Fall for West Michigan


  • Fall Color Tour
  • Where the locals go
  • Thanksgiving at Boyden House
  • Discounts and Promotions
  • From the Kitchen

As I sit here with my windows open I am reminded of all of the reasons I just love Fall.
The crisp cool air, the shining sun, the beautiful changing leaves in bright yellows, oranges and deep reds….they all put a little spring in my step! I am compelled to pull out the crochet hooks or knitting needles to get started on some fun fall scarves and sweaters; maybe even curl up on the porch with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

One of the things I look forward to most is taking a drive, walk or bike ride to enjoy natures gorgeous color palette.  Whichever mode of transportation you choose, there are so many places to go:

Travel from Boyden House to Holland or Saugatuck via Lakeshore Drive or bring your bike and ride the scenic bike path.
The Lakeshore Connector Path runs along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, between Grand Haven and Holland, a distance of nearly 20 miles. The paved path parallels Lakeshore Drive and offers access to beachfront parks along the way, including Kirk Park and Tunnel Park.


The Depot to Depot color tour.

Begin at either the Muskegon Train Depot, located at 610 West Western Avenue, or the White Lake Train Depot, located at 124 West Hanson. Participants will receive complete tour information, a point of interest card to collect stamps and a goodie bag, which includes a disposable camera, map, and passes or coupons to area businesses and attractions.
Designated historic and scenic sites points of interest included are:
• Muskegon Historic Train Depot
• Muskegon Farmer’s Market
• Muskegon Blockhouse
• Duck Lake State Park
• White Lake Lighthouse Museum
• White Lake Community Library
• White Lake Historic Depot
Optional side trips/Activities: shopping, refreshment stops, pumpkin decorating.
For more information visit www.whitelake.org or www.visitmuskegon.org.

Color Tour Drive from Grand Haven
Robbins Rd east to Mercury Dr past Grand River bayous to Riverside Park (becomes Green St, then North Cedar Dr). South on 104th Ave, east on Osborn St (becomes Warner). South on 68th St, east on M-45. South onto 48th St, east on Fillmore (becomes Cottonwood Dr). In Jenison, left on Baldwin, left on Chicago Dr. In Grandville, left on Wilson to M-11/28th St, left onto M-11 northbound. Left on Fennesey St (becomes Luce St, then Linden Dr). Left on Leonard St through Spring Lake to Grand Haven.

Relax with “The Locals”

While staying with us at Boyden House you may want to just, hang out!  What better way to do that than to experience all of the reasons we “locals” love our city.

– The Food

Two Tony’s in Spring Lake:Upscale fare with an Urban Flair” Greek and Italian.  Boyden House recommends the Tortellini, Tilapia and the Greek Salad.  A wonderfully cozy atmosphere and very reasonably priced. 

In Grand Haven we have two Pizzerias, you like one or the other but loyalty can only lie in one place….Try them both and  you be the judge!

  • Fricano’s:  “The original and most famous pizza in Michigan”  
  • Clover Bar: We are a restaurant that specializes in famous one of a kind Pizzas!” 

Tip A Few Tavern: If you like Mexican food you have to try their wet burrito!  Amazing!!

JW’s Food and Spirits: Home of the award winning “White Chicken Chili” 



– The Spirits

Coffee Grounds: Located in downtown Grand Haven in the Harborfront Place.  Sit and relax inside or at one of their outdoor tables! 

Odd Side Ales: A small local brewery and home of the “Mug Club” Bring in your own food or have it delivered, pull up a stool and enjoy one of the 5 craft beers they have created for the week. Located in downtown Grand Haven in the Harborfront Place. 

The Sweets

Of course you will need to need to satisfy your sweet tooth and Grand Haven has got you covered!

Sweet Temptations will bring you back to your childhood with their Homemade ice cream, sweet treats and candy galore!  In the fall you can’t leave without trying one of their triple dipped chocolate and caramel apples!  YUUUUMMMY!

For all of you Chocolate lovers, you have to stop by Chocolates by Grimaldi on 7th St and try their signature Chocolate Covered Potato Chips!!





Come share Thanksgiving Dinner with us

This Thanksgiving when you stay with Boyden House, leave the cooking to us!  As a way of saying “Thanks” to our guests we would love if you would come, stay and dine with us.

We will be preparing a Family Thanksgiving Turkey roasted to perfection along with many traditional sides we have grown up with and love!  Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, Green Bean casserole, Roasted Carrots, Cranberries, Stuffing, Fresh baked bread and of course we will have Pie!  Lots of Pie!

All we ask is that you stay with us the night of Thanksgiving and let us know if you will be planning to dine with us!  Dinner will be at 3pm.


Discounts and Promotions for October!

The holidays are quickly approaching.  Have you been thinking of a Gift Certificate for a loved one, friend or co-worker?

During the month of October purchase a Gift Certificate in the amount of $100 or more and receive 10% off!

Gift Certificates are sold in $50 increments.  Cannot be combined with any other promotion or special rate.  State and Room tax will be charged at the time of redemption.



Weekday Special: Stay with us Sunday-Thursday in October and receive your second night 1/2 off!

Valid Sun-Thursday.  Not valid with any other promotion or special rate.  Minimum 2 night stay.  Expires October 31, 2012


From the Kitchen

Tabouli with Garbanzo Beans


  • 1/2 cup bulghur wheat
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup diced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • Two 14-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Cooking Directions

Place the bulgur in a mixing bowl, add the hot water, and set aside to soak for 25 minutes.

While the bulgur is soaking, prep the remaining ingredients. Combine the green onions, parsley, mint,

sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually

whisk in the olive oil.

Drain the bulgur, squeezing it to remove any excess liquid, and add it to the herb-tomato

mixture. Fold in the feta cheese and chickpeas. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast, HarperCollins Publisher, New York, 2009, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved

This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America


Happy Fall Y’all!!

From all the staff at Boyden House