 

Need more reassurance that you need to pay Tulip Time a visit this year? Here are our Top 5 reasons to experience Holland’s Tulip Time festival.

1. The Tulips

If for nothing else, at least experience the blooms! The Holland, Michigan area boasts over 5 million tulips each spring. From city parks to downtown on 8th Street, and pretty much every street corner in between, these gorgeous flowers pepper the city. Take in their beauty and the bright colors woven throughout the already stunning Holland landscape.

2. The Parades

You haven’t seen a community parade until you’ve seen a Tulip Time parade! The Volksparade is donned the “People’s Parade” with marching bands, specialty floats, and “street scrubbers”. The Kinderparade features local school children dressed in traditional Dutch costumes. Finally, the Muziekparade has over 4,000 participants with the longest festival parade route, boasting lively music and entertainment all along the route.

3. The ArtTulip Time Parade

Whether attending a great concert, like The Beach Boys, or a hilarious River City Improv show, or just taking in the stunning pieces at the Art in Bloom exhibit, there is plenty of art and culture during Tulip Time. Some events may have a small fee for attending, but it’s always worth your while.

4. The Family Fun

Calling all thrill-seekers: you won’t want to miss out on the Tulip Time carnival! The ferris wheel towers over the Holland Civic Center’s North lot, while attractions aimed at younger kids are set up in the South lot. It’s guaranteed fun for even the most timid ride warrior.

5. The Food!

Our stomachs are already growling thinking about all of the food available during Tulip Time! Alongside some of Holland’s delicious year-round restaurants are vendors populating the city. From elephant ears to hot dogs to cotton candy and cinnamon rolls, this is a food-lover’s dream. Be sure to bring cash and take a bite out of some delicious Tulip TIme treats.


On your way to Tulip Time? Check out the festival’s full schedule so you don’t miss any of the fun.

In town for Tulip Time? Stop by our office, located right downtown Holland on 8th Street. We’d love to say hello while you’re here!

 

How to Sell a Home

Selling your home can feel like a large undertaking. From the preparations and potential home renovations to finding a proper Realtor®, it can feel like a daunting task. However, when you choose a reputable real estate agent with knowledge of the market, selling your home becomes a manageable process.

how to sell a homeSimplify the Sale

A Realtor® from Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty will be with you every step of the way in the sale of your home. Your real estate specialist will tour your home, grasping the intimate connection you have with it. Our marketing and office administration staff will weave these emotions into our luxury marketing collateral, assuring high-quality materials to impress potential buyers.

Value Proposition

Our Value Proposition is comprised of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand heritage, our exclusive referral network, global marketing exposure, and exceptional service. These tools assure that our clients will benefit from sales with the greatest value, in the shortest time frame.

We break down the entire selling process in our How to Sell a Home video:

Seeking the right Realtor® to help sell your home? Contact us today.

 

Celebrating Our Anniversary!

On this day one year ago, we affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. Since developing into Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty, your luxury real estate specialists servicing the Lake Michigan and West Michigan markets, we have had a whirlwind year.

From the expansion of our Downtown Holland office to adding new members to our team of experienced agents and participating in global events with Sotheby’s International Realty®, we recognize the remarkable difference in representing a distinctive brand, magnifying our exposure.

In the next year, we are eager to continue to be the leaders in the West Michigan and Lake Michigan real estate markets. In our belief, everyone deserves the extraordinary, because luxury is not about price point; it’s an experience. And when it comes to real estate, experience matters.

Thank you for partnering with us this past year. To many more!

 

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | November 2017

From a family country home in the Netherlands to a secluded island paradise in Roatan, last month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

NetherlandsPrice Upon Request | North Holland, Netherlands | Netherlands Sotheby’s International Realty

This impressive, architect-designed, family country home built in 1930 has a thatched roof and a south-facing garden. Located in truly extraordinary surroundings with direct access to the Gooisch nature reserve ‘De Westerheide’, it is just a short distance from the charming center of Laren. Access to the country house is through an electric gate featuring an intercom and camera security system.

