White Lake is one of the most stunning vacation destinations on the Lake Michigan coastline. With plenty to do on both land and water, plus striking views at every turn, it’s no wonder people flock here from Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and beyond each year.
But if you still need convincing as to why you should make White Lake your next vacation visit, we’ll certainly oblige!
Check out these 9 reasons to choose White Lake for your next family, friend, or couples getaway in Michigan!
1. Every season, a new experience
White Lake has something for everyone and something fun to do in every season.
In summer, the beaches are in full swing — or you can “take a swing” at one of the many local golf courses. There are amusement parks, festivals, art shows, and a multitude of outdoors sports to be enjoyed.
In the spring and fall, much of the same is going on, but tourist numbers drop. So, if you’re looking for a quieter getaway with shorter lines and fewer crowds, these seasons may be right up your alley.
Finally, winter has it all for the outdoor winter sports lover. Come also for the much-anticipated Annual Christmas Festival — now in its 67th year!
2. Two towns for the price of one
The White Lake area encompasses the span of two historic West Michigan towns: Montague and Whitehall.
These “sister cities” each have their own downtown areas, but it’s simple to walk from one to the other — especially during pleasant weather. Find restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and pubs in both Montague and Whitehall, not to mention a multitude of clothing, furniture, gifts, and art shops!
3. Large grocery store within walking distance
Often, getting to the grocery store when you’re on vacation means loading everyone in the car for a drive to the edge of town.
However, this isn’t so in White Lake. Mid-way between Whitehall and Montague, Montague Foods is a conveniently located grocery store that you can actually walk to. This clean and well-maintained store is big enough to have everything you’ll need during your stay.
From produce, snacks, and pantry goods, to a broad selection of wine and beer, plus an extensive deli, you’ll be able to make your own meals whenever you don’t feel like going out. The Weathervane Inn even features guest rooms with full kitchenettes, making in-room cooking easier than ever.
4. 22 miles of paved nature trails
Right outside your door, smack dab between Montague and Whitehall, is the trail head of the Hart-Montague Bike Trail. Once the path of mighty steam trains, the former railroad was ripped up, paved, and made into an official State Park in 1991.
The trail is ideal for walkers, runners, and bikers. Snowmobile and cross-country skiing enthusiasts also enjoy the trail in winter.
5. The ideal getaway for families who love nature
Families with children will find White Lake the perfect place to have some together time and explore nature.
In fact, many of the area’s main attractions involve outdoor activities, including the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, the beaches of Lake Michigan, White River kayaking and canoeing, and the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. Equipment rental shops are easy to find and super friendly, with accommodating staff who are happy to offer lessons and assistance whenever you need it.
6. Lake Michigan
Just a short drive will bring you to a multitude of pristine Lake Michigan Beaches. Just follow White Lake and White Lake Channel to the west about 7 miles. Plenty of public beaches can be found along the coast.
We recommend Medbury Park, just north of White Lake Channel. Or, for more space to spread out, try Duck Lake State Park, south of White Lake on North Scenic Drive.
7. Fun entertainment for rainy days
Even rainy days are fun in White Lake! There’s always shopping in downtown Whitehall or Montague. Or, for some formal entertainment, head to NorthStar Cinemas in Whitehall to see the latest feature films.
The newly renovated Playhouse at White Lake also features a full, regular lineup of theatrical performances. Check out their 2019 Summer Theatre Festival lineup!
8. White River Light Station & Museum tours
Get a history lesson while you’re in town by visiting one of the most charming lighthouses on Lake Michigan’s coastline. The White River Light Station was built in 1875 and is now a museum. While it is no longer in commission, it is still a fascinating place to explore and features many artifacts, plus beautiful grounds. You can even climb the tower for some spectacular views of the lake.
Check the website for open hours as the lighthouse is not open year-round.
9. A perfect day at Michigan’s Adventure amusement park
Drive for just 10 minutes and reach Michigan’s largest amusement park and water park! Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure feature a collective 250 acres of family fun.
Play games and win prizes, ride the rides (there are some for all ages!), and when the heat starts getting the best of you, hit the waterpark for a splash of cool fun!