NewYork$73,800,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

A historic masterpiece of its time, the Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue is in a class of its own and the most magnificent trophy residence on Madison Square Park. Designed by Pembrooke and Ives and spanning three floors, with over 10,000 square-feet of living space and 5,730 square-feet of terraces, this five-bedroom penthouse has the majestic proportions of a palace.

St.BarthPrice Upon Request | St. Bathelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Elegant and luxurious, this three-bedroom villa is as stunning as its sweeping vistas of the sea, Corossol Beach, and Gustavia’s iconic harbor. The spacious living room has glass walls that, when closed, frame the view allowing guests to enjoy it in climate-controlled comfort. Opened, the indoor and outdoor space, with its expansive palm-tree studded deck, merge seamlessly. Furnished for relaxing and dining in the sun or shade, the terrace’s focal point is an extra-long heated infinity pool.

California$25,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on the prestigious shores of Victoria Beach, the Pacific Ocean and living spaces effortlessly blend in this four-bedroom, four-bath home, which is thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of ocean and Catalina Island views, sea breezes and waterfront amenities. Walls of windows and sliding glass doors open to beachfront patios, with spaces for comfortable gatherings, an open kitchen clad in warm woods that overlooks the dining area and great room, and a separate living area for entertaining.

RoatanPrice Upon Request | Roatan, Honduras | Roatan Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent 567-acre piece of property is located in Port Royal and New Port Royal. On this property, you will find deep water bays with rather wide and deep navigation entrances. The opening of the bay is protected by cays and shoals along the edge of the reef that extends the length of the entire southern coastline of the island. The water depth immediately south of the reef is over 200 meters deep.

 

 

LIVE | Farm & Ranch

From the $58 million Four Peaks Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado to a boutique Stellenbosch vineyard estate in South Africa, discover four enthralling farm and ranch properties offering one-of-a-kind experiences.

Colorado$58,500,000 USD | Snowmass, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Taking its name from surrounding Snowmass Mountain, Capitol Peak, Mount Daly, and Mount Sopris, Four Peaks Ranch is the consummate mountain sanctuary. Once inside the gate, a world of unique splendor and beauty awaits. An outdoor paradise spreads out amongst the 876 pristine and unspoiled acres with 15 miles of alluring private trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, paintball, and cross-country skiing. Moreover, a stocked pond and private beach with cabana, abundant wildlife for an exceptional private hunting experience, a chipping and putting green, and even a private labyrinth make these outdoor activities unrivaled for a personal residence of this stature.

Florida$28,900,000 USD | Wellington, Florida | Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty

This impeccable 62-acre equestrian compound in heart of Wellington is located within minutes of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Global Dressage Festival, and International Polo Club. Completed in 2005 with top notch facilities, this farm is ready for occupancy. The square polo area offers 20 stalls in each row, totaling 60 stalls, centered around a courtyard with sitting area, summer kitchen, and Asado grill. In close proximity are two regulation-size polo fields with a quarter-mile exercise track. Celebration Grassland and a grandstand with fitness center and bathrooms is also available.

SouthAfricaPrice Upon Request | Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

This boutique wine estate is gated and immensely private, and has unparalleled and unobstructed 360-degree views. All the while, it is remarkably close to Stellenbosch, Somerset West, and a short drive to the city of Cape Town. This slice of paradise is designed to invoke the feeling of being on top of the world and sits high on the magnificent Helderberg Mountain, neighbor to many desirable Stellenbosch Vineyards. The views from this home epitomize the term panoramic, offering magnificent vistas as far as Cape Town, Robben Island and False Bay.

$4,750,000 USD | Bozeman, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

With elevations up to 8,000 feet, this extremely rare 640-acre property is surrounded by National Forests with mountain views in all directions. Arrive by helicopter or car at your secure and serene family compound. This Retreat offers utmost privacy, yet is only a 30-minute drive north of downtown Bozeman. Protected by a conservation easement, the land and wildlife will remain unchanged; the easement allows four residences in addition to the two currently on the property, ideal for gatherings. Enjoy endless recreational activity in your own Yellowstone National Park, ski at nearby Bridger Bowl, or bike, hike or simply relax at neighboring Fairy Lake.

For more extraordinary properties for sale, click here.